Office 365 training content

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This week there was an online office 365 jump start training.  I already posted about it here:

The content of the training is available here:

The sessions were recorded and will enventually be available at the Microsoft Virtual Academy.


Licensing for internet facing sites

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Very often I have questions from clients about licensing requirements for Internet sites. Microsoft has published a document that describes the licensing requirements and also shows different scenarios.

You can download the document here: Licensing SharePoint 2010 for internet sites

SharePoint MSDN Chat

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This Wednesday, I will be participating in a chat organized by MDSN with other SharePoint MVPs. If you have technical questions regarding SharePoint for which you’re seeking answers or If you want to tap into the deep knowledge of the talented Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals this would be the place to be.

The SharePoint MVPs are the same people you see in the technical community as authors, speakers, user group leaders and answerers in the MSDN and TechNet forums.

Please join us on Wednesday May 25th at 9am PDT to chat with MVPs from around the world. Learn more and add these chats to your calendar by visiting the MSDN event page



Silverlight and SharePoint Training kit

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Microsoft has made available a SharePoint and Silverlight training kit wich ncludes videos, presentations, hands-on labs and source code.

You can download the training kit from here.


SharePoint 2010 and Office SP1 Announced

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During Teched Microsoft has announced the date for SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 SP1.  Service Pack 1 is on track for release at the end of June.

Here are a few SharePoint changes announced:

  • Better alignment between Project Server and SharePoint Server browser support.
  • Improved backup / restore functionality for SharePoint Server
  • Project Professional now synchronizes scheduled tasks with SharePoint task lists.
  • Internet Explorer 9 “Native” support for Office Web Applications and SharePoint
  • Office Web Applications Support for Chrome
  • Inserting Charts into Excel Workbooks using Excel Web Application
  • Support for searching PPSX files in Search Server
  • Visio Fixes scaling issues and arrowhead rendering errors with SVG export
  • Proofing Tools improve spelling suggestions in Canadian English, French, Swedish and European Portuguese.
  • Outlook Web Application Attachment Preview (with Exchange Online only)

Here is a little bit more detail on other features (from this site):

Site Recycle Bin

Service Pack 1 will introduce long awaited Site Recycle Bin functionality that enables self-service recovery of site collections and sites.   In the past IT Professionals were tasked with restoring entire databases to recover deleted site collections and sites and would generally require expensive restore environments to support the task.  Now in Service Pack 1 administrators can quickly and easily recover site collections and sites accidentally deleted by their owners in a process similar to that of the Recycle Bin we have for Lists, Libraries, and Documents.

Shallow Copy
If you’re using Remote BLOB Storage you’ve probably realized that when moving Site Collections (Move-SPSite) between content databases each unit of unstructured data (BLOB) was round tripped (I.e. uploaded and subsequently downloaded again) serially during the move.  This operation was both time consuming and resource intensive.  In Service Pack 1 we reduce that overhead by enabling “shallow copy” when moving Site Collections between databases where Remote BLOB Storage is used.  New Shallow Copy functionality with the Move-SPSite CmdLet enables moving site collections between content databases without moving the underlying unstructured data, i.e. Microsoft Word documents, PowerPoint Presentations, etc. significantly increasing performance and reliability for organizations using Remote BLOB Storage by simply updating the pointers to those objects in the destination content database.
In SharePoint 2010 we removed StorMan.aspx (Storage Space Allocation) (see which in previous versions of SharePoint enabled granular management and insight into storage.  For example, the page would show you the top 100 documents or document libraries in terms of size.  With that information end users could the page to clean up content from their site(s) by deleting the large content that they no longer needed.  In Service Pack 1 we are bringing back an improved StorMan.aspx, enabling users to better understand where their quota is going and act upon that information to reduce the size of their sites.

Make sure to follow my blog to get more info about SP1.

Here is the link for the announcement:

Free Office 365 training

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If you want to learn more about Office 365, you can register for this free 3 day training.

Dates: May 24 – 26, 2011
Duration: 6 hours per session
Microsoft Productivity, Email, & Collaboration in the Cloud | Microsoft Office 365 brings together cloud versions of our most trusted email, communication and collaboration software – Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online – with our familiar Office Professional Plus desktop suite. This fast-paced, demo-rich online course features the best experts teaching the technical aspects of Office 365 for IT Professionals.

Day One — “Office 365 Platform” May 24, 2011 | 10am-4pm PDT | Live online training

       •  Microsoft Office 365 Overview for IT Pros 

       •  Deploying Clients for Office 365
       •  Administration & Automation using PowerShell
       •  Identity and Access Solutions

       •  Directory Synchronization

Day Two — “Exchange Online” May 25, 2011 | 10am-4pm PDT | Live online training

       •  Exchange Online Overview for IT Pros 
       •  Exchange Online Administration 
       •  Staged Exchange Online Migration 
       •  Hybrid Options with Exchange Server & Exchange Online 
       •  Exchange Online Archiving & Compliance

Day Three — “Lync & SharePoint Online” May 26, 2011 | 10am-4pm PDT | Live online training

       •  Lync Online Overview & Configuration for IT Pros 
       •  SharePoint Online Overview 
       •  SharePoint Online Administration 
       •  SharePoint Online Extensibility & Customization 
       •  Office 365 Deployment Overview

What’s a “Jump Start” Course? | Training specifically designed for experienced technologists and IT leaders whose jobs demand they know how to best leverage new, emerging Microsoft technologies. These advanced courses assume a certain level of expertise and domain knowledge, so they move quickly and cover topics in a fashion that enables teams to effectively map new skills to real-world situations.