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Ivan Sanders

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2014 Microsoft MVP Award!

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Its official, I just received the notification included is an excerpt:

Dear Ivan Sanders,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2014 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in SharePoint Server technical communities during the past year.

The Microsoft MVP Award provides us the unique opportunity to celebrate and honor your significant contributions and say “Thank you for your technical leadership.”

Mike Hickman
Community Engagement

Wow another year, this has been the most incredible award I have ever been privileged to receive. I have met so many awesome people. It was a little surreal at first as I was getting to hang with all of my heroes

Thank you for recognizing my community contributions for the 5th year in a row…





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Microsoft MVP and MCC Awards

Wow, Thank you to all of the folks at Microsoft on the team that support us and especially the SharePoint PG & Melissa without whom I would not have made it this far, to all the folks at O’Reilly who made co-authoring Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2013 possible, to all of my friends and fellow MVPs past and present who take their Saturdays off to volunteer and attend the SharePoint Saturday Events around the world, to INETA and all of the Microsoft SharePoint User Groups on the West Coast but especially those in California :), to all of the ISVs like telerik, metalogix, CloudShare, Jetbrains, DevExpress, K2, Axceler, CorasWorks, Surfray & AvePoint and many more who all of us and the events, and to all of my friend and associates that are both supporting and looking for answers in the Microsoft Software Developers Forums


The Microsoft Community Contributor badge is given to those who make notable contributions to Microsoft online communities such as TechNet, MSDN and Microsoft Community.

The value of these resources is greatly enhanced by participants who voluntarily contribute their time and energy to improve the online community experience for others.

Each day around the world, Microsoft Community Contributor recipients contribute to Microsoft online technical communities in a range of ways, including providing helpful answers, translating online resources into local languages and serving as moderators.



Thank you !!!



Microsoft is retiring the TechNet Subscription service

Well I guess reposting from email now twice, though most people interested in this information probably already know –Ivan

Microsoft is retiring the TechNet Subscription service.


As IT trends and business dynamics have evolved, so has Microsoft’s set of offerings for IT professionals who are looking to learn, evaluate and deploy Microsoft technologies and services. In recent years, we have seen a usage shift from paid to free evaluation experiences and resources. As a result, Microsoft has decided to retire the TechNet Subscriptions service and will discontinue sales on August 31, 2013.


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SharePoint Technologies August 2012 Technical Rollup


This week on Channel 9…..SharePoint 2013!

Microsoft Premier Support UK – Site Home – TechNet Blogs

Documents – SharePoint Technologies

SharePoint 2013 Links, Downloads and Resources

Downloads – SharePoint Technologies

SharePoint Server 2013 Preview

  • Microsoft Internet Information Server IIS DownloadCENTER
  • This is your single source for finding Microsoft Internet Information Services tools, samples, extensions, filters and modules created by Microsoft and the IIS community.

New KB’s Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

MS12-050: Description of the security update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0: July 10, 2012

SharePoint Designer 2010 – None this month

Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010 – None this month

Its been an awesome month starting with the public release of SharePoint Server 2013, Windows Server 2012 RC, Visual Studio 2012 RC, and the RTM of SQL Server 2012. 2012 is shaping up to be an awesome year thank you Microsoft.

Just a quick update on my upcoming speaking schedule with more details to be provided soon…

SharePoint Saturday Redmond WA. September 22nd 2012

  • SharePoint Saturday Bend OR. October 6th 2012
  • SharePoint Saturday Sacramento CA. October 13th 2012
  • The SharePoint Conference 2012 Las Vegas November 12th – 15th 2012

As I mentioned I will provide more details after the September 1st when the first draft of the second edition of  Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2013 with O’Reilly is due…



Microsoft Windows Unauthorized Digital Certificates

Original release date: June 04, 2012 Source: US-CERT Alert TA12-156A

Systems Affected

  • All supported versions of Microsoft Windows, including:
  • * Windows XP and Server 2003
  • * Windows Vista and Server 2008
  • * Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2
  • * Windows 8 Consumer Preview
  • * Windows Mobile and Phone
  • Overview
  • X.509 digital certificates issued by the Microsoft Terminal Services licensing certificate authority (CA) can be illegitimately used to sign code. This problem was discovered in the Flame malware. Microsoft has released updates to revoke trust in the affected certificates.


