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August 30
Podcast 258 - SharePoint 2016 Beta Watch Day 17

In this episode I lament that we still haven't seen the much anticipated SharePoint 2016 Beta. I took this as another opportunity to tell folks how they can get prepared. Then I talk a little about the August 2015 CU for SharePoint 2013 and some of the good and bad things it does. Then I transition into one of my favorite new topics, hybrid deployments.

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Running Time: 34:37

Links:

06:33 - 5 Things to do before the SharePoint 2016 Beta Drops
07: 39 - August 2015 CU Cloud Search Service Application
09:28 - Stefan Gossner's post on the August 2013 CU
13:04 - Simplifying Hybrid Configuration with the new Hybrid Scenario Picker
14:32 - Conquering Azure and Office 365 with PowerShell
16:46 - Azure PowerShell cmdlets updated
17:50 - The Converged Microsoft Account and Azure Active Directory Programming Model
27:31 - Microsoft Research Has Found A Solution To Improve Wearable’s Battery Life

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast258

August 28
SharePoint 2016 IT Preview is Out!

The day has finally come, SharePoint 2016 IT Preview is finally out. Our prayers have been answered. Before you get too excited, Microsoft has said that most of the changes were under the hood. This doesn’t look radically different. It doesn’t have any radically new features yet. But we can install it and we can play with it. Here are a few links to get you started:

Download SharePoint 2016 IT Preview (The Product key is under the Install Instructions section at the bottom)

User Voice link to give feedback

SharePoint 2016 Forums on TechNet

Hybrid Resource Center

SharePoint 2016 Feature Summary

I’ve already started working on some other blog posts about SharePoint 2016, so stay tuned. I’ve created a short URL http://www.toddklindt.com/SharePoint2016 where you’ll be able to find all my blog posts on SharePoint 2016.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/SP2016Preview

August 28
SPTechCon PowerShell with SharePoint Online Links

Tuesday at SPTechCon I did my award winning (my mom’s awards count, right?) session on using PowerShell to manage SharePoint Online. There were a ton of links in there, so I thought I’d put them all in one convenient blog post for easier clicking.

Download SharePoint Online Management Shell

Windows Management Framework 3.0 (needed for Windows 7)

Save Encrypted Passwords to Disk with PowerShell

Microsoft Online Service Sign-On Assistant

Install Azure AD Module

SharePoint 2013 Client SDK

Using CSOM in PowerShell scripts with Office 365

Office 365 Patterns and Practices PowerShell cmdlets

These are the links as of today. They will probably end up being stale at some point as the tools are updated. Let me apologize in advance for that and offer up this adorable picture of a sad bear in apology:

Sad_Bear_by_Jovajna

tk

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

August 17
Podcast 257 - Flapping of Gums

In this week's podcast I gush some more about Jason and I's webinar on Microsoft Identity. Then I talk some more about the impending SharePoint 2016 beta that all of our mouths are watering over. Since that's not out yet I'm spending my time playing with Windows 10. I tell you some cool things that I've stumbled across there. I wrap things up by talking about a new gadget I've bought, and how I hope it doesn't bring down the mighty Klindt LAN.
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Running Time: 31:16

Links:

05:58 - Making Sense of Microsoft Identities in a Hybrid World: Part 1 of 3
07:12 - The Hybrid On-ramp: Implementing Azure Active Directory Connect and More - Part 2 of 3
07:40 - The Hybrid On-ramp: Troubleshooting Hybrid Identity Issues - Part 3 of 3
10:06 - 5 Things to do before the SharePoint 2016 Beta Drops
11:54 - Microsoft releases free Windows 10 IoT Core for Raspberry Pi 2
17:26 - Buy Meegopad2
17:58 - Cortana can replace Google Now
20:28 - Microsoft's Project Astoria has leaked letting Windows 10 Mobile sideload Android APKs directly
24:48 - Shared Folder Sync is Now Available for (Almost) All OneDrive Users

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast257

August 12
Podcast 256 - Every Box and 6 or 8 Toasters

Tonight's podcast covers a lot of ground. I talk about a webinar I'm doing on Azure AD with Jason Himmelstein, and why it's so important for SharePoint Admins. Then I talk about what you can do to be ready when the SharePoint 2016 Beta drops this month. Finally I talk about Windows 10 and some of the fun things I've done with it since it officially RTMed last week.

