CIAOPS Need to Know Office 365 Webinar–December

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For the last webinar of 2018 we are going to take a look back at everything that’s changed with Office 365 and what we can expect to see in 2019. If you want a summary of what’s been and what’s to come then this is webinar for you! There’ll also be the usual detailed updates of everything that’s happened in the Microsoft Cloud for December as well.

You can register for the regular monthly webinar here:

December Webinar Registrations

The details are:

CIAOPS Need to Know Webinar – December 2018
Thursday 20th of December 2018
11am – 12am Sydney Time

All sessions are recorded and posted to the CIAOPS Academy.

There of course will also be open Q and A so make sure you bring your questions for me and I’ll do my best to answer them.

The CIAOPS Need to Know Webinars are free to attend but if you want to receive the recording of the session you need to sign up as a CIAOPS patron which you can do here:

http://www.ciaopspatron.com

or purchase them individually at:

http://www.ciaopsacademy.com/

Also feel free at any stage to email me directly via director@ciaops.com with your webinar topic suggestions.

I’d also appreciate you sharing information about this webinar with anyone you feel may benefit from the session.

Need to Know podcast–Episode 196

I am joined by a familiar guest to many, previous co-host of the Need to Know podcast, Marc Kean, who shares with us what he has been up to lately and his career journey to now being a full time Microsoft employee. Listen along and you’ll get some insight into one of the technical job roles at Microsoft.

Of course Brenton and I also bring you up to date with the latest Microsoft cloud news including recent a Azure AD multi factor outage and how Microsoft is now more valuable than Apple! Listen on for full details.

Take a listen and let us know what you think –feedback@needtoknow.cloud

You can listen directly to this episode at:

https://ciaops.podbean.com/e/episode-196-marc-kean/

Subscribe via iTunes at:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/ciaops-need-to-know-podcasts/id406891445?mt=2

The podcast is also available on Stitcher at:

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/ciaops/need-to-know-podcast?refid=stpr

Don’t forget to give the show a rating as well as send us any feedback or suggestions you may have for the show.

Resources

@marckean

@askbrenton

@directorcia

Marc’s blog

Azure AD MFA outage analysis – look for event on 19th November

Microsoft now more valuable than Apple

Microsoft helps create a secure modern workplace

New management for Microsoft Teams

Windows 1809 rollout continues

SharePoint customisation code will bite you

A very common thing I see when working with many businesses implementing collaboration solutions in Office 365, is their rigid desire to implement customisations via code to SharePoint immediately.

Many have a pre-conceived idea of what they believe an ‘intranet’ should be and operate. Thus, they want to force SharePoint to fit that model. The only way to achieve this typically is to use custom code on the site. They want lots of changes made to not only the look and feel but also the functionality prior to implementing it across the business.

I warn them strongly, that the more you customise with code the more it is likely to break and the more issues you will have down the track. A much better option, at least to start with, is to go with what Microsoft provides you out of the box. Only once you have exhausted all in the out of box options, then look at custom code. Then and only then, and when you do be prepared to continually maintain it.

As further evidence for this stance, if you take a look at this video from the recent Microsoft 2018 Ignite from 47:03

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhYHdYn5jdQ&t=2928s

and listen to what Tracey Haun, Director, IT Collaboration and Privacy from Dupont says:

When we set up SharePoint we were so proud of ourselves for only customizing less than 5% of the environment and that less than 5% customization has come back to bite us time and time again. Every time we upgrade, every time we migrate we have to deal with these customizations. I just want to say that we were so rigid in the way that we in way we wanted to — and this is specifically around our records management and the way we classify the security classification of our sites, we were so rigid and so set in our ways on how we wanted to do that. So I highly recommend, if you are just getting started, go with the industry standard. Don’t force your business model into SharePoint. Let the it adapt to the Microsoft way.

Thus, if you want to make major changes to the way SharePoint Online works out of the box you firstly need to find a developer who is specifically experienced with SharePoint Online. Even after the job is complete, you are going to need to have someone on tap to maintain that code, because sooner or later it will break. Why? Because Microsoft makes changes and improvements to the underlying SharePoint base that will affect the code.

