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September 12
Netcast 213 - Like a Yippy Dog

Tonight's Netcast has all kinds of fun stuff, and oddly no SharePoint. I talk the new Cyan patch for Windows Phone and all the fun I had getting it installed. Then I talk about OneDrive and Dropbox and why I keep playing for Dropbox. Then I giddily talk about the PowerShell v3 Preview and I gush over a couple of my favorite new features. I wrap things up talking about some cool new Windows 8.1 hardware that will be coming out soon.

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08:00 - Cyan is out for Lumia 920 on AT&T
11:31 - Download the Nokia Recovery Tool
12:00 - Nokia Cyan rollout list
16:40 - OneDrive is Great! Then Why Do I Pay for Dropbox?
22:28 - And Microsoft responds!
23:01 - The OneDrive Blog
25:10 - PowerShell 5.0 September 2014 preview
30:45 - ZOTAC shrinks the PC with ZBOX PI320 pico
34:45 - $120 Windows Tablet from Toshiba
35:00 -  HDHomeRun

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September 10
My SPTechCon Boston 2014 Schedule

It’s hard to believe, but we’re only a few days away from SPTechCon in Boston. As I’m making my lists and checking them twice I thought I’d put all of my events in one convenient location. That way folks that are attending SPTechCon will more easily be able to avoid me. Smile

Monday, September 15th

Live Netcast Recording – 9:00 PM-ish Location: It’s currently a secret

Shane and I will be doing a live recording and stream of my SharePoint netcast. If you’ve ever wanted to heckle in person, here’s your big chance. You’ll have to bring your own tomatoes, we will not be providing them.

Tuesday, September 16th

Upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to 2013 – 9:00am – 12:15pm

Everyone is doing it, so what are you waiting for? The best answer would be that you are waiting to learn all of the fun that goes into an upgrade. Well, if that is the case, then wait no longer. Come to this class to learn about all things upgrade. Topics to be covered are the options you have to upgrade, planning for the process, and looking at the tools Microsoft includes with SharePoint to help along the way.

The good news is this time around there is only one upgrade option to show you for getting the database upgraded, but when it comes to upgrading the UI, it is a brave new world. Visual upgrade is gone and now you have 2010 versus 2013 site collections running in the same 2013 farm. And the transition from a 2010 site collection is now self-service for the site collection administrator--crazy! Come hang out with us as we explore this together.

Office 365 vs. On-Premise Panel – 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Andrew Connell is hosting a panel with some of the brightest minds in the SharePoint world to discuss what the future of SharePoint in the cloud and on-premises is. They decided it would be fun to invite me to have someone to make fun of. Join us and let us know what you think, of both SharePoint and them making fun of me.

Wednesday, September 17th

Introduction to Windows PowerShell for SharePoint Administrators – 11:00am – 12:15pm

Do you plan on working on Microsoft products for the next five years? Do you only know enough about PowerShell to spell it correctly? If you answered yes, then this is the class for you. PowerShell is the present and future tool that is the cornerstone of administering Microsoft products like SharePoint, and if you don't know it, then you are working too hard. Come to this class to learn the key fundamentals of PowerShell, and how to use those skills to solve every problem you have ever had. That's right! If you have a flat tire, PowerShell can even fix that.

SharePoint 2013 Administrator Skills – 3:45pm – 5:00pm

In this class, we will go over the different admin topics that are new for 2013. Some experience with 2010 is assumed, so the class can focus on topics new to 2013. Some of the high points will be an overview of how Office Web Apps have changed your farm topology; the move to loving Claims authentication; and why all the talk about host name site collections. For certain, PowerShell will sneak in not because it is new, but because it is that important.

Lightning Talks – 5:15pm – 6:30pm

Watch vendors try to hawk their wares without it looking like they’re trying to hawk their wares. Also see Shane and I try to be funny, even though we’re not.

I’ll also just be wandering the halls chatting with folks. If you see me, be sure to come up and introduce yourself and say “Hi!” and maybe take a minute or two to explain why you like me better than Shane. Rackspace will also have a booth, so I’ll be hanging out there, too.

