Greetings and Salutations,
This month Adelaide Office 365 User Group meeting will be an Open Forum meeting, where you can bring your questions, queries or talking points which have captured your interest and discuss them with other like-minded people who share the passion!
This afternoon’s session kick off will be at 3:30PM and run unto 5PMand will be hosted by Daniel Brown – The starting topic will be - SharePoint 20 years young – 20 years of SharePoint to date, then we will discuss Cyber Security relating to Microsoft/Office 365 and some tips which can assist with you secure your accounts and safe guarding your data, as well as any other related topic you wish to talk about. We will touch on a range of subjects and topics.
To join the Adelaide Office 365 User Group April Open Forum, please click here and join via Microsoft Teams Live Event.
-Adelaide Office 365 User Group Team
A quick note about SharePoint 2010 – Support for this ended last week, if you have not upgraded or migrated to M365 or SharePoint 2019, It is highly encouraged you do as soon as possible and feasible!
Do not forget to check out https://events.microsoft.com/ for the latest training session – Most fundamental training courses, split over 2 days will result in you being eligible for a free exam for the corresponding qualification free of charge!
The great thing with these sessions is you are just not limited to Australia! You can join sessions all over the world and different time zones to suit your needs!
We have published the slide decks and recording from our previous meetings this year in case you were not able to attend a session
September Meetings details
April’s meeting details
March’s meeting details
February Meetings details
Do you have a topic request that you would like to see presented at the Adelaide Office 365 User Group? Let us know by filling out the form at https://forms.microsoft.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=esTK4mlfn0KNOQNNKDheIRYZNNjNjnZGnm6xEdCbdphUNEhBTlVSTkM0NjJTWk9KN0NKOE1GS1ZWOC4u
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Microsoft Ignite – The Tour Sydney appears to have been a huge success with a lot of people providing a lot of positive feedback about the event!
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In response to the COVID-19 crisis and an increase in customer requests, Microsoft decided to revise support for SharePoint Server 2010 products and technologies.
Microsoft was providing Extended Support for the following products until April 13, 2021, extending the original end of support date of October 13, 2020 by six months:
After the extended support period (April 13, 2021), Microsoft will no longer provide technical support for problems that may occur including bug fixes for issues that are discovered and that may impact the stability and usability of the server, security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered and that may make the server vulnerable to security breaches, and time zone updates.
This does not include Office 2010! – End of Life is still for October 13, 2020 (https://support.office.com/en-us/article/end-of-support-for-office-2010-3a3e45de-51ac-4944-b2ba-c2e415432789?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US) So please plan to migrate your Office 2010 installations to a newer version of Office by October this year!
The full announcement and details can be found at: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-sharepoint-blog/revised-end-of-support-date-for-sharepoint-server-2010-april-13/ba-p/1285559#
The Adelaide Office 365 User Group would like to thank our user group sponsors who help make our meetings possible each and every month!
If you would like to find out more or are interesting in becoming a sponsor of the Adelaide Office 365 User Group, please email email@example.com
Check out our website at http://www.ao365ug.org.au
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 Office 365, just let us know. We can be contacted at email@example.com or by visiting http://www.ao365ug.org.au.
Over the last couple of ears (about 10) – SharePoint has lacked the integration with Windows Explorer that is required – The whole check-in/checkout, metadata, permissions, etc had to be handled via the browser – but no more!
I wrote SharePoint Shell Extensions to surface the common SharePoint features which people use with Documents, in the right click context menu in Windows Explorer.
The Extensions support SharePoint 2013, 2016, 2016 as well as SharePoint Online.
I have also included support for OneDrive for business – making the SharePoint features also surface in the right click context menu.
Starting and interacting Microsoft PowerAutomate is also supported in the Shell Extensions!
I highly encourage you to check it out and give it a try – You can visit the website at https://sse.technology
Greetings and Salutations Chris,
Welcome everyone to 2021! This year if anything, is certainly going to be an interesting year all round.
Unfortunately, the planets have aligned in such a way, that this months’ Adelaide Office 365 User Group meeting will need to postponed until next week on Tuesday the 23rd of February, 2021.