  • Microsoft Security Advisory (2718704) warns of active attacks using illegitimate certificates issued by the the Microsoft Terminal Services licensing certificate authority (CA). There appear to be problems with some combination of weak cryptography and certificate usage configuration. From an MSRC blog post:

We identified that an older cryptography algorithm could be exploited and then be used to sign code as if it originated from Microsoft. Specifically, our Terminal Server Licensing Service, which allowed customers to authorize Remote Desktop services in their enterprise, used that older algorithm and provided certificates with the ability to sign code, thus permitting code to be signed as if it came from Microsoft.

Security Advisory 2718704: Update to Phased Mitigation Strategy What we found is that certificates issued by our Terminal Services licensing certification authority, which are intended to only be used for license server verification, could also be used to sign code as Microsoft. Specifically, when an enterprise customer requests a Terminal Services activation license, the certificate issued by Microsoft in response to the request allows code signing without accessing Microsoft’s internal PKI infrastructure.

The following details about the affected certificates were provided in Microsoft Security Advisory (2718704):

Certificate: Microsoft Enforced Licensing Intermediate PCA

  • Issued by: Microsoft Root Authority
  • Thumbprint: 2a 83 e9 02 05 91 a5 5f c6 dd ad 3f b1 02 79 4c 52 b2 4e 70

Certificate: Microsoft Enforced Licensing Intermediate PCA

  • Issued by: Microsoft Root Authority
  • Thumbprint: 3a 85 00 44 d8 a1 95 cd 40 1a 68 0c 01 2c b0 a3 b5 f8 dc 08

Certificate: Microsoft Enforced Licensing Registration Authority CA (SHA1)

  • Issued by: Microsoft Root Certificate Authority
  • Thumbprint: fa 66 60 a9 4a b4 5f 6a 88 c0 d7 87 4d 89 a8 63 d7 4d ee 97


  • An attacker could obtain a certificate that could be used to illegitimately sign code as Microsoft. The signed code could then be used in a variety of attacks in which the code would appear to be trusted by Windows. An attacker could offer software that appeared to be signed by a valid and trusted Microsoft certificate chain. As noted in an MSRC blog post, “…some components of the [Flame] malware have been signed by certificates that allow software to appear as if it was produced by Microsoft.”


  • It is important to act quickly to revoke trust in the affected certificates. Any certificates issued by the Microsoft Terminal Services licensing certificate authority (CA) could be used for illegitimate purposes and should not be trusted.

Apply updates

  • Apply the appropriate versions of KB2718704 to add the affected certificates to the Untrusted Certificate Store. Updates will reach most users via automatic updates and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

Revoke trust in affected certificates Manually add the affected certificates to the Untrusted Certificate Store. The Certificates MMC snap-in and Certutil command can be used on Windows systems.



My Upcoming Speaking Schedule


#SPSOrlando Creating Business Intelligence SharePoint 2010 & SQL2012 & Windows 8
please join us for this Business Intelligence session on the SharePoint and Office set of BI features to build and integrate data-driven spreadsheets and applications with SharePoint 2010. This session will cover topics such as SharePoint 2010, with Windows 8, and SQL2012 PowerPivot, PowerView PerformancePoint Services, Reporting Services, Excel Services, KPIs, and much more…
June 09, 2012 – June 09, 2012
Orlando FLA


  • #RMTT Developing List Definitions and Event Receivers in Visual Studio 11
    This session demonstrates how to create a List Definition with a corresponding List Instance, and then attach an Event Receiver to the list to perform some tasks. The objective of this session is to learn how to build List Definitions, List Instances, and Event Receivers using Visual Studio 2010 and how to use the Developer Dashboard in SharePoint 2010.
    • Create a SharePoint List Definition Project with List Instance
    • Customize the SharePoint List Definition and List Instance
    • Add an Event Receiver
    • Enable the Developer Dashboard
    • Use the Developer Dashboard
    May 19, 2012 – May 19, 2012
    Denver Colorado


#SFVSPUG Search and Enterprise Content Management 
This session discusses strategies and techniques for deploying taxonomies in SharePoint 2010 and also includes a discussion of how to jump-start a taxonomy project by using pre-built foundational taxonomies. How many of you have copied contents from File Shares only to find that you can still not find anything just not find it faster?

