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Converting Windows Server 2012 Evaluation to a FULL Licensed Version

I came across a client the other day who had began implementing a new domain about 6 months ago with with 4 Hosts Windows Server 2012 Data Center Edition 2 XEON PROCS, with 12 Cores 24 Threads, 256GB RAM, along with 32TB Sata3 6GB Drives Internally RAID5, and 2 Internal Disks 1TB RAID0. However, they had used the Windows Server 2012 Data Center Evaluation Edition and were somewhat stuck.

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What I found through friends and Google was though you couldn’t just add the Datacenter Edition Key using the GUI and we were unable to find a solution to resolve a group of Servers  that hosted the AD-DS Feature,

1. DISM /online /Get-CurrentEdition

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The GUI doesn’t not work For Converting from Evaluation to FULL License

 

Make note of the Current Edition : In our case since we know its Data Center Edition the Current Edition : ServerDatacenter

 

Now that we know the Current Edition ID, its simple to run the next command

2. DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey:1234-5678-9876-5432-1234 /AcceptEula

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Note: Obviously you will need to use your own product Key as the one I have provided will not work.

Once you modify the PID to use your own licensed version. You will notice that the process will update components, then Install PID, Remove the Evaluation Components and ask you to reboot..

Once the server has rebooted, the bottom of your screen will no longer have the Evaluation Count Down

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-Ivan

Re-Activate and Existing Installation of Microsoft Office 2010

I ran into an interesting problem after using terabyte unlimited image for Windows to transfer my installation from a 1TB drive to a 2TB Drive and I have used it many times without any issues. When I opened Office I received a notification that I had 3 days to Activate Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus and when I attempted to activate over the internet I received another notification that I had exceeded the number of licenses available, which luckily for me was wrong. So I logged in retrieved another Product Key (PID) and followed the instructions below to resolve the issue.

On Microsoft Windows 7 Click Start > Control Panel > Programs > and from the list of installed programs, find Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 (or your installed version of Office) > select the correct version and click Change.

change product key office 2010

 

  • From the newly opened dialog box, select the Enter a Product Key (PID) option, and then click Continue.
  • Type your new product key and check the option that says Attempt to automatically activate my product online to automatically activate your Installation of Office 2010 . Then click on Continue and Install Now.
  • Note: Your computer must be connected to the Internet if you want to activate Office 2010 online.
  • Most people have written you can also activate Office 2010 later by running any Office 2010 app, and then clicking on the File tab > Help. However, after changing the name of my computer and imaging onto a larger drive I was unable to change the PID unless I followed the steps above and completed a new install.

Cheers,

-Ivan

UPDATE – April 2012 SharePoint CU Re-Release April 24, 2012

A recent, isolated issue was discovered in the SharePoint 2010 Products April 2012 Cumulative Update that could result in an HTTP 500 error when users delete objects to include documents, lists, and Webs and a new object is created using the same path where the original object remains in the Recycle Bin.

The following packages were affected:
KB2598151 – SharePoint Server Package
KB2598152 – Project Server Package
KB2598321 – SharePoint Foundation Package
KB2598304 – Wss-x-none.msp

Resolution
This issue has been resolved in the revised packages. The revised packages include support for resolving issues related to the originally published updates.

Products Affected
SharePoint Foundation 2010
SharePoint Server 2010

We recommend that you test hotfixes before you deploy them in a production environment. Because the builds are cumulative, each new release contains all the hotfixes and security updates that were included in the previous SharePoint Server 2010 update package releases.

Description of the SharePoint Server 2010 cumulative update package (SharePoint server-package): April 24, 2012 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2598151

 

-Ivan

Do NOT Install the April 2012 SharePoint CU, an update or re-release is underway

REPOST of Joelo based on info from Todd Klindt and Facebook

Do NOT Install the April 2012 SharePoint CU, an update or re-release is underway. It surprised me a little bit when I was browsing facebook and I happened onto the update in the SharePoint Updates FB group, and saw a post that said. Do not install the April 2012 CU, as a rerelease is underway. I didn’t recognize the name of the person posting the update, so I clicked on their name. He was a Microsoft PFE. So I tweeted the recommendation not to install the April 2012 SharePoint CU (both Foundation & Server). The group is a pretty obscure group with only 236 members: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/sharepointupdates/ and not something I check regularly. No update from the MS SharePoint team blog.

