Download – SharePoint Online Management Shell

Title: SharePoint Online Management Shell
Published: 01/31/2017
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation 
Version: 16.0.6112.1200
File size: 2.4 MB
Download URL: Click here to download

DESCRIPTION

The SharePoint Online Management Shell has a new Windows PowerShell module that lets O365 administrators manage their SharePoint Online subscription using PowerShell. The focus is around site collection management.

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Download – SharePoint 2013 Migration Assessment Tool

Title: SharePoint 2013 Migration Assessment Tool
Published: 01/20/2017
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation 
Version: 1.1
File name: SMAT2013_RTW.zip
File size: 0.5 MB
Download URL: Click here to download

DESCRIPTION

The SharePoint Migration Assessment Tool (SMAT) is a simple command line executable that will scan the contents of your SharePoint farm to help identify the impact of migrating your server to SharePoint Online with Office 365.

Because the tool is designed to run with out impacting your environment, you may observe the tool requires one to two days to complete a scan of your environment. During this time, the tool will report process in the console window. After the scan is complete, you can find output files in the tools directory that will give you summary and more detailed insights into the scenarios that could be impacted by migration.

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Video – Updates to the SharePoint Framework

With the developer preview of the SharePoint Framework available, take a deeper look at how you can deliver new experiences for SharePoint using common Web development tools. You’ll see the new SharePoint Framework and the new Client Side Web Parts that provide the ability to extend SharePoint in ways that were previously unavailable in the Cloud.

Source: Microsoft Mechanics Library

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Video – Updates to SharePoint App, Team Sites and Publishing

Adam Harmetz gives a rundown of SharePoint’s updated team collaboration experience across SharePoint and OneDrive and what’s coming in the future. He shows what the mobile and web experience is like working with and sharing team files. Se the recently launched improvements to the SharePoint team site which allows for the quick creation of a home for your Office 365 Group’s content. See the cross-platform mobile apps that help you connect with your team members and content while on the go.

Source: Microsoft Mechanics Library

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Ultimate Guide to SharePoint Size and Usage Limitations

I’ve been an infographic mood lately, especially as it relates to SharePoint.

Below is a great infographic, created by Matt Wade, that quickly identifies performance limits and hard limits for SharePoint 2013 and Office 365. In addition to being a handy reference chart, Matt’s blog post also discusses the logic behind the numbers.

Infographic - Ultimate guide to SharePoint size and usage limitations

Full-size (2339×3400) version in PNG format:
SharePoint-Size-Limits-icansharepoint.png

It’s also available in PDF format:
SharePoint-Size-Limits-icansharepoint.pdf

(When the SharePoint 2016 version comes out I’ll add a link to that version.)

BONUS
Matt has another great SharePoint infographic:
Ultimate Guide to File Type and Special Character Limits

Source: iCanSharePoint.com
Props: Matt Wade @thatMattWade

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Download – Claims-Based Identity Guide eBook

A Guide to Claims-Based Identity and Access Control (Second Edition)Title: A Guide to Claims-Based Identity and Access Control (Second Edition)
Authors: Dominick Baier, Vittorio Bertocci,
Keith Brown, Scott Densmore, Eugenio Pace,
& Matias Wolosk
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
Version: 2.0
Published: 9/3/2013
Pages: 411
PDF: Claims-based Identity Second Edition device.pdf
Size: 19.3 MB
Price: FREE
Download URL: Click here for download

Also available in ePUB format (same URL above)
ePUB: ClaimsBasedIdentityandAccessControl.epub
Size: 9.1 MB

