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August 30
OneDrive is Great! Then Why Do I Pay for Dropbox?

This was written in August of 2014. As technology marches forward, the prices and features of the products mentioned have probably gotten cheaper, bigger, faster, stronger, and better smelling. If you’re from the future and reading this, keep that in mind.

Last week Dropbox announced they were upgrading their $100 a year ($9 a month) Pro plan from 100 GB of storage to a massive 1 TB. (insert picture of Dr. Evil with his pinky to his mouth here). Because of that announcement Dropbox has been all over the tech news. In Windows Weekly #377 my friend Paul Thurrott comments that $99 a year is as much as a license for Office 365 Home, which gives you email, Office Web Apps, and 1 TB of OneDrive For Business (ODFB) for 5 people (5 TB total) . He wondered why anyone would pay the same amount for just storage, and 1/5 of the storage at that. I hope to provide a satisfactory answer to that question with this blog post.

I’ve been paying for Dropbox Pro for a couple of years and it’s worth every penny to me. This is the case even though I get a free Office 365 subscription because I’m an MVP. While I do use a bunch of the functionality of OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, there are a few things that Dropbox does so much better that it’s worth giving up a couple of of venti hot chocolates a month at Starbuck’s to pay for Dropbox Pro. Here is my list of why I pay for Dropbox Pro even though I get OneDrive and Office 365 for free.

File size limitation of 2 GB in OneDrive (250 MB in ODFB) , Infinity +1 in Dropbox

I store a lot of different types of files in Dropbox. Like most folks I store pictures up there and a few documents. But I also store all the videos from my Netcast there. I store a bunch of commonly used software installations up there as well. I have the database backups from my blog syncing to a machine at home through Dropbox. I’ve even been known to store a virtual machine or two in Dropbox. Using the desktop sync client, any file I copy into a Dropbox folder will show up on all the other machines syncing that same folder. When I first tried to move over to OneDrive that didn’t work. OneDrive has a hard file size limit of 2 GB. ODFB has a similar limit of 2 GB. Dropbox’s limit is infinity. If you have space in your Dropbox quota, the file will sync. 2 GB might be more than enough for most people, but I regularly deal with larger files so it’s a big deal for me.

Shared folders in OneDrive or ODFB don’t sync to the file system. Dropbox is happy to

Despite the fact that I’m an only child, I share pretty well, regardless of what my wife might say. With OneDrive or ODFB if I share a folder with someone it does not sync to their local hard drives, even if they have the desktop sync clients installed. Even if they ask nicely. That means if I share a folder with someone they have to go to OneDrive (or ODFB) with a browser, or the Metro OneDrive app to download the files I’ve shared with them. For some situations, this might not be a big deal, but it’s come up a few times for me. For instance, I have a shared Dropbox folder with my parents where I copy pictures of my cats and any of my artwork that’s refrigerator worthy. My parents have that same folder set up as a location for a slideshow screensaver. So as I proudly drop pictures into that folder on my computer, they magically sync to my mom’s hard drive and show up in her screensaver. She doesn’t have to remember to check for them, they’re just there.

Files don’t just have a URL in OneDrive or ODFB, you have to download them from a web page

If I share an individual file with someone in OneDrive, the link I send them takes them to a web page that hosts the file. It doesn’t take them to the actual file itself. Again, it’s not a huge deal, but it’s more work that they have to go through than if I share the same file the same way with Dropbox. If I send someone a link to a Word doc shared from Dropbox, the URL goes to that exact file. They could download it with PowerShell if they wanted to. With OneDrive and ODFB it’s a whole big affair.

OneDrive For Business alters Office files, Dropbox keeps its dirty mitts off of them

It recently came out that files stored in ODFB are actually altered when they’re uploaded. On the backend, ODFB is a SharePoint document library. When an Office document is uploaded to SharePoint it puts a unique tag in it so it can keep it straight from other copies of that file, or other versions of it. I understand why they do it, but it doesn’t seem necessary for non work files. Dropbox doesn’t change the files. I like that better.

While a few of these issues are pretty small potatoes, a couple of them (file size and local syncing) are show stoppers for me. As one as OneDrive or ODFB doesn’t support them, I’ll continue to happily pay for Dropbox.

tk

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

August 29
Netcast 212 - Mules Powered SharePoint

I start out this week's Netcast talking about the ALS Ice Bucket challenge and how I partook in it and you can help me out with my next charity drive. Then I dig into fun tech stuff. I talk about why you should have as few app pools as possible in SharePoint. Then I sing the praises of the new and improved ULS Viewer. Then I help demystify patching and when you can expect the Cyan update on your Nokia Lumia phone.
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Running Time: 47:09

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05:00 - ALS Ice Bucket challenge video
10:01 - Birthday drive
11:52 - The Expense of Application Pools
21:07 - http://spbestwarmup.codeplex.com
22:10 - ULS Viewer is Back From the Dead!ULS Viewer is Back From the Dead!
29:27 - http://spinsiders.com/brianlala/2014/08/25/pre-populating-sharepoint-farm-details-for-ulsviewer/
30:11 - Stefan Gossner's blog post on the August 2014 CUs
39:03 - Nokia Cyan rollout list
42:42 – Shameless self Promotion

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August 22
ULS Viewer is Back From the Dead!

