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April 17
Podcast 243 - Set-Podcast -Name 'With Jeff Hicks'


Tonight's episode showcases the comedic stylings and PowerShell prowess of PowerShell MVP, Jeff Hicks. He talks about all things PowerShell and puts up with me for nearly an hour. We talk about a recent series of blog posts that help improve your PowerShell Function writing. There's also some general gushing about how great PowerShell is. Then he tells us what's so darned exciting about DSC, and what it is. In a very anti-climactic ending, I talk about a new app for the Microsoft Band, and some bad experiences I had with Windows Phone.
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Running Time: 1:07:06

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09:50 - Ebook version of a Week of Blog Posts
11:00 - Week of Blog Posts blog post
31:42 - Sapien
40:25 - PowerShell Summit
51:45- Petri.com
53:57 - Microsoft Band app for Windows
59:40 - Windows Phone Recovery Tool
1:01:54 - SharePoint Evolution
1:02:20 - Microsoft Ignite
1:03:15 - PowerShell booth at Microsoft Ignite
1:03:42 - Alaska SharePoint User Group
1:04:25 - Mississippi PowerShell User Group
1:05:11 - SharePointalooza

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast243

April 17
SharePoint 2013 April CU 2015 fails to install on just about everything

Like last Patch Tuesday, and many Patch Tuesdays before it, this Patch Tuesday SharePoint 2013 was blessed with an update, the April 2015 CU. There are a few outstanding Regressions from previous SharePoint 2013 CUs, so folks jumped on it pretty quickly.

Turns out the April 2015 CU has a dark side.

A year ago, when SP1 came out, it had some problems. I cover them in my blog post “Don’t Install SharePoint 2013 Service Pack 1” The original version of SP1 had this nasty bug where it prevented the installation of subsequent patches. That’s a bad thing. Microsoft cleaned everything up and rereleased SP1 without that issue. They also advised that if you were an MSDN or Volume License customer, the SharePoint 2013 installation ISO that included Service Pack 1 was not affected by that. Whew! It was still a bit confusing, as the Bad SP1 and the Good SP1 looked the same to a SharePoint administrator trying to fix the problem. I talk about how to tell them apart in this blog post, “How to tell which Service Pack 1 you have installed on SharePoint 2013” I thought that was the end of the story.

Turns out I was wrong.

The April 2015 CU is the first SharePoint 2013 CU that requires Service Pack 1 be installed. The previous CUs required either Service Pack 1 or the March 2013 CU. If the installer found either of those installed, it continued on. With the April 2015 CU only Service Pack 1 could scratch that itch. And the different versions of Service Pack 1 leave different footprints on your SharePoint farm. One scratches the April 2015 CU itch, one does not.

If you installed your SharePoint farm with the ISO media that included Service Pack 1, you will not be able to install the April 2015 CU. The April 2015 CU does not recognize that the required bits are in place and its installation will fail. Fortunately, there is a workaround. If you reinstall the stand alone Service Pack 1 (download links here) you’ll then be able to install the April 2015 CU. This is the fix even if you’re running a post Service Pack 1 CU. So if you’re currently sitting at the November 2014 CU and you want to install the April 2015 CU, you have to reinstall Service Pack 1 first. Obviously, right? Smile 

One tricky aspect of this is language packs. They have the same issue. And since CUs also patch the language packs, a language pack can cause the April 2015 CU to break as well. For instance, if you installed English SharePoint 2013 (wonky ISO or not), put Service Pack 1 on it, then installed the German Language Pack that came with Service Pack 1, the April 2015 CU won’t install. Not because the base SharePoint (in this case English) doesn’t have the correct Service Pack 1, or even because the CU hates German, but because the Language Pack (German) doesn’t have the correct Service Pack 1. In this case the fix is to reinstall (or repair) Service Pack 1 for the Language Pack, then take another swing at the April 2015 CU.

