I am speaking at the Buckeye SharePoint User Group October 17, 2013

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I will be speaking at the Buckeye SharePoint User Group this month.

Website:  http://www.buckeyespug.org

Date:  Thursday, October 17, 2013

Location: Microsoft Office, Polaris Office

Topic: The evolution of the SharePoint Administrator – the future is bright!

Summary: ​So the rumor mill with cloud and Office365 states that SharePoint administration is a dying skillset, huh?  Tony Maddin begs to differ.  Tony will highlight areas to enhance your professional development so new skillsets can be required to future proof your role as it transforms from an “Administrator” into the future of an “Integrator.”

I am speaking at the Dayton SharePoint User Group October 8, 2013

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I will be speaking at the Dayton SharePoint User Group this month. This is my first ever presentation at the user group.

Website:  http://www.dayspug.org

Date:  Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Location: Vana Solutions, Beavercreek, Ohio

Topic: The evolution of the SharePoint Administrator – the future is bright!

Summary: ​So the rumor mill with cloud and Office365 states that SharePoint administration is a dying skillset, huh?  Tony Maddin begs to differ.  Tony will highlight areas to enhance your professional development so new skillsets can be required to future proof your role as it transforms from an “Administrator” into the future of an “Integrator.”

 

DAYSPUG turns 3 years old!

Dayspug-Logo-2It seems like yesterday.  We had some great speakers, topics, and a national SharePoint Saturday Dayton event.

Please visit our website at http://www.dayspug.org for more information.

 

Windows 8 Backup Tool – File History

My laptop is my lifeblood as a consultant. SkyDrive, Google Drive, etc. are good locations for cloud, offsite backups for documents.

However, time is money. To have reliable backups of laptop, software system setting to restore in a timely fashion is a must so I do not have to take the extra time of installing software.

The previous versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems always had a native tool set labeled, “Backup.” To align with all the new changes in Windows 8 and everything now being named, “an App.”  It cannot be found without an internet search.

I was happy to find on the Windows 8 help website the app is called, “File History.”

Here is a link to the video and information for configuration.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/how-use-file-history

Microsoft releases SharePoint 2013 patches

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Microsoft has now released the first round of patches for SharePoint 2013 Foundation and Server.  Click here for the IT Pro Updates area.

Starting with March of 2013.

Office365 Password Character

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While I was helping out a co-worker; we could not get Lync to properly work on the desktop.  So during the course of troubleshooting; we reset the password for the Office365 account.

After the password reset, with a different symbol, the Lync client was now happy.

While looking at the original password; it had a \ in the password.

It appears you can change your password in Office365 with a \ symbol.  But the Lync client will not log in with a \ symbol in the password string.

Summary:  It appears you cannot have the \ symbol in your password if you plan on using Lync with Office365.

 

 

Forms Based Authentication SharePoint 2013 Foundation can be done

SharePoint 2013 LogoAfter further investigation, it was found on TechNet’s website for SharePoint 2013 (as of March 8, 2013) that forms based authentication can be done in SharePoint 2013.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee806890.aspx

However, I did find Forms Based Applications is not supported within SharePoint 2013.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj819267.aspx#bkmk_FeaturesOnPremise

I misread the feature list as Forms Based Authentication.

Special thank you to Mike Smith, MCT/SharePoint MVP, for his further research.

Please adhere to Microsoft’s license agreement with regard proper server license that supports your SharePoint 2013 Foundation platform.

I am speaking at the Cincinnati SharePoint User Group on March 7, 2013

CincySPUG448_thumb.jpg I will be speaking at the Cincinnati SharePoint User group on Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Topic: SharePoint 2013 Real Estate – Do you buy, rent, or both?

I will be presenting on the SharePoint 2013 hosting models for on-premise, Office365, and the Hybrid (both on-premise and Office365 tied together) to share insight on features should be reviewed in order to help an organization to choose the right model that fits.

