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

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 -

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!

Nov 18
Windows Server 2016 Standard (Core) and SharePoint 2016–Part 3–AppFabric

Still working my way thru getting the prerequisites installed… with mostly success!

Getting closer.. Tho I need a restart :D


One thing I did find out (forgot to get a screenshot) is to install WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x64.exe, it actually requires Windows Update Service to be running. easy enough… Net start wuauserv


and… its already running…. hmmm…

Next up… lets try the /i switch which is the silent install option

“WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x64.exe /i”

Wait a couple of minuets and try and run WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x64.exe again. it extracts as usual, and them I'm presented with this:


GUI for AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server Setup Wizard!

Running through the Wizard, all features are installed. Excellent!


so… after a restart and a couple of preprequsist installs…. I try setup again….



Ouch! That's going to hurt. SharePoint setup wants me to uninstall appfabric and have the prereq tool istall and configure it.

Also, this native client business… swear i installed that.

Nov 17
Windows Server 2016 Standard (Core) and SharePoint 2016–Part 2– Windows Identity Problems!

Windows Server 2016 Standard (which is CORE!) and SharePoint 2016… the quest continues…

Continuing on from my previous blog post on this matter…

Windows Identity Framework is causing me grief still…

I thought it may be that .NET 3.5

is not installed, so…  I tried installing I :) via:

C:\> dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFx3 /All /Source:D:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess

It installed fine :)

Also running Get-WindowsFeature works a treat!


So looking at Get-WindowsFeature, I can see that the web server role and .NET 4.6 are installed, along with all the other bits a pieces for a web server with .NET.

So, Next I tried to download the prerequisites and install them manually

Windows Identity Extensions gave me this:


Windows Identify Framework gave me this:


Great! Hmmm.

OK, so next step it to get what pre-prerequisites I can get installed… installed…. to do this, and not via the UI.. I’ve grabbed a Dan Holme’s SharePoint 2016 Offline prerequisites downloader PowerShell script from here and have set it running on the VM.


And…. My VM WITH a GUI.. is chugging along….



The quest continues!

Nov 16
SharePoint 2016 begins on Windows Server 2016 Standard “Core”





There was an error during installation.



Reviewing the error log revels that PowerShell had a problem running a command….

XPS Viewer, Web Management Console (Both are GUI things.. this is on core remember) and the Windows Identify Foundation (eep.. this is going to cause problems) are not available in Windows Server 2016 as expected for SharePoint 2016.




OK, So lets try this scripted with a console!

To install the pre-requisites, launch powershell and type/copy/paste the below

Add-WindowsFeature NET-HTTP-Activation,NET-Non-HTTP-Activ,NET-WCF-Pipe-Activation45,NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45,Web-Server,Web-WebServer,Web-Common-Http,Web-Static-Content,Web-Default-Doc,Web-Dir-Browsing,Web-Http-Errors,Web-App-Dev,Web-Asp-Net,Web-Asp-Net45,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Net-Ext45,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-ISAPI-Filter,Web-Health,Web-Http-Logging,Web-Log-Libraries,Web-Request-Monitor,Web-Http-Tracing,Web-Security,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Filtering,Web-Digest-Auth,Web-Performance,Web-Stat-Compression,Web-Dyn-Compression,Web-Mgmt-Tools,Web-Mgmt-Compat,Web-Metabase,WAS,WAS-Process-Model,WAS-NET-Environment,WAS-Config-APIs,Web-Lgcy-Scripting -verbose

After a little tweaking….


OK, well that takes care of that, lets try it again





And just for giggles… setup (notice the top one now… Identify Extensions)



More work is needed! Stay Tuned

Nov 16
TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 security protocols support in SharePoint

Microsoft has added official support for the TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 security protocols in SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2010…/mt757339(v=office.14).aspx

Nov 16
Windows Server 2016.. first boot/look

My first Windows Server 2016 VM is up and going… just to have a play with and to see what's what :D

Talking to Pete Calvet at yesterdays Adelaide SharePoint User Group has made me wanting to look it a bit further into it, to see how through a SharePoint Developer lens it all comes together.

So here is my first look at it…  install from iso… Thanks Michael!)


Windows Server 2016 Standard is selected by default….. Yes… CORE is selected for the default installation type!

As many of you many know… since Windows Server 2008 Core I’ve been trying, unsuccessfully… even asking at the MVP summit in 2009 to the Windows Server Program Manager (his name escapes me and google aint helping) and the SharePoint Team directly (Dave and Joel!) about support for SharePoint with Core and if was on the road map at all)

My reasoning is… what in SharePoint is required to do via the local console these days? Remote PowerShell can solve most problems…. SharePoint by default is a web application….  SPD.. etc..

