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DNS Records Management: What About Mail?

March 24th, 2014 9:09 am CDT

DNS Records ManagementLast year I addressed how you should check EDNS for strange DNS issues, and earlier this year I began a three-part series on DNS Records Management. If you haven’t already, feel free to read my first post on getting started with DNS. As a quick recap, we are diving into what Domain Name System records management means and how to use it.

Today, as I continue this DNS records management series, we’ll be touching on records typically reserved for email: MX Records. So without further ado, let’s dive in:

MX Records

The MX record or Mail eXchanger record is essentially how you tell the internet where your email lives.

 

No Second Chances for a First Impression

March 21st, 2014 9:31 am CDT

make a good first impressionYour actions are a reflection of your business, and first impressions are the biggest influence.

As Administrative Support for Fpweb.net, I’m often the first person many people interact with upon calling or visiting our office. This gives me the opportunity to leave a positive first impression of our company. These early interactions influence the perception of what our company is like – our work ethic, culture, and professionalism.

Studies have shown that 93% of people form a biased opinion about you within the first 30 seconds of meeting. I can think back to situations where I am certainly guilty of this as well.

The simple fact is, we encounter many first impression situations throughout life – going on first dates, meeting new people, interviews, and also the impression we give our customers in the business world. You don’t have to work at the front desk or answer calls to leave a first impression. Every employee, at every level plays a part! This effort should not end after the first interaction – however, the first impression can make or break you.

So the question is, how can we leave a good first impression?

 

Straight into the Fire: My first 30 days on the job

March 19th, 2014 9:00 am CDT

Rather than wait for my performance review, I give one of my own…

30 daysIt’s been over 30 days since I joined the team at Fpweb.net, so I thought it apropos that my first blog post would be a quick reflection on this past month. I can honestly say that I’m very happy to be here.

It’s not often the stars align and you’re presented the opportunity to join a company with an incredible team, top-tier customers, stellar partners, and a rock-solid platform with the agility to continue steering the market of on-premises SharePoint customers to the private cloud with dedicated SharePoint hosting.

It’s also not often that on your second day on the job you’re told that we will be hosting a private partner luncheon at the largest SharePoint Conference of the year (SPC14) in a short two weeks and it’s MY event. So, coupled with my newbie attitude that no real work gets done in the first 30 days of a new job and my fear of public speaking, I had this.

But, I did have a few things going in my favor:

 

How to Remove Access to SharePoint

March 17th, 2014 10:00 am CDT

…And prevent SID Mismatches along the way by disabling the user

Let me start by explaining the wrong way, and why it is wrong. Simply removing a user from a group and/or deleting them from Active Directory (AD) or your Management Tool of choice will not be sufficient.

While it’s true that when you remove a user from AD, they will no longer have access to the site, but suppose you need to recreate this user in the future. Maybe they took a Leave of Absence, or quit and returned later. Whatever the case, what you have done is create an SID mismatch since the user still exists in SharePoint. A SID is the Security Identifier and is stored in the Object-SID (objectSID) property of a User or Group object.

This is important to know because SharePoint users are given permission with this same attribute stored in their User Profile. When the AD User Object is recreated, it will no longer have the same SID, thus causing the SID mismatch. This means, while it may appear that the user is added and has permission to the site or resource to you (The Admin), the user will not be allowed to log in as though they do not have permission.

SharePoint site hasn't been shared

This is not what you want to see…

It is never necessary to delete an AD User. Simply right click the object and choose ‘Disable’.

 

FREE WEBINAR: Protect your Infrastructure:
The basics of Cloud security

March 13th, 2014 11:02 am CDT

Well, we’ve hit the ground running since returning from SPC14 and we’ve already lined up another great Fpwebinar for you. In the past, we’ve covered the different types of clouds, the basics of disaster recovery, migrations, controlling your data and even what information to bring to your organization’s cloud conversation. Now we’re focusing on a critical element to the cloud: SECURITY.

On Thursday, March 20th at 11am (EST) our President, Chris Schwab, and our Infrastructure Manager, Matt Kinder, will be dialing into the key components of a good security strategy with “Protect your Infrastructure: The basics of Cloud security”.

Please join us as they start from the top, detailing physical security needed at the datacenter, then diving into the different pieces of network security that must be in place, and concluding with a quick run through of the steps to take for application security as it applies to SharePoint.