For more information please go to www.cincinnatispug.org for more information.

Trello – Fantastic, free web-based project management tool

 

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A former colleague, Jason Coffey (click here to view his LinkedIn profile), showed me a great, free project management tool set called Trello.  Trello has a fresh approach to organizing tasks in a visual manner so you can quickly put your arms around a project.

The company has stated the tool set will always be free. So I have assurance that I can use it without the fear that I may get the hammer of going pay for use route with other great products I have used in the past.

They have a great demo/tutorial that I highly encourage you to look at to understand this new concept. But once you start building your project plan; you will understand why this tool set is popular.  It’s easy.  You can visually see and understand the stages of tasks in the entire project.  I love it!

www.trello.com – It’s now listed under my RESOURCES section.

FIX for Hyper-V Windows 8 Error “Failed while adding virtual Ethernet switch connections”

Hyper-v_logoAs I am building my Windows 8 – Hyper V environment to support my various SharePoint servers, I ran into an issue while creating an External switch in my Hyper-V Switch Manager.  I ran into an issue while creating an External Switch and attaching it to my WiFi adapter on my laptop.

**Please note: I take no responsiblity for your computer/laptop if it breaks. I did this scenario on my work laptop to support my project work. Please follow my steps with caution.

Failed while adding virtual Ethernet switch connections.

So here was my work around:

  • Go to Control Panel
  • Go to Hardware and Sound
  • Go to Device Manager (Under Devices and Printers Tab) – Run as Administrator
  • Go to Network Adapters – Look for your WiFi adapter/device.
  • Next, right click on it and click uninstall. (Keep the driver.)
  • Next, right click on Network Adapters – Click SCAN FOR CHANGES

(Your WiFi adapter should reappear.)
Reboot your machine.

Next, when I rebooted my laptop; I had to resupply the WiFi password for my connection. I got back on the network.

Then when I create the External Network Switch; I did not receive an error.

If you want to follow a great guide on how to build a SharePoint Farm on Windows 8, please go to my good friend’s blog, SharePoint Ryan!

http://sharepointryan.com/2013/01/23/creating-an-awesome-development-environment-on-windows-8/

Dog Food Conference Columbus, Ohio

I will be presenting the following topics at the Dog Food Conference at the Microsoft Columbus, Ohio office.

 

  • SharePoint Diagnostic Studio 3.0 – Some uses in your SharePoint 2010 environment.
  • SharePoint Search Administration – How to help drive user adoption and maximize your SharePoint investment.
  • Managed Metadata – How to leverage this aspect in your SharePoint Information Worker world!

Please visit Danilo Casino’s blog for more information about this great event!

http://danilocasino.wordpress.com/

SharePoint Saturday Dayton a success!

2012_SPS_Logo_300I am very proud to announce the first annual SharePoint Saturday Dayton was a success!

The turn out was pretty decent.  However, we had a nasty storm come through on Friday, June 29, 2012 that brought about a lot of weather related damage and power outages in the area.

This contributed to perhaps a few people not being able to attend.  However, the people that did register and was able to arrive at the event seemed to have a great time.

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I personally want to thank the SharePoint Saturday Dayton committee members who made this happen.  This was a team effort!

  • Stacy Deere
  • Sean McDonough
  • Mike Smith
  • Angela Koch
  • Clint Richardson
  • Nikole Maddin
  • Stephanie Donahue
  • Allison Chirstman
  • Brittany Strole

Thank you all!!!

Tony Maddin

TechnologyFirst June 2012 Magazine

TechnologyFirstI am very proud to have my first article published within the TechnologyFirst magazine.

TechnlogyFirst is an organization in Dayton, Ohio that supports the Information Technology community within the region.

You may see my article by visiting their website.

http://www.technologyfirst.org/magazine-articles/107-2012-articles.html

Sincerely, Tony Maddin

Need work? Microsoft SharePoint wants you!

uncle sam wants you 1I have written an article describing a shortage of SharePoint professionals in a tremendous growth industry.

