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October 23
Netcast 219 - The Fairest Equine

Tonight's episode begins with me apologizing to mules. Yes, mules. Then I talk about why every web app deserves a site collection in its root, and why you want one there whether you want one there or not. Then I talk about some ways to measure the performance of your hardware, and how to scale your SharePoint farm to match your needs. I wrap the show up by talking about the latest gadget I've purchased, and how Windows 8.1 and 10 run happily on 7 year old hardware.
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Running Time: 41:03

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06:53 - Microsoft Ignite Conference
10:00 - October CU for SharePoint 2013
13:40 - SharePoint 2013 Builds page
16:34 - "Send to Other location" fails when a web application has no root site
18:10 - storage performance & measuring IOPs
22:45 - Performance and capacity test results and recommendations (SharePoint Server 2013)
25:30 - Windows 8 tablet for $99
37:45 - SharePoint & Office 365 Podcast Report

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October 17
Netcast 218 - Dongles and Vaseline

In this episode we talk a lot about the last episode. It was the first one done with Google Hangouts. We spent some time talking about what worked and what didn't work. Then we talk about all the bad things that can happen if you have your SharePoint Servers automatically install Windows Updates. On the topic of patches we talk about the process SharePoint goes through when you install a patch. I finish up the netcast talking about DLNA, DIAL, and Miracast.
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Running Time: 35:03

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06:45 - Don’t Enable Automatic Updates on SharePoint Servers
21:59 - Plex Media Server
22:58 - Google Chromecast
29:27 - Netgear PTV3000
28:49 - Microsoft HD-10

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October 09
Don’t Enable Automatic Updates on SharePoint Servers

I had an incident a couple of weeks ago that I thought I’d share with all of you. I had a beautiful four server SharePoint 2013 farm. It was humming along, serving up SharePoint pages with the best of them. Then Patch Tuesday hit last month. One of the four servers was set to automatically install Windows Updates, and it did. It installed the crap out of them. Normally that’s not a good thing, but it’s also not a horrible thing. In the past that’s bitten us SharePoint admins because things like .NET patches, or random reboots in the middle of the night. Inconvenient, for sure, but not the end of the world. The September 2014 Patch Tuesday rotation had another trick up its sleeve. It looked like this:

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Picture courtesy of John White (blog | Twitter)

Those sneaky devils snuck a SharePoint patch in the Windows Updates. Installing a patch on just one server of course causes all kinds of havoc. Since I thought all the servers were set to only download it was doubly confusing as to why SharePoint was now all in a snit about needing an upgrade. I got it all taken care of, but that’s food for another blog post.

My recommendation is to NOT enable installing Windows Updates automatically. I recommend having Windows download the patches, then installing them manually. You can change that setting in Control Panel > System and Security > Turn automatic updating on or off. You can also Win + R and run wuapp. It looks like this:

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You can also set it using PowerShell with this little beauty:

Set-ItemProperty 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update' -Name AUOptions -Value "3"

That might be showing off a little, but using PowerShell is just cool. You can look in this White Paper to see all the different Windows Updates settings and their values.

However, that does not mean you shouldn’t patch your servers. The OS still needs to be patched. You can install them manually, but that sounds like a lot of work. An even better idea would be to install a WSUS Server and push your patches out that way.

Happy patching,
tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/DontAutoUpdate

October 07
Netcast 217 - Ball Bearings, Plastics, and PowerShell

Tonight's episode is a recap of all the things I've been doing for the last few weeks on the road. I talk about SPTechCon  and being on a panel for the Microsoft Cloud Show. Then I explain what I was doing in Chicago two weeks ago, and tell you all about the Big Microsoft Conference that's going to be held in Chicago in May of 2015. Then I talk about some fun I had in Stockholm last week. I wrap the show up with some technical topics. I talk about the Windows 10 Preview and the Remote Server Administration Tools. Then I talk a little PowerShell and why it's bad to let your SharePoint servers automatically update. 
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Running Time: 36:30

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08:53 - My Interview on Microsoft Cloud Show
11:51 - Microsoft Cloud Show on Twitter
12:00 - Office365 or SharePoint On-Prem panel at SPTechCon
13:00 - Big Microsoft Conference Roundtable
26:37 - Download Windows 10 Client Preview
29:53 - Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 Technical Preview
30:36 - Change PowerShell Get-Help to Display Examples
31:57 - The Altaro PowerShell Hyper-V Cookbook

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October 06
Netcast 216 - The Al Gore of Scrum

Shane takes the helm for the second week in a row in tonight's episode. He brings in some help this time. First he talks about joining a new social site, Ello. Then he discusses taking Microsoft certs in your pajamas, and different docking station options for your Surface Pro. Then Jonathan bores us with what it's like to be a developer. He finishes up with how to make projects succeed, and why you should worry about Marketing, even if you're not in Marketing.

