SharePoint Saturday returns to Southern California April 8th 2017

SharePoint Saturday returns to Southern California
Pass it on to your colleagues and keep that calendar fresh. We have room for 18 more people!April 8th 2017 will mark the return of SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles. SharePoint administrators, end users, architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft SharePoint, Azure and Office 365 Technologies will meet for the SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles event on April 8th, 2017 at the Westside Conference Center Pepperdine University located at 6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles CA.  Come join us for some of the leading Engineers and MVPs for a day of this FREE one day conference. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Register now, to reserve your space.

Visit the site for more information on sponsors and speakers.

Key note Sp[eakers


Orange County SharePoint User Group (OCSPUG) Site has changed


Tim and I were talking with the folks from Microsoft today (Sal, Grant and Antoni) discussing the upcoming OCSPUG when I noticed the site was down.


Also, thanks to Microsoft they have generously provided us their  South Coast Plaza Store presentation area to hold the monthly events…

Since all of this is going on I thought it would be a great idea to make sure everyone knew about the new the new Orange County SharePoint User Group Site #OCSPUG and to ask you guys to check it out, and register as an OC SharePoint Rockstar. This will help all of us keep up with the current SharePoint stuff and answer any questions you may have in your environments that might keep you from banging your head against the wall too much. All of that said, as you guys know if you have an emergency of any type and need some please reach out as we can usually save you a lot of time and effort. If its not that big a deal and can wait 24 hours just send me an email and I will generally always reply with 24 hours..

Now for the sales pitch right after you register for OCSPUG you need to register for SPSLA



This event is for  all of you SharePoint administrators, architects, developers, designers, analysts, teachers, students, content managers, digital librarians, dbas, business users and other folks that work with Microsoft SharePoint Technologies.

This is our 5th SharePoint Saturday event in Los Angeles Event and will be on August 8th 2015 at Santa Monica College





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August 8th, 2015


Santa Monica College

1900 Pico Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90403

Follow us on Twitter #SPSLA, #OCSPUG and we look forward to hanging out and answering and having fun with SharePoint




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See ya there!!!

Call to Action: Windows 10 Client FEATURE REQUEST: Please Add De-Duplication Feature

This is something that IT Pros and Devs should readily understand. However, it can save all users time and money..

As an example: I run Windows Server 2012 R2 on my Laptop  where I have 2 1tb SSD drives (they are a lot cheaper now) so I can natively run SharePoint instead of having to use several VMs. When I have Windows Server 2012 R2 Installed I use De-Duplication and it enables me to save 436GB of disk space by keeping a single version of the file on the data drive while creating pointers to the file in every location where a duplicate exists. If you do a lot of SharePoint development you end up with a lot of Hives so that you can easily start up a replica of your clients environment. Since I can only have two hard drives on my laptop and I am swapping out the DVD player to so. De-Duplication is a life saver, it allows me to store twice the amount of data as the disk would normally hold. if I then install a Desktop OS on my laptop I have to move my second drive to a server and copy the files off as they have been deduplicated and I would have been unable to open them on using the Windows 10 Client ,


The Server community has enjoyed DeDuplication since Windows Server 2012 in an Operating System but all SANs of all manufactures have this feature build in (too bad they don’t fit in your laptop bag). This is a hard drive  storage technology that should be made available in every OS not just  Server OSs. The really stupid part is that we can copy the features from the Windows Server OS and enable them on Windows 8, 8.1, and now 10. However, I really like to keep my systems as pristine as possible which is difficult enough when developing software..


If your running Windows 10 like me your probably running build 10130,  then complete the following steps to ask Microsoft to include this feature in Windows 10 Client OS


1. Open Search or hit  the Windows key and type  feedback, then click on Windows feedback to Open the feedback app

2. Click on Files, Folders, and Online Storage. and type in dedup into the search bar

3. You will find 5/6 of people requesting de-duplication to be added to the Windows !0 Client OS, please Click UpVote at the bottom of each request



It is NOT a LUXURY to have De-Duplication on Windows 10 Client OS is a necessity as we can only fit 2 drives in as laptop and when you run multiple VMs to help people learn  software development skills. I cant really imagine why it would not be added to the Windows 10 Client OS.



SoCal Code Camp June 27th & 28th @ UCSD


REGISTRATION Please click here to register

imageMy first session Office 365 San Diego

Module 02 SETTING UP THE ENVIRONMENTS starts at 10:15 AM – Sunday, June 28, 2015

office 365 | Oauth | Azure

Location: UNEX 107

In this lab, you will create a cloud development environment and build a cloud-hosted app. The development environment will consist of a trial subscription to Office 365 and Azure. You will create apps that use both OAuth security and the cross-domain library. You will examine the security flow to better understand the available options

  • Configure Office 365 with a Developer Site and Product Catalog
  • Setup Azure with Active Directory
  • Understand the OAuth flow in a Provider-Hosted app
  • Understand how to use the Cross-Domain Library in a Provider-Hosted app

If you would like to create the apps as we complete the walkthrough and to get the most out of your session, please don’t forget to bring your laptop












Here are some personal items you will need to bring to the SoCal Code Camp.