Here is the link to the article and I welcome feedback.

http://www.thinksis.com/blog/software/need-work-microsoft-sharepoint-wants-you

 

Happy Memorial Day and Thank You to all Veterans!

DaNPA April 5, 2012

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I will also be presenting at DaNPA on April 5, 2012.

It will be the same topic/presentation from the CiNPA presentation.

I look forward to seeing everyone again!

CiNPA April 4, 2012

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I am very excited to be selected as a presenter for CiNPA.

The topic I chose for the evening, “How to use the out-of-the-box tools to create workflows that works for you!”

When: April 4, 2012 starting at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Cincinnati State Technical & Community College

Why:  Why not!

Who: CiNPA members and anybody wanting to know about technology.

How: That is the whole purpose of my presentation.  Smile

SharePoint Cincy

I am proud to announce that I was selected as a speaker alongside my co-worker and good friend Clint Richardson.

Our topic that was chosen for us was to baseline a SharePoint environment.

Please visit event’s website for more information. 

http://www.sharepointcincy.com

March 1, 2012 Cincinnati SharePoint User Group

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Date: March 1, 2012

Time: 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Location: MaxTrain, Mason, Ohio

 

My topic for the evening:  Managed Metadata Services – Real World experiences how to leverage the feature within SharePoint from a PowerUser and Administrator point-of view!

SharePoint Saturday Dayton

SharePointSaturdaySmallI have always thought about wanting to do a SharePoint Saturday in Dayton, Ohio while I was starting the Dayton SharePoint User Group. 

I am very happy to announce the SharePoint Saturday event is stopping here in Dayton, Ohio for the first time.  This is not just a “me” thing to make this happen.  I am very fortunate to have met and teamed up with a great group of passionate and dedicated people to form a committee to make this event a success. 

Date:  June, 30, 2010

Website:  www.sharepointsaturday.org/dayton

 

WinMerge

WinMerge

WinMerge is a great, open source tool that can run on the Windows platform.

How does this help you with SharePoint Administration?  An example is to compare web.config files.

The tool can highlight what line or lines of code are different between the files in comparison. 

There are any other uses.  Please visit the website www.winmerge.org for more information and free download.

Tony Maddin

March 2012 Meeting

 

The March 2012 monthly meeting will be a lightning talk format.  What does this mean?

“Lighting Round” meeting where everyone is welcome to submit a proposal to speak for anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes.   It allows for people to share various experiences within the SharePoint environment for all members of the audience can learn.

Please visit the Dayton SharePoint User Group website for more information:

www.dayspug.org

PowerShell Saturday

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The Central Ohio PowerShell Users Group is putting together the first ever PowerShell Saturday event.

Date:  March 10, 2012

Please visit the website for more information about the user group and registration for this event.

http://powershellgroup.org/central.oh

I plan on being in attendance for this one day, $10 event.  (The fee covers your boxed lunch for the day.)

Cincy SPUG February 2012

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Mike Smith (picture on the left) a MCT, SharePoint MVP, many other acronyms along with the Cincinnati SharePoint User Group committee once again put together a great learning atmosphere for the monthly meeting at the Cincinnati SharePoint User Group.

I am using one of the items I learned from the meeting.  It’s called, Windows Live Writer from Microsoft.  It’s an online editor that can tie into various types of blog websites.

My blog runs on WordPress and I have to say it was really simple to connect and use.  I have now used the tool to clean up formatting issues I had with my other posts on this blog.

The meeting’s theme was Lightning Talks with audience participation.  I left the meeting with a few more tidbit and tricks.

Please visit Mike Smith’s blog for information and buy his book!

http://techtrainingnotes.blogspot.com/

Dropbox.com

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The Dropbox.com toolset has been around for sometime for public and commercial use.

