Catching a glimpse of how structured and unstructured data are managed, together, in SharePoint Online document libraries

This post is another in a set of posts arising from my review of a video tutorial on SharePoint Online Documents and Lists. This tutorial is published on the Microsoft Virtual Academy web site. The tutorial can be viewed by the public at no charge. I’ve included a link to the video tutorial in the post, below. “McAllister” refers to Mr. Jamie McAllister, who leads the tutorial. The architecture of a document library in SharePoint Online (or, for SharePoint on-premises) calls for each document to be depicted by a dedicated row (McAllister claims SharePoint Online lists are neither spreadsheets, nor…
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SharePoint document libraries are a special kind of list

As Jamie McAllister explains in a video tutorial published for free-of-charge public viewing on the Microsoft Virtual Academy web site, SharePoint document libraries are actually a “special kind of list”. The title of the video tutorial is Manage SharePoint Online Documents and Lists. I need to admit I wasn’t aware of the veracity of McAllister’s point. But my surprise only grew when McAllister proceeds to explain “[v]irtually all SharePoint content is stored in lists”. He also explains the notion of “views” as aids available to end users and site owners to “filter, sort, group information so we can access it…
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Comments on a video tutorial on managing SharePoint Online Documents and Lists, published by Microsoft Virtual Academy

Jamie McAllister, a solutions architect for a logistics company based in Geneva, Switzerland leads a one hour video webcast of a training course on Managing SharePoint Online Documents and Lists. This webcast is available for public viewing, at no charge, on Microsoft’s Microsoft Virtual Academy learning portal. The intended audience is SharePoint Online end users and site owners. McAllister begins the training session with an explanation of why anyone would care about the topic. The most important reason why SharePoint Online end users and site owners should care about how to manage documents and lists in SharePoint Online is to…
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Use System Center and Office 365 APIs to build an Admin app for Office 365

Curtis Sawin demonstrates how to use the Service Communications Office 365 API, which was recently released (Sawin notes the release date as summer, 2014). This demonstration is included in a video tutorial from Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA), which is titled Office 365 Troubleshooting: (01) Troubleshooting the Office 365 Service. The video is available for public viewing on MSDN Channel 9. Sawin explains this API can be used in lieu of Operations Center to scrape service health data from Office 365 and “take any action you want” from it. Sawin’s present an example of how the API has been implemented in…
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Using apps on mobile devices to access the Office 365 admin center

Microsoft has provided apps for mobile devices (iOS, Android and Windows flavors are all available), which Office 365 administrators can use to access the Office 365 admin center. A video tutorial available from Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA), over MSDN’s Channel 9, includes a demonstration of how the app can be used to check the health of Office 365 services from a smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1 and on an iOS iPad tablet. This a third post with comments on this video tutorial, which is titled Office 365 Troubleshooting: (01) Troubleshooting the Office 365 Service. We tested app performance on an…
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The Office 365 admin center provides tenants with a verbose log of activity

The Office 365 admin center also provides access to historical data about service health. The demonstration depicts the method of accessing these reports as simply a matter of clicking back to a prior screen. But I could only access the same reports for our Office 365 E3 tenant by returning to the home page for the admin center, and, subsequently, clicking on “Service Health” in the Quick Launch, and then “Service Health”, once again, in the drop down list served to me by the portal. The reports served went back 5 calendar days, in a horizontal depiction, like a spreadsheet….
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Visit the Office web site to access the Admin Portal for Office 365

It’s possible to access the Office 365 admin portal through Office.com. Just visit the site, click on the login button, authenticate and access your portal. When I tried the same approach, I was redirected to the Office 365 portal, and, subsequently, to the Office 365 Admin Center. As the first demonstration included with this webcast illustrates, the color coded symbol to the left of each tenant service in the example is meant to provide Office 365 administrators with rapid access to a health summary for the service. The three options are Green for healthy, Amber for a tenant with some…
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Congratulations, your company decides to implement cloud, but how do you begin to support the Office 365 service?

The day personnel within a larger organization receive management approval to leverage cloud, SaaS offers (including Microsoft’s Office 365) may be a cause for celebration. But if your team is responsible for support, planning for the Office 365 service to be up and running 7×24 can be a headache. So it makes sense to use the same occasion to kick off a support plan for Office 365. Microsoft offers a two part video tutorial on planning how to troubleshoot Office 365 via Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) and Channel 9. The first of the webcasts is titled Office 365 Troubleshooting: (01)…
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A group subscription to SharePoint-Videos can help SharePoint partners provide end customers with the support they need

There are substantial and challenging differences in the feature sets and performance of SharePoint Server 2007, 2010, 2013, and SharePoint Online, Office 365. But, despite the very wide gap in functionality between each of these platforms, each of these server architectures are in use today. There are even a lot of very large organizations running SharePoint 2003. So Microsoft partners offering SharePoint support face the possibility of reaching the end of their expertise with, literally, every new inquiry from an otherwise unknown organization. Group ID and Multi User subscriptions from SharePoint-Videos can be used to provide SharePoint partners with a…
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A sensible approach to rolling out enterprise-wide SharePoint solutions, on premises, includes a training component

Sharepoint Server 2010 or 2013, Enterprise Edition, can be used as the computing platform for custom solutions. The core, out-of-the-box, features of SharePoint Server, when combined with the comparatively less expensive development cost of customization make this type of implementation attractive for stakeholders. Including a training component for personnel distributed across the organization is a good way to add to the odds of success in the overall effort. We offer a lot of specialized training content on the flavors of popular functionality often talked about in the SharePoint user community. The complete list of what we offer can be found…
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