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Monday, May 11, 2015

Securing SharePoint 2013 connections via TLS - Part 2

Securing your SharePoint servers via TLS is mandatory these days. Learn how to encrypt your Site Collection communication and how to configure automated redirection to a secure connection.

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In part 1 I showed you how to secure a Host Named Site Collection with TLS. But a user can still open the site collection without encryption. To force a secure connection we’ll have to create an automated redirect from http to https.

Leave the unsecure binding

You might think it’s a good idea to remove the http binding from the web application in IIS. But this would break your configuration, so don’t do that. Instead the binding is necessary for IIS to know which web application handles the request. From here the URL Rewrite module we are about to configure will take over.

First things first

To create a redirect we need an IIS extention called URL Rewrite which isn’t part of the regular IIS installation and cannot be found in the Windows installation either. Instead you must open a browser and download it from the official IIS support site

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Securing SharePoint 2013 connections via TLS - Part 1

Securing your SharePoint servers via TLS is mandatory these days. Learn how to encrypt your Site Collection communication and how to configure automated redirection to a secure connection.

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Using SSL/TLS to secure your webservers has always been a good idea, not only since three letter agencies are eavesdropping on everybody’s Internet communication. Preventing hacking and information lost is also on the IT-Professionals to-do list for a very long time.

Which certificate do we use

There are a few ways to get a new certificate for the Internet Information Server, but all in all in breaks down to the simple question: Do I need a trusted certificate or not.

If you plan to publish your site to the web I’d suggest you get yourself a trusted certificate from a certificate authority. There are a lot of different certification companies out there and all of them are happy to take your money.

If you plan to stay in a local network, you could consider using your own Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). But this however might be shooting a little too high. Especially if you only have a few servers to secure and no other plans to use the PKI.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Ignite 2015 Sessions about SharePoint 2016 on Channel 9

Are you looking for and update about SharePoint 2016? Here you'll find a selection of the Ignite 2015 sessions held in Chicago. If you miss a video in my list, fell free to leave a link in the comments below and don't forget to spread via facebook and twitter ;)

The Evolution of SharePoint: Overview and Roadmap   
It’s been an exciting year for SharePoint and we’re been hard at work evolving features and capabilities both online and on-premises. This session has a little something for everyone—users, IT pros and developers. We'll cover numerous aspects of SharePoint Server 2016, SharePoint Online, hybrid and everything in between. Lots to share, lots to learn.

Effective Search Deployment and Operations in SharePoint Server 2013  
SharePoint 2013 introduces a flexible and highly customizable search topology, providing a scalable framework to meet demanding requirements for query and indexing performance. In this session we will share experiences from the field of real world multi-node search installation case studies, review best practices for common operational procedures, and position IT to meet the unique demands of hybrid search scenarios. You will learn proven tips and tricks on how to keep your search system healthy and your users satisfied with their search experience.

Deep Dive into Safe SharePoint Branding in Office 365 Using Repeatable Patterns and Practices  
This session demonstrates how the use of repeatable, proven, and secure patterns and practices can help developers create a safe branding solution that they can implement in Microsoft Office 365.

Migration to SharePoint Online Best Practices and New API Investments  
In this session we provide an overview of best practices to migrate Files Shares or on-premises SharePoint environment to SharePoint Online. First we will focus specifically on defining a holistic migration approach, the Content Migration Process, replacing full trust solutions, and addressing network capacity concerns. We will then talk about the new SharePoint Online Migration API in that area and what to expect out of it. This will be followed by more in depth explanation on how to fully take advantages of those new capability.

Designing and Applying Information Architecture for Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365  
This session demonstrates a proven process for defining, designing, implementing, and governing your information architecture (IA). IA is more than just columns and metadata. Learn how the different components available in SharePoint and Microsoft Office 365 can be leveraged to their fullest potential and your users' ultimate benefit to content organization and discovery.

Microsoft SQL Server BI Drill Down  
SQL Server Business Intelligence delivers a comprehensive platform empowering organizations to build and deploy secure, scalable and manageable BI solutions. Please join us to learn more about SQL BI. We will showcase mobile BI implemented on-premises and optimized for SQL server, highlight SQL Server BI key capabilities and discuss the strategic investment areas and roadmap for Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services and Reporting Services.

Proven Ways to Build Robust, No-Code Solutions in Microsoft SharePoint  
In SharePoint there are many tools available to create elaborate solutions to tackle the most common business scenarios. In this session, see the true power of tools such as Microsoft Access 2013 apps, Microsoft Excel 2013 PowerView, SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflows, Microsoft InfoPath 2013, out-of-box SharePoint features and more! Gain a deeper understanding of how these tools are used in SharePoint to create robust end-to-end SharePoint applications, on-premises and online—without writing a line of code. We help you learn how to create custom, no-code solutions for your organization.

