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February 18
Podcast 421 - We're Idiots

Todd and Shane are back this week and start with mentioning some needs you might have for those chilly offices that you work in. Then they move on to discussing how DNS can affect everything, including getting into your SharePoint Online site. They also talk about some announcements of things coming to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. Wrapping up with Shane's moral dilemma over his Yeti repair process. They end the show with the community events where you can find them in the next few months.

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Running Time: 53:42

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06:00 Foot warmer
17:50 January 2019 SharePoint Modernization News
25:03 A new mass delete notification is coming to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business
26:00 How to Keep up with Office 365 Changes
26:30 Bulk Undelete Files in Office 365 and SharePoint Online with PnP PowerShell
33:07 Organize your site navigation with SharePoint megamenus
34:00 6 tips to get mega value from the new megamenu navigation for SharePoint
36:06 PowerApps Tabbed Forms
SharePoint Saturday Kansas City
SPTechCon Austin 2019
North American Collab Summit
SharePoint Saturday Omaha
SEF 2019
SharePoint Conference NA

ShortURL: https://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast421

February 05
Podcast 420 - Enhance Your Calm

For the second week in a row Shane joins Todd to talk about things. They start out with a little non-technical stuff reading the card for Todd's birthday charity drive and then talking about purchasing office chairs. Then they move into a lot of technical talk around the Office 365 Issues, managing data gateways, Modern vs. Classic, Teams, Groups, SharePoint lists, and even a little Dropbox before wrapping up with the community events and appearances.

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Running Time: 51:16

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On-premises data gateway management in the Power platform admin center
Modern vs. Classic and the change
The Secret Algorithm Behind Learning
New Teams documentation
Managing Microsoft Groups in Office 365 to Avoid Potential Group Sprawl
Dropbox to Acquire E-Signature Software Company HelloSign
SharePoint Lists getting cooler and cooler
SharePoint Saturday Kansas City
SPTechCon Austin 2019
North American Collab Summit
SharePoint Saturday Omaha
SEF 2019
SharePoint Conference NA

ShortURL: https://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast420

January 28
Podcast 419 - My Tootsies are Cold

Shane decides to rejoin the podcast today. Todd starts off talking about the success of the Birthday Charity Drive. Then Shane and Todd spend a lot of time talking about PnP PowerShell templates and the awesome things coming out of that team. Then they talk a little about some cool stuff announced for PowerApps and related technology. Wrapping up with a tale of woe about Shane's Tesla and some great upcoming events in the community.

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Running Time: 51:59

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21:16 PowerApps shipped some new UI and CDS functionality
26:45 PowerApps Azure Blob Storage
34:10 PowerApps and Flow Training
48:34 SharePoint Saturday Kansas City
48:54 SPTechCon Austin 2019
48:55 North American Collab Summit
48:56 SharePoint Saturday Omaha
48:57 SEF 2019
48:58 SharePoint Conference NA

ShortURL: https://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast419

January 28
Podcast 418 - I'm a Teapot

Todd invites Marc Anderson to join today while Shane is off gallivanting. Marc and Todd talk about the announcement around classic lists and then a few site design articles and tools for SharePoint. Then they start talking about some of the Patterns and Practices releases for both developers and admin-type folks. They wrap up with a rundown of a lot of community events where you might find them and some good knowledge in the coming months.

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Running Time: 58:30

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1:00 HTTP 418
08:04 Charity
16:11 Tenant setting for classis lists/libraries going away on April 1
17:00 SharePoint Modernization Scanner
20:28 THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SHAREPOINT SITE DESIGNS AND SITE SCRIPTS
20:29 https://www.sitedesigner.io
20:30 https://sptools.netlify.com
25:00 View and apply site designs from within a SharePoint site
30:12 Office 365 CLI release 1/14 v1.13.0
39:31 PnPJS
39:32 Reusable React controls for your SharePoint Framework solutions
39:33 Reusable property pane controls for the SharePoint Framework solutions
39:34 PnP SPFx Yeoman Generator
52:16 Collab 365 monthly virtual conferences - see re: PowerApps
54:46 SPTechCon Austin 2019
54:47 North American Collab Summit
54:48 SharePoint Saturday Omaha
54:49 SEF 2019
54:50 SharePoint Conference NA
54:51 European Collaboration Summit 2019

ShortURL: https://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast418

January 22
Free Consulting for Furloughed Workers

Here in the US there is currently a government shutdown and a lot of workers are furloughed. One of them recently reached out to me with resume, looking for some work to tide him over until he can go back to work. This got me thinking about what I could do to help. Sadly, not a lot. I can, though, offer some training or consulting to IT workers that have suddenly found themselves with some time on their hands.

If you’re a furloughed US Government worker, and would like one hour of free SharePoint, Office 365, or PowerShell training, or just want to hang for an hour, email me at furlough@toddklindt.com. We’ll work out a time and some topics.

Now, hopefully this will all be resolved soon and no one will be able to take me up on my offer. Smile

tk

ShortURL: https://www.toddklindt.com/Furlough

January 09
Podcast 417 - Expectation Failed
January 08
Podcast 416 - 30 Second Skip

In this episode, the guys spend a good bit of time talking about PowerShell instead of Todd's New Year's vacation. Almost shocking how well they stayed on topic. They also discuss WeMos, how it took Shane four hours to get it working, and how Shane feels it wasn't his fault but the wireless's fault. Updating Office 365 to Monthly update cadence, Surface Laptop 2, and Todd's love of OneDrive round out the show. Not too bad and no stupid New Year's resolutions so you can safely listen.

