I’ll be speaking at aOS Conference Kuala Lampur

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DATE:

TIME:

VENUE:

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23RD OCTOBER 2018

TUESDAY

09.00AM TO 5.30PM

Registration starts at 8.30am

EVENT FLOOR

MICROSOFT MALAYSIA,

18TH FLOOR, MENARA SHELL.

(Microsoft New Office)

FREE ENTRANCE

**Register NOW! Seats are on first come first serve basis**

REGISTER HERE!!!

Who Is This For?

The content is suited to business people, managers, CIOs, executives, and end users.

There is also content for Technical roles (IT Pros, Developers and Hands on Power Users) to learn the how and why of many Office 365 (and SharePoint) apps.

If you are someone who sees the digital workplace as a way to improve the way you work, increase your team’s productivity and deliver better results – come and learn how.

· Business Decision Makers – what it can do?

· IT Pro – how to migrate or manage?

· Developers – how to build or configure it?

TIME

BUSINESS DECISION

IT PRO

DEVELOPERS

08.30 AM – 09.00 AM

Registration

09.00 AM – 09.45 AM

Opening & Key Note

10.00 AM – 10.45 AM

Transforming Your Organization into a Digital Workplace

A Deep Dive into Microsoft 365 Security

A Deep Dive into Microsoft 365 Security

11.00 AM – 11.45 AM

Delivering tangible business value with Office 365

Single Sign on and Multi Factor Authentication with Azure AD

Lean, Scrum and Low code approach of SharePoint and O365 projects

12.00 PM – 12.45 PM

Accelerate success and time-to-value for Microsoft 365 with best practices from the field

Data Leakage Prevention and Rights Management in Office365

Bot Framework with Microsoft Team

01.00 PM – 01.45 PM

Lunch

02.00 PM – 02.45 PM

The 4th Dimensional Meeting

Migrating to SharePoint Online – Real-life Experiences

Accelerating development and business with Azure Containers

03.00 PM – 03.45 PM

Bots – Changing the way we engage with technology

How your SharePoint deployment can benefit from Azure capabilities

Microsoft Graph: Get the power of Excel functions into your Web Applications

04.00 PM – 04.45 PM

All about documents in O365 and SharePoint

IOT for Beginners and IT Pros

Using Graph API to read Outlook mail for Accounting

05.00 PM – 05.30 PM

Wrap Up & Panel Discussion

Share & exchange, Worldwide

In conjunction with our inaugural ASEAN tour, aOS is bringing its global experts to mingle with Malaysia’s Azure and Office 365 user’s community to exchange ideas on how to maximize your usage and ROI from Microsoft’s cloud technologies.

CONNECT: Meet like-minded people, make new connections, build your support network. See a whole range of products and demonstrations ALL in the one place!

LEARN: Whether it be training, up-skilling or starting from scratch, the opportunities to learn from the BEST in the field are here.

EXPERIENCE: New innovation and inspiring speakers. Walk away with ideas and momentum. We bring you LOTS of what is NEW in Microsoft Office 365 and Azure.

Technologies Content – Microsoft Teams (and Groups), PowerApps, Flow, Power BI, OneDrive, Microsoft Forms, Skype for Business, Azure, Yammer, OneNote, Office 365, many 3rd party tools and our awesome line up of SharePoint content.

Business and Productivity Content – Digital Workspace, Security, Governance, Information Architecture, Collaboration, Data Migration, User Adoption, Agile Development, Mobile and Paperless Workforce.

With 18 SESSIONS (MVPs and domain experts) coming from 14 INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS, 7 COUNTRIES this event is THE Office 365 event for this year. With limited spaces available, it is on a first come, first serve basis. Be there or be square!…. (read more here!)

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Minimum Versioning Coming Soon for SharePoint Online and OneDrive Libraries

Microsoft has come up with a new update for OneDrive and SharePoint libraries which will be rolling out from 30th September 2018 onwards. The update announced in Office 365 Message Center as MC146556. This update initially supposed to impact all customers but based on the customer pushback, Microsoft now allows you to opt it out if you choose to. However, opting out is highly discouraged as it doesn’t carry much pros but cons.

Accordingly, this article on how to configure versioning shall also be updated soon by Microsoft. Simply because if you don’t want to opt it out, you will have versioning enabled – https://support.office.com/en-us/article/enable-and-configure-versioning-for-a-list-or-library-1555d642-23ee-446a-990a-bcab618c7a37?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US#OfficeVersion=Online

First and foremost, why versioning?

Of course, Autosaving and Restorations need versioning. The ability in Office applications to automatically save your changes and restoration feature of OneDrive depends on versioning.

I opt out so what?

Well, If you have no versioning enabled, you won’t be able to recover your files. Not to be forgotten, you can enabled it back anytime so you will have it all!

Steps to opt out:

You can opt out by running a simple command in PowerShell and for that you

Download the latest SharePoint shell here – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35588

Run “Connect-SPOService -Url – <Your Admin Site Url> -credential admin@yoursite.com” to connect to your Office365 admin site.

