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July 25
I’m Speaking at Ignite 2017

I do love autumn and smell of tech conferences. This fall is a busy one. I’m going to be all over, but I did want to let you all know I’ll be at Microsoft’s big Ignite shindig in Orlando. Go ahead and sign up and block off September 25-29 on your calendar now. While you’re at Ignite join Jason Himmelstein and me for our session, SharePoint Server 2016 migration in the real world: How to avoid making our mistakes. While Jason and I both firmly have our heads in the cloud these days, SharePoint Server is still our first love. In this session we’ll talk about migrations to SharePoint Server 2016 we’ve taken part in and what things we’ve screwed up. It promises to be a good time, swing by.

I’ll also be doing my weekly podcast live from the Expo floor. I’m also going to try to get some other slots at their podcasting booth. The camera loves me. Smile

If you’re going to be at Ignite and you want to get together, send me an email to ignite2017@toddklindt.com. I usually try to schedule a breakfast or lunch with my podcast listeners, but I would love to meet anyone, whether they suffer through my podcast or not. If you’re going to be around, drop me a line.

See you at Ignite,

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Ignite2017

July 21
Video: Add a Domain to Office 365

With Shane’s prodding I’ve decided to put some instructional videos out onto YouTube for some of the common tasks people ask us about. I’m trying to break the videos up into small digestible chunks, and because of that some are more exciting than others. This one falls on the “less exciting” side. Smile But it sets the stage for some very cool stuff.

In this video I start slow by just showing how to add your domain, like contoso.com, to your Office 365 tenant. It’s nothing fancy or earth-shattering, but it is the first part of doing much cooler things. Things that I will also immortalize on YouTube for future generations to enjoy.

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Add a Domain to Office 365

If you don’t want to miss out on the exciting sequels to this video, subscribe to my YouTube channel. Then you’ll get pestered every time I add something new. Everyone wins!

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/AddDomaintoO365

July 20
Podcast 345 - I Can Stop the Internet

A lot has gone in the last week and Shane and Todd do their best to get you up to speed with it all. They discuss Todd's fabulous talk about OneDrive to the St. Louis SPUG. Microsoft announced a few things at Inspire last week, so Shane and Todd talk about them as well. They cover Microsoft 365 and the latest developments on Azure Stack. Microsoft is also rolling Communications sites to SharePoint Online and that comes up. All in all, it was a pretty productive podcast.

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Running Time: 41:02

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08:11 How to Control Azure AD Connect Auto Upgrade
11:30 Azure Stack
18:29 Introducing Microsoft 365
21:49 SharePoint communication sites begin rollout to Office 365 customers
25:35 SharePoint Server 2016 Architectural Models
36:27 PowerShell Training is your Friend
38:25 SharePoint Exchange forum
39:25 Microsoft Ignite
39:45 Thrive Conference

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast345

July 17
How to Control Azure AD Connect Auto Upgrade

I’ve been working with Azure AD Connect (AADC) for a couple of years now. For those of you that haven’t had the pleasure yet, Azure AD Connect is a tremendous piece of software that you install on-prem and it syncs your on-prem Windows Active Directory to your Azure Active Directory or Office 365 tenant. It has come a long way since the old DirSync days. If you’re an IT Pro that has mainly worked with on-prem software like SharePoint and you’re curious where your career is going, this is it. You’re going to have to become an identity expert, or maybe start practicing those grocery bagging skills. Running AADC through its paces is a good way to start your journey into Azure, Hybrid, and Identity.

Azure AD Connect has greatly benefitted from Microsoft’s recent(-ish) move to agile software updates. For well over a year now Microsoft has been slipping out updates to AADC and made significant improvements to it, all the while not breaking anything. An amazing feat! Smile You can see from their Version History page they keep very busy.

At the very beginning of the AADC installation Wizard you encounter a fork in the road; you can do an Express Install, or an Advanced Install. I tell most people, especially people that are new to AADC that Express is a great option. It’s very close to Next –> Next –> Finish and it does a good job getting everything wired up. Later, you can go back and rerun the installation in Advanced mode to tweak anything you need to. It’s very well done. One of the things that the Express installation does is set AADC to automatically upgrade itself when Microsoft publishes its next tasty upgrade. Like I mentioned above, the upgrades have added some great functionality with none of those nasty regressions that we’ve come to fear from upgrades. Unfortunately, until recently, if you chose to do an Advanced install right out of the chute, AADC was not set to automatically upgrade itself. And to make matters worse, that wasn’t necessarily brought to your attention during the install. If you weren’t paying attention, or didn’t know to look, you’d be stuck with that version of AADC forever. How sad!

