European Collaboration Summit 2017 – not your usual SharePoint conference

I am proud to be a part of a three-day community-driven conference in Zagreb with the most influential experts from all around the world to discuss the latest news regarding Microsoft technologies that is organized by a company I work for.

Topics vary from novelties in Office 365, Azure, SharePoint, Exchange, Skype, and Project Server. Here’s what it’s all about!

The European Collaboration Summit 2017 is a nonprofit event and will take place in Zagreb, Croatia on May 29-31, 2017.

So what else do you need to know?

Well, namely that you will get to hear incredible speakers deliver the most exciting lectures, attend pre-conference workshops, and get a chance to mingle among consultants, admins, developers, business people, nerds, speakers, MVPs, masters, and fellow Microsoft employees.

What makes the ECS a special and unique event?

We’ve had this idea that we could combine the ethos of the SPC Adriatics Zagreb, Office 365 Conference Germany and Nordics. This means that we’ve decided to combine the experience gained with SharePoint and Office 365 community events, and create the best event in Europe.

Also, it’s a kind of conference that has the legendary Microsoft Office Development Patterns and Practices Team (PnP), an awesome party after the closing ceremony, and pretty cool prizes from our sponsors–you know those gadgets you know you want to but never get around to actually buy one for yourself. How cool is that?

Let’s get down to business, shall we?

I’d like to name a few interesting lectures that you will get to hear and of course much more.

  • Cool Dashboards, Charts and Visualizations for Power UsersBenjamin Niaulin will discuss how to build, interesting dashboards, charts, animations, data visualizations, KPI, and much more with out of the box features and products.
  • Introduction to Microsoft Flow: Power to the peopleSerge Luca and Isabelle Can Campenhoudt will give an overview of what is Microsoft Flow, its current functionalities and the roadmap.
  • PowerApps & the Common Data Model for ITPros, Admins and ArchitectsNicki Borell will talk about the vision of Microsoft business application platform innovation with PowerApps and the Azure cloud platform.
  • Working with OneDrive for BusinessHand Brender will explain the implementation of Next Generation Sync Client (NGSC), the limitations and the competitors.
  • Exchange Server 2016 – Have you upgraded yet? Vladimir Meloski will guide you through the architecture changes in 2016 and how to prepare, test and deploy Exchange 2016 in your organization.
  • Azure for Office 365 developers – the best bits – Chris O’Brien will dig into the most relevant Azure capabilities, using real scenarios to show winning combinations such as SharePoint web hooks and Azure functions.

Refer to this agenda for a detailed list of lectures and get ready for the be mind-blown with “what is new” and “best practices” sessions guiding you through the changes happening in the IT world right now.

Save your seat now, visit us in Zagreb and join in on the discussion about the perspectives for business users, developers and IT Pros, and how the digital workplace is changing as we speak!

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Installing Remote Desktop Services 2016

This is a step-by-step guide to installing Remote Desktop Services 2016 and publishing your application collections. But, for those not familiar with Remote Desktop Services, let me explain it first.

Remote Desktop Services is a virtualization platform for providing end users with secure remote desktop access, to published applications and remote desktops. Remote Desktop Services offer various deployment options, such as on-premises (Windows Server 2016) or cloud-based (Microsoft Azure). Virtualization can be session-based, meaning Windows Server host will provide resources or desktop-based, meaning connecting a Windows client will handle the load.

By installing Remote Desktop Services 2016, you will opt-in for a significant improvement compared to older versions. Remote Desktop Services now supports second generation virtual machines and deployment of personal session desktops, which enable each user to get an assigned Remote Desktop Session Host. Also, the Windows Multipoint Services is now part of Remote Desktop Services 2016, and is no longer a separate product.

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SQL Server security best practices

I’m going to use this blog post to name 5 SQL Server security best practices that should be your top priority in keeping your SQL Server environment safe. You are, maybe, a newbie DBA who is looking for the best practices in maintaining a SQL server environment or you are just a first-aid Windows systems engineer who also administers other Windows services. As a DB admin, you need to take care of SQL server security and protect the integrity of your organization’s data.

