Microsoft SharePoint servers targets of attack!

 

According to ZDNet

Hacker groups are attacking Microsoft SharePoint servers to exploit a recently patched vulnerability and gain access to corporate and government networks, according to recent security advisories sent out by Canadian and Saudi Arabian cybersecurity agencies.” find out more in the ZDNet Post.

 

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https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-sharepoint-servers-are-under-attack/

SharePoint early versions, what to do with them?

One of the challenges that organizations have with SharePoint is with the evolution, it is a normal situation were an organization keeps the investment on the same version of SharePoint for several years, but them is faced with the product support lifecycle. This means that a specific SharePoint version will have Microsoft’s support end at a given time, so with this situation what to do with the content and applications that exist?

Read my article in LinkedIn, were I talk about this and provide some solutions.

You can find my article here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sharepoint-early-versions-what-do-them-ricardo-magalh%C3%A3es/

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SharePoint Training – Online and On Premises

One of the most common questions I am asked is were can resources and training information be found for different levels. Well, the best option I can point you at is Microsoft 🙂 more specifically the Microsoft Virtual Academy (https://mva.microsoft.com/).

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You can choose the product or platform, and the level you need, so that it can fit several needs.

You can also define you own learning path, allowing you to choose the courses and do them at your own pace.

 

My story with Sharepoint – 10 years and counting

In January of 2004 I had my first contact with Sharepoint, at that time it was the 2003 version, and my first project was to implement an Intranet Portal for a Government Entity, related to the energy area.

I never heard of Sharepoint before, so when I started searching for information, the first thing that I realized was that there wasn’t that much!

So the beginning was learning to install, configure, administrate, manage and USE!

The first Intranet was implemented without any specific development, only adjusting the clients requirements to the way Sharepoint worked. I have to say that the project was a success, and ever since I have been working with Sharepoint almost constantly, not exclusively, but there seems to exist always another Sharepoint project to me 🙂

So after 10 years, I have followed, implemented and some times been the alpha and beta implementor of some of the Sharepoint versions. Currently I have implementations of 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013 versions of Sharepoint.

  • Sharepoint Portal Server 2003 – Intranet builder, this version was purely for internal use! A very poor community with very few information.
  • Office Sharepoint Server 2007 – The merge between the Sharepoint 2003 and CMS 2002, it was an adventure to start using! a very exciting new approach, that for the first time allowed us to use the same platform for internal and external solutions. Nevertheless it was clear that the merge between the Sharepoint 2003 and the CMS 2002 capabilities was still to be ended. The boost of the Sharepoint community, because the information from Microsoft was limited, the community took for itself to create the information ans solutions, it was the start of one of the most “rich” communities in the IT industry.
  • Sharepoint 2010 Server – A much merged platform, giving the social enterprise boost, and with a real document management capability (instead of managing documents). The community keeps growing, beginning to include other products knowledge. A very timid approach to Sharepoint in the Cloud.
  • Sharepoint 2013 – The more recent version, were we are all at this moment! A very strong community is still growing, and with the reality of Sharepoint in the Cloud a new approach on implementation is being done.

After 10 years working with Sharepoint, sometimes I am asked if I don’t get bored with it and if Sharepoint’s life is reaching the end . . . well, there is no such thing as a Sharepoint project!!! believe me when I say that every project is unique 🙂

About the Sharepoint’s longevity it seems that for every new version that is released it becomes more of a core platform for Microsoft, some examples of this are the inclusion of Project Server and Commerce Server as services on Sharepoint, instead of standalone products.

A real threat to Sharepoint’s continuous use can be the licensing, because in these times of crisis one of the first cuts of costs that companies do is licensing, and if Microsoft doesn’t adjust to this “new” reality it will suffer, as well as the platform.

 

 

 

 

 

Sharepoint versus open source solutions in times of crisis

Ok, this is an old discussion but in the financial crisis environment , many organizations are trying to get rid of licencing and opt for free or much cheaper solutions.

So this lead us to the main question, is sharepoint a solution in this context, or will it suffer because of it’s cost?

