MS Ignite 2016 Day 1

Well for the first day of ignite, I can pretty much sum it all up in one word. Wow! 

To begin the day with the keynote of the conference in an arena with 20,000 other people was truly amazing. If you would like to watch a replay of it, you can find it here:

https://ignite.microsoft.com/#fbid=LjEHvsDymJ4

 

Then from there, it’s an even more frantic day moving from session to session.

 

One great talk I attended was the roadmap update for SharePoint 2016 given by Jeff Teper and several other MVP’s. the link to this presentation is here:

 

Some great announcements coming out from this talk were for me the great ability now to do zero downtime patching in SharePoint 2016 with a 4 or even a 2 server farm. People will be able to do this with the new min role combo roles that they have coming out in November of 2016.

Another area of interest for me will be all of the new functionality and features given to Power Apps and Flow as well as more features being added to the mobile apps for SharePoint and others.

love the fact that Windows Server 2016 is now released to the public and out of tech preview! This means that everyone will now be able to bring up farms and other resources on all the 2016 products.

 

There were so many Azure related announcements, it made my head spin, so I will try to find a summary link and post it below.

 

Another highlight of the day was seeing the future of a lot of technologies in the innovation keynote. The link to that session is below:

 

They even brought Deon Sanders out on the stage to talk about playing fantasy football with an AI. Now that’s pretty cool.

 

As the videos and links to other talks become available, I will add them to this post. Now it’s time to start day 2 of ignite.

 

Enjoy!

 

-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 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 http://spsevents.org

-BJ

Site Locks…always check for them

This week I had an interesting stuation happen to me and I thought I would share it so if anyone else runs across it they may not bang their heads up against the wall too many times like I did.

I had a 2007 site I was converting to 2010, but I needed to make sure that no one would try to update anything on the site while i was trying to convert it to the new 2010 version.

Enter site locks. These handy little things are normally automatic once you get ready to do a conversion or backup. What they so is set a site collection to read only so that any other actions can be performed on them and the content isnt able to be modified. Which makes sense when your trying to do a conversion or backup or other change.

My only problem was forgetting that i had run the stsadm command on this to make the site read only.When I did my backup and conversion I brought my converted site over to 2010, but I couldnt do anything to it. I needed to add some new permissions to it, but I couldn’t do anything.

Oh yeah the site lock <face palm> after then releasing the site lock I was able to add the new permissions I needed. A good summary of this in 2010 can be found over at technet here.

Enjoy! 🙂