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Provide the admin credentials and hit “ok”

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Then run “Set-SPOTenant -EnableMinimumVersionRequirement $False”

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Now check if the command has done the work. Run Get command as shown below and see if you get the result for -EnableMinimumVersionRequirements as False at the bottom of the result.

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You are now not impacted by this change, However you are not eligible for the benefits it carry.

Source: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-OneDrive-Blog/New-Updates-to-OneDrive-and-SharePoint-Team-Site-Versioning/ba-p/204390

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

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

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!

SharePoint Multitenancy – BCS and Secure Store Service applications are not appeared in the tenant admin portal

When your developers asking for BCS to be configured and If you do not see any links for BCS and Secure Store Service applications under your tenant admin portals, it’s quite normal. That not necessarily mean the Multitenant concept is not supporting BCS or SSS in partitioned mode. When the initial scripts are executed to perform service application creation, these two applications are also provisioned. However the linking is not done.

As per Microsoft:

  • Business Data Connectivity service

Once configured in partition mode, all configuration of the Business Data Connectivity service moves to tenant administration. However the Tenant Administration site template does not include the link to this page, which can be added using the customization technique in the Extending the Tenant Administration site template section

  • Secure Store service

Once configured in partition mode, the generation of encryption keys remains a farm level configuration performed either via Central Administration or Windows PowerShell. The remainder of the Secure Store service configuration moves to tenant administration. However the Tenant Administration site template does not include the link to this page, which can be added using the customization technique in the Extending the Tenant Administration site template section.

Spencer did a wonderful job with his detailed explanation to Multitenancy http://www.harbar.net/articles/sp2013mt.aspx. Thanks to this great series of article, I was able to setup a comprehensive farm for one of the government agency in Asia which has over 30 tenants. Nevertheless, it doesn’t seems to cover this particular problem.

There is a solution in CodePlex for this, but I didn’t attempt to try as it involves a deployment in the servers- https://fixmultitenantissues.codeplex.com/

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Let’s find a way out of this.

It’s possible to extend the tenant admin portal template to perform certain things such as adding a new link, removing a link etc.. But where are these links? If we have them, we can at least try to configure BCS and see if that functions well under partitioned mode, right?

Well, they are there!

You can find the SSS and BDC Application pages in the resource folders under the following path. These folders contain the pages used in these two applications. Finding these allows us to test the Business Data Connectivity Service functionality and embed the URLs to the tenant admin portals by extending the site template.

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SSSvc folder contains the following items inside. Just copy the path and the page name at the end. The path would be “http://tenant.domain.net/admin/_layouts/15/sssvc/TA_ManageSSSvcApplication.aspx

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Then BCS. Go to BDC folder and check if it has the following set of files. Path for that would be “http://tenant.domain.net/admin/_layouts/15/bdc/TA_ViewBDCApplication.aspx

Copy both these URLs to a notepad.

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Now let’s add these links in to Tenant admin portal. For now we are adding these in to the left navigation so that if everything works well we can extend the template and add the links globally and permanently.

Open up the tenant admin portal and simply go to Site Settings –> Quick Launch, under the Look and feel section

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Add new headings respectively

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They should appear in the left panel right away.

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Click on each, and you should be able to open up the applications now.

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If everything goes well, you can go ahead and extend the layout templates. The following feature definition shows how to add a new group, several links, and remove the link to the Manage Site Collections page. Doing this allows us to globally enable the links across all tenant admin sites at once.

<Elements xmlns=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/”&gt;
<CustomActionGroup
Id=”TenantAdmin_HostingUserAccounts”
Location=”Microsoft.SharePoint.TenantAdministration”
Title=”User Accounts”
Sequence=”90″
ImageUrl=”_layouts/images/SiteSettings_UsersAndPermissions_48x48.png”>
<UrlAction
Url=”” />
</CustomActionGroup>
<CustomAction
Id=”TenantAdmin_HostingUserAccounts_AddUser”
GroupId=”TenantAdmin_HostingUserAccounts”
Location=”Microsoft.SharePoint.TenantAdministration”
Sequence=”10″
Title=”Create User”>
<UrlAction
Url=”_layouts/UserAccountsWebParts/UA_AddUsers.aspx” />
</CustomAction>
<CustomAction
Id=”TenantAdmin_HostingUserAccounts_ManageUsers”
GroupId=”TenantAdmin_HostingUserAccounts”
Location=”Microsoft.SharePoint.TenantAdministration”
Sequence=”30″
Title=”Manage Users”>
<UrlAction
Url=”_layouts/UserAccountsWebParts/UA_ManageUsers.aspx” />
</CustomAction>
<HideCustomAction
GroupId = “TenantAdmin_Sites”
HideActionId = “TenantAdmin_Sites_ManageSiteCollections”
Location=”Microsoft.SharePoint.TenantAdministration” />
</Elements>

Full details of extending the template is described in this TechNet article https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn659286.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396