New Year – New Blog Theme

2016

2016 was a pretty busy year for me, both personally and professionally.

On the personal side:

  • Tim's motorcycleWe had our first grandkid
  • Custom leather work kicked into high gear
  • Started another blog: www.bluelickleather.com
  • More remodeling work on the house
  • Bicycled 810 km (503 miles)
  • Bought my first motorcycle and started riding to work in December

On the professional side:

  • SharePoint & Project Server consume 90% of my time
  • Traveled to Seattle in November for another Microsoft MVP Summit
  • 133,000 visitors hit the blog
  • Attended 79 Microsoft PGI meetings in the last 12 months
  • Finished my 9th and final year as a Microsoft MVP

2017

At the end of 2016, during some blog maintenance, things went awry and the blog was offline for a good chunk of time. While I had the hood up I found out that there are 539 blog posts on the website, which was a bit surprising.

Now NoGeekLeftBehind.com is back and (hopefully) better than ever. The blog engine and plug-ins have all been upgraded, additional spam filtering has been installed, and a new mobile-friendly theme has been installed.

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As we enter the 14th year of this blog, new SMB-specific content has faded with the demise of Windows Small Business Server, but be on the lookout for:

  • PowerShell
  • Azure
  • DevOps
  • Hyper-V
  • Microsoft news and downloads
  • SharePoint Server
  • Project Server
  • Active Directory
  • Group Policy
  • OS X, iOS and some Linux
  • Training opportunities & resources
  • and the planned return of the Have U Rebooted Yet cartoon

Thanks for tuning in!

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Download – ADMX Templates for Win 10 and Server 2016

Title: Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016
Published: 01/08/2017
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation 
Version: 2.0
File name: Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 ADMX.msi
File size: 8.1 MB
Download URL: Click here for download

DESCRIPTION

Group Policy tools use Administrative template files to populate policy settings in the user interface. This allows administrators to manage registry-based policy settings. This download includes the Administrative templates released for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, in the following languages:

  • cs-CZ – Czech
  • da-DK – Danish
  • de-DE – German
  • el-GR – Greek
  • en-US- English
  • es-ES – Spanish
  • fi-FI – Finnish
  • fr-FR – French
  • hu-HU – Hungarian
  • it-IT – Italian
  • ja-JP – Japanese
  • ko-KR – Korean
  • nb-NO – Norwegian
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Download – Group Policy Settings Reference

gpo1Title: Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows and Windows Server
Published: 01/03/2017
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation 
Version: October 2016
File name: Windows10andWindowsServer2016PolicySettings.xlsx
File size: 0.7 MB
Download URL: Click here for download

DESCRIPTION

These spreadsheets list the policy settings for computer and user configurations that are included in the Administrative template files delivered with the Windows operating systems specified. You can configure these policy settings when you edit Group Policy Objects.

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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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Training – Visual Studio 2017 and Azure

Title: Web and Data Application Development with Visual Studio 2017 and Azure
Instructors: Jeff Prosise and Scott J. Peterson
Published: November 29, 2016
Time: 5 hours (excluding labs & assessments)
Modules: 6
URL: Click here

If you’d like to learn application development end-to-end, be sure to take this Microsoft Virtual Academy course. Get a look at a number of cloud-based technologies, see practical demonstrations, and dig into what’s new in Visual Studio 2017, in this course, part of Connect(); //2016 Day 3.

Pro-tip: If you’re an IT Pro and not a Developer, you should still watch Module 6.

MODULES

  1. .NET Core & Application Insights
  2. Azure SQL & SQL Server 2016 & Azure Storage
  3. Azure Functions & Cognitive Services
  4. Power BI & Office Graph
  5. Azure Search & Language Understanding Intelligent Services (LUIS)
  6. Docker & Azure Container Registry & Linux & SQL Server
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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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Video – Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) in Windows Server 2016

A look at the latest updates to software-defined storage with Storage Spaces Direct, new with Windows Server 2016. Elden Christensen explains the advantages in terms of cost, performance and reliability.

Also, find out what your deployment options are from hyper-converge or branch offices to converge for enterprise scale workloads. Finally, you’ll see how this applies to disaster recovery.

Source: Microsoft Mechanics Library

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Video – Visio Updates

A tour of the latest updates for Visio. Including enhanced AutoCAD support, one step data linking to your diagrams and the first look at the new cross-platform experiences with Visio Online and Visio on iPad.

Find out how you can get started with the Insider Program for the new Visio iPad app (limited time) and learn how to access the Visio Online Preview.

Source: Microsoft Mechanics Library

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Tools of the Trade – #05 Notepad++

Title: #05 Notepad++
Published: 05/18/2016
Publisher: Don Ho
Version: 6.9.2
File size: 4.0 MB
Frequency of use: DAILY
Cost: Freeware
Donations are accepted (PayPal, Tibit & Bitcoin)

Works with PortableApps: Yes
Website: http://notepad-plus-plus.org
Download URL: Click here to download

DESCRIPTION

Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad.exe replacement that supports several languages.

KEY FEATURES

MY 2 CENTS

I use Notepad++ daily for quick and dirty editing of XML, HTML or CSV. The line numbering, tabbed pages and text highlighting are great, though I still use the ISE for PowerShell coding.

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