On top of hardening the physical security measures, you should always have additional means of ensuring that SQL Servers, databases, and corporate data stay safe.

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Top 10 SQL Server best practices for DBA newbies

In this blog post, I would like to discuss the most important SQL Server best practices. I thought I might start off with 10 best practices I reckon would be any DBA’s most important maintenance best practices. And these are only the basics. I’m not an SQL expert like many of the MPVs and other professionals who have devoted their entire career to SQL Servers; however, I just wanted to share with you some common best practices.

I’ll discuss some security basics, data and log file management, tempDB management, the importance of SQL Server documentation, changing autogrowth default settings, why regular backups mean the world to your company’s data and why patching your SQL Servers is crucial.

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KB2919355 The update is not applicable to your computer

I was getting this issue on a brand new freshly installed and patched windows server, where I wanted to install SQL 2016 where KB2919355 is prerequisite.

If you are fast like me and only searching for download files on the Microsoft support web page then you missed this text:

When you install update KB2919355 by using Windows Update, the installation fails with error code 0x80071a91, apply this hotfix https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2939087/ 
When you install update KB2919355, the installation fails with error code 0x80070005. Apply this hotfix https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2975061/

The second link and patch that is around 11MB big helped me and now I am appliying Windows 2012 R2 Update 1 on the WS 2012R2.

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How I tackled CryptoLocker

CryptoLocker and its variants are ransomware viruses that re-appeared in 2013.

The crypto-virus gets around through email attachments, various browser pop-ups, and certain add-ons scattered across the internet and even hidden in background images.

There have been reports of HTML and Java Script injections as well. Those code injections exploit a web site’s vulnerabilities if it has any. Sites that are attacked usually include some kind of forum that is open to any text comments.

CryptoLocker attacks the PC and encrypts all the drivers mounted on your computer. It not only encrypts all the folders on the local drive but also attacks the file share as well. For example, it even attacks your company’s file share and your local OneDrive or Dropbox folders. It all gets encrypted.

Any experienced IT professional who has dealt with cryptolocker virus will tell you not to visit shoddy web websites—period.

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Windows 10: Share a VPN Connection

Here’s an interesting blog about how to work your way around this Windows 10 share a VPN connection bug … I mean, new feature.

If you’ve updated your OS to Windows 10, you might have already come across the issue that you can no longer share a VPN connection. It was much easier sharing a VPN connection when you had Windows 8 and 7 because the option was in the interface.

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Upgrading from DirSync to Azure Active Directory Connect

In this article, I’ll discuss my experience with upgrading from DirSync to Azure Active Directory Connect and how I ran into some issues after the installation was complete.

DirSync and the Azure AD Connect are data syncing mechanisms that sync on-premises objects with the cloud. Microsoft is ending its support for DirSync in April 2017, so if you haven’t upgraded already, the time has come to migrate to its successor, the Azure AD Connect. The upgrade itself can be performed in two ways: in place or in parallel. “In-place” migration is used in a domain where you have fewer than 50,000 objects. I have used in-place migration.

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In search of free SQL Server inventory tools

I have imagined this article to be some sort of outline of available solutions for SQL administrators. This blog post discusses various solutions for detecting and inventorying Microsoft SQL Server instances.

Before we get started, let the truth be told that there are a great number of free tools and PowerShell scripts designed for the most widely deployed database platform Microsoft SQL Server. However, for this blog post, I have chosen 4 and added our new SQL Server inventory tool – SQLDocKit – to the list.

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Introducing SQLDocKit – the SQL documentation tool

It has been five years since we released SPDocKit. Our initial idea was to create a simple documentation tool for SharePoint admins. Since then, we have made a great deal of progress. We have improved and upgraded so many aspects of our tool, and on so many levels, that we now offer something we like to call an ultimate SharePoint admin toolkit.

Our product has since become extremely popular and has been acknowledged by thousands of SharePoint administrators worldwide. Stemming from this positive response, we thought about how we could offer the same benefits to SQL administrators. That’s how SPDocKit’s baby brother, SQLDocKit (the SQL documentation tool), was born!

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