I’m keen to give this a try on the default installation type for SharePoint and to see what happens! If all else fails… reboot the VM and start again is easy enough! (its just a test domain)

I was going to post the install pictures… but I think we are over seeing Windows install… I agree… Install… watch files install done!


And…. first boot is… change password! (what's that on the end of text?)



and….. Command Prompt (powershell? :( )


So… its now time to join to the domain, get another instance of SQL Server firing away and get this VM prep’d for SharePoint 2016 install for testing.. more posts to continue.. with scripts!

More to come!

(BTW here is what Windows Server 2016 first boot with a GUI looks like.. Windows 10 Server!)



Nov 14
[ASPUG] Adelaide SharePoint User Group November Newsletter

Greetings and Salutations,

Apologies for the delay in this newsletter, I’ve been experiencing some family medical emergencies. That being said…

At this months Adelaide SharePoint User Group meeting we will be taking a look at the new Microsoft Teams for Office 365 as well as some new releases such as Microsoft Flow and the SharePoint 2016 Feature Pack!

Over the last several weeks, the SharePoint technology sphere of influence is continuing to grow with new products like Microsoft Teams, Sway, Delve and the new SharePoint Client Framework, while also existing product are brought under the SharePoint and Office 365 integration umbrella, products like Skype, Office and OneDrive (just to name some) to help business leverage more from the business data.

Registration for tomorrows Adelaide SharePoint User Group meeting can be found here.

We hope to see you at tomorrows event!

Adelaide SharePoint User Group Team

November Meeting Information

If you plan to attend the festivities, can you please ensure to reserve your place by clicking here. This will help with catering and ensures everyone gets enough to eat.

· When: Tuesday, 15 November, 2016 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (ACDT) – Add to Calendar

· 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 talk SharePoint over Pizza & Drinks!

· 3:45PM - Meeting Kick-off - Welcome & Introductions

· 4:00PM Open Forum – Daniel Brown

At this months Adelaide SharePoint User Group meeting we will be taking a look at the new Microsoft Teams for Office 365 as well as some new releases such as Microsoft Flow and the SharePoint 2016 Feature Pack!

· 4:55PM - Meeting Close

If you plan to attend the festivities, can you please ensure to reserve your place by clicking here. This will help with catering and ensures everyone gets enough to eat.

Microsoft Ignite AU

The next Microsoft Ignite event to be held in Australia will be happening on between February 14th and 17th, 2017.

“Whether you’re an IT decision maker, IT professional or enterprise developer, you’ll be inspired by our vision of where technology is headed. Tailor your learning experiences in this one-of-a-kind conference designed to fuel your business and give you a glimpse into the future.”

More information can be found at  as well as the ability to sign up to receive more information as it becomes available.

Free eBooks

Eric Ligman, Director of Sales Excellence at Microsoft has collated another massive ebook give away, Including: Windows 10, SharePoint 2016, Office 365, Office 2016, Power BI, Azure, Windows 8.1, SharePoint 2013, Office 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, System Center, Cloud, SQL Server and more!

Click here to goto Eric’s Blog post with all the titles

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!


SharePoint 2016 Notice

A point worth of pointing out with SharePoint 2016 is that there is no Foundation version, as outlined in the “What's deprecated or removed from SharePoint Server 2016” documentation:

“Previous releases of SharePoint Server included SharePoint Foundation, a free edition of SharePoint that included most of the core functionality and architecture provided by the commercial editions of SharePoint. SharePoint Foundation is no longer available in the SharePoint Server 2016 release.”


SharePoint Resources

Below are some great resources for SharePoint

· SharePoint Online software boundaries and limits -

Future of SharePoint Videos

· SharePoint 2016 TechNet launch page (Many links):

· New and improved features in SharePoint Server 2016 -

· What's deprecated or removed from SharePoint Server 2016 -

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, which will be coming in early 2016. You can find all the details on

Up-Coming Presentations at ASPUG

The Adelaide SharePoint User Group has booked in the following presenters for the months outlined below, please feel free to register to attend any event at any time!

As the dates get closer, details are confirmed, the events will be updated with more detail, so keep checking back!

Would you like to present? Let us know!

We’re always interested in hearing from local people and business who would like to showcase, present or talk about what they have done with SharePoint using real world examples. If you are interested, please contact us we would love to hear from you.


Check out our website at

We also have a number of Social Media platforms:

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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 (


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 or by visiting

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