This toolset if fantastic in my opinion.  While working with clients and client workstations I may not have all the physical computer options such USB, FTP, etc.

This website and toolset is a great alternative so I can transfer various files from my laptop to my client’s network to continue conducting business to completion.

The website and toolset is free to sign up and use.  The free use is up to 2GB of storage on the dropbox.com website.  However, you can pay a monthly fee to expand it.

I will add this toolset to the TONYMADDIN.COM resources area.

Dayton Microsoft IT Pro Camp

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January 18, 2012 – Dayton, Ohio.  – The Dayton Area Network Professional Association put together a great one day event.  The vibe during the entire event was great and people seem to really enjoy the information and networking opportunities that were presented for the day. 

 

I was very fortunately to be selected as a presenter during one of the day’s SharePoint session tracks.   My topic I chose for the day was, “How to organize the document clutter in your SharePoint environment.”  Also, DANPA was generous to give me a DAYSPUG booth for the event so I can continue spreading the word about the Dayton SharePoint User Group.

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I will upload my presentation to Slide Deck.com soon.

My current activity in the HeartLand Information Technology Community

What a great year!  I have been very active in the region getting to watch/learn from fellow professionals in my industry.  I seen various topics such as systems administration, development, database administration, networking engineering, and proven project management.

I have gotten to meet first hand with a lot of people that I have read about on the Internet or read their published books.  The social aspect of the these types of events are what I cherish the most.

Below is my list of past presentation schedules:

[box type=”info”]Presenter: November 3, 2011 – Cincy SPUG, Cincinnati, Ohio – Topic: SPDiag 3.0 toolset and all the possible uses with it.

Presenter: October 29, 2011 – SharePoint Saturday, Cincinnati, Ohio – Topic: How to Landscape, Baseline, and Performance Tune a SharePoint 2010 environment.

Presenter: October 6, 2011 – DANPA, , Dayton, Ohio – Topic: SharePoint 2010 Overview – How small business can leverage the SharePoint 2010 platform to meet small business needs.

Presenter: August 20, 2011 – SharePoint Saturday, Columbus, Ohio – Topic: SharePoint Diagnostic Studio 3.0 in action.

Presenter, January 11, 2011 – Dayton SharePoint User Group – Topic: Using PowerShell to create a SharePoint environment.

Presenter, June 3, 2010 Cincinnati SharePoint User Group. Topic: SharePoint 2007 Disaster Recovery Proven Tests[/box]

I cannot wait for the 2012 year to meet new IT professionals in the community and continue hanging out with the ones I have now established with in these groups.

Cincy SPUG Presentation – November 3, 2011

SP 2010 admin tool to add to your toolbox

While working on a client project, I was refreshing SharePoint 2010 environments to support our various QA and Development teams.

I implemented the SharePoint 2010 content hub for this project.  While detaching/attaching content databases to the staging environment; the Metadata Term Store data did not transfer.

This term set was a key feature in our project.

I searched the internet and came across this tool on CodePlex.  This tool was easy to use and fixed my issue.

I was able to export the term set from the source SharePoint 2010 farm.  Then transfer the CSV file to the destination.  Installed the tool again and the term set uploaded with no issues.

[box type=”info”]This is a must have tool to add to your Admin toolbox.

The tool is called the termsetimorter.exe but it also exports the term set as well.

 http://termsetimporter.codeplex.com/ [/box]

My Presentation – SharePoint Saturday Columbus, Ohio – August 20, 2011

SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1 Finally Released!

Finally, finally, and finally!  SharePoint 2010 SP1 has now been officially released to the public.  Why does this excite me?  You know the length and process of getting SharePoint systems up-t0-speed with patches?  Believe me; they take time.   The good news is that all the cumulative updates are now including so now I can clear off 2.5 gigabytes of drive space to keep the other patches around. 

But please review these white papers located in the list below.   There is a required SQL Server patch associated to the Service Pack.

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26573