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December 18
Netcast 227 - This Vacation is Killing Me

In tonight's episode I talk about my new gig as an event model. Then I talk about a problem a listener had with SharePoint and a rogue SMTP server. Then I talk about the new SharePoint patches, and how to tweak SQL Server just right for SharePoint. Never being happy with what I have, I discuss some new things that are coming down the pike. I wrap things up by showing a new device I'll be unpacking for you.

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Running Time: 50:47

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06:45 - I was on the Ignite mailer
11:57 SharePoint 2010 December 2014 CU
12:04 SharePoint 2013 December 2014 CU
16:50 -Set Up SQL Server 2012 as a SharePoint 2013 Database Server
18:20 - Windows 10 Preview users will be able to upgrade to RTM
23:43 - Gabriel Aul's Twitter Page
24:45 - Office Sway generally available
26:23 - Skype Real Time Translation is available
28:28 Sign up to preview the Skype Real Time translation
29:24 - Gestures Beta for Windows Phone
30:39 - Australia gets Office 365
32:04 - My next toy
45:21 - Birthday Drive

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Netcast227

December 15
Netcast 226 - Guess Who's in my Pocket Today

Shane takes over again tonight while I'm on the road for Rackspace. He talks about the Microsoft Band fitness wearable and what he does and doesn't like about it. He also talks about a car that touched him in a bad place, and how life isn't fair, but that's okay, he can tell you the rules.

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Running Time: 32:54

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02:40 - Grumpy Cat makes 100 million
06:10 - The Microsoft Band
18:45 - Talking to Cortana
25:14 - The Problem Isn't That Life Is Unfair — It's That You Don't Know The Rules

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Netcast226

December 05
6 Tips for Windows Tablet Owners

As I’ve discussed many times on this blog, and on my Netcast I have a medical condition. It’s plagued me since I was young and seems to have gotten worse as I’ve gotten older. It seems I’m addicted to gadgets. If it’s got an on/off switch, I want one. If it has a flashing blue LED, I want it twice as bad. Since last year, Microsoft has starting loosening up the hardware requirements for their Windows Tablets, and that has resulted in the market being flooded with small, affordable, and most importantly fun little units. In the year since I’ve started collecting these little beauties I’ve learned a few things. In talking to other Windows Tablet users I’ve discovered they’re having many of the same issues. I thought I’d scribble down a few of my favorite tips for you all to enjoy. If you read every word of this blog post I guarantee you’ll enjoy your Windows Tablet at least 8.1% more, or your money back.

1) Get a USB OTG Cable

In order to make these tablets so small and thin, they have very few connectors and buttons on them. Many of them use micro USB to charge, which is very convenient as we’re all tripping over micro USB chargers. These USB connectors have a secret though. Like Clark Kent, they have a secret identity. They can be used for more than just charging. These ports are USB On The Go, or USB OTG, so they support being both USB guests and USB hosts. With a special, though industry standard, USB OTG cable you can connect USB devices like mice, keyboards, or humping dogs to your tablet. The cable (sans humping dogs) looks like this:

Windows 8 Recovery Drive (Time 0_03_31;24)

(I’m available for hand modeling gigs. Contact my agent)

That cable has a male micro USB connector on one end, and a female USB jack on the other. You can hook whatever you want to it, even a hub. The first question you’re probably asking yourself, after “Could this cable have more acronyms in its name?”, is “How do I connect the humping dogs and charge this at the same time?” The answer to that is tricky and varies between tablets. For my Dell Venue 8 Pro (DV8 Pro) there are a few options. I’ve blogged about them in this blog post. That same hardware may or may not work for other similar tablets.

Either way, if you have a tablet like this, you should buy several USB OTG cables and hide them all over. Your future self will thank your present self.

