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February 23
Podcast 328 - Hello Kitty Lunchbox

Todd and Shane start out slowly, talking about Batman and unemployed life. Then we get into meatier topics like Conditional Access in SharePoint Online and DOD Level 5 PA. We also discuss some exciting new additions to copying files in SharePoint Online. Then we cover our second love, PowerShell, and talk about how to securely save passwords, and a new place to find the PnP PowerShell cmdlets.

Join Todd and Shane for their online SharePoint Admin class, March 20th to 24th. It promises to be more fun than a barrel full of weasels. They'll cover SharePoint on-prem, Office 365, and PowerShell. You know, the topics that the cool admins are talking about these days. Check out the syllabus and sign up at http://www.boldzebras.com/sharepointadministratortraining

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Running Time: 39:03

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11:44 The Shane and Todd Training Show is back
17:10 Bill Baer gives an overview of Conditional Access Policies with SPO and OneDrive for Business
19:10 DOD Level 5 PA granted for Azure and O365
21:26 Three new improvements for OneDrive and SharePoint document libraries
23:59 PNP PowerShell cmdlets now on MSDN
25:00 Video: Install PNP PowerShell for SPO
26:34 Managing Usernames and Passwords for PowerShell
30:37 Water Jug Fitness YouTube Channel
36:37 SPTechCon Austin
35:28 The Shane and Todd Training Show is back

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast328

February 20
Podcast 327 - Daily Grind of the Common Man

Todd starts off this episode talking about a change in his career. After a good cry, he and Shane pick up the pieces and talk about a new webpart coming to SharePoint Online. Then Shane talks about some new security and BI functionality coming to Office 365.

In bigger news, Todd and Shane announced their next online SharePoint Admin class. It's March 20th to 24th. It'll cover all the fun SharePoint on-prem and Office 365 topics that the cool admins are talking about these days. Check out the syllabus and sign up at http://www.boldzebras.com/sharepointadministratortraining

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Running Time: 45:41

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03:57 Time Marches On…
6:00 Lets go treasure hunting
14:04 Learn to use passwords with PowerShell securely
19:13 New SharePoint Online Link web part rolling out now!
27:44 New Office 365 capabilities help you proactively manage security and compliance risk
30:10 Integrate Power BI reports in SharePoint Online
32:40 Don Jones Imposter Syndrome

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast327

February 17
Online SharePoint 2013 & 2016 Class by Yours Truly (and Shane)

A rolling stone gathers no moss (see what I did there?) and I’m not letting myself get fat and lazy during my unemployed stretch. After drowning my sorrows in a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey, I put on my good sweatpants and went right back to work. Shane and I, after watching funny cat videos for a couple of hours, decided what the world needed was a SharePoint 2013/2016 & Office 365 admin class taught with that Todd and Shane panache that has been loved from sea to shining sea.

We will be teaching this class, our SharePoint Server 2013 and 2016 Administrators class + Cloud overview March 20th through the 24th 11:00 to 2:30 EST, with a lunch break in the middle. The class will be taught live, so you’ll be able to stump Shane as much as you’d like. It will also include Hands On Labs for your puttering around pleasure. All of this training is online, so you can learn and stay in your Iron Man jammies. I know that’s what I’ll be wearing.

All of this can be yours for a mere $1200 USD. You can sign up here.

If you have questions, hit me up on Twitter or email me at class@toddklindt.com.

See you then,

tk

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

February 13
Time Marches On…

As of last week, I am no longer at Rackspace. It was a great 5 year run, and I look back on them fondly. I made a ton of great friends, and learned so much. But, it’s time to move on…

I’ve gotten a ton of support from everyone, and that has really helped. Thanks a lot.I’m not sure what’s next for me. I’m still weighing my options. You can always reach out to me on Twitter, LinkedIn, or email me at firstname@toddklindt.com, (replace firstname with my first name) if you have suggestions on what I should do next. Getting out of the IT field at working at Wendy’s is a valid suggestion, and one I’ve received multiple times during my career. Smile

I do have good news. The Podcast will continue. You’re not getting rid of Shane and I that easily. I will also be sullying the stage at SPTechCon in Austin in April. If you’re there, stop in and say, “howdy.” Also feel free to offer to buy my lunch, or give me some gas money.

tk

Shorturl: http://www.toddklindt.com/TimeMarchesOn

February 12
Podcast 326 - Be the Boss of your MOSS

This week's podcast starts off with the list of the ten best Intranets and your friend and ours, SharePoint, makes up the majority of these paragons of enterprise productivity. Not to be outdone, SharePoint's online counterpart, Office 365, has a lot to be proud of too. We talk about what's new in Office 365 administration, both in the UI and in PowerShell. Speaking of PowerShell, Shane promotes his newest Internet sensation, how to get the fancy PowerShell formatting on your ancient Windows 7 and 8.1 systems. We finish out the podcast by Shane showing us all where he keeps all of his pictures of Todd.

