Get your head in the cloud: Hybrid for SharePoint Server 2013/Office 365

With the release of SharePoint Server 2013 and the new Office 365, SharePoint is increasingly moving towards an “integrated services” architecture in which on-premises SharePoint Server features can be integrated with SharePoint Online to create what is commonly called a “hybrid” SharePoint environment. In this blog post, we’ll talk a little about what constitutes a hybrid…

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New SharePoint 2013 authentication process and Test Lab Guide overview videos

Following on the cool upgrade videos published by Samantha Robertson, the following new conceptual videos that describe SharePoint 2013 authentication processes are now available: Windows claims authentication in SharePoint 2013 Forms-based claims authentication in SharePoint 2013 SAML-based claims authentication in SharePoint 2013 These videos step you through the details of claims-based authentication for user access…

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Troubleshooting methodology content for SharePoint environments with the new “Claims authentication does not validate user” topic

The Claims authentication does not validate user troubleshooting topic is now available. I see troubleshooting content as falling into two categories: break-fix and troubleshooting methodology. Break-fix troubleshooting content is designed to fix a known problem based on a specific configuration and symptom. Many Knowledgebase articles fall into this category and the content typically consists of…

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SharePoint Server 2013 Test Lab Guide stack refreshed

The SharePoint Server 2013 Test Lab Guide (TLG) stack has been refreshed for the released version of SharePoint Server 2013. Here is the current stack diagram (click on it for a larger version): The updates include the following: Additional links to software and hardware requirements for Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, SQL Server 2008…

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New “Authentication in SharePoint 2013 Learning Roadmap” topic in the TechNet Wiki

The Authentication in SharePoint 2013 Learning Roadmap topic is now available. Consider the following questions: I don’t know anything about a technology or product. What is the fastest way to build expertise? Real world example: I just got assigned this new technology. Do I really have to wade through the mountains of potential content out…

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New “SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2010 claims encoding” topic in the TechNet Wiki

The SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2010 claims encoding topic is now available. Have you ever wondered what “i:0#.w|contosochris” (or something like it) meant in the display of user sign-in information on a SharePoint site or in Unified Logging Service (ULS) log files? Well, wonder no longer. This topic describes the syntax and encoding of these…

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New SharePoint Server 2013 Test Lab Guide for Forms-based Authentication

The Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Forms-based Authentication with SharePoint Server 2013 is now available. This guide shows you how to configure forms-based authentication for user access to the default team site of the SharePoint 2013 three-tier farm. There are step-by-step instructions for the following: Step 1: Setting up the SharePoint Server 2013 three-tier farm test…

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Understanding People Picker and custom claims providers

We recently published new content that describes the People Picker control and its relationship with custom claims providers. People Picker (shown below) is a Web control used to find and select users, groups, and claims and then grant them permissions to items such as lists, libraries, or sites in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation…

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Building your Internet and intranet presence with SharePoint Server 2010

Featured today on the TechNet home page and various TechNet areas is a special package focusing on how to plan, build and manage Internet and intranet solutions with SharePoint Server 2010. This package contains two topical pages full of additional Internet and intranet resources: Planning Your Site Build and Manage Our team’s Samantha Robertson and Cern…

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