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Vlad at Microsoft Ignite 2019

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Microsoft Ignite 2019 is coming up next week, and I am super excited to join over 20,000 IT professionals from across the globe in Orlando! This year will be the occasion of a new badge for me! So far, I have worked as Staff in 2015, Exhibitor Booth Staff in 2016, Speaker in 2017/2018, but this year I will have an attendee pass! This will give me a bit more time to attend some sessions, talk to customers and partners at the Valo Intranet booth, as well as work on some extra fun activities!

Vlad at Microsoft Ignite 2019

Despite only having an attendee pass, here are some of the main things I will do at Microsoft Ignite this year!

SharePointTV with Dan Holme and Jeff Teper on Wednesday

SharePoint TV is something I have only been running for two weeks together with the SharePoint Conference, but on our 3rd episode next week, I am lucky enough to spend one hour with two of the top members in the SharePoint & OneDrive team! This will be a live show in which we will discuss about the latest announcements, and how those impact every Microsoft user out there. We do have a live chat where you can ask questions, so please prepare your questions for Jeff and Dan! You will be able to see us live Wednesday, November 6th at 10 AM Pacific Time over here> https://www.twitch.tv/sharepointtv

Vlad at Microsoft Ignite 2019

Webinar: Hot off the press from Microsoft Ignite 2019 with Vlad and Drew

On Thursday, November 7th, I will run a webinar with my good friend, and Microsoft MVP Drew Madelung! Join us directly on the floor of Microsoft Ignite and be one of the first people to hear the latest news that Microsoft announces . From the Year of Yammer, to intelligent intranets, and enhancements in compliance & security inside Microsoft 365, we will digest the important announcements for you, tell you why they matter, and point you to additional resources that you can take back to the rest of the organization! Register here > https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_E89uT30mSHGnxhSXzsjHbw

Vlad at Microsoft Ignite 2019

Certification Exams

If you didn’t know it yet, Microsoft offers one free Microsoft Certification at Ignite! When I originally blogged about this, you could do more than 1, but it has since been limited at only 1 . (Good reason I guess for you guys to subscribe to my blog / follow me on Twitter :P) . Since I was able to register before the limit, I actually have 4 exams scheduled this year at Ignite! I won’t talk about which ones in order to not jinx it, but one thing is for sure, I didn’t have enough time to study for all four of them and feel comfortable, but I will do my best and will share results after the conference!

Find me around the Valo Intranet booth

When not in sessions or doing any of the other three activities above, I will be at the Valo Intranet booth, showcasing Valo to the world! Drop by and say hi!

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Is your Pluralsight subscription up for renewal soon or have you been waiting for a promotion to become a Pluralsight subscriber? Pluralsight, one of the best on-demand online training companies with over 6000 courses is currently having a promotion between now and October 24th 2019 at 11:59 pm Mountain time to save 33% on a Pluralsight Subscription, and it even works on renewals!  This offer also works in India! (previous ones , India was not eligible)

Both the Annual and Premium are 100$ off, and here is the difference between the plans!

For my readers from India, here is the localized pricing

Whether you’re interested in learning SharePoint, Office 365, PowerShell, Angular or even Ethical Hacking and Security, 199$ for a year of unlimited learning is an amazing deal!  Get the promotion now, click on the banner above or at the following link:  https://spvlad.com/PS-Oct2019-Sale  ! Don’t wait too long as the deal ends on October 24th and it might not come back until the end of 2019!

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The countdown is on to the European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference – just 7 weeks to go, and I got two sessions that I am presenting!

 European SharePoint Conference 2019


Getting Started with PowerShell for Office 365

Take your Office 365 Administrator skills further by learning to automate repetitive tasks using the magic of PowerShell. In this session, you will learn how to use PowerShell for Office 365, and we will focus on SharePoint online. A basic understanding of PowerShell is recommended to get the most out of this session!