We apologies for any inconvenience which this may cause and look forward to seeing you next Tuesday for our monthly meeting.
Moving forward, we will be looking to continue the User Group meeting virtually each month with Microsoft Teams.
Thank you for everyone who joined and participated in the group in 2020. We understand these are not normal times and everyone coming together via Teams was great.
We have published the slide decks and recording from the meetings in 2020, please feel free to check them out, I highly recommend our September session with Marc D Anderson.
We hope to see you at this virtual month’s meeting!
This month’s meeting will be taking place on Tuesday, the 23rd of February.
You can register for this month’s meeting at: https://ao365ug16022021.eventbrite.com.au
The agenda for this month’s activities are:
To be announced! Stay tuned!
In response to the COVID-19 crisis and an increase in customer requests, Microsoft have decided to revise support for SharePoint Server 2010 products and technologies.
Microsoft will now be providing Extended Support for the following products until April 13, 2021, extending the original end of support date of October 13, 2020 by six months:
Due to some personal and family health issues taking place at the moment – Unfortunately I am not in a position to present to the group this month, and so we have had to postpone this month’s Adelaide Office 365 User Group meeting but look forward to seeing you next month on the 17th of November. We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
That being said and on a happy note, we have received Marc D Andersons presentation and have uploaded it to our YouTube channel for viewing. It can be found at https://youtu.be/GcHumqbtw8E, Marc’s topic “Information Architecture Provisioning: Content Type Hub vs. Site Designs vs. PnP Provisioning with Marc D Anderson” is an exciting topic and he goes through and shows some exciting code demos when it comes to provisioning.
Thank you Marc for providing this session and slide deck, understating the times did not align for a live presentation, but Marc has taken the time to record a session just for our group.
Marc is a great speaker and knows his subject matter – it is worth getting a coffee and watching the entire 1-hour presentation.
Stay tuned for details of the session next month with Matthew Fabri which will be sent out shortly.
The agenda for Novembers activities are:
August, July, June, May – Coming shortly
We have been busy scheduling speakers for the User Group in 2020, below is what we have secured!
If you are interested in speaking, please let us know as we are happy to schedule additional sessions or quick 15mins “quick wins” sessions.
Due to some circumstances outside of our control, we are going to post-pone todays User Group Meeting with Marc Anderson until hopefully next week when Marc can be available to present to the group.
We sincerely apologise for any confusion or inconvenience caused by this and hope you can join us when Marc is presenting.
Stay tuned for details of the session which will be posted as soon as we can confirm the new date for Marc to present.
At this month’s meeting we will have Marc D Anderson presenting.
Full details of the new time will be posted as soon as they have been confirmed.
Connect with Microsoft experts and your world-wide community like never before. Experience the all-new Microsoft Ignite on a global scale.
As one might guess, Microsoft Ignite has gone virtual for this year.
Full details can be found at https://myignite.microsoft.com/home
Participate in the Microsoft Ignite Cloud Skills Challenge to earn a free Microsoft Certification exam and a chance to win prizes! Choose up to six different challenges to complete on Microsoft Learn. After you’ve completed your first challenge, you’ll earn a free Microsoft Certification exam. For each challenge you complete, you’ll earn five entries into a sweepstakes. One grand prize winner will receive a chance to meet with a Microsoft leader and invite up to four friends.
Registrations open on September 22, 2020
Full details can be found at https://csc.docs.microsoft.com/ignite
Just a quick reminder that Harsh Mishra’s presentation “How content services from O365 can contribute to headless ingestion in Microservice and Event Driven Architecture” will be held this afternoon due to some technical difficulties we experienced last Tuesday.
We hope to see you this afternoon!
-Adelaide Office 365 User Group team
This month’s meeting will be taking place on Tuesday, the 18th of August June where we have Harsh Mishra presenting "How content services from O365 can contribute to headless ingestion in Microservice and Event Driven Architecture" via Microsoft Teams Live event -
Microsoft Live Event Link - https://tinyurl.com/yyg4gtrj
The agenda for month’s activities are:
· 3:15PM – Login, Arrive, Relax, General chit-chat and networking!