Hopefully this has helped. I want to give shouts out to Stefan Goßner, Trevor Seward, and Brian Lalancette. We had a good discussion on Twitter about this this morning that helped flesh out the details.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Apr2015CUNoBueno

April 09
Podcast 242 - Face West and Swear

In this Podcast I talk about more improvements I want to make. Then I spend some time talking about how you can win a ticket to the AvePoint Red party at Ignite next month. Next I calm everyone's fears about Microsoft dropping AppFabric support. I talk about something that might prevent you from downloading our beloved SharePoint patches. Then I talk about some new gadgets that you can pick up, and I finished up by mentioning Microsoft's Work and Play Bundle that offers an unbelievable discount on some Microsoft products you're probably already buying.

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Running Time: 47:41

Links:

01:16 First transcription
11:03 Jeff Hicks blog
13:26 - Win a ticket to the AvePoint Red Party at Ignite
18:19 - Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server Ends Support 4/2/2016
26:30 - Paul Thurrott's Surface 3 review
33:19 - Miracast works now with Amazon Fire TV Stick
35:20 - Sling TV
36:43 - Microsoft Work and Play Bundle
37:00 - Order Microsoft Work and Play and the Microsoft Online Store
39:32 - How To Write PowerShell Functions in a Week of Blog Posts

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast242

April 06
How To Write PowerShell Functions in a Week of Blog Posts

If you’re a reader of this blog you know I’m absolutely ga-ga over PowerShell. Being able to use PowerShell is one of my favorite parts of my job. I love the challenge, and ultimately the satisfaction of using it to solve SharePoint administration problems that come up. If you haven’t embraced PowerShell, you’re missing out. It’s like having chocolate, and not mixing it with peanut butter.

After I got to a certain level of proficiency in PowerShell (I was only swearing at it every other day instead of every single day) I fell into a rut and I got lazy. I would write dazzling one-liners that could do things, and once in a while I’d even string a couple of those together and save them out to a .PS1 file that I could run later. But I sort of stopped there. I was able to get things done, so my learning sort of tapered off. A few months ago I decided I need to up my PowerShell skills and I started turning all of those various and sundry PS1 files into functions in a .PSM1 file. My skill at writing functions is weak, so I found myself doing the same HELP and Bing searches over and over.

Then last week happened.

Several of my favorite PowerShell bloggers/tweeters/experts put together a PSBlogWeek. For six solid days they each wrote one blog post on PowerShell functions, walking through how to make them, and some great things to do to make them better after you have them. While I hope you check them all out, and read them all start to finish, I’m selfishly writing this blog post so I’ll have them all in one place where I can reference them. They’re really good.

Here’s the list of blog posts, in order:

Blogger Article
Francois-Xavier Cat Standard and Advanced PowerShell functions
Mike F Robbins PowerShell Advanced Functions: Can we build them better? With parameter validation, yes we can!
Adam Bertram #PSBlogWeek – Dynamic Parameters and Parameter Validation
Jeffery Hicks PowerShell Blogging Week: Supporting WhatIf and Confirm
June Blender Advanced Help for Advanced Functions – #PSBlogWeek
Boe Prox A Look at Try/Catch in PowerShell

Thanks for the great blog posts.

tk

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

April 03
I’m speaking at the SharePoint Evolution Conference in London

I really should have posted this early, but I’m excited to announce I’ll speaking at the SharePoint Evolution Conference in London in a couple of weeks. The Evolution Conference is one of the big ones. A lot of my friends have attended or presented there in previous years and they always RAVE about it. This year, my prayers were answered and the benevolent Steve Smith allowed me the honor or speaking there. Thanks, Steve!

The conference is April 20th - 22nd in London at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. I told you it was a big deal! My part of the show is first thing Wednesday morning. I’ll be doing a two part session on upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013. If you’re still running SharePoint 2010, or heaven forbid, SharePoint 2007, then you should already be planning the upgrade to SharePoint 2013. This session will help.

