SharePoint 2016 RTM to go live soon… Maybe March 14

Dreams do come true: The final version of SharePoint 2016 could be here in less than five weeks.

Earlier today, Gregory Appel, in response to a question posed by a participant in his seminar on Excel Services and BI in SharePoint 2016, said SharePoint 2016 RTM (Release-To-Manufacturing) should be available by March 14.

He also said Office Online Server would be pushed to RTM at the same time.

RTM versions of software are versions that are released to hardware manufacturers, typically before general release to work out any remaining bugs.

Appel is a senior program manager in Excel and based in the Microsoft Israel Development Center. He was addressing participants in an Unity Connect session. In response to a question, Appel replied:

2016_10_02 SharePoint RTM Tweet

His statement was tweeted from the seminar by session participant Rainer Jeschor.

While Microsoft has yet to confirm the date for the RTM or the full general release that will follow, March 14 is in keeping with the spring timetable that Microsoft confirmed when it unveiled the Release Candidate in January.

The RC is as close as you can get to a full release. And it is “mostly feature complete,” Bill Baer, senior product manager for the SharePoint team, noted in a blog post at the time.

Appel did not go into any more details as to what might have changed since then, but it’s unlikely that it will be much different than the RC.

 

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SharePoint 2016 : Zero down time patching

I honestly couldn’t refrain myself from sharing the below mentioned two blogs where the author has did a wonderful job in explaining Zero down time patching in SharePoint 2016.Please take look ….

 

http://sharepointpromag.com/sharepoint/sharepoint-2016-what-you-need-know-about-zero-downtime-patching

http://sharepointpromag.com/sharepoint/sharepoint-2016-what-patch

 

Issues with MDS feature in SharePoint 2013:

This post is related to the previous post I made in my blog describing the “Issues involved with Minimal Download Strategy feature”. I’m not going to really get into the meats and potatoes of that issue here once again .However , if you want to create a KB article for your end users letting them know that this is a known issue in SharePoint 2013 , then this would be the article for that ….

The Minimal Download Strategy  (MDS) feature in SharePoint 2013 can introduce the below mentioned two issues when you enable it in a team site. It’s a known fact that MDS will be turned on by default in a team site in SharePoint 2013.

Issue 1Deleting a document from a document library will produce an error as shown in the screenshot below.

MDS 1

Explanation:

When you go to a document library in a team site which has the MDS feature turned on and try to delete a document, it’s going to produce an error as shown in the screenshot above.

Repro steps:

Go to a document library in a team site which has the MDS feature activated (remember this feature will be activated by default in a SharePoint Team site) and try to delete a document from a document library by clicking on the “ellipsis” –>“Delete document “BUTTON, you will see an error as shown below without any correlation ID. However, the document would still get deleted from the document library.

Now, this error is not because of any bad configuration in your SharePoint Farm or due to any feature dependency for the MDS feature to work seamlessly .This seems to be a problem with the product itself and looks like this hasn’t been fixed yet.

Workaround:

  1. This error doesn’t show up when you try to delete the document using the “delete document”button in the top ribbon interface.

MDS 2

  1. Also if you try to by-pass your load balancer by changing the host file of your PC to point a specific WFE, this error won’t show up.

Issue 2: Trying to create a new view in a document library will produce an error as shown in the screenshot below

MDS 3

URL will show this error code:  _vti_bin/owssvr.dll?CS=65001

Explanation:

When you go to a document library in a team site which has the MDS feature turned on and try to create a new view, it’s going to produce an error as shown in the screenshot above and the site url will also display this error code : vti_bin/owssvr.dll?CS=65001

Repro steps:

Go to a document library in a team site which has the MDS feature activated (remember this feature will be activated by default in a SharePoint Team site) and try to create a new view by clicking on the “ellipsis” –>“Create a new view “BUTTON, you will see an error as shown below without any correlation ID. However, the new view will still get created.

Workaround:

There is no workaround identified for this as of now, as the error pops up even if you use the “Create view “option in the top ribbon interface. However as already mentioned above the view would still get created.

Note: This error wouldn’t show up if you try to by-pass your load balancer by changing the host file of your PC to point a specific WFE

Conclusion:

We have did our troubleshooting on this issue by working with Microsoft and this seems to be a bug in the product. The F5 load balancer which takes care of handling user requests to the portal seems to be causing the trouble here.

Signing up for Office 365 trial plan:

This is going to be a simple article where I’ll be explaining  how to sign up for a free Office 365 trial plan and make use of its services. As you must be aware, Office 365 gives you a one month free trial version where you can sign in for Office 365 and play around with the services and gain some knowledge on what Office 365 is all about, what are the services it offers and  how to manage users/services etc.…

I’m going to make this post pretty  basic by just discussing the steps involved in signing up for an Office 365 trial version and utilizing the services offered by it. So if you’re someone who is new to Office 365 and would like to understand how to get started with using Office 365 services, then this article would be a good primer article for you guys …..