This morning the Facebook message has been deleted, but both the SharePoint 2010 Foundation and SharePoint Server CU articles reflect that the bits have been taken down. Last night I tweeted that you shouldn’t install it based on a MS PFE Facebook update, and Todd Klindt pointed out that the KB had been updated. Thanks Todd. I guess that’s the message we get. They have taken them down for a technical issue.

Beeeeeeep. Your bits will be returned to their regular station after they fix a little issue. Do not look at the man behind the curtain. If you haven’t installed it yet. Don’t.

If you were testing it and getting ready to apply it. Stop testing it an update is on its way. I’m sure MS is really putting a lot of effort in a really quick turn around. Now none of this changes the fact that you should really only be installing these CUs unless they apply to something you need, especially now. Early in the product cycle there were some really critical things being fixed. SharePoint is pretty solid these days, so really the recommendation which hasn’t changed is to only install the CU if you were being impacted by something and need it.

SharePoint Foundation 2010 April 2012 CU

http://support.microsoft.com/KB/2598321

SharePoint Server 2010 April 2012 CU

http://support.microsoft.com/KB/2598151

"Article ID: 2598151 – Last Review: May 24, 2012 – Revision: 3.0

Description of the SharePoint Server 2010 cumulative update package (SharePoint server-package): April 24, 2012

Notice: This hotfix package is no longer available due to a technical problem."

So I believe the product team wants the message to get out, but doesn’t want a bad taste out there. Don’t freak out. If you haven’t installed it, just don’t. If you have, no worries the issue was something that they thought was an important enough regression that they wanted to fix and re-release. No big deal. You will be able to install the update over the top, once it comes out.

On twitter there is speculation about incoming email quota as the related regression. I’m not sure what it is. The twittersphere is not lit up from problems, so I wouldn’t complain. Let’s just let MS do the right thing and let this one get chalked up as they are doing this in our best interest, and it’s better that they handle it this way.

SharePoint Foundation 2010: http://support.microsoft.com/KB/2598321
SharePoint Server 2010: http://support.microsoft.com/KB/2598151

SharePoint Foundation 2010: http://support.microsoft.com/KB/2598321
SharePoint Server 2010: http://support.microsoft.com/KB/2598151

SharePoint Foundation 2010: http://support.microsoft.com/KB/2598321
SharePoint Server 2010: http://support.microsoft.com/KB/2598151

-Ivan


Office 365 Partner Global Admin Account with Assigned Client Administration = FULL

One of the frustrating experiences I have had recently due to using ADFS2, DirSync or SSO is the Public Certificate used for ADFS2 and SSO expires 20 days early (more about this in an additional post). However this shouldn’t be an issue since my Partner Account / The Partner of Record should be able to reset Passwords and mange my Client Office 365 environment. However, as you can see from the screenshot below. There isn’t anywhere to manage your clients, like there was in BPOS. Though if you login to http://Partner.Microsoft.com you can find many users and clients that you have being managed.

Partner Overview

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The Partner overview allows you to view additional marketing material or Build Your Business, Send Invitations,  and Confirm Purchase Orders. While I still have less than 500 Client Users with only a handful of clients including my own company.

Though as you can see from the next screen shot I am logged in as the Global Admin of my Partner Account and been granted Assign Administrative Access to Companies I support

Global Admin Settings

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There doesn’t appear to be any way to manage your clients. This wouldn’t have been an issue if I hadn’t deprecated my Companies Global Admin Account by associating the email address with the ASDFS Service Account which is a domain user without certain privileges in my domain. Also, there isn’t any documentation that the companies Global Admin Account would be deprecated. The reason I did so was so that any issue with DirSync would be emailed to this account and it would be monitored. Interestingly, all DirSync failures go to your alternate email address in my case this is an unmanaged domain like yahoo.com.

There will be a more complete post where I walk through the steps of restoring SSO when your certificate expires 20 days prior to its Expiration.. The moral of the story is to use a Password LockBox Like the Lenovo Client Security Solution and create more than one Global Admin Account prior to implementing SS and don’t add the Global Admin Account to any of your Domain Users especially a service account.

 

-Ivan

March 2012 Technical News SharePoint Technologies

 

-Ivan

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How to Create a Windows 8 USB Boot Disk

I showed someone this a few days ago and they suggested I blog on the simplicity of using powerISO. The easy way to create a bootable USB drive is to download powerISO from http://sharepointadam.com/2010/11/18/import-user-profile-photos-from-active-directory-into-sharepoint-2010/ you need version 4.8 or newer version 5 is the current version

After installing powerISO and rebooting your system click on the powerISO icon and you will see a GUI like the following.

