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June 08
Podcast 340 - 47 Easy Steps

The Bandit is back, and we chat about it in this week's podcast. We start out talking about Todd's car and how it made the news. Then we move on to more important topics like why Write-Host is bad, and Shane is a terrible person for telling you to use it. We also cover the most recent online password management tool breach and what that means for us and password managers. We finish up by talking about Todd's latest web idea, http://www.whichonedrive.com.

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Running Time: 36:51

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05:48 Murphy Is The Bandit
07:29 Bandit Outtakes
08:29 Write-Host is your friend
24:14 Three basic security hygiene tips from Microsoft’s Identity Team
26:44 The new Azure AD Admin Console is GA!
28:07 Which OneDrive?
33:25 Which OneDrive on Twitter
33:59 Office 365 Engage
34:45 St. Louis SharePoint User Group
35:04 SharePoint Exchange forum
35:29 Microsoft Ignite

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast340

May 26
Podcast 339 - Skedaddle

In our first ever Tuesday Podcast, Shane and I talk about our favorite parts of the SharePoint Virtual Summit, including some yummy new OneDrive functionality. We also share a tool that you can use to create a bunch of content in SharePoint for testing purposes. A new SharePoint conference was announced last week, and we give you some information on it. We finish up talking about the new Surface Pro, and what we like and don't like about it.


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Running Time: 25:25

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04:57 SharePoint Server 2016 and Beyond…
13:23 SharePoint Data Generator
15:55 A SharePoint Conference
18:26 The Next Surface Pro Has Leaked
21:36 Huawei laptop
22:03 Office 365 Engage
23:20 SharePoint Exchange forum
23:47 St. Louis SharePoint User Group

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast339

May 25
Free Office 365 Security and Compliance Webinar

As IT Pros our jobs have always been changing, but the rate at which they’re changing now is almost unprecedented. I’m glad I’m wearing my seatbelt. As we make the transition to Office 365 one of our new responsibilities, or a larger responsibility is Security and Compliance. You may have been able to avoid it in the past, but you may not be so lucky in the future.

So where can an on-prem SharePoint admin get a start with it? I’m glad you asked. Smile On Wednesday May 31st, the nice folks at Petri.com are putting on a webinar where Shane Young and I will be talking about the processes and technologies you’ll need to get familiar with. We’ll cover the basics and show you some tools to get you started. And maybe we’ll find some time to make fun of each other too.

How can you get all of this fun and information? Point your favorite web browser at this registration page and you’ll be all set.

I look forward to seeing you.

tk

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

May 18
Podcast 338 - Burrowed into My Brain
May 12
New Super Powers for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

I’ve been dancing with this girl we call SharePoint for well over a decade, and I swear she gets prettier every day. Smile It has been fun watching Microsoft squash bugs and add functionality to the product along the way. One area that has been particularly satisfying is watching Microsoft address areas where the SharePoint Haters always take jabs at SharePoint. Things like, “SharePoint can’t handle more than 5000 items in a list,” or “You can’t have site collections larger than 100 GB in SharePoint,” or my favorite, “SharePoint Designer is free and users are going to destroy SharePoint with it!” Oh, wait.

OneDrive, Now with More Character

Recently Microsoft has fixed two of the limitations that plagued, character support, and URL length. Last month Microsoft chipped away at the former when they released this blog post, New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. In that blog post they announce that there’s a new API that will allow the use of the characters # and % in file and folder names in SharePoint Online (SPO) and OneDrive for Business (ODFB). In the past these characters were forbidden because they were used for other purposes in HTTP. The # character was used to reference anchors in HTML documents. The % was also busy being how you escaped ASCII characters in URLs. Any SharePoint admin worth their salt is well accustomed to space characters showing up as %20 in URLs like ‘Shared%20Documents.’ Since so much of SPO and ODFB is accessed through URLs, this made using those two characters particularly tricky. But you know Microsoft, they have some smart folks there, they figured it out.

Microsoft has always been stellar with backwards compatibility (sometimes to their detriment) and this is no exception. When this feature rolls out in June 2017 they will do it with a new API, so the old APIs will continue to work as expected. If the tenant was created before June 2017 a Tenant Admin will have to use PowerShell to toggle the SpecialCharactersStateInFileFolderNames parameter to Allowed. After that, file and folder names can include # and %. Site and web names cannot. You’ll also have to have the OneDrive Next Gen Sync Client to sync files and folders with # and % in their names.

This only pertains to OneDrive for Business with SPO and Office 365. It is not for SharePoint Server 2016 on-prem.

ODFB Office 365

ODFB On-Prem

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URL Size Matters… Less…

Another place that SharePoint got its nose bloodied was URL length. For most cases it was enough, but every once in a while it would bite people, like during upgrades. Last week Microsoft, hot off their victory against those rascals # and %, announced they are bumping the maximum path limit in SharePoint Online and ODFB from 256 characters to 400! That’s an increase of over 50%! And this 400 character limit does not apply to the query parameters at the end. Since SharePoint Online doesn’t have any the ability to add managed paths, I’ve seen people get creative with site collection names. Now they can use those extra 144 characters to get extra creative.

This is also only for SharePoint Online.

