SharePoint Server 2016 new hybrid features

New hybrid features of SharePoint Server 2016Microsoft has announced SharePoint 2016 version vision and strategy in April 2015. It became available for users with SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview edition in August 2015. To meet the exact up-to-date customers’ needs the SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2, based on customers’ feedback, has been released in November 2015.
SharePoint Server 2016 introduces familiar and intuitive user experiences, cloud-inspired infrastructure with hybrid at the core and robust security and compliance for SharePoint Server 2016.
MS SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 provides new hybrid experiences that enable customers to take advantage of the possibilities of the cloud.

In SharePoint Server 2016 new hybrid features are available to enable hybrid solutions. Here are the most prominent ones:

– Hybrid Cloud Search. A new unified Search approach experience is now available in SharePoint Server 2016. With its help all of your crawled content gets indexed (including on-premises content) to your search index in Office 365. You would need to use the Office 365 Search to take advantages of this feature.

– Hybrid OneDrive for Business. Users can sync files with Office 365 and share them with others. They can also get access to their files through the Office 365 directly from any device.


- Extensible Hybrid App Launcher. SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 introduces the App Launcher to gain a common access experience across applications and solutions in Office 365 and SharePoint Server 2016.

– Sites you follow in one place. Users can now have the ability to follow SharePoint Server and SharePoint Online sites, and see them aggregated in a single list. 
- Data Loss Prevention. Intensified support for new Data Loss Prevention capabilities is included in SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2.

– Increased File Size for uploads. The limit for maximum size of the uploaded file to SharePoint, set to 2Gb in previous versions, is no longer the issue. Though there’s no real limit now, Microsoft has strongly recommended for it not to go beyond 10Gb.

– Mobile experience. SharePoint Server 2016 comes with a touch friendly interface to allow you to make decisions faster and keep in contact with colleagues.

– Durable links. The idea is to make sure that links, you sent to your folks continues to work regardless of what happens to the document, i.e. the file name was changed or the document moved.

– Compliance tools. SharePoint Server 2016 provides a wide range of features and capabilities to ensure sensitive information to remains safe and that the appropriate people have access to the right information at the proper time.

Cloud security myths


Our support engineer Anna Beletskaya says at her article about common security myths

http://betanews.com/2015/07/24/cloud-security-myths-busted/

The benefits of cloud are vast and significant. Cloud enables rapid deployment, provisioning, and scaling of IT resources and data.        It also shortens development time, reduces waste, and lowers costs. But despite increasing cloud adoption rates, some companies still do not rush to move its workloads and applications to the cloud due to some common myths and delusions that are more fluff than fact.

When organizations are considering moving to the cloud one of the first questions asked is, “Is it secure?” It’s a reasonable question, since there have been a lot of fears and doubts circulating across the industry around this point – particularly with some high profile breaches in 2014. While security is always a priority when it comes to business, several of these concerns are much more bark than bite. So, let’s demystify those concerns and give peace of mind for organizations looking to move forward with a transition to the cloud.



1. Cloud Environments Are Easier to Attack

Two identical servers have the same potential vulnerability risk level, no matter if they’re located in your company’s private data center or within a cloud provider’s data center. The data protection’s level relies less on the machines and more on the security state of each data center environment. At this point, many companies store their most valuable data in private clouds that they protect and maintain on their own. But if you are managing a few in-house IT resources of a small company, an external provider likely has more security expertise than you do.

So the clouds aren’t easier to attack, since the vulnerability depends on the security posture of the data center itself, which is provided by various security tools and methods.

2. Customers in the same cloud can attack each other.

Within a public cloud, multiple tenants share processing, storage, and other computing services within a cloud services provider’s data centers. It might make you imagine that it’s easy for one tenant to steal another tenant’s data due to the concept of shared resources. But in fact, virtualization provides strong partitions between tenants within the data center, so that they’re effectively isolated from each other. Unless your data center is owned by a competitor that would love to snitch your data, it’s very unlikely you’ll become an intended attack victim by a fellow customer.

3. You can’t control where your data resides in the cloud. 

Data residency is a key concern, and many countries’ regulations do not allow exporting of personal data or its storage to another country. Knowing where your data resides requires transparency from your provider. You should also know where your data travels and how it is protected either at rest or over transition. This myth can be easily addressed by choosing a global cloud service provider, which provides secure cloud hosting solutions and operates data centers in multiple countries.

Putting your cloud fears aside will allow you to see the benefits of cloud solutions – such as lower costs, smarter resources usage, and expanded capacity. You just need to rely on a trustworthy cloud solutions provider, such as PlexHosted LLC, which delivers the security and data protection level, that will satisfy your requirements, and can provide you with fully managed secure private cloud or a separate tenant within the public cloud.