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Click Tools then click Create Bootable USB

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Next choose the Source Image File and the Destination USB Drive and click Start

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When finished just click OK

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Of course you can always do it the old way

 

 

Or use the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

 

 

 

-Ivan

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-Ivan

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Laptop Crucial vs Samsung SSD Drive Comparison with Lenovo W510

Hi All,

I just replaced a Seagate Momentus 750GB drive as my primary drive in my Lenovo W510-CTO 16GB RAM,i7 x920 with a Samsung 830 512GB SSD. the Samsung came with Norton Ghost but since I was running Windows Server 2008 R2 I used Aomei Partition Assistant 3.0 Server Edition and it completed the copy of the partition without a hitch after I resized the 750GB primary boot partition to 512GB in about 4 hours. I also have a Crucial 512GB SSD M4 and have provided the test results from Crystal Disk Mark v 3.01 x64 Edition as part of this post for the 3 drives listed above.

  • Seagate Momentus 750GB
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  • Samsung 830 512GB SSD
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  • Crucial 512GB SSD M4
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I was surprised by the better performance provided by the Crucial. Obviously performance overall has been greatly improved. the only reason I installed the Samsung was so I would have the spare Crucial I purchased off Amazon available in case Windows 8 Public Beta is released in the next few weeks and to that end I may keep the Samsung installed as my primary but I think I will return the Samsung and purchase another Crucial regardless.

One thing the Samsung has going for it is the drive design is very appealing just not appealing enough to get around the performance issues.

I hope this post helps someone else in making decisions on which SSDs to use in their laptops.

What have your results been, what are the best performing SSDs on the market? Note: I sold my Corsair Extremes due to a problem with them going to sleep and not restarting.

-Ivan

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SharePoint Saturday Philly February 4th 2012



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Session Title Speaker Name Session Abstract
Strategies for Deploying a Hybrid SharePoint Online and SharePoint On-Premise Solution Mo Omar Is your organization currently evaluating a move to the cloud but doesn’t know how to deal with their current on-premise SharePoint environment? During this session, we’ll discuss strategies on deploying a hybrid solution of SharePoint Online and SharePoint on-premise, architectural considerations, and tips on how to create a seamless experience between the two environments.
Office 365 and SharePoint Online – Do’s, Don’t’s and Wont’s James Tramel A closer look at office 365 and specifically SharePoint online, one of four components of 365.  From DNS to Security groups, branding to metadata, public to private, BCS to UPS, admin console to user solutions, search to service apps, site collection management to user management, quotas to storage .
PowerShell – For the SharePoint Administrator Rick Taylor Scripting languages have always been a part of the Administrator’s toolkit. Unfortunately, most OSITAs (Old School IT Admins) were averse to learning or even leveraging scripting in their duties. Come to this session to lose your fear and see how easy this scripting language is and demonstrate the most common tasks in the life of a SharePoint Administrator.
Administration Tips & Tricks Ellis Luboff Your SharePoint Farm Is Installed But The Users Have A Few Complaints!
- It’s slow first thing in the morning, why is that and how can we fix it?
- When I upload Office Files, everything looks/works great but I get security warnings while opening PDF’s and the icons are blank.
- How do I uncheck the "Send Welcome Email to New Users" by default when I give users permission to a SharePoint Site?
- How can I get more out of SharePoint?
SharePoint SpeedMetal for Admins Chris McNulty This is the fastest general overview of SharePoint admin and architecture – east or west of the Mississippi! Join me for a rapid fire introduction to architecture, installation, upgrade, administration, troubleshooting and optimization. Based on over 10 years in the field designing and supporting enterprise SharePoint installations.
SharePoint Worst Practices: Setting the Stage for Disaster Dan Usher / Edmond Avanesian In a perfect world, most SharePoint systems are well planned out with defined requirements, stakeholder approval, and methodology approaches with unlimited budgets. The reality of SharePoint implementations, deployments and operations are typically not quite as pretty a picture.
SharePoint Performance: Best Practices from the Field Jason Himmelstein Want to avoid the performance mistakes before you make them? This in-depth session we will discuss how to properly position your SharePoint farm for success beginning with "hardware" and ending with troubleshooting methodologies to maximize performance. Find the pitfalls before you hit them from someone who has climbed out of the deep dark holes in the wild. Best Practices from the Field combines recommendations from Microsoft with the experience of trial & error.
Business Intelligence with SharePoint 2010 – a tour of PerformancePoint Services, SSRS, Excel Services, and PowerPivot Kevin S. Goff SharePoint 2010 provides many opportunities to render data from business intelligence applications. In this presentation, I’ll show examples of building BI content in SharePoint 2010 using PerformancePoint Services, Excel Services, SSRS, and PowerPivot. Because I’m covering many applications, I won’t be able to cover any one topic too heavily. But at the end of the presentation, the attendee will see an integrated dashboard with several examples of how BI applications can use SharePoint 2010?
Cloud-Based SharePoint.  For Real? David Berry “To the Cloud!” has become the rallying cry of many businesses looking to offload the costs of maintaining internal systems. SharePoint is one of those systems heavily touted as being great for the cloud. We’ll look at efforts to standardize the cloud, the different types of cloud offerings and decision points to consider from a technology and cost perspective. We will also look at what Microsoft’s Office 365 offerings are as a baseline reference.
Office 365: Migrate, Manage and More Peter Senescu Office 365: Migrate, Manage and More
 