To address that scenario, and just to give you some control over the upgrade process, I’m blogging the setting. This way you can see what your auto upgrade status is as well as change it if you’d like. Plus it gives you another opportunity to play in PowerShell. Who doesn’t love that?

First log into the machine where AADC is installed and open a PowerShell prompt. It does not need to Run as Administrator. There are two cmdlets that deal with AADC’s autoupgrade status; Get-ADSyncAutoUpgrade and Set-ADSyncAutoUpgrade. Here’s a screenshot to break up the monotonous wall of text:

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As expected, we can run Get-ADSyncAutoUpgrade to set what our current status is:

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We can see here that AADC is set to automatically upgrade itself with the newest juicy bits that come out. What if we didn’t want that? Maybe we have a migration freeze coming up and updates can be applied. It’s a sad state of affairs, but it happens. To do that we use:

Set-ADSyncAutoUpgrade -AutoUpgradeState Disabled

As a guy that’s used a lot of PowerShell, I find myself wishing this followed the $TRUE / $FALSE structure, but I can work with this. Since there are only three acceptable values (Enabled, Disabled, and Suspended), you can tab complete the cmdlet name, the parameter name, and the value “disabled.” That helps.

Now AADC will not upgrade itself. But does this impact the sync cycles? Not at all. If we run Get-ADSyncScheduler we see that syncs are still happy and scheduled to run as expected.

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Once our maintenance freeze is over we can reenable the autoupgrades with

Set-ADSyncAutoUpgrade -AutoUpgradeState Enabled

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That’s a much more satisfying feeling than disabling. Smile 

In most cases I am afraid of autoupgrading software, but so far AADC hasn’t burned me, so I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.

tk

ShortUrl: http://www.toddklindt.com/PSAutoUpgradeAADC

July 17
Podcast 344 - Scratchin' This Thing

There was much celebration this week during the Podcast, as both Todd and Shane got word that they had been renewed as Microsoft MVPs. After patting each other on the back for a while they talk tech. They cover their favorite parts of Jeff Teper's takeover of the SharePoint Twitter handle last week. They talk a lot about PowerShell, and they finish up by indulging Todd's obsession with Tesla.

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Running Time: 44:16

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Top 10 Takeaways from Jeff Teper’s #TeperTakeover
Getting started with PowerBI and SharePoint Online
PowerShell String Manipulation
Ports and protocols for Hybrid Search
PowerShell Training is your Friend
St. Louis SharePoint User Group
SharePoint Exchange forum
Microsoft Ignite
Thrive Conference

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast344

July 05
How to Keep up with Office 365 Changes

Over the last couple of years, my talks have migrated from fewer on-prem SharePoint Server talks, to more Office 365 centric talks. One of the questions I get asked more and more frequently, by admins that are trying to find their place in this new, cloudy, world is, “How can I keep up with all of the changes to Office 365?”

It’s a good question, and one a lot of people are struggling with, especially if they’re used to on-prem administration. As a SharePoint Server admin, updates came out no more frequently than once a month, and even then we were in complete control to when that update was applied to our farms. As our workloads are moving to Office 365 that is thrown completely on its ear. Now updates happen to Office 365 any day of the week. Sometimes they’re turned on for end users, sometimes they aren’t. You just never know. If you don’t know they’re coming, you can’t properly prepare yourself or your user base. Nobody likes that.

So here are a couple of ways to have a fighting chance against unexpected Office 365 updates.

1) Sign up for messages in the Message Center

You have to be a Tenant Admin for this one, but I assume most people reading my blog that aren’t my mom, are tenant admins. The Message center is a place in the Office 365 Portal where you can tell Office 365 which products you care about, and how it can tell you about changes and outages.

