SharePoint Engage 2016

I am happy to announce I will be speaking at this year’s SharePoint Engage conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. The conference runs November 2-3 at the Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport/Brier Creek and you can find out more information about the conference, including the registration details, on the SharePoint Engage 2016 homepage.

I will be speaking on Building Future-Proof SharePoint Solutions with No Code.

I really hope to see you there – when you attend, make sure to say hi! I would love to have a chat and see how you are using SharePoint and Office 365 to drive your business.

I had a great group of attendees in my session – great conversations on enabling users to find value in solutions!
Let’s keep the conversation going – reach out on Twitter!

Slides: Building Future-proof SharePoint Solutions with No Code Engage Raleigh 2016

Convert SharePoint 2016 Trial to RTM License

It is generally a good idea to try software before you purchase or implement it fully. We have already seen a great interest in SharePoint Server 2016 and we have installed the trial version many times to give the ‘try before you buy’ experience to our clients.

Once you decide to go from the trial license to the ‘full’ RTM version, the process to convert your license is simple and is the same as it has been in earlier SharePoint versions. The license conversion starts on the Central Administration site – you can do this via PowerShell, but we will be using the GUI this time.

Select the Convert farm license type link found within the Upgrade and Migration section.

Convert SharePoint License
Convert SharePoint License

On the Convert License Type page, enter your SharePoint Server 2016 Product Key (it will be in the format: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX) and then click the OK button.

Convert License Type
Convert License Type

After waiting a few moments….

Working On It
Working On It

if you entered a valid key, you should see the screen below.

Conversion Operation Successfully Completed
Conversion Operation Successfully Completed

When you return to the Convert License Type, the new type will be shown.

Enterprise Client Access License
Enterprise Client Access License


Cincinnati SUG July 2016

Cincinnati SharePoint User Group

Join me for the July 28th Cincinnati SharePoint User Group meeting! There will be giveaways, food, and I will be talking about building awesome SharePoint solutions without using code. Out of the box SharePoint features will be highlighted, along with store add-ins, and there will be time for Q&A at the end.

Register now: Cincinnati SharePoint User Group July 2016 Meeting


Thank you so much for everyone who attended the session! You had great comments and some good questions! I hope to see you all in October!

Here are my presentation slides: Building SharePoint Solutions with Out of the Box Features and No Code

Nashville SUG July 2016

I will be speaking at the July 12th Nashville SharePoint Users Group meeting with a discussion on Business Intelligence Using SharePoint and Power BI. The presentation will be given online and will be demo heavy, so please join us! You can register on the Nashville SUG website,


Microsoft MVP

I’m honored and delighted to announce that I’ve been awarded the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) award for 2016. The award is in the category of Office Servers and Services, which includes Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business, and Yammer.

As Microsoft’s MVP site states, MVPs “are community leaders who’ve demonstrated an exemplary commitment to helping others get the most out of their experience with Microsoft technologies. They share their exceptional passion, real-world knowledge, and technical expertise with the community and with Microsoft.”

I have worked diligently to build technical community in the Middle Tennessee area for 8 years and during that time, I never did anything with the goal in mind of becoming an MVP. It was all for the better of the community and my fellow ‘techies.’ The recognition is nice however and I hope my status will benefit my local groups, as well as my customers in the future.

Thank you to everyone who has supported our local technical communities!