· 3:20PM – Welcome, Introductions, Australian Computer Society & Microsoft Ignite / Office 365 Recap – Daniel Brown
· 3:30PM – How content services from O365 can contribute to headless ingestion in Microservice and Event Driven Architecture – Harsh Mishra
In today’s unprecedented times and rapidly changing world our solution designs should cater for agility. Event Driven Architecture patterns are specifically for this and therefore its important to understand how MS 365 content can contribute and consume from these patterns, and how MS 365 components can be used in Event Driven or Microservice based architectures.
· 4:20PM –Office 365 Forum, Questions
· 4:30PM – Meeting End/Close
Thank you to Joel Oleson MVP & RD and Galen Keene for staying up late and taking the time to present on the topic of "Running Microsoft Teams Live Events at Scale a Full Conference a Case Study" – It was a great in-depth presentation and we hope everyone found it insightful and useful.
At this month’s user group meeting, we have returning speaker Harsh Mishra who will be presenting “How content services from 0365 can contribute to headless ingestion in Microservice and Event Driven Architecture”!
Please note that we have moved the User Groups starting time this month to 3:30pm and will be a VIRTUAL Meeting.
We hope to see you at this virtual month’s meeting on Tuesday!
This month’s meeting will be taking place on Tuesday, the 18th of August June where we have Harsh Mishra presenting "How content services from O365 can contribute to headless ingestion in Microservice and Event Driven Architecture" via Microsoft Teams Live event - https://tinyurl.com/y4hoze8r
You can register for this month’s meeting at: https://ao365ug18082020.eventbrite.com.au, Microsoft Live Event Link - https://tinyurl.com/y4hoze8r
Early bird details for the Adelaide Office 365 User Group June’s meeting
Thank you for Michel for presenting last month, although the technical difficulties returned for his presentation, Michael ha kindly said he will re-present the session or record it for us so we can still have it – Thank you Michael.
At this month’s meeting, we have 3 massive speakers - Joel Oleson MVP & RD, Galen Keene and Ryan Schouten presenting "Running Microsoft Teams Live Events at Scale a Full Conference a Case Study"
Please note that we have moved the User Groups starting time this month to 3:30pm. And will be a VIRTUAL Meeting.
Fingers crossed this month our technical difficulties and user group activities return to normal.
This month’s meeting will be taking place on Tuesday, the 21st of July June where we have Joel Oleson, Galen Keene and Ryan Schouten presenting "Running Microsoft Teams Live Events at Scale a Full Conference a Case Study" via Microsoft Teams Live event- https://tinyurl.com/yylvx4rs
You can register for this month’s meeting at: https://ao365ug21072020.eventbrite.com.au, Microsoft Live Event Link - https://tinyurl.com/yylvx4rs
2020 User Group Speaker Schedule
Turning off the ability to download and install Office – Within Office 365.
Do you wish to prevent your users from downloading and installing Office, especially on their home computers and non-work devices?
Employees, Staff, Executives and Board Members can install OneDrive or Outlook onto unsecured devices may put the company and client data at risk.
It’s simply not worth the risk so preventing employees from being able to install Office and/or Skype applications direct from the web portal is an easy way to mitigate this risk.
To remove the option to download and install Office Applications, log into the Office 365 Admin Center (https://admin.microsoft.com/).
Click on ‘Settings’, Then ‘Org Settings’ - Then click on ‘Office software download settings’
When the blade loads, untick the ‘Apps for Windows and mobile devices’ and ‘Apps for Mac’ options.
Now when your users login to Office 365, they will now be presented with:
Preventing employees, staff, board members, etc from being able to download and install office applications helps you maintain control and access to your data. This is a very basic step but one which is easy to implement and provides real benefit.
During the shift to Microsoft/Office 365, pre, but mainly post COVID19 – due to the urgency of remote working, security was and has been – unfortunately - over looked in same areas.
Now is the time to address these risks – on your own terms – rather than the terms from a threat actor at 9am Monday morning looking at an encrypted system.
Single Sign on – Know the risks involved!
