How to disable IE Enhanced Security in Windows Server 2012


Have you seen this? Or similar in SharePoint 2010?

This is just a quick guide to disabling the setting that makes Internet Explorer unbarable in a labb or test environment. Often, you do use the browser on the lab, dev or test server to quickly verify functionality or in SharePoint, to access Central Administration web site and make the first initial configurations. When IE ESC is eneabled, you get popups all the time and you are asked to add every new url to the IE trusted sites zone.
So, on a dev, test or lab server, it is ok to disable it, at least if you ask me. As long as you are aware of what you are doing and that it after all does provide an extra layer of security.
At the end of this post, I have added what all the settings in IE ESC really does, one by one.

Updated 2013-02-06 – Added link menu



Server2012_Logo_small Disable IE ESC using the GUI – Graphical User Interface
powershell_logo_small Disable IE ESC using PowerShell
Server2012_Logo_small General Information about IE ESC




GUI – Graphical User Interface

The steps:

1. On the Windows Server 2012 server desktop, locate and start the Server Manager.

2. Select Local Server (The server you are currently on and the one that needs IE ESC turned off)

3. On the right side of the Server Manager, you will by default find the IE Enhanced Security Configuration Setting. (The default is On)

4. You have two settings that can be disabled, one only affects the Administrators and the other all users. The preferred method when testing (if for example SharePoint) is to use a non-admin account and if that is the case, disable the IEESC only for users. Using a local administrator account would cause an additional threat to security and it will also often not give you the required result in tests, since the administrator has permissions where a normal user do not.
Make your selection to Off for Administrators, Users or both.

5. In this example, I have selected to completely disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security. When your seelction is made, click OK.

6. Back in the Server Manager, you will see that the setting has not changed at all. Press F5 to refresh the Server Manager and you wil see that it is changed to Off.

Done, open up a IE browser windows and try to access any internal site to test the setting, you will notice that you no longer are prompted in the same way.
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PowerShell

(Best I can do, if you know of any OOB CMDlets that does the trick, please drop a comment and let me know:
Put the code below in a textfile and save it with a ps1 extension i.e. Disable-IEESC.ps1
(This will disable both Administrator and User IE ESC)

function Disable-IEESC
{
$AdminKey = “HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{A509B1A7-37EF-4b3f-8CFC-4F3A74704073}”
$UserKey = “HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{A509B1A8-37EF-4b3f-8CFC-4F3A74704073}”
Set-ItemProperty -Path $AdminKey -Name “IsInstalled” -Value 0
Set-ItemProperty -Path $UserKey -Name “IsInstalled” -Value 0
Stop-Process -Name Explorer
Write-Host “IE Enhanced Security Configuration (ESC) has been disabled.” -ForegroundColor Green
}
Disable-IEESC
(You have to hit enter twice after pasting the script if you paste it directly into a PS prompt)
 
Powershell
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IEESC General Information

IMPORTANT! Do NOT disable IE ESC on any production servers or servers with live data on them, to disable IE ESC is to reduce the security and can potentially expose the server to attacks. By the way, on a production server: IE shall not be used at all!

More on IE ESC from Microsoft help:
(From Windows Server 2008R2 helkp, 2012 help leads to an empty web page!)

Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration Overview

Windows Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC) configures your server and Internet Explorer in a way that decreases the exposure of your server to potential attacks through Web content and application scripts. This is done by raising the default security levels on Internet Explorer security zones and changing the default settings.

Enabling or disabling IE ESC

IE ESC can be enabled or disabled by using Server Manager for members of the local Administrators group only or for all users that log on to the computer.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

Note:   If Internet Explorer is open when IE ESC is enabled or disabled, you must   restart Internet Explorer for the IE ESC changes to become active.
Note: IE ESC will   automatically be disabled if Terminal Services or Remote Desktop Services is   installed on a computer that has IE ESC enabled, but it can be enabled again   by using Server Manager.

Default settings for IE ESC

When IE ESC is enabled on Windows Server 2008 R2, the security levels for several built-in security zones are changed. The following describes these changes.

Internet
High
All Web sites are assigned to this zone by default. Web pages might not display as expected, and applications that require the Web browser might not work correctly because scripts, ActiveX controls, and file downloads have been disabled. If you trust an Internet Web site, you can add that site to the Trusted sites zone.