Benefits of Attending this Session:

  • Learn how to connect to different Office 365 services with PowerShell
  • Learn to manage users and licenses
  • Learn to manage SharePoint and Groups

Enable Secure External Sharing for the Office 365 Administrator

Does the idea of your users sharing content externally keep you up at night?

Join me in this demo-filled session to learn what security controls Office 365 and SharePoint Online offer in order to enable users to securely share content in SharePoint Online.

Benefits of Attending this Session:

  • Learn the external sharing settings for SharePoint Online
  • Enable Secure sharing for Teams and Groups
  • Learn how to audit external users

I hope to see you there!

For those of you who haven’t been before, or are thinking of attending, ESPC is a really fun, welcoming event with a big focus on the topics and learning. It brings together an amazing group of speakers, sponsors and delegates, including Microsoft Leaders, Product Team members and leading community RDs, MVPs and MCMs, so we can all help each other achieve great things with SharePoint, Office 365 or Azure.

In ESPC’s own words, here’s some more about what makes the conference special and why I’m super excited to attend.

Reasons to Attend ESPC19

  • Focus – 4x days of SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure inspiration, a real chance to dive deep into the topics, to get away from the office and think, learn and enjoy time with your peers. Within the Conference Programme Azure @ ESPC19 will also contain over 40 dedicated Azure sessions.
  • Scale – The conference programme covers 11 Full Day Pre-Conference Tutorials, 140+ sessions, 2500+ peers to help you meet your objectives.
  • Depth – Catering for levels 100-400, deep-dive sessions delivered by Microsoft Product Team members, RDs, MVPs, MCMs and independent experts who can tailor the appropriate levels of detail.
  • Breadth – Keynotes, Sessions, Tutorials and Social events. Sessions will provide learning on important topics including; Teams, SharePoint Framework, AI, Security, Graph, Power BI, Azure AD, Flow, Cosmos DB, Windows 10, APIs, IoT, Microsoft 365, Governance and Integration to highlight a few. Pre-Conference Tutorials will offer deep learning from the absolute experts in the areas of PnP, Machine Learning & AI, Azure Infrastructure, Insights and Data, Usage & Adoption, Productivity and SharePoint & Office 365 Development.
  • Independence – Learn what’s coming and what works.
  • Partners/Vendors – Meet the best local, European and international solution providers in the Exhibition Hall.
  • Microsoft – Hear it first. Held in December, ESPC19 will have the most up to date learning and the very latest announcements from Ignite 2019, delivered by Microsoft Leaders and Product Team members, including Jeff Teper, Scott Hanselman, Miri Rodriguez, Vesa Juvonen and Alex Simons.
  • Setting – Amazing venues and location that facilitate comfort, ease of learning and bringing the community together.
  • Connections – Multiple opportunities to connect with your peers, people facing or solving the same challenges you face.
  • Experts – Simply, the best of the best. Check out this year’s ESPC19 Conference Programme.

If you are planning to attend, don’t forget, you or your team can use my coupon code ESPC19SPK to receive a special €100 discount.

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Microsoft Ignite is just around the corner and over 40,000 Microsoft users, IT Pros, Developers, and members of the product team will be in Orlando for a week packed with announcements, best practices, and of course networking. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford to go to Microsoft Ignite as attending that conferences can run you over $4,000 when you factor in all costs, which is quite a lot of money. This is why Drew Madelung and myself will be running a series with four webinars in which we digest, and share the greatest announcements from Microsoft Ignite! We will also have a few special guests to announce for each webinar, so stay tuned!

Vlad Catrinescu & Drew Madelung Microsoft Ignite Recap Webinar Series

Did I also mention we will have some giveaways?  The giveaways will include swag/goodies from Microsoft Ignite , including some lucky attendees who will get 12-month Xbox Live Gold Membership Cards, books, and more!