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Running Time: 47:52

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04:20 – Shane Joined Ello
15:50 - MS Cert exams from home
17:50 - Debate about docking stations for Surface Pro
24:00 – JPM’s SharePoint game
31:07 - JPM’s Twitter ID
42:00 - Offering you more culture and diversity this week

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September 28
Big Microsoft Conference Roundtable

Last July, when Julia White posted her blog post on the Office blog, Microsoft’s unified technology event for enterprises, she broke a few hearts. If you didn’t read it, or have blocked it out, allow me to sum it up. She announced that all the big Microsoft Enterprise tech conferences, TechEd, SharePoint Conference, Project Conference, Exchange Conference, Lync Conference, and Todd’s SharePointorama (okay, I made that last one up) were being combined into one, big, huge conference in Chicago May 4-8, 2015. Those other conferences have sung their swan songs. As someone that has been a speaker at three of those shows (not counting Todd’s SharePointorama) I was a little concerned. Not quite ready to hang up my Microsoft slippers, but I was concerned.

Over the last nine years I’ve been very fortunate to be involved with many Microsoft conferences as a speaker. It’s been a great opportunity and has opened a lot of doors and I’ve met a bunch of great people. I’m kind of a nerd, and with as many conferences as I’ve been involved with (Microsoft and others) I’ve always wondered how the sausage was made. How did the organizer choose the venue? The rooms? How are they able to make sure every little morsel of flavor is cooked out of the chicken they serve for lunch? Does that cost extra? I’ve buddied up with some of the organizers and gotten some of those answers (it doesn’t cost extra) but I was still curious.

A month or so ago a unique opportunity was dropped into my lap. Last year Microsoft started a Roundtable discussion about TechEd. They invited a few folks from different product disciplines, different areas of interest, and different communities to provide Microsoft input on TechEd. They were doing the same thing for the Big Microsoft Conference and they invited me join them. Woo Hoo!

Last Monday and Tuesday I was in Chicago with 17 or so of my closest nerd friends, and another 20 or so Microsoft folks. Our mission was to tour the location of the Big Microsoft Conference, McCormick Place, and let Microsoft know what our opinion on was on a bunch of issues. It was a great time. First, a few pictures. Here is a quick shot I took of the main entrance along with some of my fellow Roundtablers:

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The size of this place is immense. The exhibit halls alone are 2.6 million square feet, with one over 800k square feet.

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This is the South exhibit hall. Not only is it large enough for all the IT Vendors, and the pallets and pallets of free t-shirts and 2 GB USB drives they’ll be giving away, if you look closely you’ll see it has an island in the middle. This island has some meeting space, some possible food vending spots, and most importantly, bathrooms! My biggest problem with large exhibit halls is that the potties are only on the outside walls, and sometimes those walls are a very long ways away. My bladder does not approve of that.

Here’s one of the smaller exhibit halls with a plumbers convention going on. I’m not sure why, but that cracks me up. Smile

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The views from the Lakeside Center were beautiful. The organizers haven’t decided yet where stuff will go, but I hope I get some sessions over there.

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I talked to the McCormick IT guys and they assured me we’d have more than enough bandwidth to get out to the cloud for our demos and still be able to satisfy our constant cravings for cat videos. It’s a tall order, but they are confident they are up to it.

For the rest of the first day, and the second day we talked about The Big Conference itself. How the sessions will be decided on, keynotes, entertainment, etc. I let them know I was available for the keynote. We’ll see what happens. I was initially concerned about how Microsoft was going to bring all of these conferences together without killing the things that made them great. The Big Conference will probably have 20,000 people as opposed to the 10k or so at TechEd or the SharePoint Conference. It’s tough to manage that many people, especially such tight groups. And where will they all stay? How will they all get there and back? Will there be enough ice cream at break time?? After hearing what the Microsoft organizers had to say, I think they’ve got a good handle on it.

It was very clear that they know the networking and community aspects of these tech conferences are very, very important. We tech nerds aren’t always the most socially outgoing and they don’t want to lose the ability for people to find each other, or for people that already know each other to stay together. They also know that with the increase in the number of sessions and attendees they’re going to have to make sure things are discoverable. I suggested using <blink> tags for all of my sessions. I’m not sure anyone wrote that idea down.

It feels like the organizers of the Big Microsoft Conference have thought this through really well. They spent a lot of time letting us talk and really listening to what we had to say. TechEd and the SharePoint Conference were very important to me, and I’ll miss them both dearly. But I feel like their legacies are in good hands. I’m looking forward to the Big Microsoft Conference in May. I’ll post more about the conference here as more details emerge.