Overview of Office 365 SharePoint including, implementation and migration planning, features and limitations, use cases for hybrid (premise and cloud implementations), Information Architecture design considerations and lessons learned. Attendees will have the benefit of lessons learned (good and bad) from over 100 migrations to Office 365.
Compliance with SharePoint 2010 Doug Vargo and Pete DiDonato Microsoft has ramped up the governance and compliance features with out-of-box SharePoint 2010.  New governance features include in-place records declaration, an enhanced records center, and the ability to create and apply information policies on documents and content types.  However, there are still gaps in capabilities relative to meeting the requirements of compliance policies such as the 21 CFR Part 11.  This session will outline a general approach to compliance using SharePoint 2010 features, and we will outline specific examples of how the Microsoft eco-system can be used to meet more specific governance & compliance requirements.
Legal Electronic Content Management (LECM) and SharePoint 2010 Isaiah Campbell
What is the SharePoint 2010 Legal ECM Story and how does that compare to the needs of the marketplace? What do legal and IT departments need to be successful with SharePoint 2010? Should I use a records center or a team site?  What features will I need to activate and why? Why is getting information architecture right and creating an enterprise standard via the managed metadata service and a content type hub the right way to go? How do I start with a site collection and scale my approach to other content areas in SharePoint?  All these questions and more will be discussed in detail with the goal of providing insight and direction to focus on execution of a SharePoint LCM strategy and project. 
Managed Metadata A to Z – Plan, Implement, Make it a Success! Stacy Deere, Stephanie Donahue Despite the hype, there is still a lot of confusion and misunderstanding surrounding metadata in SharePoint Server 2010. We cover Managed Metadata starting with the planning phase through implementation, and provide tips on how to make it successful in your organization.   
 
Enterprise Content Management:  The Key Features you need to know Mary Ann Lorkowski Content Management has been a rising challenge for the organization; from the time the content is created, routed for approvals and to the time it is archived, it becomes a challenge for the organization to maintain the integrity of the document. SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Content Management features can help the company throughout the entire life cycle of the document.  I information.   

Key Lessons      
1. The SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Content Management feature supports the complete life-cycle of documents in your organization.
2. The proper use of Metadata is your key to successful content management.
3. An Effective Content management system should reflect the objectives of the organization. ?
Hear Me! I’m NOT a Techie!  I Just Got a Site and I Have No Idea What to Do Bonnie Surma Don’t be embarrassed. You’re not alone. Many people face this dilemma every day as organizations move to building internal sites on SharePoint and then pushing them out for use. It’s not just a site. It’s an entire change to all that you ever knew about doing your day-to-day job. Don’t look at it as a chore. Come and learn how to view this new challenge in a positive way by learning the basics about your site—lists, libraries, web parts, navigation, and more.
Wiki Do’s – no Don’ts:  Building Wiki’s in SP 2010 Joan Wolff Wiki’s have become a go-to staple for brainstorming, gathering ideas and sharing snippets of content among widespread, time-restricted project team members.  But, how can wikis be used in SP 2010 to your best advantage?  In this session, you will learn how to set up a wiki library, create a wiki site, edit it, add to it, share it and maintain it.  We’ll answer questions like: What’s the difference between a Wiki site and a Team site?  How can I use a wiki to bring out the best in my project team?  How do I keep "bad" information out of the wiki and only offer up the good stuff?  We’ll also dive into wiki linking and image adding – capabilities that add to the value of wikis.
"It’s only wafer thin!" – Large List Maintenance in SharePoint 2010 Michael Mukalian With SharePoint 2010, as has been said around the campfire, "5,000 is the new 2,000!" What does that mean? It means that we now need to be mindful of not just how many items are in our lists, but how our views are constructed as well because, well, it’s not as dramatic as the scene referenced in the title of this topic, but let’s just say it’s not really pretty. Today’s talk will be a combination discussion and walkthrough of the various ways of handling and managing a large number of items in a SharePoint list.
Securing Microsoft Technologies for HITECH Compliance Marie-Michelle Strah, PhD Both federal and commercial healthcare organizations are faced with unprecedented opportunities to improve operational efficiencies and access to care, including Health 2.0 initiatives, telemedicine, and innovative outreach and collaboration solutions for patients, caregivers and providers.