Many organisations are turning to single sign on to provide a smooth and seemly authentication experience – and while this is a great feature, it also poses a great security risk – As the same credentials of a compromised email account, now provides a threat actor with the ability to sign in to any cloud application, or connect using VPN or connect using Remote Desktop Services – all with valid credentials.
Microsoft/Office 365 inter-connected
With a simple compromised email account credentials, the threat actor can now login not only to email, but also Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive – the entire suite of Office 365 and Microsoft 365 – Run searches, send emails, download content – basically have a great time!
While traditionally attacks (crypto/ransomware) are little more difficult in this environment, the potential for data theft, corporate espionage and spying increase dramatically – having professional being called in on a case recently!
If a mailbox is compromised, not only the mailbox is vulnerable – but also Teams, SharePoint and one drive files - Which can all be accessed, viewed and downloaded - very easily and simply by a threat actor – often scripted (Drive by download based on keyword search across O365).
On the other hand, with single sign on, now your VPN and Remote Desktop Services are also vulnerable – Opening up the possibility to crypto/ransomware and other direct attacks on your on-prem files, applications and desktop machines.
Things to Consider
While the cloud provides some great technology, services and functions with its ability to interconnect – that interconnected ability can also be a weak point in your security plans if overlooked.
You must protect against these threats and risks – Sometimes its going to be an additional month cost in your subscription costs for an Azure P1 subscription – You will need weight the cost against the risks of such persistent threats and the potential damage to the organisation should an advanced threat (such as wire fraud or impersonation) occur.
MFA - Multi-Factor Authentication
If you do not have it on for every user in your organisation - This week is a great week to start rolling that out!
This is by far one of the best things you can do to protect your cloud based services, but do not forget your single-sign-on connected applications , VPN, Remote Desktop Services, etc!
Handing such matters are always best done when you have the time to do them, and have the ability to control the situation, do not leave it until you have been compromised!
Schedule your own Security Check this week with your IT Team, Get advice from trusted advisors and review your plans, polices and procedures when it comes to cyber security.
Thank you for everyone who could make it to our May meeting via Microsoft Teams and thru the confusion of creating a double meeting, and apologies for those that missed it – It also appears the recording was not setup either, so this week I plan to record the last months session and post it up to make it available.
At this month’s meeting, we have long time returning speaker – Michael Noel - who will be speaking on the topic of “Securing IT Against Modern Threats with Microsoft 365 Security Tools” remotely.
Please note that we have moved the User Groups starting time this month to 3pm.
Once again, I would like to apologies for the confusion with last month’s virtual event and to those people who missed the session, I’ve ensured that no such confusion will take place this month :)
This month’s meeting will be taking place on Tuesday, the 16th of June where we have Michael Noel presenting “Securing IT Against Modern Threats with Microsoft 365 Security Tools” via Microsoft Teams Live event - https://tinyurl.com/ybe76syt
You can register for this month’s meeting at: https://ao365ug16062020.eventbrite.com.au, Microsoft Live Event Link - https://tinyurl.com/ybe76syt
Session Level: 300
Audience: Security Admins/Business Decision Makers
Organisations today are facing unprecedented and sophisticated attacks to their internal Information Technology infrastructure. These evolving attacks include cryptojacking, spear phishing, credential hijacking, and more. These attacks can result in significant data loss and/or theft of confidential and valuable intellectual property. In response to these threats, Microsoft has released an array of tools such as Azure Sentinel, Cloud App Security, Azure Advanced Threat Protection, and others which can help to secure and protect against these threats. These tools work with both On-Premises and cloud-based infrastructure to provide for comprehensive protection of hybrid environments.
This session breaks down each of these Microsoft tools and provides for an understanding of their value for specific security scenarios. A simple, no-marketing approach is taken to evaluating each individual tool, and a simple breakdown of what is provided with each Microsoft licensing model is outlined. Attendees will gain a better appreciation to which tools to utilize and how to better protect their Information Technology investments from the type of career-ending attacks which are unfortunately common today.
June Early Bird User Group Meeting Details
Thank you for everyone who could make it to our April meeting via Microsoft Teams and thank you Jag for taking the time to present to our group! We hope he had a great time and we can welcome him back in the future for another presentation!
