Year: 2013

Presenting at SharePoint Connections and European Office 365 connect

As an Office 365 MVP, I’m an active member of the SharePoint and Office 365 community. I blog, I write articles and books, I hold webinars, and sometimes I also present at conferences. I’m happy to announce that I’ll be speaking twice in the Netherlands, once in November at SharePoint Connections 2013, and in January at the first European Office 365 connect.

SharePoint Connections Amsterdam 2013 – 19.-21.November 2013


I’ll be presenting alongside a whole lot of other great people, among them some MVPs and even MCSMs. If you intend to come as well, you can get a 10% discount with thede SP288 when you register!

My presentations are:
Hybrid SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Environments for Decision Makers
What value does hybrid SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 environments offer, which drawbacks do they have? Why do companies use them? How do you plan them, and which governance aspects need to be considered? And which resource requirements do they impose? These and many more questions will be answered in this session, targeted at IT Managers and other decision makers who want to learn more about hybrid environments. Come see!

Automating Office 365 with PowerShell
With the new Office 365, there are many more possibilities for administrators to manage Office 365 with PowerShell, especially regarding SharePoint Online. In this session, you will get an overview of the existing cmdlets and learn how common tasks such as creating a mailbox and granting access to a SharePoint site can be automated.

 

European Office 365 connect – 28.-30.January 2014


I’ll be back in the Netherlands in January, when I’ll present at the very first European Office 365 connect. The code for a 10% discount during registration is GB274.
My 2 presentations are:

Real-Life Use Cases for SharePoint Online
You’ve got SharePoint Online, but you think you’re not really leveraging it yet to get maximum value out of it? Or you’re looking generally for ideas on how it could be used? In this session, you will get to see how other companies use SharePoint Online, how they integrate it effectively into their IT architecture, and what kind of solutions they build on it.

Migrating to SharePoint Online
Companies that start using Office 365 usually have a lot of information and solutions already in their organisation. How can they move their data to SharePoint Online? Can all solutions be easily moved as well, or are there restrictions to consider? Who needs to be involved in a migration, which resources are required, and which steps need to be undertaken at which time? Get answers to these questions in this session!

 

This announcement is also available in German / Diese Ankündigung ist auch auf Deutsch verfügbar

[DE] Implementierung von Hybridumgebungen mit SharePoint 2013 und Office 365

Ich hatte letzte Woche einen Vortrag auf der ShareConf in Düsseldorf zum Thema “Implementierung von Hybridumgebungen mit SharePoint 2013 und Office 365”. Nach der Präsentation kamen ein paar interessante Fragen auf (beispielsweise zum Thema MySite), die ich weiter verfolge und demnächst darüber berichten werde. Meine Vortragsfolien sind nun auch über das 1stQuad Solutions Firmenblog verfügbar.

Webinar: Hybrid SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Environments

This coming Wednesday, I’ll be doing a webinar hosted by MetaVis Technologies on Hybrid SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Environments:

More and more companies are interested in moving some or all of their operations to Office 365 / SharePoint Online. However, many of them have existing SharePoint environments, which they still want to continue using. In this Webinar, Office 365 MVP Rene Modery will look at how a hybrid environment which leverages the best of both systems can be set up. He will address the reasons for doing so, and share insight on which governance aspects need to be considered for a hybrid environment.

You can register for it here: http://www.metavistech.com/resources/webinar/hybrid-sharepoint-2013-and-office-365-environments

Simplified POP, IMAP, and SMTP settings for Office 365

Good news, everyone! While previously we had to use a fairly long URL name for IMAP, POP, and SMTP settings on clients, Microsoft has now provided a standardized set of URLS for Office 365. In most cases, the client (e.g. Outlook) provided auto discover of the URL, however In some cases it still had to be entered manually. Instead of having to look up the correct URL for a given tenant, one can now use the standard URLs.