  • Notebook computer
  • Computer power supply
  • Notebook and pen
  • Identification


My second session Office 365 San Diego Module:

04 – HOOK INTO OFFICE 365 APIS starts at 12:30 PM – Sunday, June 28, 2015

SharePoint Online | Outlook | One Drive | office 365 | MVC5 | Azure

Location: UNEX 107

In this lab, you will build an app “Research Tracker” that allows you to define new research projects in a SharePoint list, assign an owner, and create a project statement. The development environment will consist of a trial subscription to Office 365 and Azure. Specifically SharePoint Online, OneDrive, Outlook and an Azure Web


  • Learn to use Office 365 APIs in a web application
  • Understand how to register web applications in Azure Active Directory
  • Understand how to grant permissions to an application


  • You must have an Office 365 tenant and Microsoft Azure subscription to complete this lab (we will walk you through the creation of these).
  • You must have completed the lab associated with Module 02 SETTING UP THE ENVIRONMENTS


The hands-on lab includes the following exercises:

  • Prepare Data Sources
  • Create an MVC5 Web Application
  • Configure a Single Sign-On MVC5 Web Application

You can get started today by cloning in Visual Studio 2013


Please stop by and check out our sponsors who help in making SoCal Code Camp available for free (also listed above)







Address: 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037
Latitude Longitude: 32.88198836404279,-117.24334180355072


There are some hotels close including (in no particular order) I would look at the
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
Sheraton La Jolla
San Diego Marriott La Jolla


In the Patio where check-in is there is Cafe Ole that has a wide variety of drinks and food. The student center may be open but most other food options are just down N Torrey Pines Road to La Jolla Village Drive then take a right on Villa la Jolla Dr and you will see many options for the next .5 mile

(A lot of people windup at Chipotle at 8657 Villa La Jolla as you can order online and have it waiting for you)


See ya there….


Global Azure Bootcamp 2015

Our friends from SoCal Code Camp have another awesome Community Developer Event! >>> Don’t Miss the Hands On Labs!!

Join us in San Diego for the 3rd annual Global Azure Bootcamp! On, Saturday, April 25, 2015 we are out to set some records again with the help of almost 200 locations!


Our San Diego event will be held at the Microsoft office in UTC. Michele Leroux Bustamante (Soliance) and Bret Stateham (Microsoft) are your hosts. Get ready for some fun-filled presentations and discussions on the Azure platform, a little real world special sauce.

In addition to this great learning opportunity we will have another set of hands on labs. In 2014 we pooled a huge global compute farm to perform diabetes research. This year everyone can participate in a compute pool for breast cancer research!

Register at : seating is limited and last year we sold out as fast as you read this email!

Thank your customer, tell them how valuable they are to you, but don’t go overboard. Insincerity is easy to spot.





SoCal Code Camp
Community Developer Events





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SharePoint Saturday Helsinki 2015


Event details: The event takes place 14th of March (Saturday) in Helsinki, Finland at a hotel named Kamppi Radisson Blu.The part of the city is called Kamppi, which is also the metro station name.

You can see the speaker lineup and sessions here:

The day starts at 8:00 with morning coffee and registration. Keynote starts at 8:30 and the day runs until 6pm (18:00).

Speaker dinner is the day before, 13th of March Friday night at 6 pm at the same place!


Questions? Urgent matters? At any time during the event (13th-14th March) or around that time, if you have anything you need help with, ping us via email, WhatsApp or with an old fashioned phone call:

  • Mr. Jussi Roine,, p. +358 45 2374849
  • Mr. Jussi Mori,, p. +358 50 323 0766

Getting to Finland

The popular opinion seems to be that flying to Helsinki is the fastest and most efficient way of getting here. Unless you live in the Åland Islands, in which case you are better off using the ferry or the infamous booze cruises that go back and forth between Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

The Helsinki airport – getting to the city

The official name is The Helsinki-Vantaa airport, and the designated call sign is HEL. No, it’s not missing an‘L’ character, we know. The “Vantaa” portion is non-decipherable even to us, native Helsinki..ians. Vantaa is a relatively small and obscure town next to Helsinki. I think we might go Clash of Clans over them and simply rename it to Helsinki, Part 2: The Country Side.