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 – An Introduction to Claims
  • Chapter 2 – Claims -Based Architectures
  • Chapter 3 – Claims-Based Single Sign-On for the Web and Windows Azure
  • Chapter 4 – Federated Identity for Web Applications
  • Chapter 5 – Federated Identity with Windows Azure Access Control Service
  • Chapter 6 – Federated Identity with Multiple Partners
  • Chapter 7 – Federated Identity with Multiple Partners and Windows Azure Access Control Service
  • Chapter 8 – Claims Enabling Web Services
  • Chapter 9 – Securing REST Services
  • Chapter 10 – Accessing REST Services from a Windows Phone Device
  • Chapter 11 – Claims-Based Single Sign-On for Microsoft SharePoint 2010
  • Chapter 12 – Federated Identity for SharePoint Applications

 

Description

Claims-based identity seeks to control the digital experience and allocate digital resources based on claims made by one party about another. A party can be a person, organization, government, website, web service, or even a device. The very simplest example of a claim is something that a party says about itself.

As the authors of this book point out, there is nothing new about the use of claims. As far back as the early days of mainframe computing, the operating system asked users for passwords and then passed each new application a “claim” about who was using it. But this world was based to some extent on wishful thinking because applications didn’t question what they were told.

As systems became interconnected and more complicated, we needed ways to identify parties across multiple computers. One way to do this was for the parties that used applications on one computer to authenticate to the applications (and/or operating systems) that ran on the other computers. This mechanism is still widely used—for example, when logging on to a great number of Web sites.

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Download – Free Explore SharePoint 2013 eBook

eBook - Explore SharePoint 2013Title: Explore Microsoft SharePoint 2013
Author: Microsoft Office System and Servers Team
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
Published: 10/23/2012
Pages: 81
File size: PDF (1.2 MB) also in .EPUB, .MOBI & .DOC
Price: FREE
Download URL: Click here to download

Description:
This book provides information about what’s new in SharePoint 2013. The audiences for this book include application specialists, line-of-business application specialists, and IT administrators who want to know more about SharePoint 2013. (duh)

Also, if that first link in the PDF doesn’t work, here’s the URL to access the SharePoint 2013 Technical Library on TechNet:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc303422(office.15).aspx 

Prop: Thanks to Robert Crane for the heads-up

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FREE SharePoint Saturday in Louisville – July 28, 2012

SharePoint Saturday Louisville

Event: SharePoint Saturday – Louisville, Kentucky
Date: Saturday July 28, 2012
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Venue: Louisville East Marriott
Address: 1903 Embassy Square Boulevard, Louisville, KY 40299

Cost: FREE

Registration URL:
http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/louisville

Details:

  • FREE event
  • 4 tracks
  • 5 sessions per track
  • Goodie bag
  • Light breakfast
  • Full lunch
  • Free parking
  • A whole bunch of SharePoint learning and other stuff
  • Stay after to socialize at the separate, but attached "SharePint" event in the Marriott’s Charr’d Bourbon Kitchen and Lounge. It’s FREE, too!

Description:

Join SharePoint architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for ‘SharePoint Saturday’ event.  SharePoint Saturday is an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions from respected SharePoint professionals & MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint-orientated topics.  SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in SharePoint!

Follow SharePoint Saturday Louisville on Twitter: @spslouisville

Props: Thanks go to Fred Soward for the heads-up about this event!

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Downloads – Free eBook SharePoint 2010

Technical Reference for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010Title: Technical Reference for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Published: © May 2011 by Microsoft Corporation
Pages: 505
File size: .DOC, .PDF, .XPS, .EPUB, .MOBI (1-3 MB)
Price: FREE
Download URL: Click here for download.

Description:

This book includes technical information about the Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 provider for Windows PowerShell and other helpful reference information about general settings, security, and tools.

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The World’s Fastest Small Business Server

One sunny day while mowing the yard with the old John Deere I thought, “How cool would it be if I could mount a Small Business Server on this lawn tractor?"

The answer (as you already know) is “not very cool”. Nobody wants to see a lawn mower running Exchange and SharePoint.