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Running Time: 40:41

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16:39 9 of 10 best intranets use SharePoint
18:04 What is new in Office 365 administration - Jan 2017
20:05 New capabilities in SharePoint Online team sites including integration with Office 365 Groups
25:23 SharePoint Management Shell has been updated again
28:50 Video on installing WMF 5.1 and PSReadLine

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast326

February 03
Podcast 325 - Poop on That

Hooray for OneDrive! The update to OneDrive is one of the things we talk about this week. We also talk about SMAT, Microsoft's way of telling you you're ready for Office 365. Once you're in Office 365, the FindTime feature can help you schedule meetings. Shane and Todd then get off on a tangent and talk about 3D TVs and cord cutting.

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Running Time: 43:46

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08:38 Microsoft delivers awaited OneDrive for Business-SharePoint sync
21:26 SharePoint 2013 Migration Assessment Tool (SMAT)
23:50 FindTime feature of O365
29:47 IOS 10.2.1 for Security fixes
30:36 3D TV is dead
32:43 Cutting the Cord - Taking Control of TV and Slashing Monthly Costs Over 70%
33:00 Episode 177 | Geek Out on Cutting the Cord

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast325

January 26
Podcast 324 - My Good Sweatpants

Birthdays and sweatpants start out today's podcast. Then we talk about how great Todd's blog post on using PowerShell to add Office 365 domain is. Then we cover the changes to Microsoft's FastTrack offering (as well as what the heck FastTrack even is) and their new StaffHub product. We wrap things up by talking about the new release of PowerShell in WMF 5.1, and how painful CSOM can be with PowerShell and SharePoint Online. 

This is the last week to contribute to Todd's Birthday Charity drive at http://pointgowin.com/tkcharity. Check it out. You’ll be glad you did!

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Running Time: 44:34

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10:45 How to Add a Domain to Office 365 and Azure using PowerShell
17:31 FastTrack expands to support Windows 10, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft Teams
18:00 What is FastTrack?
21:34 Microsoft StaffHub
28:12 WMF 5.1 Released
40:28 Puppy Training with our SharePoint book

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast324

January 23
Podcast 323 - Brownies from California

SharePoint Online Conditional Access is the headlining topic this week. Then we hit our old friend PowerShell and see how we can easily use it to test our Internet connection. Then we talk about a couple of Microsoft rumors and acquisitions. One around AI, or our computer overlords. And another about the resurrection of Windows Phone. Zombie phones, run for your lives!!!

Have you heard about Todd's Birthday Charity drive at http://pointgowin.com/tkcharity ? Check it out. It’s the bomb!

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Running Time: 35:26

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08:57 - SharePoint Online Conditional Access
19:37 - Software "patch"
28:02 - Microsoft buys an AI company
21:42 - Microsoft Patents a Phone with Foldable Screen


ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast323

January 17
How to Add a Domain to Office 365 and Azure using PowerShell

I love blog posts like this. PowerShell and Office 365, two of my favorite tastes, all rolled up into one. This particular blog post is not groundbreaking, but it’s fun. I’ve recently set up a few Office 365 tenants, and part of that is adding one or more custom domains. Of course you can use the Office 365 Admin Portal to do that, and there’s no shame in that. (Well, maybe a little) But if you want to take your Office 365 Admin game up another level, you can do all of that with PowerShell. I’ll show you how in this blog post.

Getting the Module and the Domain

You need to make sure you have the correct Azure PowerShell module installed before you can take advantage of any of the goodness in this blog post. When I wrote this blog post, I was using version 1.1.166.0 of the MSOnline module. If you don’t have it installed, you can watch Shane’s crappy video walkthrough on installing it. Time marches on, and it marches double-time in the cloud. So while I assume these steps will work later versions of the module, I can’t guarantee that.