As these times as far from normal, I do want to thank everyone who can attend our sessions and understand that these are very dynamic times. Thank you for your support.
At this month’s Adelaide Office 365 User Group – We are continuing to have our meetings as a virtual Microsoft Teams meeting, we have Daniel Brown presenting on “COVID-19 and Microsoft/Office 365 – Lessons learned” in which we take a look over the past ~6 months of the rapid transition to remote working, such as the lessons learned when migrating your files to SharePoint (and/or the cloud), dealing with security and how the products are being utilised across different types of organisations and entities around South Australia, Australia and international with first hand information, full details below!
Registration for this month’s VIRTUAL EVENT and more details for this month’s (May’s) event can be found at https://ao365ug19052020.eventbrite.com.au and as we will be using Microsoft Live Event for our presentation, the URL to join is https://tinyurl.com/y8p3lr48
We have published the slide decks and recording from our previous meetings this year:
(February and March are available below)
Once again, I would like to thank everyone who was able to make our virtual meeting and Thank you to Jag for taking the time and effort to present again to our group and community in these dynamic and virtual times.
This month’s meeting will be taking place on Tuesday, the 19th of May where we have Daniel Brown presenting “COVID-19 and Microsoft/Office 365 – Lessons learned” via Microsoft Teams Live event - https://tinyurl.com/y8p3lr48
You can register for this month’s meeting at: https://ao365ug19052020.eventbrite.com.au , Microsoft Live Event Link - https://tinyurl.com/y8p3lr48
The agenda for May’s activities are:
Over the last ~6 months, the world has gone through a rapid transition to working in the cloud and working from home/remote.
In this session, we will take a look at some of the very important and important lessons learned which has come out of these dynamic times and as well as prior - such as lessons learned with file migrations, productivity, communication, security and much more!
Hearing first hand from over a dozen councils from around South Australia with additional contributions from councils in New Zealand, South Africa and the UK – as well as Small, Medium and Large business from SA and around Australia we’ll look at how these entities have embraced (or not) and utilised Microsoft 365, pre and post COVID-19.
This is a high-level presentation around lessons learned and experiences and actions from different organisations around South Australia, Australia and the world in response to COVID19 and the risks around it, it is not a technical, code or demo intensive presentation.
Participants will gain:
· Insights into several important lessons learned from the mass transition from traditional servers/file shares to SharePoint Online (and Microsoft 365/Office 365)
· Important actions, Tips and knowledge which you can apply now to reduce risk and ensure your information is safe and secure while allowing maximum collaboration
· An overview of the Risks and how to reduce your exposer
· An understanding on how to prepare your organisations for a rapid move of your file share to the cloud and once there, then what?
· How organisations around South Australia, Australia and the world have not only responded and adopted to the current environment, but also how the plan to move forward
The presentation is targeted for the following audiences:
· Executive Management (CXO)
· IT Managers
· Microsoft 365/Office 365 Consultants
· Microsoft 365/Office 365 Users
· Anyone with a strong interesting Microsoft 365/Office 365
More about Daniel
Daniel has been assisting different organisations around the world with online collaboration for over 15 years - First with Microsoft SharePoint and now with Microsoft/Office 365. With technical specialities in, but not limited to: Office 365, SharePoint, Development, Forms & Workflows, Solution Design and Architecture and training. Daniel has help organisations gain the upper hand in online collaboration, reducing overheads and risks while delivering safe and secure integrated solutions on the Microsoft platform.
You can register for this month’s meeting at: https://ao365ug19052020.eventbrite.com.au, Microsoft Live Event Link - https://tinyurl.com/y8p3lr48
Microsoft also released this week, a new unified Office app for iOS and Android reaching general availability, which combines Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a single application.
More details can be found at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/office-apps-blog/introducing-office-your-new-go-to-mobile-app-for-getting-work/ba-p/977172
Thank you everyone who attended todays Adelaide SharePoint User Group Meeting (via Microsoft Teams Live Event) and Thank you to Jag Kakarlapudi for taking the time and effort to present to our group.