See you next week.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt/SPTechConBoston2014

September 07
PowerShell v5 Preview is Out. Here are my two favorite features

It’s been a busy summer and I’m just getting around to installing the PowerShell v5 Preview. And it’s a good one. It’s officially called the “Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview September 2014” but it’s all PowerShell. It will install on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1, both 32 and 64 bit varieties. This is a Preview, a beta, so don’t install it on a Production machine. Don’t test in Production. But if you have a test machine, go ahead and install this and take it for a spin. You’ll be glad you did.

There are a ton of great new features in PowerShell v5. Several blog posts worth. Too many for me to list here, though they are all listed in the 59 page Word doc that comes with the download. I will, however, tease you with two of my favorites.

Transcript works in the Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) Huzzah!

This has been my main disappointment in PowerShell for a couple of versions. I teach PowerShell classes and write blog posts on PowerShell, and am generally a PowerShell doodler. The Transcript is invaluable in all of those situations. And while the first generation of the ISE was nothing to write home about, it’s gotten pretty impressive lately. I’ve wanted to take advantage of it, but it didn’t work with the Transcript. <sad panda> In the past I’ve had to choose between my old, faithful functionality, the Transcript, and the new hotness, the ISE. Conflicts aplenty. Well, no more.

The ISE now supports the Transcript. No more choosing. I get my cake and I get to eat it!

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Now I have no more excuses, the ISE will be my PowerShell interface of choice.

PowerShell natively zips and unzips files

This is another one of those, “What do you mean PowerShell doesn’t…” situations I keep having with PowerShell. It seemed amazing to me that there wasn’t easy native support for zipping and unzipping files in PowerShell. I’ve spent hours looking for it. Now in v5 it’s finally here. Two new cmdlets, Compress-Archive and Expand-Archive handle the zipping and unzipping respectively. As of the writing of this article, there aren’t any –examples in the help documentation, but I expect after a few Update-Help executions some will show up. Here’s an example to get you started:

Compress-Archive power*.txt -DestinationPath .\gold.zip -CompressionLevel Optimal

Running that in the folder that has all your PowerShell Transcript files into a single file, gold.zip. To keep it updated, run the same command with the optional –Update parameter.

There you go, two excellent reasons to install the PowerShell v5 Preview on your favorite test box.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/PowerShellv5Preview

August 30
OneDrive is Great! Then Why Do I Pay for Dropbox?

This was written in August of 2014. As technology marches forward, the prices and features of the products mentioned have probably gotten cheaper, bigger, faster, stronger, and better smelling. If you’re from the future and reading this, keep that in mind.

Last week Dropbox announced they were upgrading their $100 a year ($9 a month) Pro plan from 100 GB of storage to a massive 1 TB. (insert picture of Dr. Evil with his pinky to his mouth here). Because of that announcement Dropbox has been all over the tech news. In Windows Weekly #377 my friend Paul Thurrott comments that $99 a year is as much as a license for Office 365 Home, which gives you email, Office Web Apps, and 1 TB of OneDrive For Business (ODFB) for 5 people (5 TB total) . He wondered why anyone would pay the same amount for just storage, and 1/5 of the storage at that. I hope to provide a satisfactory answer to that question with this blog post.

I’ve been paying for Dropbox Pro for a couple of years and it’s worth every penny to me. This is the case even though I get a free Office 365 subscription because I’m an MVP. While I do use a bunch of the functionality of OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, there are a few things that Dropbox does so much better that it’s worth giving up a couple of of venti hot chocolates a month at Starbuck’s to pay for Dropbox Pro. Here is my list of why I pay for Dropbox Pro even though I get OneDrive and Office 365 for free.

File size limitation of 2 GB in OneDrive (250 MB in ODFB) , Infinity +1 in Dropbox

I store a lot of different types of files in Dropbox. Like most folks I store pictures up there and a few documents. But I also store all the videos from my Netcast there. I store a bunch of commonly used software installations up there as well. I have the database backups from my blog syncing to a machine at home through Dropbox. I’ve even been known to store a virtual machine or two in Dropbox. Using the desktop sync client, any file I copy into a Dropbox folder will show up on all the other machines syncing that same folder. When I first tried to move over to OneDrive that didn’t work. OneDrive has a hard file size limit of 2 GB. ODFB has a similar limit of 2 GB. Dropbox’s limit is infinity. If you have space in your Dropbox quota, the file will sync. 2 GB might be more than enough for most people, but I regularly deal with larger files so it’s a big deal for me.