To add a domain to your Office 365 tenant, you’ll obviously need a domain. It doesn’t matter where you register the domain, as long as you have the ability to add DNS records. Microsoft does have a deal in place with GoDaddy, so getting your domain there does have some advantages.

Adding the Domain

Once you have the module installed, and the domain purchased it’s time to open up PowerShell and make some magic. Open up “Microsoft Azure Active Directory Module” to get the party started. I christen every PowerShell session with a heaping helping of Start-Transcript, so do that first. Then use Connect-MsolService to connect to your tenant. If you haven’t already added a custom domain to your Office 365 or Azure tenant, then you’re likely logging in with a username that looks like someone@sometenant.onmicrosoft.com, where sometenant is your tenant name, and someone is a tenant admin for that tenant. To get the landscape of the domains in your tenant, use Get-MsolDomain. It looks like this:

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Once you’ve confirmed the domain you want to add isn’t already there you can use New-MsolDomain to add it. The command I ran was 

New-MsolDomain -Name "toddsblog.com"

It might seem like that should be enough. The domain is added, Ta-Da! If that was the case, this would be a very short blog post. We still have a couple of steps left. I have to prove to Microsoft that I own toddsblog.com. Maybe toddsblog.com is Todd Rundgren’s blog, or maybe Todd Bridges. Who knows? To verify that I am truly the Todd behind toddsblog.com, I have to make a specific DNS entry that Microsoft tells me to add.

Before I can add the correct DNS entry, I need to know what it is. The Get-MsolDomainVerificationDns gives me that value. We have two options, we can create a TXT record, or an MX record. Since I’m not moving the mail for toddsblog.com over to Office 365 right now, I went with the TXT record. If I was moving mail in the short term, I would have went for the MX record instead, and saved myself the step of adding it later. To get the TXT record I need, I ran this command:

Get-MsolDomainVerificationDns -DomainName toddsblog.com -Mode DnsTxtRecord

Here is the output I received:

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I used GoDaddy’s domain management tool to add this record. While the label in the screenshot says “toddsblog.com” I really needed to add a record for @, which tells DNS clients “this domain.” It looked like this:

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DNS takes its time to move around the Internet, and it gets cached a lot of places along the way. To improve the chances that Microsoft gets the new record, I used nslookup to query a major DNS provider, Google, and make sure it was there:

nslookup -type=TXT toddsblog.com 8.8.8.8

I got the output I expected:

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Looks good.

The final step is telling Microsoft to check that we made the entry, and made it correctly. Let’s see what happens:

Confirm-MsolDomain -DomainName toddsblog.com

The output looks like I did it right.

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Let’s check our list of domains again with Get-MsolDomain

 

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More good news. And finally, in the UI:

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The domain shows up as “Setup in progress” because I haven’t added all the DNS records Office 365 needs to send email and stuff like that. The domain is still good though. I can assign that domain to users. It’s fully functional.

To recap, here was the whole process:

New-MsolDomain -Name "toddsblog.com"

Get-MsolDomainVerificationDns -DomainName toddsblog.com -Mode DnsTxtRecord

Confirm-MsolDomain -DomainName toddsblog.com

The other stuff was just fun fluff.

I hope this helps, and encourages you to get your PowerShell on when working with Office 365 and Azure.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/PoshAddO365Domain

January 16
Podcast 322 - Ten Best Ways to Listen to Todd Klindt's Podcast

In this week's episode Shane and Todd talk about some additions to Microsoft Flow, and the continued, sad demise of the Microsoft Band 2. They also talk about some new licensing options for the Office Online Server, and how the demise of CMD is greatly exaggerated. Oh, and they talk about one unintended side effect of anonymous cars.

Have you heard about Todd's Birthday Charity drive at http://pointgowin.com/tkcharity ? Check it out. It’s the bomb!

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Running Time: 33:56

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09:51 PSA: Microsoft Band No Longer a Swappable Unit
14:05 Microsoft Flow adds 13 new services
18:07 Office Web Apps and Office Online Server now supported in Azure
20:26 CMD isn't going anywhere
24:23 Self Driving cars will cause an organ shortage
27:27 New version of SPO PowerShell
29:40 Star is coming within 77 Light days of Earth

Brought to you by Rackspace

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast322

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