As soon as the recording is available, I will upload it and make it available!
Early bird registration for next months User Group meeting is open at https://ao365ug19052020.eventbrite.com.au
Registration is open for the Microsoft Business Applications Submit on May 6 - Digital event!
Get ready for our new digital event experience, with opportunities to hear from Microsoft executives, learn from experts, and connect with your community. Register today, at no cost to you!
Thank you for everyone who joined the Microsoft Teams meeting for our March meeting. I understand these are not normal times and everyone coming together via Teams was great. Thank you Sam, for presenting to the User Group and thank you to everyone who was able to make it.
For this months Adelaide Office 365 User Group, we have long time Office 365 expert and host of the ‘Stories of Modern Work’ Podcast, Jag Kakarlapudi who will be joining us via Microsoft Teams to present “How to boost employee engagement while working remote using Office 365”, full details below!
Registration and more details for this month’s (April’s) event can be found at https://ao365ug21042020.eventbrite.com.au, registration is important as this will let you receive the meeting link, we are looking at hosting our first Live Event for this months session also! So please make sure you register to get the latest information on joining this month’s meeting.
We also recorded last month’s (March’s) session with Microsoft Teams and will be doing so each month moving forward, more details below.
We have published the slide decks and recording from the meeting:
Once again, I would like to thank everyone who was able to make our virtual meeting and Thank you to Sam for taking the time and effort to present again to our group and community in these dynamic and virtual times.
Looking ahead to May, we have local speaker, Daniel Brown who is a will be presenting “Office 365 & COVID-19 – Lessons learned”.
Also, of note, support for SharePoint has been extended until April 2021 (due to COVID19), but do not put off your migrations! Plan them as soon as you are able to (taking these times into account) - Office 2010 support, however is still concluding in October 2020! Now is the time to be planning your upgrade/migration of such products – more details below!
This month’s meeting will be taking place on Tuesday, the 21st of April where we have Jag Kakarlapudi presenting “How to boost employee engagement while working remote using Office 365”
You can register for this month’s meeting at: https://ao365ug21042020.eventbrite.com.au
The agenda for April’s activities are:
As many employees have transitioned into remote working due to current COVID-19 pandemic, organisations need to ensure the employees are engaged and informed to stay productive and keep the business going forward. In this presentation, you will learn how to boost the engagement of your remote workforce using Office 365 cloud technologies.
During the presentation, you will see practical demos and insights on:
The presentation is targeted for the following audience:
More about Jag
Jag is a certified professional in Microsoft technologies and TOGAF with 15 years of consulting experience. Jag has a master’s degree in Software Engineering from The University of Adelaide.
His specialities include SharePoint, Office 365, Software Engineering, Solution Design, System Architecture and User Adoption Training.
Jag founded Modern Work Group in 2019 with a vision to provide affordable Office 365 consulting and on-demand user training services.
Early bird details for the Adelaide Office 365 User Group May meeting
That's right, SharePoint 2010 has been given another 6 months of extended support by Microsoft in response to COVID-19!
The new end of life date of SharePoint 2010 is now April 13, 2021.
Migrate SharePoint 2010 products to Microsoft 365
Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based subscription service that brings together the best tools for the way people work today. By combining best-in-class apps with powerful cloud services, Microsoft 365 lets anyone create and collaborate anywhere on any device.
You will need to migrate your intranet (or have me do it ;) ) and re-setup and configure it, this – depending on your intranet size (and if its SP2010 – its a semi- largish) is going to be a long drawn out processes unfortunately, its not a quick solution, but it is the preferable to see your business through another 10+ years!
Upgrade to SharePoint Server 2019
If you need SharePoint Server to remain on-premises for the foreseeable future, you can upgrade to SharePoint Server 2019 to modernize your infrastructure and take advantage of the latest in content collaboration and portal technologies.
Upgrading to the latest version of SharePoint Server on-premises is a multi-phased approach.
For SharePoint Server 2019, you must first upgrade to SharePoint Server 2013 and then SharePoint Server 2016 before you can upgrade to SharePoint Server 2019.
