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In October, last year, I was really lucky to be part of the first aOS tour ever in South Africa, when we travelled between Cape Town and Durban in the AvePoint Red Bus. It was an awesome experience, and we had the chance to visit some smaller communities in George and Port Elizabeth and share our SharePoint Knowledge. Here is a picture of the awesome crew from the South Africa road trip!

The South African aOS road trip 2016

In February 2017, I will participate in another aOS tour, this time a bit closer to home. The aOSCanadian Tour is a free conference taking place in four different Canadian cities, over the span of five days. Starting February 6th 2017 we will tour from Quebec City, to Montreal, Ottawa all the way down to Toronto with some of the most influential speakers from Europe and Canada.

aOS Canadian Tour

I will be presenting in all 4 cities my session called What do YOU get from SharePoint Hybrid?. This session is aimed at everyone who wants to know, what do we actually get from a hybrid SharePoint deployment. Here is the description:

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 Team Sites, Hybrid Search, Hybrid Extranet sites and more!

aOS Canadian Tour

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Hope to see you there!

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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!

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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 2016, click on the below banners to see my latest courses on those subject! Click on the banners to go to the course page!

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.

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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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The Word Automation Services Service Application is a Service Application that automatically converts documents supported by the Word client application into formats such as PDF and XPS. In a simpler way to explain it, the Word Automation Services takes the “Save As” functionality of the Word client, and replicates the functionality on SharePoint.

However, the Word Automation Service Application, does not have a user interface to test that it was configured properly. The only way to actually Test the Word Automation Service Application is trough code, which as a SharePoint IT Professional, I don’t want to write code simply to test a Service Application. Luckily, PowerShell is there for us! By using PowerShell, we can convert a document from Word to PDF, and test that this service application is working properly!

We will first load the assembly required to call Word Automation Services functions.

We then create new Object of type ConversionJobSettings specifying the Output format is PDF.

We then create a new object of type ConversionJob and give it our Service Application Proxy Name, in our case Word Automation, as well as the $jobsettings object. We then set the $Job.Usertoken to the SharePoint SPWeb where the document is stored.

 

Lastly, we add the properties for the file that we want converted. We give it the URL to the Word Document, as well as the URL to the future PDF document, which does not exist yet. We then Start the Job.

The Word Automation Services job runs asynchronous, meaning that we won’t know when it will run directly from PowerShell, however we can force the job to run right away by starting the Word Automation timer job.

If we put it all together, the script looks like this:

 

To see the status of the job, run the following PowerShell cmdlet where “Word Automation” is the name of your Word Automation Services Application.

Initially it will show as InProgress since we force started the Timer Job as seen in the screenshot below.

Test the Word Automation Service Application

Once the job is completed, it will either show as Succeeded or Failed. If everything was configured correctly, it should show as Succeeded as seen in the screenshot below, and you should see your PDF document in your document library.

Test the Word Automation Service Application

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One of the new features included in SharePoint Server 2016, and also available with SharePoint 2013 as long as you have the required PU, is the Cloud Hybrid Search. The Cloud Hybrid Search has many advantages, especially for end users and if you don’t know what it’s about, check out my overview I did on CMSWire.

The Instructions on how to setup the Cloud Hybrid Search, enabled by the Cloud Search Service Applications do show you how to configure everything so you can search both On-Premises content as well as SharePoint Online content from the SharePoint Online Admin Center. What they don’t include is how to enable your On-Premises Search Center to also see those results. Since the index is fully in the cloud, as soon as you enable the Cloud Search Service Application, your On-Premises search boxes and Search Center will start returning absolutely nothing.

Cloud Search Service Application On-Premises

That is because, the default Result Source of your Search Service Application is looking for items in the On-Premises Search Index, which is empty since everything is shipped to Office 365. What we will need to do in order to get this fixed, is configure a result source that uses Hybrid Federated Outbound Search to Office 365, and get the results from that Search Index. Luckily, if you didn’t have Server-to-Server trust already setup before configuring the Cloud Hybrid Search, the On-Boarding process has already configured that for you, so you don’t have anything else to do except the steps in this blog. So navigate your Central Administration, and then to the administration page of your Cloud Search Service Application.

Cloud Search Service Application On-Premises

From there, go to Result Sources, and create a new Result Source. Enter a good name and description, so everyone else in your organization knows what this Result Source does, and in the Protocol, select “Remote SharePoint”. In the Remote Service URL, enter your main SharePoint Online site collection which is always https://companyname.sharepoint.com. You can easily find this from your SharePoint Online Administration Center.

Cloud Search Service Application On-Premises

In the Type, select SharePoint Search Results, and in the Query Transform, you can customize the Query according to your business needs. In the Credentials Information section, select “Default Authentication”

Cloud Search Service Application On-Premises

Click Save, and return to the Result Sources page. From the Result Sources Page, select the dropdown near the Result Source you just created and then select “Set as Default”

Cloud Search Service Application On-Premises

Simply go do a search from your Document Library Search Boxes or from the Search Center, and you will start seeing Search Results again!

Cloud Search Service Application On-Premises

Cloud Search Service Application On-Premises

If you want to learn more about SharePoint Hybrid and the Cloud Hybrid Search, check out my Pluralsight course on Implementing a Hybrid SharePoint 2013/2016 Infrastructure by clicking the small banner below!

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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

If you don’t have a Pluralsight Subscription, check out how to get a free 3 months on my blog post over here: https://absolute-sharepoint.com/2015/12/free-pluralsight-6-month-subscription.html ! If you enjoy the course and you learned a lot, you can share it on social media by directly retweeting the tweet below!

