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Speaking at Collab365 Global Conference and SharePoint Engage

I was lucky enough to be selected to speak at a few more upcoming events this year! Both events I will be speaking about Office 365 Groups.

Here are the details on the sessions that I will be giving


Office 365 Groups enable teams to work together by establishing a single identity in Office 365. Office 365 Groups are a new and modern solution for collaboration in Office 365. There is a lot of confusion on what Groups can do and should be used for. This session will be a deep dive into all things Office 365 Groups focusing on the technical aspects.

We will spend a large amount of this session demoing Office 365 Groups. This session will include demos of:

  • How to create, access, and navigate
  • What are the core things to do
  • How are they technically structured
  • What administration is available and how to do it
  • What extensibility options are there

I will also walk through the pros and cons of using Groups vs other collaboration options in Office 365. Groups are also one of the fastest changing solutions in Office 365, so this session will bring everyone up to speed on the most recent updates that Microsoft has rolled out and what innovations are next. By the end of the session you should have a better understanding of what Groups can do and if they are right for your enterprise right now or in the future!


Collab365 Global Conference

Collab365 Global Conference 2016

The events ran by the Collab365 team (Collaboris) have evolved into must-attend events. These are fully online events so you can join from anywhere! They are now running 3 events that span a global audience. The best part about these events is that they are FREE to all. That’s right, you can get all of this amazing SharePoint and Office 365 content for free. These events continue to grow and the community for Collab365 has over 38,000 members now. I have spoken at these events before and really look forward to this one.

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SharePoint Engage

SharePoint Institute SharePoint Institute

SharePoint Engage is ran by the SharePoint Institue which is an organization dedicated to the advancement of professoinals through real-world SharePoint certificaiton. The SharePoint Institute’s goal is to provide a standard for SharePoint professionals to gauge their knowledge and distinguish their SharePoint expertise from others. This will be my first SP Engage event and I am very excited to join a great collection of speakers down in Raleigh. If you are able to make it and see me wandering around make sure to come on over and say hello! I really enjoy speaking at conferences like this os I can get to know all the great people in our community and learn more about what other people are doing with SharePoint and Office 365.

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SPTechCon Boston Slides & Scripts

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Thanks to all who joined my session at SPTechCon Boston.  This was my first SPTechCon event and look forward to speaking/attending again.  The conference was ran great and had a great selection of content.  I did a presentation on a deep dive into Office 365 Groups.  I went through some high level management topics and then went deep into Powershell administration options. I put all of the scripts that I discussed onto Github so people can help contribute.  I will be trying add to this project as I find new handy scripts.

Here are the links to the slides and the slides and the scripts:

Scripts:     http://bit.ly/DrewO365GroupScripts

Slides:      http://bit.ly/DrewO365GroupsSlides


Here is my session abstract:

Office 365 Groups enable teams to work together by establishing a single identity in Office 365. Office 365 Groups are a new and modern solution for collaboration in Office 365. There is a lot of confusion on what Groups can do and should be used for. This session will be a deep dive into all things Office 365 Groups focusing on the technical aspects..
We will spend a large amount of this session demoing Office 365 Groups. This session will include demos of:

  • How to create, access, and navigate
  • What are the core things to do
  • How are they technically structured
  • What administration is available and how to do it
  • What extensibility options are there

I will also walk through the pros and cons of using Groups vs other collaboration options in Office 365. Groups are also one of the fastest changing solutions in Office 365, so this session will bring everyone up to speed on the most recent updates that Microsoft has rolled out and what innovations are next. By the end of the session you should have a better understanding of what Groups can do and if they are right for your enterprise right now or in the future!

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!