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Netcast 160 - The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Patches

In tonight's episode I explain some of the technical issues I had last week, and my solution to them that's just crazy enough to work. Then I cover the latest gifts that Microsoft has given us, the June 2013 CUs for SharePoint 2010 and part of SharePoint 2013. I also talk about some changes I'm making to my builds lists. Then I dig into some other SharePoint topics like changing the SharePoint 2013 branding with a SharePoint 2013 app (they said it couldn't be done), I rehash a story I covered last week about hosting, then I finish up by talking about how to consume the User Profile Service from an InfoPath form, two great tastes that taste great together.

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Running Time: 32:24


SharePoint 2010 June 2013 CU (9:49)

SharePoint 2010 Builds list

SharePoint 2010 Patches on Twitter

SharePoint 2013 June 2013 CU

SharePoint 2013 Builds list

SharePoint 2013 Patches on Twitter

Changing the Master Page with a SharePoint 2013 app (19:11)

Understand and evaluate hosting options for SharePoint farms (21:34)

Getting the UPS to work with InfoPath forms in SharePoint 2013 (22:45)

UStream Premium Membership (no commercials during the live stream)

SharePoint 2013 Professional Administration

TechEd North America

TechEd Europe

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Questions on Netcast

Thanks Todd! Great site and netcasts!  Please keep it all going. 

The small educational company that I work for wants a site where end users can upload .mp4 and play them back.   We're still in the design phase so nothing has been ruled out.

How are you netcasts so responsive?
Are they all in a separate site collection?
 on 9/28/2013 11:35 PM

Re: Questions on Netcast

Hi Aaron,
Thanks for your question. I do have the video and audio files in a separate web application. That's more because of backups than anything else. Initially I did have them in a document library in my blog site collection, but they made my backups huge, and since I had all the media files in another place I really didn't need them to be part of the SharePoint backup. So I moved them to a different web app and therefore different database completely. Both web apps are in the same farm and using the same SQL server.

There are a bunch of things you can do to make the video experience in SharePoint. It's not great, but it can be improved. Here is a very non-exhaustive things for you to look at:
1) Enable the blob cache for your file types.
2) Install "Bit Rate Throttling" in IIS
3) Look into some 3rd party tools, like AvePoint for tools to help keep this under control.
4) Check out SharePoint's built in video upload and playing functionality.
5) Consider using IIS Media Services.

Be very careful with this. With users uploading video files I can see things getting out of hand very quickly. Make sure you have quotas on all your site collections, and some process in place to monitor your database sizes. Also, remember there is a hard 2 GB file size limit in SharePoint. Your video files might butt up against that.

Todd O. KlindtNo presence information on 9/29/2013 3:51 AM

Re: Netcast 160 - The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Patches

Very helpful thank you.  We have been checking out #4 and #5 on your suggestion list. 

2 Questions then I will leave you alone (for this week :))

#1 Using SharePoint, can the files be placed on a external storage somewhere and not in the ContentDB to eliminate the size limitation?  If so, why didn't you go that route since you have so many videos? 

#2  Why aren't you leveraging streaming playbacks from your site with a media web part?  Is the youtube route purely for marketing your netcasts?

Again thank you very much for your time.  Enjoy your time away this week!
 on 9/29/2013 9:24 AM

Re: Netcast 160 - The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Patches

No problem with the questions, Aaron, I don't mind. :)

1) You can use RBS (remote blob store) to move the large files (blobs) out of your content databases. The media files can also be hosted somewhere else (suggestion #5) above. There are also some third party apps that surface files in SharePoint that are not in SharePoint. I didn't do any of this because they were too much hassle for what I'm doing. That's not to say they aren't good for you, they just weren't for me. Also, I made that decision 4.5 years ago, when I started by blog and Netcast on SharePoint 2007. It was a different time then. :)

2) That's another decision I made 4.5 years ago. My original intention was to just expose this as a podcast that people downloaded. I played with viewing on the page a little, but again it was SharePoint 2007, so my options were limited. Also, I originally hosted this on a DSL line at home. That line coudn't stream realtime to too many people. It was okay if the downloads were slow though.  A lot has changed since then though. When I get my site upgraded to SharePoint 2013 I hope to add stuff like viewing on the site. I started putting the netcast on YouTube this year. That was only to increase the ways people could consume. I want to make it as easy for folks to consume as possible.

Thanks for the questions.
Todd O. KlindtNo presence information on 9/30/2013 6:08 AM

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