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Hybrid SharePoint & Office 365 Learning Opportunities at SharePoint Conference North America

Attending SPCNA? Come learn about hybrid scenarios with SharePoint and Office 365 in a post-conference workshop.

As an attendee of the workshop you’ll receive a $500.00 Azure Pass, a complete SharePoint Server 2016 environment and an Office 365 Tenant that you can use to build your skills and complete hands on labs, both while at the workshop and even after the event. If you’ve already registered for the conference you can add the workshop to your registration by creating a new workshop-only registration at http://sharepointna.com/.  If you register for this workshop before May 21st, you’ll receive an additional $200.00 off of the workshop registration when using the Discount Code HYBRID. If you haven’t registered for the conference, there’s still time left. Visit http://sharepointna.com/ for details and use the Discount Code HYBRID to save $200.00 off of the conference pass.

Space is limited to 100 so add or register today.

Workshop Details:

Ramping up with Microsoft SharePoint Server & Office 365 hybrid scenarios

Speakers:

  • Neil Hodgkinson
  • Jason Himmelstein
  • Bill Baer
  • Aimme Triplett

This workshop will have hands-on labs. Bring your own fully charged laptop.

Cloud computing has become a popular way to reduce capital and operational expenditures, renew IT innovation, and gain the advantage of more rapid software delivery to meet the needs of business. However, compliance, data sovereignty, sensitivity concerns, or a significant investment in customization may limit your organization’s ability to take advantage of this. Today you can maximize your on-premises investment by upgrading to SharePoint Server 2016 and using hybrid scenarios in Office 365 to seamlessly leverage the cloud. This workshop is designed to give you the deep technical knowledge to deploy SharePoint Server 2016 as well as design and implement the latest hybrid scenarios including search, auditing, taxonomy and more.

Attendees will receive instructor led training on best practices for implementing a variety of hybrid scenarios and workloads, training materials, to include documentation and presentations and a dedicated lab environment including a SharePoint Server 2016 farm and an Office 365 Tenant that can be used to complete hands on labs during and after the event.

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Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation Now Available in SharePoint Server 2016

Hybrid self-service site creation allows an administrator of SharePoint Server 2016 to redirect the site creation experience to SharePoint Online where users are prompted to create sites through the modern site and group creation flow.

To configure hybrid self-service site creation:

Install the November 2017 Public Update for SharePoint Server 2016.

Once installed, the option to configure hybrid self-service site creation will be available in SharePoint Central Administration.

To configure hybrid self-service site creation, select the Web application to configure and follow the configure options.

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Hybrid self-service site creation respects your hybrid audience settings. If you use a hybrid audience, members of the hybrid audience will be redirected to SharePoint Online for self-service site creation, while on-premises only users will continue to be directed to self-service site creation in SharePoint Server.

When a user visits the self-service site creation Url on-premises, they will be redirected to the SharePoint Online site/group creation flow.

To learn more about hybrid self-service site creation in SharePoint Server 2016 visit https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt844720(v=office.16).aspx.

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Ignite 2017 Pre-Day Training – SharePoint and Office 365 Hybrid Scenarios

Join myself, Neil Hodgkinson, Spence Harbar, Bob Fox, and other industry experts for a Microsoft Ignite pre-day training on implementing hybrid scenarios with SharePoint and Office 365.

Cloud computing has become a popular way to reduce capital and operational expenditures, renew IT innovation, and gain the advantage of more rapid software delivery to meet the needs of business. However, compliance, data sovereignty, sensitivity concerns, or a significant investment in customization may limit your organization’s ability to take advantage of this. Today you can maximize your on-premises investment by upgrading to SharePoint Server 2016 and using hybrid scenarios in Office 365 to seamlessly leverage the cloud. This pre-day workshop is designed to give you the deep technical knowledge to deploy SharePoint Server 2016 as well as design and implement the latest hybrid scenarios including search, auditing, taxonomy and more.

Attendees will receive instructor led training on best practices for implementing a variety of hybrid scenarios and workloads, training materials, to include documentation and presentations and a each, a dedicated lab environment including a SharePoint Server 2016 farm and an Office 365 Tenant that can be used to complete hands on labs during and after the event.

Space is limited, register today https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite/agenda.

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Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation now available for SharePoint Server 2013

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At the center of collaboration is the site and modern Team Site in Office 365 are core to discovering and showcasing the most relevant and important information to you and your business. While SharePoint Online in Office 365 is an attractive alternative to on-premises business solutions with SharePoint. You might want to or need to deploy specific solutions in the cloud while still maintaining your on-premises investments or gradually move to cloud using a staged, workload-driven approach.

