Archive for March, 2016

When using SharePoint Online as an input for our PowerShell scripts, sometimes we need to get information from a People Picker type of field. Luckily this is pretty easy to do once you know where to look at.

First of all, you will need to use CSOM to get this property, as the Out of the Box SharePoint Online cmdlets to not allow you to do anything under the SPWeb. If you are an IT Pro, you might find PowerShell and CSOM a bit harder to understand and that’s normal. Chris O’Brien has a great blog post to get you started on Using CSOM in PowerShell scripts with Office 365

Whenever we simply want a string from SharePoint Online, we simply use $item[“ColumnName”] and it works. However that returns nothing for a People Picker Column. For a People Picker Column, here is a screenshot of what properties look like.

Get Value from People Picker in SharePoint Online PowerShell

So if you need the Email, you simply use: item[“ColumnName”].Email . If you want the name, you would use $item[“ColumnName “].LookupValue

Get Value from People Picker in SharePoint Online PowerShell

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Join me on March 31st at 2PM Eastern time to see how you can easily be creating Dynamic Forms in SharePoint Online with KWizCom Forms.

Creating Dynamic Forms in SharePoint Online

Here is the official description for the Webinar:

Your organization is Dynamic, so why use static forms? In this webinar MVP Vlad Catrinescu will demonstrate how the KWizCom Forms App for Office 365 works, and how any business user can create advanced and dynamic forms, without the need to be a SharePoint expert.

Want to attend? You can register for the FREE webinar here: http://spvlad.com/1pIPf6i .

Who says you need to be a power-user to create dynamic forms?

KWizCom Forms is the ONLY forms solution that is specifically designed for non-technical end-users, allowing business users to effortlessly create powerful, flexible web and mobile forms.

This revolutionary add-on enhances SharePoint’s existing list forms and does not replace it by proprietary custom forms (such as InfoPath, for example). This means that you continue to use the good old SharePoint lists without any need to learn and deploy new and complex external forms technology.

You can read my review on KWizCom  Forms here: https://absolute-sharepoint.com/2016/01/review-kwizcom-forms-app-office-365.html 

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Send Email from PowerShell in Office 365

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In order to automate some tasks in Office 365 with PowerShell, sometimes you may want to send a confirmation email or a daily report by email. Luckily, there is an easy PowerShell cmdlet called “Send-MailMessage” that allows you to send an email with Exchange Server. You can also do that in Office 365, but you need to specify an important parameter: The Port number. Office 365 only accepts emails on Port 587 and secured by SSL.

Send Email from PowerShell

So the code to send an email is pretty easy:

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A few weeks ago I did a completion on my blog for a chance to Win a free Pass to SharePoint Fest DC 2016 and almost 150 SharePointers entered!

SharePoint Fest DC

I am happy to announce the winners of the competition are Bobby Chang and Amy who are pretty excited for going! You can always sign up with the code above and save 200$

Thank you to all who Entered!

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The conference formerly known as “New York City Techstravaganza” will now be called “IT Pro Con NY”. It is a one-day grassroots technical conference for IT Pros that is brought to you by a few of the local community groups in cooperation with Microsoft. IT Pro Con NY 2016 will be held on March 25th, 2016. While this is the fifth year of the conference it’s my first time speaking!

IT Pro Con NY

There are four SharePoint Sessions in the SharePoint track, but there is also a Windows, Exchange, Azure and PowerShell track! Here are the sessions in the SharePoint Track!

  • Tuning SQL Server for SharePoint – Daniel Glenn
  • Building a Configuration Management Database (CMDB) on SharePoint Online – Scott Brewster
  • What’s New in SharePoint 2016 for IT Professionals – Vlad Catrinescu
  • Real world scenarios: “Migration scenarios to V.Next or Office 365 – Gokan Ozcifci

This is a low cost event that you will not want to miss. Looking forward to see you in New York! Check it out here: http://www.itproconny.com/

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Microsoft Learning has published some interesting information for SharePoint IT Pros interested in the SharePoint 2016 IT Pro Certification. They have released information about Course 20339-1:  Planning and Administering SharePoint 2016 as well as Course 20339-2: Advanced Technologies of SharePoint 2016 . The courses are set to be released on July 8 and 21, 2016.

 

SharePoint 2016 IT Pro Certification

This should give us a good idea of what the exam names will be as well as what will be tested in each exam.  If we look at what each exam covers

Planning and Administering SharePoint 2016

  • Describe the key features of SharePoint 2016.
  • Design an information architecture for a SharePoint 2016 deployment.
  • Design a logical architecture for a SharePoint 2016 deployment.
  • Design the physical architecture for a SharePoint 2016 deployment.
  • Install and configure SharePoint 2016.
  • Create and configure web applications and site collections.
  • Plan and configure service applications for a SharePoint 2016 deployment.
  • Manage users and permissions, and secure content in a SharePoint 2016 deployment.
  • Configure authentication in a SharePoint 2016 deployment.
  • Configure platform and farm-level security in a SharePoint 2016 deployment.
  • Manage information taxonomy in SharePoint web applications and site collections.
  • Configure and manage user profiles and audiences.
  • Configure and manage the search experience in SharePoint 2016.
  • Monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot a SharePoint 2016 deployment.