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Running Time: 54:23

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Pause Syncing with PowerShell
Help me pause OneDrive Sync with PowerShell
Change your Office update cadence
How to Enable Windows Sandbox
WeMo Mini Smart Plug
PowerApps and Flow Training
SPTechCon Austin 2019
North American Collab Summit
SharePoint Saturday Omaha
SharePoint Conference NA

ShortURL: https://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast416

January 04
Changing Windows 10’s Language to English with PowerShell

I recently had to do some testing for a customer on a Windows 10 machine whose primary language was not English. I, having lived in the midwest United States my entire life, do not speak any other languages fluently. The customer anticipated this and sent along a very thorough set of directions, complete with pictures, of how to switch the language to English for me. Very kind of them indeed. As I looked through the directions the thought occurred to me, “I’ll probably need to do this a few times. I wonder if I can automate it. I bet I can! PowerShell to the rescue!”

Here’s the TL;DR of what I ran:

Set-Culture en-US
Set-WinSystemLocale en-US
Set-WinHomeLocation 0xF4
Set-WinUILanguageOverride en-US

logoff

None of it takes place until you log back in, so I added the logoff at the end.

With PowerShell, knowing the answer is good, but knowing how to get the answer is even better. One of my friends, Jeff Hicks, always does a good job explaining the process of find things in PowerShell, so I thought I’d do that here.

I had the steps, in UI form, so I didn’t need to figure that out. There were 4 things that needed to be changed. I just needed to figure out how to make those changes with PowerShell. I went to a PowerShell prompt and typed:

Get-Help language

hoping PowerShell could nudge m in the right direction. I got this back:

image

It wasn’t exactly what I needed, but it did show me there was a module, International, that was probably a good place to start. And knowing that I needed to change things, I was mostly interested in the Set cmdlets. There were also a couple of good help topics, about_Language_Keywords and about_Language_Modes that I could reference if I got stuck. My next step was to see what other cmdlets were in the International module. I did that with Get-Command -Module International. That filled in the blanks for me.

image

For the pieces that didn’t obviously connect to the pictures I had from the customer’s instruction I had some Get cmdlets above to poke around and try to match values. My next hour or so consisted of running the different Get cmdlets and figuring out where the current setting was so I could use the appropriate Set cmdlet to change it. I made liberal use of the help cmdletname –examples paradigm to figure out what the parameter values should be.

After I was finished and was searching to see if I was right I found this Technet article,

How to change display language in Windows 10, that confirmed what I was doing was correct. My script is laser focused on what I was doing, that one is more useful and generic. If you want to understand this more, read through that script.

That’s all there was to it. I can’t reboot the client machine but all of these changes have persisted multiple logouts. I did also have to use the CHCP command to change the code page of the PowerShell window. That did not persist across logins. I think there’s a way to set the default code page in the Registry, but I haven’t chased that down yet.

tk

ShortURL: https://www.toddklindt.com/PoshChangeLanguage

January 02
Help me pause OneDrive Sync with PowerShell

OneDrive and PowerShell. They remind me of that song, My Favorite Things. Though I’m not sure which I like more, PowerShell or whiskers on kittens. It’s a close call.

I write a lot of little PowerShell scripts to help me get through the day, and often those scripts fiddle with files that are being synced with OneDrive. In a few cases, if the file is large enough, my PowerShell script will fail because OneDrive will lock the file while it’s syncing it. Both responses are totally understandable. I want PowerShell to stop if it can’t sync a file, and I want OneDrive to sync files when I expect it to. I could, and I have in some cases, written a bunch of PowerShell to check the lock status of a file, to deal with the locking issues that OneDrive creates, and so on. It’s tedious though, and honestly I’m not very good at it. That’s where you all come in…

What I really want, nay, need, is a way to pause OneDrive sync while I’m messing with files I know it will lock when syncing. I need two things, Stop-OneDriveSync and Start-OneDriveSync. That’s it. I asked Santa for them for Christmas, but all I got was socks.

So I took the next step, I whined on Twitter. Someone, suggested I create a UserVoice for it. I thought that was pretty solid advice, so I did.

Pause Syncing with PowerShell

What I’m asking from you, is if you too would like to be able to start and stop OneDrive syncing from PowerShell, please vote up the UserVoice. Here it is again in case you missed it. Smile

Pause Syncing with PowerShell

I’ll be keeping an eye on it, and I’ll know if you voted!

Thanks in advance.

tk

ShortURL: https://www.toddklindt.com/PoshPauseOneDrive

December 27
Podcast 415 - Brain Shut Off

Todd and Shane come back from the holidays and talk about some actual technical content for SharePoint Web Parts. Then they discuss some survey results for Teams and changes in licensing for parts of Office 365. They also talk about installing hardware with no drivers and some fun birthday charity updates.

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Running Time: 51:47

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New SharePoint Web Parts
Teams passes up Slack
UPDATED - Updates to Microsoft Flow and PowerApps for Office 365
Information architecture in a flat SharePoint world
Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb Trap
PowerApps and Flow Training
SPTechCon Austin 2019
North American Collab Summit
SharePoint Saturday Omaha
SharePoint Conference NA

ShortURL: https://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast415

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