Mar 23
NDC Sydney

NDC Sydney is on again this year - August 14-18. Call for papers is now open at https://sessionize.com/ndcsydney2017/ 

More information about the conference can be found at http://ndcsydney.com/

Mar 23
SharePoint Virtual Summit announced!

Microsoft have announced a Virtual SharePoint Summit on 17th of May, 2:30AM-5:00AM Adelaide Time (ACDT)

I am excited to announce the SharePoint Virtual Summit—a free, global online event—will be on May 16, 2017.

With more than 85 million active users, Office 365 empowers individuals, teams and entire organizations with the broadest and deepest toolkit for collaboration. Office 365 is designed to meet the unique workstyle of every group with purpose-built, integrated applications: Outlook for enterprise-grade email; Yammer for networking across the organization; Skype for Business as the backbone for enterprise voice and video; Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace; and SharePoint for intelligent content management and intranets.

Last May, at the Future of SharePoint virtual event—viewed by over 50,000 people—we unveiled a new vision and roadmap for SharePoint and OneDrive. Over the last year, we have delivered on new innovations, including:

  • The first ever SharePoint app across all mobile platforms and a new SharePoint home experience in Office 365.
  • Modern SharePoint Team Sites seamlessly connected to Office 365 Groups and Microsoft Teams.
  • A new OneDrive Sync client with support for SharePoint files and shared folders.
  • PowerApps and Microsoft Flow integration to support rapid app and business process development.
  • SharePoint Framework, a modern, client-side development model and toolchain to usher in the next generation of custom development on SharePoint.
  • New security and compliance capabilities such as data loss prevention (DLP), Conditional Access and Mobile Device Management (MDM).

At this year’s SharePoint Virtual Summit you’ll learn how to take advantage of SharePoint, OneDrive and the rest of the Office 365 collaboration toolkit to create a connected workplace, empowering you to securely connect to the people and content you need, to transform business processes, to inform and engage your employees, and to harness the collective knowledge of your organization.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper will unveil the latest product innovations and roadmap. You’ll also hear from industry-leading customers on how they are leveraging these technologies as part of their digital transformation. Jeff will be joined by Microsoft Corporate Vice Presidents James Phillips and Chuck Friedman to discuss how Office 365— connected with Windows and Azure—is reinventing productivity for you, your teams and your organization.

We hope you’ll join us at this year’s event so register now to save your space on May 16, 2017.

—Seth Patton, general manager for Office 365 product marketing

Mar 17
[ASPUG] Adelaide SharePoint User Group March Newsletter

Greetings and Salutations,

This months Adelaide SharePoint User Group meeting will be next Tuesday, the 21st of March and we’ll be taking a looking at the new Microsoft Teams, Registration for this month’s meeting can be found here

Microsoft Teams is the chat-based workspace in Office 365. It's the hub for team chats, calls, meetings, and messages. Microsoft Teams is extensible and customizable, and it's secured and standards-compliant to make sure your company's most sensitive collaborations are private.

Also, as each channel in a Team includes a files tab where users can upload, edit, and save files that are shared with the team. This tab uses SharePoint for storage – a SharePoint site document library for the whole team, and a folder per channel. Users can also add a document library from an existing SharePoint site to the view for any channel. Choose the “+” icon at the top of the page to add a SharePoint document library as a tab in a channel.

Registration for this month’s meeting can be found here.

We hope to see you next week!

-Adelaide SharePoint User Group Team

March Meeting Information

This month, we will be taking a look at Microsoft Teams,  the chat-based workspace in Office 365.

  • When: Tuesday, 21st of March 2017
  • Where: Microsoft, Level 12, 147 Pirie Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000 (View Map)

The agenda for this month’s activities are:

  • 3:30PM – Arrive, Relax and Network
  • 4:00PM – Welcome, Introductions
  • 4:15PM – Microsoft Teams – Daniel Brown

In this session, we will take a guided look at Microsoft Teams, what it is, what it does and how it can be used to better collaboration and communication as well as how it can be used to expose other areas of data in Office 365.

  • 4:55PM – Meeting Close - Open Forum, Questions & Door Prize

We hope to see you there!

Digital Workspace Conference

The Digital Workspace Conference (Australia), formally known as the SharePoint Confernece,

  • This event provides a unique opportunity to participate in two days of unequalled learning!
  • Embrace New Ways of Working with the Thought Leadership Track.
  • Learn about Communicating, Collaborating and building a Productive Workplace.
  • Deep Dive with expert Technical Speakers for IT Pro and Developer content.
  • Gain skills and knowledge on SharePoint and Office 365!

