I’d like to thank those that were able to attend my session on “Getting Started with Office 365” this past Saturday at #SPSBurgh, also known as SharePoint Saturday Pittsburgh. The event was well prepped and hosted in downtown Pittsburgh. It was great to engage with attendees as well as to see friends of old that I’ve not seen for nearly two years (wow it’s been that long?)
If you’re just getting started with Office 365 or thinking about what all is involved, this session is for you.
It’s been nearly a year since I’ve been up to the Big Apple for a conference or technology show and once more the SPSNYC team without fail has pulled off a terrific show with a solid group of speakers and sponsors. This go round I had the privilege of presenting on a topic near and dear to my heart, good ole Office 365. The attendees of the session were incredible and engaging – nothing more as a speaker that I could have asked for (except perhaps more time)…
The Office 365 adoption story is one of continued evolution as new experiences come to be through Groups and Delve. What’s more interesting is when you begin to peal back the layers and begin working with capabilities such as the Office 365 Connectors within Groups to begin fostering information sharing with colleagues and team members that you might be working with.
In addition to presenting it was great to catch up with fellow technologists, speakers, MVPs and long time friends. Thanks to the SharePoint Saturday community for continuing to thrive and to Microsoft for continuing to support the community and its events! Look forward to seeing you all next year!
Nevertheless, if you’re here and you’re looking for the slides, look no further, they’re available here:
For the past five years or so, Intel Corporation has been building what they term the Next Unit of Computing or NUC for short. What is a NUC? It’s effectively a stripped down ultrabook computer that is housed within a small cube like box – think back to when Apple had their cube like tissue box computer but a little bit smaller If you’ve got an Amazon Fire TV unit, it’s similar dimensions though taller (stack 2.5 of them and you’ve got a NUC).
The NUC’s internals consist of a small form factor motherboard with processor, wireless card, bluetooth and video chip (in this case making use of Intel’s HD graphics chip that’s a part of the processor). As this is a “barebones” PC, you add in your memory and hard drive. In recent years there have been two options for NUC devices – one that provides for an m.2 SATA interface and one that provides for an m.2 SATA interface in addition to a standard SATA3 interface that we’ve all become accustomed to with 2.5″ SSD laptop harddrives.
For me, I went the way of picking up an i5 5th generation NUC a year ago. It works well with the m.2 SATA storage and memory. Caveat, I’ve got an additional m.2 external USB3 drive attached to it for additional storage space which for the most part works pretty well.
Recently Intel released what effectively is a stripped down workstation i7 sixth generation / Skylake device. Ars has a pretty nice write up about it over here – http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/05/intels-quad-core-skull-canyon-nuc-is-a-workstation-for-the-size-obsessed/
All in all, the NUC works great as a desktop that doesn’t require intense gaming or rendering resources and its low profile means that it doesn’t require me to have a tower below my desk (though I do in the form factor a of 4 bay QNAP NAS).
Just in case you’ve been spending too much time configuring your content types or building SharePoint farms in Azure, you may want to quickly go register for the Microsoft Office Group’s “The Future of SharePoint” event that’s taking place today (May 4).
More details about registration are available here – https://resources.office.com/en-us-landing-the-future-of-sharepoint.html?wt.mc_id=5000792
So you were just nominated to be the newly appointed SharePoint Online manager for your Office 365 instance and the finance department wants to install a new app for their site collection. Without blinking you say, “Sure, I can do that.”
So you do the usual functional requirements analysis to discuss the app that your finance department wants to use and determine how many license seats you need to buy and then you go to the Office 365 app store and ponder to yourself how you buy a license with your Work ID account.
A Work ID is an account that’s hosted up in Azure Active Directory, the directory that is connected to your Office 365 tenant to manage user identities.
Then it dawns on you that you have to use a Microsoft Account. No problem! Microsoft accounts are tied to things that you don’t associate with a Work ID that’s hosted in Azure Active Directory like a credit card number. They’re also associated with consumer services like OneDrive, Outlook.com, XBox, Groove, etc.
So while you can do everything from the nifty signup page that Microsoft has here in the logical spot in their website…
You’ll click there which takes you here…
Which in turn finally takes you here (sort of)…
Fill out the information required, activate your account, set in your credit card number and you’re off and running. So now that you’ve got that account setup you can use it with your Office 365 tenant to buy apps. So just skip on over to that third link, create your account and get the job done… what are you waiting for???
Note that sometimes if you’re at a public WiFi location you might find that you need to tether your computing device to setup an account somewhere else since Microsoft does limit the number of Microsoft Accounts that can be created per day from a given IP address.
You can read more about these errors over here:
“Why can’t I sign up for a Microsoft account?”
Friends, Countrymen, lend me your ears! Or in this case your eyes.
A few months back, Microsoft announced that they were changing the storage capacity for OneDrive consumer users. No longer would it be unlimited storage but rather capped at certain amounts for Office 365 users. For those individuals that were using OneDrive for free, the storage would be dropped from 15 gigabytes to 5 gigabytes.
For those of you however that want to keep your 15 gigabytes of storage and be grandfathered for a little while, you can do so by heading over to https://preview.onedrive.com/bonus/ but you MUST ACT NOW!
I feel like I’m shouting this into the microphone. . . do it, do it now!
For anyone curious, yes, Northern Virginia got a decent amount of snow (it’s still snowing outside) as a part of what the Capital Weather Gang from the Washington Post refers to as “Snowzilla.”
So on my seventh time going and digging snow out, I noticed my Columbia insulated hat was still sopping wet, so what is there to do but go to my reliable backup and make use of the ShareGate branded winter hat that is just darn simple to use…
Nevertheless, this snow too shall pass. Fortunately FiOS is still up and kicking, Bunkertuneage is rocking and Azure connectivity is still online.
Take care, be safe and keep on rocking!