ODFB Office 365

ODFB On-Prem

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There are more great OneDrive improvements to blog. I’ll get to them next week.

tk

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

May 11
Podcast 337 - A Little Too Much Hooch

As is often the case, in this week's podcast Shane and Todd talk about fashion, and hardware. They also find time to talk about PowerShell and some big updates to Azure Active Directory. The finish things off with a discussion about cord cutting, and how Todd has done it, and why Shane should.

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Running Time: 52:47

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11:31 Integer Sizes
13:12 Microsoft Updates Preview of Azure Active Directory Pass-Through Authentication
17:13 IBM has been shipping malware-infected USB sticks
23:02 Surface Laptop
31:08 No Surface Pro 5
33:03 Yoga 720
46:51 SharePoint Admin Training
48:22 SharePoint Virtual Summit
49:48 Office 365 Engage
50:25 SharePoint Exchange forum
51:38 http://www.wyzerr.com

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast337

May 08
Podcast 336 - Cliff in Iowa

We taught a class last week, and we start this week's podcast out by telling you all about it. Then we cover some PowerShell topics, because everybody loves PowerShell. Then, what has turned into nearly a regular segment on the show, we talk about the latest in domestic spying, and how the spies are being found out. Finally, after the release of the Creators update for Windows 10, we discuss some of the changes in it.

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Running Time: 48:13

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17:40 Azure AD and third-party apps: It’s a bigger deal than you might think!
21:42 Managing SharePoint Online Files with PowerShell
26:38 Top 50 PowerShell Blogs and Websites for Developers
23:00 Guidance for developing well performing SharePoint Online Portals
29:11 Flight Tracker app tracks "spy" plane
31:22 Space X launches "top secret" spy satellite
35:34 Microsoft cuts more features from Win 10 Professional
42:01 SharePoint Admin Training
44:26 Office 365 Engage

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast336

April 18
Podcast 335 - Orange Shibboleth

This week's podcast covers such controversial subjects as ADFS with Office 365 PowerShell, MFA with Exchange Online PowerShell, and Office 365 nearly starting a war. Then Todd goes on a rant about why he doesn't like a certain Gizmo site.

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Running Time: 47:43

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15:40 ADFS with PowerShell is broken
22:01 Azure - Multiple Ips per NIC now GA
23:00 Exchange Online PS Modules support MFA
23:38 O365 now available in South Korea
34:27 Airplane cell phone calls won’t be allowed in US any time soon
26:27 Book: Trust me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator
40:13 Bold Zebras PowerShell classes
43:17 SharePoint Admin class
44:41 Office 365 Engage

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast335

April 17
Podcast 334 - Hold my Beer

Glory be! There will be another on-prem version of SharePoint, so says Microsoft. We start out this week's podcast with that good news. Of course it's all downhill from there, but we soldier on. DirSync (the product) is no longer supported, so we talk about what ways companies can keep their Windows Active Directory in sync with Azure Active Directory. We cover some new characters that can be used in file names with SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. We also talk about how to recover deleted Office 365 Groups, and in what scenarios you might accidentally delete one. We finish up talking about Shane's new keyboard. Talk about a strong finish.

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Running Time: 41:59

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4:16 Bold Zebras Newsletter
20:36 Microsoft Confirms SharePoint vNext Will Have On-Premises Iteration
22: 28 DirSync and Azure AD Sync are deprecated and will reach end of support on April 13, 2017
23:28 New support for # and % in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business
25:50 Set up Office 365 file storage and sharing
28:02 Restore a deleted Office 365 Group
33:19 Microsoft Wireless Desktop 900
37:09 Bold Zebras PowerShell classes
39:43 SharePoint Admin class
40:38 Office 365 Engage

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast334

April 14
Can’t Delete Accounts from OneDrive for Business Next Gen Sync Client

As anyone that listens to my podcast knows, I’m a fan of both the Consumer and For Business versions of OneDrive. I use it for a lot of my personal file syncing as well as with several Office 365 tenants, both production and test. Some of that is Production, some of it is with demo tenants. In the last couple of months I’ve stumbled across an unbelievable gap in the product, you can’t delete a OneDrive for Business (ODFB) account that you can’t log in to from the Windows Next Gen Sync Client. (NGSC).

You can delete OneDrive (consumer) accounts. And you can delete a ODFB account if you’re logged into it. Both of those show up on the Accounts tab of the Sync Client Settings page. But if you can’t log into the Office 365 account you’re syncing to, you can’t delete it. It’s stuck in this weird purgatory where the folders still show up in Explorer, but the blue icon for the account doesn’t show up in the system tray. It’s very confusing.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to delete some stale accounts for a while and it was inconceivable to me that that wasn’t possible. Today, I finally swallowed my pride and reached out for help. I tweeted the official (pronounced “Oh-FISHeeal”) OneDrive Twitter account. If they can’t help me, no one can. They have a blue check mark! This was their response:

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I can’t find it because it’s not there! But, they do offer a solution, we can vote for this feature (really, deleting an account is a “feature”) on User Voice. It doesn’t cost anything but your time, and each vote you cast will bring me closer to my nirvana of being able to purge all the unused ODFB folders from my PC.

Vote early, vote often.

Thanks for your support.

tk

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

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