More information can be found on their website at: http://www.dwcau.com.au/

SharePoint Framework (SPFx)

The SharePoint Framework has also moved into General Availability

The SharePoint Framework (SPFx) is a page and web part model that provides full support for client-side SharePoint development, easy integration with SharePoint data, and support for open source tooling. With the SharePoint Framework, you can use modern web technologies and tools in your preferred development environment to build productive experiences and apps that are responsive and mobile-ready from day one. The SharePoint Framework works for SharePoint on-premises and SharePoint Online.

This is the new way of developing for SharePoint!

For more information, please see https://dev.office.com/sharepoint/docs/spfx/sharepoint-framework-overview

Microsoft Ignite

Microsoft Ignite has wrapped up for this year at the gold coast and you can view ALL the Microsoft Ignite 2017 sessions and more at https://msftignite.com.au/

Recommended Watching:

More information can be found at https://msftignite.com.au/

Office 365 Developer Podcasts

A great resource is the Office 365 Developer Podcast show presented by Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates.

You can check out the site and the podcast at https://dev.office.com/podcasts

User Group Sponsors

The Adelaide SharePoint User Group would like to welcome two new well known and trusted identifies as official sponsors of the Adelaide SharePoint User Group, JetBrains and Telerik and thank them frothier support of the user group!

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Website

Check out our website at http://www.aspug.org.au/

We also have a number of Social Media platforms:

List Management

Feel free to forward these emails to others who may be interested in the Adelaide SharePoint User Group. If they wish to receive emails directly about the Adelaide SharePoint User Group, they should send a message to me at the address below.

If you would like to include meeting details in your works internal newsletter, please also feel free to do so.

We are in the process of setting up a facility for companies who which to include meeting details can be notified by an automated system. If you would like to participate, please contact Daniel Brown (daniel@danielbrown.id.au).

Feedback

Please let us know if you have any feedback on how we can improve the user group. Also, if you would like to present to the group on your experiences with SharePoint, just let us know. I can be contacted at daniel@danielbrown.id.au or by visiting http://www.aspug.org.au.

Mar 02
Bitcoin support for Excel!

Checking over the Office 365 Road Map, I noticed this little nugget coming to the various flavours of Excel… Support for the Bitcoin Currency!image

 

Check out the Office 365 Road Map at https://products.office.com/en-us/business/office-365-roadmap

Feb 20
[ASPUG] Adelaide SharePoint User Group February 2017 Newsletter

Greetings and Salutations,

Due to lots of events taking place locally and internationally as well as other demands, we have decided not to have a user group meeting this month and will resume our first 2017 meeting on the 21st of March. Early Bird Registration is open here.

We do apologies for the late notice but we look forward to seeing you next month. Stay tuned!

-Adelaide SharePoint User Group Team

Microsoft Ignite

Microsoft Ignite has wrapped up for this year at the gold coast.

You can view all the Microsoft Ignite 2017 sessions and more at https://msftignite.com.au/

Recommended Watching:

More information can be found at https://msftignite.com.au/

Office 365 Developer Podcasts

A great resource is the Office 365 Developer Podcast show presented by Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates.

A particular episode of note is Episode 117 with Jeremy Thake on Microsoft Teams and extensibility - https://blogs.office.com/2017/02/09/episode-117-jeremy-thake-microsoft-teams-extensibility-office-365-developer-podcast/

In episode 117 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast, Richard diZerega and Andrew Coates are joined by Jeremy Thake to discuss Microsoft Teams and extensibility.

You can check out the site and the podcast at https://dev.office.com/podcasts

Visual Studio Dev Essentials

Visual Studio Dev Essentials is a new, free program that brings together everything developers need to create applications on any device or operating system including Visual Studio Community and Visual Studio Code, and the free tier of Visual Studio Team Services. Dev Essentials adds priority forum support, training services from Pluralsight, Wintellect, and Xamarin, and—something that many have asked for—monthly credits to use in Azure. You can find all the details on https://www.visualstudio.com/products/free-developer-offers-vs

 

User Group Sponsors

The Adelaide SharePoint User Group would like to welcome two new well known and trusted identifies as official sponsors of the Adelaide SharePoint User Group, JetBrains and Telerik and thank them frothier support of the user group!