Hybrid scenarios with Office 365 and SharePoint on-premises allow you to bring the cloud to your business while bringing the business to the cloud. Today we’re pleased to announce the availability of hybrid self-service site creation for customers of SharePoint Server 2013.

New hybrid self-service site creation allows SharePoint administrators to direct users site creations requests to Office 365. This new hybrid capability allows administrators of SharePoint Server 2013 to have the option to enable their existing or new Self-Service Site Creation flow redirect users to SharePoint Online to create a Group (with an associated Team Site). SharePoint administrators can turn this feature on or off on the Self-service Site Collection Management page, accessible from SharePoint 2013 Central Administration.

This capability is included in the March 2017 Public Update available later today. Download the March 2017 Public Update for SharePoint Server 2013 at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt715807(v=office.16).aspx#BKMK_2013.

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New with the March 2017 Public Update for SharePoint Server 2013 is the option to Create Site Collections in SharePoint Online as illustrated above. When selecting this option any hybrid user that goes to the Self-service Site Creation page (/_layouts/15/scsignup.aspx) will be redirected to SharePoint Online Group creation, and will be able to create a Group and associated Team Site in the Cloud using the new modern group creation flow. Hybrid users are defined through inclusion in one or more audiences as configured when enabling the hybrid sites feature in SharePoint Server 2013. To learn more about hybrid sites and audiences see also https://support.office.com/article/5ff7e56a-7af2-4511-adec-1e043afe244e.

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For on-premises only users, or those excluded from the hybrid audience as described above, they will still be able to use the existing On-Premise Self-service Site Creation experience.

In addition to the configuration options available directly through SharePoint 2013 Central Administration, there will also be entry points to the configuration page through a one-time Central Administration alert box and from the Hybrid Picker in Office 365.

The cloud is no longer a luxury—it’s central to a mobile, modern workplace—and Office 365 brings the cloud to you, on your terms and across SharePoint and OneDrive we’re constantly working to help you take advantage of the power of Office 365. Kick start the journey to the cloud with hybrid self-service site creation today.

Resources

Learn more about hybrid scenarios across Office 365 at http://hybrid.office.com/.

Download the hybrid scenarios pocket guide with SharePoint and Office 365 at https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=842608.

Get more information on implementing hybrid scenarios with SharePoint and Office 365 at https://support.office.com/en-us/article/SharePoint-Hybrid-4c89a95a-a58c-4fc1-974a-389d4f195383.

FaQ

Q:  Will this feature be available to SharePoint Server 2016?

A:  Yes.  In H2 CY2017 we’ll make available hybrid self-service site creation to customers of SharePoint Server 2016.  In the near term you can continue to deploy the hybrid sites feature as an interim solution.  To learn more about hybrid sites see also https://support.office.com/en-us/article/SharePoint-hybrid-sites-and-search-5ff7e56a-7af2-4511-adec-1e043afe244e.

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Hybrid Scenarios with SharePoint and Office 365 Updates and Recap + Hybrid Taxonomy GA

Cross-posted from my post on the Microsoft Technical Community at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/SharePoint-Blog/Hybrid-Scenarios-with-SharePoint-and-Office-365-Updates-and/ba-p/47571#M204.

Ubiquitous connectivity, the proliferation of devices – the rise of the cloud.

The cloud has become mainstream and services such as Office 365 are an attractive alternative to on-premises business solutions with SharePoint.  However, for a variety of reasons, you might want to or need to deploy specific solutions in the cloud while still maintaining your on-premises investments.  For some organizations, you may wish to gradually move to cloud using a staged, workload-driven approach.  Hybrid scenarios with Office 365 and SharePoint on-premises allow you to bring the cloud to your business while bringing the business to the cloud.  From on-premises to the cloud and back—your information is where and when you want, at your pace, using the investments you already have. Your existing solutions coexist with the cloud—without the full cost of migration. You can even use Delve and Power BI with on-premises data.

The cloud is no longer a luxury—it’s central to a mobile, modern workplace—and Office 365 brings the cloud to you, on your terms and across SharePoint and OneDrive we’re constantly working to help you take advantage of the power of Office 365.

In November we announced preview availability of two new hybrid scenarios coinciding with Feature Pack 2 for SharePoint Server 2016 – hybrid auditing and hybrid taxonomy..

Hybrid Taxonomy (Generally Available)
Today we’re pleased to announce hybrid taxonomy is generally available.

Taxonomy is key to promoting discoverability and access to the right information at the right time. Hybrid taxonomy in SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Server 2016 allows customers to bring their taxonomy store to Office 365 enabling a single-source for creating and managing Terms, Term Sets and Groups through a single Managed Metadata Service.

