Adding and Removing Videos from the Office 365 Video Spotlight

The landing page of the Office 365 Video Portal has a top section dedicated to “Spotlight” videos. You can also choose channels to spotlight on the landing page. You can spotlight up to four videos and three channels on the portal home page. You want to use this section to highlight important videos for your organization. All of these videos are maintained manually by users who have the Video admin permission.

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Adding a video to the spotlight is very straightforward but removing it is not as intuitive.

Steps to add a spotlight video

1)  Navigate to your Office 365 Video Portal landing page

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2)  Click on Portal Settings in the toolbar

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3)  Click on the Spotlight section in the left navigation

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4)  Under the Spotlight videos section click on a section you want to add the video to

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5)  Select the video you want to add and click OK (there may be a delay if you just uploaded the video as it needs to be indexed by search first)

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6)  Click Save

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Steps to remove a spotlight video

1)  Navigate to your Office 365 Video Portal landing page

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2) Click on Portal Settings in the toolbar

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3)  Click on the Spotlight section in the left navigation

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4)  Click on the Video you want to remove under the Spotlight videos section

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5)  DON’T select any video and JUST click OK

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6)  You will see the spotlight video section is now empty. Click Save and the landing page will be updated.

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SharePoint Saturday Nashville Slides

Thank you all who joined me at SPS Nasvhille! It was a great event with a great turnout. A big thanks to the team who helped put this together. I will definitely be looking forward to coming back here for more events. If anyone has any further questions on groups feel free to reach out.

If you want a direct link to download files they can be accessed here:

http://bit.ly/SPSNashvilleGroups

A link to the SlideShare is here:

Link to Guidelines – New Office 365 Video Feature

A small feature was released in Office 365 Video that allows the Video Portal Admin the ability to add links to guidelines, help documents, or other information directly on the video portal itself.  The primary use case for this is to grant the ability to provide easy access to IT help documentation and guidelines as it relates to Office 365 Video.  The new guidelines section has the ability to add 2 links to different pages.

  1.   The Video Portal landing page
  2.   The Video upload page

Examples of guidelines that you could link to here could be:

  • Who are the current channel owners who can upload videos
  • What are the agreed upon company standards for types of videos that can be uploaded
  • What are the penalties if you don’t follow the guidelines
  • What are the technical upload limitations
  • Who to contact if there are issues
  • Or even a video explaining all of this!

The guideline links could be links to anything from an office document to a SharePoint page you created to an external website.  When the guideline buttons are clicked they link will always be opened in a new tab.

Here are the steps to setup the guidelines and what it looks like in the end…

1)  Navigate to your Office 365 Video Portal landing page by clicking on the the Video icon through the app launcher

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2)  Click Portal Settings in the video portal ribbon

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3)  Click Link to guidelines in the left navigation

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4)  Enter the links to the guidelines that you want to have available and click Save.  The “Video guidelines” link will be on the home page while the “Upload guidelines” link will be on the upload page.

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5)  Navigate back to your home page and check out your new link

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6)  Click on the Upload button see your other guideline link

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This is just one of the great new features that keep rolling out from the Office 365 Video team!

Disabling Office 365 Video

I don’t really want to write this post as I believe everyone who has Office 365 and appropriate licenses for Video should be looking at it, but I have worked with quite a few clients recently and understand the need to control the release of features.  When Office 365 Video was announced a few years ago it came with little fanfare as it was really just the beginning of an enterprise video solution. Over the past year the solution has continued to evolve and is now becoming a valuable tool in the tool-belt of Office 365.

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When you sign up for Office 365 you are at the mercy of Microsoft as far as the releasing of new technology. This is normally a new release philosophy that your company will need to evolve into. There are different ways to control the flow of information being release in Office 365 using things like First Release or even another tenant but this post is specific to the scenario controlling Office 365 Video.

To start…all of this information is only as valid as to when this post was written (April 2016).  As O365 is changing often this may not be how to do this in the future.

A few quick notes:

  • By default the Office 365 Video portal is turned on
  • By default anyone who has an appropriate license can create channels
  • The Video tile will be available to anyone who has an appropriate license
  • The Office 365 Video portal hub is a site collection in SharePoint Online

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Steps to disable the Office 365 Video Portal

1 – Navigate to your SharePoint Online Admin Center

  • Option 1:  Direct URL (replace contoso with your tenant info):  https://contoso-admin.sharepoint.com
  • Option 2:  Navigate to Office 365 Admin Center -> Use the left navigation to open the SharePoint Admin Center

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2 – Click “settings” in the left navigation of the SharePoint Admin Center

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3 – Scroll down down to the section titled: “Streaming Video Service”

  • Check “Disable streaming video through Azure Media Services and disable the Video Portal”

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  • Click “OK” at the bottom of the page

4 – Wait….Wait…..keep waiting….It will take a few minutes for the tile to be removed.

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5 – If you try to navigate directly to the Video portal url (https://contoso.sharepoint.com/portals/hub) you will now see a new message

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SharePoint Saturday Chicago Suburbs Materials

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It was a great day at Devry University for SharePoint Saturday Chicago Suburbs 2016. There was a great speaker lineup and nearly 500 registered attendees.  There ended up being a strong turnout which included a good collection of sponsors both local and national.  Going to SP Saturday events I am always amazed the SP community and the dedication to the space.  Knowing that these events occur nearly every Saturday across the globe seems a little crazy.  I don’t know of any other tech community that has a following like this one.  I can say I have never been to an Excel Saturday yet.  That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist or shouldn’t exist though! In Chicago I performed 2 sessions both with great attendance.

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My first session was with my coworker Matt Engibous around building Collaboration Roadmaps.  This is a session where we stay at a high level of discussion but go through real world scenarios and proven processes to putting together a plan for SharePoint or Office 365.  By the end of the session we hope that the attendees have some ammunition and actual files that they can use to initiate this process in their own company.  Included in this session are documents such as a content inventory, workshop template, and a UX/UI survey.  All of these files are located in the link at the bottom with the slides.

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The second session I performed was on SharePoint Designer workflows.  In this session I walk through users the differences between different versions of SharePoint designer all the way up through a detailed demo of building a subsite using REST services.  With this session I hope to be able to provide some tips and tricks to all skill levels of designer from the basic up to the advanced.  I have a detailed slide with super helpful links at the end of the presentation.  All of those slides can be viewed in the link below.

Thank you to all who joined!

Link to slides and materials!