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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 pass to give away! To enter you simply must put your name and email (They will not be shared with any 3rd parties), 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 5 bonus entries for every time you tweet!

SharePoint Fest DC 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

SharePoint Fest brings to you the world’s leading experts in SharePoint, Office 365, Microsoft Teams and Azure. Whether you are new to SharePoint or an experienced power user, admin or developer, SharePoint Fest has content designed to fit your experience level and area of interest. Our workshops and sessions are taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers, Microsoft MVPs, Microsoft Regional Directors and Microsoft engineers.

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

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I am extremely happy to announce that my 17th Pluralsight course is published and this one is on getting start with using Microsoft Flow both from a user perspective, as well as an administrator! This course covers the theory , but most of the course is made of demos!

Microsoft Flow Usage and Administration

With over 130 million monthly active users, Office 365 is the productivity platform of choice for most enterprises in the world. Built within Office 365 is Microsoft Flow, a business process automation tool that allows you to streamline and automate business processes. In this course, Getting Started with Flow Usage and Administration, you will learn foundational knowledge of Microsoft Flow. First, you will learn the basic terms and concepts of Flow. Next, you will discover how to create your own workflows either starting from a template, or from a blank slate. Finally, you will explore how to administer MSFlow and set governance policies around it. When you’re finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of Microsoft Flow needed to automate business processes in your own organization!

You can find the course on Pluralsight at : https://spvlad.com/PS-MSFlow or by clicking the banner below:

Microsoft Flow Usage and Administration


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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 March 20th,  2019 to save 100$  on a Pluralsight Subscription, and it even works on renewals!

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

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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/March2019PS100Off  ! Don’t wait too long as the deal ends on March 31st and it might not come back until the end of 2019!

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If you are a SharePoint person and one of your 2019 resolutions was to get a Microsoft Certification in 2019 you’re in luck, Microsoft just released the details for the two exams required to be a Microsoft 365 Certified: Teamwork Administrator Associate .

Certifications for SharePoint 2019 & Office 365 Teamwork are out!

The two exams you need to get this certification are:

Alternatively, if you are already certified in SharePoint Server 2016 with the 70-339 exam, you could do the following exam only:

  • Exam MS-302 – Microsoft 365 Teamwork Administrator Certification Transition

This exam is a mix of both MS-300 and MS-301, but it allows you to only pay for one exam to get this latest certification!

Exam Details

Let’s look at the exams and what they cover! The first exam, the MS-300 really focuses on Office 365 and covers collaboration services such as SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Teams , Yammer and Stream! Here is a high level overview of the objectives:

  1. Configure and Manage SharePoint Online (35-40%)
  2. Configure and Manage OneDrive for Business (25-30%)
  3. Configure and Manage Teams (20-25%)
  4. Configure and Manage Workload Integrations (15-20%)

As you can see, SharePoint, OneDrive for Business and Teams take between 80 and 95% of the exam, while the other workloads such as Yammer, Stream, Flow, PowerApps and so on only take between 15 and 20% .

The second exam , the MS-301 is focused on SharePoint Server 2019 and Hybrid scenarios. Here are the high-level objectives:

  1. Configure and Manage SharePoint On-Premises (55-60%)
  2. Configure and Manage Hybrid Scenarios (30-35%)
  3. Migrate to SharePoint Online (5-10%)

Half of the course is focusing purely On-Premises in installing, configuring and managing SharePoint 2019, while 30% of it is on SharePoint Hybrid, so definitely something you need to master in order to pass this exam. The Migrating to SharePoint Online part is a smaller percentage than what I would have thought, but you will need to know the SharePoint Migration Tool and the SharePoint Migration Assessment Tool to get those points.

Beta Codes and Transition Exam Deadline

Update: All 3 exams are out of beta, so codes do not work any more!

To finish off, a few important details about the exam, especially if you ready this while this blog post is hot off the (Word)press! You can take the Beta exams for 33 USD Each using the following codes:

  • Exam MS-300 – CODE: MS300Season
  • Exam MS-301 – CODE: MS301Rocks
  • Exam MS-302 – CODE: MS302TravelKLS

You can use these codes to register for the exams on or before February 13, 2019, and you must take the exams on or before February 15, 2019.

Certifications for SharePoint 2019 & Office 365 Teamwork are out!

If you have already passed the 70-339 , then only doing the MS-302 will give you the certification. However, the MS-302: Microsoft 365 Teamwork Administrator Certification Transition is retiring on July 31, 2019. If you are planning to take 70-339, do it soon! Then, take MS-302 while you still can to become a Microsoft 365 Certified: Teamwork Administrator!

I have signed up for both exams , and I am looking forward to test out the Betas! Let me know in the comments if you plan to take them as well!

