Monday, October 3, 2016

Collab365 – Azure Notification Hub

I’ll be speaking at the largest online conference for SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure which is Collab365 Global Conference 2016. It’ll take place on 19th to 20th October with 121 online sessions.


Session title: Azure Notification Hub

Session overview:
Do you have a need to send notifications to thousands or millions of users at once who use different devices on different platforms? Azure notification hub is the best answer. Azure Notification Hubs provide an easy-to-use, multiplatform, scaled-out push infrastructure that enables you to send mobile push notifications to any mobile platform. With Notification Hubs you can easily send cross-platform, personalized push notifications, abstracting the details of the different platform notification systems (PNS). With a single API call, you can target individual users or entire audience segments containing millions of users, across all their devices. In this session I will cover the basics of Azure Notification Hub, configuration, building an application to send and receive notification and customizing your notifications with different templates.

What you will learn:

  • Basics of Azure Notification Hub
  • Need of Windows App Developer account
  • Configuring Notification Hub
  • Send and receive notifications
  • Customize notifications with Payload templates

For registration link.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Feature pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016

What is a feature pack?
As Microsoft says “Unlike previous versions of SharePoint, release-to-manufacture (RTM) did not define the end of innovation, but the beginning. As we continue to develop SharePoint Server 2016, we’ve paid close attention to customer feedback, trends in content management, team collaboration, user experiences across devices, and how the cloud can be blended into existing on-premises scenarios in new and compelling ways. Feature Packs allow us to accelerate delivery of cloud-first features to our Software Assurance customers (where noted) of SharePoint Server 2016 outside of the traditional 2- to 3-year release cadence.”

Microsoft has SharePoint Online the cloud version and SharePoint Server the on-premises version. Keeping on-premises version up to date with the online version is a real challenge. Bringing the demanding features of online version to the on-premises version on time is a tough job. But today Microsoft announced the Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016. It brings the enhancements including,

  • Logging of administrative actions performed in Central Administration and with Windows PowerShell.
  • Enhancements to MinRole to support small environments.
  • A new OneDrive for Business user experience.
  • Custom tiles in the SharePoint app launcher.
  • Unified auditing across site collections on-premises and in Office 365.
  • Unified taxonomy across on-premises and Office 365.
  • OneDrive API 2.0.

This will be available in November 2016. For more information please read link.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Error: EACCES: permission denied, access '/usr/local/lib/node_modules'

If you are wondering what I'm up to these days by setting up Node, npm in a Mac. Well I'm preparing my Mac for SharePoint development. Specifically Apps using client side libraries and scripts.

I'm trying to install Yeoman through the terminal application in Mac and ended up getting the below error.

Error: EACCES: permission denied, access '/usr/local/lib/node_modules'

Though I use Mac, I'm a hardcore Windows user and do my development in Windows and mainly Microsoft technologies. So this error is new to me. Read quite a few blogs to find the correct method to resolve the issue and below is my finding.

Its a permissions issue in the home directory. I need to reclaim the ownership of the npm directory.

sudo chown -R ReplaceWithUserName ~/.npm

Also I need the write permission in to node_modules directory:
sudo chown -R ReplaceWithUserName /usr/local/lib/node_modules

This sorted my issue installing Yeoman.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Installing Node.js on OS X El Capitan

I'm new to Node.js. Currently all I know about Node is that it is an asynchronous event driven JavaScript runtime which is designed to build scalable network applications as the official Node site says. All I'm trying to do right now is to setup Node in my Mac and thought of sharing my experience with the community.

To install Node.js, you need to go to the where you can download a pre-compiled binary package which is easy to install. I'm going for version 6 with latest features.

You can install the package from the downloaded dmg file. The installation wizard will install Node.js and the npm (Node Package Manager) which is the default package manager for Node.js. Well, this 14MB downloaded file will take nearly 47MB of installation space from your machine. Completion of the installation, check whether the /usr/local/bin is added to your path. Type echo $PATH is the terminal.
As mentioned above, check the path.
Next step is to test the installation as shown below.
You can even check the version of node with the command node -v

This is my first step with Node, along way to go.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Azure Roadshow 2016

Another busy day for the MVPs and the techies. It’s the Azure Roadshow time for the year 2016. A day full of technical sessions. This is in parallel to to the Global Azure Boot Camp.







It’s always a pleasure to engage in community activities and share the knowledge with the techies. Smile

Saturday, April 23, 2016

SharePoint Development and DevOps Practices with VSTS

This is an interview I came across in Channel 9. Just thought of sharing it with the community as it shows the real world usage of DevOps in SharePoint Development. Thanks to Vincent Biret and Julien Stroheker for the great insight.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Reporting portal in Office 365 Admin Center

Office 365 provides a very rich product suite. Especially for organizations which will help & ease their day-to-day tasks. But what’s missing? The reporting, insights on how the services are used, specially the detailed reports on individual user activities. Few days back, Office 365 team released the new reporting portal for Office 365. This is a part of the new admin center.


New portal and the reports allow the drill down facility; Service level, file level, user level etc. Within the new admin center > Reports > Usage is where you get access to all the currently  released reports. Rollout will start from US, Australia and Canada.

Check below for a few sample reports.