Hybrid Auditing (Preview)
Hybrid auditing is a new feature that aims at helping administrators manage their SharePoint infrastructure by giving them access to various reports and dashboards in Office 365. The reports are generated from SharePoint Server 2016 on-premises diagnostic and usage logs.

If you opt in for this service, audit logs get collected and uploaded to Office 365 regularly. From the Office 365 dashboard, you can view auditing and activity reports that show usage and reliability patterns in your SharePoint Server 2016 farm alongside data from your SharePoint Online tenant.

Hybrid auditing will become generally available later this calendar year.

Learn more about hybrid scenarios with Office 365 and SharePoint on-premises at http://hybrid.office.com/.

Resources
Download the hybrid scenarios pocket guide with SharePoint and Office 365 at https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=842608.

Get more information on implementing hybrid scenarios with SharePoint and Office 365 at https://support.office.com/en-us/article/SharePoint-Hybrid-4c89a95a-a58c-4fc1-974a-389d4f195383.

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SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 Hybrid Scenarios

SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2, released on November 18th, 2015, introduces several new hybrid capabilities that drive end-user familiarity and provide further abstraction of Office 365 when coexisting with SharePoint on-premises to include a new hybrid extensible App Launcher and profile redirection.

Extensible App Launcher

The App Launcher is a familiar feature in Office and it’s now been extended to SharePoint Server 2016. The App Launcher provides a common location to discover new apps and navigate SharePoint on-premises and Office 365.

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The extensible hybrid app launcher is designed to help you get to your Office 365 apps and services from SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2.  The extensible App Launcher is enabled when enabling hybrid Team Sites and/or OneDrive for Business, once you enable this feature, you’ll see the Office 365 Delve and Video apps, along with your custom Office 365 tiles, appear in your SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 app launcher.

The Extensible Hybrid App Launcher is a SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 feature that requires Office 365 functionality which is scheduled to roll out during December 2015 and January 2016.

Learn more about the Extensible App Launcher at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=715519.

Profile Redirection

Profile redirection is a component of the hybrid Team Sites feature introduced in SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1.  Profile redirection, in a hybrid Team Sites configuration redirects cloud (hybrid) users to their profile in Office 365 powered by Office Delve ensuring hybrid users have a single place for their profile information.

Learn more about Profile Redirection at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=708802.

Hybrid Team Sites

Hybrid Team Sites provides a solution to help hybrid users reconcile and rationalize site membership and discovery across SharePoint on-premises and Office 365.  For example, if you're a member of several team sites in your organization, you may want to start following them for easy access.  When you follow a team site, it gets listed on your Sites page.  When you follow sites, you can quickly navigate to libraries on these sites from OneDrive for Business or the Sites tile on-premises or in Office 365.

When a user follows a site, a link to that site is added to the user's Followed Sites list. If you're using both SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 and SharePoint Online, your users will have different followed lists for sites in each location. Hybrid sites features consolidates the information from both locations into the SharePoint Online list in Office 365.

Learn more about Team Sites at https://technet.microsoft.com/library/mt346108(v=office.16).aspx.

OneDrive for Business

In SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2, you can redirect users to OneDrive for Business in Office 365 when they click OneDrive or Sites in the navigation bar. This is known as OneDrive for Business hybrid.

With this feature, no matter where they are, users can quickly access their documents and any information that they choose to sync from their SharePoint sites. This best-of-both-worlds approach lets you keep your key business information in your own environment while allowing users the flexibility to access their documents from anywhere.

With this feature, you can continue to use your on-premises SharePoint farm while providing your users with an easy way to store, share, and collaborate in the cloud with OneDrive for Business in Office 365.

Learn more about hybrid OneDrive for Business at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn627523.aspx.

Search

SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 provides two discrete hybrid search scenarios, Cloud Hybrid Search introduced in August 2015 to SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview and SharePoint Server 2013, in addition to the classic federated hybrid search scenario, introduced in SharePoint Server 2013.

Cloud Hybrid Search

The Cloud Hybrid Search scenario represents the next generation in hybrid search and discovery.  With the cloud hybrid search solution, both your on-premises and Office 365 crawled content is unified in a search index hosted in Office 365.  When users query your search index in Office 365, they get search results from both on-premises and Office 365 content.  The content metadata is encrypted when it’s transferred to the search index in Office 365, so the on-premises content remains secure.  You configure search in Office 365, except for the crawling set-up, which you do on SharePoint Server.

Learn more about cloud hybrid search at http://connect.microsoft.com/office/SelfNomination.aspx?ProgramID=8647&pageType=1.

In SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 a Cloud Search Service Application can be created in SharePoint Central Administration; however, onboarding requires running the onboarding script that can be downloaded via link above. 

