Apr 13
Is roaming becoming a matter of past?

Few weeks back I got an SMS from Base, my mobile provider. Just as a background, Base is a subsidiary company of E-Plus, one of four main providers in Germany. Now, I usually do not write products or service reviews, except it is explicitely tied to SharePoint, Microsoft and similiar topics. And, after all, this is not a service review or doing any marketing for any mobile provider. But the SMS I got was worth of writing a couple of lines.

I travel a lot. Lot of people do. And most annoying thing is that, if I stay in any country for a couple of days or weeks, I need an affordable way to make calls or access internet. This usually means buying a prepaid card including various flat options, to avoid generating high costs while roaming. This also means, that I am not reachable via my private number while I am outside Germany (carrying two phones around are already pain in the ass, I don't even want to think about carrying the third one).

To get back to the SMS from the beginning of the story, it included an info about the new offering from my provider. It is called EU Reise Flat (translated: EU travel flat). For 3 EUR per month (around $4), I can use now all of my flat options in European Union while roaming, without generating any additional costs. I used it during my last couple of trips and it's simply great!

I am writing this because I want to spread a word and because I hope we will see more of it coming. I see that some providers like Vodafone are offering similar options but they cost way too much for now but not as much as roaming itself can cost. But, as we experienced with flat options, I believe that prices in this segment will drop. To conclude, I strongly believe that concepts like roaming should be a matter of past and I am really glad to see things here moving forward.​

Apr 04
Serious issues within Service Pack 1 for SharePoint 2013 [Updated]
UPDATE [2014-04-24]: Service Pack 1 is released again. Download links and the deployment guidance are available under http://blogs.technet.com/b/wbaer/archive/2014/04/08/service-pack-for-sharepoint-server-2013-1-recalled.aspx

 

Did you already install SP1 for SharePoint 2013? If not, good for you! Microsoft found out some serious bugs within SP1 for SharePoint 2013 and is currently fixing them.​ As a prevention, Microsoft disabled download links for SP1 packages. In case that you already downloaded packages and waiting for the good moment to deploy them, just don't!

"We have recently uncovered an issue with this Service Pack 1 package that may prevent customers who have Service Pack 1 from deploying future public or cumulative updates. As a precautionary measure, we have deactivated the download page until a new package is published." - as found under http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817429/en-us

As far as I know, no other functionality is affected other than installing post-SP1 PUs und CUs. I personally believe that Microsoft will sort this out in coming weeks. Stay tuned. 

Feb 17
Internet Explorer 11 issues with SharePoint

Although a rather old problem (old as IE 11, actually), a couple of my clients have had experienced it lately so I decided to write a quick post on it. SharePoint does not work properly with IE 11. Period. In fact, neither 2007, 2010 or 2013 versions do. There are quite some issues with the UI, regardless of the statement in Plan browser support in SharePoint 2013 (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263526.aspx).

Let's see what's happening. If you try to open SharePoint 2013 calendar, for instance, you will get the following output:

 

As you see, the calendar UI is messed up and unusable. If you try to click on month you will get the following error message:

 

Now, there is a number of other UI issues and they will be eventually fixed with some of the future CUs. For now, the only thing you can do is to add the site to the Compatibility View settings list. To do so, click on Tools > Compatibility View settings and add the domain to the list:

 

After you click Close, the page will be refreshed and the UI will work as expected:

 

Sep 11
KulenDayz 2013

I am thrilled to announce that I will be presenting on KulenDayz 2013, one of the coolest conferences in the Balkan region. The conference will take place in the wonderful city of Osijek, Croatia, from September 13 - 15, 2013. To quote the organizers and participants on the previous conferences: "We like to think of Kulendayz as the Unconference, and in the good mood from the main part at Saturday we will organize a day trip to Aljmaš and Ilok at Sunday. Nearby winery Janečić will host traditional grape harvest and wine tasting.". This means that lot of constructive and informative sessions are guaranteed. Add great food, drinks, sightseeing and good and crazy peeps to hang out with to it and you'll get a full-packed weekend you'll not easily forget.

What's my part in it? I will try something different this time. The session type is called "Chalk & Talk", completely old school, without a projector, PowerPoint or similar. Only a good old whiteboard, a marker, you and me. I will be talking about software projects, planning, adoption and governance. I'll be happy to see you there!​

For more information, please visit the official homepage at http://www.kulendayz.com/

 

 

Aug 31
The day Master died

​Today is a sad day indeed. The first thing I was reading this morning was a Facebook message from my good friend, Oscar: "Hey buddy, did you see the news?".

I didn't know what it was all about so I checked news channels first, slowly waking up and taking first sips of the coffee. As everything was still, I grabbed my Surface and started reading through my mails. This revealed what Oscar meant at the first place. I received a pretty nasty mail from the Microsoft Learning Advanced Certification.

We are contacting you to let you know we are making a change to the Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master, and Microsoft Certified Architect certifications. As technology changes so do Microsoft certifications and as such, we are continuing to evolve the Microsoft certification program. Microsoft will no longer offer Masters and Architect level training rotations and will be retiring the Masters level certification exams as of October 1, 2013. The IT industry is changing rapidly and we will continue to evaluate the certification and training needs of the industry to determine if there’s a different certification needed for the pinnacle of our program.

This means that Microsoft Learning is effectively killing the MC(S)M / MCA program. No matter what reasons are behind this decision, this is a major slap in a face toward the community, the people that invested a lot of time, money, blood and guts to reach these achievements. Thank you, Microsoft Learning.