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tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/MSBigConf

September 26
Netcast 215 - From the Cheerios Box

Another week with Shane at the helm of the Netcast. It's a wonder you guys still tune in. Shane talks about SPTechCon and how great it was presenting with me. I really do make him look good. He talks about getting Office to students and some commercials he likes. Then he talks about an interesting article about Olive Garden and designing products.
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Running Time: 55:04

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01:00 - http://www.rackspace.com/microsoft
02:55 - Microsoft made it easier for students to get Office for free if their school has subscribed to O365
10:35 - Video of PowerShell for fun and profit
10:43 - Video of Upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to 2013
15:50 - Business Insider article on Olive Garden
21:58 - Customers Don’t Know What They Want—Until They See It

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September 23
Netcast 214 - The Internet Wept

This episode was recorded at SPTechCon and the sound isn't very good. :( Sorry about that. Shane and I talk about SQL and Windows patching. Then we move on to Windows Phone and Minecraft. The whole time Shane treats me with disrespect. No one likes Shane.

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01:42 – Production Notes
11:53 - Install-SPService saves the day
23:09 - SQL 2014 support added in April 2014 CU
23:50 - September 2014 Cus released
32:50 – Windows Phone is cool
45:07 - Microsoft buys Minecraft

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September 12
Netcast 213 - Like a Yippy Dog

Tonight's Netcast has all kinds of fun stuff, and oddly no SharePoint. I talk the new Cyan patch for Windows Phone and all the fun I had getting it installed. Then I talk about OneDrive and Dropbox and why I keep playing for Dropbox. Then I giddily talk about the PowerShell v3 Preview and I gush over a couple of my favorite new features. I wrap things up talking about some cool new Windows 8.1 hardware that will be coming out soon.

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Running Time: 50:13

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08:00 - Cyan is out for Lumia 920 on AT&T
11:31 - Download the Nokia Recovery Tool
12:00 - Nokia Cyan rollout list
16:40 - OneDrive is Great! Then Why Do I Pay for Dropbox?
22:28 - And Microsoft responds!
23:01 - The OneDrive Blog
25:10 - PowerShell 5.0 September 2014 preview
30:45 - ZOTAC shrinks the PC with ZBOX PI320 pico
34:45 - $120 Windows Tablet from Toshiba
35:00 -  HDHomeRun

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September 10
My SPTechCon Boston 2014 Schedule

It’s hard to believe, but we’re only a few days away from SPTechCon in Boston. As I’m making my lists and checking them twice I thought I’d put all of my events in one convenient location. That way folks that are attending SPTechCon will more easily be able to avoid me. Smile

Monday, September 15th

Live Netcast Recording – 9:00 PM-ish Location: It’s currently a secret

Shane and I will be doing a live recording and stream of my SharePoint netcast. If you’ve ever wanted to heckle in person, here’s your big chance. You’ll have to bring your own tomatoes, we will not be providing them.

Tuesday, September 16th

Upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to 2013 – 9:00am – 12:15pm

Everyone is doing it, so what are you waiting for? The best answer would be that you are waiting to learn all of the fun that goes into an upgrade. Well, if that is the case, then wait no longer. Come to this class to learn about all things upgrade. Topics to be covered are the options you have to upgrade, planning for the process, and looking at the tools Microsoft includes with SharePoint to help along the way.

The good news is this time around there is only one upgrade option to show you for getting the database upgraded, but when it comes to upgrading the UI, it is a brave new world. Visual upgrade is gone and now you have 2010 versus 2013 site collections running in the same 2013 farm. And the transition from a 2010 site collection is now self-service for the site collection administrator--crazy! Come hang out with us as we explore this together.

Office 365 vs. On-Premise Panel – 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Andrew Connell is hosting a panel with some of the brightest minds in the SharePoint world to discuss what the future of SharePoint in the cloud and on-premises is. They decided it would be fun to invite me to have someone to make fun of. Join us and let us know what you think, of both SharePoint and them making fun of me.

Wednesday, September 17th

Introduction to Windows PowerShell for SharePoint Administrators – 11:00am – 12:15pm

Do you plan on working on Microsoft products for the next five years? Do you only know enough about PowerShell to spell it correctly? If you answered yes, then this is the class for you. PowerShell is the present and future tool that is the cornerstone of administering Microsoft products like SharePoint, and if you don't know it, then you are working too hard. Come to this class to learn the key fundamentals of PowerShell, and how to use those skills to solve every problem you have ever had. That's right! If you have a flat tire, PowerShell can even fix that.

SharePoint 2013 Administrator Skills – 3:45pm – 5:00pm

In this class, we will go over the different admin topics that are new for 2013. Some experience with 2010 is assumed, so the class can focus on topics new to 2013. Some of the high points will be an overview of how Office Web Apps have changed your farm topology; the move to loving Claims authentication; and why all the talk about host name site collections. For certain, PowerShell will sneak in not because it is new, but because it is that important.

Lightning Talks – 5:15pm – 6:30pm

Watch vendors try to hawk their wares without it looking like they’re trying to hawk their wares. Also see Shane and I try to be funny, even though we’re not.

I’ll also just be wandering the halls chatting with folks. If you see me, be sure to come up and introduce yourself and say “Hi!” and maybe take a minute or two to explain why you like me better than Shane. Rackspace will also have a booth, so I’ll be hanging out there, too.

See you next week.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt/SPTechConBoston2014

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