Data import from Excel spreadsheet to SharePoint list

We would like to show you how to import your data within Excel spreadsheet into a SharePoint list.

It’s quite simple. Follow the instructions:

1. Login to your SharePoint site. Click Settings, click Site Content

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2. Click “Add an app”

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3. Type “excel” in the Find an app textbox. Click Import Spreadseet

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4. Type the name for the new list, description. Click Browse button and select your Excel spreadsheet file. Click Import button

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5. Select the Range type and select the range for the data. Click Import button

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6. Now you can see your new list with the data that was imported from Excel spreadsheet

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How to reset a user password in Sharepoint 2013

We would like to show you how to reset a user password in Sharepoint 2013

You need to perform the following steps:

1. To open Active Directory Users and Computers, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools , and then double-click Active Directory Users and Computers.

2. In the console tree, click Users or, click the folder that contains the user account.

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3. In the details pane, right-click the user whose password you want to reset, and then click Reset Password.

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4. Type and confirm the password.

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To start using it check our Sharepoint Enterprise Plan (Public Sites Included):

https://plexhosted.com/services/hosted-sharepoint-2013/hosted-sharepoint-enterprise-2013.html

How to publish Access 2013 database on a SharePoint 2013 Enterprise site

We show you how to publish Access 2013 database on your SharePoint 2013 Enterprise site.

Start Access 2013. Open an existing database or create a new database. To create new database go to the New tab in the left navigation pane and then select Blank desktop database from the templates

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2. Specify the name of the database and click Create

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3. Edit your database tables as required

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4. Select the table name and right mouse click. Select Export at the drop-down menu and then select SharePoint List

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5. Specify a SharePoint site URL. Specify a name for a new list, check the box Open the list when finished and then click OK

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6. Your new database list will open in browser. Click on Stop to stop editing this list and to finish publishing the database

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To start using it check our Sharepoint Enterprise Plan (Public Sites Included):

https://plexhosted.com/services/hosted-sharepoint-2013/hosted-sharepoint-enterprise-2013.html

 

Microsoft SharePoint 2013. Creating a PowerPivot gallery

Hi, You may be interested to know how to create PivotPivot gallery.

  1. Login to the SharePoint 2013 site as an administrator
  2. Click on the Settings icon and choose Site Settings from the drop-down menu

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3.  Navigate to the Site collection features under Site Collection Administration header

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4. Make sure that PowerPivot Integration for Site Collections feature is activated. If not, activate this feature

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5. Click on the Settings icon and choose Add an app from the menu

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6. Choose PowerPivot Gallery app

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7. Provide the name for your PowerPivot Gallery and click Create

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8. Now you can see that PowerPivot Gallery has been added to your SharePoint site

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How to hide all signs of “MS Excel” on your Business Intelligence reports

Sometimes our clients want to hide all signs of “MS Excel” on their BI reports, or just show the report on the full screen.

How to hide all signs of “MS Excel” from your Business Intelligence reports

The reasons are different, but in most cases they don’t want end users to know, that reports were made in MS Excel application. After some research and practical attempts we’ve found that this is not possible, even using custom code. The good news are that there is a good built-in “workaround” inside a SharePoint, the bad news – this option is not showing on the site by default.

This “workaround” is RSDS (shared data source) connection file. Reports based on the RSDS connections provide all PowerPivot/BI capabilities, but without any signs of “MS Excel”. Today we’ll tell you how to enable the RSDS connections and use them to create reports.

By default the *.Rsds file content type does not appear as a new item dropdown in the Data Connection library. So our first step will be to configure the Data Connection library to include the Report Data Source Content type.
1. Navigate to the document library in which you are going to create your RSDS connection file and Power View report
2. Go to the Library tab and click on Library Settings.
3. Navigate to the Advanced Settings.
4. Choose Yes under Allow management of content types, and click OK.
5. Under the Content Types click on the Add from the existing site content types hyperlink.
6. Choose Report Data Source from the available site content types, click Add and then OK.

So, the first part is over. We’ve enabled the RSDS connections for the Data Connection library. Let’s proceed and create RSDS connection file.

1. Return to your document library, in the Files tab click New Document and choose Report Data Source.
2. Enter the name for your RSDS file and choose Microsoft BI Semantic Model for Power View from the Data Source Type menu.
3. In the Connection String field enter a pointer to the data source in the following format: (Data Source=http://yourdomain.com/Shared Documents/YourWorkbook.xlsx).
Optional: If you are using a workbook from the PowerPivot Gallery the pointer will be like: (Data Source=http://yourdomain.com/PowerPivot%20Gallery/YourWorkbook.xlsx).
4. In Credentials leave Windows authentication (integrated) or SharePoint user option selected and click on Test Connection. If connection created successfully, click OK.
5. Now you can see your shared data source (RSDS) connection file.

