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SharePoint Conference is back in Las Vegas in May 2019! SPC19 is one of two major Microsoft events where Microsoft announces their roadmap for SharePoint and of course the full Office 365 collaboration suite! This promises to be an amazing conference, with all sorts of announcements, deep dive technical sessions and of course great networking! There will be over 100 of the best speakers at the event, some of which you can probably recognize from the picture below, and even if the conference has SharePoint in its name, it will cover Office 365, Planner, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Flow, Yammer, and almost all the products in Office 365 that interreact in a way or another with SharePoint!

SharePoint Conference 2019

My Sessions!

I will be presenting two sessions, so let me introduce them quickly!

From start to finish: How to create your modern SharePoint site provisioning solution

I am excited to be doing this session on modern site provisioning with my good friend and MVP Drew Madelung! Here is the official description, and I won’t go too much in depth with the details as we have created a small video that explains it all!

Creating modern SharePoint sites only takes a second, but what if you want to customize or control that process? It can be a challenge to keep up with all the sites in an organization and can affect support and governance of a SharePoint environment. In this session, learn how to use Microsoft’s latest tools such as Site Designs, PnP Site Provisioning, PowerApps and Flow to create a full site provisioning system with custom templates, custom branding, and easy approval before creation!

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. We will cover everything from settings available in the Office 365 admin center, to hidden ones that are only available in PowerShell, and of course, how to create different reports of external users in Office 365 and what they have access to. Users are smart, and if we disable external sharing, they will find a way, most probably using tools that are not approved by IT to get the job done! The end goal is for Administrators to enable external sharing in their Office 365 tenant in order to allow users to be productive, but still have full control over what is shared and with whom.

 

A unique chance of networking with Microsoft

SharePoint Conference 2019 will be a great opportunity for you to have direct access to the Microsoft Product Group! Last year, there were over 100 members of the different Product Groups, from SharePoint to Yammer to Stream and even SharePoint Spaces that you could book meetings with, ask specific questions and get help on the big projects you have in 2019!

Also, don’t forget to register as soon as possible, because the price will go up as we get closer to the conference! The early bird ends on January 14th, and you can save an additional 50$ with code VLAD. If you sign up for a workshop package, you can also bring some sweet gadgets home such as a Xbox One or a Cortana Smart Speaker! Register today at: https://sharepointna.com/#!/register?utm_term=VLAD !

SharePoint Conference 2019

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We’re now in the middle of the Black Friday & Cyber Monday weekend in North America, and every company is putting out some crazy deals out there for this special occasion! Luckily, Pluralsight which is one of the best online on-demand training providers is also having a super deal, allowing new and existing customers to get a 1 Year Subscription at only 199$ USD, so 100$ or 33% off! And for the first time ever, the Premium subscription that includes Certification and Practice Exams, and a lot more is also on sale, with 150$ off! It also works on renewals!

Pluralsight Black Friday Sale

This is a great investment to keep your skills up to date and to learn new ones! Check out the promo on the Pluralsight Website. If you’re interested in learning cool stuff about Office 365 and SharePoint 2013 and 2016, Pluralsight is the place with the most knowledge on the subject! Don’t miss the opportunity> https://spvlad.com/PSBlacKFriday2018

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I am extremely happy to announce that my 14th Pluralsight course and probably last one of 2018 (as the conference season is picking up!) is published and this one is on how to migrate from on-premises SharePoint Server and file shares, to SharePoint Online in Office 365! We will cover things such as the SharePoint Migration Assessment Tool (SMAT), the SharePoint Migration Tool and of course, some PowerShell!

Migrating to Office 365 SharePoint Online

Here is the official description:

As organizations are moving to the cloud, IT professionals will be charged of migrating their file shares / SharePoint on-premises content in SharePoint Online. In this course, Migrating to Office 365 SharePoint Online, you will learn how to use different tools to successfully do your migration to SharePoint Online. First, you will learn how to analyze your current SharePoint Farm. Next, you will discover the different Microsoft tools that we can use to do our migration. Finally, you will explore other options for migrating to SharePoint Online. When you’re finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of SharePoint Migrations needed to successfully migrate file shares and SharePoint sites to SharePoint Online.

You can find the course at: https://spvlad.com/MigrateToSPO

 

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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) MVP for a fifth year in a row! This year is even a bit more special as I have also been awarded the Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP for the first time, for my contributions in the PowerShell community!

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 five 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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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 and June 26th 2018 to save 100$ (33%) on a Pluralsight Subscription, and it even works on renewals!

Save 100$ (33%) on a Pluralsight 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/PSSave100June2018 ! Don’t wait too long as the deal ends on March 31st and it might not come back until the end of 2018!