Microsoft Ignite Recap Webinar Series

Webinar 1: Hot of the press from Microsoft Ignite with Vlad and Drew
Time: Nov 7, 2019 02:00 PM (EST)
Description: Join Microsoft MVPs Vlad Catrinescu and Drew Madelung directly on the floor of Microsoft Ignite and be one of the first people to hear the latest news that Microsoft announces . From the Year of Yammer, to intelligent intranets, and enhancements in compliance & security inside Microsoft 365, we will digest the important announcements for you, tell you why they matter, and point you to additional resources that you can take back to the rest of the organization!
Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_E89uT30mSHGnxhSXzsjHbw


Webinar 2: Microsoft Ignite Recap: SharePoint & OneDrive for Business with Vlad & Drew
Time: Nov 12, 2019 01:00 PM (EST)
Description: Join Microsoft MVPs Vlad Catrinescu and Drew Madelung and special guest Mark Kashman the week after Ignite for a recap of the most important SharePoint and OneDrive for Business news that was announced. With the dust and excitement from Ignite settled, and the most important features out and tested, Vlad and Drew will cover the biggest and most important news from Ignite!

Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8EBMVb5eR7abqh4FIaOJAA

Special Guest!!

 

Mark Kashman

Senior Product Manager @Microsoft

Mark is a senior product manager on the SharePoint & OneDrive team focused primarily on content collaboration in Microsoft 365. He has worked at MSFT since 2000. He started working with SharePoint building a digital asset management (DAM) solution built on top of SharePoint 2007 (IMM, the Interactive Media Manager) before moving to the SharePoint team. Mark also co-hosts The Intrazone podcast (aka.ms/TheIntrazone) – a show about the SharePoint intelligent intranet.


Webinar 3: Microsoft Ignite Recap: Microsoft Teams & Yammer with Vlad & Drew
Time: Nov 19, 2019 01:00 PM (EST)
Description: Join Microsoft MVPs Vlad Catrinescu and Drew Madelung the week after Ignite for a recap of the most important Microsoft Teams and Yammer news that were announced. With the dust and excitement from Ignite settled, and the most important features potentially out and tested, Vlad and Drew will cover the biggest and most important news from Ignite!
Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__Y9Q2gyMSda2dyFSYCZcfA

Special Guest!!

 

Karuana Gatimu

Lead, Customer Advocacy Group @Microsoft

Lead of Customer Advocacy Group for Microsoft Teams Engineering. Passionate O365 business architect specializing in measurable outcomes, solutions and adoption. Author – Microsoft Service Adoption Specialist course; Steward of Office 365 Champions program. Exec Producer of https://aka.ms/CoffeeintheCloud on YoutTube. Learn more at https://aka.ms/MicrosoftAdoption


Webinar 4: Microsoft Ignite Recap: Microsoft 365 Security & Compliance with Vlad & Drew
Special Guest: To be announced!
Time: Nov 21, 2019 01:00 PM (EST)
Description: Join Microsoft MVPs Vlad Catrinescu and Drew Madelung after Ignite for a recap of the most important Security and Compliance news that was announced. With the dust and excitement from Ignite settled, and the most important features potentially out and tested, Vlad and Drew will cover the biggest and most important news from Ignite!
Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9BdGl9OLQtay00Dxh4N_hA

Special Guest!!

 

Antonio Maio

Associate Director & Senior Enterprise Architect @Protiviti

Antonio Maio is an information security architect with over 25 years of experience in cyber security practices and systems, product management, software development and leadership. Antonio is currently a Senior Manager and Senior SharePoint Architect with Protiviti. He has been awarded a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for 6 consecutive years, from 2012 to 2017, specializing in Microsoft SharePoint Server, Office 365 and Office Services. His background includes implementing cryptography and PKI systems, information security technologies, and both information governance and cyber security best practices. His experience with Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 extends over the last 10 years. When he’s not helping enterprise, military or government organizations solve security challenges, you can catch him speaking at conferences or contributing to the community through this blog.


Please register for all the webinars you want to attend! The webinars will be recorded, and the recording will be sent to all the registered attendees after the webinar has taken place!

