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User Group Munich: SharePoint 2016 Hybrid with Samuel Zuercher

20 Jun 2016
June 20, 2016

Some quick notes  (more a braindump) about the last SharePoint User Group in Munich (6/14/2016) with Samuel Zuercher. Samuel was apparently a little sick, but still presented remotely!

That was one of the funniest User Group in a while, I had good fun and Samuel delivered some solid info about SharePoint 2016 hybrid story.

Hybrid Overview by Samuel Zuercher

  1. Start with OneDrive
  2. Shared with me does not work with mixed content.
  3. Hybrid sites – no provisioning support
  4. No hybrid for Managed Metadata – woot?
  5. App Launcher does not show full experience. Results are separated by environment – hopefully fixed soon, this will be a problem for lots of users. Confuses me, too!
  6. No migration of sites – a scenario picker with support options would be great here.
Attention level is high!

Attention level is high!

SharePoint is like iceberg, management and end users only see the tip of it – Samuel Zuercher

Scenario Picker

  1. OneDrive
  2. Hybrid Sites
  3. More scenarios will follow

Social story

Out of the box newsfeed not recommended. 100% same functionality as for SP2013, maybe even the exact same code.

Site Provisioning

Provisioning: App Model und Remote Provisioning (officepnp)Machine generated alternative text: ON PREMISE PROVISIONING THROUGH POWERSHELL to approve Site Requests oroÄsion an On Prem or Is XML that runs in a (Cn Ft±rn) including a Template -STSO (Teamstte)

Teamsite template is the only good template  – Samuel Zuercher

Provision site templates with site deletion policy to implement governance.

Site Provisioning with Powershell

Site Provisioning with PowerShell

Hybrid Search

Configuration is complex, script-based solution is available makes your life easier!


Solid session, free beer (thanks AvePoint!) and many like-minded! Good stuff!

Can’t make it to Microsoft Ignite? Watch the keynote with us!

28 Apr 2015
April 28, 2015

Microsoft Ignite is next week (see countdown below), and apparently it is in Chicago so many of us can’t make it. So lets make the best out of it and watch the keynote together! That is 100% more fun than watching it alone, right? Guaranteed!

Microsoft Ignite


Microsoft Ignite 2015 Hangout

If you want to watch us talking and discussing the keynote you can watch the stream here: https://melcher.it/s/4B

If you want to participate – and that would be much more fun – you can be part of it: http://melcher.it/s/4A (prepare your headset and webcam)

You can add the event to your calendar: Ignite 2015 Hangout.

See & hear you next week!

Recap: SharePoint Saturday 2015 in Antwerp, Belgium

20 Apr 2015
April 20, 2015

300 attendees on a Saturday – all “SharePoint-crazy”. Its my first visit to Belgium and I must say: I am impressed of the community and the spirit here. In the following I recap SharePoint Saturday 2015 in Antwerp.




From the start at 9:00am until the official end of SPSBE (SharePoint Saturday Belgium) at around 17:30 I had good fun. I apparently had to prepare my session on this Saturday, tests my demos and optimize my slides – so I could only attend one full session (see my summary here), but there was enough time for me to talk to community members, board members and other speakers – good times, good fun.

Some of the attendees stayed for the BBQ after the event – it was nice to share some ideas, get feedback – and well, the food was nice, too!

I must say, for a free event organized by a community, this was perfectly done – there is nothing I could rant about (and that’s almost impossible, because its free, right?). Good job @BIWUG (Belgian Information Worker User Group) – I am leaving Belgium impressed.

Thanks again to all the sponsors who made the event possible!

Speakers & Sessions

20 sessions and as many speakers from around the world attracted 300 attendees – not only from Belgium. In general the conferenced covered all kind of different topics, but the main themes were Office 365 with topics like development, governance, adoption, best practices, workflows, search, apps and solutions. Good stuff!

My Session: Search-Driven Applications with SharePoint 2013

I had a really good time presenting my content regarding Search-Driven Applications with SharePoint 2013 – I uploaded my slides, but the cool stuff is in the demos and I can’t make them available:

After the talk there were like 10 to 15 questions – some of them I would love to show you here:

Q: Do Query Variables work for Office 365 / SharePoint Online?

Yes, Query Variables are awesome and do work for SharePoint Online – see a reference here.

Q: How can I recrawl SharePoint Online User Profiles?

Once you changed the mapping of the managed properties, you need to tell SharePoint Online to recrawl the profiles. There is a PowerShell for that, see Mikael’s post.

Q: How to estimate and test load patterns for SharePoint search scenarios (e.g. in a publishing scenario)?

Estimation is tough, you need a lot of experience for that. And you need to know a lot upfront about the environment, the use cases, the users, … – if you don’t know that, you need to scale, test and adjust. One possible solution to test load patterns upfront is to use Visual Studio Test Manager and use the REST url to query for results. Then you can increase the load and see what could break and how to optimize.

Q: Some Chinese documents are not index properly, at least they are not presented to certain users. Why? 

I could only guess – multi-language is a complex topic. They guys tried a lot with forced language property, but without seeing and environment, well – good luck!

Q: Why didn’t you cover Display Templates in your session

Display Templates are awesome. Search is awesome. Apparently I only had 1 hour so I could not cover that much without loosing somewhere else. Of course they are an important part of a search-driven application that presents results within SharePoint. If you want to read more about Display Templates, go read Elio’s blog or Mikael’s blog – they have pretty good articles about them. Or look at my basic example here.


I totally enjoyed it – still I am a little tired because my friend Andy (@meligo) insisted to tour me around Antwerp! Thanks for having me! Smile

To sum it all up: That was my first international SharePoint Saturday – and it won’t be my last!

See you latest next year Belgium!

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