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May 21
Podcast 247 - Power the Mouses

Tonight's episode is all over the board as I try to get caught up from Ignite. I start out by making some changes in my studio, thanks to one of the podcast Hooligans. Then I cover some Windows Phone news, and I show you an easy way to troubleshoot why your devices take so long to charge. I follow that up with some advice about how to start your own podcast. I finish up with some fun news about the May 2015 CUs to SharePoint and more news about SharePoint 2016.

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Running Time: 53:13

Links:

08:00 - Change the Podcast Home Page
23:27 - Buy USB Meter
24:30 - Windows 10 Insider Preview 10080 build for phone is now available!
28:06 - Windows Phone Recovery Tool
28:46 - Microsoft is going to control Windows Phone patches going forward
31:35 - How a Podcast Is Born
38:30 - May 2015 CUs are out
42:44 - SharePoint 2013 April CU 2015 fails to install on just about everything
40:42 -SharePoint 2013 patch alerts
46:39 - What's new in SharePoint 2016 Installation and Deployment
50:09 - Alaska SharePoint User Group
50:43 - Mississippi PowerShell User Group
51:02 - SharePointalooza
51:26 - SPTechCon

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast247

May 14
Podcast 246 - Secret Bat Entrance

This week's Podcast is all about Microsoft Ignite and SharePoint 2016. I talk about all the fun things I did, the fun parties I went to, and all the fun bus rides I went on. I also introduce my audience to Pat The SharePoint Cow. I end the show telling you how you get a lot of the Ignite material for free on the Internet. All the great content without the risk of running into me on the exhibit hall floor. Win-win!

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Running Time: 50:24

Links:

02:45 - Microsoft Ignite
11:48 - Pat Thesharepointcow
19:01 - Windows 10 on a Raspberry Pi
19:45 - Raspberry Pi Magic Mirror
21:19 - Paul Thurrott
21:52 - Harmon.ie Top 25 Influencers
28:11 - Upgrade to Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and Ready for Cloud Potential
29:49 - What's New for IT Professionals in SharePoint Server 2016
42:25 - Implementing Next Generation SharePoint Hybrid Search with the Cloud Search Service Application
43:02 - Download any Ignite 2015 session
43:45 - Driving User Adoption from a Technical Standpoint for SharePoint, Exchange and Office 365
44:03 - Bulk download Ignite Sessions
48:22 - Alaska SharePoint User Group
49:08 - Mississippi PowerShell User Group
49:09 - SharePointalooza

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast246

May 08
Podcast 245 - Ripple of Sadness

I'm back to the desk this week. I start off by telling everyone how great the SharePoint Evolution Conference was, because it was great. Thanks to everyone I talked to there. Next I talk about when SharePoint 2016 is coming out, and the latest patch for SharePoint 2013. Windows 10 gets a shout out towards the end, and I finish up by talking about a session I'm doing at Ignite.

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Running Time: 40:39

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9:32 - SharePoint 2016 General Availability in Q2 2016
11:10 - "ripple of sadness"
12:08 - SharePoint 2016 was slated to come out in 2015
17:45 - SharePoint 2013 April 2015 CU is released
18:00 - SharePoint 2013 April 2015 CU is broken!
24:37 - SharePoint Client Browser
27:15 - Windows Insider
28:04 - Configure links to OneDrive for Business in Office 365 (SharePoint Server 2010)

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast245

May 03
Podcast 244 - Poke the Azure Bear

In this episode Shane takes over while I'm in London. He talks about Cortana in Italy and mobile phone violence. Then he goes into business mode and talks about patent trolls and how it's okay to write on your desk. Then he thanks Super Troopers for being the best movie ever, because it is.

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Running Time: 29:50

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5:15 - Portana
7:05 - Windows Phone is safer
11:20 - "Mobile-geddon"
17:26 - White board desk
22:45 - Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast244

April 29
My Ignite 2015 Schedule

Hello, blog readers. Right now I’m sitting at the SharePoint Evolutions in beautiful London, England. As I was making my schedule it occurred to me that I should list out all of my Ignite events, in case someone wanted to go to them. There is also now an official Microsoft Ignite app (Windows Phone | Android | Apple)  so you can put all your sessions in there. You can tag my sessions there. The Ignite web site also now allows you to export your calendar. Now you have no excuses not to find me. If I sign up for more things, I’ll add them here.

Microsoft Ignite OneNote Guide

My Ignite Speaker Profile page

End-to-End OneDrive for Business Planning, Deployment, Best Practices and Adoption Techniques
Sunday May 3rd, 2015, 9:00 to 5:00 - Pre-day session $500

This pre-day session covers IT planning and adoption considerations to properly deploy Microsoft OneDrive for Business. The topics include ways to synchronize your on-premises directory data to the cloud to achieve identity SSO (single sign-on); rollout of OneDrive for Business across your organization (training, apps, sync client); getting other Office 365 suite-level features running in conjunction with OneDrive for Business; and overall management for OneDrive for Business in production across all your users. The training, too, will cover numerous deployment scenarios including hybrid. Pre-Day Sessions require an additional registration fee of $500. Add a pre-day to your existing registration at http://ignite.microsoft.com/Register

PowerShell booth meet and greet
Tuesday, May 5th 2015, 3:00 to 3:30

Stop by the PowerShell booth and say hi.