We’ll let Chris Schwab explain the importance of this free webinar:

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SPC14: Recapping the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014

March 12th, 2014 11:09 am CDT

The highlights, lowlights and bright lights of a Vegas SharePoint conference

Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014Vegas days are like dog years – they require a different scale. Getting through a day deserves the same respect as getting through a week anywhere else.

SharePoint Conference 2014 attendees were asked to get through at least five days and nights in Vegas. Now, once more for scale, a week of SharePoint happenings in Vegas leaves the same wear and tear on our minds and bodies typically reserved for a whole month of shenanigans.

To start, your diet changes. Gone are your responsible three meals a day – replaced by a “grab-food-when-you-can-get-it” mentality that makes scheduling a meal difficult. But it’s not all unhealthy – remaining on your feet for 15 hours a day sheds the calories that are typically untouchable sitting at your desk in the office.

With SharePints, Welcome Receptions, ClubSPCs, SharePints, Vendor parties and more SharePints, your liver is often startled by all the newfound attention it’s getting, albeit unwanted attention. Moderation (a word cast aside by the majority at these events) is your only saving grace. And knowing when to walk away is steady advice that carries over as well to those so inclined to have a bit of a gamble on the casino floor.

So with vices all around, how does one focus on the task at hand – the SharePoint Conference?

 

SharePoint Conference 2014 Recap: On-prem dominates

March 10th, 2014 9:46 am CDT

(You can watch my SPC14 session “The Tipping Point Between On-premises and Cloud” by scrolling down)

SPC14 logoWithout a clear Roadmap, Microsoft leaves door and imaginations open for future of SharePoint and the Cloud

SPC 2014 is in the books. The keynote was vague, leaving many with the impression that Microsoft is planning on abandoning SharePoint on-premises customers after its 2015 release.  And although I do think they were “testing the waters” to see how many would run to Office 365, SharePoint on-prem will remain dominant for the foreseeable future.

I assisted Microsoft in running the new Executive Track (great idea, by the way) which was well received by IT leadership. Total attendance at SPC was about 8,000 with 20% or 1500 CTOs and IT Directors. My candid conversations with hundreds of IT leaders serve as the basis of this blog and I hope someone in Microsoft leadership reads this or pays heed to Mark Gilbert at Gartner. We share many of the same opinions on Microsoft and SharePoint.

 

Building SharePoint 2013 Workflows with Visio Professional 2013

March 7th, 2014 12:15 pm CDT

SharePoint 2013 Workflows

Part 1: Getting Familiarized with the Visio and SharePoint Designer story for building SharePoint 2013 Workflows

Designing SharePoint 2013 workflows with Microsoft Visio 2013 Professional provides a powerful way for business users to visually define and map their business processes in order to automate them using SharePoint workflows.

While following the general process of creating a SharePoint 2013 workflow, this series will start with an overview of the workflow design tools available in Visio 2013, move on to data-binding the workflow with SharePoint Designer 2013, and conclude with publishing the workflow to a SharePoint 2013 site.

 

SPC14: The Conference that never sleeps

March 4th, 2014 12:20 pm CDT

SPC14 VegasMicrosoft’s SharePoint Conference 2014 is almost at the midway point and, other than sleep, there’s quite a bit to show for it.

With Sunday’s winter storm threatening to delay our arrival, the Fpweb.net Road Crew was forced to change flights from an early Sunday departure to Saturday afternoon, landing us at the Venetian reception right before dinner.

And dinner ended up being a tasty Manhattan at the Bourbon Room followed by a Makers Mark with Ginger Ale for dessert. The conference kicked off the second we walked into that unofficial SPC meeting space where we were greeted by old friends and new ones as everyone began arriving to Sin City.

 

How Moving to the Cloud is like Surviving a Zombie Attack

February 28th, 2014 8:30 am CDT

Zombie Cloud

They’re more similar than you think…

There are rarely times that I am taken completely off-guard, but a very interesting infographic that compared moving to the cloud with being attacked by zombies certainly made me do a double take.

What do they both have in common?

Well actually, zombies and the cloud are quite similar because they both involve preparing for a potential disaster (and people will pretty much read anything that has to do with Zombies). The reason for creating such a catchy infographic is to explain that, if you plan well enough, you can be prepared for any type of disaster, whether it’s a natural disaster that takes your data center down or a horror movie that’s come to life.

So… will you be ready if disaster strikes?

Keep these seven steps in mind when preparing for a Cloud migration or a zombie holocaust:

 


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