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Hi everyone! While in Las Vegas for SharePoint Conference 2019, I had the rare pleasure of being on The Intrazone, which is a podcast run by my good friends Mark Kashman and Chris McNulty from Microsoft.
We had a great discussion about the past, present and future of SharePoint and how it’s empowering organizations to do more. Not only that, but I was also able to share my experiences with helping organizations drive sustainable adoption, go over the importance of company culture, and offer tips on becoming a better speaker.
Also featured in the podcast were Laura Kokkarinen, a Senior Developer at Sulava, and Vesa Juvonen, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft. Together, they discussed the current state of Office development, SharePoint Framework, and more.
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There is an announcement around the MyAdvisor being retired on 28/06/2019 when I was using the network planner tool recently I saw this message
So i followed and went to check out the FAQ, scrolling down the key points for me were
Ok so Teams Admin it is which i think is a better home.
I better go and export and ill show steps below and screenshots.
I can export but cant import which is a shame but hoping the new network planner in Teams Admin centre will have more.
How do we export ?
Steps are included as well below.
Let go and export then
Once signed into network planner lets start with sites.
We have an export button at the top of the sites list
And we want All site Information
Save all your file safe for future reference and to recreate in Teams Admin centre.
We cant export so we need to record these either copy into Excel or a screenshot if you want any custom ones.
I only used default ones in this but have recorded just in case.
We cant export so record any information you want to keep. Sites user counts and persona distributions for examples.
Adjust if needed and click save and calculate.
On the outcome tab you can then export Teams of SfB
On report Tab you can export PDF
and were done.
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We've all been in those meetings - and most likely have done the same error ourselves as well. At least I have. Someone is sharing their screen but their resolution is much higher than yours - you see the content but it is hard to read, especially when you are demoing. I have been trying … Jatka lukemista How to zoom into a shared screen contents in Teams meeting
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Note: The following is a recap of Tony Redmond & John Peluso’s session at Shift Happens Conference 2019.
“An Office 365 blog is like a dead fish. For the first three days, it smells and tastes good. After that, it will probably make you sick.”
Did you know that Office 365 changes weekly? Tony Redmond’s “Office 365 for IT Pros” is the industry go-to for consistent updates on anything and everything Office 365 with a new update releasing every month!
A massive theme of AvePoint’s Shift Happens Conference was the undeniable fact that Office 365 does not stay static. Everything changes at cloud speed which means that you don’t get to choose what changes when, unlike on-premise. This can be intimidating, but if we learn to embrace the change with flexibility, new doors and growth will open more than ever before. This is something that’s becoming increasingly obvious to organizations around the globe.
The Transformation of Office 365
The current state of Office 365 is vastly different from its initial release. In 2011, Office 365 consisted of mildly cloudified versions of Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync. At the time, these were heavily influenced by on-premise attitudes and concepts with a restricted scale.
Office 365 in 2019 now has the software toolbox to consistently build new applications like Microsoft Teams and Planner to stay ahead of the game and cater to individual needs. SharePoint is no longer the ecosystem; it’s now the deliverer of Office 365 apps from the background supporting global, multi-geo scale. New features like these are typically driven by a competitive space, customer wants, engineering needs, and technology initiatives.
Want to learn more about the impact of O365's constant changes? This post is pretty insightful:
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In terms of growth, Office 365 currently has over 180 million monthly active users and is adding approximately 3.5 million users every month. We now have a distributed multi-geographical infrastructure connected by Microsoft’s data center network and four different cloud types: commercial, home, government, and sovereign.
Business Success of Office 365
Microsoft provides data to the SCC. With this information, we can deduce that Microsoft is making approximately 21 billion dollars from the commercial cloud annually. 100 million users are using Enterprise Mobility and Security, which tells us that most enterprises out there are making the transition to Office 365.
ISV’s and Office 365
Tony stressed that independent software vendors have struggled because of a lack of control. The ISVs who are surviving are the ones who’re being innovative and focusing on what avenues Microsoft will NOT be going into. These tend to be complex problems, especially those of the administration area.
Tony wrapped up his session by putting a large emphasis on the fact that “a good consultant is only 50% of the answer. You know your business best. So take the advice and put it into context with your knowledge to drive toward a solution.”
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Last week Jabra announced their worlds first smart panoramic 4K video solution!
We (my company Detron and I) are lucky to test the PanaCast since there are only 180 (of which 10 in the Netherlands) out in the wild right now.
