ADM101 - Getting Started with PowerShell for Office 365

Vlad Catrinescu  MVP, MCT, Author

Take your Office 365 Administrator skills further by learning to automate repetitive tasks using the magic of PowerShell. In this session, you will learn how to use PowerShell for Office 365, and we will focus on SharePoint online. A basic understanding of PowerShell is recommended to get the most out of this session!

Level: Intermediate - Platform: Cloud/Online

ADM102 - SharePoint Security: What Every Owner and Administrator Needs to Know

Paul Stork  MVP, MCM, MBA

For many SharePoint environments one of the most important aspects of collaboration is the ability to delegate content security to Content Owners/Creators. This can drastically improve the speed of sharing reliable information. But for this kind of decentralized security structure to be secure the decentralized owners must be well trained and have a good understanding of how Security works. In this talk we will review how Permission Levels, Securable Objects, and Users/Groups interact to provide the basis for SharePoint's security model and at the relationship between individual Permissions and Permission Levels. We'll discuss how anonymous access is implemented differently than a regular IIS web site and some of the common mistakes that people make when administering security in SharePoint. Finally, we'll review how you can use all this knowledge to troubleshoot problems that arise when you try to secure content. By the time the session is done you'll have all you need to administer security in your site/site collection. You'll also be able to pass on that knowledge to others. The result should be a collaboration system that is both nimble and secure.

Level: Introductory and overview - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud

ADM104 - Taking a "Crawl, Walk, Run" approach to Office 365 Retention

Joanne Klein  MVP

This session will cover the new retention options in Office 365 including retention labels and retention policies and discuss the "crawl, walk, run" approach for implementing them. This session will walk thru specific examples of how to do this and what each step means from both an administrator and end-user perspective. Session is based on experience from a real world use-case.

Level: Intermediate - Platform: Cloud/Online

ADM105 - Monitoring and Building for SharePoint Farm Performance

Sean McDonough  MVP

So … you have been told that your SharePoint farm is slow, and your users are threatening to mutiny. You want to do something about it, but where do you begin? What is running slow? And how do you move beyond qualitative measures (“it feels slow”) to actually quantifying performance degradation? In this session, we will look at the pieces that constitute a SharePoint farm with an eye towards sniffing-out performance issues. We will examine the tools at our disposal and how they can be used to gather objective performance data. And we will go one step further to look at prescriptive and corrective guidance that addresses common farm performance impediments. At the conclusion of this session, you will have the tools you need to measure performance within your SharePoint farm, as well as the know-how to construct a farm that really “goes to 11.”

Level: Intermediate - Platform: OnPrem

ADM106 - SharePoint Pre-Migration Check and House Cleanup

Sameer Mohammed  

Chaos at the bottom means order on the top, if this is something you want for your SharePoint migrations, then join me to get an understanding of what it takes to do proper SharePoint pre-migration farm assessment check and house cleanup before migration.

Level: Intermediate - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud

ADM201 - Deliver Amazing Results with SharePoint Site Designs

Eric Overfield  RD, MVP

Modern SharePoint provides two primary site types, modern Team Sites and Communication Sites, and until recently we were limited to only these two options when creating new modern SharePoint sites. No more! Site Designs provide a method to create custom templated experiences for your end users when provisioning new SharePoint sites.

Attend this session to learn Site Design offerings including what site designs can and cannot do. Learn how to extend Site Designs with Flow to provision tailored experiences that fulfill your organization’s SharePoint requirements. Learn not just the theory, get the code and examples necessarily to launch your next SharePoint provisioning project.

Session Benefits:
• Learn Site Design offerings and options
• See how Site Designs provide site templating
• Get the code examples to start your next project

Level: Intermediate - Platform: Cloud/Online

ADM202 - Managing Modern Team Sites, Communication Sites, Office 365 Groups, and Teams

Peter Carson  MVP

Leverage an open source solution with PowerApps, Flow, and PowerShell to create a self-service request process for Teams, Office 365 Groups, and SharePoint Communication sites. Customize your templates and build your approval process.

