Aug 17
SharePoint Updates
Aug 16
The Australian Digital Workplace Conference 2017– Almost here!

When & Where: 23rd & 24th of August, 2017 in Sydney

Website:  www.dwcau.com.au/

Aug 16
Adelaide SharePoint User Group - Australian Computer Society CP Hours

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Don’t forget that for Australian Computer Society Members, attending the Adelaide SharePoint User Group meeting counts 1.5 hours towards your professional development hours towards CP and CT certifications!

Aug 16
Microsoft Azure expands with two new regions for Australia

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Australia is set to get 2 new datacenters for Microsoft Azure!

What does this mean?

  • More access to faster Azure services!
  • Secure access for government agencies and clients who require a secure environment
  • An interesting future!

Of course there is the mention of Blockchain since its taken off (again! it seems everyone is now on board with it, when not that long ago it was a outcast-able offence to be invovled with it!)

Read more at:

Aug 16
Adelaide SharePoint User Group September 2017 early bird registration

Early bird registration is open for the Adelaide SharePoint User Group September 2017 meeting!

The September 2017 meeting will be taking place on Tuesday, the 19th of September, 2017.

Registration can be found at https://aspug19092017.eventbrite.com.au

Hope to see you there!

Aug 12
[ASPUG] Adelaide SharePoint User Group August Newsletter

Greetings and Salutations,

Thanks to everyone who attended last month’s meeting and thanks to Russ Norton for his presentation.

At this month’s meeting, we have Daniel Brown presenting “Making SharePoint tell you what you want to know!”

Daniel’s presentation will cover some quick wins you can implement with your own intranet to make it provide you with more relevant and focused information.

Covering how you can use Lists, Libraries, Views and Content Types to group, filter, sorted and view data in SharePoint to suite your needs, this presentation is aimed at business users of SharePoint.

Registration for this month’s event can be found at https://aspug15082017.eventbrite.com.au

We hope to see you at this months meeting!

-Adelaide SharePoint User Group Team

August Meeting information

At this month’s meeting, we have Daniel Brown from Archon Gnosis presenting “Making SharePoint tell you what you want to know!”

You can register for this month’s meeting at: https://aspug15082017.eventbrite.com.au

The agenda for this month’s activities are:

  • 3:30PM – Arrive, Relax, Network and enjoy some pizza!
  • 4:00PM – Welcome, Introductions, Australian Computer Society – Daniel Brown
  • 4:15PM – Making SharePoint tell you what you want to know! – Daniel Brown

This presentation will cover some quick wins you can implement with your own intranet to make it provide you with more relevant and focused information, giving you information when you want, when you need it.

Covering how you can use Lists, Libraries, Views and Content Types to group, filter, sorted and view data in SharePoint to suite your needs and is targeted aimed at business users of SharePoint.

More about Daniel

Daniel has been an avid fan, consultant and user of SharePoint for over a decade, focusing on intranets, collaboration, information architecture, reporting, dashboards and portals across many different industries, organisations and government agencies.

Founding the Adelaide SharePoint User Group in 2008 and in the past, has presented at various SharePoint events around Australia, as well as being an active member of the Australian Computer Society, he continues to be an intricate part of the Information, Communications & Technology community in South Australia.

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

Office 365 Adelaide

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Office 365 Saturday Adelaide has concluded for this year.

Thanks to everyone who took the time out of their Saturday & weekend to make Office 365 Saturday Adelaide a great event of knowledge exchanging and networking.

It’s great to see we have a vibrant and active Office 365 community here in Adelaide.

There are still events taking place around Australia with the next event taking place in Melbourne on the 16th of September!

Please feel free to share this information to anyone who you think may be interest in these events.

More information about Offiece365 Saturday can be found at http://o365saturdayaustralia.com

We look forward to Office 365 Saturday Adelaide 2018!

Digital Workplace Conference

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DWCAU is almost here!

Previously known as the SharePoint Conference, this event is the 8th annual event held by ShareThePoint Ltd!

This year’s conference will be held over two days, 23-24 August 2017 at The Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, 61 Phillip Street, Sydney.

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, agenda and session details can be found at http://www.dwcau.com.au/

NDC Sydney

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NDC Sydney is taking place this week on Monday 14th-18th August 2017 at the Hilton Sydney.

NDC Sydney will have the same format as its European sisters NDC Oslo and NDC London with 2 days of workshops and 2 days of conference sessions.

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

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 thank our user group sponsors who help make our meetings possible each and every month.

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If you would like to find out more or are interesting in becoming a sponsor of the Adelaide SharePoint User Group, please email daniel@danielbrown.id.au.

Websites

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.

Aug 11
Using Visual Studio Code for a new website

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Awhile ago, Microsoft released Visual Studio Code, a light weight source editor, mainly designed for html, JavaScript, node.js, type of projects.

Perfect for front web site development!

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Light, simple and easy to navigate and update code with intellisense!

