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 2016 Zero Downtime patching … demystified by Stefan Gossner

So one of the exciting news from SharePoint 2016 is that it is possible to have zero downtime when patching, this is a real game changing for all you IT Admins out there.

But sometimes it is important to have this information made clear, so Stefan Gossner has made a post on the topic to help  understanding it.

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/stefan_gossner/2016/04/29/sharepoint-2016-zero-downtime-patching-demystified/

SharePoint 2016 Administration – MinRole

With the new version of SharePoint some of the administration tasks will be more friendly, one example is the MinRole Feature.

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MinRole feature will allow the administrators managing server roles when setting up or adding servers to a SharePoint farm.

MinRole Description

This new way of managing server roles will allow administrators to focus on what each role should have as service associated, and not spending a lot of time to do it server by server.

MinRole association to Services

The three main benefits Microsoft identifies for using MinRole are:

  • Simplified deployment
  • Improved performance and reliability
  • Simpler capacity planning and farm scalability

 

 

 

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.

 

SharePoint online – What Version?

After a client asked me when would the SharePoint Online 2016 version be available, I had to try and find out this information online and in Microsoft. This was not an easy task!

What was the conclusion?

Well . . . the business model for the SharePoint Online has changed.. this means that nowadays there will be no official launch of the 2016 Online version of the SharePoint, but there will be updates of new functionalities, corrections and security patches not linked to releases. If you are used to work with other Online offers, like CRM, it will be something similar were you will have updates available for each tenant.

The way we were used to have the evolution of the Online offer is no more, so by having new functionalities made available without being linked to a version, the only way for us to do a parallel comparison with the On Premises versions, will be on their releases. So when the On Premises RTM version of SharePoint 2016 is released the Online offer  should have available the same functionalities (this can be misleading).

We also need to have into perspective that the SharePoint Online offer is nowadays very close to the Office 365 offer, this should make us think of SharePoint (Online) solutions taking into account the Office 365 also.

The change in paradigm for SharePoint in the Online context implies that we have a different approach to it, just hope that the information provided by Microsoft and the Community also helps on this change, because nowadays is a bit confusing.

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