Microsoft’s modern SharePoint experience has really begun to come together. We started with new lists and libraries, then team and communication sites, then Office 365 groups and Microsoft Teams. Allowing anyone to create these sites is empowering, but it can also lead to an out of control environment. How do we put some organization and governance around this process, without stifling the creativity? Many organizations have addressed this with some sort of site provisioning process.

In this session, we’ll go through a simple method that you can adopt in your own organization. Site templates can be created and saved using the open source techniques Microsoft has published in their Office Dev PnP project. We build on that with a simple list and PowerShell script to allow users to request a new site, have it approved, and have the script create the site. This is wired together with a PowerApps form, Flow workflow, and PowerShell hosted in an Azure function.

All the components needed to implement this are open sourced, so you can deploy it into your own environment.

With the foundations in place, we’ll then take you through some case studies for running projects and illustrate how we leverage the power of Teams and Office 365 Groups ourselves. Conversations (Outlook, Yammer, or Teams), shared calendar, OneNote, Planner, Stream, and Power BI can all be part of the solution, along with PowerApps for forms, and Flow for workflows.

Level: Intermediate - Platform: Cloud/Online

ADM203 - Building a Hybrid SharePoint Environment

Paul Stork  MVP, MCM, MBA

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.

Level: Intermediate - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud

ADM204 - Managing Data Recovery in SharePoint

Brian Alderman  MVP, MCT

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).

Level: Intermediate - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud

ADM301 - Integrating Office Online with SharePoint

Brian Alderman  MVP, MCT

Microsoft Office Online Server (OOS), formerly known as Office Web Applications (OWA), is documented
as an optional SharePoint component, but in reality it is a requirement to take full advantage of SharePoint's new features. Office Online Server provides a powerful punch to SharePoint by providing Excel Services, Search results document preview, Business Intelligence features, and the use of Durable Links functionality introduced in SharePoint Server 2016.

These browser-based services were once configured and managed as service applications in earlier versions of SharePoint, but are now configured and managed in a separate OOS farm which allows you to create a universal Office Online environment that can host multiple SharePoint farms, as well as communicate with Skype for Business and Exchange. The OOS farm allows users to create, share, and even edit content using browser-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

This session will discuss how to deploy, configure, and manage this critical Office Online Server farm.

Level: Intermediate - Platform: OnPrem

ADM302 - Migration in the real world: a cautionary tale of success

Jason Himmelstein  MVP

Migration is a dirty, dirty word. When people hear the word, they cringe and shudder. There are people would rather have 8 root canals at once than live through another migration. There seems to be hope for people with Office 365, but to get there they have to go through yet another migration.

Join Rackspace’s Microsoft MVP, Jason Himmelstein, as he shares real world experiences from the field about how companies, both large and small, have made the shift to Office 365 and Hybrid Estates. He will share tips and tricks that will help you be successful with you next, and hopefully last, migration including identity requirements & remediation, hybrid methodology for Exchange Migration, and hybrid SharePoint topology recommendations.

Level: Intermediate - Platform: OnPrem and Cloud

ADM303 - Advanced PowerShell for Office 365

Vlad Catrinescu  MVP, MCT, Author

Know the basics of PowerShell for Office 365 but want to take it further? In this session, we will look at some awesome real-life examples of how PowerShell can make our life as an admin easier, and at quite a few things that cannot be done from the User Interface! This session requires you to have basic knowledge of PowerShell for Office 365.

Level: Advanced - Platform: Cloud/Online

ADM304 - Protecting your Content: Demystifying Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in Office 365

Paul Stork  MVP, MCM, MBA

Passage of laws like HIPAA , Sarbanes/Oxley, and most recently GDPR have made protection of sensitive content critical for all organizations. The inclusion of things like Data Classification, Retention Policies, and Data Loss Prevention critical to the success of Office 365. DLP is the key to both monitoring what you have to protect and the mechanism for securing it. This talk will focus on real world implementation of DLP in Office 365. We will cover how to plan for, implement, monitor, and extend the Unified Data Loss Prevention functionality in Office 365. Along the way we'll point out some of the limitations that exist in a product that is still being actively developed and some practical workarounds.

Level: Intermediate - Platform: Cloud/Online