Alright let’s jump in …

  1. Please go to https://products.office.com as shown in the screenshot below.

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2. Choose “For business” option, it will take you to a screen as show below. You can also choose “For home” if you would like to explore the features in that plan. I’m going with the business option here as it gives you more features when compared with the home plan.

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3. Once you’re done clicking “For business” option, it’s going to take you to a screen as shown below. You can notice all the available Office 365 business plans here …If you scroll down it would give you a detailed explanation about what’s included in each plan and the licensing cost. So carefully take a look at the plans before choosing it.

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4. I’m choosing the “Office 365 Enterprise E5 “free trial plan as you can see in the screenshot below. You need to click on the “Free trial “button if you want to subscribe for a trail version. Also please notice that the free trail plan is valid only for one month.

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5. You would be taken to a form as shown in the screenshot below asking for your details. Please fill in the appropriate information and click next. Also please bear in mind that you won’t be able to change your country after you have successfully signed up for Office 365.

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6. The next screen would be asking your username, password & Company name .Please key in those values and click next

Note: The Company name which you key in here will become a part of your Office 365 tenant url , SharePoint Online sites url , Skype for Business meeting url &  Email addresses of those users who are synced with Office 365.  Also while entering the Company name, please make sure that you’re entering an imaginary name or the name of a domain that you own and not a real company name .It’s strictly not recommended to enter your company name without consulting your IT team .

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7. Once you’re done entering the values, click next and it’s going to ask you to enter your mobile number just to make sure that you’re not a robot. So enter your mobile number and then key in the verification code which is sent to you as a text.

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8. Once you’re done entering all these details you’re all set now and you will see the below mentioned screen which says that its saving all your details …

109. Please remain patient for few mins until your Office 365 tenant is completely set up, you will get a screen like this as shown in the screenshot below.

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10 .However , please note that by this time your Office 365 tenant is not yet completely set up .The app launcher is still configuring things for you …so please remain patient for few more minutes . You can click the app launcher and check the status….

You can see the note which says, “Setting up “.

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11. So finally after few minutes, you can notice the apps getting displayed in the app launcher indicating that your Office 365 tenant is set up successfully.

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12. You can also take a look at the “service overview” page to check the health status of all the services.

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13. Please click on the “Admin” option towards your left hand side to access all the services.

admin page

14. This is how the admin center for each service looks like ….

For Exchange

Exchnage admin centre

For SharePoint

SharePoint Admin centre

 

For Skype for Business

Sfb admin centre

15. You can use the “USERS” option towards your left hand side to manage users and their licenses in the Office 365 admin center.

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16. To make any changes to a user’s account such as resetting his/her password , edit the user’s details and to assign licenses etc. …please select the user first and then it will give you an option towards your right hand side to do that …(please see below )

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17. Azure Active Directory is only available for paid customers, so if you’re trying to access it on a trial version you’re likely gonna end up with the error as shown in the screenshot below.

Azure for AD

18. I’ve also created few more articles in my blog about Office 365 Identity management, Office 365 Troubleshooting tools, Useful Office 365 PowerShell commands & Required ports for Office 365 implementation…Please go through the below mentioned links to read them.

Office 365 Identity management

Office 365 Troubleshooting Tools

Useful Office 365 commands

Required ports for Office 365

Thanks for reading this post!!!

 

February 9, 2016, cumulative update for SharePoint Server 2013 is out -(KB3114726

Feb CU seems to have security fixes that take care of the Word and Excel functionality and these fixes are pushed via the Windows Update.

Please find the links for the CU’s below :

SharePoint 2013 Feb CUhttps://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3114726

OWA security update :  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3114338

SharePoint CU fix notes : 

  1. If you start a crawl of a content source, the mssearch.exe process causes high CPU usage.
  2. If the claim map cache fills up in SharePoint Server 2013, a race condition occurs that causes a poor user experience.
  3. After you delete a SharePoint group from a site, the SQL database may be locked. When the SQL database is locked, farm availability issues occur
  4. After you install security update 3114503 (MS16-004), you can’t view items in custom lists. (When you install the security fix ONLY)
  5. When you try to follow a site or a document in a multi-farm environment
  6. Incorrect ranked results are returned

SharePoint 2010:

Security fix for Word and Excel has been released for SharePoint 2010

Feb 9, CU for SharePoint 2010 : https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3114558

OWA Security Update :  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3114407

SharePoint 2007 :

Security update for SharePoint 2007 :_  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3114432