ADM 101 - Navigation: A Step Towards Success in SharePoint
Stacy Deere-Strole, MVP - Featured Speaker

Navigation can single handily destroy any SharePoint implementation.  How you ask?  If your users cannot easily find what they are looking for in 3 clicks or less they have lost focus and sometimes the drive to reuse the site.  However, that is not the only issue that can occur with a navigation, one of the most popular ones I have been seeing lately is navigation that takes the users to another page or site then to another and another and another.  I guess the good thing is they eventually get there but the bad news is now they are going to bookmark or make it a favorite so that they never have to click so many times to get back there.  Sounds like a great solution for the users right?  Actually, it’s the worst thing that can possibly happen to your SharePoint implementation. 

The basis of implementing SharePoint within an organization is collaboration and if the users are bookmarking sites then they are missing all the information the company is trying to share with their organization.  The home page becomes obsolete, editors of the sites stop updating it and then collaboration only (hopefully) exists within the content sites and the company fails in communication.

In this session we will explore navigation best practices, how to clean up your existing navigation to make it more relevant, easy to use and turn it into the wow factor of your site.  Last but not least some tips and tricks on how to get your users excited about SharePoint and your new navigation.

ADM 102 - Implementing SharePoint: Failure to Plan is Planning to Fail
Paul Stork, MVP MCM MCT MBA - Featured Speaker

One of the most common mistakes I’ve seen clients make when implementing SharePoint is to not spend enough time review a list of seven planning topics that are critical to the success of every SharePoint project. We’ll review what questions you should ask and why each area is critical to project.

The seven areas include:

  • Governance
  • Security
  • Content Classification (Taxonomy/Folksonomy)
  • Physical and Logical Architecture
  • High Availability/Disaster Recovery
  • Staffing
  • Training/Communications
ADM 103 - Tapping the Power in PowerShell
Sean McDonough, MVP - Featured Speaker

PowerShell has been around in some form since 2005, but it was only with SharePoint Server 2010 that PowerShell became an official part of the SharePoint administrative landscape. Nowadays, PowerShell is the preferred mechanism for administrative management of SharePoint farms, both on-premises and in the cloud with SharePoint Online.

In this session, we’ll be taking a more advanced look at PowerShell and how it can be used to execute and script administrative actions for SharePoint. We’ll look at some common SharePoint activities that are carried-out through PowerShell, as well as some of the newer PowerShell capabilities like desired state configuration (DSC).

We’ll also look at some PowerShell watch-outs including some behaviors that can sometimes cause trouble with SharePoint. Administrators and developers alike will leave this session with a variety of concepts and script samples that can be used to immediately improve operations within their own SharePoint environments.

ADM 104 - Write Amazing PowerShell Scripts to Make Your Job as an Office 365 Administrator Easier
Doug Hemminger - Featured Speaker

PowerShell has been around for quite some time now and as we extend our environments into the cloud, it continues to provide ways to do amazing things that simplify our lives. While, in some cases, administrative tasks can be done through the user interface or PowerShell, in other cases certain tasks can only be done in PowerShell. Regardless, PowerShell has amazing potential to make your life as an Administrator a lot easier.

Join us for an introduction to writing and using PowerShell on Office 365. Although you don’t need to know how to use PowerShell on Office 365 coming into the session, some PowerShell experience will help you better understand the session. As we get towards the end of the session we will extend our skills and explore slightly more complex topics.

ADM 105 - Security and Compliance within Office 365
Liam Cleary, MVP - Featured Speaker

So you have an Office 365 tenant, you have sites, you use search and maybe you use every feature that is available to you. You create, upload, edit and delete content and even tag it, but what happens when you need to know what has happened to a piece of content? How do you know who opened a specific file? How do you stop specific types of content from residing within the site? How do you control who can do what, when and maybe where from?

Luckily we have the tool for this, it is the Security and Compliance Center within Office 365. In this session we will walk through the Security and Compliance Center, answering each of questions with practical examples.

ADM 106 - Advanced PowerShell for remote SharePoint administration & inspection
Richard Toland  - Featured Speaker
As SharePoint admins and consultants in tightly secured ecosystems, we often are not granted the access to run PowerShell connected to an onprem farm or MSO tennant. Or perhaps you have access to run the commandlets but need to shave time off of your job run with parallel processing methods. Or maybe you've been given a task to offload administrative tasks to Azure Automation & functions. 
This session teaches advanced tactics for remote SharePoint administration PowerShell.  Topics will cover a broad range of SharePoint connections and automation optimization as we examine gathering collections from Search, exploring object attributes with web services, processing these objects quickly through parallel processing with script blocks, jobs, and queues. 