Trusted sites
Medium
This zone is for the Internet sites whose content you trust.

Local intranet
Medium-Low
When visiting Web sites on your organization’s intranet, you might be repeatedly prompted for credentials because IE ESC disables the automatic detection of intranet Web sites. To automatically send credentials to selected intranet sites, add those sites to the Local intranet zone. Additionally, access to scripts, executable files, and other files in a shared folder are restricted unless the shared folder is added to this zone.

Restricted sites
High
This zone contains sites that are not trusted, such as malicious Web sites.

Internet Explorer maintains two different lists of sites for the Trusted sites zone: one list when IE ESC is enabled and a separate list when it is disabled. When you add a Web site to the Trusted sites zone, you are adding it only to the list that is currently being used.

If you attempt to browse a Web site that uses scripting or ActiveX controls, Internet Explorer with IE ESC enabled will prompt you to consider adding the site to the Trusted sites zone. You should add the Web site to the Trusted sites zone only if you are sure that the Web site is trustworthy. If this prompt is disabled, it can be enabled again by selecting the Display enhanced security configuration dialog check box in the Advanced tab of the Internet Options dialog box. For more information about adding Web sites to Internet Explorer security zones, see Security zones: adding and removing websites (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=81287).

In addition to raising the default security level of each zone, IE ESC also adjusts Internet options to further reduce exposure to possible future security threats. These settings can be found on the Advanced tab of the Internet Options dialog box. The following describes the options that are changed when IE ESC is enabled.

Enable third-party browser extensions
Off
Disables Internet Explorer add-ons that might have been created by companies other than Microsoft.

Play sounds in Web pages
Off
Disables music and other sounds.

Play animations in Web pages
Off
Disables animations.

Check for server certificate revocation
On
Automatically checks a Web site’s certificate to determine if the certificate has been revoked.

Do not save encrypted pages to disk
On
Disables saving encrypted information in the Temporary Internet Files folder.

Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed
On
Automatically clears the Temporary Internet Files folder when Internet Explorer is closed.

Warn if changing between secure and not secure mode
On
Displays a warning when a Web site is redirecting the browser from a Web site with security features implemented (HTTPS) to a Web site without security features implemented (HTTP).

The Internet Explorer home page location is changed when IE ESC is enabled or disabled. This change ensures that the home page will open without prompting the user to add it to the Trusted sites zone. This is done by changing the home page to an HTML file stored locally on the computer. If you want to change the home page when IE ESC is enabled, add this home page to the Trusted sites zone before making the change. The following lists the home page associated with each scenario.

IE ESC is enabled, and the user account is a member of the local Administrators group.
res://iesetup.dll/HardAdmin.htm

IE ESC is disabled, and the user account is a member of the local Administrators group.
res://iesetup.dll/SoftAdmin.htm

IE ESC is enabled, and the user account is not a member of the local Administrators group.
res://iesetup.dll/HardUser.htm

Note: If Internet Explorer   is customized by using the Internet Explorer Administration Kit, the home   page is not changed to one of the IE ESC home pages listed in the table when   IE ESC is enabled or disabled.

Caution

These changes reduce the functionality in Web pages, Web-based applications, local network resources, and applications that use a browser to display Help, support, and general user assistance.

When IE ESC is enabled, the following Web sites are added to the appropriate security zones:
The Windows Update and Windows Error Reporting Web sites are added to the Trusted sites zone.
Http://localhost
https://localhost
hcp://system
are added to the Local intranet zone.

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Windows Server 2012 Roadshow in Sweden and Denmark – December 10th-13th


This goes out  to all of the Swedish and Danish viewers…and all of you who might think it Worth to travel a bit..

Mikael Nyström(MVP), one of the leading minds on Windows Server and Deployment in the World, will do a road show in Sweden and Denmark this December.
Learn about all of the new features in Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V, Storage, DataDeDuplication, SMB 3.0, IPAM, PowerShell, VDI, Remote Desktop and Windows Server 2012 Server Deployment and then some…
It is a free event, and there are a limited number of seats available, so make sure to be one of the lucky ones and register NOW!

The show travels across Sweden, starting in Borlänge, then via Stockholm to Gothenburg,  to finaly end up in Denmark and Copenhagen.

