In late-March, 2018, we are launching a new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business admin center experience. The new admin center will give you a single location to manage Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business going forward and this change is the first step to achieve this goal. This change will also deliver additional functionality, end-to-end insights, and the ability to manage Teams settings on a user level. This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap IDs: 24189 and 26982. This feature is only available to members of your organization that have been granted administrator-level permissions.
How does this affect me?
We will begin gradually migrating settings to the new experience to select organizations on March 19, 2018. On March 31, 2018, we will continue the rollout to all Office 365 organizations. In the coming months, we’ll continue to further improve the new admin center to give you a centralized location for you to access all of your administrative needs by migrating other functionality and features Once we begin the migration, the Skype and Teams settings in the Office 365 admin center and Skype for Business admin center will be disabled, and we will display a message with a link pointing you to the new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business admin center.
What do I need to do to prepare for this change?
There’s nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information below to learn more about the new Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams admin center.
Major update: General Availability rollout started
Applied to: All customers
The Social Bar is a new Office 365 feature. This feature is scheduled to roll out to Targeted Release customers later this week, and it will be available for all organizations on April 1, 2018. This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID: 23708.
[How does this affect me?] The Social Bar will appear on all modern SharePoint Online pages with the exception of the home page of a site. It will give your users the ability to like a page, see the number of views, likes, and comments on a page, and see the people who have liked a page. This visibility will be available to anyone that has been granted access to view the page. This feature will be launched default on. As administrator, if you wish to disable Social Bar for your organization, you can do so with the following PowerShell command:
To disable Social Bar on a tenant level: Set-SPOTenant -SocialBarOnSitePagesDisabled $true
[What do I need to do to prepare for this change?] There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information to learn more.
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Today I noticed a new link in the top right of SharePoint Admin Center and recorded a brief video tour to highlight new features and compare to Classic Admin Center. URL is below in case you want to try on your O365 tenant name. Cheers!
Recently I was building a new SharePoint 2016 farm and came across the below error with older PowerShell SharePoint 2013 install scripts. Expected error as Microsoft moved the functionality to Office Online Server. Cheers!
The term ‘New-SPExcelServiceApplication’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.
Microsoft removed the Excel Service Application from SharePoint Server.
Office Online Server has the functionality going forward.
The below visual captures ideas on SharePoint table data storage and when to use what. Rows and columns of data are common. Choosing the best hosting technology provides ease of support, quick time to market, performance, and scale for data growth.
SQL Server has good use cases, but comes with trade-offs including higher upfront setup effort and fewer end user controls (audit, search, version history). Can improve performance and reporting if those trade-offs are correctly addressed.
NOTE – PDF format updated to include both SharePoint 2013 and 2016 notes.
Ever wondered what fixes are inside of a given CU? Please see attached PDF with full detail. I wanted a new format for easy reading. Show management and make the business case for why downtime should be taken to apply CUs. Also posted at http://sharepointupdates.com/
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Recently I completed Microsoft’s DIAD workshop on PowerBI. Below is a video of Exercise 3 from Microsoft Power BI DIAD.PDF (pages 35-57).
It covers PowerBI Desktop steps to Enhancing Your Model with stacked column chart, drill down, legend colors, geography relationships, Microsoft Bing Map visual, scatter plot, slicer, and more. Cheers!
VIDEO – PowerBI Dashboard in a Day (DIAD) – Exercise 4 - Vimeo