I will show with a few simple steps how to implement automatic tagging or in place tagging so you don’t have to wait for your next migration or force management to use s spreadsheet to identify every document by using Boolean search not just synonyms as part of your Term Set.

If you choose to only use the Enterprise Keyword Settings on every document library I will give you a script to enable this feature on every document library. If you choose to use your own site columns I will provide a script that will make your Content Type the primary and apply it to every document library, then show how to modify the search result refiners so that you can drill through your search results. You don’t have to wait to make search work today
December 3, 2011 – December 3, 2011
May 9 2012
San Fernando Valley California

I hope to see many old faces and meet many new and these upcoming events. SharePoint is all about community



SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles "The Race To Collaborate" Schedule


Just click the schedule below for the full PDF version…….. Don’t forget to register!!!

Also, I have 8 Kingston 8gb Flash Drives to give out if your into Business Intelligence, Like Windows 8, and want more of SQL2012 then you might get one full of All Kinds of FREE Content that should help you with everything SharePoint 2010.





#SPSLA Presents: SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles


A Free, IT Community Event Happening Saturday, April 14th on the Campus of Cal State University, Long Beach.

Business leaders in the greater Los Angeles area, looking to expand their networks and exposure should mark their calendars for Saturday, April 14, 2012. The team behind the SharePoint Saturday LA (SPSLA) community, lead by Nedra Allmond and Wahid Saleemi, are hosting a free, all-day event on the campus of California State University, Long Beach inside the University Student Union featuring Keynote Speaker, Mark Miller, founder of two of the largest, online SharePoint communities in the world. Also included are interactive workshops, guest lecturers, Microsoft Health Check and more; beginning at 8:30am and runs until 5:30pm. This will be a great opportunity to connect with other SharePoint users, admins, developers and architects, to learn from experts and MCM’s and MVPs, and to get introduced to various vendors and service companies serving the SharePoint community.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be served at the venue, and free Wi-Fi will be provided by the facility. Giveaways and prizes will also be provided throughout the day.  We are giving away tickets to the:

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach!!!

Cal State Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840

Registration and MAP

Nedra Allmond,

SPSLA Co-Chair
(310) 426-8522

Wahid Saleemi,

Committee Co-Chair
Office: 213-261-0339

My upcoming speaking engagements or if you miss me in Los Angeles:

· April 14th SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles

· April 28th SharePoint Saturday Houston

· June 2nd SharePoint Saturday Silicon Valley

· June 9th SharePoint Saturday Orlando

· June 11th TechEd Orlando

· June 26th TechEd Amsterdam


My presentation topics are all Business Intelligence with SharePoint 2010, Windows 8, and SQL 2012. In addition, to PerformancePoint, PowerPivot, Excel Services, Reporting Services and Dashboards, including some new features like PowerView and the architectural and performance differences of SQL 2012 VS. SQL 2008r2 or put in another way the reasons you should consider upgrading your SQL environment today and only use SQL 2012 for all new implementations of SharePoint…

I look forward to seeing everyone at #SPSLA and learning more from all of my friends more about SharePoint. It’s off to the races and time for Gentlemen to Start Your Engines…If you happen to be the lucky winner of the Long Beach Gran Prix tickets I will definitely see you there… Last all if you miss me or can’t find me, please look me up or send me an email at one of my contacts below: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and my Microsoft MVP Profile are accessible by clicking the icons included with my signature below:



Ivan Sanders
SharePoint (MVP/MCT), Developer / Architect, & Evangelist – Dimension Solutions

Cell: 949-375-7316   |  Office: 949-734-0799

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