Archive for category: Office 365

SPC14: SharePoint 2013 hybrid end-to-end

04 Mar 2014
March 4, 2014

My notes about the session “SharePoint 2013 hybrid end-to-end” by Sam Hassani.

A Hybrid environment combining SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Online can fuse together the very best elements of both systems and offer a seamless experience to end-users when implemented correctly – in addition to providing you with cost savings. Attend this session to understand the solutions SharePoint hybrid environments support. We’ll walk through the end-to-end configuration process covering infrastructure, identity management and SharePoint integration points. We’ll use Search as a real-world example. Hybrid is a real way to begin to take advantage of cloud economics, achieve user-productive scenario benefits and the deployment approach is entirely supported by Microsoft.

Here are my session notes.

Why Hybrid?

O365 + Azure/On-premises = hybrid. This gives you somewhat more flexibility – at higher pace.


Hybrid Options

Search: Federated Search is possible for both directions.
Business Connectivity Services (BCS): Add oData sources sitting on-prem.
Duet Enterprise Online: Read & write against on-prem SAP systems
Identity Management: Single sign on and single identity for end users.


Enhanced capabilities will be announced for search – single, merged result set would be very nice –  I asked Sam after the session if he knows when this will be, probably not at this SPC.

Identity Management

Recommendation is that when you implement DirSync that you take it one step further and implement ADFS for the best user experience – single sign on.


DirSync is limited to 50.000 – you can add filters based on OU, Domain or User Attributes – by default every 3 hours.

Azure Ad is a requirement for hybrid scenarios – including search. If you don’t have the current users account in the cloud security trimming wont work and you wont get search results.

You need to add a domain to O365, verify it and then you can activate DirSync.

Configure SSO: Server 2003 R2 and UPN are set if the domain on prem is different. Deploy ADFS 2.0. Install Microsoft Online Services Sin in Assistant and Windows Azure AD PowerShell Modules, setup a trust between ADFS and Windows Azure AD. DirSync is based on FIM.


Sam showed us how to implement a federated search, Query Rules and floating result containers. I knew that already and I skip this for brevity.



Social was another broad topic – where is your User Profile is a key question. Is it on-prem, O365 or even on Yammer. Synchronize them?



That was quite a good session – very thorough information from a to z what challenges you face. Good stuff!


SPC14: Introducing Codename Oslo and the Office Graph

04 Mar 2014
March 4, 2014

My notes about the session “Introducing Codename Oslo and the Office Graph”.

Come see how we reimagined search and discovery across Office with Codename Oslo, powered by the Office Graph. Oslo enables you to work like a network, by proactively surfacing the best and relevant information across Office, tailored just for you. Learn how Office Graph transforms Office, with suite wide insights and machine learning.


Session by Cem Aykan and Ashok Kuppusamy.


Here are my notes:

Project Oslo

Personalized feed of elements – source is Yammer, SharePoint, Exchange and Lync.

The relevant information comes to you.


Oslo is not only for information discovery: Work as a network, Proactive and Tailored to me.

Oslo has a “presented to me” function to find presentations that were shown to me – its not clear to me how they will discover this, but it would be a cool function.


Office Graph

Content and “signals”/events across O365 auto-populating the Office Graph for teams.


Oslo will be integrated into O365, has a search as you type functionality with nice refiners.


You don’t have to change your behavior – it just works.

People view

It shows your co-workers, peers and managers – nicely presented, good insight who someone is working with.




Office Graph is extensible, personally a twitter relevancy filter would be great.
Oslo will be integrated into OneDrive, too. 1st are Office365, Yammer, Lync, Exchange. It will be available 2nd half of 2014.



LOB, External Content, External Services – examples are CRM, Ticket System, Reviews, Product Catalog. You can integrate external services and data – but no details yet, its too early.



This sounds great and very promising. Fighting the information overload, presenting data in an attractive way – who does not want that? Good session, looking forward to try Oslo out and hoping that “the relevant information comes to me”. The presentation was very entertaining and interactive, totally likes the style!


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