The official page for Helsinki-Vantaa airport is .The terminal map is shown here: .I think the second only Starbucks of Finland is located there, so make sure to get some coffee while on the go. To reach Helsinki from the airport, you can either take a public bus, the Finnair bus or a taxi. Public transportation buses from the airport to the city center take about 45-50 minutes. There’s also an option to take the bus first, then hop off at the first metro station and take 4 stops to arrive at Kamppi, where the hotel is located at. A bus ticket, that covers Vantaa (the obscure little town where the airport is physically located) and Helsinki(the major metropolitan area, where everything cool happens) is 5 €. You can also purchase a day ticket for12 €, allowing you unlimited travel for 24 hours. There’s no discount on return ticket, so prepare for a 10 €cost for bus + metro travel both ways.

A fine and detailed step-by-step journey with a bus and the metro is shown here: The Finnair city bus is another option, as operates on 20 minute intervals. Finnish people like punctuality and schedules, so this is a trustworthy schedule. It operates between the airport and centrail railway station, quite close to the hotel where the event takes place. This takes about 25 to 28 minutes one way.Tickets are 6,20 to 6,30 € per way, depending if you purchase a ticket in advance or from the driver.

For details on the Finnair city bus, see here:  and the detailed schedule here: Finally, taking a taxi is probably slightly faster but more expensive. You can pre-book a taxi at The pre-quoted price is 63 €, which is flat-rate in this case. It means you’ll pay 63 €, regardless of the traffic or circumstances. Personally, I normally take the taxi if I’m in a hurry, otherwise I’ll take either bus (public or Finnair city bus)and spend the extra 20 minutes reading my Kindle.

The event venue

The venue for the event is a hotel called Kamppi Radisson Blu. The address is Runeberginkatu 2, Helsinki.You can find all the details for the hotel here: The hotel is located about 700 meters from the central railway station, so as long as you get there, you are set. It is right next to the metro station (1 stop from the central railway station, towards Ruoholahti-station), and very close to the heart of Helsinki. There’s also a fairly big shopping mall next to it for any urgent shopping needs:

We’ve negotiated a discounted price for attendees and speakers at the hotel, and they are 129 €/night (1person room) and 149 €/night (2 person room). There’s a quota of 20 rooms. You might get a cheaper rate from their web site at so it’s worth checking out. Typically a hotel night in Helsinki goes between 80 to 130 €/night. The cheapest hotel room is the Omena Hotel (the Omena means Apple, funny that is), which is very close to the venue as well. Their rate as of today is about 75 €/night. They have two locations nearby. See details on their site here: .

Speaker facilities

We’ve secured an extra room for speakers during the conference. Wifi is available for the whole venue and upon testing it was very fast and reliable. All projectors are Full HD, with digital (HDMI in most cases)inputs. Bring your own adapters if you have a specific hardware that does not eat VGA or HDMI. We’ll aim to have a few adapters available in all rooms.

Language, money, normal stuff

Finnish people speak Finnish. It’s a fairly challenging language to learn, but once you learn it, there’s only one place in the whole world where you can speak it! Finland! Yay! Most people are also able to communicate in English, especially in the capital area. Finnish people are a bit like a Heinz Ketchup bottle: A bit hard to open up, but suddenly we kind of splash out and it’s all good from there. In case you want to communicate in Swedish, we are mostly bi-lingual due to someone from Sweden having something to do in Finland centuries ago. Jättebra, as they in Sweden. If unsure, just use English 

Money. We use the €uro and things are a bit more expensive than in most other countries. Except Norway.That place is expensive so we never visit them Norway-people. Most, if not all, places accept major credit and debit cards. In fact, I never carry any real money – just plastic, and it’s accepted widely – even the taxi and night clubs accept credit cards. Normal ATMs can be found on almost all corners of the city, so withdrawing money is not a hassle, assuming you have credit on your bank account.


Helsinki is a safe city. Normal precautions still apply: Try not to carry your wallet in your back-pocket of your jeans, since there’s sometimes that one guy with a bad haircut who pickpockets and leaves Finland the next morning on a ferry to Tallinn. Not implying anything, just that pickpockets are rare but still exist, like in any other major city in Europe. Other than that, it’s safe. People are friendly, and you get by with normal civilized manners. Police can be trusted. The same applies to grocery stores, pubs, department stores etc. People are trustworthy, and you should always get the correct change and receipt for your purchases.