Federated Hybrid Search

Federated hybrid search is a hybrid search scenario in which a query issued by a user is federated or distributed across on-premises and Office 365 returning a set of results from each location as discrete entities.  In a federated hybrid search scenario on-premises crawled content is stored on-premises in the search index and Office 365 content in the search index in Office 365 with no affinity between the two data sets.  Federated hybrid search can be configured in inbound, outbound, or bi-directional hybrid topologies.

Outbound

User searches from the SharePoint Server 2013 Search Center display hybrid results. This is called outbound hybrid search. For information about how to set up outbound hybrid search, see Display hybrid search results in SharePoint Server 2013.

Inbound

User searches from the SharePoint Online Search Center display hybrid results. This is called inbound hybrid search. For information about how to set up inbound hybrid search, see Display hybrid search results in SharePoint Online.

Hybrid Scenario Picker

The hybrid scenario picker is a new feature in Office 365 that simplifies the configuration and deployment of hybrid capabilities with SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Server 2016.  You can use the scenario picker wizard to redirect OneDrive for Business to SharePoint Online, and/or to make a Server-to-Server (S2S)/OAuth connection for your SharePoint Hybrid features.

Learn more about the Hybrid Scenario Picker at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=620229&clcid=0x409.

Extranet Sites 

An extranet site in SharePoint is a site that organizations create to let external users have access to relevant content and to collaborate with them. Extranet sites allow a way for partners to securely do business with your organization. The content for your partner is kept in one place and they have only the content and access they need. They don’t need to email the documents back and forth or use some tools that are not sanctioned by IT.

Traditionally, deploying a SharePoint on-premisesextranet site involves complex configuration to establish security measures and governance, including granting access inside the corporate firewall, and expensive initial and on-going cost.

But with O365 SharePoint Hybrid extranet, partners connect directly to a members-only site in Office 365, without access to the corporate on-premises environment or any other Office 365 site. Office 365 Extranet sites can be accessed anywhere.

Learn more about hybrid Office 365 Extranets at  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=537696&clcid=0x409.

Document Collaboration

Recently a new attachment option has been made available in Office 365. In Exchange 2016, this option, known as document collaboration, allows on-premises users to integrate attachments stored on OneDrive for Business directly in their Outlook on the web clients.

Learn more about Document Collaboration at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=715521.

Get Started with SharePoint Hybrid

SharePoint Hybrid is about connecting best of both worlds, on-premises and Cloud, together and achieve business values through hybrid pillars.

A hybrid solution can help your company get started in the cloud, taking a first step to explore the cloud functionality at own your pace. A hybrid environment enables enterprise users to be connected from almost anywhere to the resources and content they need.

Learn more about hybrid SharePoint at http://hybrid.office.com/.

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Simplifying Hybrid Configuration with the new Hybrid Scenario Picker

This month we continued to invest in simplifying the Office 365 and SharePoint 2013 hybrid experience with the new hybrid scenario picker available in the Office 365 Administration Center.

Overview

The hybrid scenario picker is designed to help customers get up and running quickly with in-market and future hybrid scenarios by providing quick access to hybrid scenarios such as OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Sites in addition to programmatically configuring hybrid prerequisites to include Server-to-Server (S2s) and OAuth connections.

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Scenarios

The current hybrid scenario picker experience provides access to two (2) core scenarios supported with SharePoint Server 2013 and the upcoming release of SharePoint Server 2016 Preview.

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SharePoint Hybrid OneDrive for Business – The Hybrid OneDrive option redirects your on-premises My Sites/OneDrive host to SharePoint Online OneDrive for Business. Once the wizard completes, any click of the OneDrive link from on-premises will redirect to OneDrive in the Cloud. The redirection is complete and users may begin moving or syncing files to the Cloud for storage, right away.  The wizard also configures a sever-to-server (S2S/OAuth) connection between SharePoint Server on-premises and SharePoint Online.

SharePoint Hybrid Site Features – The Hybrid SharePoint Sites option configures a server-to-server (S2S/OAuth) connection that allows you to join features of your team site to your SharePoint Online site collection in Office 365.  OneDrive for Business redirection is also configured when you click this option. Note that, depending on what hybrid features you want to use, there may be other steps that you need to complete when this wizard finishes.  For example, if you want to configure SharePoint Server search as a hybrid of SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server on-premises.

Prerequisites

To successfully configure a hybrid Office 365 and SharePoint 2013 experience using the hybrid scenario picker your SharePoint Server 2013 farm should have the August PU installed, ports 80 and 443 should be open for outbound connections, and users synchronized with Office 365 using Azure Active Directory Sync (AAD Sync).

Resources

To learn more about hybrid Office 365 and SharePoint scenarios see also https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj838715.aspx.

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