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!

Disabling Office 365 Planner Using PowerShell

Office 365 Planner is now rolling out to your tenant.  Microsoft announced this week that Planner is ready for showtime. As this is a product early in its life cycle, Microsoft is still looking for feedback through the Planner uservoice site. Over the next several weeks, Planner will roll out to all eligible Office 365 customers worldwide. At this time, Planner is included with:

  • Office 365 Enterprise (E1, E3, E4, and E5)
  • Office 365 Education (E1, E3, E4, and E5)
  • Office 365 Business Essentials
  • Office 365 Business Premium.

Microsoft Planner will not be available to users by default in the General Availability (GA) update in the following subscription plans:

  • Office 365 operated by 21Vianet
  • Office 365 Government

An important thing to note with this release…

Each user who has one of the Office 365 plans mentioned above has a Microsoft Planner license that is enabled by default.

If your enterprise is not ready, an admin can add or remove licenses for individual users, or to disable Planner to all users. I put a script together that you can run to disable Planner for all licensed users in your tenant.  This script will:

  1. Disable any plan entered into the $disabledplans variable, by default it is just Planner (PROJECTWORKMANAGEMENT)
  2. Disable the Planner Preview SKU if it was assigned
  3. ***Reassign all other services not declared as being disabled.*** <- important  
    • Add any other services you want to disable in the $disabledplans variable (i.e. YAMMER_ENTERPRISE)

Thanks to @vladcatrinescu and his script on disabling Yammer as a starting point

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!