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

Continue Reading

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

Continue Reading

Join me at the European SharePoint Conference in Dublin

Making ESPC as Easy as 1.2.3 Europe’s Largest SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference is approaching fast. Here’s a few handy tips on how to make the most of your time at the conference. Find out who’s going   Check out Twitter #ESPC17 to find out who’s going or visit the ESPC17 delegates page. If you would like to be added to this page, email your image and details to sarah@sharepointeurope.com There’s no better time to network with your peers, connect with new prospects, or touch base with customers than ESPC17. Don’t bank on running into them at the conference, reach out to them before and arrange a meeting. Plan Ahead  Take a look… Read More

Continue Reading

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

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

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

Configuring SQL Server Log Shipping on SharePoint Content Databases

Implementing data redundancy is one of the most effective ways to avoid data loss in any application. Although this article discusses configuring redundancy for SharePoint content stored in SQL Server by configuring SQL Server log shipping, redundancy should not be limited to only data redundancy. Any possible single point of failure, including hard drives, cables, and DNS or IIS entries should be taken into consideration to ensure you are able to quickly recover from what could be a disaster. There are several methods to choose from when determining the type of data redundancy you need to ensure business continuity. A few of these methods include; SQL Server clustering, database mirroring,… Read More

Continue Reading