What is the PanaCast? Jabra PanaCast is the world’s first intelligent panoramic video collaboration device with three 13 megapixel cameras, working together as one via core technology embedded in the built-in Jabra PanaCast Vision Processor.
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Chances are that if you are reading this post, you are a member of the Microsoft UC & collaboration community. Chances also are that you have heard of or attended the Comms vNext (CvN) conference. Comms vNext is an annual, community driven Microsoft IC/UC focused conference & exhibition that takes place at the Renaissance Stapleton in Denver, Colorado. I attended the conference this past year and it is extremely difficult to put into words just how amazing this event actually was. It was an experience like no other; one that I will remember for the rest of my life. A Brief Bit of History Around November 2018, I attended the Q4 Skype & Microsoft Teams Users Group in Cleveland, Ohio. I remember hearing about a conference that was dedicated to Microsoft UC and it immediately caught my interest. I went home that day and immediately began researching what Comms vNext had to offer. I decided that I was going to go and began saving money however I could. At this time, the people in the UC community that I knew/talked to was very minuscule. I reached out to Josh Blalock (@GetCsJosh) about the event, and to my surprise, he offered me to be the first to register for the event in January 2019. There I was, the first registered attendee of Comms vNext. I couldn't believe that I was going to be attending something that I knew would be life changing. In early February, I came across a tweet stating that there were many individuals that were signed up to speak at the event and the organizers were looking for other speakers. I thought to myself, "I'm not going to be able to stand out enough to be chosen to speak". I posted to twitter that day in response to this thread as I was fighting with myself to decide if I should speak or not. On that same day someone new appeared in my Twitter notifications, Jonathan McKinney (@UComsGeek). Jonathan responded to my post and gave me the confidence to turn in 3 different sessions a few days later. Little did I know, that moment would mark the start of an amazing friendship :) About a month later, I was driving from work to one of my evening classes at school and heard my phone go off. There was a email notification on my lock screen from Pat Richard titled "Comms vNext" and I immediately was sick to my stomach as I thought I did not get approved. I didn't want to wait to get to class to read the email and so I unlocked my phone and clicked the notification. I read the first few words from Pat's email, "We're going to approve you session..." I was immediately overwhelmed with excitement and could not believe what had just happened. I was the happiest I ever was in my entire life. Over the course of the next three months, I began to talk to others in the community more than I ever had and began building the demo environment for my session. Every day I was thinking about the event; I knew it was going to be amazing. Jonathan McKinney also became what I consider the most influential person and the best of friends in my entire life during this time. It was truly astonishing that someone had seen potential in a 21 year old and for that I am forever grateful. Thank you buddy! Around early May, I saw a few promotional videos for the conference from Josh Blalock and Matt Landis. I took inspiration from this and made one to help promote the event which took a LOT of retakes. June 4th quickly came and the journey from Cleveland, Ohio to Denver, Colorado had begun! Pre-Event Fun (June 4, 2019) I arrived at the Renaissance Stapleton at 9:30AM and decided that I might as well see if anyone was interested in getting a bite to eat. As I was discussing this in Kaizala group chat, I was asked if I wanted to go to the shooting range with Mark Vale (@UnifiedVale) and Alex Holmeset (@AlexHolmeset). I figured why not, but was extremely nervous to meet people who I knew from Twitter. I went to the hotel lobby and to my surprise, Josh Blalock, Stale Hansen, Mark, and Alex were standing there. I immediately introduced myself to them and was a bit starstruck (I was more nervous then than I was even for speaking at the event). Mark, Alex, and I went to Silver Bullet Shooting Range and it wasn't until then that I learned that Mark had never shot a gun before. We had an absolute blast and hopefully will get a chance to go back next year! When we got back to the hotel, I decided that I was going to go help the organizers setup and prepare for the event. I went downstairs to the Speakers Lounge and there in front of me was #NotPatRichard, Adam Ball, and Josh Blalock (Jonathan was still on his way at the time). Again, I was starstruck and Josh explained one very important: "We are just ordinary people". The team graciously offered pizza which was pretty much perfect timing as I still had not eaten anything. We conversed and introduced ourselves for a bit, but quickly began setting up for the conference. Later that night, Crush Networks, paid for all speakers to meet at a brewery that was a short walk from the hotel. I met and had discussions with a lot of new people including Mitch Steiner, Richard Brynteson, Kevin Peters, Alan Shen, Tom Morgan, Tom Arbuthnot, and more! (Now that I think