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I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching Configuring Hybrid Workloads for SharePoint and Office 365 for the World Education Alliance, this partnership of amazing training companies includes Combined Knowledge, Mindsharp and Critical Path Training, the world-wide leaders in SharePoint and Office 365 Training. The course consists of 9 modules and hands on labs covering the most popular Hybrid topics, including: Domain Preparation Azure Active Directory Synchronization Hybrid OneDrive and Sites Hybrid Search and On-Premises Search Configuration Hybrid Taxonomy Hybrid Extranet and External Sharing Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation Hybrid Auditing Monitoring and Troubleshooting the Hybrid Configuration The course will be presented online June 5th-7th for EMEA time zones and June 12th-14th for US time zones. Read More →

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While performing several upgrades for my clients I have encountered all sorts of issues that hinder and even prohibit a content database upgrade. Most of these issues can be traced to a single source, a person with too much permission and too little knowledge (about SharePoint, about programming APIs, about databases, etc.). This is the world of “I know how to do X and since I am an administrator, I’ll do Y. Read More →

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Last year I was introduced to the amazing work of Brian Pendergrass, Russ Maxwell, Brent Groom and Eric Dixon in the form of the SRx Core the SharePoint Search Health Reports. This suite of reports was created to help evaluate, monitor and maintain on-premises SharePoint farms by providing DEEP feedback and analysis of the SharePoint Search Service Application. The core is a set of “tests” that you can run collectively or independently and in detail to determine the overall health of your SharePoint Search Service Application (SSA). Read More →

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I am very proud to announce that my new course, Upgrading Your Farm to SharePoint 2016, is now available on Pluralsight.com! The class was built based on my experience and that of others with whom I collaborated to ensure that we had a broad range of coverage for the MANY issues we have all seen in the field. Based on that experience, this class is about 60% prevention, auditing and fixing issues before you attempt to upgrade. Read More →

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Now that my new Pluralsight course Upgrading Your Farm to SharePoint 2016 is nearly complete, I thought it would be a good time to get back into blogging about what I have learned along the way. First off, upgrades can take a LONG time. The more you practice and the more you learn (and fix) the better you will become at handling the little issues that inevitably pop up. In my case I created all of the problems that I encountered in my upgrade, so I knew what was coming, and I STILL ran into unexpected problems (I am looking at YOU workflow! Read More →

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Years ago I worked for a captivating and motivational man that believed in the BHAG. The Big Hairy Audacious Goal. He did not approach these goals timidly, the way our competitors played safe, waiting and watching others to make the first move. No. He took the initiative, he lead from the front, he set the standard and ultimately was copied by others who claimed to have the same vision. This idea of a BHAG really stuck with me. Read More →

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I was excited to get the RTM of Office 2016 but dismayed that the Excel preview function did not work in Outlook 2016. Other previews were fine, like PDF and Word. I figured there must be a problem with the way that Excel 2016 was registered and tried a “Repair” and reboot but that did not help. Firing up Process Monitor showed the problem pretty quickly. The registry key for the Excel Preview handler is not the same as the other working handlers. Read More →

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I have always been a healthy guy, but recently I decided to make getting and staying in shape a priority. I travel a lot. During the month of October, I am going to be home 4 weekdays! Between now and Thanksgiving I’ll be out every week. That is a lot of travel for me. Don’t get me wrong here, I am excited to be busy, but a little worried that my health will suffer. Read More →

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I am so excited to be speaking at Unity Connect Amsterdam 2015! BTW, you get a discount if you register with “McDer10”. I am getting my content together for my session Managing Office 365 with PowerShell and thought I’d share a tip that saves me TONS of times when working with a new demo tenant. With a little tweak I know this can be used in production too, more about that at the end. Read More →

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Anybody who has spent any time troubleshooting SharePoint Server issues, particularly in organizations that are so segmented that the DNS, AD, Network and Database folks won’t work with the SharePoint folks, knows that you have to learn a few tricks to determine if the problems are actually SharePoint problems or the result of DNS, AD, or other misconfigured network appliance. Any time I hear network folks tell me they “optimized” the network for my SharePoint Farm I cringe, wondering what they broke in the name of optimization. Read More →

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