Oh, hey everyone!

Hey folks! This blog has gone a little stagnant for a while. I’ve been busy, and have not been able to dedicate many of the working day hours to upkeep here.

But I hope to change that going forward. Within the past two years I have started up a YoueTube channel for some of my many hobbies (woodworking, metalworking, leatherworking, and just about ever other maker-thing you can think of, and some you have not) here at The New Janky Workshop. So, check that out (and subscribe!) if you’re into that sort of thing!

With that personal endeavour, I’ve also REALLY gotten into video editing and publishing (because yes, I need MOAR hobbies). So, I am going to try to semi-regularly post to my new channel, for things Microsoft, SharePointy, and other M365 topics (and also Azure, PowerShell, and other goodness). So, if you’re interested in that stuff (which, by the sake of you being on this post at all, likely means that you are). Please check it out: The SharePoint Yankee (and also subscribe there too!).

It’s brand new (so new, in fact, I just posted a quick short video today on it as my first one…). So, follow along, leave comments there or here on how you like the videos, what you’d like to see, and more, and I’ll get cracking on it.

Cheers!

But where has the Correlation ID Gone?

Bring the Force to your Teams Meetings

Good afternoon, and hope everyone is having a safe time being cooped up at home. Now that we are all using different meeting applications now, and having a lot more video calls, it seems as if the fun was all being had by those on Zoom calls. However, my good friend Paul Hunt shared the secret to getting your backgrounds into Microsoft Teams.

Resize your images to 1980 x 1020 and drop them into:

%AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Teams\Backgrounds\Uploads

The great thing about all of this is, Star Wars released official backgrounds just for video conferencing this past week! Now, go grab a few, and follow along below.

Then, in your video settings for the meeting, click the ellipses on the control bar in teams, and select Show background effects

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Then select one of your newly acquired Star Wars backgrounds, and hit Apply.

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So now, you can unleash the power of the dark side in your teams meetings

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Slides from the North American Collaboration Summit 2019

As promised, here are my slides from the North American Collaboration Summit 2019 presentation from yesterday, “Using Azure Runbooks to Automate SharePoint Tasks”

Speaking at SharePoint Saturday San Juan

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I am pleased to announce I will be speaking at SharePoint Saturday San Juan on November 3rd.

Register today at http://www.spsevents.org/city/sanjuan/sanjuan2018

The Microsoft Office 365 and Cloud community invites you to the second 365 & SharePoint office on Saturday to be held in San Juan.

It is a totally free event in which you will find technical and development sessions focused on Microsoft Collaboration tools such as SharePoint, Office 365, Integration with Azure, Power Apps, Flow, Project, Planner, OneDrive, Delve, SharePoint Framework, Power BI, Dynamics CRM, Blockchain among others. We will have the company of MVPs and specialized technical leaders in each of the different types of talks.

I will be presenting Using Azure Runbooks and Microsoft Flow to Automate SharePoint Tasks

Session Abstract

Runbooks are a feature of Azure Automation that allow you to execute workflows from within Azure or remotely to automate processes. Microsoft Flow allows you to attach to certain activities in SharePoint and across other platforms, to perform a task when a certain condition is met. In this session, you will learn how to link SharePoint Online, Microsoft Flow, and Azure Runbooks in order to execute scripts automatically against your SharePoint tenant, or really, perform or automate any task.

Hope to see you there!

Speaking at SharePoint Saturday New England 2018

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I am pleased to announce I will be speaking at SharePoint Saturday New England. Taking place on Saturday, October 20th, at the Microsoft office in Burlington, MA.

Register today at https://spsnewengland.org/

Carrying on the great tradition of SharePoint Saturday started by Michael Lotter, Susan Lennon, and Kevin Israel on January 10th, 2009 in Virginia Beach, we hope to welcome you to SharePoint Saturday New England.

Join New England area SharePoint architects, developers, and information workers for SharePoint Saturday: an educational, informative and lively day filled with sessions from other SharePoint professionals, MVPs, and Microsoft employees. SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is your chance to immerse yourself in SharePoint right here in New England!

I will be presenting Using Azure Runbooks and Microsoft Flow to Automate SharePoint Tasks

Session Abstract

Runbooks are a feature of Azure Automation that allow you to execute workflows from within Azure or remotely to automate processes. Microsoft Flow allows you to attach to certain activities in SharePoint and across other platforms, to perform a task when a certain condition is met. In this session, you will learn how to link SharePoint Online, Microsoft Flow, and Azure Runbooks in order to execute scripts automatically against your SharePoint tenant, or really, perform or automate any task.

Hope to see you there!

Registration is now OPEN for SharePoint Saturday New England 2018!

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Registration is now OPEN!

Registration is available for SharePoint Saturday New England on October 20 in Burlington, MA. We’ve also posted the agenda. You can find out everything about this year’s event on our Web site: https://SPSNewEngland.org

To register, please go to https://spsne.news/Register2018

We hope to see you this year!

Speaking at the Granite State SharePoint Users Group on Thursday, April 5

In case you missed my session last month at the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group, I will be delivering my session “Easily Integrating a Chat Bot into SharePoint” at the Granite State SharePoint Users Group next month, on Thursday, April 5th.

Session Abstract

​Chat Bots are very commonplace these days. They have been around for years, but advances in AI technology have allowed for a large growth and advances in this area. Microsoft has in preview a service called QnA Maker, that will allow you to create and build a Chat Bot that you can easily integrate into SharePoint using the Azure Bot Framework, all without writing a single line of code. Join me, and I’ll walk you through step-by-step on this process, along with discussing how and where Chat Bots can be used to provide better adoption and support to your users.

Click here for more information and to register! Hope to see you there!

Disable Minimal Download Strategy Across All Sites and Site Collections via PowerShell

Minimal Download Strategy… the bane of pretty much everyone’s existence… well, at least in SharePoint. Especially if you’re using JavaScript (who would do that?!).  It’s useless. And while it was created for a good purpose, I have yet to come across a client that actually needed it over the pains it generally causes.

I recently had a client ask me to remove it from everything (hear that large cheering section in the stadium?)… so I threw together a script that will disable it from every site in a web application. Here she is!

# Load the SharePoint PowerShell Module… if not running this in the SharePoint Console…
Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell –ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
 
# URL to our web application
$WebApp = "https://sharepoint.sharepont.sharepoint.com"
 
# Get all webs within a web application
$Webs = Get-SPWebApplication $WebApp | Get-SPSite -Limit All | Get-SPWeb -Limit All

# Loop through said webs
foreach ($Web in $Webs)
{
    # Is MDS enabled?
    $MDSEnabled = Get-SPFeature -web $Web.URL  | Where-object {$_.DisplayName -eq "MDSFeature"}
  
    # If it is… disable it!
    if ($MDSEnabled -ne $null)
    {
        Disable-SPFeature –identity "MDSFeature" -URL $Web.URL -confirm:$false
    }
}

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