I had planned on taking a look at VS Code for some time, and did when it was first released (for about an hour), but since Adam Cogan’s session at Office 365 Saturday Adelaide, I bumped it up in priority as I’ve started a new public website for Archon Gnosis, where he basically pushed the point, that for front web development, VS Code is the solution, to which so far, I have to agree as its great for making changes and seeing how they look quickly.

If your a web based developer, doing front end development in full blown Visual Studio, now is the time to consider looking and using Visual Studio Code for your development. Sure keep C# and backend development in full blown Visual Studio, but think about getting VS Code into your development toolbox and building into your strategy!

Aug 09
Lets Encrypt certificates with Subject Alternative Name

Lets Encrypt is a great website/tool/something which issues free SSL certificates for 3 months for a domain, “automated” (This is one of the major points of LE). Perfect for blogs, testing and even production these days (just keep on top of the renewals!).

I’ve used LetsEncrypte for awhile now and have no major complaints,. Its a great service.

Although Windows Tools are lacking (they assume DNS & IIS are on the same server) so thus why I had to resort to powershell to resolve my issue!

First to get started, We will need to install PowerShellGet following the guide at: https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/PowerShellGet/1.1.3.1

Save-Module -Name PowerShellGet -Path <path>

Install-Module -Name PowerShellGet

Then we will need to install the ACMESharp package following the guide at: https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/ACMESharp/0.8.1

Save-Module -Name ACMESharp -Path <path>

Install-Module -Name ACMESharp

NOTE: You may get a error about AllowClobber, this is safe as outlined in the ACMESharp guide)

Lastly, Following the Quick Start guide at: https://github.com/ebekker/ACMESharp/wiki/Quick-Start I created the following script which create a SSL certificate for both danielbrown.id.au and www.danielbrown.id.au

I setup everything to redirect to https://www.danielbrown.id.au, however, https://danielbrown.id.au was giving the typical SSL certificate does not match the host name, which was correct www.danielbrowni.id.au for the cert, but the host being accessed is https://danielbrown.id.au. The solution (Lets Encrypt has no wildcard functionality currently), , Alternative Identifiers aka Subject Alternative Name in the SSL certificate.

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Using the below PowerShell script, I setup a certificate for both www.danielbrown.id.au and danielbrown.id.au (Keeping in mind, everything redirects to www)

Has produced the script below. I actually used this to create the SSL certicate which is currently in use on this blog!

Import-Module ACMESharp

Initialize-ACMEVault
New-ACMERegistration -Contacts mailto:daniel@danielbrown.id.au -AcceptTos

New-ACMEIdentifier -Dns www.danielbrown.id.au -Alias dns1
New-ACMEIdentifier -Dns danielbrown.id.au -Alias dns2

Complete-ACMEChallenge dns1 -ChallengeType http-01 -Handler iis -HandlerParameters @{ WebSiteRef = 'SharePoint - www.danielbrown.id.au80' }
Submit-ACMEChallenge dns1 -ChallengeType http-01

Complete-ACMEChallenge dns2 -ChallengeType http-01 -Handler iis -HandlerParameters @{ WebSiteRef = 'SharePoint - www.danielbrown.id.au80' }
Submit-ACMEChallenge dns2 -ChallengeType http-01


New-ACMECertificate dns1 -Generate -AlternativeIdentifierRefs dns1,dns2 -Alias dbmultiNameCert1
Submit-ACMECertificate dbmultiNameCert1

Update-ACMECertificate dbmultiNameCert1
Get-ACMECertificate dbmultiNameCert1 -ExportPkcs12 "c:\temp\db\cert.pfx"

Hope this script can give you insight and help with creating a Subject Alternative Name certificate (in my case, it handles www.danielbrown.id.au and danielbrown.id.au).

Texted base file of the above script can be found at https://www.danielbrown.id.au/SiteAssets/LE-db.txt

Enjoy!

Aug 09
Blockchain as a Service

As some of you may know, for some time I’ve had quite an interested in Crypto-Currencies and their related technology, From Mining and trading currencies to writing custom solutions which interact with the crypto-currencies and the Blockchain.

(Sidenote: Yes I’m still mining and trading :D )

The underplaying technology which drives crypto-currencies is Blockchain, but it can be used for other purposes!

What is the Blockchain?

A Blockchain is a decentralized and distributed digital ledger that is used to record transactions across many computers so that the record cannot be altered retroactively without the alteration of all subsequent blocks and the collusion of the network.

  

I found this Microsoft Virtual Academy Course when hunting for some Blockchain training material.

Aug 07
Office 365 Road Map

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As mentioned at Office 365 Saturday Adelaide, the URL for the Office 365 Road Map is https://products.office.com/en-us/business/office-365-roadmap

Bookmark it and go to it at least once a week as its a fast paced site!

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Microsoft MVP 2008, 2009 and 2010
 Archon Gnosis
 Adelaide SharePoint User Group
 LinkedIn - Adelaide SharePoint User Group
 Australian Computer Society