However, the roadmap for interoperability, meaningful use, program integrity and data integrity provides challenges for HIPAA 5010, ICD 10 conversion, and data sharing across DoD, VA and commercial healthcare providers and ACO.
So you want to implement SharePoint in your organization… What now? Edmond Avanesian Cloud Computing, Social Network, Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0, Gov 2.0, Collaboration, Twitter, Blogs, Wikis, ROI, Digg, Flickr, and not to mention a slew of other homonyms and acronyms. After we’ve got our cheat-sheet to help us out, and think that some of those buzz words are actually business worthy, where do we go? We know that we can’t continue running "business as usual" when times are changing by the second. One of the new enterprise platform solutions from Microsoft to help address these concerns is SharePoint 2010.

• Organizational Readiness
• IT Readiness
• End User Readiness
• Training Readiness
SharePoint Governance:  Lessons from the Trenches Jill Hannemann Over the years, SharePoint has garnered something of a reputation for growing fast and virally throughout numerous organizations. This can be useful for some enterprise initiatives, yet popularity and fast growth can yield unpleasant surprises and long-term problems as well. This session will explore lessons learned about how to effectively govern SharePoint within the enterprise.

Topics included in this session will cover:
- The what and why of governance
- Designing your own governance strategy: the four pillars 
- Applying governance to control levels in SharePoint
Enhance SharePoint ECM with Document Imaging Andy Heller Got paper and electronic documents that need a better place to live than M:\Finance\2011\Quarterly Reports? 
Come out to this session to learn why SharePoint can take document management to a whole new level.  Learn about how to manage all types of documents (electronic and paper) with SharePoint.  Find out the different phases of document management from simple archive to complete automation.
A Decade of Adoption Best Practices Mike Gilronan Over the last ten years, we at KMA have seen a wide range of SharePoint usage and success. Based on our experience mapping business requirements to SharePoint capabilities, illustrated via a real-world deployment in an emerging Life Sciences company, we”ll share the best (and some of the worst!) in proven user adoption strategies. Well cover training, project design, killer apps, expectation management, user support and SLAs, generational and international audiences, marketing for IT, and the three things to NEVER allow in any SharePoint rollout.
Avoid Common SharePoint 2007 to 2010 Upgrades Pitfals Juan Larios [MVP] Avoid the common pitfalls of Upgrading to SharePoint 2010. This session will focus on highlighting helpful analysis tools, evaluating the health of your SharePoint environment, and the heath of customizations, that will help you be prepared to make the move to SharePoint 2010. This session will highlight:
- Evaluating Custom developed solutions and customizations
- Understanding Upgrade Paths to Customizations
- Identifyig problematic database schemas and orphaned features and sites
- Understanding compatibility of Infrastructure.
SharePoint User Experience, What Can it Do for Adoption? Marcy Kellar This session outlines the fundamental elements of SharePoint User Experience and how these elements impact the expectations of your users and overall user adoption  See examples of both good and bad user experience design in SharePoint and the impact to user adoption.  This session covers basics of usability, interaction design, and the psychology of users. 
SharePoint 2010 – What you need to know before upgrading Suzanne George Ready to join the SharePoint 2010 revolution but not sure what is involved?  Are you in the middle of a migration that is behind schedule? This session will walk you through general guidelines and common pitfalls to avoid so your transition to SharePoint 2010 will be successful.
Social & SharePoint, this task won’t kill you! Jay Leask During yesterday’s project standup your boss tasked you to lead/join the new social implementation team. As usual you received no requirements and no business needs to solve. This is not the end of days, so don’t give up! You already know that SharePoint is a top collaboration platform with strong workflows and a base platform you can (and have) built tons of applications on.