about it, I actually forgot to go back and talk to Tom Arbuthnot, woops :P) It was quite the experience and I had a lot of fun in the process. Eventually, Mitch and I walked back to the hotel as we were pretty tired from the day. Day 1 (June 5th, 2019) I woke up early that day as I had trouble sleeping due to the excitement. After getting ready, I went down to the conferencing center and began helping any way that I could. We had a breakfast that was beautifully catered and it was around this time that I met Laurie Pottmeyer who is the Community Lead for Microsoft Teams. She is also known as the person with all the swag (Thank you again Laurie for all the stickers for my laptop :) After a brief morning introduction, all attendees made our way to Ballroom D for the keynote session by Heidi Gloudemans. Heidi did an amazing job with Ilya Bukshteyn on the keynote. Heidi shared a fun story stating that heir UC journey started back with the CX700 which just happens to be one of my favorite phones. During this time, they made a big announcement that they were going to be giving away 37 devices during their session on June 6th. At the end of the keynote, I visited a few of the sponsor's booths that were setup at the conference. I actually forgot that sessions were beginning and frantically ran to Laurie & Geri's session on Microsoft Teams Adoption. Their session was great fun and taught attendees the strategy that is needed to move and organization, no matter how big or small, to Microsoft Teams. It also covered how to put people first and help them adopt/use Microsoft Teams. After their session we had lunch catered for us. I ran into Alan Shen who asked me to sit with him over lunch. During our conversation Pat Richard and a few others joined our table. As we were all talking, Jonathan came up to me to ask if I had gotten Michael Tressler to sign my copy of his book that I brought with me. I told him no as I did not know what he looked like. Little did I know that he had been sitting next to me for the past 20 minutes at our table 😑I ended up though with a very unique signature that I am sure no one else will have in their copy :) Following Lunch, I attended a session from Alan Shen on Teams Collaboration and Information Security. I was actually shocked to not see many others at this session. There was a lot of information that focused on balancing the collaboration needs of a business with the security concerns of IT. This session actually inspired me to look into some of these features in Teams as businesses can benefit greatly from it. After Alan's Session I attended Richard Brynteson's session on Meetings First with Skype and Teams. Many MAJOR announcements were made during this session such as a new #NotPatRuchard bot and Xbox Shampoo. On a more serious note, features regarding coexistence modes were shown off. At the end of his session, the attendee party had begun. The Attendee Party (June 5th, 2019) The Attendee Party was an excellent opportunity to have fun and network with others. There were many VR stations that were setup that had a bunch of games to try. I tried Project Cars and the Beatsaber and had quite the time. Usually I would turn down something that I could potentially embarrass myself on, but this event was different. Everyone thinks of everyone the same so it was nice to just be you. Laurie had a small giveaway of awesome Microsoft Teams capes. Sure enough, I wanted one so we had to post a picture wearing it to Twitter. This was well worth it for a unique piece of swag! (I did add two Microsoft Teams Stickers to it shortly after :) ) Later that night after the festivities, I headed back to my room to practice for the final time before the next day. I hooked up my portable Skype for Business environment and began my session in my hotel room. At the end of the final run-through (2:30AM), I attempted to fall asleep, but that wasn't happening as the nerves really started getting to me. Eventually I fell asleep. Day 2 (June 6th, 2019) The day that I had been nervous about for months had finally come. I woke up early and began to migrate the lab equipment down to the conferencing center. It was hard to eat breakfast as nerves were really getting to me, but Jens Madsen, Mark, Alex and many others gave me advice such as go up there and have fun. Ilya had his massive Microsoft Teams Rooms session to kick off the day and showed off many new features coming later this year to Microsoft Teams Rooms. Two of the most exciting features announced were the analog whiteboard notes in a Teams Meeting and the Cortana integration within Teams. The giveaway began whilst I was in the back of the expo hall preparing the demo environment. I was only a few minutes away from showtime. My Session The time had come to present and demo how to migrate an environment from Lync 2013 or Skype for Business 2015 to Skype for Business Server 2019. I rushed to get all my equipment hooked up and verify functionality. I went through a few more preparations and finally it began. I will say, I was really nervous starting out, but around the third slide, I fell into my comfort zone and had an immense amount of fun. I had a few questions along the way, but nothing too demanding. The presentation and live demo went as planned except for a typo on the PowerShell command for moving the Central Management Store. When all was said and done, I could not believe what I had just done. From being someone