 

Leave a comment and don’t forget to like the Absolute SharePoint Blog Page   on Facebook and to follow me on Twitter here  for the latest news and technical articles on SharePoint.  I am also a Pluralsight author, and you can view all the courses I created on my author page.
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Today I have discovered a Microsoft Ignite perk I didn’t know existed before: You can get FREE certification exams at Microsoft Ignite 2019! Fully , 100% Free exams, saving you between 99$ USD to 165$ USD per exam! So far, the only restriction that I have seen is that this only applies to the new role based exams (MS-xxx, AZ-xxx, MD-xxx, MB-xxx) and not the old exams (70-xxx), so this can be the perfect way for you to get Microsoft Certified before the end of the year! Let’s look at how you can get those free exams! Make sure to read until the end for some extra tips!

Quick Update: If you are attending Microsoft Ignite The Tour and not Orlando, check out my updated blog post on that topic:  Microsoft Extends Free Certification Exams to Microsoft Ignite the Tour

Free Microsoft Certification exams at Microsoft Ignite 2019

Scheduling the Free Microsoft Certification exams at Microsoft Ignite 2019

1. First of all, go on the exam page of the exam that you want to take, in this case the MS-101, and click on Schedule Exam.

Free Microsoft Certification exams at Microsoft Ignite 2019

2. Double Check your MS certification Profile and make sure everything is up to date! At the end of the page click to continue.

Free Microsoft Certification exams at Microsoft Ignite 2019

3. Unless you work for Microsoft , click on “Continue to Pearson VUE”

Free Microsoft Certification exams at Microsoft Ignite 2019

4. Choose At a local test center

Free Microsoft Certification exams at Microsoft Ignite 2019

5. Click on Schedule this exam

Free Microsoft Certification exams at Microsoft Ignite 2019

6. In the search zone, enter the following number: 32819 . While I would love to say it’s a super secret code, it’s the zip code of the Orlando County Convention Center . Select Microsoft Event Test Center and then click on Next.

Free Microsoft Certification exams at Microsoft Ignite 2019

7. Go to November, and only the dates of Sunday-Monday during Ignite will be available

Free Microsoft Certification exams at Microsoft Ignite 2019

8. Choose a date / time you want and then click on next. On the confirmation page at the top you will see the full price, however an Ignite 2019 100% discount will be applied at the bottom! Click on Proceed to Checkout!

Free Microsoft Certification exams at Microsoft Ignite 2019

9. It’s pretty Much Next-Next-next from here on, accepting policies, and you will not have to enter a payment information!

Free Microsoft Certification exams at Microsoft Ignite 2019

10. Get to the end and click on confirm! Congratulations, you have signed up for a free Microsoft Exam , getting the best ROI from your Conference!

Free Microsoft Certification exams at Microsoft Ignite 2019

Additional Tips

As some additional tips, here are some study guides to help you study for some of the new role-based exams and ace the certification!

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I am extremely happy to announce that my 21st Pluralsight course is published, and this one is focused on the tool we all love , SharePoint Online! This is a pretty big course at around 4h30 of content!

Configuring and Managing SharePoint Online

With over 180 million monthly active users of Office 365 and SharePoint getting a 60% growth in the last year, it is one of the most used enterprise tools across the globe. In this course, Configuring and Managing SharePoint Online, you will gain the ability to manage the SharePoint Online service. First, you will learn about modern information architecture, and how to manage sites and hub sites. Next, you will discover how to configure security settings such as external sharing and access control. Finally, you will explore how to configure SharePoint Online services such as Search, User Profile, and Managed Metadata. When you are finished with this course, you will have the SharePoint Online skills and knowledge needed to effectively manage it. This course also covers the Managing SharePoint Online portion of the MS-300 Exam.

You can find the course on Pluralsight at : https://spvlad.com/Config-Manage-SPO-PS or by clicking the banner above!

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