The original Microsoft post can be found at: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-sharepoint-blog/revised-end-of-support-date-for-sharepoint-server-2010-april-13/ba-p/1285559#
Does your application have its own set of PowerShell commands?
Have you ever considered it?
In this post I want to highlight why you should consider it and how it can be a great benefit for, not only your application, but your support and helpdesk staff also.
First, what is PowerShell?
PowerShell is a task automation and configuration management framework from Microsoft, consisting of a command-line and associated scripting language
OK, Let’s get on with it!
Having a scripting interface for your application can be an incredible powerful way for both your staff and customers to use your application, either cloud-based or desktop based!
Staff can use it to automate common tasks, fix errors with precision and use it for performing bulk operations on the dataset.
Customers can use it to get the exact data they want out of application for their decision, reporting and dashboarding needs.
While I freely admit, a PowerShell interface is not the best way for your customers to interface with your application, it’s a way Champions and Power Users of your application will find it invaluable.
You want the warm fuzzies about your application being able to provide the data people want, when they want, in a format they want (CSV... most of the time)!
Also, I want to point out, you should have some sort of privilege system built into as well, Helpdesk/Support staff should have access to commands, customers do not have access to.
Reasons why (Staff):
Access to the PowerShell environment should be controlled via authorisation, via a flag contained within the license options – Don’t leave this open to everyone!
Reasons why (Customers)
There are some reasons why you would not go down this path, I wanted to point some of them.
Reasons why not:
Take a semi-recent project I worked on which is a cloud-based product where I implemented a series of PowerShell commends.
A customer could connect to the cloud-based application, obtain a list of their stores, sales, costs, products and users/operators.
With this, the customer could great some great raw data and perform their own reporting.
This is where relationships with your clients help a great deal – If they are exporting data on a regular basis for a report they are running – Why not make that report built into your own product?
Helpdesk/support could, create stores, users/operators, perform importing and exporting of data as well as various other helpdesk/support tasks, such as performing correcting actions.
This allowed them to create some automation and deployment scripts, no longer was there a length web based processed, but a quick, repeatable and scriptable method of onboarding new customers and stores!
Having a PowerShell interface that your staff can utilise can help drive innovation and increase efficiencies, while at the same time, allowing your power customers another benefit of your fantastic application!
Customers can help drive the next innovation wave of the product by creating their own reports and dashboards and folding them back into the application via great customer relationships.
If you want to learn more or explore the idea, feel free to get in contact with me.
I’ve been asked “Where is my Stream data located?” and “How do I check my Stream storage usage?”
This is due to the fact, that Microsoft Teams places its recorded meetings (Yes it can do that!) into Microsoft Stream.
Where is my Stream data located?
Easisty way to do this, is to load up Microsoft Stream in your browser (To get to it, Goto the Waffle and select Stream).
When it loads, Click on the question mark ‘?’ and select ‘About Microsoft Stream’
How do I check my Stream storage usage?
You will need to load into the administration section of Office 365 / Stream, but as a quick link, goto https://web.microsoftstream.com/admin?view=UsageDetails
As you can see, this tenant does not have in the alot of stream data stored in it.
Microsoft Stream includes a base amount of storage. A Microsoft Stream tenant receives a fixed allocation of 500 GB of storage and an additional 0.5 GB of storage per licensed user* as illustrated in the following table. Additional Microsoft Stream storage is available for purchase separately. See Microsoft Stream Storage add-on for more details on how to purchase the storage add-on.
For full details, please see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/stream/license-overview#storage
A couple of people have asked me, How do I check the version number and check for updates on the Microsoft Teams desktop client?
Its not as straight forward as assumed, one would assume, right click teams in the tray area, settings, about, version or some similar series of clicks to get the version number / check for updates. Instead with Teas, you need to click on your profile name!
When you click on version, its displayed as an infobar
Likewise, when you check for updates:
Now you can keep a look out for those custom backgrounds effects (Microsoft 365 Roadmap for Teams – (https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=Microsoft%20Teams%2CGeneral%20Availability&searchterms=62890) and new features coming shortly with Microsoft Teams!