Office 365 Microsoft Teams

  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 today’s teams Hub for teamwork Customizable options Security teams trust Chat for… Read More

Continue Reading

Office Online Server Update Released

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 in PowerPoint Online Support for embedded Power View sheets in Excel Online Support for shapes in Excel Online… Read More

Continue Reading

SharePoint 2016 Feature Pack 1 Released

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 also includes the new features and functionality that have been deployed and tested… Read More

Continue Reading

Shrinking Ginormous SharePoint Database Transaction Log Files

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… Read More

Continue Reading

Moving or Renaming a Web Application Content Database

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 drives, but you don’t want to recreate the Web… Read More

Continue Reading

Renaming the GUID-Challenged Central Administration Database

The Central Administration content database that is created during the installation of your SharePoint farm is probably the second most important database, with the SharePoint Configuration database being the first most important, so it is imperative that you are able to easily reference this database when performing administrative tasks.  If you perform the SharePoint installation using the GUI the Central Admin database is created with a not-so-user-friendly name that includes a Globally Unique Identifier (GUID). This name makes it challenging to work with when writing scripts that reference the database because of the GUID included in the name of this database.  You can avoid the GUID from being applied to… Read More

Continue Reading

SharePoint Windows Explorer Operations Perform Very Slowly

The ability to upload files into SharePoint using the Windows Explorer window makes the migration of content into SharePoint significantly easier. The Windows Explorer mode option in SharePoint is also very beneficial if you want to move content from one location to another location in SharePoint. However, if you have not made one quick configuration change to Internet Explorer the time it takes to perform the upload, copy, or move within SharePoint is horribly slow. You can follow these steps to significantly decrease the time necessary for these operations: In Internet Explorer, open the Tools menu and click Internet Options Click the Connections tab Click the LAN Settings button Uncheck the “Automatically detect settings” box Click OK until all… Read More

Continue Reading

Blocked File Types Prevent use of Site Templates

Recently, I discovered I wasn’t able to create a new SharePoint 2010 site using the out-of-box (OOB) team site template in my portal Web application. However, when I tried to create a site using the blank site template, the site was created successfully. After digging deeper into the odd behavior I was experiencing, I discovered that I had previously blocked some file types for my portal Web application and one of those file types that I had blocked was the .png file type. Knowing a blocked file type prevents a file from being uploaded, and even downloaded, in SharePoint I decided to check to try to determine which file types… Read More

Continue Reading

Microsoft Ignite Review

Last week, I spent time with over 23,000 of my closest friends in Chicago at the Microsoft Ignite conference learning, networking, eating, and enjoying a bevy as we absorbed as much information as possible on topics including Windows 10, SQL Server, SharePoint, Office 365, and Azure just to name a few. Within these areas there were sessions containing information for IT Pros, developers, information workers, and anyone else working in any capacity of technology and not just Microsoft, as there were several mentions of Apple products as well. This was the first conference of its kind in the fact it combined TechEd and several product-specific conferences, like SharePoint and SQL… Read More

Continue Reading

Vulnerabilities in Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft recently announced a security bulletin (MS15-047) informing the public of vulnerabilities in Microsoft SharePoint Server which could allow remote execution as discussed in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3058083. The affected software includes all editions of Microsoft SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010, and SharePoint 2013. The threat assessment coming from Microsoft is viewed as important being a successful attacker could run arbitrary code in the security context of the W3WP service account on the target SharePoint site. Therefore it’s time to secure your SharePoint Server since at the time of the release of bulletin MS15-047 Microsoft had not been notified that these vulnerabilities had been publicly used to attack customers. Before downloading and deploying the security update make sure all updates offered… Read More

Continue Reading