Website

Check out our website at http://www.aspug.org.au/

We also have a number of Social Media platforms:

List Management

Feel free to forward these emails to others who may be interested in the Adelaide SharePoint User Group. If they wish to receive emails directly about the Adelaide SharePoint User Group, they should send a message to me at the address below.

If you would like to include meeting details in your works internal newsletter, please also feel free to do so.

We are in the process of setting up a facility for companies who which to include meeting details can be notified by an automated system. If you would like to participate, please contact Daniel Brown (daniel@danielbrown.id.au).

Feedback

Please let us know if you have any feedback on how we can improve the user group. Also, if you would like to present to the group on your experiences with SharePoint, just let us know. I can be contacted at daniel@danielbrown.id.au or by visiting http://www.aspug.org.au.

Jan 25
I’m Back!

After 2-3 weeks of internet service degradation and a further 2 weeks of no service at all… Telstra finally fixed the fault…. It took them to replace over 200 pairs and over 250 meters of cable under the street to finally get mine (and about 100 other people) service restored!

Now lets sit back and watch the internet get hammered as updates and downloads fly off the handle for the next 24 hours :D

More to come!

 

 

Nov 30
Microsoft Word Viewer… no more!

As announced today on the Office Sustained Engineering team blog….

The Microsoft Word Viewer is being retired in November, 2017.  At that time, the Viewer will no longer be available for download and will no longer receive security updates. 

Microsoft recommends using these applications to view Word files:

  • On Windows 10 PCs, download the free Word Mobile application from the Windows Store.
  • On iOS devices, download the free Word for iOS application from the Apple Store.
  • On Android devices, download the free Word for Android application from the Google Play store.
  • Try Office 365 for free for 1 month, which gives you access to the full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and more and can be installed on up to 5 PCs or Macs, plus up to 5 tablets and 5 phones.
  • On Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 PCs, upload the file to OneDrive and view it for free using Word Online.

Original Post at https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/office_sustained_engineering/2016/11/29/word-viewer-to-be-retired-in-november-2017/

Nov 23
SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 2 Installation on Windows Server 2012 R2 Core

Just a quick post to say.. if like me and you run SQL Server on Windows Server Core.. the way of getting SP2 installed is via the following command:

>SQLServer2014SP2-KB3171021-x64-ENU.exe /qs /IAcceptSQLServerLicenseTerms /Allinstances

This will show up the progress bar and nothing else, then all installed!

For more details about installing updates from a command prompt (soon to be powershell prompt!) see:

Have a great day!

Nov 19
Office Online Server November Release

As posted on the Office Blog…. Office Online Server November release is now… released!

The first significant update to Office Online Server that includes:

  • Performance improvements to co-authoring in Word Online.
  • Support for embedded Power View sheets in Excel Online.
  • Improvements when working with tables in Word Online and PowerPoint Online, including better drag-and-drop support.
  • Support for showing spelling errors inline in the PowerPoint editor.
  • Improved picture resizing in Word Online.
  • Copy and paste improvements in PowerPoint Online.
  • Support for shapes in Excel Online viewer.
  • Significant improvements for users that rely on assistive technologies—HTML markup updated to more fully support W3C accessibility standards.

Please note: That to obtain this update you need to log in to the Volume License Serving Center and you must UNINSTALL the previous version and reinstall the new one.

Also… looks like Office Online Server is moving to a 4 month release cycle, with updates being provided every 4 months.

Full details can be found here - https://blogs.office.com/2016/11/18/office-online-server-november-release/

Nov 18
SQL Server Reporting Services and SharePoint - Simplifying our SharePoint integration story

Some interesting news from the SQL Server team on their blog..

Moving forward, SQL Server vNext will only offer one type of installation, Native Mode… Integrated mode is no more.

image“Starting with SQL Server v.Next, there’ll be only one installation mode for Reporting Services: “Native” mode. It’s a standalone BI solution you can deploy, whether or not you have SharePoint, and it offers the full set of Reporting Services features: a modern web portal, paginated reports, mobile reports, KPIs, and more. With the Technical Preview of Power BI reports in Reporting Services, you can view and interact with Power BI reports in your web browser, and in time, we aim to support web-based viewing of Excel workbooks in Native mode as well.”

For full details, check out the Reporting Services Team blog at:

Reporting Services has been around along time and over the past 10 years, its usage ive seen has just been going up and up.

It comes as no surprise the support for on-premise integration with a cloud-first product (SharePoint) is discontinued, while support for on-premises reports is maintained.

Reporting Services 365 has to be floating around somewhere!

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