Speaking at SharePoint user group Houston USA #SPSHOU

As always, presenting to SharePoint community across the world is a priceless sensation. This time I’ll be talking about SharePoint and OneDrive for SharePoint Houston User Group (H-SPUG) people.

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There are two parallel sessions organized for this event and you can find out the full details of HSPUG web site.

http://h-spug.org/

You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/next-generation-collaboration-with-sharepoint-and-onedrive-tickets-48652812873?aff=erelexpmlt#tickets 

SPSHou

750 Town and Country Blvd #1000, Houston, TX 77024

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Microsoft Just Released SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview

Few hours ago, Microsoft announced the general availability of SharePoint Server 2019 public preview. SharePoint is doubtlessly tops the list when it comes to collaboration and productivity platforms with record breaking popularity across the globe and diverse technical community engaged around this technology. Though the SharePoint online seems to be fascinating with its’ vast improvements, there is still a massive demand for On-Premise server edition which Microsoft can’t simply eliminate, and as a result, here comes the latest release of SharePoint Server edition, SP 2019!.

This release is the public preview which means it should not be used in production environments. Public preview can have limited set of features as the final release is yet being developed by Microsoft.

Key Features:

These are the major highlights of the SharePoint 2019 features list.

  • Modern Sites, Pages, Lists, and Libraries
  • Team News
  • SharePoint Home
  • Communication Sites
  • OneDrive Sync Client
  • Improved hybrid support and scenarios
  • New developer options
  • Improved support for business process with PowerApps and Flow

Compatibility:

  • Operating System: SharePoint Server 2019 requires Windows Server 2016 or 2019
  • SQL Server: SQL Server 2016 or 2017 required

SharePoint Server 2019 is optimized to fit modern usability demands and been influenced by Office365.

Important:

  • Do not use the public preview edition for production
  • There is no clear path on shifting from public preview to the final product so beware on the content you put on public preview setup.
  • Project Server is already bundled to SharePoint 2019 as it was in 2016. No additional binaries required to be installed
  • No SharePoint Foundation edition in 2019 either
  • SharePoint 2019 will be released in the 2nd half of 2018
  • Make use of SharePoint 2019 forum for any technical queries – https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/home?forum=SP2019

Most importantly, let’s have a look at new, deprecated and removed features of SharePoint server 2019.

Removed features (Not available in 2019):

  • Code-Based Sandbox Solutions

Code-based sandbox solutions were deprecated in SharePoint Server 2013 and have now been removed in SharePoint Online. Customers are recommended to explore SharePoint add-ins as an alternative, which are fully supported for both SharePoint on-premises and SharePoint Online.

  • Digest Authentication

Microsoft is deprecating the Digest authentication feature in Internet Information Services (IIS). This authentication mechanism isn’t very popular and there are many alternative authentication mechanisms available with better interoperability.

  • Incoming email automatic mode

Microsoft is deprecating the IIS 6 Management compatibility features in Internet Information Services (IIS). Customers using incoming email are recommended to use advanced mode instead, which allows you to manually manage the IIS SMTP service and drop folder.

  • Multi-Tenancy

The cost and complexity of providing an on-premises alternative has become prohibitive, so we will no longer support multi-tenancy in the SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview release

  • PowerPivot Gallery and Refresh

Microsoft BI strategy has shifted away from heavy integration to a standalone BI solution, Power BI, to give customers a flexible, optional integration with SharePoint along with standalone capabilities. Both PowerBI.com and Power BI Report Server offer the option to host and view Excel Workbooks with PowerPivot models

  • Visio Services – Silverlight Based Rendering

Visio Services has 2 options for rendering Visio diagrams: Microsoft Silverlight-based and PNG-based. Microsoft Silverlight is a technology that will no longer be supported as of October 12, 2021. Visio Services will only render Visio diagrams using the PNG-based technology.

Deprecated Features (Discontinued investing but remains in SharePoint 2019):

  • Access Services 2010

Will remain supported, but deprecated, for the SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview release. Customers are recommended to explore Microsoft PowerApps and Flows as potential alternatives to Access Services 2010

  • Access Services 2013

Will remain supported, but deprecated, for the SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview release. Customers are recommended to explore Microsoft PowerApps and Flows as potential alternatives to Access Services 2013.

  • Aggregated Newsfeed

Feature will be set to read-only in SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview. For customers who are currently using this feature, we recommend considering options such as Team News, Communication Sites, Yammer and/or Teams.

