Please join us for this Business Intelligence session on the SharePoint and Office set of BI features to build and integrate data-driven spreadsheets and applications with SharePoint 2010. This session will cover topics such as PowerPivot, PerformancePoint Services, Reporting Services, Excel Services, KPIs, and much more
See yall in Houston on my way to LAX now landing at 630am and just have time to check out Steve Foxs Keynote..
One of the frustrating experiences I have had recently due to using ADFS2, DirSync or SSO is the Public Certificate used for ADFS2 and SSO expires 20 days early (more about this in an additional post). However this shouldn’t be an issue since my Partner Account / The Partner of Record should be able to reset Passwords and mange my Client Office 365 environment. However, as you can see from the screenshot below. There isn't anywhere to manage your clients, like there was in BPOS. Though if you login to http://Partner.Microsoft.com you can find many users and clients that you have being managed.
The Partner overview allows you to view additional marketing material or Build Your Business, Send Invitations, and Confirm Purchase Orders. While I still have less than 500 Client Users with only a handful of clients including my own company.
Though as you can see from the next screen shot I am logged in as the Global Admin of my Partner Account and been granted Assign Administrative Access to Companies I support
Global Admin Settings
There doesn’t appear to be any way to manage your clients. This wouldn’t have been an issue if I hadn't deprecated my Companies Global Admin Account by associating the email address with the ASDFS Service Account which is a domain user without certain privileges in my domain. Also, there isn't any documentation that the companies Global Admin Account would be deprecated. The reason I did so was so that any issue with DirSync would be emailed to this account and it would be monitored. Interestingly, all DirSync failures go to your alternate email address in my case this is an unmanaged domain like yahoo.com.
There will be a more complete post where I walk through the steps of restoring SSO when your certificate expires 20 days prior to its Expiration.. The moral of the story is to use a Password LockBox Like the Lenovo Client Security Solution and create more than one Global Admin Account prior to implementing SS and don’t add the Global Admin Account to any of your Domain Users especially a service account.
“THE RACE TO COLLABORATE”
A Free, IT Community Event Happening Saturday, April 14th on the Campus of Cal State University, Long Beach.
Business leaders in the greater Los Angeles area, looking to expand their networks and exposure should mark their calendars for Saturday, April 14, 2012. The team behind the SharePoint Saturday LA (SPSLA) community, lead by Nedra Allmond and Wahid Saleemi, are hosting a free, all-day event on the campus of California State University, Long Beach inside the University Student Union featuring Keynote Speaker, Mark Miller, founder of two of the largest, online SharePoint communities in the world. Also included are interactive workshops, guest lecturers, Microsoft Health Check and more; beginning at 8:30am and runs until 5:30pm. This will be a great opportunity to connect with other SharePoint users, admins, developers and architects, to learn from experts and MCM’s and MVPs, and to get introduced to various vendors and service companies serving the SharePoint community.
Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be served at the venue, and free Wi-Fi will be provided by the facility. Giveaways and prizes will also be provided throughout the day. We are giving away tickets to the:
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach!!!
My upcoming speaking engagements or if you miss me in Los Angeles:
· April 14th SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles
· April 28th SharePoint Saturday Houston
· June 2nd SharePoint Saturday Silicon Valley
· June 9th SharePoint Saturday Orlando
· June 11th TechEd Orlando
· June 26th TechEd Amsterdam
My presentation topics are all Business Intelligence with SharePoint 2010, Windows 8, and SQL 2012. In addition, to PerformancePoint, PowerPivot, Excel Services, Reporting Services and Dashboards, including some new features like PowerView and the architectural and performance differences of SQL 2012 VS. SQL 2008r2 or put in another way the reasons you should consider upgrading your SQL environment today and only use SQL 2012 for all new implementations of SharePoint...
I look forward to seeing everyone at #SPSLA and learning more from all of my friends more about SharePoint. It’s off to the races and time for Gentlemen to Start Your Engines…If you happen to be the lucky winner of the Long Beach Gran Prix tickets I will definitely see you there… Last all if you miss me or can’t find me, please look me up or send me an email at one of my contacts below: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and my Microsoft MVP Profile are accessible by clicking the icons included with my signature below:
SharePoint (MVP/MCT), Developer / Architect, & Evangelist - Dimension Solutions
Cell: 949-375-7316 | Office: 949-734-0799
I have been blessed, I got to hang out with with the guys who were doing SharePoint before anyone knew what SharePoint was. Though they may not know it, they were my hero's, and the only source of information in the 2002, 2003. I am just lucky to be one of the team, During my time at MVP12, I arrived early to attend the first Office 365 Conference and hand with folks like Christian Buckley, Owen Allen, Fabian Williams, spoke with Joelo for a brief minute as he was headed to SPTechcon..Got to hang with Erica Toelle, Jeremy Thake (Jeremy I hate you, lol),, Corey Roth, Wouter, (we missed Wictor, but for a good cause).. The rest of the week flew by with breakfast @ 6am not finishing until 530 with Microsoft ten going out with your friends, and the release of the consumer preview of Windows 8.