This presentation will help you pair your knowledge of SharePoint with your new task. It will answer questions like "What is social?", "How do I determine what we really need to build", and "And what’s this thing coming toward me very fast?" Jay will provide you with the tools and questions necessary to define the scope of your project while still providing value to the organization.
Business Intelligence with SharePoint 2010 Ivan Sanders SharePoint and Office provide a great set of Business Intelligence features to build and integrate data-driven spreadsheets and applications with SharePoint 2010. This session will cover topics such as PowerPivot, PerformancePoint Services, Reporting Services, Excel Services, KPIs, and much more.
Branding: Dissecting Customized SharePoint Sites Thomas Daly Interested in creating a ‘not-so-SharePoint-looking’ site? Curious as to what goes into creating a customized SharePoint site?  In this session we’ll take a look at some highly customized SharePoint sites and some of the techniques used in building these sites. We’ll dive into aspects of SharePoint branding including MasterPages, CSS tricks, jQuery integration, Web Services, Data View Web Parts and much more.
SharePoint and Azure – Better Together Paul Galvin and Asli Bilgin Learn how to leverage Azure’s storage features to extend SharePoint’s multimedia capabilities. In this session, we will cover the integration architecture between the two platforms (and not via page viewer web parts!) and walk through the steps on creating the extensibility from SharePoint using .NET with Visual Studio 2010.  Our demonstrations will show you how you can consume Azure data directly from SharePoint using the Azure SDK with WCF service code and contracts.  
Lastly, we will offer our thoughts and invite the audience to discuss and brainstorm the opportunities and future of SharePoint and Azure working together.
Using SharePoint 2010 Sandboxed solutions and Windows Azure Brian Kelly, Sudeep Nambiar, Manoj Bankal The session will focus on the why and the how of using different techniques to deploy Sandboxed solutions and addressing limitations. We will cover the basic business reasons of why a development team may choose this approach, such as enterprise commodity offerings that provide sandboxed solutions but business requirements necessitate a need to:

·        Make remote calls outside of the sandbox
·        Work outside of the site collection
·        Access the Page object
Cool Solutions with InfoPath 2010 Steven Mann Steve demonstrates several solutions with InfoPath 2010 both with and without code-behind. Sub-topics include:
- Leveraging and Using Picture Buttons
- Populating Repeating Tables from SharePoint Lists
- Tracking Changes
Building a Solution Brick By Brick Becky Isserman In this session   we will build site columns, content types, and list instances that we can   deploy to a content type hub. We will   then build an InfoPath Form and publish it to one of the content types that   we create. We will then go into a Site   Collection using this content type hub and automate the process using   SharePoint Designer Workflows. Throughout the session we will discuss the various caveats and design   options available when building this type of solution. By the end of the session users will be   able to build their own solutions using the methods and the technologies   discussed.
SharePoint for ASP.Net Developers

That’s great and all, but where do I put my code?
Greg Hurlman The market share for SharePoint has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few years, leading to many developers being told that they are now SharePoint developers.  Developing for SharePoint is a strange new world; we will cover what’s new, what’s the same, the top things that every SharePoint developer should know, and a few things to make every new developer’s life easier.

For new SharePoint developers, it can be hard to know where all the hooks are for your code to run. Web parts are obvious enough, and layouts and master pages are familiar from regular ol’ ASP.Net. But what about behind the scenes? What’s possible? What’s not? Where are the hidden gotchas?
Memory Management in SharePoint Development Matthew Vignau How to identify and minimize the impact of memory leaks.  Further discussion on the design considerations necessary with SharePoint development.

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Agile, SCRUM and SharePoint Michele Eichhorn SharePoint is a great out of the box application.  But, as we all know, our clients can come up with a multitude of functionality that they want that just isn’t there.  This leads to inevitable development projects; the number of which are only limited by their imagination.
 
Using an Agile Framework provides multiple opportunities to gauge the direction of a project and reassess your position through an iterative and incremental approach.  While agile methodologies abound (Crystal Clear., Extreme Programming, Feature Driven Development, DSDM,etc.) our discussion will concentrate on the SCRUM Methodology.  This methodology is characterized by short "sprints" where definitive acceptance criteria are captured.  Most importantly, the project can be readjusted based on end of sprint feedback.
Professional SharePoint Dev: Cross Cutting Concerns David Mann TBD
Application Lifecycle Management in SharePoint 2010 Jeremy Thake Jeremy Thake, Enterprise Architect at AvePoint Inc and SharePoint MVP, will explain the principles of Application Lifecycle Management in SharePoint 2010. The session will suit SharePoint Developers, Team Leaders, Architects and Development Managers to understand how to approach ALM with SharePoint.