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Running Time: 39:20

Links:

05:39 - Making sense of Microsoft identities in a Hybrid World
07:00 - Webinar repo on Github
10:19 - Server and Domain controller configure video
11:27 - 5 Things to do before the SharePoint 2016 Beta Drops
27:38 - Windows 10 Media Creation Tool
33:33 - Activate God Mode in Windows 10

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast256

August 03
5 Things to do before the SharePoint 2016 Beta Drops

If the rumors are on the Internet are to believed (and when has the Internet ever steered us wrong?) sometime this month (August 2015) the very first public beta of SharePoint 2016 will find its way into our eager little hands. There’s a lot to get excited about. I find a good way to deal with anticipation is to keep myself busy. I’ve already played about 1,000 games of Solitaire, and I’m all caught up on American Ninja Warrior, so I came up with this list of 5 things we can do to keep ourselves busy while we patiently (!) wait for the beta to be available.

1) Get An Office 365 Tenant

When we got our first glimpse of SharePoint 2016 at Microsoft Ignite in May it was very clear that the Hybrid story was going to be important. When you’re testing the SharePoint 2016 beta you’re going to want to pay a lot of attention to those new features. One of the things we’ll need to do that is an Office 365 Business tenant. If you’re already using Office 365 I would recommend using a different tenant for your tests. If you have an MSDN license that comes with an Office 365 test tenant. If you don’t, you can also get a Free Office 365 Business Trial. Of course it will expire eventually (30 days, I think) so make sure you don’t have any data in there you would miss if it were to evaporate into the ether. And once you hook your SharePoint 2016 up to your Office 365 tenant you’ll see the process isn’t so bad. So it will be easy to do with a different trial if you get another one. Having this tenant will help you get comfortable with Office 365 itself, but it will also help you see what great hybrid possibilities there are with SharePoint 2016.

2) Buy an Internet Domain

Another part of the full Hybrid experience requires an Internet domain. You’ll need it to sync identities from your on premise Windows Active Directory to Office 365. Like your Office 365 tenant, I recommend using a different DNS zone specifically for this. Don’t use one you’re using for something else, like your company’s main DNS zone. You will need to make some DNS record changes, and that might impact other things using that zone. If you’re like me you probably have 10 domains bought and paid for that were going to be The Coolest Thing Ever, but instead cost you $8 a year to keep and give you nothing in return. Now it’s time for them to earn their keep. I get my domains from GoDaddy (I know, I know) but any domain registrar will work. I don’t know about the other registrars, but Office 365 can make the necessary DNS records changes for you automatically if you have your DNS hosted with GoDaddy. I look at that as one less thing I can screw up. That has a lot of value.

3) Make some VMs

I know what you’re thinking, you probably thought this would be the first step, right? The reason it’s number three is because it will save you some grief if the Windows Active Directory you install SharePoint 2016 into is using the same DNS namespace as the domain you bought in Tip #2. I’m looking out for you. It’s not necessary that they be the same, but it makes things easier. Linking up your on-prem identities with Office 365 isn’t easy the first time, so you need all the help you can get while you’re learning it.

To test SharePoint 2016 I’ve got three VMs ready and rearing to go. They look like this:

A Domain Controller

I would not test this in a production domain, so I spun up a new domain controller. I installed mine on Windows Server 2012 R2. You can use this script to promote it to a domain controller.

A SQL Server

SharePoint 2016 requires SQL Server 2014, so you’ll need to spin one of those up. For now, I think SharePoint 2016 has the same demands of SQL that SharePoint 2013 did. MaxDOP has to be set to 1. The SP_INSTALL account needs to be securityadmin and dbcreator. Since mine is a test environment I also set all the databases to use the Simple Recovery Model and capped the amount of RAM the SQL engine can use. You can use this T-SQL script to do the same. Of course you’ll need to edit it to reflect your accounts and environment. Also, don’t forget to change the Windows Firewall to allow SQL traffic in. You’ll need to allow port 1433 UDP and TCP in. I always forget that.

Box Itching for SharePoint 2016

Finally, the SharePoint box! It has to be Windows Server 2012 R2, patched within an inch of its life. SharePoint 2016 has the same hardware requirements as SharePoint 2013, so you’ll need to size it accordingly. If you want to play with things like the new Cloud Search Service Application or Minrole functionality, you’ll need additional SharePoint servers. But one server is all you need to get it installed, configured, and start poking around in Central Admin.

4) Create Some Users

After the Domain is installed and happy you’ll need some accounts. For now, I’m recommending the same service accounts I did for SharePoint 2013. They are outlined in this blog post. 

And SharePoint is nothing without end users. You’re going to want to test the changes to the User Profile Service sync and identity syncing, so you’re going to need a bunch of users. This blog post has the PowerShell script I use to create AD users (both service accounts and user accounts) and has a file you can use to seed some users.  I’ve since created another file that creates another 30 users or so. You can find it here. You’ll have to rename it to users.csv for my poorly written script to find it.