Podcast Hooligan Breakfast (North Hall B)
Wednesday, May 6th 2015, 7:30AM to 8:30 AM

Are you a sufferer of my SharePoint Podcast. Do you want to tell me in person how much you don’t like it? Here’s your chance. Smile I’ll be hosting an informal breakfast at the normal eating place, North Hall B. Meet next to the Channel 9 Social Media booth. This place:

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No need to RSVP, just show up.

Upgrade to Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and Ready for Cloud Potential
Wednesday, May 6th 2015, 10:45AM to 12:00PM

Have you heard all your SharePoint admin friends talk about how great SharePoint 2013 is, yet your farm is still running at SharePoint 2010, or even worse, SharePoint 2007? Then this session is for you. In this session, Todd goes over the strategies for upgrading to SharePoint 2013 and best practices for reaching ready-for-cloud potential. He then digs into some fun stories about how he's done battle upgrading SharePoint so that you won't have to. This session includes lots of tips, and lots of fun, and in the end you'll be ready for anything the upgrade to SharePoint 2013 can throw at you, and will be set for the future.

Rackspace booth session, "Dipping Your Toe in the Hybrid Pool" (Booth 233)
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, 1:15 to 1:30

A quick 15 minute chat about what is Hybrid SharePoint and why you should be excited about it. Plus more chances at in person heckling.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/MSIgnite2015

April 17
Podcast 243 - Set-Podcast -Name 'With Jeff Hicks'


Tonight's episode showcases the comedic stylings and PowerShell prowess of PowerShell MVP, Jeff Hicks. He talks about all things PowerShell and puts up with me for nearly an hour. We talk about a recent series of blog posts that help improve your PowerShell Function writing. There's also some general gushing about how great PowerShell is. Then he tells us what's so darned exciting about DSC, and what it is. In a very anti-climactic ending, I talk about a new app for the Microsoft Band, and some bad experiences I had with Windows Phone.
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Running Time: 1:07:06

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09:50 - Ebook version of a Week of Blog Posts
11:00 - Week of Blog Posts blog post
31:42 - Sapien
40:25 - PowerShell Summit
51:45- Petri.com
53:57 - Microsoft Band app for Windows
59:40 - Windows Phone Recovery Tool
1:01:54 - SharePoint Evolution
1:02:20 - Microsoft Ignite
1:03:15 - PowerShell booth at Microsoft Ignite
1:03:42 - Alaska SharePoint User Group
1:04:25 - Mississippi PowerShell User Group
1:05:11 - SharePointalooza

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast243

April 17
SharePoint 2013 April CU 2015 fails to install on just about everything

Like last Patch Tuesday, and many Patch Tuesdays before it, this Patch Tuesday SharePoint 2013 was blessed with an update, the April 2015 CU. There are a few outstanding Regressions from previous SharePoint 2013 CUs, so folks jumped on it pretty quickly.

Turns out the April 2015 CU has a dark side.

A year ago, when SP1 came out, it had some problems. I cover them in my blog post “Don’t Install SharePoint 2013 Service Pack 1” The original version of SP1 had this nasty bug where it prevented the installation of subsequent patches. That’s a bad thing. Microsoft cleaned everything up and rereleased SP1 without that issue. They also advised that if you were an MSDN or Volume License customer, the SharePoint 2013 installation ISO that included Service Pack 1 was not affected by that. Whew! It was still a bit confusing, as the Bad SP1 and the Good SP1 looked the same to a SharePoint administrator trying to fix the problem. I talk about how to tell them apart in this blog post, “How to tell which Service Pack 1 you have installed on SharePoint 2013” I thought that was the end of the story.

Turns out I was wrong.

The April 2015 CU is the first SharePoint 2013 CU that requires Service Pack 1 be installed. The previous CUs required either Service Pack 1 or the March 2013 CU. If the installer found either of those installed, it continued on. With the April 2015 CU only Service Pack 1 could scratch that itch. And the different versions of Service Pack 1 leave different footprints on your SharePoint farm. One scratches the April 2015 CU itch, one does not.