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In February, I wrote a blog post that touched many SharePoint Developers announcing that Microsoft is retiring SharePoint 2013 MCSD developer exams as soon as September 30th, 2016. Microsoft recently did an unannounced update to delay that date.

Microsoft Delays SharePoint 2013 MCSD Retirement

If we look at the Exams scheduled to retire page (make sure you’re on the en-us version, as other versions may not be up to date) , under the Visual Studio and .NET category, both exam 70-488 and 70-489 are set to retire on March 31st, 2017

Microsoft Delays SharePoint 2013 MCSD Retirement

This gives students an extra 6 months to get that MCSD: SharePoint 2013 certifications. However, with SharePoint 2016 already out, would you still pay money to get certified on SharePoint 2013? If you do, make sure to book the exam before July as Microsoft Certification Exams will be more expensive soon

 

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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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I am extremely happy to announce that my third Pluralsight course has been released over the weekend. While my Planning and Deploying Office Web Apps 2013 and my PowerShell for Office 365 courses were more geared towards the IT Pro audience, this course on Creating a Workflow in SharePoint Designer is really for everyone from End Users to IT Pros that want to know how to create simple and powerful workflows with SharePoint Designer.

Creating a Workflow in SharePoint Designer

In this course, I will cover the following topics:

  1. Learning the Basics

    In this module, I cover the basics of SharePoint Workflows, and all the terms you need to get started. We learn the types of Workflows, the Start Types as well as what exactly are Actions and Conditions.

  2. Out of the Box Workflows

    SharePoint 2010 and 2013 both include some basic Out of the Box Workflows that can do a good job, without any customizing. Before going in SharePoint Designer, we will learn what SharePoint has to offer Out of the Box!

  3. Creating a Workflow in SharePoint 2010 Mode

    In this Module, we will learn how to create a SharePoint Workflow, the basics of creating workflows in SharePoint Designer, the available actions and conditions as well as go through two Real World scenarios.

  4. Creating a Workflow in SharePoint 2013 Mode

    In this Module, I will go through the differences between 2010 and 2013 mode workflows, and you will learn the new things such as steps, loops and finish the module with a real world scenario.

  5. Visio Integration

    In this Module we cover the integration between SharePoint Designer and Microsoft Visio.

This course applies to SharePoint 2010, 2013, 2016 as well as SharePoint Online in Office 365. The only module that doesn’t apply to SharePoint 2010 is module 4.

Creating a Workflow in SharePoint Designer

You can find the course at http://spvlad.com/SPDesignerPluralsight or by clicking the image below! If you don’t have a Pluralsight account, you can open a 10 Day Free Trial or you can also try to get the Free Pluralsight 6 Month Subscription that still appears to work!

Creating a Workflow in SharePoint Designer

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While I usually only blog about SharePoint, since Exchange is part of the Office 365, this might interest some of you!

70-345

Microsoft just announced they are giving away 350 free 70-345 : Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 exams for those of you who want to try it! Oh, and you need to register AND take the exam before February 12! The goal is for Microsoft to get feedback to make the exam better, so make sure that if you take the beta, you give a lot of feedback!

You can view the exam details and register directly on the site: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-345.aspx

Use code EXCH2016010B to take it for free, but these codes are only valid for exam dates on or before Feb. 12, 2016.

EDIT: For clarification purposes with the new Pearon System.  You enter this code after choosing your Center, Date and Time. You enter this code when entering payment details.

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Unfortunately, this offer is not available in Turkey, Pakistan, India, China, and Vietnam.

Also, keep in mind that this exam is in beta, which means that you will not be scored immediately. You will receive your final score and passing status once the exam is live.

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According to the latest sources by Chicago Tribune, a Chicago newspaper, Microsoft has cancelled the Ignite 2016 conference, supposed to take place May 9-13 at the McCormick Place in Chicago.

UPDATE:  Ignite 2016 moves to Atlanta in September

While the Chicago Tribune article focuses on the economic impact such a conference has on a city (90 000 hotel room nights, probably even more beers and thousands of deep dish pizza slices), they do say that Microsoft wanted to reschedule for later in the year, when the McCormick Place was unavailable. There is no official announcement yet, so those might still be rumors, however let’s look at some of the reason why it might have happened.

First, originally, Microsoft Ignite Chicago in 2015, was supposed to be THE global Microsoft conference to rule them all. It was a replacement of TechEd, SharePoint Conference, Project Conference, Lync Conference, Management Summit, Exchange Summit and any that I missed. People traveled from all over the world in Chicago to attend this huge, 23 000 person conference. While the free lunch food wasn’t the greatest, the speakers, quality of the announcements and the overall atmosphere was really cool.

However, not too long after Ignite 2015 finished, Microsoft announced two more Ignite conferences, Ignite New Zealand (September 1-4) as well as Ignite China (October 26-28).

Why might Microsoft have cancelled/Postponed Ignite 2016 in Chicago?

  • The products/features that they wanted to release maybe weren’t ready for May 2016.
  • Setting up a conference like this takes a lot of time, and with Microsoft Ignite China finishing at the end of October, maybe 6 months just isn’t enough for the Microsoft Events team to properly plan for “the big” Ignite in 2016.
  • The feedback that the Microsoft team got from the 23 000 attendees wasn’t that great. I heard lots of negative comments about the distance of the hotels from the conference, the food, the distance between sessions etc.

I will try to update the article as soon as more information becomes available, but remember that for now it’s still a rumor and nothing got confirmed by Microsoft! Maybe this is fake, maybe we’ll stay in Chicago but later in the summer or maybe we’re going back to Vegas!

If this announcement is true, it will sure have an impact on all the third party conference organizers in the Microsoft space!

Where / when do you think the next Big Microsoft conference will be? Post your idea in the comments.

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