  • Custom Help

The new SharePoint help system is now rendered in the cloud and will have updated, synchronized content with Office 365.

  • Groove Sync Client

SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview introduces support for the new OneDrive Sync Client (a.k.a. the Next Generation Sync Client), which provides a more reliable and feature-rich syncing experience

  • InfoPath Services

As announced in the Microsoft 365 blog, InfoPath Services is a deprecated feature and customers are advised to explore alternatives. InfoPath Services will remain supported, but deprecated, for this release.

  • Lists Web Service

The following SOAP endpoints in the Lists web service depend on the Microsoft Sync Framework, which was necessary to support the Groove sync Client: Lists.GetListItemChangesWithKnowledge, Lists.UpdateListItemsWithKnowledge

  • Machine Translations (and Variations)

The Machine Translation Service will remain supported, but deprecated, for the SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview release.

  • PerformancePoint Services

PerformancePoint Services has a significant dependency on Microsoft Silverlight, which is a technology that will no longer be supported as of October 12, 2021. Customers are recommended to explore Microsoft PowerBI as an alternative

  • SharePoint Designer

There will not be a new SharePoint Designer client shipped with this release. Microsoft will ensure that SharePoint Designer 2013 will work with SharePoint Server 2019 Public Preview for the remainder of the client support lifecycle (2026).

  • Site Mailbox

As announced in the SPO Community Blog, site mailboxes are being deprecated in SPO. Site mailboxes will remain supported, but deprecated. Customers are recommend to explore shared mailboxes as an alternative to site mailboxes.

  • Site Manager

The main functionality of Site Manager is now available in modern file move. Only site collection administrators will have permission to access the Site Manager page and the UI entry points to this page will be removed.

Download Media:

You can download you copy of SharePoint Server 2019 here – https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=2006095

Global Azure Boot camp-Colombo 2018 was a great success !

With 150 participants in Movenpick hotel Colombo, Azure Boot camp achieved a great success last Saturday, 21st April. This was a full day event filled with fruitful moments and rich technical content focused on Microsoft Azure technologies. 13 Technical sessions by Industry experts and MVPs enriched the agenda and wrapped up in style with raffle draw and give-aways.

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I will be speaking at aOS Singapore Tour 2018 on 19th May–See you there !

aOS Singapore

aOS Singapore Tour 2018 is aiming to be educational & informative. Sessions will be conducted by respected SharePoint/Office 365/Azure professionals, covering a wide variety of topics. Sessions will cover Azure, SharePoint, and Office 365, including content for IT Pros, Developers, and Business Users.

Organised by technology enthusiasts and Microsoft MVPS (Most Valuable Professional), this is an event not to be missed. aOS is one of the largest and widely spread community for Microsoft SharePoint, Azure and Office 365 across the globe. In fact, the name of this global community is came out from the first character of these three products so that its easy to remember and more relevant.

In this session, I’ll  be talking about latest improvements of OneDrive and SharePoint as Microsoft have recently boosted their productivity stack when it comes to their capabilities.

Join us for a free full-day community event and learn more about the latest technologies and functionalities from respected experts!

Register here for free – https://aossg.azurewebsites.net/ 

OneDrive Making a Real Comeback

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Have you heard about the virtual Collab365 Global Conference 2017 that’s streaming online November 1st – 2nd?

Join me and 120 other speakers from around the world who will be bringing you the very latest content around SharePoint, Office 365, Flow, PowerApps, Azure, OneDrive for Business and of course the increasingly popular Microsoft Teams. The event is produced by the Collab365 Community and is entirely free to attend.

Places are limited to 5000 so be quick and register now.

During the conference I’d love you to watch my session which is called : ‘OneDrive Making a Real Comeback’

OneDrive and OneDrive for business has been vital for collaboration context. Microsoft is making OneDrive better and better everyday with bunch of exciting and useful new features. Let’s discover the latest on OneDrive as its now acts as a more unified product with the latest capabilities announced.​

If you join me, you will learn:

  • Latest of OneDrive
  • OneDrive
  • Unified OneDrive for everyone

Topic(s):

  • OneDrive

Audience :

  • End User
  • IT Manager
  • Power User

Time (in UTC) :

  • Thursday, November 2 2017 7:00 AM

How to attend :

  1. Register here.
  2. At the time listed above go here to watch my session. (you can also add me to your own personal planner from the agenda.
  3. Be ready to take notes!