Microsoft SharePoint Virtual Summit 2017

Just in case you missed it, Microsoft is hosting a Virtual Summit on May 16, 2017. Last year during the Future of SharePoint event, several announcements were made pertaining to SharePoint’s next iteration. This year it’s a follow up on where we’ve been and where we’re going next.

For more information on the event, check out the Microsoft blog post here – “Announcing the SharePoint Virtual Summit

Feel like skipping the blog post and going for the registration page, click on over – https://resources.office.com/ww-landing-sharepoint-virtual-summit-2017

Azure AD Connect – SSO

On a pretty regular basis I find myself discussing the merits of using AD FS with Office 365 when a customer or client has special requirements pertaining to their environment. Not only does it allow for instant user control ensuring a user authenticates against their local domain, but it also provides for capabilities pertaining to “complex” user scenarios.

One thing that AD FS does for user login’s is the idea of a “Simple Sign On” where the user’s identity is passed on their behalf in the background, similar to how a Kerberos ticket might be passed but in the terms of an authentication flow that ends up with the user having a resource token to pass to Office 365.

One of the downsides of AD FS is the requirement to have redundancy, proxies and oh right, still having Azure AD Connect running for identity synchronization from the on-premises environment to Office 365.

Enter the Pass-Through preview capability within Azure AD Connect.

Back in mid-December 2016, Microsoft introduced Azure AD Connect custom settings to allow for “Simple Sign On” through just using the Azure AD Connect preview functionality.

For more on this topic, I highly recommend reading the SSO / Pass-Through article Microsoft posted here:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/connect/active-directory-aadconnect-sso

SPSBurgh 2016

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.

Office Apps for iOS updated to version 1.6

IMG_0358This morning at 4:21 AM Eastern I was greeted by a pleasant surprise with an update in the iOS App Store alerting me to version 1.6 of the various Microsoft apps for Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel). In the change notes the first item listed is “iCloud Support” meaning that now you’ve got three options for your file source – Office 365, DropBox and iCloud.
That’s pretty swanky all things considered. And even upon opening the app it gives you a little reminder of what new things are in store for you as seen here:

When you actually go into the app and click on the ellipsis, you’re greeted with your iCloud location as an option or source of data. Note that you’re given a view of the folders available as seen here:
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As you can see I don’t see iCloud all that much… 🙂

More goodness pertaining to this new capability as well as other data source providers (Box, SalesForce, Citrix) in the Office Web Applications available here in the Microsoft Office Blogs:
http://blogs.office.com/2015/02/17/new-cloud-storage-integration-office/

For more about the Cloud Storage Provider program check here – http://dev.office.com/programs/officecloudstorage

Leaving your mark…

Leaving a legacy is the thing that I think so many people miss. Most folks think that you need money to leave a legacy so that folks will notice. I say that if your actions are such that of a servant leading others, then your legacy will be all the more true.

Think about your actions, consider your priorities, live your passion.

SharePoint Saturday The Conference 2011 – TweetStream

If you’re not able to attend SPSTCDC but you’re still interested in following what’s going on, consider checking out the Live Blogging stream that is being hosted by Women in SharePoint’s DC group.

The link is available here:
http://womeninspdc.org/pages/live-blogging

If you’re still interested in attending, there will be onsite registration. More information about this stellar event can be found here:
http://www.spstc.org