that didn't believe in themselves to becoming someone that did, it is hard to put into words how I felt. I was just so happy. Many of the people that I met or sat in my session had nothing but amazing words to say and I was happy to have the support of so many people. Day 2 Continued After speaking, we had possibly one of the best meals of the event. The lunch this day what phenomenal. After lunch, I attended a edge deep dive session with Kevin Peters which taught a lot of information regarding the operation on how edge servers work. After Kevin's session, I attended Jens Madsen's session about disparating SIP interopability. He had some "Crazy Forking Ideas" and a few "Do Not Try This At Home" tidbits of his presentation which made it extremely enjoyable. I had a few things to attend to so I did end up missing the last sessions of the conference, but there were no worries from that. After everything was all done and over, Mark, Alex, Simon, Craig and I went to a Brazilian steakhouse called Fogo de Chão. It was an absolutely amazing mean and worth the money. It was great getting the chance to hang out and wind down. Craig also had a near death accident on the E-Scooter, but let's not talk about that one. We got back to the hotel later that night and was surprised to see a lot of people having a small party in the lobby. We got to hang out and have a good last time seeing each other for the event. John Cook took on part of the alcohol bill so these pictures are pretty much self explanatory of the damage. Final goodbyes were made just before a familiar face asked what I was doing the following day. Michael Tressler offered to let me visit the Microsoft office in Denver. Anyone that knows me knows that this is something that I wouldn't be able to turn down, even if I was busy. The Final Day (June 7, 2019) I woke up the next day and met Michael in the lobby for breakfast. After our meal, we headed to the outskirts of downtown to the location of Comms vNext 2018; The Microsoft office. Upon just walking in, I was in a state of awe. It was an incredible looking office that showcased a lot of Microsoft products as it was also a Microsoft Technology Center (MTC). After spending some time there, we headed to the airport to fly home. We had lunch and even got to access the Admiral Club (have never been to one before). Thank you again for hanging out and for the free ride to the airport bud! My flight home did get delayed by almost 5 hours, but I eventually made it back home. Conclusion Hand down this has been one of the most amazing, and most influential events of my life that went by WAY too fast. It was nice getting to know the people I have known on twitter for quite some time. I learned a lot from this event such as what I need to expand on, but one of the biggest things that I learned was to believe in myself. I am already thinking of ideas for next year and am looking for more opportunities to speak. This was an event that I did not want to leave as it was the happiest I have ever been in my entire life. I want give a big thank you to Jonathan McKinney for allowing my to use phones that he had at his house to save on shipping. I also want to thank both AnyNode and Plenom for providing hardware/software for my session. If you are thinking of going to future Comms vNext conferences, I would highly suggest doing so. Everyone is welcoming and it is truly like a first-class event. Thank you Adam, Jonathan, Josh, and Pat for everything! You guys did an amazing job and I cannot wait to see you guys next year!
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PowerShell Conference EU 2019 was, as always, an excellent learning experience, a wonderful week with old friends, and a chance to meet new friends. My particular favorite sessions that I attended were given by “Walter Legowski” (security researcher and International Man of Mystery) on sketchy fun with PowerShell, Stephane van Gulick (classy trilingual lover of sportswear that would be garish on anyone else) on his PSHTML module and Polaris, Staffan Gustaffson (will argue your ear off in the hotel bar about epistemology if you admit to being religious) on using a profiler with PowerShell, and Daniel Silva (newcomer making IoT accessible via RaspberryPi to the old Windows server ops crowd) proving that indeed, everyone loves LEDs. I saw several more good sessions, but these are the ones that I’m still thinking about a week later.
However, the session I learned the most from was my own little lightning talk – definitely not for the subject matter (Kubernetes bare basics + the PowerShell ConvertFrom-Json trick), but for finally learning a process for developing and then refining a technical talk from the creator and maintainer of dbatools, Chrissy LeMaire. Her excellence in speaking is a major factor in that project’s success – not only in attracting users, but in building and maintaining a broad community of contributors.
Chrissy’s own process probably differs somewhat from the points I took from her guidance, but this is stuff I want to really remember and that might help others.
Tip #1: Try freestyling your session at least once before starting on slides
“Ok, now stand up and give me your talk.”
“Oh, but I’ve only started my slides – I think I’ll need another half hour before I have anything!”
”You don’t need slides yet – just give me the explanation part and then show your code so that we can see how long it currently is.”