So, what now? I don't have this answer yet. I hope that at least the community will try to stick together and keep in touch. The Master training, although expensive one, was the only technical training worth of investing time and money into. Now it is gone.

So long, and thanks for all the fish!

P.S. It is worth of checking an excellent article Radi Atanassov already wrote about this topic:

http://www.sharepoint.bg/radi/post/The-fall-of-the-Master.aspx

Jun 17
Announcing two sessions at SharePoint Conference Austria

It's a long time since I wrote something here. Like most of us in the business, I was pretty busy a last couple of weeks / months. While waiting on my flight, I thought it would be a good idea to start paying attention to my blog again and here we are.

This post won't be a technical one. This is a post I had to write a long time ago, for sure. Nevertheless, I am thrilled and honoured to announce two of my sessions at SharePoint Conference Austria, first happening today actually, and the second one tomorrow:

  • SharePoint 2013 User Profile Synchronization: Planing, implementing and best practices
    17.06.2013, 16:00
     
  • Building a rock-solid SharePoint 2013 architecture
    18.06.2013, 15:30
     

The probably biggest SharePoint Conference in the german speaking area will be held in the Vienna, Eventhotel Pyramide, on 17. and 18.06.2013. You can find more information on the official homepage at http://www.sharepointkonferenz.at

I am really looking forward to meet some old friends and to make new ones. I will be happy to meet you there!

Apr 16
Announcing a session at Microsoft WinDays 13

I am honoured to announce my session at WinDays 13, a biggest regional Microsoft conference held in Umag, Croatia on April 22nd - 26th 2013.

The session Successful planning of the SharePoint architecture and how to survive the process will focus on the planning of a solid, reliable and extensible SharePoint 2013 architecture. We will explore the process of gathering requirements and planning a SharePoint infrastructure through a real-life scenario.​

You can find more information about the conference on the official home page (Croatian) at http://www.windays.hr.

I will be happy to meet you there!

 

Mar 07
Announcing Microsoft Online Services events in Cologne and Munich

I am thrilled to announce an event Microsoft Online Services Business Value and Use in Cologne and Munich, Germany organized by PlanB. GmbH, KPMG and Microsoft Deutschland GmbH. The event will focus on Office 365, Windows Azure and App development.

 

Agenda

​09:00
Check in

09:30
Opening
Tobias Schmailzl
PlanB. GmbH, CEO

09:45
Microsoft Online Services strategy and current developments
Kai Göttmann
BG Lead Server, Tools & Cloud, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH

10:30
Introduction to Office 365 and Azure
Joris Kalz
Partner Technology Advisor, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH

11:15
Data protection & compliance in the Cloud
Dieter Hoffmann
Wirtschaftsprüfer, KPMG AG

12:00
Lunch break

​13:00
Office 365
Eike Heuer
Director Executive Advisory, PlanB. GmbH

13:45
Intune - What Intune offers
Atossa Montaser
Intune Solution Specialist, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH

14:30
Coffee break

15:00
Apps with Azure and Windows 8
Adis Jugo
Technology Advisor, MVP, PlanB. GmbH

15:45
Azure IaaS and System Center
Matthias Reith
Executive Advisor, PlanB. GmbH

16:30
Discussion and conclusion

 

Dates

​16. April 2013
Microsoft Deutschland GmbH
Konrad-Zuse-Straße 1, 85716 Munich
​18. April 2013
Microsoft Deutschland GmbH
Holzmarkt 2, 50676 Cologne

 

Registration

Registration is open until 02. April 2013. You can register by:

e-mail:
events@plan-b-gmbh.com 

telephone:
+49 (7361) 55621-112

Mar 06
Announcing a session at Microsoft NetWork 3

I am honoured to announce my session at Microsoft NetWork 3, a two-day conference held in a tourist and congress center Banja Vrucica, Bosnia and Herzegovina on April 3rd and 4th 2013.

The session Building a rock-solid SharePoint architecture will focus on the planning of a solid, reliable and extensible SharePoint 2013 architecture. We will explore capabilities offered by SharePoint 2013 and how to use them in the most efficient way through a real-life scenario.​

You can find more information about the conference on the official home page (Bosnian) at http://www.msnetwork.ba.

I will be happy to meet you there!

 

Mar 06
A new release, a new beginning

A couple of days ago something happened what I was waiting quite some time for - Microsoft released Office 365 for enterprise. Now, I am an Office 365 user for a long time; however, being a P1 customer did have some limitations which were bugging me. Being unable to upgrade to E1 (enterprise plan) was one of them. I was just waiting for a moment Microsoft releases a new wave of Office 365 services so I can upgrade and migrate at the same time - and here they are!

I grabbed my opportunity and decided to move on, to leave the old platform behind and to embrace a new one. I knew for some time now that moving my public home page will require a complete redesign. A Photoshop mockup was done and waiting to be HTML'ed and CSS'ed since October 2012. So, I took some time during a last few days and finally did it.

A new SharePoint 2013 Design Manager is a really a neat thing. It did the whole job for me so I didn't have to do the masterpage myself. Still, I did have to custmize my CSS to support some SharePoint controls, like the navigation for example.

The design is still buggy and not completely done yet. It will get better with the time. But I do hope, it is a good starting point. Still, I decided to move on. It was a time for a change. And I am happy that I did it. Last few days of a hard work did pay off, I believe.

Welcome to my new homepage!

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