The NothingButSharePoint.com Project ALM approach will be discussed in detail as a case study, which involves global distributed development teams and designers. The pros and cons of this approach will be compared to the others. Common problems with promoting from Dev to Staging to Production will be discussed in detail.
Setting up a SharePoint 2010 Continuous Integration process Tony Testa Continuous Integration (CI), in a nutshell, is a software practice where members of a team check in their work frequently resulting in multiple builds over the course of the day allowing for integration errors to be reported frequently.   Although commonplace in most organizations today it has taken quite a while to make its way to SharePoint projects.  With the development improvements in SharePoint/Visual Studio 2010 setting up CI for your SharePoint projects has never been easier.  In this session I will briefly cover CI fundamentals/benefits and demonstrate how to setup a CI process for a SharePoint 2010 project using one of the many available toolsets.
Search Deep Dive: In the Movies Bill Wolff Enterprise and FAST Search are explored in detail. We start with installation and configuration of search service applications. Content sources, crawl rules, and schedules are defined. The crawled properties are explored and associated with managed properties that drive refiners and index queries. We investigate the search query language syntax using some free third party tools. Search centers are created and customized using built-in web parts.
Architecture: Fast Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Carlos Valcarcel With the new release of SharePoint comes a plethora of new features: linear scalability, support for more languages, better relevancy, and support for 100 million documents in total per farm just to name a few. Yet, Microsoft’s acquisition of Fast Search and Transfer in 2007 has changed where SharePoint enterprise search is going. After a brief overview of SharePoint 2010 we will look at Fast Search Server 2010, what its feature set looks like and the reasons for using it over SharePoint search.
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Happy Holiday’s

-Ivan

Using The Remote Connectivity Analyzer When you cannot use your Microsoft Office 365 federated credentials to authenticate Microsoft Outlook to Exchange Online

After being on the road for a couple of weeks when I got home my Outlook wouldn’t authenticate via ADFS2 but I could login via the Portal and Lync worked without any issues. I traced the issue to a certificate error using MOSDAL. However, it was only a certificate issue due to my router blocking port 443. So I have taken this opportunity to provide a few resources from MOSDAL and the Office 365 Support Team. If your having issues with authentication or general configuration issues .

If you review URL (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2466333) it provides a few test test and possible solution. You cannot use your Microsoft Office 365 federated credentials to authenticate Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync by using a smartphone to Exchange Online services. However, since port 443 was blocked my phone didn’t sync either.

Use Microsoft Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer to test whether the on-premises AD FS 2.0 service is causing Outlook logon problems for single sign-on (SSO)-enabled users. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. In Internet Explorer, browse to https://testexchangeconnectivity.com.
  2. On the Office 365 tab, under Microsoft Office Outlook Connectivity Tests, click Outlook Anywhere (RPC over HTTP), and then click Next.
  3. Type the email address and credentials, click to select the acknowledgement check box near the bottom of the page, type the verification code, and then click Perform Test. This test should be run two times. Run the test by using the following credentials:
    • An SSO-enabled user account that has a mailbox in Exchange Online
    • A standard user account that has a mailbox in Exchange Online

    Verify the results of both tests to determine whether AD FS 2.0 is causing the Outlook sign-in issue.

    1. a. Drill down to the following node of the Test Details tree:
      1. Testing RPC/HTTP connectivity
        1. - ExRCA is attempting to test Autodiscover for john@contoso.com
          1. - Attempting each method of contacting the Autodiscover service
            1. - Attempting to contact the Autodiscover service using the HTTP redirect method
              1. - Attempting to send an Autodiscover POST request to potential Autodiscover URLs
                1. - ExRCA is attempting to retrieve an XML Autodiscover response from URL htts://autodiscover-s.outlook.com/Autodiscover/Autodiscover.xml for user

    2. b. Check whether the following conditions are true:
    3. The SSO-enabled user account cannot access Autodiscover and receives an "HTTP 401 authorized response" error message. The standard user account can access Autodiscover. If both conditions are true, you have confirmed that SSO failures are causing Outlook authentication to fail.

You have a couple of choices when running the tool and its invaluable in resolving a number of issues. I chose to run the Office 3665 SSO Test..

Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer – https://testexchangeconnectivity.com.