When that happens, and you won’t know when it will, the more you have used custom code the more catastrophic the failure of your site is going to be. If the site has become a critical part of your business, then it means that system will be down until a developer can be found to rectify the problems. That could be quite a while.

Putting your business in that situation, to me, is increasing your risk which is not something you want to do. Going with what Microsoft give you out of the box may not be “exactly” what you want but it is going to keep on working as SharePoint is updated, unlike custom code.

Of late, Microsoft has added many improvements to SharePoint and collaboration in Office 365, that really make me question why you would want custom code at all? Is it really worth the risk and costs involved?

So my STRONGEST advice when it comes to SharePoint is to use what you are given out of the box to it’s fullest. After that, if you still want changes, make sure you FULLY understand the indications and increased risk this places your business under.

I’m sure people would love desktop applications like Excel to do more but they generally don’t go making wholesale customisations via code. They tend to work with what they are given out of the box. So too, it should be with SharePoint.

Ignite 2018 sessions on YouTube

With Microsoft Ignite 2018 now over for 2018 I wanted to let people know that like last year:

Ignite 2017 sessions on YouTube

I’m maintaining a list of links directly to the sessions on Github.

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The list is maintained at:

https://github.com/directorcia/general/blob/master/ignite2018.txt

and I will be updating it throughout the year as I find links to new sessions.

Of course, if you have a link to a session that I don’t have up there yet, please send it along so I can add it and we can all benefit.

All the sessions are not there as yet. I add them when I find them and the update this file, so make sure you check back regularly to get the latest list.

Thanks again to Microsoft for doing this and uploading the sessions to YouTube. They are a great source of learning and allows people like me would couldn’t get to Ignite the ability to work through the content.

Posting code snippets to Microsoft Teams

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If you want to post a snippet of code to Microsoft Teams go to the Conversations tab and then select the Format text icon as shown above.

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From this expanded dialog box select the Code icon as shown.

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This should display a new dialog like shown above.

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If you select the options in the top right you will see a huge range of code selections displayed as shown.

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In the above case, I have select PowerShell and you can see that it formats and colours the code snippet for me automatically making it much easier to read.

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You can now post the result and that will be added to the Teams Conversations as shown above. You will see that it even automatically add line numbers, which is very handy.

Thus, if you are going to post code into Microsoft Teams Conversations, make sure you do it via the Format Text option so that it is formatted in a way that makes it more readable.

Update to SharePoint Online PowerShell module

Since the beginning of working with SharePoint Online with PowerShell you have had to download and install a stand alone MSI for access to the SharePoint Online cmdlets as I have detailed here:

Connecting PowerShell to SharePoint Online

Well no more! Yeah! Now you can install the module directly from PowerShell using the command:

Install-Module -Name Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell

You should uninstall the old MSI version if you have it first.

Whee you run this command you should see the modules being installed like so:

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and then you should be good to go.

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This will make working with SharePoint Online via PowerShell so much easier!

The current version is 16.0.8212.0 and can be found here:

https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell/16.0.8029.0

Need to Know podcast–Episode 195

Troy Hunt makes a return to the podcast to talk about the power of serverless compute. We discuss how Troy has been successfully using serverless compute to run his website haveibeenpwned. Troy also shares with us some insights as to the practical day to day operations of running a site with 5 billion breach records. Brenton and I also update you on the latest Microsoft Cloud news including a raft of updates to Microsoft Teams.

Take a listen and let us know what you think –feedback@needtoknow.cloud

You can listen directly to this episode at:

https://ciaops.podbean.com/e/episode-195-troy-hunt/

Subscribe via iTunes at:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/ciaops-need-to-know-podcasts/id406891445?mt=2

The podcast is also available on Stitcher at:

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/ciaops/need-to-know-podcast?refid=stpr

Don’t forget to give the show a rating as well as send us any feedback or suggestions you may have for the show.

Resources

@troyhunt

@contactbrenton

@directorcia

haveibeenpwned

Azure serverless compute

CIAOPS Patron program

Skype for Business is moving to Teams

What’s new in Microsoft Teams – November round up

Top scoring in industry AV tests

How can I get started with machine learning