Here’s the official announcement:

Simplified POP, IMAP and SMTP Namespaces

It’s now much simpler to set up a POP or IMAP connection to an Office 365 account. If a phone, tablet, or desktop email program can’t take advantage of Exchange Online’s auto discover capabilities, the new Exchange Online now provides the ability to connect using unified server namespaces. Instead of being asked to locate unique POP/IMAP/SMTP server settings through Outlook Web App (which looked like “podxxxxx.outlook.com”), the following standard server names can now be used:

o POP & IMAP: outlook.office365.com
o SMTP: smtp.office365.com

Additional information
For specific steps for connecting your phone or tablet to your Office 365 email, see Phone and Tablet setup reference. For specific steps for connecting your desktop email program to your Office 365 email, see Email program setup reference.

Office 365 Service Updates (Note: this applies to all plans with an Exchange Online service, I’m linking to E/M/EDU here)

Major Update to: Hybrid for SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365

The official Microsoft article on TechNet on Hybrid environments for SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 has received a major updated, now including a lot more information. Here’s what has changed:

Previously

The previous article was basically a summary of what resources are available for download for hybrid environments, namely the following four resources:

  • Configure a one-way hybrid environment with SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365This document describes how to configure a hybrid environment that integrates SharePoint Server 2013 and the newest version of Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise, which includes the new SharePoint Online, with single sign-on, identity management, and one-way federated search in which Office 365 content appears in on-premises search results.
  • Configure a two-way hybrid search environment with SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365
    This document describes how to configure a hybrid environment that integrates SharePoint Server 2013 and the newest version of Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise, which includes the new SharePoint Online, with single sign-on, identity management, and bi-directional federated search.
  • SharePoint 2013 Business Connectivity Services Hybrid Overview
    This document explains what a Business Connectivity Services Hybrid environment is and why you would use it. It identifies the components that are involved and explains their roles in the solution. It also shows you how a Business Connectivity Services Hybrid solution works.
  • SharePoint 2013 Business Connectivity Services Hybrid Poster
    This full size poster explains the flow of data and authentication in a Business Connectivity Services Hybrid environment.

 

The updated article

The updated article (more specifically, articles, as the content has been spread of several pages) contains the information from the previously mentioned documents as well as more additional guidance, e.g. around setting up ADFS proxies. It is divided into the following three phases of a deployment:

  1. Phase 1: Configure the hybrid environment infrastructure
    In Phase 1, you configure the basic infrastructure for a hybrid environment by using SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Online.
     
  2. Phase 2: Configure the hybrid identity management infrastructure
    In Phase 2, you configure identity management for your hybrid environment.
  3. Phase 3: Configure a hybrid solution by using Search, Business Connectivity Services or Duet Enterprise Online
    In Phase 3, you configure the solution or solutions that best meet your business needs.

 

Especially the additional guidance around setting up an ADFS proxy, here naturally Forefront TMG, is extremely valuable as it wasn’t available before.

Speaking at SharePoint Connections Amsterdam in November

For the third time, the SharePoint Connections will take place in Amsterdam on 19th and 20th November 2013. There’s a very nice line-up of lots of international and renowned speakers (Michael Noel, Joel Olesen, Penelope Coventry, Steve Fox, Dan Holme, Mirjam van Olst, Spencer Harbar to mention a few), and I’m happy to be presenting alongside them as well.

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My two sessions there are:

Hybrid SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 environments for decision makers
Which value do hybrid SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 environments offer, which drawbacks do they have? Why do companies use them? How do you plan them, and which governance aspects need to be considered? And which resource requirements do they impose? These and many more questions will be answered in this session, targeted at IT Managers and other decision makers who want to learn more about hybrid environments

Automating Office 365 with PowerShell
With the new Office 365, there are many more possibilities for administrators to manage Office 365 with PowerShell, especially regarding SharePoint Online. In this session, you will get an overview of the existing cmdlets, and learn how common tasks such as creating a mailbox and granting access to a SharePoint site can be automated.

 

Hope to see you there!