It was a sad day when the original MSDN ULS Viewer was discontinued. There was much weeping at the Klindt household when the news broke. Fortunately I found a backup copy. I put it on a USB stick and buried it in my backyard for safe keeping, next to the coffee can with my Honus Wagner baseball card in it. I also put a copy in The Cloud, whatever that is. There was still an open spot in my heart though. Smile

Then today I was putzing around the Internet, looking for some cat videos and discount pharmaceuticals when I saw one of the happiest headlines I’ve ever seen on the Internet, “ULS Viewing Like a Boss (ULS Viewer is now available)

First, I was in denial. I wouldn’t let myself believe it. I was worried it was an old blog post bubbling up some how. Then I was worried that maybe it was just a mean joke from Bill. He’s like that, you know. But I clicked it, then I clicked the Download Link, then I downloaded it, and it actually worked! Hallelujah!

So run, don’t walk, to your nearest web browser and go Bill Baer’s blog post and download the new and improved ULS Viewer. It has some bug fixes and it  has some new features, like some fancy command line parameters, and easier support for monitoring multiple servers. All the while maintaining the same charm and panache as the original version.

This time around the ULS Viewer looks a little more legit, so hopefully we don’t have to worry about it disappearing in the middle of the night like a deadbeat relative that owes you money, like it did last time. If you’re smart though, you’ll bury it in your backyard like I did.

tk

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

August 22
Netcast 211 - Patch Ninja Achievement Unlocked

Another Netcast, another video failure. *sigh* When my video recording software wasn't crashing I talked about why I was gone last week. I also talk about some cool Windows Phone stuff coming down the pike, and how patching both SharePoint and Windows has gotten really complicated in the last month. Then I talk about hacking Shane's car. Please don't tell him.
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Running Time: 49:31

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  1. 08:00 - Guitar camp
  2. 16:25 - Offline maps with Here Maps
  3. 18:21 - Windows Phone update
  4. 24:51 - August 2014 CUs are out for SharePoint
  5. 31:52 - August Windows 8.1 yanked
  6. 33:00 - Community-supplied Fix for August Blue Screens
  7. 35:31 - Windows Threshold technical preview expected late September
  8. 36:50 - OBD Auto Doctor is a must-have Windows Phone app for any DIY auto enthusiast
  9. 38:15 - ODB Reader
  10. 40:25 – Shameless Self-Promotion

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August 18
Netcast 210 - Cloudy Things

Once again, Shane steals my show away from me and the wheels fall right off. He talks about his tablet and his phone and boring stuff like patches and encryption. Then he chats about how cool Internet Explorer is and how to hack his car. He also breaks the news to us that to use Internet services it takes Internet bandwidth.

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04:05 - Shane's Surface Pro 3 is fancy and cool
09:31 - I want Nokia Cyan to come out for my 1020
10:43 - Microsoft is the leader in Gartners Magic Quadrant for Unified communications
11:54 - Running your public website on SharePoint? Time to consider encryption
13:51 - Update to Windows 8.1 tomorrow as part of patch Tuesday
15:50 - Only a year half more of a million versions of IE
17:20 - Couple this with last week's change in behavior around out-of-date Active X controllers being blocked
20:35 - Plan for Internet bandwidth usage for Office 365
22:32 - OBD Auto Doctor is a must-have Windows Phone app for any DIY auto enthusiast
24:46 – Shameless Todd-Promotion
26:38 - SharePoint Power Hour

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August 11
Netcast 209 - Kitten Juggling Ring

Tonight's Netcast is all over the board, in a good way. I start off giving my opinions on luck vs. hard work with a funny video I saw on the Internet. Then I follow up with some more technical, but less entertaining talk about URL rewriting and SharePoint Search performance. I follow it up by showing off what's new in the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1. Overall, not the worst work I've done.