We’ve successfully enabled and created a first RSDS connection file. So, let’s proceed and create our PowerView report.

1. Return to your document library where RSDS connection file was created.
2. Click on the RSDS connection file to start creation of the Power View report.
3. Customize your report according to your goals.
4. Create your report and click on Save as in the File menu.
5. Now you are prompted to save report to the document library. Provide the name for your report and click Save.
6. Return to the document library and refresh the page. You can see your Power View report created using the shared data source (RSDS) connection file.

That is it. We’ve created a PowerView report with no signs of “MS Excel”, only your beautiful data :)
Hope this post will help you to improve your SharePoint skills.

New Cloud Offerings from PlexHosted

PlexHosted Unveils New Cloud Offerings to Enhance Collaboration and Improve Productivity Across the Enterprise

Company’s managed hosting solutions make the cloud practical and affordable to businesses of all sizes; no more one-size-fits-all cloud at sky-high prices.

Jamestown, R.I. – March 10, 2015 – PlexHosted, a developer of robust managed cloud-hosting solutions for better enterprise collaboration, today unveiled enhanced cloud offerings solutions for business, ensuring the cloud is both practical and affordable to organizations of all sizes.Cloud migration can be daunting for small and mid-sized businesses, especially when faced with expensive service offerings from large vendors and filled with capabilities they don’t need. PlexHosted’s new hosting solutions provide the same quality of management as larger vendors, but at a much more attractive price.

PlexHosted’s new standalone farms start at $279 per month, which is 10% less than its nearest competitor. It’s two-tier farms (from $628), three-tier farms (from $877), and HA farms (from $1,799) also all show significant savings from average market prices. Those fees include 24/7 server(s) and services monitoring as part of the service – there are no additional set-up and hourly support fees as found at many other vendors. PlexHosted delivers cloud IaaS solutions and manages the farm all at one low monthly price.

In order to ensure optimal performance for businesses utilizing enterprise software platforms, PlexHosted has implemented Microsoft’s recommendations for the hardware used to support software like SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync. The result is a platform that performs better and works faster, ensuring customers are able to continue to achieve the business productivity they require.

Some of the technical improvements include faster RAM; a CPU core ratio now dedicated as 1vcpu = 1 physical core; increased HDD IO speed; and cloud machines that can now utilize a 1GB network for both public and private transfers. All of this allows for an almost immediate customer deployment and speedy hardware upgrades.
PlexHosted also utilizes geo-location in order to deploy servers both in the United States and globally, including Washington D.C., Houston, Dallas, San Jose, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto, Mexico, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Frankfurt.

For a complete breakout of the new offerings and service plans please visit PlexHosted’s website

SharePoint 2013 BI and MySQL

SharePoint 2013 BI and MySQL, Multi-Tenant PowerPivot 2013 Hosting, PowerPivot data refresh in SharePoint 2013

 SharePoint 2013 BI and MySQL
SharePoint BI and MySQL
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PlexHosted is pleased to announce support for the connectivity of SharePoint hosted workbooks to open source MySQL database server. Now our customers are free to use MySQL as an external data source in their PowerPivot and PowerView reports with our multi-tenant SharePoint 2013 BI service.

PowerPivot data refresh in SharePoint 2013

PlexHosted PowerPivot solutions provide interactive and scheduled data refresh of PowerPivot workbooks from the latest information and data sources. The importance of receiving information in a timely fashion is obvious for business owners, isn`t it?

SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence and MySQL database server

As always PlexHosted continues to improve the quality and scalability of its services as well as its expertise in the SharePoint Hosting industry. Previously, data refresh from MySQL was available only in dedicated SharePoint environments. Now you can easily connect a workbook to your MySQL database, upload it to your hosted SharePoint site, and have your business critical data always up to date.

Real-time Business Intelligence 2013, integration of data from various data sources, analyzing large amounts of information, effective sharing and collaborating with the most recent data, great data visualization, exceptional performance, and customer support available 24/7/365 are among the capabilities available with PlexHosted and its SharePoint 2013 BI services.

Use SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence with PlexHosted – improve your business!

References:

SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence Overview
SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence

SharePoint 2013 BI and MySQL
SharePoint 2013 BI and MySQL, PlexHosted – Hosted PowerPivot Data in SharePoint 2013