SharePoint Survival Course

This past week I attended a SharePoint Admin survival course and it was a great training event to learn SharePoint and everything related to it.

The main reason I wanted to attend this training was to get familiar with the new content for SharePoint 2016 and to get familiar with what it takes to implement a hybrid environment for SharePoint.

The content of this class was excellent, but the best part of the course for me was actually going through and configuring a test environment on premises and in the cloud and connecting the two. This was something in the past I wasn’t sure how to replicate and it was a great learning experience in the class.

We covered other topics like Hybrid One Drive and Sites (more like site pages), Hybrid Search in 2016, Configuring a workflow server, setting up Office Online Server (formerly Office Web Apps), and many other areas that give a good foundation to be prepared for SharePoint 2016.

There’s so many different aspects of SharePoint that could be focused on in this course, but I felt like that this had something if you are a beginner or if you have a few years (and grey hairs on you like me), there is plenty of information to be absorbed.

I would even recommend this course to those people not on 2016 yet. 2013 has plenty of presence and discussion in this course because while Microsoft has improved many areas in the newest version, the foundation of much of the product is still rooted in the functionality of 2013.

Lastly what you take away from this course is confidence. Confidence that you are better prepared for all SharePoint has to offer. You also get a great pool of scripts, links, articles and reference material that will take me a long time to digest thoroughly. If you have a chance to take this training, jump at it.

-BJ

Open SharePoint pdf in browser, not in acrobat

So I ran into a frustrating situation lately where my users when they tried to open a pdf in SharePoint, it would launch the pdf in the browser correctly, but at the same time it would open acrobat reader in the foreground with an error message.Screenshot1

This was aggravating, because I could not figure out what setting I needed to modify in order to force acrobat reader to go away without digging deep into acrobat reader.
Well turns out the solution is pretty easy to fix and has to do with an add on in IE.
To correct this issue, go under IE, then manage add ons. Then find the following add on:

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Select this add on and then choose: “Disable”

Once you do this, then close the add on window, then all your pdf’s will open in the browser window without getting acrobat blocked any more.🙂

Hope this helps! Enjoy!

Thoughts after taking the 70-339

Recently I saw the following post online and thought I’d take a stab at trying my first MS cert exam:

https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/posts/beta-exam-for-70-339-managing-microsoft-sharepoint-server-2016-now-available

The overall test was difficult for me since I have had very limited exposure to the new 2016 SharePoint Server and Office 365. From that aspect, I think I didn’t do very well on this exam. But it was free with the code above and It’s given me a great understanding of how to prepare better.

On the other hand, since the bulk of my experience has been with SharePoint 2010 and 2013, I was able to answer several questions without too much difficulty. For several others, I was able to find the correct answer with my 2013 knowledge and review of topics from my notes.

Great breakdown on prep content can be found here:
https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/certification/p/wiki?es=sharePoint&ec=331

READ THE CASE STUDIES!!! Then, read your questions and then re-read the case study again! If you don’t get any other advice from this post, it’s that simply reading the business case related to a certain questions and comparing details of it to what you are being asked can help you find the correct answer by eliminating incorrect answers.

Of course I have to say I should have studied more and into a few topics more in depth for sure to better round out my knowledge for the test. I hope to use this information and knowledge I have now to prep and take the 70-331 and 70-332 exams and then if I didn’t pass, I will go for and retake the 70-339.

Hope this helps!