What's New for IT Professionals in SharePoint Server 2016  
In this session, we have a lot of new information for admins, sharing what's new and coming in the next on-premises version of SharePoint - SharePoint Server 2016 - with insights on hybrid, too. More detailed information to be posted as we get close to Ignite.

Virtusa: Establishing SharePoint Hybrid for Social, Search and Personal Storage  
In this Session, Shehan details their hybrid journey over the last 3 years, building a dynamic enterprise spanning SharePoint on-premises and Office 365. He will focus on three main areas: 1) their strategy of integrating social (Yammer) with their Systems of Record for 10,000 global employees, 2) bridging the content divide with hybrid search, and 3) enabling all employees to use their personal work files in Office 365. You will learn how to accomplish a sustainable, beneficial hybrid deployment rooted in solid strategy, planning and execution. Virtusa Corporation (VRTU) is a global information technology (IT) services company providing IT consulting, technology and outsourcing services:

Upgrade to Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and Ready for Cloud Potential  
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.

Setting Up Your On-Premises SharePoint Environment for Custom App Development  
This session walks through the operations and management details of how to set up your development environment on-premises to develop cloud apps and solutions.

Ernst & Young: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Search Adoption  
In this case study, Ed Dale discusses the SharePoint Server 2013 search program at EY, providing real-world examples from the EY environment for how to improve your own search environment. The presentation explores various techniques, including optimization of content, user training, search log analysis, relevancy tuning, and voice of the customer initiatives—all of which positively impacted the adoption of SharePoint at EY. Ed will use examples from the enterprise search management program at EY which supports 170,000 users spanning multiple business units, geographies and languages.

MVP Panel: SharePoint On-Premises, Online and Everything in Between  
Imagine five great minds coming together to talk about Microsoft SharePoint across the board, be it within Microsoft Office 365, in Microsoft Azure, on-premises and certainly hybrid. Via a panel Q&A format, these MVP experts expose how online and hybrid improvements increase both deployment scenarios and value. This session is designed to help ITIs and ITDMs find the right cloud formula to deploy based on practical business and technical considerations. This is a must-not-miss session for any IT pro!

The Social Intranet: Integrate Yammer into Your Microsoft SharePoint Experience  
Yammer is the standalone, end-to-end enterprise social platform for your organization. You can extend the social experience directly into your Microsoft Office 365 or on-premises SharePoint portal with a range of options from Yammer Embed to the REST API. We explore the ins and outs of Yammer integration, capabilities, terms of service, and governance for production applications. Learn how we can use Yammer methods as well as reference the powerful Office 365 dev patterns and practices. There are recommended dos and don’ts, which we highlight with relevant real-world case studies. We cover effective design for enhanced user experience and engagement, making your Portal and Yammer a seamless experience to increase usage and adoption.

Elastic SharePoint Storage with StorSimple and Microsoft Azure  
One of the biggest challenges facing enterprise storage customers is massive data growth and the amount of storage management work required to keep up with it. In this session, we dive deep into Remote BLOB Storage architecture, boundaries and scale limits, disaster recovery, and improvements in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016. In addition, we look at how Azure StorSimple hybrid cloud storage can support SharePoint.

Microsoft SharePoint Server with SQL Server: Now Better Than Ever  
Learn how you can enrich your SharePoint Server deployment when you take advantage of specific configurations and features of SQL Server. This session will focus on SQL Server 2014 benefits for SharePoint 2013 and offer insights into how it sets you up for SharePoint Server 2016. We will cover areas of performance, security, reliability – all covered with lots of best practices and core depth knowledge for the most successful better together deployment.

SharePoint 2013 and Azure IaaS: Better Together  
Get an overview of the options that Microsoft Azure provides for SharePoint. This session explains and demos how you can utilize Azure to host SharePoint farms for hot and warm standby, segregated farms for your developers, farms for integration testing or productive farms. We explain how you can create your own template for SharePoint servers that enables you to add a server to your farm in Azure or on-premises in 15 minutes. We also help you to develop a backup strategy for SharePoint that uses Azure as the storage for long-term backups.

Transforming Your SharePoint Full Trust Code to the Office App Model  
This session is a panel discussion covering examples and patterns for moving SharePoint customizations to the app model - for use either in Office 365 or "cloud-friendly" implementations of on-premises SharePoint. The panel comprises members of the Microsoft Office Dev Patterns and Practices team and independent MVPs. Both bring their experiences from the field, but different perspectives too. The discussion will centre around 5 related hot topics - branding, options around remote code (including .NET, JavaScript and PowerShell), provisioning of customized sites, the story with sandbox solutions and finally how the Office 365 APIs fit in with the app model. We promise a lively discussion, examples of code from the field, and time for Q&A!

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