Quick Tip – Get SharePoint Build Version with PowerShell

Here’s a quick one-liner in PowerShell to check the SharePoint patch level / build version.

(Get-SPFarm).BuildVersion

The output will be in table form and will include:

  • Major (ex. 15)
  • Minor (ex. 0)
  • Build (ex. 5189)
  • Revision (ex. 1000)

To reference the build number (for checking patch levels) you can use the following PowerShell one-liner:

((Get-SPFarm).BuildVersion).Build

Last one-liner to get all of the properties concatenated together (ex. 15.0.5189.1000):

(Get-SPFarm).BuildVersion -Join ‘.’

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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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