SharePoint Conference 2019

SharePoint Conference 2019 is going to be Eppick! We are just weeks away from the SharePoint Conference being held at MGM Grand in Las Vegas May 21-23, and the more I hear about it, the more excited I become. In addition to the main conference, there are two days of workshops to provide you a full conference experience that is loaded with knowledge from SharePoint, OneDrive, and Office 365 experts. I am super excited to be delivering one of my favorite full day workshops on Monday, May 20th; “Becoming a SharePoint Online Admin Expert” This engaging full day workshop includes discussions on the concepts of being a SharePoint Online Administrator,… Read More

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Teams, Teams, Teams, all I want to do is Teams

Teams, Teams, Teams, all I want to do is Teams (Sung to the song “All I want to do is Dream”) Microsoft continues to improve what I think is one of the best services they have released in many years; Microsoft Teams. This week Microsoft announced eight new capabilities in Microsoft Teams, one of which was the number one requested feature; private channels. However, before you get too excited it is important to realize that you aren’t going to open your Teams apps and find all of these recently announced features immediately, but they will be rolled out over the remainder of the year. Let’s take a quick peek at… Read More

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New Admin Center for SharePoint Online

Microsoft has completed the global release of the new SharePoint Online Admin Center that is easily accessible from the classic SPO Admin Center. The new interface doesn’t have all of functionality that the classic admin center has, so you’ll have to do some toggling between the two interfaces depending on what task you’re trying to complete. To move to new Admin Center there will be a banner across the top that announces it and on the far right there is a button called Try it Now. To return back to the classic SharePoint Online Admin center you can click on the Classic SharePoint admin center option located in the left… Read More

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Microsoft Announces Retirement of Office 365 Admin Exams and Introduces Replacements

Microsoft recently announced the retirement of two Office 365 exams; 70-346 and 70-347, which are scheduled to retire on March 31, 2019. These two exams have been around for quite some time and if you pass both of them you obtain your Office 365 MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) which will remain relevant for an undetermined amount of time after the exams are retired. The Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements (70-346) exam contains the following topic areas: Additional information about this exam and the retirement of the exam can be found at this location:   https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-346.aspx The Enabling Office 365 Services (70-347) exam contains the following topic areas: Managing… Read More

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Microsoft Ignite 2018 – SharePoint Related Announcements

If you weren’t able to attend Microsoft Ignite 2018, as I wasn’t, there were a lot of great announcements by Microsoft in all product areas. I’ve done some research and pulled together the highlights of the announcements and in this blog post I’m going to focus on the key announcement areas specific to SharePoint Online, and the associated Microsoft online services. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot announced about SharePoint Server 2019. NOTE: Not all of these announced features and capabilities are in production at this point and time. The expected release date for these features and capabilities is between 2018 Q4 and by the end of the first half of… Read More

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Microsoft Teams for Free…Say what?

    Microsoft recently announced a free version of Microsoft Teams, their competing product with Slack, and a very powerful product I might add, that is now available for free, or in monetary terms $0.00. This offering by Microsoft is providing an opportunity for users who haven’t explore Microsoft Teams to now explore at no cost, with the hope of enticing you into purchasing it after you see what it has to offer and how beneficial it can be to your organization. You haven’t heard of Microsoft Teams? Well then I suggest you see what you’re missing by visiting this Microsoft Teams site. Microsoft Teams has exploded over the past… Read More

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Links to my free training videos from several resources

Online Training Videos Sign up for a free 1 month trial subscription at Pluralsight using code 607-2213-JQZ4-7FRA to view my SharePoint, SharePoint Online, and Office 365 courses available from Pluralsight. Sign up for a free trial subscription at Pearson to view my Windows Server Identity with Windows Server 2016 course available from Pearson. Sign up for a free trial subscription at LinkedIn to view my course on Migrating from SharePoint 2013 to SharePoint 2016. You can also view this course on Lynda.com. Please visit the Microsoft Virtual Academy to view my Microsoft SharePoint and SQL Server courses. You can visit the ComputerWorld site to view my monthly SharePoint blogs. Thanks for visiting! Brian

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Staying Aware of SharePoint Online and O365 Changes

Are you overwhelmed, confused, or maybe even caught off guard when changes are made in SharePoint Online? Well, you aren’t alone. This ever-evolving product that is near and dear to our hearts is being updated regularly and if you aren’t paying close attention you may not be able to keep up with the changes or understand what changes are happening or may have already happened. I have good news for you, not only can you be informed of upcoming changes to SharePoint Online, you can also read about the changes that have already taken place. Let’s begin by looking back at what you may have missed. Microsoft maintains a Web… Read More

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May 2017 SharePoint Summit Overview

Microsoft’s first SharePoint Virtual summit was held today Tuesday, May 16, 2017 and there were several fgreat announcements made. I’ve included about ½ dozen of these announcements. For the full story with the details from the summit, please visit the following site: SharePoint Summit May, 2017 Also, information regarding SharePoint Server 2016 Feature Pack 2 was introduced today, which will be released in the fall of 2017, and it was noted that SharePoint Server 2016 there are no plans to make SharePoint Server 2016 the last on-premises version of SharePoint. You can read more about this announcement by visiting the following site: SharePoint Server 2016 Feature Pack 2 In the meantime,… Read More

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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

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