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  • Dec.04.2012

    On December 4th I ​delivered a Webinar on Extranets in SharePoint 2013, and also spoke to the licensing changes that will really change the game for both Extranets and public web sites. For on-premise installations, Microsoft is eliminating the For Internet Sites license requirement, bringing the licensing costs down significantly. Likewise in the cloud, Microsoft now provides up to 10,000 external user accounts for Extranets in Office 365, with no additional subscription fees.

    More details about the webinar as well as links to the presentation and video can be found below

    Presentation - Extranets in SharePoint 2013
    Video - Extranets in SharePoint 2013

  • Dec.01.2012

    ​SharePoint Saturday Ottawa on December 1st was a great day packed with sessions, and as expected, the focus and buzz was all on SharePoint 2013. You can find full coverage of the day's events at http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/ottawa/

    Envision IT was a sponsor at the event, and I delivered 2 presentations on Extranets in SharePoint 2013 and Rich Media Support in SharePoint 2013.  You can view presentations and videos of my sessions on the event page here:

    SharePoint Saturday Ottawa

     

     

  • Oct.23.2012

    ​On October 23rd I delivered a Webinar on Extranets in SharePoint 2010 and 2013.

    As more organizations recognize than an Extranet is a vital part of their web strategy, business partners are finding ways to dramatically improve on Extranet performance, functionality and user experience.

    Microsoft SharePoint delivers a secure platform that allows a tailored approach towards achieving business goals with an Extranet. A SharePoint Extranet can support the following objectives:

    • Build an online community
    • Allow interaction between organization and customers, partners, vendors, and volunteers
    • Reduce supply chain inefficiencies
    • Offer customer self-service strategies
    • Share business resources with partners

    In this webinar, we demonstrated the latest technology enhancements and customizations for Extranet Portals that ensure organizations achieve their goals. We showcased how our clients are using SharePoint to transform their businesses, lower costs and maximize growth potential in a variety of scenarios:

    We also discussed the various ways to extend SharePoint outside your organization.  We compared and contrasted the following technical solutions, and outlined where each is appropriate:

    You can view the presentation and video from the links below:

    Presentation - Extranets in SharePoint 2010 and 2013
    Video - Extranets in SharePoint 2010 and 2013

  • Jun.11.2012

    ​Last week we wrapped up a very successful series of webinars that ran from April through to June.  The topic was Extranets, with a focus on our Envision IT Extranet User Manager Product.  We had more than 500 people register.

    You can see the full agenda for the webinar, along with the slide deck and a full video recording of the webinar, by visiting the Envision IT Extranet Webinar page.

  • Apr.19.2012

    ​On April 19th I delivered a seminar over at Microsoft on the topic of SharePoint Extranets.

    As more organizations recognize that an Extranet is a vital part of their web strategy, business partners are finding ways to dramatically improve on Extranet performance, functionality and user experience.

    Microsoft SharePoint delivers a secure platform that allows a tailored approach towards achieving business goals with an Extranet. A SharePoint Extranet can support the following objectives:

    • Build an online community
    • Allow interaction between organization and customers, partners, vendors, and volunteers Reduce supply chain inefficiencies
    • Offer customer self-service strategies
    • Share business resources with partners

    In this seminar, we demonstrated the latest technology enhancements and customizations for Extranet Portals that ensure organizations achieve their goals. We showed examples of how our clients are using SharePoint to transform their businesses, lower costs and maximize growth potential in a variety of scenarios:

    As part of the session, we discussed the various ways to extend SharePoint 2010 outside your organization.  We will compare and contrast the following technical solutions, and outline where each is appropriate:

    You can view the presentation by clicking on the following link:

    Presentation - Designing your SharePoint Extranet to work for you

  • Oct.21.2011

    I've attended all of the SharePoint Conferences over the years, but this year's conference in Anaheim was special on two fronts.  It was a first time for us to be exhibiting on the show floor as we launched out the new brand on our products side of the business, and I was speaking for the first time at the conference.

    I've spoken at numerous other events and confierences before, but SharePoint Conference was by far the biggest.  7,400 attendees from around the world is a big number, even if they are running up to 14 different tracks at the same time.  For the session the room was big, as was the crowd.

    I had the pleasure of co-presenting with Brad Freels, who is a Senior Collaboration Technology Specialist with Microsoft US.  The title of our talk was "With SharePoint Your Extranet is Easy".  Brad took the front part of the talk to walk through the different types of Extranets and the decision points related to their complexity, and presented a roadmap for determining what is involved in implementing an Extranet.  I then took over and focused on how you provision Extranet users, and walked through a case study of our Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada project.

    A copy of the presentation is available for viewing at SPC251 - With SharePoint Your Extranet is Easy.

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  • Oct.13.2011

    We've been doing a fair bit of research lately on how better to deal with sessions on a forms-based authentication site.  By default SharePoint creates a fixed 10 hour session using a permanent cookie that persists beyond the browser session.  This means that even if you close all your browser windows and re-open it, you session is persisted and you are still logged in.  The only way to logout is to explicitly do so.

    While session persistence has some benefits, particularly around single sign-on and Office integration (you don't need to re-athenticate as you launch Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. from SharePoint), it has some drawbacks from a security perspective.  If your Extranet is more about providing a secure web experience than Office integration, you probably don't want the persistent session.  Thankfully there is an easy solution to the session persistence, in the form of a number of PowerShell  commands we'll get to in a minute.

    The other part of the problem is the 10 hour session.  Again this is convenient, but not neccessarily best practice for all secure Extranets.  You can shorten the session, but what we found was that it didn't slide.  What this means is if you shorten it to 10 minutes, at 10 minutes your session will expire and you'll be force to re-authenticate, even if you were constantly using the site throughout those 10 minutes.  What we wanted was for the session to expire after 10 minutes of inactivity.

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  • Feb.01.2011

    My first session today at SharePoint Summit went quite well, with a very engaged group.  As promised here's the presentation.

  • Mar.08.2010

    The second annual Toronto SharePoint Camp is coming on Saturday March 20th.  Details and registration can be found at www.torontosharepointcamp.com.  We are a Gold Sponsor, and have both myself and Joe Seguin (blog.joeseguin.ca) speaking.

    I'll be talking about Extranets in SharePoint 2007 and 2010.  Here's a copy of my abstract.

    SharePoint is a platform not only for internal sites like Intranets and external sites like public web sites, but is also a great place to connect with customers, partners, vendors, and others outside your organization.  During this session you will learn some of the decision points when setting up your Extranet in SharePoint.

    • MOSS or WSS?
    • DMZ, firewalls, Forefront and security in general
    • Where are my user accounts?  AD or SQL forms-based authentication?  How do I setup forms-based authentication?
    • How do my business users setup sites and users?
    • Can I integrate it in with my back-end systems like Microsoft CRM?

    We will use real world SharePoint 2007 and 2010 examples to illustrate.  Extranets for Cadillac Fairview, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada will be shown.

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