Shared folders in OneDrive or ODFB don’t sync to the file system. Dropbox is happy to

Despite the fact that I’m an only child, I share pretty well, regardless of what my wife might say. With OneDrive or ODFB if I share a folder with someone it does not sync to their local hard drives, even if they have the desktop sync clients installed. Even if they ask nicely. That means if I share a folder with someone they have to go to OneDrive (or ODFB) with a browser, or the Metro OneDrive app to download the files I’ve shared with them. For some situations, this might not be a big deal, but it’s come up a few times for me. For instance, I have a shared Dropbox folder with my parents where I copy pictures of my cats and any of my artwork that’s refrigerator worthy. My parents have that same folder set up as a location for a slideshow screensaver. So as I proudly drop pictures into that folder on my computer, they magically sync to my mom’s hard drive and show up in her screensaver. She doesn’t have to remember to check for them, they’re just there.

Files don’t just have a URL in OneDrive or ODFB, you have to download them from a web page

If I share an individual file with someone in OneDrive, the link I send them takes them to a web page that hosts the file. It doesn’t take them to the actual file itself. Again, it’s not a huge deal, but it’s more work that they have to go through than if I share the same file the same way with Dropbox. If I send someone a link to a Word doc shared from Dropbox, the URL goes to that exact file. They could download it with PowerShell if they wanted to. With OneDrive and ODFB it’s a whole big affair.

OneDrive For Business alters Office files, Dropbox keeps its dirty mitts off of them

It recently came out that files stored in ODFB are actually altered when they’re uploaded. On the backend, ODFB is a SharePoint document library. When an Office document is uploaded to SharePoint it puts a unique tag in it so it can keep it straight from other copies of that file, or other versions of it. I understand why they do it, but it doesn’t seem necessary for non work files. Dropbox doesn’t change the files. I like that better.

While a few of these issues are pretty small potatoes, a couple of them (file size and local syncing) are show stoppers for me. As one as OneDrive or ODFB doesn’t support them, I’ll continue to happily pay for Dropbox.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/whydropbox

August 29
Netcast 212 - Mules Powered SharePoint

I start out this week's Netcast talking about the ALS Ice Bucket challenge and how I partook in it and you can help me out with my next charity drive. Then I dig into fun tech stuff. I talk about why you should have as few app pools as possible in SharePoint. Then I sing the praises of the new and improved ULS Viewer. Then I help demystify patching and when you can expect the Cyan update on your Nokia Lumia phone.
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05:00 - ALS Ice Bucket challenge video
10:01 - Birthday drive
11:52 - The Expense of Application Pools
21:07 - http://spbestwarmup.codeplex.com
22:10 - ULS Viewer is Back From the Dead!ULS Viewer is Back From the Dead!
29:27 - http://spinsiders.com/brianlala/2014/08/25/pre-populating-sharepoint-farm-details-for-ulsviewer/
30:11 - Stefan Gossner's blog post on the August 2014 CUs
39:03 - Nokia Cyan rollout list
42:42 – Shameless self Promotion

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August 22
ULS Viewer is Back From the Dead!

It was a sad day when the original MSDN ULS Viewer was discontinued. There was much weeping at the Klindt household when the news broke. Fortunately I found a backup copy. I put it on a USB stick and buried it in my backyard for safe keeping, next to the coffee can with my Honus Wagner baseball card in it. I also put a copy in The Cloud, whatever that is. There was still an open spot in my heart though. Smile

Then today I was putzing around the Internet, looking for some cat videos and discount pharmaceuticals when I saw one of the happiest headlines I’ve ever seen on the Internet, “ULS Viewing Like a Boss (ULS Viewer is now available)

First, I was in denial. I wouldn’t let myself believe it. I was worried it was an old blog post bubbling up some how. Then I was worried that maybe it was just a mean joke from Bill. He’s like that, you know. But I clicked it, then I clicked the Download Link, then I downloaded it, and it actually worked! Hallelujah!