Borlänge – 10/12
Stockholm – 11/12
Göteborg – 12/12
Köpenhamn – 13/12

For a few more details and to register, visit Mikaels blog:

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How to enable Ping in Windows Server 2012



Updated 2013-02-04 – Added link menu and corrected PowerShell command syntax

This is just a quick guide to enabling a server to respond to ping, the default setting in Windows Server 2012 is to not respond. This is how you do it:

The exact same steps apply to Windows Server 2012 R2

Click to choose your style…
Server2012_Logo_small Enable Ping using the GUI – Graphical User Interface
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GUI – Graphical User Interface

1. Open Control Panel, then select System and Security by clicking on that header

2. Select Windows Firewall

3. Advanced Settings

4. In ‘Windows Firewall with Advanced security’ click on ‘Inbound rules’

5. Scroll down to ‘File and Printer sharing (Echo request – ICMPv4-In)

6. Rightclick on the rule and select ‘Enable rule’

Make sure that it turns green

Done, close down the ‘Windows Firewall with Advanced Security’ windows and then the Control panel.
Verify functionality by pinging the servers own IP address from a command or PowerShell prompt.

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PowerShell
(This will enable the existing rule exactly as the instruction above does)

Import-Module NetSecurity
Set-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName “File and Printer Sharing (Echo Request – ICMPv4-In)” -enabled True
 
EnablePing

(ABove enables the existing rule, below will create a new rule that allows ICMPv4/Ping and enable it)

Import-Module NetSecurity
New-NetFirewallRule -Name Allow_Ping -DisplayName “Allow Ping”  -Description “Packet Internet Groper ICMPv4” -Protocol ICMPv4 -IcmpType 8 -Enabled True -Profile Any -Action Allow
 
EnablePing2

(For IPv6 Ping you obviously enable the v6 Inbound Rule…)

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Hardware requirements for all SharePoint 2013 components summarized



Update 2013-01-28 – New note added : Certain Installation Scenarios not supported


Listed below are all of the Hardware requirements that have been announced for SharePoint 2013 and it’s connected services and products.
Covered in the list are, in this order:

 SharePoint_logo_small  SharePoint Forundation 2013
 SharePoint_logo_small  SharePoint Server 2013
 Office_logo_small  Office Web Applications 2013
 Project_logo_small  Project Server 2013
 SQL_logo_small  SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services in Integrated mode
 SQL_logo_small  SQL Server 2012 PowerPivot
 SQL_logo_small  SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services Server
 blksthl_B_small  Reference links




Note: In addition to the listed HW requirements below, note that certain Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 installation scenarios are not supported
Not supported are: Dynamic Memory, ReFS(Resilient File system), Install on a DC, Install in a Workgroup, Install on Windows Web Server.

see Microsoft KB: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2764086

SharePoint Foundation 2013                 Deployment type and scale                 RAM                 Processor                 Hard disk space
Single server with a built-in database or single server that uses SQL Server Development or evaluation installation of SharePoint Foundation 2013 8 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Web and application server in a two-tier farm Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of SharePoint Foundation 2013 8 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
database servers in a two-tier farm Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of SharePoint Foundation 2013 8 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive

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SharePoint Server 2013 Deployment type and scale RAM Processor Hard disk space
Single server with a built-in database or single server that uses SQL Server Development or evaluation installation of SharePoint Server 2013 24 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Web server or application server in a three-tier farm Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of SharePoint Server 2013 12 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
database servers in environments that have multiple servers in the farm/multi tier Small deployments 8 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
database servers in environments that have multiple servers in the farm/multi tier Medium deployments 16 GB 64-bit, 8 cores 80 GB for system drive
database servers in environments that have multiple servers in the farm/multi tier Large deployments See link See link See link

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Office Web Applications 2013 Deployment type and scale RAM Processor Hard disk space
Office Web Apps server Development or evaluation installation of Office Web Apps 8 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Office Web Apps server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Office Web Apps 12 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive

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Project Server 2013, Small dataset scenario Deployment type and scale RAM Processor Hard disk space
Minimum requirement, single–server deployment Development or evaluation installation of Project Server 2013 24 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Front-end web and Application server hardware Development or evaluation installation of Project Server 2013 8 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Front-end web and Application server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Project Server 2013 16 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Database server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Project Server 2013 16 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive

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Project Server 2013, Medium dataset scenario Deployment type and scale RAM Processor Hard disk space
Minimum requirement, front-end web server Development or evaluation installation of Project Server 2013 8 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Minimum requirement, application server Development or evaluation installation of Project Server 2013 8 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Minimum requirement, database server Development or evaluation installation of Project Server 2013 16 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 100 GB for system drive
Recommended, front-end web server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Project Server 2013 16 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Recommended, application server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Project Server 2013 16 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 100 GB for system drive
Recommended, database server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Project Server 2013 32 GB 64-bit, 8 cores 160 GB for system drive
Note: Ideally, you should separate and prioritize data among disks. Place your data files and your SQL Server transaction logs on separate physical hard disks. RAID 5 should provide a good compromise between reliability, and throughput.

