Preparing for the MS-100: Microsoft 365 Identity and Services Exam

Information about this exam including its prerequisites, intended audience, and skills measured can be found on this Microsoft Web Site. After visiting the Microsoft MS-100 exam Web Site, and deciding you want to take the exam, you’ll want to take the time to prepare for the exam. To provide you some guidance I have designed and created nine Pluralsight courses specific to the MS-100 exam. These nine courses can be located using the following Pluralsight’s Web Site link. I built the nine MS-100 exam courses in a specific order, and some of the courses are built on previous courses, so it is best to watch them in the order I… Read More

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Top 10 SharePoint Online Announcements from Microsoft Ignite 2019

SharePoint Online Home Sites, built on top of Communication sites are now rolled out, providing a more dynamic and modern landing page that contains news and content relative to your employees Hub sites being updated to include Hub permissions management, analytics capability, and Search and audience targeting is in progress Expanded views of lists and libraries with one click to clear the site header and the left-hand navigation Since we are talking about libraries; Power Apps now integrates with SharePoint libraries, not just lists To view your rows easier, there is an option to display every other row with your color choice, making information in libraries and lists easier to… Read More

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Monitoring Microsoft Teams Updates

Microsoft Teams is taking charge in file management, collaboration, and communication. It appears Microsoft has a new kid in town, and that kid is very popular, so they are getting a lot of attention from Microsoft, and more importantly Microsoft customers. With Microsoft dedicating so many resources, both financial and human, the challenge becomes, how do you keep up with the changes to Teams. Well the good news it isn’t too difficult because Microsoft is doing a great job in sharing the future of Microsoft Teams, and documenting the changes they are making as they are released. If you want to see what Microsoft is planning for Microsoft Teams, you… Read More

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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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