ADM 201 - Building a Hybrid SharePoint Environment: The Best of Both Worlds
Paul Stork, MVP MCM MCT MBA - Featured Speaker

Microsoft has been “All in” on the cloud for several years now.  But many companies aren’t sure they are ready to commit all their resources to a cloud environment.  Still, most companies see the cost savings and efficiencies to be gained by putting some things in the cloud, like personal sites (OneDrive for Business).

To solve this dilemma many companies are moving to a hybrid environment that includes both SharePoint on-premises and Office 365. In this talk we’ll review the case for hybrid cloud environments and demonstrate how to build a hybrid environment using either SharePoint 2013 or 2016. 

We'll also review each of the hybrid workloads and provide tips on how to maximize the effectiveness of your hybrid environment.

ADM 202 - All You Need to Know for Automated SharePoint Site Provisioning with PnP PowerShell
Eric Overfield, MVP - Featured Speaker

Provisioning sites and assets in Office 365 and in particular SharePoint in repeatable, reliable method used to require Visual Studio, developers and the feature framework. Well no more! Using Office 365 Developer Patterns and Practices (PnP), it no longer takes VS or developers to create deployment packages.

In this session we will look into the provisioning toolset found within PnP to provision columns, content types, list templates, list and library instances, branding and file assets and even metadata and more all with XML provisioning templates and PowerShell. This demo heavy session with the PowerShell scripts and sample provisioning templates will help you jumpstart your next SharePoint project using future friendly provisioning methodologies. Being a developer is not required, although developers are encouraged to attend to not be left behind.

Benefits of this Session:

  • Learn how PnP provides provision tools
  • See how to provision SharePoint assets without a developer
  • Get the reusable PowerShell scripts to start your next project
ADM 203 - Why Hybrid Equals Coexistence Going Forward
Jason Himmelstein, MVP - Featured Speaker

SharePoint 2016 is the hybrid release. Microsoft has shown us the SharePoint roadmap to the future and it is not a one-way ticket to a boring Cloud-only service management world. Instead, Microsoft has laid out a landscape full of choices whereby companies can take advantage of the best available technology in the locale that is best for their specific needs. This means that a state of onPrem and Cloud coexistence is going to be a big part of our future.

Join Rackspace’s Microsoft MVP, Jason Himmelstein, as he explains the new landscape and how companies both large and small can take advantage of all the features that Office 365, Azure, and most specifically SharePoint 2016 bring to the table. He will share topology guidance, discuss best of locale governance options, cover the authentication models that companies have at their disposal, and most importantly, discuss path forward to coexistence that will allow customers to maximize their investment.

ADM 204 - Managing Data Recovery in SharePoint
Brian Alderman, MVP MCT - Featured Speaker

SharePoint Server includes several content recovery options for SharePoint administrators, site collection administrators, and end users. Educating your users, and site collections and lighten the burden on your SharePoint farm administrators.

Using Central Administration or PowerShell you can backup and restore your entire farm or components of your farm. You can also perform more granular content backups by exporting site collections, site, libraries, and list. SharePoint also provides the option of recovering site collections, sites, list and libraries from content databases that are no longer part of the SharePoint farm. With a vast majority of your SharePoint content stored in SQL Server it is imperative that you have an efficient way to recover items or entire databases as quickly as possible.

This discussion will introduce the Best Practices framework that will allow your SharePoint administrator to configure SharePoint and SQL Server for quick content recovery minimizing the downtime and providing shorter yet achievable Service Level Agreements (SLA’s).

ADM 205 - Integrating SharePoint and Office Online Server
Vlad Catrinescu, MVP - Featured Speaker

Office Online Server (formerly known as Office Web Apps) allows your users to view and edit Office Documents directly in the browser, without having to download them locally as well as enables the Durable Links functionality with SharePoint Server 2016.  Lastly, since Excel Services is not part of SharePoint 2016 anymore, Office Online Server is mandatory in order to enable Business Intelligence features in SharePoint Server 2016. 

In this session, we will look more in detail at what Office Online Server is, best practices on how to install it and how to design an Office Online Server Farm. We will also learn how to properly integrate it with SharePoint Server 2016, and lastly, what features it can bring to other Office Servers products such as Exchange and Skype for Business.