2) Make a Recovery Drive

Another common characteristic of these adorable little devices is very small storage options. When I got my DV8 Pro it had two storage options, 32 GB and 64 GB. I got a 64 GB model because I couldn’t imagine running full Windows in 32 GB of space. Now there’s a new round of tablets coming out, like the Toshiba Encore Mini that have a mere 16 GB of storage. Using some tricks like WIMBoot OEMs have gotten the Windows install down pretty small, but there still isn’t much space left. These devices don’t come with physical Windows media anymore. Which is fine, they don’t have DVD drives, so it wouldn’t do much good anyway. Instead they have a dedicated Recovery partition that you can boot into if you need to reinstall Windows. Additionally you can create a bootable USB Recovery drive and delete the Recovery partition. Creating the Recovery drive is a piece of cake. From the Start Screen start typing “Recovery” and the option to “create a recovery drive” should show up in the Search results. You’ll also need a USB OTG cable and a USB drive of 8 GB or so. The process is pretty straight forward, lots of clicking “Next.” To help things along I created a video of how to create a Recovery drive.

Windows 8 Recovery Drive (Time 0_04_04;15)

Even if you don’t plan on deleting the Recovery partition, you should create a separate Recovery drive. It’s pretty cheap insurance against a drive failure. No need to tempt Murphy, after all.

3) Update All the Drivers and Patches

We’re in the infancy of these little Windows tablets and things are changing quickly. Manufacturers are finding ways to pack more and more functionality into them, and ways to refine the functionality that’s already there. Because of that, you want to make sure you routinely check to see if there are driver updates for your device. Shortly after the DV8 Pro came out Dell updated the drivers to include Miracast support and improved the stylus support. It was definitely worth my time to hit the driver page once a month to see what gifts were waiting for me there. Don’t forget to keep up to date on your Windows patches as well. That keeps things running smoothly and helps keep all of the bad guys from stealing your password to Tiger Beat.

4) Get a Charging Dock or Cables

Like I mentioned in the first section of this blog post, these small Windows tablets charge via their USB port, which is also how you attach USB peripherals. Because of that it can be tricky if you want to charge your tablet while you’ve got USB devices attached. Different devices handle it differently, so check the manufacturer’s site, or maybe the forums at Windows Central to see what other folks are doing.

My first tablet was a Dell Venue 8 Pro. There are a few ways to charge it while it’s attached to USB devices. First there was a cheap cable combination that would do it. Then the folks at Plugable started a Kickstarter project for a dock for it. Finally Dell released their own kit to address this. These solutions may or may not work for the tablet you have. Regardless, having one around when you need it is very handy. They’re especially handy if you ever need to use a USB Recovery drive to rebuild your tablet.

In this blog post I review the Plugable Pro 8 dock, including a couple of epic, well produced videos. One stars Brad Pitt, or someone that looks remarkably like him.

5) Get a Miracast Receiver

I’ve mentioned a couple of times how these petite devices are usually lacking when it comes to ports and jacks. In most cases these devices don’t have video output ports. That’s usually not an issue, as an external monitor isn’t what you normally use these devices for. But every once in a while you want to watch Netflix or some funny cat videos on a big TV. That’s when you really miss that HDMI port. Fortunately in most cases there’s a way around this. Many of these small tablets support Miracast, a wireless display protocol. This lets you mirror or extend the display on your tablet wirelessly to nearby TV or monitor. The device could have Miracast built in, but most likely you’ll need to buy a dongle of some sort. These days it seems like everyone and their dog is putting out a Miracast receiver. I know my dog is. Here is a list of some of the main Miracast receivers that are available as of November of 2014:

Netgear PTV3000 $50 (best choice)

Roku 3 $85

Amazon Fire TV Stick $40

Microsoft HD-10 $85

While Miracast isn’t quite rock solid, the Netgear is the least sucky of the whole group. Roku has recently, quietly, added Miracast support to some of their higher end boxes. If you have one of those, check there first before laying out some hard earned money on a different Miracast receiver. Since this is an industry standard your Miracast receiver will also work with other devices, like Android phones and tablets. So you’ll have that going for you.

I recently got an Amazon Fire TV stick and can’t get the Miracast bit to work with any of my Windows machines. Tragic. I’ll update this post if I ever get it figured out.

6) Get a Case

These little cases are remarkably tough, but they’re not indestructible. To help keep them safe and sound, and to provide some extra functionality, I recommend getting a case. I use my slates mainly for reading or watching videos. Those activities benefit from the case having a stand to keep the unit propped up. Having a keyboard is handy sometimes, too, so cases that offer Bluetooth keyboards are a plus.