This is the perfect way to start learning SharePoint, or to master every detail of it! Pluralsight recently released a SharePoint 2016 path as well to help people get started with SharePoint, and there are multiple advanced courses there as well!

Here are some of my courses!

Planning for SharePoint Server 2016: Physical Topology and Services

SharePoint Server 2016 brings a lot of changes to the Infrastructure Architecture, with new features such as MinRole and Microsoft Identity Manager. You’ll learn how to plan your SharePoint 2016 Infrastructure to answer your business needs.

Planning for SharePoint Server 2016: Logical Architecture and Integrations

This course will teach you how to plan your SharePoint 2016 logical architecture, SharePoint farm security, and how to plan for integration with Exchange Server 2016 and Project Server 2016.

Implementing a Hybrid SharePoint 2013/2016 Infrastructure

SharePoint hybrid infrastructures are gaining popularity, so SharePoint IT professionals need to prepare. You’ll learn how to configure a hybrid infrastructure in either SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint 2016 to allow your users to be more productive.

PowerShell for Office 365

Take your Office 365 Administrator skills further by learning to automate repetitive tasks as well as access advanced settings using the magic of PowerShell.

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If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know that I am a huge fan of Pluralsight for their content, and that I also create courses with them! One of the amazing things that Pluralsight created in the last year is learning paths, here is how they define a learning path:

It can be tough to know where to start learning. Paths combine specific courses and tools into one experience to teach you any given skill from start to finish. Paths are aligned to an individual’s knowledge level, to help you and your team develop the right skills in the right order.

Basically, it’s hand-picked courses on a certain topic, that will allow you to master a skill! Not only that, but they also have the Skill IQ, which is a quick test that will evaluate you on the subjects covered in that path, and tell you exactly what your strong points, and weak points are! It’s really a new learning experience that I love!

Back to PowerShell! In the past month, Pluralsight has released two new learning paths for PowerShell! The first one is called Windows PowerShell: Essentials and as the name says, after you finish this path, you should have the knowledge to create basic PowerShell scripts, handle errors, and automating processes! The path is made up of 6 courses, for a total of 16 hours of content! I have listened to most of the courses, and believe me, even as someone who does PowerShell almost daily, you will learn something! You can find the path over here: https://spvlad.com/PSEssentials

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The next path is a more advanced one and it’s called Windows PowerShell: Scripting and Toolmaking . This path is longer, with 30 hours of content split up in 13 courses, this path covers some advanced topics, but knowing them will really take your scripts, and productivity to the next level! Here are some of the topics covered:

  • Toolmaking fundamentals
  • Building advanced PowerShell functions and modules -Best practices for PowerShell usage
  • Reporting with PowerShell HTML
  • Debugging PowerShell in VS Code
  • Getting a grasp of PowerShell remoting fundamentals
  • Accessing SQL Server databases with PowerShell
  • Building PowerShell GUIs in WPF
  • Testing PowerShell with Pester
  • Utilizing Windows Workflows with PowerShell

Master PowerShell

As always, Pluralsight content is created by the best in the industry, and the list of Authors below should speak for itself!

Master PowerShell

Check out the paths at the following links, and make sure you share your experience in the comments!

 

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This year I have the great pleasure again of travelling to DC to speak at SharePoint Fest DC 2018! This year’s SharePoint Fest is the biggest one ever with 2 days of workshops, and 3 days of sessions! Just look at the numbers below!

If you didn’t sign up yet, you can use my code to save 100$ of your registration on the site at https://sharepointfest.com/DC/

Here is what I will be speaking on!

Morning Workshop 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, Monday WS 201 – Congratulations, you are our new SharePoint Online Admin!

You have managed SharePoint On-Premises for a while and got comfortable with it, but now your company is moving to Office 365! Chances are, you will become the new SharePoint Online Admin!

In this half day workshop, we will look at how to administer SharePoint Online, as well as some other Office 365 services that are often administer by the SharePoint Online Admin such as Groups, Planner, Video and more!

Afternoon Workshop 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Tuesday WS 601 – Mastering PowerShell for Office 365

Until you master PowerShell, you cannot have full control of your Office 365 tenant! PowerShell enables you automate boring tasks, and also gives you access to the more advanced settings that are not available in the Office 365 admin center. In this workshop, we will learn how to manage our users and licenses in Azure Active Directory, manage our SharePoint Online Sites, Exchange Online, Office 365 Groups as well as Skype for Business!

After finishing this workshop, you will be able to manage all the aspects of your Office 365 tenant, and automate multiple boring tasks.

BV 301 -What do YOU get from SharePoint Hybrid?