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Project Server 2013, Large dataset scenario Deployment type and scale RAM Processor Hard disk space
Recommended, front-end web server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Project Server 2013 16 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Recommended, application server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Project Server 2013 16 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 100 GB for system drive
Minimum requirement, database server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Project Server 2013 32 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 250 GB for system drive
Recommended, database server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Project Server 2013 64 GB 64-bit, 8 cores 300 GB or more
Note: Ideally, you should separate and prioritize data among disks. Place your data files and your SQL Server transaction logs on separate physical hard disks. RAID 5 should provide a good compromise between reliability, and throughput.

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SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services, SharePoint Integrated mode Deployment type and scale RAM Processor Hard disk space
Reporting Services 2012 Add-on Must be Installed on a SharePoint Server 2013 Web Server 12 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Reporting Services 2012 Service Application Must be Installed on a SharePoint Server 2013 Application Server 12 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive

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PowerPivot in SharePoint Mode Deployment type and scale RAM Processor Hard disk space
Standalone PowerPivot for SharePoint 2013 server that is not part of the SharePoint farm Minimum requirement 8 GB 64-bit, 2 cores 80 GB or more
Standalone PowerPivot for SharePoint 2013 server that is not part of the SharePoint farm Recommended 64 GB 64-bit, 16 cores 80 GB or more

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SQL Server 2012 SP1 Analysis Server in SharePoint mode Deployment type and scale RAM Processor Hard disk space
SQL Server 2012 SP1 Analysis Server in SharePoint mode Runs outside a SharePoint 2013 farm SQL, see link SQL, see link SQL, see link

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References:

Software, hardware, and configuration requirements for Office Web Apps Server
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219435.aspx#software

Hardware and software requirements for SharePoint 2013
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262485(v=office.15)#hwforwebserver

Hardware and software requirements for Project Server 2013
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee683978

Hardware and Software Requirements for Reporting Services Server in SharePoint Mode for SharePoint 2013
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj714188.aspx

Hardware and Software Requirements for Analysis Services Server in SharePoint Mode (SQL Server 2012 SP1)
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/fb86ca0a-518c-4c61-ae78-7680c57fae1f

Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2012
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/09bcf20b-0a40-4131-907f-b61479d5e4d8

Certain Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 installation scenarios are not supported
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2764086

Use best practice configurations for the SharePoint 2013 virtual machines and Hyper-V Environment
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff621103.aspx

I know I will use this to make my life easier until I get it all memorized…I hope that it may help you as well. Any feedback or recommended additions to the tables will be appreciated.
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SharePoint 2013 and Office Web Apps 2013 resources


I just thought that it would  be a nice thing to have key links to getting started with Office Web Apps 2013 all in one place:

Download Microsoft Office Web Apps Server

Download Language Packs for Microsoft Office Web Apps Server

TechNet: Deploy the infrastructure: Office Web Apps Server

TechNet: Plan Office Web Apps (Used with SharePoint 2013)

TechNet: Overview of Office Web Apps and how they work on-premises with SharePoint 2013

The Licensing for Office Web Apps is all new:

Licensing Office Web Apps for editing Office files

          Office Web Apps licensing offers two options:

  • View-only. By default, Office Web Apps is view-only. View-only functionality is provided for free.
  • Edit and view. You must purchase an editing license to use the editing features of Office Web Apps with SharePoint 2013. You enable editing when you create the Office Web Apps Server farm.

Enterprise customers who are licensed for Office 2013 through a Volume Licensing program can enable Office Web Apps editing for SharePoint 2013 on-premises. This helps make sure that users have Office editing capabilities at home or in other locations where Office clients might not be installed. Editing licenses for Office Web Apps are not available for separate purchase.