I’ve tried a couple of cases and had good luck with them. Here are a few I’d recommend:

Bluetooth Keyboard case for Dell Venue 8 Pro $30 (incredible value, includes Bluetooth keyboard)

Bluetooth Keyboard case generic 7” and 8” tablets $26 (works great for Toshiba Encore Mini, includes Bluetooth keyboard)

Slim case for Dell Venue 8 Pro $9

The keyboard cases increase the tablet’s functionality. The slim case is nice for travel and keeping things small. I have one of each and swap them as I need them. A boy likes to have options.

I have more tips, but I think 6 is all I can pack into this one blog post. Stay tuned for me. If you have any tablet tips of your own, enter them below in the comments.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/6TabletTips

December 04
Netcast 225 - All My Data Went Poof!

Tonight's episode is the first time I've remotely brought in a guest, and it was a huge success. Shane popped in and helped me kick things off, then stuck around all night and harassed me. We talked about everything and nothing. We talked about working at Rackspace and how great Host Named Site Collections are. Then we talked about how to delete a file that can't be deleted and how I nearly erased all of my children's childhoods.

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Running Time: 59:52

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13:32 - How to get your podcast published in the app stores
14:32 - Snoopy and I on YouTube
18:45 - Work at Rackspace
30:44 - Host Named Site Collections article
32:05 - The MOSS Show
33:28 - Loopback Check Blog Post
49:50 - Birthday Charity drive
53:26 - Meme link

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Netcast225

December 01
Netcast 224 - Streaming From My Slippers

In tonight's Pre-Thanksgiving episode I talk about my recent article about host header site collections, and how they aren't such a bad thing. Then I talk a little about the recent Azure outage and what it means for Cloud providers. Then I dig into a bunch of gadget news. I cover the Amazon Fire Stick I recently got and how much fun it was to set up. Then I move on to a dock I got for my tablets and how it works. Then I talk about how you can get your own tablet to enjoy on the cheap.

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Running Time: 38:02

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05:17 - Making the Case for Host Header Site Collections
10:20 - Azure outage
15:05 - Ignite Call For Topics
21:15 - Amazon Fire Stick
27:30 - Plugable Pro 8 Dock
29:10 - Plugable Pro 8 Dock Unboxing video
30:28 - Toshiba Encore Mini with Plugable Pro 8 Dock
31:29 - $99 Windows tablet, HP Stream 7

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Netcast224

November 26
Curious about Host Headers? Wonder No More!

Site collections that have the cursed /sites/ managed path in their URL has been the bane of SharePoint administrators for generations. In previous versions of SharePoint there were some ugly workarounds to deal with this, but they involved AAMs, lots of web applications, and ancient incantations. None of those things are good for your soul. SharePoint 2013 provides a much healthier option, the Host Named Site Collection, or HNSC. Unfortunately, getting your head wrapped around the complexity of HNSCs can be daunting, and many SharePoint administrators haven’t embraced them. Some out of confusion and some out of fear. There’s good news though, I recently published at SharePointProMag.com, The Case for Using SharePoint Host-Named Site Collections. In this article I explain what HNSCs are, and how to use them, and give you some PowerShell you can use to create some HNSCs of your own.

So please, read my Host Name Site Collection article and let me know what you think.

tk

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

November 22
Plugable Pro 8 Dock Unboxing Video

Many months ago I bought a Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet and I love it. While the DV8 Pro is a nearly perfect and flawless device, it does have one minor annoyance, it only has one USB port. And that USB port is used for charging, as well as for hooking up peripherals. One doesn’t need a Ph.D. in Math see the problem there, you can’t hook up any peripherals if you need to charge the tablet. Over time, a few solutions have popped up for that problem. I outlined one in this blog post. While that worked, it wasn’t elegant. Plugable to the rescue!