Advanced Technologies of SharePoint 2016

  • Describe the core SharePoint 2016 architecture and its new and improved features.
  • Describe the key hybrid features in SharePoint 2016.
  • Plan and design a SharePoint 2016 environment to meet requirements for high availability and disaster recovery.
  • Plan and implement Business Connectivity Services and Secure Store Service.
  • Configure and manage productivity services for a SharePoint 2016 deployment.
  • Manage solutions in a SharePoint 2016 deployment.
  • Plan and configure social computing features.
  • Plan and configure web content management for an Internet-facing environment.
  • Plan and configure Enterprise Content Management in a SharePoint 2016 deployment.
  • Plan and configure business intelligence solutions.
  • Plan and configure work management, productivity, and collaboration platforms and features.
  • Perform an upgrade or migration to SharePoint 2016.

I was curious to see what students will learn in this courses, especially for Hybrid and I was a bit let down as the Hybrid Module only seems to cover outbound search & OneDrive for Business, but not the new Hybrid Search, or Hybrid BCS and other Hybrid features.

Module 2: Introduction to hybrid scenarios for SharePoint 2016

This module describes the key hybrid features in SharePoint 2016, and the various hybrid options available in SharePoint 2016. This module helps you understand how to configure a solution that uses an outbound search topology.

Lessons

  • Exploring the hybrid features in SharePoint 2016
  • Hybrid architectures in SharePoint 2016
  • Configuring a one-way hybrid search, and configuring OneDrive for Business

Lab : Configuring a Microsoft Office 365 tenant

  • Configuring an Office 365 tenant

Lab : Configuring one-way hybrid search and configuring OneDrive for Business

  • Configuring an outbound search topology

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the key hybrid features in SharePoint 2016.
  • Describe the various hybrid options available in SharePoint 2016.
  • Configure a solution that uses an outbound search topology.

What I found strange is the numbers of the exams. If we look in the past, exam 70-331 (SharePoint 2013 Core Solutions) had course number 20331 while 70-332 (Advanced SharePoint 2013 Solutions) had course 20332.   The numbers for the new SharePoint 2016 courses are 20339-1 and 20339-2,  which would indicate they apply to the same exam, but I think they just didn’t finalized the exam names yet, so expect the course numbers to change in the future.

You can view details for both courses by clicking on the following links:

There is no information if the SharePoint 2016 IT Pro certification will be a MCSE or something else.    As soon as I found out, I will share with you. You can use the social links below to stay up to date with my blog!

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On March 16th 2016 I will be hosting a webinar with my friends at CrowCanyon about Data Loss Prevention in SharePoint 2016! In this webinar we will do an introduction to Data Loss Prevention and understand how it works! If you’re looking at how to configure DLP in SharePoint 2016, check out my Configure DLP in SharePoint 2016 Step by Step Tutorial

Data Loss Prevention in SharePoint 2016

Join MVP Vlad Catrinescu as he digs deep into one of SharePoint 2016’s most anticipated features: Data Loss Prevention (DLP). In this webinar, you will learn how DLP works and how it can help you find and protect sensitive data in your SharePoint sites, whether they are in your datacenter, in the cloud or both.

Register today at: http://spvlad.com/VladDLP !

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With SharePoint 2016 out sometimes this spring and other connected services such as Azure and Office 365, 2016 is a great year to add some certifications to your transcript. Microsoft Learning just introduced a new special offer called Microsoft Certification Booster Packs to help you get certified!

Microsoft Certification Booster Packs

There are multiple Booster Packs you can buy and we will look at the options here. I will be referring to prices in the United States in this article, however they might be different in other countries. In the United States, a Certification exam at normal price is 150$. Here are the Booster Packs that we have:

1. Practice test + Certification exam

Want to know what’s on an exam? Take a practice test and find out. The practice test is available online and valid for 30 days, so you’ll have plenty of time to prepare.
Cost: 200$

2. Certification exam + 4 retakes

Sometimes it’s smart to add a little insurance to important undertakings. With 4 retakes you’ll get plenty of chances at success.
Cost: 200$

3. Practice test + Certification exam + 4 retakes

Pull out all the stops and give yourself every advantage. With a practice test, you can spend quality time preparing—plus 4 extra retakes give you exam-day peace of mind.

Cost: 225$

 

Remember that for the retakes, the standard policy still applies, so if you fail five times, you will need to wait a year before trying to get that exam again!

WHEN IS IT AVAILABLE?

  • This offer is available for purchase from March 7 to August 31, 2016.
  • Specific exam voucher and practice test expiration dates are listed in the FAQs on the special offer page.

WHO CAN GET THIS?

  • This offer is available to customers and partners worldwide.
  • MCP exam vouchers in the Booster Pack must be used within 6 months from purchase (including all retakes.)
  • Practice test vouchers in the Booster Pack must be activated by February 28, 2017, and are valid for 30 days from activation.
  • Please visit the FAQs and full T&Cs on the special offers page for more details.

More Information can be found here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/offers.aspx?WT.mc_id=WWLeX_BPack_B2C_MCTRL

What exams do you plan to take in 2016?

 

 

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