• SQLSatVictoria 2019 M. Leaf

    SQL Saturday Victoria 2019

    I am honored to be speaking at the 2019 edition of SQL Saturday Victoria in British Columbia Canada. The event is March 16, 2019 and I will be presenting on using Power BI, Microsoft Flow, and PowerApps with your on-prem data. I will demo live getting everything running and then create flows to move data around. Please join us! SQL Saturday Victoria 2019 [UPDATE] I had a great time in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and at SQL Saturday Victoria. Some fantastic questions and conversation from attendees and other speakers. Thanks again for having me! Here are my slides from the session: Using Your On-prem Data in a Cloud World Victoria…

  • Nashville Office 365 & SharePoint Users Group

    Thank you everyone that attended the Valentine’s Day edition of the Nashville SUG! You had great questions and I enjoyed the conversation. Here are the slides for the meeting, including what’s new, events, and the presentation – Build reports and securely share them in SharePoint Here is a direct link to the presentation where I talk about the data gateway and show how to use it – MVP Days recording

  • SharePoint Alert Settings

    Enable Alerts for SharePoint 2019, 2016, 2013

    Allowing users to set alerts on SharePoint lists and libraries is the easiest way to keep users informed with what is going on within your intranet and team (collaboration) sites. This functionality has been a part of SharePoint for many versions and is an easy feature for users to take advantage of. That is, IF you have all the settings correct. Your first sign that alerts are not setup for use is when looking at the library (or list) tab in the ribbon, and you don’t see the Alert me button in the Share & Track section. There are two settings you need to check: first you need to make…

  • Set the default open behavior for browser enabled documents

    Set the default open behavior for browser enabled documents

    I was recently asked how to configure documents that are in a SharePoint document library to open in their native application on the client computer instead of the browser. This question came from a user in SharePoint Online, but the answer is the same for those using SharePoint Server 2013, 2016, and 2019. There is a feature at the site collection level and a setting on every document library that you use to decide how documents get opened. I searched for an official Microsoft document detailing how this can be accomplished, but I could only find a post from 2014 that said it was for Office Web Apps – a…

  • Managing SharePoint Access Requests

    Managing SharePoint Access Requests

    During a recent intranet deployment project, a client asked what would happen if she clicked the ‘Accept’ link on the SharePoint access request email she received from one of her coworkers. She was a bit surprised by my answer and after that conversation, I thought it would be good to do a quick video explaining the process. What permissions do users get if you accept their access request? How are those users managed on the SharePoint site and is there a best practice for managing access requests? Watch the video below to find out!

  • MVP Congrats email

    Microsoft MVP 2018

    I absolutely love being part of the Microsoft technical community. It is a place to grow, connect, and learn. More specifically, the SharePoint and Office 365 community is one where I have given the most and received the most with growth and friendships. I am so happy to announce that Microsoft has presented me again with the MVP award for my efforts in the community. I can’t wait for what this coming 12 months has in store and I want to keep giving back! I am always open to connecting with user groups and events – please let me know if I can help you grow your local technical community!

  • REgarding 365 Debate 2

    Do you need an intranet? Are they still relevant?

    On Thursday 4/19/2018 3pm Central time, the REgarding 365 crew and some special guests will tackle the question: Are Intranets still relevant? Join me, Liz Sundet, Sarah Haase, Tracy van der Schyff, Alistair Pugin, and Sébastien Levert as we dive into this very important discussion. If you can join us live, make sure you join the chat and ask your questions, get your word in! More info on the event can be found on the REgarding 365 blog. You can tune into the debate using the video below (or check the recording if you aren’t able to jump in live).

  • OneDrive Setting Files to Read Only

    OneDrive Sync Client Making Files Read-only

    Drew Madelung asked a question on Twitter about why a lock icon was showing next to files being synced from a SharePoint document library to his computer via the OneDrive sync client. Hmm just noticed Files On-Demand lock icons via file explorer – @onedrive what are these for? pic.twitter.com/xa4jpC1ima — Drew Madelung (@dmadelung) April 10, 2018 After seeing the tweet, I did some testing and we found out why the lock icon was showing up – check out the short video below to find out more.

  • Talking Microsoft Teams adoption with Erica Toelle

    I had a chat with Erica Toelle [Twitter] at SharePoint Saturday (SPS) St. Louis and we talked about Microsoft Teams adoption. The video and some key highlights are below: 01:10 User categories for adoption 01:33 Erica’s number 1 tip for adopting Microsoft Teams 01:56 Video in Teams can be that ‘sticky’ feature 03:24 I ask: Is Teams flexible enough for all users in an organization 04:25 Teams can work organically with your working group

  • Planning is key for all migrations to Office 365

    I had a chat with Mike Maadarani [Twitter] at SharePoint Saturday (SPS) St. Louis about SharePoint migrations and his strategies for helping organizations moving to the cloud. The video and some key points are below: 00:48 Big challenge when migrating SharePoint 01:15 Unlocking the new features in SharePoint & adoption 02:08 For SharePoint migrations, clicking the button is the easy part 03:43 First thing to do before migrating… 04:37 What are users often confused about with Office 365