If you’re in Europe, or heck, even if you’re not, please consider coming to the SharePoint Evolution Conference and joining me and all the other terrific speakers and attendees. And if you do, please find me and introduce yourself and say, “Hi.” I’d love to meet you.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Evo2015

April 02
Podcast 241 - I Might not be Cool Enough

In tonight's Podcast I ask for your opinion on some pieces of the Podcast. Then I talk about some Windows 10 topics. There's a new Preview coming out, and it will be available to more Windows Phones. Then I talk about some weird issues with recent Cumulative Updates. Then I talk about some recent password weirdness.

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Running Time: 42:19

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06:23 - Transcription by CMSwire
18:40 - Sign up for Windows Insider
20:15 - Windows 10 preview available for more phones
20:54 Install the Windows Insider app
23:25 Registry settings in recent Cus
25:35 - Process Monitor
33:24 - LastPass
33:58 - KeePass
34:10 - 1Password
37:29 - SharePoint Evolution
38:18 - Microsoft Ignite
39:34 - Mississippi PowerShell User Group
40:25 - SharePointalooza

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast241

March 26
Podcast 240 - All the SharePoint Goodies Without Any Brains Required at All

In this episode I'm joined by Mark Minasi. We wax about all things technology. Mark talks about Office 365 and how it's gotten him excited lately. He talks about OneDrive for Business and some ways a company and can stick their toe in and try it out. We also talk about Windows 10 and what's coming there. It was good to catch up with Mark, and we have a lot of fun chatting.

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Running Time: 56:52

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49:20 - www.minasi.com
50:54 - Pluralsight
52:19 - SharePoint Evolution Conference
54:00 - Microsoft Ignite

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast240

March 20
Podcast 239 - When Dolphins Attack

Shane and Jonathan take over tonight while I'm out breaking spring. They talk about Office 2016, Tinder, and Gigaom's demise. They finish up about how great I am and how much they both love and respect me. True story!
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Running Time: 44:35

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3:07 - Rackspace Promo
3:53 - Work for Shane
05:20 - Office 2016 Preview is live
15:45 - SXSW Tinder users are meeting AVA the AI account promoting a movie
20:50 - Gigaom goes belly up
28:00 - Muscle cars are scary - Hellcat suspend sales
32:00 - Microsoft bug fix for Windows 2003. Yikes!
40:42 - SharePoint Evolution Conference
40:56 - Microsoft Ignite

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast239

March 05
Podcast 238 - I Blacked Out for a Minute

In tonight's podcast I talk about the new changes to the SharePoint patching model. After all the whining about that is over I tell the good news that I'll be speaking at Ignite in a couple of months. Then I talk about how to get your Claims provider to search for users, and how to find the users in your AD whose passwords are set to expire.

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Running Time: 33:32

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02:49 SharePoint patches are no longer in Windows Update
11:00 - I'm speaking at Ignite
11:19 - End-to-End OneDrive for Business Planning, Deployment, Best Practices and Adoption Techniques
14:35 - Upgrade to Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and Ready for Cloud Potential
17:05 - Fixing People Picker for SAML Claims Users Using LDAP
19:30 - LDAP/AD Claims Provider For SharePoint 2013
20:30 - How to find Active Directory users NOT set to PasswordNeverExpires with PowerShell

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast238

March 03
Podcast 237 - No Oscar For You

Shane graciously fills in for me this week while I'm on the road. He does an okay job. He talks about tablets, Yammer, SuperFish, and an idiot relative he has. He finishes up with a story on how to fail and still win big. Not a bad podcast, for Shane.

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Running Time: 32:10

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00:58 - Cloud Platform at Rackspace
02:24 - CMSWire Article
04:10 - How to use Windows Update to Patch your SharePoint Servers
07:40 - Tablet version of Office 2016 available in Beta Store
09:10 - PowerShell Desired State Configuration free training
12:20 - SuperFish is bad
18:00 - Microsoft Band gets new features
19:50 - Microsoft Band SDK Preview
21:14 - How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big
21:36 - Passion is Bull$#!+
26:23 - Mike Rowe on Following Your Passion

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast237

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