Month: April 2013

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.