Mobile data

Helsinki is very well covered with 3G and 4G mobile data, so if you have a good roaming deal, you shouldn’t miss any of your important Facebook status updates! Open Wifi connectivity exists here and there, mostly in coffee shops, lunch places and larger hotels. There’s also one operated and offered by the city of Helsinki but I haven’t seen the SSID since 2007 anywhere. Maybe it’s a myth, much like the smiling Finn. A prepaid mobile sim card can be purchased at most kiosk’s that operate under the R-Kioski brand, as well as most grocery stores. DNA, a mobile operator, offers several prepaid services: The DNA Prepaid Tablet 10 GB is 19,90 € and works for 180 days. The data is capped at 10 GB (hence, the name!). Top speed is 150 Mbps, and you can do top-up for the card at most kiosks. See (Finnish) details here: DNA also offers the DNA Smart Prepaid, with 1 GB of data, unlimited SMS and MMS, and with a daily price of 0,49 €. The starting cost is 4,90 €. Saunalahti is another mobile operator, offering the Prepaid package for 4,90 € (starting fee) and 1,90 €/day for unlimited data. See details here:!/puheliittymat/prepaid

Most Finnish people have unlimited mobile data on their mobile phones for a flat-rate (14 €/month for4G!), so while it’s not usual, it’s probably perfectly acceptable to ask for a quick hotspot access. We don’t have a Finnish word equivalent to “please”, so a smile is all it takes 


Our Sponsors – Thank you!

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Weather is something between “a little snow”, sleet, rainy and “hey, we can see the sun the first time since October.” Average temperature for March in Helsinki is between +0 C..+2 C. Since Helsinki is conveniently located next to the open sea, it might be a bit windy at times, and a bit damp. Wear something that is warm enough, and does not melt in the rain. It might also be slippery, so be careful when roaming around the city in the evening.

Sauna. Not obligatory. No swim wear, so essentially you’ll be naked. It’s okay, everyone else is naked there too and nobody is judging and nobody really cares. Same-sex sauna is not common, and mostly occurs in the summer when enough people get ‘inspired’ by alcohol and the cottage sauna in the woods is simply too small to fit women and men at different times, so we all cram in there together and there’s nothing weird about it. In fact, it’s a bit uncomfortable if you ever choose to experience it, since someone is always throwing too much water on the stove, and everyone’s talking loudly for some reason. Finnish people are very comfortable in silence, in that funny way.

Well after all is said and done I cant wait to see all my friends and make many more in Finland,  checkout the city after the Speakers Dinner and the event then it’s a 16 hour flight home next week

I’m just lucky I don’t need a Visa!!!


Citizens from the following countries do not require a Visa when entering as a tourist and are allowed to stay for a duration of 90 days:

Andorra Argentina Australia Bulgaria
Brunei Bolivia Brazil Canada
Switzerland Chile Costa Rica Guadeloupe
Guatemala Hong Kong Honduras Croatia
Israel Iceland Japan North Korea
South Korea Monaco Macau Liechtenstein
Martinique Mexico Malaysia Nicaragua
Norway New Zealand Panama Paraguay
Romania Singapore Slovenia San Marino
El Salvador Uruguay Venezuela United States
Vatican City Réunion



Ivan Sanders
SharePoint MVP / MCT


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SharePoint Saturday UTAH 2015

Register now!

Registration is still open. See our SPSEvents site for registration, session, and speaker information.


You can’t have SPS without #ShareSki, especially here in Utah! ShareSki is the day before SharePoint Saturday (Friday, Feb 27) on The Greatest Snow on Earth® at Snowbird! Meet at the Gadzoom lift between 9:00 and 9:45. We’ll be taking runs off this lift–returning to it–until 9:45, at which time we can’t guarantee a meetup. If you miss us at Gadzoom or loose us, we’ll have lunch in the Creekside Cafe and Grill at 12:00. Please arrive no later than 12:10 so we can get everyone through checkout in one shot. Go to to purchase your tickets online for $80 (save 16%).


#SharePint is the après-event social of SharePoint Saturday. This gathering is primo for networking and socializing with fellow SharePoint connoisseurs. SharePint will be held at Red Rock Brewing Co., 254 South 200 West, Salt Lake City, starting approximately 6:30.


Special thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible!






Ivan Sanders
SharePoint MVP / MCT

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SharePoint Saturday San Diego 2014

Don’t miss the upcoming SharePoint Saturday – San Diego on November 15th!


This is a FREE one-day event hosted by the San Diego SharePoint User Group and will feature sessions for end-users, business users, IT professionals and developers. There will also be a track dedicated to Office 365! 

Who Should Attend

SharePoint administrators, end users, architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft SharePoint Technologies

Where will the event be held

imageUCSD Extension located at

6256 Greenwich Drive, San Diego, CA.




Who will be presenting

This event has confirmed many other nationally recognized SharePoint speakers and Microsoft SharePoint MVPs! Check out the Speakers page on If you are looking to enhance your knowledge of any aspect of SharePoint and/or network with other SharePoint professionals, we strongly encourage you to attend this community event.  image

Why you should attend

Beyond the knowledge and networking, this event will be a blast. There will be a large prize raffle and of course, a ‘SharePint’ social event in the evening. We hope to see you there! Please visit the SharePoint Saturday – San Diego site for more information or to review the recently published speaker schedule. For those of you on twitter, please tweet about this event using the #SPSSD hashtag.

Please register right away! See you there! Register Here!

Who are the Sponsors




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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