So run, don’t walk, to your nearest web browser and go Bill Baer’s blog post and download the new and improved ULS Viewer. It has some bug fixes and it  has some new features, like some fancy command line parameters, and easier support for monitoring multiple servers. All the while maintaining the same charm and panache as the original version.

This time around the ULS Viewer looks a little more legit, so hopefully we don’t have to worry about it disappearing in the middle of the night like a deadbeat relative that owes you money, like it did last time. If you’re smart though, you’ll bury it in your backyard like I did.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/ulsviewer

August 22
Netcast 211 - Patch Ninja Achievement Unlocked

Another Netcast, another video failure. *sigh* When my video recording software wasn't crashing I talked about why I was gone last week. I also talk about some cool Windows Phone stuff coming down the pike, and how patching both SharePoint and Windows has gotten really complicated in the last month. Then I talk about hacking Shane's car. Please don't tell him.
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  1. 08:00 - Guitar camp
  2. 16:25 - Offline maps with Here Maps
  3. 18:21 - Windows Phone update
  4. 24:51 - August 2014 CUs are out for SharePoint
  5. 31:52 - August Windows 8.1 yanked
  6. 33:00 - Community-supplied Fix for August Blue Screens
  7. 35:31 - Windows Threshold technical preview expected late September
  8. 36:50 - OBD Auto Doctor is a must-have Windows Phone app for any DIY auto enthusiast
  9. 38:15 - ODB Reader
  10. 40:25 – Shameless Self-Promotion

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August 18
Netcast 210 - Cloudy Things

Once again, Shane steals my show away from me and the wheels fall right off. He talks about his tablet and his phone and boring stuff like patches and encryption. Then he chats about how cool Internet Explorer is and how to hack his car. He also breaks the news to us that to use Internet services it takes Internet bandwidth.

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04:05 - Shane's Surface Pro 3 is fancy and cool
09:31 - I want Nokia Cyan to come out for my 1020
10:43 - Microsoft is the leader in Gartners Magic Quadrant for Unified communications
11:54 - Running your public website on SharePoint? Time to consider encryption
13:51 - Update to Windows 8.1 tomorrow as part of patch Tuesday
15:50 - Only a year half more of a million versions of IE
17:20 - Couple this with last week's change in behavior around out-of-date Active X controllers being blocked
20:35 - Plan for Internet bandwidth usage for Office 365
22:32 - OBD Auto Doctor is a must-have Windows Phone app for any DIY auto enthusiast
24:46 – Shameless Todd-Promotion
26:38 - SharePoint Power Hour

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August 11
Netcast 209 - Kitten Juggling Ring

Tonight's Netcast is all over the board, in a good way. I start off giving my opinions on luck vs. hard work with a funny video I saw on the Internet. Then I follow up with some more technical, but less entertaining talk about URL rewriting and SharePoint Search performance. I follow it up by showing off what's new in the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1. Overall, not the worst work I've done.

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Running Time: 40:58

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03:47 - Luck vs. Hard work video
07:58 - 10 URL Rewriting Tips and Tricks (URL at 11:41)
10:44 - Using 301 Redirect URL Rewrite module to Redirect SharePoint urls
27:32 - Removing unwanted user related search results for SharePoint 2013 websites
30:38 - Update for Windows Phone 8.1 is rolling out

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August 03
Netcast 208 - Keeping Australian Housewives Happy

After my very successful tour of the Southern Hemisphere I get back in my squeaky chair and record another Netcast. I start out by regaling everyone with the tales of my trip including some Netcast viewers that I got to meet. Then I talk about how CUs come out once a month and how that's a good thing. Next I talk about when a SQL Service Pack isn't really a Service Pack. Then I breeze through some other topics like a Windows Phone update, a FitBit app for Windows Phone, how to share tabs between devices, and how to use PowerShell with SharePoint even if you're not on the SharePoint server.

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Running Time: 39:08

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20:27 - Double Your Cumulative Update Fun, SharePoint CUs Are Now Monthly!
24:14 - Problems installing SQL Server 2012 R2 SP2
30:45 - Project Siena
33:58 - Windows phone Live Lock screen app
35:52 - Official Fitbit app for Windows Phone 8

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