Learn how to combine SharePoint server, on-premises, and SharePoint Online, Office 365 into a hybrid computing solution in a video tutorial set available exclusively from VisualSP

Many organizations are reaching the same decision: it makes sense to support SharePoint server, on-premises, and SharePoint Online, Office 365, simultaneously. This decision makes even more sense when a hybrid computing architecture is implemented to extract benefit from services common to both platforms. Microsoft has published some technical training information on the hybrid computing concept. I’ve written some comments about this content in a few posts to this blog. But now I’m pleased to announce the immediate availability of a set of video tutorials compiled from an online class, which was led by Fabian Williams, a SharePoint Server MVP and…
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Metadata tagging contributes to an optimized search service for SharePoint Online, but may not be appropriate for every organization

Adding metadata to specific artifacts stored in SharePoint Online, as Jamie McAllister points out in a video tutorial on managing documents and lists in SharePoint Online, contributes to an optimized search experience for users. The title of this video tutorial is Manage SharePoint Online Documents and Lists. The artifacts are documents, which are stored in document libraries in SharePoint Online, Office 365. McAllister and his colleague, Rob Latino, spend a few moments on the difficulties end users often experience adding metadata. For many the task is tedious. So McAllister admonishes his audience to proceed carefully. But for organizations with a…
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A straightforward presentation of creating a document library in SharePoint Online and adding some documents to it

The second demonstration included in a video tutorial titled Manage SharePoint Online Documents and Lists presents the steps required to “Create a Document Library and Upload Content”. The demonstration is led by Mr. Jamie McAllister, who leads most of the tutorial. McAllister’s presentation begins as our SharePoint-Videos tutorials on SharePoint 2013 Document Libraries begin. McAllister explains adding a document library constitutes “adding an app”. So the steps he takes are consistent with adding any other type of out-of-the-box app to SharePoint Online. He also points out how the app, once added, shows up in the Quick Launch, on the left…
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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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Windows Phone 8.1 includes improved browser performance for SharePoint sites, lists, and libraries

Microsoft’s new smart phone operating system, Windows Phone 8.1 includes an improved web browser. SharePoint lists published from Access 2013 databases can now be resolved correctly on Lumia smart phones. Mobile consumers of SharePoint 2013 and/or SharePoint Online, Office 365 will likely be pleased with this improvement. This writer uses a Lumia 925 Windows Phone with a cellular data plan and telephony services from T-Mobile. After a protracted wait (an upgrade to Windows Phone 8.1 was expected back in June 2014), the Lumia 925 was finally upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1 in early November. One of the most welcome changes…
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What are the mandatory requirements organizations must meet to support hybrid computing scenarios built with SharePoint 2013, on-premises, and Office 365?

So what are the mission-critical components of an acceptable foundation for a hybrid scenario for SharePoint 2013 on-premises computing, and Office 365? Paolo Pialorsi presents 6 of these in a webcast recorded at Microsoft’s TechEd Europe 2014 event, which was held in October, 2014 (the title of Pialorsi’s presentation is Overview of Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Hybrid Scenarios): “Directory Federation via ADFS and Azure AD Sync “Internet routable AD domains” “SSL certificates and secured communication channels” “Good bandwidth and Internet connectivity” “Office 365 Enterprise Subscriptions” “SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise on-premises The fifth and sixth components are obvious. The…
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The objective for a hybrid cloud computing solution should be to bring on-premises and cloud computing together

Early into a one hour presentation on hybrid computing scenarios for SharePoint 2013 on-premises, and Office 365, Paolo Pialorsi states an objective most organizations will likely implement when they embark on a hybrid cloud computing project — to build an integrated computing solution from cloud and on-premises components. The title of Pialorsi’s presentation is Overview of Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Hybrid Scenarios. He points to two prime areas where hybrid computing scenarios will likely make sense: enterprise search, and any services built with Business Connectivity Services (BCS). The latter usually pop up for organizations needing to pull external…
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Some limitations on building dynamic diagrams with Visio Services for SharePoint 2013 on-premises and SharePoint Online, Office 365 should be kept in mind

This a second and final post on a webcast published on Microsoft’s Channel 9 web site titled Interactive Visual Dashboard Solutions with Visio Services. There are some important caveats about using Visio Services to produce data visualizations like the “interactive dashboards” Ian White presents in this presentation. Data sources are limited. Visio Service currently provides no support as of yet for OData, so linking to external data from sources like MySQL, or other non SQL Server databases otherwise accessible via the OData protocol unfortunately won’t work. As well, Data linking is only available with Visio Professional, (available online as Visio…
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