This was the big eye-opener. I’d always opened PowerPoint first and started writing once I’d decided what code I wanted to present, planning to cut or add as needed. Chrissy had me do the reverse. She timed my “freestyle” session, and then gave me some content notes, pointing out the things I mentioned that she didn’t know much about and that my audience was also likely to need more basic info about to follow my code: Kubernetes, AKS (Azure Kubernetes Service).
Tip #2: Do not try to make one slide do the work of five, or do all of *your* work
“There’s too many damn words on that slide! There should not be several completes sentences on a slide. Split it up!”
“Your slides should keep you and the audience on track, not tell them everything they need to know.”
After giving me awhile to do my slides, Chrissy had me run through the talk again. She reminded me that the presentation I was disappointed in a few years ago was due, in great part, to my slide deck. The bigger problem there was due to there being too much on the slides, more so than the count. She encouraged me to split my backgrounder slide into five, one for each of the major points I was making, and then to just leave a few words about each topic, removing the sentences. She also pointed out where I was digressing into unnecessary detail or anecdote that was not central to my topic.
Tip #3: If you have to scroll back and forth in your demo code, re-order your code
Once we were happy with the explanatory portion of my talk, Chrissy had me go through my code again, timing me. She noticed that I was doing an awful lot of scrolling, up and down, so pointed out that re-ordering the code would make things go smoother.
After re-ordering and doing a bit of cleanup, she had me present the code portion again.
Tip #4: Think of your talk in segments and work on them separately
Breaking my 10 minute talk into two segments made developing and then practicing them less intimidating, plus gave me the confidence that I was going to have enough time for the “fun” part (code) because I knew I only needed five minutes to get through the introductory explanation. This has the added benefit of making the talk more modular: you can tailor the same basic talk for a user group that wants you to talk for 30 minutes or for a conference that has 75-minute sessions. For this particular talk, if I want to add more Azure platform information, I just have one new segment to write and learn; or conversely, I now have a five-minute snippet I could present in an even more constrained lightning talk format.
Tip #5: Practice, practice, practice… then practice again.
I didn’t practice the completed presentation as many times as Chrissy recommended (three), let alone as much as she generally does, but it was more than I have in the past, given how much I practiced while developing the slide deck and re-ordering my code.
Steve Jobs would clear his calendar for a month before a big Apple event, and I’ve seen Chrissy spend evenings practicing a talk she had written well in advance. Especially for beginning speakers, the more you rehearse, the more natural you will sound. Do not make the mistake of thinking, “if I practice it too much, I’ll sound stilted.” I’ve seen lots of presentations over the years that would have been better, and speakers who would have had a better time on stage, had they practiced it a few times, by themselves and for an audience.
Tip #6: Get peer feedback throughout the process
Feedback from a PowerShell expert new to Kubernetes, like Chrissy, was more valuable than from a Kubernetes expert unfamiliar with PowerShell, but the latter would have been a good addition to make sure my Kubernetes statements were correct. Even feedback from someone outside of IT, like my mechanical-engineer husband, would have been more helpful than developing the talk on my own. It’s much like having a classmate edit your drafts back in English class: you might not incorporate or even agree with all of their feedback, but having the feedback available throughout the process makes it more useful.
For a talk created mostly the night before (after scrapping a more boring initial concept), I think it went well. It would have been better if I’d started the process earlier, allowing more time for feedback.
Things I did well this time:
- hit all the points I wanted to discuss without digressing into less-relevant matters
- fit it into my alloted timeslot exactly, which is a courtesy for the attendees and other speakers
- used slides to keep me and audience focused rather than to explain details
- sparked interest for Kubernetes in a community that I didn’t think would have much
Things I’m going to do differently in the future:
- ask audience to hold questions for later at beginning of talk – in the moment, I answered that first question, which opened the metaphorical floodgates. I should have asked that questioner and subsequent ones to find me afterwards for details.
- “pre-run” code so that I don’t waste our time in case someone wants to see the results (another in-session question)
- find out what PowerShell (legacy Windows ops) people need to know about Kubernetes – I’ve been near it for so long that I’ve lost sight of what I had to learn to be a somewhat-competent administrator
- practice, practice, and then practice some more
Thanks again to Chrissy for her good advice, encouragement, constructive criticism, positive peer pressure, and above all, patience.
See this talk for yourself, and please leave feedback in this post’s comments, both on style and content: (will add, if recording came out!)
Resources (slides and demo code): Kubernetes and PowerShell
See Chrissy “freestyling” (live-coding) on Twitch, which I’m not nearly brave enough to do: http://sqlps.io/twitch
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