 

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Boxing Day is on and Pluralsight is back at it with a 33% off promotion! If you’re new or want to renew, you can get a 1-year subscription to all 600 + courses for as low as 199$ or 299$ on the Premium one which also includes Certification Practice Exams! If you already know about Pluralsight, skip the rest of the blog and get the deal over here: https://spvlad.com/PSBoxingDay2018

If you are a SharePoint person, there are over 200 courses on SharePoint 2013, 2016 and Online, as well as 90 courses on Office 365! Not to mention multiple learning paths for Certifications, as well as general learning! You even have Skill IQ, which allows you to do a test on a certain skill, and then shows you courses on only the things that you didn’t get correct, so you can focus your learning on the stuff that you need!

The promotion is only valid until December 31st so get it now at https://spvlad.com/PSBoxingDay2018 !

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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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It’s been a week since Microsoft Ignite 2018, and now that all my sessions have been posted, I wanted to share the three sessions I had presented over there, as well as a few resources!

Microsoft Ignite 2018

BRK3273 – From start to finish: How to create your modern SharePoint site provisioning solution

Speakers: Vlad Catrinescu, Drew Madelung

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, Site Scripts, PnP Site Provisioning, PowerApps and Flow to create a full site provisioning system with custom templates, custom branding, and easy approval before creation!

Ressources:
https://github.com/vladcatrinescu/Ignite-2018

BRK1109 – Three must-have workflows with Microsoft Flow

Speakers: Vlad Catrinescu 

Process automation is one of the most powerful benefits that SharePoint offers. In this session, we use Microsoft’s preferred workflow tool, Microsoft Flow, and look at three real-life examples of processes that you can automate by using Microsoft Flow.

Resources:
https://github.com/vladcatrinescu/Ignite-2018/blob/master/BRK1109/Flow%20Screenshots.docx?raw=true

THR2131 – Three PowerShell reports every Office 365 admin needs to have

Speakers: Vlad Catrinescu 

PowerShell not only gives administrators access to all the settings in Office 365, it makes it easy to connect to multiple services and gather information to create useful reports. In this short session, we look at three reports every Office 365 administrator needs to have in their toolbox!

Resources: https://github.com/vladcatrinescu/Ignite-2018

I hope you enjoy, and if there any questions, feel free to ask them over here!

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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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Download Build 2017

With the amount of great sessions at Build 2017 this year, there is no way you could have attended all, and even if they are posted on Channel9, you might want to download them to be able to view them offline! That is why I created this PowerShell Script so everyone can easily download Microsoft Build Videos AND slides whether they were present at Build or not!  (Script for MS Ignite 2016 also available here) Here are the features:

  • Downloads all the Microsoft Build 2017 Sessions and Slides and description in a text file
  • Groups them by folders
  • Makes sure no errors come up due to Illegal File names.
  • If you stop the script and restart in the middle, it will start where it left off and not from beginning
  • Filter by keywords in the session title!
  • Ability to choose from HD videos, or lower quality.

Download the script from here! Do not copy paste from below as sometimes WordPress messes up the PowerShell!

How to use:

First, make sure to change the $downloadlocation variable. By default it saves it all in C:\Build

To download all sessions just run the script! (1TB of content in High Definition)  EX:
.\ DownloadBuild2017Content.ps1

To download sessions based on a keyword use the keyword parameters, and divide keywords by a comma. Make sure to use quotes around the keywords! EX:
.\ DownloadBuild2017Content.ps1 -keyword "Graph,Bluetooth"

To download sessions based on the session code, use the session parameter and divide sessions by a comma. Make sure to use quotes around the session codes!

.\DownloadBuild2017Content.ps1 -session "P4116,P4118,C9R04"

Note: By default, the videos are downloaded in High Definition. Downloading all the Build Videos in HD takes a lot of hard drive space. You can change the script (comment lines 18 and 19, and uncomment 21/22) in order to download the lower quality version of the videos.

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I am extremely happy to announce that my fourth Pluralsight course has been released this weekend, and this one is on a subject that is quite popular these days: SharePoint Hybrid!

Hybrid SharePoint Infrastructure

As more and more organizations want to deploy a hybrid SharePoint environment to benefit from the advantages of both SharePoint on-premises and SharePoint Online, IT professionals need to learn how to implement and configure SharePoint in hybrid mode. In this course, Implementing a Hybrid SharePoint 2013/2016 Infrastructure, you’ll gain the ability to configure a hybrid SharePoint infrastructure from A to Z. First, you will learn how to configure server-to-server authentication between SharePoint on-premises and SharePoint Online so they can securely exchange information. Next, you’ll learn how to enable inbound connectivity to allow Office 365 to connect to your SharePoint on-premises for certain features. Finally, you’ll learn how to implement all the hybrid features that SharePoint has to offer such as hybrid sites, hybrid OneDrive for Business, hybrid BCS, and hybrid cloud and federated search. When you’re finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to configure a hybrid SharePoint infrastructure for your organizations and/or clients. This course also covers the hybrid portion of the 70-339 exam, so listening to it will definitely be useful if you want to get your SharePoint MCSE Certification!

Hybrid SharePoint Infrastructure

You can find the course on Pluralsight at http://spvlad.com/SharePointHybrid or by clicking on the banner below!

Hybrid SharePoint Infrastructure

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