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How to configure my environments for SharePoint Add-Ins

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Organizations need to clearly understand Add-Ins and how ICT infrastructure needs to be configured to have a working environment. With growing demand for Add-Ins it is essential for the organizations to enable their technical team to have a clear understanding of the Add-In architecture. When in doubt, support from Microsoft helps solve such roadblocks.
Microsoft provides the add-in as a framework for building and customizing SharePoint on-premise or online in a way that does not interfere with the performance of the platform. It is imperative for me as an Architect, to take bottom line responsibility for ensure they are guided properly ensuring they get it right across the environments in the organization.
Here are a series of article published by me on technet for guiding you through.
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/37864.guidance-on-sharepoint-add-in-setup-part-1.aspx

Understanding the Cloud Spectrum

As today’s organizations make a steady progress to the cloud, it does have impact the organizational roadmap and what they wish to achieve. CIO’s within each organization make it possible framing the IT goals to shift processes and programs to the cloud. The understanding of the cloud enablement and which technologies are cloud ready is critical to the success of such migrations.
Here is an article from Gartner, with an initial guidance on cloud enabling and computing along with stages. Read it here.

Better manage customer relationships using Outlook Customer Manager

Microsoft Office 365 has always been a go-to solution for small, medium and large scale businesses. Enterprises have benefited in areas of productivity and collaboration using Office 365. The customer manager helps to better manage your customer relationships more effectively. The main pain points of businesses are to able to keep track of the conversations and requests from customers and these are essential for repeat business scenarios.
The new Office 365 service, Customer Manager helps you in maintaining and managing your communications with customers in an easy and effective manner. It provides holistic view of customer interactions and helps keep track of tasks and opportunities along with providing alerts. Customer Manager automatically organizes customer information—such as emails, meetings, calls, notes, files, tasks, deals and deadlines as a timeline. Those users with Dynamics 365, can migrate customer information to achieve process efficiency and consistency, and deeper fina…

SharePoint 2016 Lists/Libraries default views enhanced!!

Microsoft has been constantly working on SharePoint 2016 advanced features that meet digital workspace needs. Recently they have announced planned release of new webparts for modern web pages. This is a great news for users looking for more and improved features using the Microsoft SharePoint 2016 platform.
The enhanced feature allows default page for lists/libraries to have this modern view, users could also embed custom views and more.

To know more, click here

Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365

Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365 works exclusively with Microsoft Office 365 applications at no additional cost and is managed from the Office 365 portal. Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365 offers the following subset of Azure Multi-Factor Authentication capabilities:Ability to enable and enforce multi-factor authentication for end usersUse of a mobile app (online and one-time password [OTP]) as a second authentication factorUse of a phone call as a second authentication factorUse of an SMS message as a second authentication factorApplication passwords for non-browser clients (for example, Microsoft Outlook messaging and collaboration client and Microsoft Lync communications software)Default Microsoft greetings during authentication phone calls

Read more : https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn383636.aspx

MCMS Database Migration - SQL Server 2000 to Sql Server 2005

Approach 1:(Create a new MCMS 2002 and SQL Server 2005setup and migrate the sites)
Machine1: Install SQL Server 2005.
Machine2: Install MCMS.
The following are the steps followed
1. Created a database for the MCMS sites on Machine1
2. Executed the Stored Procedure mentioned in the link (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/906145 ) in Machine1.
3. Installed MCMS 2002 SP1a in Machine2.
4. Installed MCMS 2002 SP2 in Machine2.
5. Configured MCMS to database created on Machine1 using Database Configuration Application.
6. Created a backup of the MCMS site in the previous MCMS setup( MCMS 2002 on Sql Server 2000) and restore it on the current setup( MCMS 2002 on Sql Server 2005)
Approach 2: ( Here we are planning to migrate the Sql Server DB from 2000 to 2005)
We are installing the new SQL Server 2005 on Machine 2. Machine 1 has the MCMS 2002 and Sql Server 2000 setup
The following are the steps followed
1. Analyzed the [Machine1].(content database) using SQ…

Deployments in MOSS

Components Deployment in MOSS::

What are the various types of components that can be developed and deployed in a MOSS environment?

Infrastructure ::Infrastructure components are developed by software developers using typical development Tools.

•Site Definition & Templates
•Web Parts
•User Controls
•List Definitions
•Master Pages & Page Layouts
•Custom Assemblies
•Custom Actions
•Modules with Custom Pages
•Content Types & Fields
•Workflow
•CSS & XSL


Content : Content is developed by Knowledge Workers using Brower or Office Apps
•Documents
•List Items
•Text
•Images
•Any other Resources
•Pages (Postings)


MOSS deployment standards::

•Baseline/define the deployment process
–Package all the components as Solutions (including Features)
–Package the assets using MSI (delivered beyond SharePoint Sites)
•Define a workflow for the deployment process
–Communication process between vendor and client.
–Steps to be followed during deployment
–Responsibilities
•Each build must be packaged to contain
–Executable t…