Maurice Prather and I drove to Frys just so In could get another SSD Drive to build on my laptop with Windows 8 . When you talk about someone that is probably the most knowledgeable person I have had the opportunity to work with on a project and had the most impact on me its Maurice, and and then my work recently Jim Duncan who Maurice introduced me to in 2007 (we played Halo in his base on a 10ft projection screen) as while on a project in San Jose.
What was different from last year and previous experiences
Everything, all of the PGMs listened to what we had to say and al lot of the DEVs from the PG were onsite with us listening to everything we thought. This is huge cultural change for Microsoft at least for someone on the outside looking I since the beginning.
Since 1994 when I left telecommunications to become involved in the Computer Industry with Online Connecting Point and Jeff Tietser in 1994. Microsoft has become a better, better, and Partner and software Company to work with not selling vaporware but the real deal. The only sad part was when Microsoft was forced to slow down development due to regulation not improve the product as quickly as possible as it was impossible for the competition to keep up. Well that and the .COM bust was by far worse than anything else.
I remember doing huge projects (huge at the time) for American Honda North America, Nestle North, Kaiser California. Warner Bros where we where in the case of Kaiser 30k desktops / Laptops a month for 6 months and every server in California replacing Novell, with Nestle or Honda North America we replaced all Servers, Desktops, and laptops with nothing more than the Resource Kits to create a website where you could in the case of Kaiser type in the doctors name or phone number and know whether his system had to be deployed into a webpage. If it was able to be upgraded the user would be notified when they arrived in the morning of their new password (this was the most intensive part besides building the website, it required the most people), we would would move all of their GroupMail to Exchange, Novell file shares to NTFS shares, and rebuild their laptop desktop with every app installed, GPO Policies based on the Security Group locked down every application and the doctor could only access the applications of the security Group he was in.
In almost all of these cases Microsoft would attempt to say that we had somehow violated their Support Agreement and or license, in every case we eventually convinced Microsoft that we in know way violated their Support Agreement or Licensing agreement (Imagine the clients reaction from the communication) an no they couldn’t charge the client for every application deployed unless they had access to the application.
This was just one example another is SIDs everyone thought SIDs were a huge issue when cloning a master image in reality it was only an issue if your master image had ever been joined to the domain prior to it becoming an image. Due in part to our discussions with Microsoft there was a subsequent change of the agreement and a new industry was born. Now we have tools that make migrations easy or easier they still take planning and execution. imho I am sure there were many others pushing for the same thing and we were not alone
In the mid 90s thanks to Tyler Bryson and Aaron Sloman things began to change in Southern California they listened to what we were planning and helped us do things that would have taken much longer with the local office support (they were ALWAYs available). Like migrating site server from NT4 to Win2k where if you remember you couldn’t even rename a site server without breaking it and this was Win2k in advance of any HPO Drivers for the 2500s.
When working with Microsoft now, they listen to all complaints regardless of the the source. MVP12 was one of the best experiences I have had due to the honest and open communication with all levels of folks from the PG during the sessions, the content itself, but most of all getting to spend time with all of the folks that know SharePoint at least as well as myself and in most cases better.
Note: My apologies Todd Bleeker I think I gave you the SQL2012 RCO instead of the RTM version, oops…
To list all of my friends here would fill the page so I will just say thank you to the SharePoint MVP community for being my friends, helping to resolve my issues, and in general putting up with obnoxious personality. In my imho the SharePoint Server MVP Team is the best and the brightest of all the MVP Teams and groups in general
Ultimately, I would be not just remiss, but rude if I didn’t thank Microsoft for bringing all of use together Once a year and for deploying the resources to build such a great Community not just listening, being open and honest, but. There really is nothing like all us being in the same place and time in Redmond and the Microsoft Campus.
My thank goes out to the MVP community for its support and I miss you guys, thank you for signing my MVP Hockey Jersey from last years MVP11, I luv you guys and look forward to learning more from each of you…
In the next few months I'm presenting at #SPSLA, #SPSHOU, #SPSSSV, and Hopefully Orlando and look forward to seeing many of you at one of the events if not several. I'm Sure we see each other at multiple SharePoint Saturdays, Teched, DevConnectioins, Build, SharePoint Conferences, and of course online etc.
Thank you Microsoft for everything you have done over the years and everything your doing to help make the Community stronger, more agile and listening to the opinions from all of us in the trenches.