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.

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SharePoint Saturday Atlanta 2014

Back on June 21st, I had the privilege of attending my first event of the year in Atlanta at the Georgia State University Student Center.

You can find out more about the event by going here.

The twitter feed for this event was #SPSATL and if you have a chance, I highly recommend you go back and check out all the content that was related to this one.

While I was there I had a chance to check out the following sessions:

“Anatomy of an Intranet” by Michael Greene Twitter Blog

“Use SharePoint as a viable Hybrid Approach to your Enterprise” by Eric Harlan Twitter Blog

“Windows Azure as a SharePoint Farm Restore Rehearsal Space” by Tyler Bithell Twitter Blog and Pablo Montequin Twitter

“The White Hat: hacking SharePoint On-Prem from Google Reconnaissance to Metasploit” by Joseph Irvine Blog

“Business Intelligence with SharePoint 2013 and SQL 2014” by Ivan Sanders Twitter Blog

My personal favorite of the day was the session on hacking SharePoint by Joseph Irvine. It gave me chills as to some steps I should be doing with my own SharePoint farms, but also gave many examples of businesses and organizations that show they just click next, next, next and then quit maintaining their servers.

Shame on them and shame on me too! Security for the most part isn’t too difficult, it just takes extra time that most people don’t have the time for. Until they get hacked or pwned.

The folks in charge of putting on this event did a great job! I look forward to these events whenever I can go because they always line up good speakers who can give you FREE training on something you want to learn more about. If there is an event going on close to you in the future it’s worth a tank of gas and a Saturday of your time to better yourself. Now go sign up!! 🙂

To learn more about upcoming events for SharePoint Saturdays head on over to


SharePoint Saturday Atlanta Wrap Up, Better late than never!


Wow, it seems like it has been a long time since I went down to Atlanta with a friend to attend my first SharePoint Saturday conference at the Microsoft offices in Alpharetta, GA on the weekend of May 7th. Event Link

It was packed out, and for good reason! I had heard that this area had a great user base and people who were passionate about SharePoint. At the time I didn’t know much about many of the people who were speaking at the event, but I knew that they would be giving some great insight as to how I could use some of their tips and tricks to make my daily battle with SharePoint go a little easier.

I started off in the first session with Scott Lavoie (Profile) on Best Practices and Pain Points of Implementing SharePoint Training, because at the time I knew we needed to be thinking about this same theme when we begin rolling out a new big project I was working on at the time. Scott gave out some good advice on incorporating the users in the testing phase of the training ( I know, duh, right!!??) as well as many points to think about when bringing new applications into your environment and using things like a Sustainment Plan to make sure you are constantly updating existing users and educating new users as well as showing upper management you have a strategy to execute your ideas.

Next I went to the session Under SharePoint’s Big Top given by Lori Gowin (Blog|Twitter). This was a great admin focused talk relating to the ups and downs of installing and setting up SharePoint 2010 (like never using Stand-Alone) as well as some of the other programs involved in the mix like PowerShell, PSConfig, and the Products and Configuration Wizard. I enjoyed the talk as well as learning that the source of many of the photos used were from family and friends who worked in the circus as well. Neat-O!

Okay, nom-nom’s a plenty and then off to The Business side of Upgrading: Clean-up, Shape-up, and Ship-over by Virgil Carroll (Blog|Twitter). What I found interesting about this presentation was he hit many of the same points I am currently going through with our current upgrade project. Mainly garbage into SharePoint equals garbage out for an upgrade. Also he went over some good business questions to ask when going through a SharePoint upgrade process. I’ll definitely be referencing this a few more time to make sure our business reasons for upgrading are clear before we take the plunge.

Later in the afternoon was Taming the Beast: A SharePoint Survival Guide for the Server that was done by Craig Trulove (Twitter) and mainly the thing I really liked about his presentation was how he showed us some ways to make your admin life easier through PowerShell. He went over some good tools to have in the SPAdmin arsenal like Fiddler, ULS Viewer, Developer Dashboard, PowerGui, and SharePoint Manager to name a few. I have yet t try out the SharePoint Manager, so that’s next on my list to try in dev.

Finally to round out the day I went to see SharePoint Scalability and Performance by Pablo Gazmuri (Profile). Which was a great topic and I really enjoyed his demos and examples he used to get an idea of page performance and  caching in SharePoint. The C# information he discussed went right over my head only because I don’t know C# (although I should) but will be good to reference later for any of our developers building things in our SharePoint environment. Definitely need to delve more into this topic hopefully at a later time.

Overall this was definitely time well spent. If you have never been to a SharePoint Saturday or SQL Saturday event, let me give you one word of advice. Go! I know many people have a hard time being away from family or friends on a weekend, but this is you improving yourself for your career, which I think is the main reason why these wonderful organizations put on these events. And I appreciate them for doing it.

Now if I could just win one of those Xbox prizes in the giveaways at the end of the day… I would be set! Or an IPAD or Kindle would work also…