 

Renewed for another year as Office 365 MVP

Today, I’ve been awarded as Office 365 MVP for the second time. I am truly happy and honored to have received this recognition once again, and I’m also looking forward to working with and for the community in the coming year.

mvprenewal(Well yes, even though I live in Singapore, I receive the confirmation in German)

What can you expect from me during the next few months? As I’ll be moving to Europe and start my new job there soon, I’ll be publishing more content in German. I also promise to write more in English (more on hybrid SharePoint / Office 365 environments), I’ve been extremely quiet during the past few weeks. There’s also a SharePoint 2013 book for which I was a co-author which will be published soon, more on that once we’re closer to having it finished. And lastly, I’ll be presenting at the ShareConf in June in Düsseldorf, with further speaking engagements slowly getting lined up.

 

 

[DE] Vortrag auf der ShareConf in Düsseldorf: Implementierung von Hybridumgebungen mit SharePoint 2013 und Office 365

Nachdem ich ja vor kurzem bekannt gegeben habe, dass ich ab Juni wieder in Europa arbeiten werde, freue ich mich nun auch meine erste Zusage für eine Konferenz erhalten zu haben.

ShareConf

Vom 11.-13. Juni 2013 findet in Düsseldorf wieder die ShareConf statt, ich werde dort einen Vortrag zum Thema Implementierung von Hybridumgebungen mit SharePoint 2013 und Office 365 halten. Hier die Kurzinfo zum Vortrag:

Was sind die technischen Anforderungen an eine Hybridumgebung mit SharePoint 2013 und Office 365? Welche Funktionalität ist verfügbar, und wie können die zwei Systeme miteinander integriert werden? Und wie genau implementiert man eigentlich eine Hybridumgebung? Dieser Vortrag beantwort all diese Frage und gibt einen allgemeinen Überblick, wie Unternehmen ihre eigene Hybridumgebung aufsetzen können

Ich freue mich jetzt schon, zahlreiche deutschsprachige MVPs (unter anderem auch Martina Grom, evenfalls Office 365 MVP) dort erstmals persönlich kennenzulernen, und einen ersten Kontakt mit der deutschsprachigen SharePoint und Office 365 Community aufzubauen.

Goodbye Singapore, Grüezi Switzerland: A New Opportunity

In early March 2006, I arrived in Singapore for what I thought would be a limited time only: an 8 months internship and the plan to graduate afterwards and start working in Germany. Obviously, things changed a bit, and I fell in love with the country here. That’s why I came back to Singapore in September 2007, and have been here ever since.

During the past 5 1/2 years I’ve been working exclusively with SharePoint (2007 and 2010), and have been working for a German as well as a Swiss company. I have learned a lot in these past years (not just regarding SharePoint, but IT in general, soft skills, and all that other stuff that comes with a job), and I can thankfully say that I have had the chance to work with and for some very supportive managers and colleagues. From a personal perspective, the biggest change was meeting my wife, completely surprising her by proposing at a very unexpected moment and later getting married to her, and buying a flat with her.

It is now time for another big move. Starting 1 June 2013, I will be working in Zurich, Switzerland, for 1stQuad Solutions. I will have the opportunity to work a lot more with my big passion, Office 365, and also do a lot more community work, naturally mostly in German (so, if you’re in the DACH region, get in touch with me!). My wife and I are of course very excited about this new opportunity, and the chance to experience living in a new city and country. My last day with my current company will be in April, followed by a short holiday trip to Bali with my wife. In May, we’ll be flying to Germany to visit my family, and move to Switzerland towards the end of that month.

Note: I’ll be available for some freelance work (SharePoint / Office 365) from mid April onwards for around 5-6 weeks, if you think I can be of help, or want to recommend me to someone, let me know.

Does moving to a German-speaking country have any impact on my blog? I’m considering writing articles in English and in German, but haven’t fully decided yet if and how I’ll do that. One option could be to write in German on the company blog, and to write in English on my blog here. Either way, I hope to get more content on Office 365 published.