For exact details about your license, refer to the Microsoft Software License Terms that is shown when you install Office Web Apps Server.

SharePoint 2013 provides new license enforcement that works with Office Web Apps. If you enable SharePoint licensing and then enable Office Web Apps editing, only the users who have the appropriate license, which is known as OfficeWebAppsEdit, can actually edit Office files in a browser. If no Office Web Apps editing licenses are applied for users, only viewing is supported. For more information about how licensing works in SharePoint 2013, see Configure licensing in SharePoint Server 2013. The EditingEnabled parameter that enables editing is described in New-OfficeWebAppsFarm and Set-OfficeWebAppsFarm.

Read more here: Licensing Office Web Apps for editing Office files

Remember also, that in 2013 the Office Web Apps server/farm is a shared resource between SharePoint Server 2013, Lync Server 2013 and Exchange Server 2013.

Browser support, see image:

As you can see, owa now supports most common browsers


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SharePoint Conference 2012 in Las Vegas report part7


Hi friends.

The Conference is over for this time, but I just wanted to report one last time on the downside of the event for us Europeeans at least…the travelling…
My friday/saturday went like this:
(4:30 AM Las Vegas time)
0:00 hrs – Wakeup call from the Mandalay Bay lobby.
0:30 hrs – Checkout and can to McCarran Airport.
1:00 hrs – Checkin, got the bag checked by a nice lady from United, thanks to her, I could get away with quite a lot of overweight.
1:30 hrs – After security and the tram over to D terminal, I got a nice cup of Gingerbread Latte at Starbucks followed by an American breakfast with bacon, eggs and hashbrowns.
(7:35 AM)
3:35 hrs – Takeoff to Newark Airport.
8:35 hrs – Touchdown at Newark Airport.
9:00 hrs Lunch at Smack Burger…and some last minute shopping to the kids.
(14:20 AM)
10:20 hrs – Takeoff to Stockholm Sweden.
18:30 hrs – Touchdown at Arlanda Airport Stockholm Sweden.
(8:00 AM Stockholm time / 12:00 AM Las Vegas time)
19:30 hrs – Arrived at home

About 14 hours more to stay awake until it’s time for bed…We’ll see if I can even make it that far.

Thanks all for listening/reading, it has been a pleasure!
(If you have missed any or of the previous parts of the SPC report, use the links below.)

Part 1 of this report
Part 2 of this report
Part 3 of this report
Part 4 of this report
Part 5 of this report
Part 6 of this report


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SharePoint Conference 2012 in Las Vegas report part6


Hi friends.

Thursday, fourth Session day! Today is the last session day and the final day of the conference…

I had only two sessions scheduled out of three possible slots, one on Reporting Services and one Customer Case on Search.
The day started as usual with breakfast, this was different though…no bacon. Who can live without a good stack of bacon at breakfast? 😉 Today they also offered a drink that was new to me, a green juice…see for yourself..

Spinache and broccoli? Grass??

It was ok I guess…but one was enough. After breakfast I had as the first session for the day a session on SSRS:

Running Reporting Services in SharePoint Integrated Mode: How and Why
(Spc199) Riccardo Mutti

Very good walkthru of setting up Reporting services in Integrated mode, both on SHarePoint 2010 and SQL 2008 R2 and on SharePoint 20103 with SQL 2012.
We also got to know what is good with using integrated mode instead of native, and what makes Microsofts integrated mode real, not compared to aothers that claim to have SharePoint integration. Tings like using built in security and that existing features can be utilized.

It was a very good walkthru and I will probably use the session recording as a good guide, but it could have been better as well, Riccardo used a demo Environment with Everything on the same box, meaning no kerberos and no permissions, which really are the things that make SSRS hard…
We did get to see the new 2013 Service Application model, whach will make SSRS easier to comprehend.

I got a good explanation as to what using a trusted account means, that was good. I Think that many customers and users can make do with a trusted account and thus not have to go thru all of the painstaking issues of setting up the environemnt to support kerberos.

The differnces:

The 2010 with 2008R2 model.

The 2013 with 2012 model.

Interensting stuff.

Next session, a customer session.

Customer Showcase: Telenor and Search with SharePoint
(SPC050) Andreas Hogberg, Denis Heliszkowski, Marius Pedersen

Andreas Högberg from Telenor, a Norwegian telecom Company explained how they quickly moved to use SharePoint 2013 search to get a better result even from their existing 2007 environment.
The end goal was to move completely to 2013 and do that without any ciustomizations, something which 2013 offered as a possibility.