After your Domain is installed, and it has some users, download Azure Active Directory Connect and start playing with the syncing. I won’t get into the nitty gritty of that here. That should be its own blog post. Or 3. Smile 

5) A SharePoint 2013 Content Database

If you’re reading this blog, I assume you already have a SharePoint farm or two lurking around. And I’m going to go out on a limb and assume you’re going to want to upgrade some or all of that content to SharePoint 2016. In that case, there’s no time like the present to start playing with that. You don’t need an actual database from your Production environment if you don’t want to. If you’re creating a new database just for testing try to keep it small (makes those backup and restore times easier to swallow) and try to make it representative of what your Production site collections look like. If you have a lot of Publishing sites, make sure your test database does. If you’re feeling brave and you had your Wheaties for breakfast, consider trying to upgrade a Service Application database, too. It’s an advanced move, but I believe in you. If you’ve made it this far in this blog post you’re obviously quite dedicated (or bored). You can do anything!

Like you folks, every morning when I wake up I run over to Internet Explorer (or now Edge) and see if the Beta has dropped. When it has, I’ll be ready for it. And if you followed these steps, so will you.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/ReadyForSP2016Beta

July 30
Podcast 255 - Killer Game of Solitaire

Tonight I'm all giddy with anticipation about the public Beta of SharePoint 2016. We talk a little about what it will and won't contain. Then I talk about Windows 10 and what to expect when it comes out. Finally I talk about a change I made to my mobile phone.

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Running Time: 45:25

Links:

06:58 - Making sense of Microsoft identities in a Hybrid World
10:30 - SharePoint 2016 beta next month
19:00 - Bill Baer's Tech Talk on ITUnity
42:48 - Mississippi PowerShell User Group
43:10 - SPTechCon
43:44 - SharePointalooza
44:03 - Devintersections

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast255

July 29
Microsoft Identity Webinar Series

The last couple of years have been a rough time for us on-prem SharePoint Admins. We weren’t sure what the SharePoint future held for us. Was there going to be another on-prem version of SharePoint? (There is) Will we have to learn how to make good French fries? (I might) I believe I’ve seen the future, and its name is “Hybrid.” In order to make Hybrid environments work happily, your Identity house has to be in order. That’s where Jason Himmelstein and I come in. For the next three Thursdays (July 30th, August 6th, and August 13th, 2015) we’re doing a free, yes FREE webinar series called, Making Sense of Microsoft Identities in a Hybrid World at ITUnity.com.

Week 1 will be a lot of talking. We’ll cover where we come from in regards to Identity with Active Directory and SharePoint. Then we’ll cover what options we have around Hybrid SharePoint and Identity. Then we’ll assign some homework.

Week 2 we’ll roll up our sleeves and walk through setting up some Directory replication and Federation.

Week 3 there will be some tearful goodbyes and also some troubleshooting steps you can use when you’re using these tools.

This webinar is going to be a lot of fun. Go ahead and sign up today. See you there.

tk

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

July 27
Podcast 254 - Seems Almost Offensive

Shane takes the helm this week while I'm travelling for business. He covers some recent data breaches and what they mean to you. He covers some Windows 10, and also explains how the cloud is different for us Microsoft types. It has to do with pets or something. Finally he talks about a great book, "The Hard Thing about Hard Things" and what he learned in it.

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Running Time: 29:01

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03:40 - Ashley Madison data breach
04:40 - Tinder to help you if you aren't a bad person
06:15 - Windows 10 Cortana has international flare
09:00 - Amazon's own Black Friday ends with a black eye
12:00 - Windows 10 on USB sticks
13:40 - Cloud at your pace WhitePaper
23:30 - "The hard thing about hard things: Building a business when there are no easy answers" Ben Horowitz

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast254

July 19
Podcast 253 - Long Time Listener First Time Caller

In tonight's podcast I talk a lot about Windows 10. How to install it, where to install it, ways it won't let me install it, the whole gamut. Then I show you all a way to up your PowerShell game in Office 365. I end the show by bringing on a friend of mine, Gerry LaCanu, and we talk about some new Rackspace products that help you get the most out of Office 365 and Azure.
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Running Time: 47:56

Links:

4:46 - My author page at CMSWire
10:30 - Create Windows 10 USB boot media
19:00 - Upgrade a Small Tablet or Laptop to Windows 10
22:30 - Microsoft Temporarily Suspends Windows Insider Builds
25:30 - Office PowerShell site
26:30 - Rackspace Support for Office 365 is Now Available 24/7 in the US!
29:00 - Rackspace Fanatical Support for Azure!

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast253

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