Obviously, I need to drink more fluids when mowing the yard in the hot sun, but that’s neither here nor there. The proverbial wheels were turning, and I started brainstorming for something much faster and infinitely cooler than a green and yellow tractor…

Matthew SnoddyEnter Matthew SnoddyMicrosoft Small Business Specialist and owner of Network Therapists in Lexington, Kentucky.

a.k.a. “The Stig” (nobody knows for sure)

Not only is Matthew a fantastic network engineer and wheelman, he’s got some beautiful muscle cars,
like this supercharged 2008 SRT8 Dodge Challenger:

Matthew Snoddy–2008 SRT8 Dodge Challenger on the dyno

 
A Challenger is much cooler than a John Deere, but it gets even better!

Recently, Matthew expanded his stable with the addition of a rare (one of only 20 ever made) 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR convertible. A street-legal race car.

Matthew Snoddy's 2010 Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR convertible

(More pics of Matthew Snoddy’s Viper ACR here)

VIPER SRT10 ACR SPECS – BONE STOCK

  • 8.4-liter aluminum V10 engine
  • 600 horsepower
  • 560 lb. ft. of torque
  • 0-60 in 3.4 seconds
  • Top speed 184 MPH (202 MPH w/o the rear wing, but you’ll die)

If you’re a gearhead, you know all about the ACR. Matthew’s red ACR is a convertible model of the car that broke the Nürburgring track record.

Video of the Viper ACR record-breaking run (7:22) at Nürburgring

 
This video of a white hardtop ACR on the twisting Virginia City Hill Climb
(Nevada State Route 341) is pretty terrifying.

Car and Driver–Video of Virginia City Hill Climb in a Viper ACR

 
Suffice it to say, the word ‘awesome’ does not even begin to describe this car.

So one night Matthew and I discussed the viability of mounting a Microsoft Windows Small Business Server in the Viper, and “Project Daffy” was born.

“Why a goofy name like Project Daffy” you say? Check out what happens when you invert the Viper ACR logo:

Normal Dodge Viper ACR logo Turn the Viper ACR logo upside down and it becomes Daffy Duck

Can you see Daffy Duck on the right? Thought so. Winking smile

We took some measurements of the ACR and (shocker) it’s not really designed to hold a standard server like an HP ProLiant ML370 G6, or even a smaller one like the HP ML110 or ML150.

Trunk of the Viper ACR - empty

The trunk is so small, there’s not even a spare tire – just an air pump (left).

Greg Starks - SMB Solutions Program Manager, Hewlett-Packard.Enter Greg Starks – SMB Solutions Program Manager at Hewlett-Packard. Greg has been with HP and Compaq for over 20 years, has presented at over 10 SMB Nation events, and he really knows his stuff.

a.k.a. “Mr. Awesome” (of that we *are* sure)

We needed something that had enough horsepower to run a server OS, but not so big that it wouldn’t fit in the Viper. With limited space, heat and power requirements, it was a tall order. Greg hooked up Project Daffy with the brand new HP ProLiant MicroServer and got it to us in time to make it to the racetrack!

HP ProLiant MicroServer

HP MICROSERVER SPECS:

  • AMD Athlon II NEO N36L processor 1.3 GHz
  • Supports up to 8 GB PC3 DDR3 RAM
  • Embedded NC107i PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapter
  • OCZ Vertex 2 200GB solid state SATA II drive*
  • Cold boot to SBS 2011 login – 2 minutes 45 seconds
  • Shut down – 14 seconds
  • Operating System – Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

*We took out the stock 160 GB LFF SATA drive and used the SSD instead to mitigate vibration from the car. (The SSD isn’t a factory option.)

View inside the HP ProLiant MicroServer with the USB drive plugged in for OS loadThe HP MicroServer is physically small enough (10.5" x 8.3" x 10.2") to fit perfectly in the Viper trunk with room to spare. The MicroServer doesn’t come with a DVD drive, so we took an ISO of SBS 2011 Standard Edition and made a bootable flash drive and installed SBS 2011 that way – no problem.

After the OS installation, we did some testing with the UPS to estimate battery life (about 55 minutes). SBS 2011 runs on that SSD like a scalded dog!