Lets be clear, Sharepoint is not a cheap solution! even though you opt for the Sharepoint Foundation version, you still need a licensed Windows Operating System and a SQL Server (ok, here you can go with the SQL Express, but it is limited in capability and cannot be clustered). On the other side there are several other CMS solutions that are not licensed or have non licensed versions (Community).

So What should my organization choose?

 

My answer is depends . . . ok, this is the easiest answer but the most honest one, why? because there are no two similar cases between two different organizations, and while some will get their objective with an open source solution, others will be very limited on their capability of work and evolution.

With more than 10 years implementing CMS solutions one thing I have witness is that free versions normally have a catch (not all!!! but most), the Community versions give you basic functionality and capability, but when you need more complex approaches usually you have to go with the Enterprise versions, and those are licensed. This also happens with Sharepoint, if you go with the Foundation version you will have a basic amount of functionality and capability, but if you want to go online in internet or the have more complex solutions you will need standard or enterprise versions.

So do I believe Sharepoint is a real solution in this times of crisis, hell yeah!

Sharepoint gives you something that most platforms don’t, it was built for a number of porpuses and it works! you can say that you have a lot of problems implementing Sharepoint solutions, believe I have seen a lot of them, and because I have I know what I am talking about.

I have implemented CMS solutions with Liferay, Joomla, Sitefinity and other CMS as well as a lot of Sharepoint (Sharepointing since 2004), and I can honestly say that when comparing the various products with Sharepoint there seems something missing, either in the implementation of on the functionality / capability part.

Once again, I am not a Sharepoint only Purist, I can recognize that there are other CMS solutions better depending on the purpose o f the implementation. Sharepoint is not a tool for everything, but as far as I know is THE TOOL for some specific scenarios.

 

This is a very long post, but the objective is to question the future and utility of the Sharepoint Platform nowadays and in the near future. I believe Microsoft will have to adjust their licensing program, to enable Sharepoint, and other products to continue to be chosen. And I do still believe Sharepoint still have no direct match for all it’s range, but the evolution will show if the competition will keep up and catch up or even became better.

 

Sharepoint ONLINE: What, Why and How.

For a few years Microsoft has an online version of Sharepoint, but if you asked the partners if they would advice clients to opt for this solution, the answer would be negative. Why? because the Sharepoint online was a very limited sub-set of the Sharepoint on premisses.

 

Now, with the evolution to the 2013 version, Sharepoint online seems more ambitious, more complete.

Ok, it is still a sub-set of the on-premisses version, but a more complete one. It will be a huge task for Microsoft to have every feature online, but comparing to previous versions, my experience with the current version of Sharepoint online is very positive.

 

A warning has to be made, Microsoft is still updating their online solution for the 2013 version, this results in mixed 2010 / 2013 versions online at this stage, but it is planned to have a full upgrade to 2013 soon.

 

How can we know what Sharepoint 2013 versions offer? well, here is a cool and very long article from technet with the indication of the online service description that includes a comparison of the 2013 solution (Office 365, Online standalone ans on-premisses).

 

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/sharepoint-online-service-description.aspx

 

To start using Sharepoint online just follow this article from Office 365 and Sharepoint Online Help:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/office365-sharepoint-online-enterprise-help/get-started-with-sharepoint-2013-HA102772778.aspx

 

Remember thet developing for Sharepoint online is not the same of on-premisses, so just download this Developer guide:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17069

 

Is this the time to start implementing more complex Sharepoint solution online?  🙂

 

 

Reimagine SharePoint Development Guidance

With a new version of Sharepoint comes new challenges and doubts.

Microsoft has released a new Development Guidance to help us make some decisions.

When should we use APPs? Cloud or premisses? … Should I ask for a raise? ok, the last one is not part of the guidance 🙂

 

In the download you can choose between Deciding Between Apps For SharePoint And SharePoint Solutions and Moodle And Office365 With ADFS, both in pdf and xps formats.

 

You can download this new Guidance here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39047&WT.mc_id=rss_alldownloads_all

 

 

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