MS Ignite 2016 Day 2

Talk, then sit. Then walk, then sit. Then walk more and sit. Rinse and repeat. 

Today was all about sessions here at MS Ignite on Day 2 and here are some of the talks that I attended during the day:

Keep your OneDrive Content Safe and Secure

Great session given on the topics of the new auditing and monitoring features coming to SharePoint on premises and Online to show how policies and other items can be created to keep users from accidentally leaking important work data to unauthorized users.

Really enjoyed the mobile device features to enable or disable apps on devices to make sure content is being shared correctly

Understand the Impact of the future of SharePoint

This roundtable session was given by 3 MVP’s to discuss what they see coming up in the future of the product and how this will affect customers. Many people shared stories from their companies in a Q and A format

Dive into Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 Upgrade and Migration

Upgrade session given by Todd Klindt and Jason Himmelstein over the different areas of focus to keep in mind when moving to the new 2016 version. Also had great tips and tricks for people who were making the move to 2016 from either 2010 or even the 2007 version of the product.

Explore MS SharePoint Server 2016 and beyond

Great session given by Bill Baer and Troy from the product team describing bore of the new things in feature pack one coming in November along with the road map of all things SharePoint from then on. Also he mentioned that 2016 will NOT be the last on premises version of SharePoint, so it’s nice to know that we will all have something to work harder on for the next few years. 🙂

Dive into MS Office 365 and SharePoint Hybrid Scenarios

Interesting Session given by Bill and Rick laying out some of the scenarios and steps to keep in mind when going from on premises to connecting things to the cloud. Discussed things like My Sites and One Drive in the cloud along with things to keep in mind when connecting search.

Also gave several great demos on how users perspective changes once things move to online dealing with video content and Delve as well.

Learn how to build a fast, responsive SharePoint Portal in SharePoint Online

Cool session given by some of the O365 team to describe how they have gone from working with regular SharePoint on prem to O365 development practices to try and make the pages of the new SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint Online load as fast as possible with minimal overhead.

Learn about Office 365 groups and how to use them

Great short talk given to introduce the idea of Groups and the presenter gave four scenarios how users might go about using them. It was nice to see this translated into real world scenarios so this made it easier to understand

Wow that was a long day, and I will be ready to rest and go at it again for day 3.

-BJ

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!

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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ChattPAC wrap up

I wanted to take some time and just thank everyone who came to hear me talk about SharePoint today at the Chattanooga Portals and Collaboration user group.

I really enjoyed the stories that we all shared and some of the ideas we threw around to get more people talking about SharePoint in our corner of the woods.

If you have any questions or would like to see this talk given again, let me know. I really did enjoy giving it and I hope I can tweak it a bit and give it to another group soon in the future.

Thanks!

BJ

You can find my slides at http://slidesha.re/1qqCc1L

I also have a set of links I will try to post here as well.

Edit Form People Picker Empty – Fixed with Workaround

Happy Friday everyone,

I wanted to let you know of a current issue that we are seeing in our SharePoint Foundations 2013 farms. Right now as far as I can tell this shows up if you have the July, August, or September 2014 CU added to your SharePoint Farm

You can read about it here:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/sharepoint/en-US/17db4d9a-590f-4d4d-ab83-9d7d50cf6e31/sharepoint-2013-july-2014-cu-people-picker-fields-empty-in-edit-forms?forum=sharepointadmin

The TL:DR version is the people picker is blank when you go and open an existing item in a list using the edit form. This is kind of a pain because we use this type of field EVERYWHERE in our farms.

I want to get the word out to as many people as possible at this point and my next plan is to open a support ticket with MS support.

Feel free to post more comments below and let me know what your experience is with this. As I have more details and a fix, I will post it here.

Thanks,

BJ

Update here is the workaround that I got from MS Support:

  • Went to the tasks list “Tasks”
  • Selected an existing item >> edit item
  • We were not able to edit the form
  • Went to site contents >> tasks >> settings
  • Went to library settings >> Advanced settings
  • Selected “NO” to Launch Forms in a dialog option
  • Went to tasks list “BI Tasks”
  • Selected an existing item >> edit item
  • We were able to edit the form
  • Went to site actions >> edit page >> web part >> Web Part Properties -> Activate Server Render option
  • Click Apply-> OK -> Stop Editing
  • Checked the item by editing it
  • We were able to see the name in Assigned to field.

Hope this helps, but would like to see it fixed so we don’t have to correct this all over the place…