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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!

 

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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!

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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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 September 20th  2019 at 11:59 pm Mountain time to save 100$ on a Pluralsight Subscription, and it even works on renewals!

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

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/SeptPSSale   ! Don’t wait too long as the deal ends on September 20th  and it might not come back until the end of 2019!

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Want to pass a certification or simply get your skills up to date? Clear your weekend and grab a coffee because all the 6,500 Pluralsight courses as well as 40+ interactive courses will be free for this weekend!

More Info:

  • This event runs from 10 am on Friday, September 6– 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 9, Mountain Time
  • During this time, those new to the platform can log in and watch Pluralsight courses for free
  • Register now > https://spvlad.com/PSFreeWeekend-Sept2019

Recommended Microsoft 365 Courses:

MS-900: Microsoft 365 Fundamentals > https://spvlad.com/MS-900Path (You can also get certified after!)

Getting Started with Microsoft Flow Usage and Administration > https://spvlad.com/PS-MSFlow

PowerShell for Office 365 > http://spvlad.com/PowerShellO365

PowerShell Playbook: Office 365 > https://spvlad.com/PowerShellPlaybook

Over 30 sessions from SharePoint Conference 2019 > https://spvlad.com/SPC2019OnPS

The weekend will run by fast, so make sure you sign up and learn as much as you can! > Register today at https://spvlad.com/PSFreeWeekend-Sept2019

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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 August 15th 2019 at 11:59 pm Mountain time to save 100$ on a Pluralsight Subscription, and it even works on renewals!

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

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-AugustFlashSale   ! Don’t wait too long as the deal ends on August 15th  and it might not come back until the end of 2019!

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I have been blogging about learning resources for a while and one of the best ways to learn from the experts is to attend in person conferences! Since Valo Intranet is sponsoring , we have a few passes to give away! This year, the only way to enter is trough  this blog post and gives you the chance to win one of five Full Access Conference Passes to SPTechCon Boston 2019! To enter you simply have to put your name and email (They will not be shared with any 3rd parties unless you’re the winner of the pass), and you can get bonus entries if you follow @vladcatrinescu on Twitter and like the Absolute SharePoint page on Facebook! Furthermore you can tweet about the giveaway every day and get 9 bonus entries for every time you tweet!

SPTechCon Boston 2019

The prize only includes the conference pass and not any travel costs or anything else. Just the conference pass! Here is a small paragraph about the conference

SPTechCon: The SharePoint & Office 365 Conference is returning to Boston, MA, August 25 – 28, 2019! SPTechCon is a training, problem solving, and networking event for those who are working with SharePoint, OneDrive, and Office 365.  This includes the varied uses and approaches to managing SharePoint; On-Premises (2013 thru 2019), Hybrid Variations, and SharePoint Online.  Sessions at SPTechCon are presented by today’s most approachable and knowledgeable instructors.   Find solutions to your current environment and seek ways to continue to Work Smarter, Collaborate, and Increase Productivity!

Good Luck, and if you are at SPTechCon, make sure to visit me at the Valo Booth to say hello :)!

 

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A bit late on the blog post compared to the other MVPs, but I am honored, humbled and excited to announce I have been renewed as an Office Apps and Services (previously known as Office Servers and Services and previously SharePoint) MVP for a sixth year in a row!

Thanks to Microsoft community for giving me the opportunity to share my knowledge, I will continue to share my passion for Office 365, SharePoint, Flow and of course PowerShell! Special mention to the whole team at Valo Intranet who keeps encouraging me to do more and enables me to give back to community as much as I do! All of the six MVPs on the team got renewed and I am looking forward to creating awesome content with all of them this upcoming year!

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This is a blog post that has been sitting in my draft items for way too long as I was travelling to a few conferences in Europe, North America and Australia in the past few months, however I am super excited to announce that the Deploying SharePoint 2019 book by Trevor Seward and myself is now shipping! Here’s some information about the book!

The Deploying SharePoint 2019 Book Out Now

Deploying SharePoint 2019

Installing, Configuring, and Optimizing for On-Premises and Hybrid Scenarios

Update to a version of SharePoint that offers the best of both on-premise and the cloud using SharePoint 2019, the latest release of this cornerstone technology from Microsoft. Don your technical learning hat to get up close and confident on the new time-saving modern features of on-premise, and the many new security and hybrid settings.

Deploying SharePoint 2019 begins with a general introduction to SharePoint 2019, covering new features and expanding your knowledge and capability with the technology systematically. You will learn about the new world of SharePoint, and how it was “cloud-born” from Office 365. From there you will dive into learning how to design a physical architecture for SharePoint Server 2019 and get familiar with the key concepts of high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) solutions.

What You’ll Learn

  • Install, configure, and optimize SharePoint 2019
  • Understand SharePoint 2019 as a hybrid framework
  • Get comfortable with new tools, such as Flow, PowerApps, and Power BI
  • Configure systems connected to SharePoint, such as Office Online Server and Workflow Manager
  • Migrate content and service databases from previous versions of SharePoint to SharePoint 2019
  • Implement HA and DR topologies with SharePoint 2019 to satisfy business continuity requirements

Who This Book Is For

Those tasked with installing, configuring, and maintaining SharePoint Server 2019 for their organization. This book assumes some working knowledge of a previous release of SharePoint Server, such as SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint 2016.

Where to get it:

Get it on Amazon at the following links:

Get it directly from Apress

 

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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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 June 19th, 2019 to save 100$ on a Pluralsight Subscription, and it even works on renewals! You can also offer it as a gift to someone you care about!

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

Save 100$ off your Pluralsight Annual Subscription

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/Save100onPluralsight  ! Don’t wait too long as the deal ends on June 19th  and it might not come back until the end of 2019!

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