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Running Time: 40:58

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03:47 - Luck vs. Hard work video
07:58 - 10 URL Rewriting Tips and Tricks (URL at 11:41)
10:44 - Using 301 Redirect URL Rewrite module to Redirect SharePoint urls
27:32 - Removing unwanted user related search results for SharePoint 2013 websites
30:38 - Update for Windows Phone 8.1 is rolling out

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August 03
Netcast 208 - Keeping Australian Housewives Happy

After my very successful tour of the Southern Hemisphere I get back in my squeaky chair and record another Netcast. I start out by regaling everyone with the tales of my trip including some Netcast viewers that I got to meet. Then I talk about how CUs come out once a month and how that's a good thing. Next I talk about when a SQL Service Pack isn't really a Service Pack. Then I breeze through some other topics like a Windows Phone update, a FitBit app for Windows Phone, how to share tabs between devices, and how to use PowerShell with SharePoint even if you're not on the SharePoint server.

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Running Time: 39:08

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20:27 - Double Your Cumulative Update Fun, SharePoint CUs Are Now Monthly!
24:14 - Problems installing SQL Server 2012 R2 SP2
30:45 - Project Siena
33:58 - Windows phone Live Lock screen app
35:52 - Official Fitbit app for Windows Phone 8

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July 31
Netcast 207 - Stay-Cation

Shane takes over the Netcast again in my absence. He rambles on and on about how great I am and how much he respects and adores me. Then he talks about all the fun he had at WPC and how it's just not as much fun without me there. And speaking of conferences Shane talks about how Microsoft is consolidating all their IT Pro conferences into one big conference next year. Finally he talks about some new Cloud offerings from Microsoft and just what "Cloud" means. While it's not as good as a Netcast from me, it's better than no Netcast at all.

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Running Time: 20:36

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07:04 - Microsoft Unified Commercial Conference

08:40 - Thanks to John Engates

10:16 - Post from Bill Baer

10:20 - Azure Preview Portal - Set up SharePoint 2013 HA Farm:

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July 11
Making Clouds with PowerShell

While SharePoint is my main love, recently I’ve been dabbling in virtualization and making clouds. You can’t work at a big hosting company like Rackspace without getting a little cloud-curious and I was no exception. For the last year or so in my spare time I’ve been playing with setting up clouds, managing clouds, automating clouds, etc. My cloud weapon of choice has been the combination of Hyper-V, System Center, and the Windows Azure Pack (WAP). Having worked with Microsoft products for the last 20 years, it was an easy fit. Being the incredibly efficient (some call it “lazy,” I just don’t see that) guy that I am, the PowerShell integration has been one of my favorite parts. Especially once you see what it takes to get all of System Center and WAP installed and configured. It makes installing a SharePoint farm look like a carriage ride through a park.

Since I’m a little late to the game, smarter people than me have already seen this gap and filled it. Specifically Rob Willis at Microsoft wrote a tool called the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit (PDT) to automate all of this. It’s flat out amazing. For the last year or so I’ve been playing with the PDT and I’m constantly impressed by it.

Recently, one of my coworkers, Andre Stephens, and I wrote a short write-up about how we’re using the PDT to install large System Center deployments at Rackspace. You can read Provisioning a Microsoft Private Cloud with PDT at the Rackspace Developer blog.

You’ll probably be seeing a lot more posts from me about this kind of stuff. It’s been a lot of fun and I just can’t help myself sharing when I play with cool technology.

tk

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

July 10
Double Your Cumulative Update Fun, SharePoint CUs Are Now Monthly!

If you’re like me, you look forward to all the even numbered months. Not just because of Valentine’s Day and my dad’s birthday, but because that’s when our beloved SharePoint gets its new Cumulative Updates. The odd numbered months just don’t feel like as much fun in comparison. I felt bad for them.

Until today… (well, yesterday)

I was surprised two days ago when SharePoint 2013 got a July CU. July? That’s an odd month, this makes no sense! This changes everything. Is water still wet? Is the sky still blue? I can’t keep up!

Yesterday Microsoft announced that SharePoint on-premises, both 2010 and 2013, will start getting monthly CUs. That’s going to be a lot to keep track of, but I think I’m up to it. I will still maintain my SharePoint 2010 Builds page and my SharePoint 2013 Builds page. My guidance on CUs hasn’t changed. You shouldn’t install a CU unless it contains a fix that you need. And if you talk yourself into installing a CU, install it in a test environment first to see if it breaks anything. I maintain a wiki with a page for every patch. As soon as I know about a problem with a patch I’ll record it there. If you do find a problem with a patch, let me know and I’ll add it.

At first blush, I think this is a good thing. Like SharePoint Online, Microsoft seems committed to updating SharePoint on-prem at a rapid pace. The good news with on-prem SharePoint is that we get to choose whether the patches get installed or not. Seems like the best of both worlds to me.

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