The current global SharePoint 2007 environment had 171 customizations, the new SharePoint 2013 farm had 0(zero).

The plan was to have the two Environments coexist, then step by step move data from 2007 to 2013.

One interesting thing was the use of IaaS, Azure and Infrastructure as a service, they put all of their test and demo Environments there to save Money and time, and the environemnt did at its peak use 300+ cores in the cloud model.

Interesting session, nice to hear from a ‘real’ customer.

With on the session were two Consultants from MCS. Since most of the Project was done under the RDP program, they had MCS in on it to get the knowledge and inside help only MCS could offer.

That was it, last session for me.

I spent some time after that at the Exibit hall, talking to partners and perticipating in the raffles…
I did actually win a Windows 8 phone! Thanks Nintex!! I really love what you do! (Really, they do great workflows!)

I did not win the Ducati Monster motorbike that AvePoint gave away today…that Went to Another happy gentleman…

A few hours of shopping at the Premier Outlet North and I’m ready to go home. I’m flying home on the early bird tomorrow!

This is Thomas Balkeståhl signing out from the 2012 edition of the SharePoin t Conference for the last time. It has been great! I recommend going to everyone who havent been here and that works Close with SharePoint. It’s a uniqe opportunity to get knowledge and insight that you can’t really get anywhere else in the world.

The Mandalay Bay Hotel

Part 1 of this report
Part 2 of this report
Part 3 of this report
Part 4 of this report
Part 5 of this report


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SharePoint Conference 2012 in Las Vegas report part5


Hi friends.

Wednesday, third Session day! Today is the first Spencer Harbar day…

Another day with all sessions, then after that Ask the Experts Night. Nice…

I started out with the obvious selection this day. Spencer Harbar on UPS. For those of you who don’t know that name. He is the GOD on UPS, he has probably saved more UPS installations than anyone else.

User Profile Synchronization Best Practises in SharePoint Server 2013
(SPC245) Spencer Harbar

Spencer talked about the new and improved UPS in SharePoint 2013, what really is new (because a lot isn’t) is the 3 modes you can choose between.
-AD Import (That was available in SharePoint 2007 has been reintroduced and improved)
-UPS
-Custom

The reintroduced AD Import probably does what the majority of all customers want, a simple synch of user profile data to SharePoint.
It is import only and simpler than UPS, but it gets you the basics and more.
The Profile data is even entered into the Managed metadata Term store. Really nice.
Simple to configure and really a nice new option.

UPS, same as before, the real deal.

Planning!

All in all, a really great session that gave a lot of good info and most of all, hope, that UPS will be better this time.
And, Spencer Harbar is the man, no question!
See his blog here: http://www.harbar.net/

Migrating to SharePoint online in office 365 – strategy and best practices
(SPC152) Phil Cohen, Kimmo Fors

Again, a very good session. Things to think about from two Consultants from Microsoft Consulting Services. Really valuable content, experiences from real migrations that is hard to come by.

Key, same as with UPS and Everything else, planning!

Planning and Creating well designed Intranet Sites in SharePoint online
(SPC015) Randy Drisgill, john Ross

This was not really what I was hoping for, but still a very good session. What to Think about before setting up your Intranet in the cloud. How to make it useable and to look good. Again…plan plan plan…:-)

They started of with a few numbers:
Of all Projects setting up SharePoint the following is actually true:
62% over time
49% over budget
28% do not fit requirements

Proper planning could have made them all 100% successfull.

Deep dive to plan and Prepare for your users to interact with SharePoint from their Mobile devices.
(SPC164)

A very good Eye-opener on what can be done to make the Smartphone users experience better or even good. The new default Mobile view in SharePoint teamsites is really good. Try it out. No more basic text…
With apps coming out, like the Office hub and the SharePoint news reader, it will be a good offering to SmartPhone users.

Customizing the way SharePoint 2013 looks.
(SPC065)

A session on theme’ing and branding in SharePoint 2013. A really good session that showed us how to build your own themes and theme colors and also masterpages and css. The story on branding in 2013 just got a lot better.

