Month: January 2013

My slides: Office 365 and SharePoint 2013 Hybrid Environments

Here’s my slidedeck from my presentation on “Office 365 and SharePoint 2013 Hybrid Environments” that I gave on 17 January 2013 at the Southeast Asia SharePoint Conference 2013:

You can find more information and links to documentation and whitepapers on Blog post with instructions on how to set up your own hybrid environment coming up soon as well!

What’s my SharePoint Online version?

SharePoint MVP Serge Luca just posted an article with the title “Can you check the version of a SharePoint Online ? (or how can you know that your SharePoint Online moved to 2013…)“. In it, he shows how you can find out which server version your SharePoint Online tenant is running on, for example if you want to know whether SPO has been patched with the latest CU, or currently to see if you’re still running v14 (based on SharePoint 2010) or v15 (the brand new SharePoint 2013).

There are 2 other ways to find out the version number:

Open /_vti_pvt/service.cnf

The easiest way is to simply open (or http:// if you’re using the P1 plan) , which will give you a result similar to the following:


As you can see, my own tenant is currently on

Use Fiddler to see response header

The other way is to install and use Fiddler. If you run it (don’t forget to activate Decrypt HTTPS traffic in the Options) and open your SharePoint Online site, any response header will include the current version on the Headers tab, in the Miscellaneous section, under MicrosoftSharePointTeamServices:


Flash/JavaScript Video not working in SharePoint


We just ran into a funny issue with playing videos in SharePoint. We’re using tje JavaScript library flowplayer to play video files on our company intranet with the help of Flash, as I mentioned and demoed e.g. here and here. What we wanted to do next is to provide this functionality also on other servers (not just Asia Pacific, but globally). Besides flowplayer, we also looked at JW Player as an alternative, which uses a similar method of playing videos.



What now happened was that the videos were playing perfectly fine in our Asia Pacific intranet, but nowhere else. Interestingly, there were no JavaScript errors, and the library seemed to do what it should. There just wasn’t any video playing at all, we saw either a white or a black box, nothing else.



After lots of troubleshooting and testing we finally discovered the issue and the solution. The web application that hosts our Asia Pacific intranet had its Browser File Handling settings set to Permissive, while the other servers and web applications had it set to strict. After changing that, the video worked everywhere.
Note: This change affects not only the video files, but of course all files in your environment (PDF, Office, …). So before changing it, make sure that it doesn’t introduce any unwanted behaviour

Here are the steps to get there:
Open Central Admininistration -> Go to Manage web applications -> Select the corresponding web application and  select General Settings from the Ribbon -> select General Settings again -> Change Browser File Handling from Strict to Permissive


Visiting Singapore – Southeast Asia SharePoint Conference 2013 Edition

In this post (and referencing some older posts), I’ll provide some brief information about Singapore, what to eat, what to do, where to go, how to get around, etc.

I already gave some information in 2010 as well as in 2011, visit these two posts as well!

 Get around

If you want to travel by public transport, the easiest way to go to the SharePoint Conference is via MRT. The MRT Station Expo is right next to the Singapore Expo. Tickets can either be purchased individually for each trip, or you can purchase an ez-link card in any MRT station or 7-eleven. These cards already contain some stored value, for each trip the travel fare will be deducted. Cards can be topped up (add additional value) in each of the MRT stations. If you plan to make a few trips around Singapore, they are definitely the more convenient option.

To find out how to go from place A to place B, you can type in the two addresses at To find out how to get to the expo, visit, select Directions From, and type in your starting address (e.g. name of your hotel).


Staying in touch – phone and internet

There are 3 telcos in Singapore, all of them provide similar prepaid mobile services:


Each prepaid card offers a small amount of data that is included, however for an additional $7 you can also purchase 1GB of local data. More information on where to buy the prepaid cards, and how to get the additional data  can usually be found online, or simply talk to a salesperson in the corresponding shop

Note: there are also prepaid cards with data plans only available, for example if you have an iPad. Have a look around the websites of the 3 telcos.


What to do

One of the newest attractions is Gardens by the Bay: Visiting is free except for the two domes.

Singapore now has its own Pandas (both Giant Panda and Red Panda!), which can now already be visited (though the new River Safari section of the Singapore Zoo is still in development). Tickets are limited. Viewings are at :00, :20, and :40 every hour, and limited to 200 people each time, so it’s best to reach the Zoo early in the morning:

Chinese New Year is just around the corner, so why not join the activities in Chinatown? Have a look at to get some first impression on what’s going on there

What else is going on at the Singapore Expo? The John Little Mega Expo Sale! In case you need some toiletries, household stuff, shoes, clothes, etc 🙂


What to eat/drink

Look at the previous posts as mentioned above. Some additional suggestions:
Drink: Teh Tarik, lime juice, coconut juice, Singapore Sling, a Tiger beer
Eat: Kaya Toast, Chicken Rice, Murtabak, Satay, Chili Crab, …