I’ve been using a Plugable UD-3900 with my Surface Pro 2 since I got it and I’ve been very happy with it. I was pretty excited earlier this year when Plugable started a Kickstarter project for a dock specific to the DV8 Pro, the Pro 8 Dock. It charges the DV8 Pro, and has all the common dock accoutrements. It sounded too good to be true, but it wasn’t. I jumped in pretty early at the $50 level and patiently (or not so patiently) waited for it to be released. This week all that waiting paid off and the dock came in. Here’s a picture of it sitting on my desk, begging me to open it so we could play.

Pro8 Unboxing (Time 0_00_48;08)

I did open it, and I did play with it. I recorded it all though so you could enjoy it too. Here’s my unboxing and setup video:

Pro8 Unboxing (Time 0_00_00;00)

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If you’ve been considering a Dell Venue 8 Pro (at Amazon) and a Plugable Pro 8 Dock ($89 on Amazon) that video will give you a good idea what they’re capable of. You can get them both on Amazon with the links in the preceding sentence.

I have a couple different Windows Tablets, so I tried the Pro 8 Dock with another one, my Toshiba Encore Mini. I recently did a video on how to create a Recovery Drive with it and it was asking for more camera time. I decided now was a good time. While Plugable designed the Pro 8 Dock to work with the Dell Venue 8 Pro they have tested it with other tablets. My beloved Encore Mini was not on the approved list. I decided to test it for them. Smile I put my director’s hat back on and recorded a video of what happens when you hook this dock to that tablet. I don’t want to spoil the ending for you, so you’ll have to watch the video to see if I let the magic smoke out or not.

Toshiba and Pro 8 (Time 0_05_43;05)

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There you go. I hope you enjoy the videos. If there are other things like you like see videos of, let me know. I’d like to extend a thanks to the folks at Plugable for making such fun products.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/PlugablePro8Review

November 20
Netcast 223 - Crawl Your People Separately

Tonight's episode was recorded back in my regular time slot. I talk about a few updates. The November CUs for SharePoint came out, as did an important update for OneDrive for Business. I also show you how to look into the future and what's going to happen next in Office 365. Then I talk about how you can make my upcoming birthday even more happy. I finish up by talking about another gadget I've purchased and some tips on how to make SharePoint Search better.

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Running Time: 38:22

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02:19 - http://youtube.com/toddklindtnetcast
10:30 - OneDrive for Business November Update
12:30 - Office 365 Roadmap
17:20 - Lync will be Skype for Business
19:30 - Birthday Charity drive
21:40 - Jonathan's Dumb Podcast
23:30 - Plugable Pro 8 Doc on Amazon
27:30 - Search Best Practices
30:14 - Manage Crawl Load in SharePoint 2010

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Netcast223

November 14
Netcast 222 - OneDrive for Pleasure

I'm back this week and well rested and well informed from my week at the MVP Summit. In tonight's episode I talk about the MVP Summit, without violating any NDAs, of course. Then I talk about a couple of cool new developments with the Office client. Then I slow things down and tell the sad tale of my Lumia 920. Hearts broke all over the Internet. :( I finish up by telling you all about a couple of videos I recorded with my Toshiba Encore Mini and how to get a cheap tablet for yourself. Oh, and there's PowerShell, too.

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Running Time: 43:42

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11:13 - GoPro Camera
14:37 - Office integration with Dropbox
19:25 - Office for Android and iOS is free
33:36 - Toshiba Encore Mini unboxing video
34:09 - Toshiba Encore Mini creating Recovery drive
36:40 - Microsoft store Black Friday sales
37:30 - Downloading PowerShell help

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Netcast222

November 12
Netcast 221 - Live from WKRP in Cincinnati

Shane and Jonathan take over again for another mediocre Netcast. I really need to find better backup hosts. They start out the show by talking about some changes in SharePoint training. Then they talk about a great new Twitter account for TV watchers, and the new Microsoft Band fitness device. They finish up talking about Rackspace Cloud OS and how Jonathan has been inspired by me and is starting his own podcast.

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Running Time: 43:04

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03:40 - Combined Knowledge buys Mindsharp
11:11 - Making money on free software
17:25 - My favorite Twitter animal to follow
19:55 - Microsoft Band, my Fitbit, and multiple devices.
29:27 - SharePoint AMA

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Netcast221

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