If you installed your SharePoint farm with the ISO media that included Service Pack 1, you will not be able to install the April 2015 CU. The April 2015 CU does not recognize that the required bits are in place and its installation will fail. Fortunately, there is a workaround. If you reinstall the stand alone Service Pack 1 (download links here) you’ll then be able to install the April 2015 CU. This is the fix even if you’re running a post Service Pack 1 CU. So if you’re currently sitting at the November 2014 CU and you want to install the April 2015 CU, you have to reinstall Service Pack 1 first. Obviously, right? Smile 

One tricky aspect of this is language packs. They have the same issue. And since CUs also patch the language packs, a language pack can cause the April 2015 CU to break as well. For instance, if you installed English SharePoint 2013 (wonky ISO or not), put Service Pack 1 on it, then installed the German Language Pack that came with Service Pack 1, the April 2015 CU won’t install. Not because the base SharePoint (in this case English) doesn’t have the correct Service Pack 1, or even because the CU hates German, but because the Language Pack (German) doesn’t have the correct Service Pack 1. In this case the fix is to reinstall (or repair) Service Pack 1 for the Language Pack, then take another swing at the April 2015 CU.

Hopefully this has helped. I want to give shouts out to Stefan Goßner, Trevor Seward, and Brian Lalancette. We had a good discussion on Twitter about this this morning that helped flesh out the details.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Apr2015CUNoBueno

April 09
Podcast 242 - Face West and Swear

In this Podcast I talk about more improvements I want to make. Then I spend some time talking about how you can win a ticket to the AvePoint Red party at Ignite next month. Next I calm everyone's fears about Microsoft dropping AppFabric support. I talk about something that might prevent you from downloading our beloved SharePoint patches. Then I talk about some new gadgets that you can pick up, and I finished up by mentioning Microsoft's Work and Play Bundle that offers an unbelievable discount on some Microsoft products you're probably already buying.

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Running Time: 47:41

Links:

01:16 First transcription
11:03 Jeff Hicks blog
13:26 - Win a ticket to the AvePoint Red Party at Ignite
18:19 - Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server Ends Support 4/2/2016
26:30 - Paul Thurrott's Surface 3 review
33:19 - Miracast works now with Amazon Fire TV Stick
35:20 - Sling TV
36:43 - Microsoft Work and Play Bundle
37:00 - Order Microsoft Work and Play and the Microsoft Online Store
39:32 - How To Write PowerShell Functions in a Week of Blog Posts

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ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Podcast242

April 06
How To Write PowerShell Functions in a Week of Blog Posts

If you’re a reader of this blog you know I’m absolutely ga-ga over PowerShell. Being able to use PowerShell is one of my favorite parts of my job. I love the challenge, and ultimately the satisfaction of using it to solve SharePoint administration problems that come up. If you haven’t embraced PowerShell, you’re missing out. It’s like having chocolate, and not mixing it with peanut butter.

After I got to a certain level of proficiency in PowerShell (I was only swearing at it every other day instead of every single day) I fell into a rut and I got lazy. I would write dazzling one-liners that could do things, and once in a while I’d even string a couple of those together and save them out to a .PS1 file that I could run later. But I sort of stopped there. I was able to get things done, so my learning sort of tapered off. A few months ago I decided I need to up my PowerShell skills and I started turning all of those various and sundry PS1 files into functions in a .PSM1 file. My skill at writing functions is weak, so I found myself doing the same HELP and Bing searches over and over.

Then last week happened.

Several of my favorite PowerShell bloggers/tweeters/experts put together a PSBlogWeek. For six solid days they each wrote one blog post on PowerShell functions, walking through how to make them, and some great things to do to make them better after you have them. While I hope you check them all out, and read them all start to finish, I’m selfishly writing this blog post so I’ll have them all in one place where I can reference them. They’re really good.

Here’s the list of blog posts, in order:

Blogger Article
Francois-Xavier Cat Standard and Advanced PowerShell functions
Mike F Robbins PowerShell Advanced Functions: Can we build them better? With parameter validation, yes we can!
Adam Bertram #PSBlogWeek – Dynamic Parameters and Parameter Validation
Jeffery Hicks PowerShell Blogging Week: Supporting WhatIf and Confirm
June Blender Advanced Help for Advanced Functions – #PSBlogWeek
Boe Prox A Look at Try/Catch in PowerShell

Thanks for the great blog posts.

tk

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

April 03
I’m speaking at the SharePoint Evolution Conference in London

I really should have posted this early, but I’m excited to announce I’ll speaking at the SharePoint Evolution Conference in London in a couple of weeks. The Evolution Conference is one of the big ones. A lot of my friends have attended or presented there in previous years and they always RAVE about it. This year, my prayers were answered and the benevolent Steve Smith allowed me the honor or speaking there. Thanks, Steve!

The conference is April 20th - 22nd in London at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. I told you it was a big deal! My part of the show is first thing Wednesday morning. I’ll be doing a two part session on upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013. If you’re still running SharePoint 2010, or heaven forbid, SharePoint 2007, then you should already be planning the upgrade to SharePoint 2013. This session will help.

If you’re in Europe, or heck, even if you’re not, please consider coming to the SharePoint Evolution Conference and joining me and all the other terrific speakers and attendees. And if you do, please find me and introduce yourself and say, “Hi.” I’d love to meet you.

tk

ShortURL: http://www.toddklindt.com/Evo2015

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