The next step was powering it and mounting it in the car.

ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT:

Due to the irregular shape of the Viper trunk, we used a spare piece of cardboard as a template to map out the shape, and then transferred that outline onto a plank of 3/4” plywood (“The Surfboard”). After some lengthy trial and error moving things around, appropriate measurements were laid out to make sure that there was sufficient room for the equipment, padding, cabling, and tie-down equipment.

HEADING TO THE TRACK:

It’s a pretty long drive from Louisville out to the Mt. Park Dragway in Clay City, Kentucky (about 120 miles). When we got there it was so cold out that the grass in the shadows was still frosted even though the sun had been up for a few hours. Sadly, that morning one of Matthew’s friends lost control of his Corvette on the track and put it into the wall! Fortunately he’s OK, but the same can’t be said for the Vette. Even with safety equipment, racing is still a dangerous occupation.

Mounting the server and network equipment in the Viper trunk went surprisingly smooth. All of the planning and measuring paid off and it fit like a glove. We powered up the server and the router and ran some connectivity tests while Matthew drove around the track. As long as we kept the Yagi antenna (attached to the netbook in our makeshift pits) pointed at the Viper, we never lost a single ping. That’s pretty impressive considering that the antenna was INSIDE the trunk. The car body is fiberglass (except for the carbon fiber rear spoiler) so there was nothing externally on which to stick the antenna.

Side note: One of the coolest parts of the whole project was seeing the looks when people walked around to the back of the car to see what was in the trunk.

The phrase of the day was, “You put a *server* in a Viper!?”

Everybody thought it was cool! So did we. My face hurts from grinning.

Using the netbook back at the pits, we logged into the HP MicroServer via RDP and ran System Information for Windows (SIW) to keep an eye on the internal temperature of the CPU and SSD drive with the trunk closed. Since it was such cool day, all the temps stayed nice and chilly in the server. In fact, the only moving parts in the entire trunk were one cooling fan in the server and another one in the UPS. The rig doesn’t build up much heat anyway.

By design, the Viper ACR doesn’t have electronic traction control. On a cold day with cold tires, the lack of traction control meant that Matthew couldn’t safely punch the pedal to the floor without risking having the Viper suffer the same fate as the Vette. We know what the car can do in warmer weather, so there’s no doubt that that we truly have The World’s Fastest Small Business Server on our hands.

PICTURES OF THE COMPLETED PROJECT:

Viper SRT10 ACR - Showing off the V10 engine Viper SRT10 ACR - The blue tape keeps the burning hot rubber from sticking
A view of the Viper SRT10 ACR 8.4 liter 10-cylinder engine.
 
The blue tape keeps hot tire rubber from sticking to the paint.
 
SBS 2011 - Left Rear The World's Fastest Small Business Server
Left – HP ProLiant MicroServer
Right – APC Smart-UPS
 
Behold! The World’s Fastest
Small Business Server.
 
Closeup of The World's Fastest Small Business Server What happens when you burn too much rubber
Close-up – You can see Buffalo wireless B/G/N router in the front and the “Surfboard” underneath. The APC and all other equipment is mounted rock solid and can’t move even 1/4”.
 
This is what happens when you burn too much rubber – they have to literally scrape it off the track! I think they’ve been saving this for a while at the track, but I’m not sure how long.
 

If you’ve got questions about the project, please feel free to post them in the comments below.

PICTURES – You can see the rest of the pictures on Flickr (test fit before tie-down and different views of the car, etc.)

VIDEO – Matt Hester (IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft) shot some video of Project Daffy today, so you may see it on his blog soon. If he does, we’ll link to it here.

THANKS – Super-special thanks go to Matthew Snoddy (Network Therapists) and Greg Starks (Hewlett-Packard) for making this dream a reality. Props to Andrew McIntosh too for the UPS, and to Lauren for assistance in the pits.
You guys absolutely rock!!

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