Every time you see a blog post about SharePoint 2016, you see the word hybrid. But what exactly is a hybrid infrastructure and what features does the business user get? In this session, we will look at SharePoint Hybrid from a business user point of view to understand what features we get out of it. We will look at Hybrid Sites, Hybrid Search, Hybrid Taxonomy and more!

ADM 203 – Advanced PowerShell for Office 365

Know the basics of PowerShell for Office 365 but want to take it further? In this session, we will look at some awesome real-life examples of how PowerShell can make our life as an admin easier, and at quite a few things that cannot be done from the User Interface! This session requires you to have basic knowledge of PowerShell for Office 365.

WF 103 – Three Must-Have Workflows with Microsoft Flow

Are you on Office 365 or planning to move soon? Learn how to automate business processes with Microsoft’s latest workflow tool: Microsoft Flow! In this session, we will earn the basic of workflows, how Flow works and create a few awesome examples!

Hope to see you there!

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As you have probably seen it all over Social Media the past few months, the SharePoint Conference is coming back to Las Vegas in May 2018! This promises to be an amazing conference, with all sorts of announcements, deep dive technical sessions and of course great networking!

SharePoint Conference North America

There will be over 50 Speakers at the event, some of which you can probably recognize from the picture below, and even if the conference has SharePoint in its name, it will cover Office 365, Planner, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Flow, Yammer, and almost all the products in Office 365 that interreact in a way or another with SharePoint!

SharePoint Conference North America

I will personally be doing two sessions, here are the titles:

PowerShell all the things

Know the basics of PowerShell for Office 365 but want to take it further? In this session, we will look at some awesome real-life examples of how PowerShell can make our life as an admin easier, and at quite a few things that cannot be done from the User Interface! This session requires you to have basic knowledge of PowerShell for Office 365.

Three Must-Have SharePoint Workflows with Microsoft Flow

Process automation is one of the most wanted benefits that SharePoint offers. In this session, we will use Microsoft Flow and look at three real-life examples of processes that you can automate by using Microsoft Flow!

I am also talking a bit about what I cover in both those sessions, in the video below!

 

 

If you register before February 26th, not only will you get the cheapest price available, but if you also register for a workshop you can get an awesome gift such as Xbox One S/X or a Harman Kardon Invoke!

SharePoint Conference North America

In addition, if you use the code VLAD when registering, you will save an extra 50$ , so make sure you register as soon as possible to get the cheapest price at https://sharepointna.com !

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In just a few weeks, I will have the pleasure of travelling to Branson, Missouri for the North American Collaboration Summit, previously known as SharePointalooza! The North American Collaboration Summit is a great, and affordable conference happening on March 2nd and 3rd with 50 speakers, including 31 MVPs, and 6 Regional Directors / Microsoft Employees!

North American Collaboration Summit

If you register at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sharepointalooza-the-north-american-collaboration-summit-tickets-37160124934?discount=catrinescu which includes a special discount code, you can save an extra 50% on the two-day conference pass, meaning that a ticket to a 2-day conference, with 50 amazing speakers, is only 32.50$ ! That is, hands down the cheapest conference of 2018, and if your boss didn’t approve your past conferences due to budget reasons, there is no way this one will not be approved!

North American Collaboration Summit

If you want to learn more about the conference, you can view all the speakers, and schedule at the following link: http://collabsummit.org/ ! My company, Valo Intranet is also a platinum sponsor, so make sure to come see us and win great prizes! Are you joining me in Branson? Drop a line in the comments and I am looking forward to see you!

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My 12th Pluralsight course, and 4th PowerShell focused one in a row is now out, and this time is on a really interesting topic: How to create HTML reports with PowerShell. PowerShell is an amazing tool to gather information from all of your Microsoft systems, including Office 365, but let’s be honest, a CSV or XML report is not really pretty. This is where HTML comes in! By using PowerShell to gather the information, and rendering it with HTML and enhanced by CSS you can really create beautiful and useful reports.

PowerShell HTML

Let’s take a look at some examples! In the example below, you can see an HTML Table that is Paginated, has Search enabled, and the Service Status color depends on the value of the content inside, so you can quickly see the services that are stopped!

PowerShell HTML

Another example here is a computer report, that first shows the BIOS information as a list, the Disk information with a Free Percentage % that is color coded, and all the Services to Investigate in a nice table!

PowerShell HTML

Here is another example of Office 365 Report of licenses and users!

PowerShell HTML

You can check out the course today on Pluralsight at the following link: http://spvlad.com/PSHTML or if you do not have an account yet, you can get a free 10-day Trial over here: http://spvlad.com/PS10DayTrial !

 

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