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October 30
Toshiba Encore Mini Unboxing Video

I recently picked up a Toshiba Encore Mini. It’s a 7” tablet that runs Windows 8.1. It has 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and an Intel Atom Z3735G processor. That doesn’t sound very exciting until you hear the price, $99. $99!!

I picked one of these little beauties up to see what the experience is like. I thought you guys might like a little unboxing and setup video.

Here it is:

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The camera work is a little shoddy. That’ll be better on later videos. If there is interest in more videos like this, let me know.

tk

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

October 29
Netcast 220 - Greasing Karma's Wheels

Tonight's episode is chock-full of exciting news. Some good, some less than good. We talk about how you can get unlimited OneDrive by signing up for Office 365. Then I talk about a couple of things that Microsoft is taking away. In a few weeks we'll lose both free Xbox Music Streaming and the free Office Web Apps. Then I talk about my love affair with my new Toshiba Encore Mini and how much fun it is. Finally I talk about some cool third party tools, and I talk about one of my favorite things, giving money to charity.
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Running Time: 41:50

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02:08 - Rackspace plug
05:24 – Subscribe to my YouTube Channel
07:47 - OneDrive delivers unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 subscribers
12:29 - Sign up for early access to unlimited OneDrive
13:16 - Free Xbox Music streaming on Windows 8.1 and web will be discontinued in December
16:54 - Toshiba Encore Mini Unboxing
24:11 - Web Apps Server Removal from Download Center
27:09 - 31 Days of SQL Server Management Studio
28:45 - ISE Steroids
30:26 - Birthday Charity drive

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October 27
European Netcast 2014–Survey Times

The time I normally do my live Netcast, 8:30 PM CT, is an obnoxious time for my European listeners, 1:30 AM UTC. Some of those Europeans have very politely mentioned they’d like to join in on the chat room harassment, but aren’t willing to stay up that late. I don’t blame them. So every once in a while I do the Live Netcast recording at a different time to give them that opportunity without causing them to lose any sleep. That chance is coming up on November 10th, 2014.

On November 10th, 2014, I’m going to do my Netcast at a time that is less obnoxious for Europeans. Right now I’m thinking about doing it 12 hours earlier at 8:30 AM CST, or 13:30 UTC. However, I’m a reasonable man and might be persuaded to do it at a better time, if there is one. If you’re planning on attending the live showing of the Netcast, and you’d like it at some time other than 13:30 UTC then leave me a comment below telling me what time you’d prefer it. Make sure to include your time zone. You can also tell me on Twitter @toddklindt.

The live recording is broadcast on my YouTube Channel, so there’s nothing to download. If you want to jump into the chat room any old IRC client will do. The server is irc.asrtechnica.com and the channel is #sharepoint. I’m on Windows and use mIRC. I’ve also put a web IRC client on my Netcast homepage, so you can join in with that as well.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/EuroNetcast2014

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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