Ask the experts.
The traditional ask the experts evening shared it with the exibit, all partners were in Place and showeed their solutions and companies to all that were interested. I spent some time today here at lunch as well and by now, it feels like I have seen most and talked to the ones I am interested in.
I got to talk to the creator of passphrases in SharePoint (Sean Livingston) and ask him if they were needed…(See privious post)
He unfortunately took it the wrong way and got almost upset…I still believe though, even after talking to the father of the Farm PassPhrase, that it is not really needed…it is more for percieved security, not security in itself…
And yes, do get me right, it is used!, to encrypt data in the db, but what I’m saying is that we don’t really need to see it or even know about it. It could just as well be hidden behind the scenes and be 200 chars long…in my opinion(until someone really proves me wrong…)

Ok, that was it. More fun tomorrow. That is the last day of the Conference and sessions are only planned for half the day. We’ll see what happens then.

I’ll try to keep reporting to all off you directly each and every day during the conference in order to share some parts of the great experience…

Stay tuned, this me, signing out, from day two of my SharePoint conference experience.

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SharePoint Conference 2012 in Las Vegas report part4


Hi friends.

Tuesday, second Session day! This is the first full day with only sessions, not counting the party in the evening.

Today I had a full Schedule, I guess that I am one of the few who really wants to make tis stay Count and go to all the sessions I can.
Since it is really late when I’m Writing this and I want to get some rest until tomorrow, I’ll keep this rather short but effective….

Overview of the new SharePoint Online
(SPC186)
First session, Mark Kashman talks a bit about SharePoint online.
THis was a really good session, Mark answered a lot of questions from the audience and it was really good. If i just list a few good things mentioned:
Project server in the cloud.
PowerPivot/PowerView
Guest Links
Hybrid Search
NAPA (Visual Studio Light – in the browser)
SkyDrive pro when released, will have 7GB of storage
PowerSHell support in the clound, I ould say it’s just basic support and there is a lot to wish for, but better than nothing. (I emailed Mark asking for when PowerShell will be fully supported)

Wish I’d have known that sooner! SharePoint 2013 demystified
(SPC266) Dan Holme and Jeremy Thake
Second session, a lot of good stuff on the things lots of people ask for but that is not really in the documentation…kind of…
The best part of this session was about RBS and Shredded Storage, read up on it…RNS can allow you to take advantage of the new WIndows Server 2012 features such as Deduplicated Data. Thus saving on storage space, that and a lot more has been done on saving data and data across the network.
Unfortunately they spent a lot of time on apps, even though it was a IT PRO session. Well, most of it was good and I gave them straight 5s in the survey.

We had a normal Conference lunch with meat, Ceasar sallad and a potatosdallad that was actually really god. We finnished it all off with selected pastries and coffee…

Overview of search driven Web Sites and Cross Site Publishing.
(SPC180) Daniel Cogan.
This session was about how to use search to get the content that you show in a page, making it dynamic and content driven.
Really good stuff, if you can get your ands on the slide/presentation, Watch it.

Claims based authentication – migrating to the new SharePoint 2013 Identity model.
(SPC039) Israel Vega jr och Nathan Miller
This was al about upgrading and what to do with Authentication.
One big thing I have learned here in Vegas, is that CLassic auth is more or less unsupported now with 2013. It can still work, it can be created using PowerShell but that is only for temporary use.
A lot more is to be said in this, but this is the key:
Use Windows Claims authentication if you can!

Last session for today:

SharePoint 2013 Identity and Authenticat ion Smackdown.
(SPC209)
This was supposed to be held by Steve Paschke who was sick. Israel Vega jr and one more great speaker jumped in to save the day.
Much was the same as the previous…a lot about upgrading Classic and Windows auth to claims.
This session was interupted by a false fire alarm, but it stopped eventually efter about 180 times…then they told us 30 times that there was no danger…

Last topic of the day, Jon Bon Jovi party at Mandalay Bech resort…! Need I say more..? Free good food, free beer, free wine and free drinks even.
Unfortunately it was a cold november day and we ended up thinking it was cold, we left the party Before it was over and headed back to our rooms.

A gret day all in all, but jesus, I am tired…

I’ll try to keep reporting to all off you directly each and every day during the conference in order to share some parts of the great experience…

Stay tuned, this me, signing out, from day two of my SharePoint conference experience.

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SharePoint Conference 2012 in Las Vegas report part3


Hi friends.

Monday, first Session day!