SQL Saturday Chattanooga 2016

On Saturday June 25th, 2016 at the campus of UT Chattanooga the local SQL Server User group (SPOC) help their annual training event for the area.
This was a great even and the venue was a really great setting to take a day and get some knowledge related SQL Server and all the new features of 2016. The sessions I attended were as follows:
Using SQL server data tools 2015
16 enhancements for SQL Server 2016 (@SQLCowBell) Robert Verell
Connecting Power BI to On-Prem data with SSAS (AirborneGeek)
MS BI 2016 – More love for your data(TameraClark)
Perceptual Intelligence with Cortana Analytics
Keys to successful SharePoint Administration for the DBA

How’s this for an intimidating venue to present in?🙂 Kudos to all the speakers who tackled this one:

The sessions were great and really enjoyed all of the sessions given. Thanks to all the presenters and volunteers who put this event on! If you’ve never attended one of these events, head over to SQLPASS.org

Nintex workflows not running from adding new server

This past week I had an issue of some of my Nintex workflows just not running for some reason. They would get to a certain point and just decide not to complete the next step.
Recently i added a new application server into my farm and I did not realize that in order for these workflows to run correctly they needed to have the Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Workflow Timer Service only running on the web front ends (web servers), since that is where the Nintex service actually runs.

 

So if you are running Nintex Workflow in your farm and you have a multi-tier farm for your SharePoint setup, go to central admin and check your service settings like below:

BlogPicTo be clear once more, this Should be running on your web servers if you have Nintex workflow, but should not be running on your application servers.

 

I found this out the hard way after having to contact Nintex support one day.

 

Hope this helps others,

BJ

 

SharePoint Saturday Atlanta 2015 presentation

You know how someone once said, “Better late than never?”. Well, this post would definitely fall into that category. Back on May 30, 2015 I was graciously accepted to speak at the SharePoint Saturday event in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia State University college campus.

This is a great even that the local SharePoint user group puts on each year and they always do a great job putting on an event. The title of the session I gave here was called “Camp SharePoint”. In the hour long presentation I went through various scenarios of upgrading SharePoint and the (mostly dumb) things that I have run into in my years as an admin and gave the audience some steps to follow and guidance on the pains that I have experienced in the past with upgrades and how to prepare and avoid some of those pains.
I got many questions from users who were about to get ready for a SharePoint upgrade and were curious about any things to keep an eye out for.
I had to admit, I was very, very nervous this being m first big presentation and was super excited that I was able to do this. I have been to about 5-6 SharePoint Saturday events so far, so it was great to get to experience the event from a speaker standpoint, not just from the attendee perspective. It was great getting to meet many of the speakers and folks whose webcasts and youtube videos I have watched over and over again.

For those folks who attended my session, I thank you for your time and attention and beg for your forgiveness in being late for posting the notes and slides to this presentation.

Hopefully this can be a regular thing I can begin doing in the future! I really enjoyed hearing what some of the attendees had in their own farms and some of the issues they were experiencing. If you’re on the fence about doing one of these sessions, all I can say is go for it! It will make you a better person having to prepare and give one of these sessions.

Enjoy!
Presentation Links

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BI Architecture Talk for SPOC

Happy New Year everyone!

I wanted to get the word out that this month’s SQL Professionals of Chattanooga (SPOC) meeting this month on January 27th at 5:30pm at the Business Development Center (BDC) in Chattanooga, TN. It’s located at 100 Cherokee Blvd and you can get there by heading over to the northwest side of town. See here for a map. You can check out the announcement and the group website here:

http://spoc.sqlpass.org/

I will be speaking about the business intelligence (BI) architecture of SQL server at Life Care.

Come on out and learn how we have implemented SQL and how we have taken advantage of the many features and functionality that SQL Server can offer. We have been running this solution in our environment for about 8 years now and there’s not a lot of the ins and outs we haven’t tried. From clustering, to Analysis Services and Power Pivot, to Reporting Services, to Integration Services and everything in between; we try to pull as much business value out of SQL server that we can (and have to for what it costs…).

So if you are interested to hear more about this please feel free to join us for some free food, tech talk, and networking on January 27th at 5:30pm.

Even if you don’t work directly on SQL server or would like to learn more about SQL Server or aren’t even sure where to start learning, we are always open to having new people from the area to attend so that we can learn from each other. In the end that’s what this is all about! Creating a community of knowledge that can benefit anyone who wants to learn more.

Thanks!

-BJ