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Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer Office 365

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Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer Office 365 SSO Sign-In

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Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer In Progress

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Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer Passed with a warning

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Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer MSOL Resolved

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In addition, I have included a few references on ADFS2, DirSync and Office 365 in general below

Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 Related Resources

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How to use custom URLs to enable a transparent single sign-on experience for identity federation in an Office 365 environment

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You cannot assign a federated domain to a user in the Microsoft Online Portal

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"Your organization could not sign you in to this service" error message occurs when a user tries to sign in to Microsoft Online Portal as a federated user

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You cannot connect to Microsoft Online Services by using the Identity Federation Management tool

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A federated user is prompted for credentials or cannot sign in to Microsoft Online Services

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A federated user is prompted unexpectedly to enter their credentials when they access an Office 365 resource

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A Federated user is repeatedly prompted for credentials, and then the user cannot connect to Microsoft Office 365

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How to reestablish trust with the Microsoft Online Services ID service after the AD FS 2.0 server stops responding

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Troubleshooting AD FS 2.0 federation services published directly to the Internet using a firewall device instead of an ADFS Proxy server

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A sub-domain does not inherit the changes that are made to the top-level domain in Office 365

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A token-signing certificate has expired or was renewed for Office 365 Identity Federation

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You are prompted to enter your user name and password when you connect to Office 365 resources using a rich-client application

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Firewall prevents users from using Office 365 services from rich clients

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Internet Explorer cannot display the Office 365 portal webpage when a federated user tries to sign in

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You are repeatedly prompted for credentials when you try to log in to the AD FS 2.0 service endpoint in Office 365

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Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 hotfix information for Microsoft Lync and Office Professional Plus sign-in issues in the Office 365 environment

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You cannot open the Microsoft Online Services Module for Windows PowerShell

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Federated users cannot connect to an Exchange Online mailbox

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How to change the ADFS 2.0 service communications certificate after it expires

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Users cannot sign out of Office 365 web services

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Office 365 Identity Federation service implications of AD FS 2.0 implementation scenarios

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Domain name requirements to set up a federated domain for Office 365 identity or Exchange federation (rich coexistence)

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You receive a certificate warning when you try to access Microsoft Office 365 resources by using an identity-federated account

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How to troubleshoot identity federation user account issues in the Office 365 environment

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How to troubleshoot Identity Federation client devices in Office 365

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The "500" error code is returned when you send an HTTP SOAP request to the "/adfs/services/trust/mex" endpoint on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008

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An identity-provider-initiated sign-on process is slow in Windows Server 2008 R2 and in Windows Server 2008

DirSync Tool Related Resources

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Error message in the Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization tool in Microsoft Office 365: "Your version of the Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization Configuration Wizard is outdated"

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Error message when you try to run the Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization Configuration wizard in Office 365: "The user name must be provided in valid UPN format"

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Error message when you try to run the Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization Configuration wizard: "Your credentials could not be authenticated. Retype your credentials and try again"

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"LogonUser() Failed with error code: 1789" after you enter enterprise administrator credentials in the Directory Synchronization Configuration Wizard in Office 365

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Error message when you try to run the Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization Configuration wizard: "The Enterprise Administrator credentials that you supplied are not valid. Supply valid credentials and try again"

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Error 012 when you run the Directory Synchronization tool in an Office 365 environment

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Firewall prevents users from using Office 365 services from rich clients

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"The computer must be joined to a domain" error message occurs when you try to install Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization Tool

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Microsoft Online Services attributes for Exchange Rich-Coexistence are not written back to the on-premises Active Directory directory service when you use the Online Services Directory Synchronization tool

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List of attributes that are synchronized to Office 365 and attributes that are written back to the on-premises Active Directory Domain Services

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Process for using Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization Tool in Office 365

Related Knowledge Base Articles

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Outlook 2007 takes longer than expected to show free/busy for meeting participants

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Outlook 2007: Troubleshooting Outlook Crashes

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How to troubleshoot performance issues in Outlook 2007

Related TechNet & Office Online Articles

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Autodiscover and Outlook Anywhere Issues

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Troubleshooting Free/Busy Information for Outlook 2007

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Understanding the Performance Impact of High Item Counts and Restricted Views

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Troubleshooting Microsoft Outlook Start Up Issues

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Scan and repair corrupted Outlook data files

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Microsoft Online Services Dedicated Solution Forum

Other Resources for Outlook 2007

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Outlook 2007 Solution Center

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Help for Outlook 2007

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Online courses for Outlook 2007

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Outlook 2007 Prompts for Credentials Continually (user is connected to Exchange)

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What is the Enable logging (troubleshooting) option?

Other Resources for Outlook 2003

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Outlook 2003 Solution Center

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Outlook 2003 Help and How-to – from Microsoft Office Online

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Outlook 2003 Courses

 

Happy Holliday’s,

-Ivan