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You can find this little gem under Health > Message center. The messages deal with outages, updated features, new features, the whole enchilada. In the upper right you can set which products you see messages for. If you’re not using Skype for Business, shut off those messages. The bottom left is where the real gold is. You can have Office 365 email you once a week with that week’s new messages. This is a great way to see what is new if you’ve forgotten to check the Message center. The link at the top middle, “Read about staying on top of Office 365 changes”, takes us to our second tip.

2) Office 365 Roadmap

For a few years the Office 365 Roadmap has been a great way to see what’s on the horizon for your favorite Office 365 property. It not only shows was coming, but what has been delivered and what has been cancelled as well.

3) Microsoft Tech Community

The more things change, the more they stay the same. When I was cutting my teeth as a SharePoint admin back at the turn the century, the place to go for answer was Usenet. Ask your grandparents about it. Today, that same need is met by online forums. The Microsoft Tech Community is the place to go with your cloudy questions. While it’s not specifically a resource for what’s new with Office 365, that does get covered there.

4) First Release

First Release isn’t really a place, First Release is more like a state of mind. Smile First Release lets your tenant, or some of the users in your tenant, see new functionality in Office 365 before it’s released to the entire Office 365 loving world. It’s not a good idea to have your entire Production tenant in First Release, so either only include a few users, or enable it for a test tenant. It’s also important to point out that some things are only rolled out to First Release Users, or First Release Tenants, but not both. They aren’t always in step. Read more about that in Marc Anderson’s blog post.

Of course you can also follow a ton of Twitter accounts to keep up. I’d try to list them all here, but I’d just embarrass myself.

I hope this helps. Let me know if there are any other means you use to keep up with Office 365.

tk

ShortURL: http://toddklindt.com/O365Updates

July 05
MVP For Another Year!

June and July are always nervous times for me, and I’m not talking about fireworks going off around me. It’s because for the last 11 years July 1st has been when I found out if I was renewed as a Microsoft MVP. This year was no different, though maybe a little worse. Microsoft has been tweaking the MVP program and I never take for granted whether I’ll meet the mark or not.

I’m happy to report that I did in 2016. I was awarded my 12th MVP award July 1st! Being a SharePoint and Office 365 kinda guy my award is in the Office Servers and Services category.

I have met so many great people in the MVP program and I’m honored to be a part of it. Thanks to Microsoft for including me, and thanks to all the people that have helped me out along the way. It means a lot.

tk

ShortUrl: http://toddklindt.com/2017MVPRenewal

June 29
Podcast 343 - Your Mom is Watching

Todd triumphantly returns this week and wows Shane with tales of his travels over the last two weeks. After that's over, Shane and Todd talk about branding, updates to the wonderful PnP PowerShell module, the death of Windows Nano Server, and new password guidance from NIST.

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Running Time: 44:16

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03:56 Collab365 Interview
33:57 The Death of Nano Server
37:17 NIST updated their password policy
35:56 PowerShell 6 beta 3 is out
41:45 St. Louis SharePoint User Group
42:46 SharePoint Exchange forum
43:08 Microsoft Ignite

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast343

June 27
Podcast 342 - Similarly Touchy Things

Shane gets the spotlight all to himself for the second week in a row. This week he talks about PowerBI and SharePoint Online and some updates to Office 365. He also talks about a very useful video he put out that covers uploading files to Office 365 with PowerShell and including their metadata. Not too shabby.

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Running Time: 23:24

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03:20 Getting started with Power BI and SharePoint Online
04:56 Move SharePoint Online Files with Metadata
06:30 Work with files with PowerShell
06:55 TechSmith Microphone Review
07:51 Vizio Online Preview
09:00 Microsoft Forms
11:50 4 TB hard drives for VMs
13:46 Owning the Magic Quadrant
16:12 AI makes its own language

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast342

June 27
Podcast 341 - Lost a Little Skin

In the first of two solo podcasts, Shane talks about how he bested a fault Secure Store service, Ignite sessions you don't want to miss, and some viewer feedback. While it's only Shane, it's also only 22 minutes long, so go ahead and listen to it.

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Running Time: 36:51

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11:52 Ignite Sessions for SharePoint, Delve, O365, OneDrive, Groups
12:43 Xbox One X
15:06 Power BI June update is out for Desktop Client
19:45 Microsoft Mixer

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast341

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