First out efter we had breakfast was the Keynote, this time same as last year with Jared Spataro (Senior Director Product Management) and Jeff Teper (Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Office Business Platform)
One of the first things that Jared said during his talk, was this: ’It’s not just a product, it’s a way of life’…I agree, to a certain degree you have to be ‘special’ to like this Product…
Next he told us that we were over 10.000 participants from over 85 different countries…the event has over 200 sponsors and it is getting to be a big deal. Similar event are held in smaller scale all over the globe, but there is only one ‘real’ SharePoint Conference…
It was a bit of a prep talk and that is Always nice…next Jared presented the next speaker, Jeff Teper, the ‘Father of SharePoint’ who has been with the product since the very beginning.
Jeff talked a bit about the 3 legs, or layers that they had in mind during the development of the Product.
– Experiences
– Innovation
– Ecosystem
The thought behind this was that this was what was needed in order to really take Another step from SharePoint 2010 without changing it all.
– Experiences is all about the user experience, this has gitten a huge lift, in terms of gui but also performance and usability.
The SHarePoint interface can now more than ever be percieved as a windows application, this since SHarePoint now dont repload the entire page whatever you click at, but only reloads the parts of the screen that is needed. This improves performance but also enhances the overall user experience a lot. Behind this is a new structure, for instance the image compression is hugely enhanced, the ribbon that Before in 2010 took 400KB to load, now only takes 100KB over the network.
All in all, the page dataload has been decreased with 40%.
Jeff demoed a lot in SHarePoint Online, and Everything Went as smooth as an onprem solution, later he told us that he was running SharePoint online against the datacenter in Europé, Amsterdam, this to show all of us that performance would not be an issue. If the performance when fully released is what it was today, I will never again complain about it, but we will have to see if that will be true when generally available.
One ore thing is that you only load delta data from content that has been changed. A Word file of 10MB does not have to be loaded again over the net because 1MB of content has been added, it only loads the new 1MB and that is also all that is saved to the database.

He also showed us drag and drop of files into the browser, this is also supported on all supported browsers, no more Active X controles…
You can now easily see exactly who has access to your site or document.
Search has been thry a major improvement, this time, FAST has been integrated into SharePoint search and that gives us a lot of new features.
Preview of documents in search results is something that will be easily liked by customers.
One less fantastic thing during Jeffs session was that they spent about one hour on Yammer. As I see it, Yammer is still not part of SharePoint and should not have a Place at the SharePoint Conference keynote. I can see why Microsoft would want to promote it, but as long as it is its own Product, I’m having a hard time seeing why we should spend a lot of time on it. That can be done by the Yammer Techs…

Scott Guthrie came out and showed a lot about the Ecosystem, thats the new CLoud app model and that was really interesting. He showed us how easy it was to develop an application in VS, test it locally and then deploy it to SharePoint. You could also easily put the code parts in Azure and same thing, deploy directly from Visual Studio. Neat!

After the Keynote I got to see Three different session, all were very good and held a high quality.

SPC219 SharePoint 2013, Whats new for IT professional
Bill Baer, Product Manager SharePoint, told us at a very high pace about the news in 2013.
A lot has happened after all and the biggest applause was for the promise, that this time, the UPS will work configured from the Central Administration GUI as it should 🙂

SPC083 Deployment wizard: SharePoint 2013 Installation, tips, tricks ans scripts
MVP Dan Holme talked about deployment in 2013 compared to 2010. He showed the small differences and what is missing.
The main takeaway that I allready knew, setup is pretty much the same as in 2010…

SPC119 Designing your SharePoint 2013 Enterprise deployment
Based on SharePoint online experiences, they showed how a Enterprise farm Environment should be designed.

We finnished the day with some snacks and a few beers, compliments of Microsoft Sweden that was so kind to treat all of us Swedes here to a pre-evening at the ‘Something’ Grill. Very nice and Amazing how many Swedish participents there are! I would guess over 200.


I met a few old collegues from Microsoft Sweden and when the free beer stopped coming, we Went on, to the House of Blues one more and then the day was over for me.

After a very interesting and inspiring day, I have to do some work and then rest, a new day will come tomorrow, with even more Technical sessions…

I’ll try to keep reporting to all off you directly each and every day during the conference in order to share some parts of the great experience…

Stay tuned, this me, signing out, from day two of my SharePoint conference experience.

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