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Posted by in on Apr 25, 2017 .

 

Microsoft’s Office Online Server (OOS), formerly known as Office Web Apps (OWA), recently released the second significant update to OOS. This April 2017 update includes changes and improvements in the following seven functional areas of OOS:

  • Support on Windows Server 2016
  • Performance improvements to co-authoring in PowerPoint Online.
  • Equation viewing in Word Online.
  • New navigation pane in Word Online.
  • Improved undo/redo in Word Online.
  • Enhanced W3C accessibility support for users who rely on assistive technologies.
  • Accessibility checkers for all applications to ensure that all Office documents can be read and...

Posted by in Office 365 on Mar 29, 2017 .

 

On Tuesday March 14th, Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams – a chat-based workspace available in Office 365 that is now fully functional and available to over 85 million Office 365 active users, in 19 languages and 181 markets world-wide. Microsoft Team users can utilize this new powerful collaboration suite of tools for team chats, calls, meetings, and messaging. The Teams are both customizable and extensible, and provide security and standards compliancy to keep your company’s sensitive collaborations private.

Microsoft Teams is built on four primary promises, each of which I’ll expand on in this post:

    Chat for...

Posted by in SharePoint, Office Online Server on Dec 21, 2016 .

Office Online Server Update

Microsoft released Office Online Server (OOS), formerly known as Office Web Apps (OWA) earlier this year, and recently announce the first significant update to it. First the good news and that is that this  November update provides improvements in the following eight functional areas of OOS:

  • Performance improvements to co-authoring in Word Online
  • Improved picture resizing in Word Online
  • Improvements when working with tables in Word Online and PowerPoint Online, including better drag-and-drop support
  • Support for showing spelling errors inline in the PowerPoint editor
  • Copy and paste improvements...

Posted by in SharePoint on Dec 09, 2016 .

Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016

Microsoft promised! Microsoft delivered!

During the launch of SharePoint Server 2016, Microsoft said you no longer are going to have to wait for the next major release of SharePoint to obtain new features and functionality introduced in SharePoint Online.

Guess what? They followed through by releasing SharePoint Server 2016 Feature Pack 1 in early November 2016. A feature pack is similar to a CU, or Cumulative Update, in the sense it includes all previous updates for SharePoint Server 2016, which means you don’t have to install them before you install Feature Pack 1. But a Feature Pack...

Posted by in SharePoint, SQL Server, Speaking on Aug 07, 2016 .

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Brian 

Posted by in on Aug 07, 2016 .

I’ll be speaking at Live! 360 Orlando, December 5-9. Surrounded by your fellow industry professionals, Live! 360 provides you with immediately usable training and education that will keep you relevant in the workforce.

I’ll be presenting the following sessions:

·         Integrating Office Online Server with SharePoint

·         Managing Data Recovery in SharePoint

·         Optimizing SQL Server for SharePoint

SPECIAL OFFER: As a speaker, I can extend $500 savings on the 5-day package. Register here: http://bit.ly/LSPK01_Home

All roads lead to Live! 360: the ultimate education destination! Bring the issues that...

I’m sure by now most of you have encountered SharePoint databases that have a SQL Server database data file (.mdf) at a size that is as little as several hundred MB’s, yet the associated log file (.ldf) is ginormous and may be GB’s in size. This ginormous transaction log file will continue to grow until the drive containing the transaction log (t-log) runs out of disk space. At this point there is no room for transactions to be added to the t-log, so users cannot perform insert, update, or delete actions in SharePoint. This restriction is applied because every type of SQL data modification is first written to the transaction log and...

Posted by in SharePoint, SQL Server on Jun 02, 2015 .

When creating a web application in SharePoint 2013 it will communicate with SQL Server to create the supporting content database. Depending on what steps are used to create the Web Apps it sometimes creates the SharePoint database with a not-so-'friendly' database name and it may contain a ginormous GUID, (which I pronounce Goo-id) as part of the database name. When working with these databases it can become challenging to specify the name of the database within PowerShell or SQL Server so you'll want to rename the database to a more user-friendly name. You may also decide you need to move the database to a different location on your hard...