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Pluralsight entire course free for 12 months with launch of Visual Studio 2017

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Here is the good news from Microsoft Visual Studio Team to every MSDN Visual Studio Enterprise subscriber, have full access to Pluralsight’s entire course catalog and technology learning platform, including Code School for 12 months. Dive into courses, learning paths and assessments on mobile, Web, DevOps and much more! After 12 months, you’ll have access to 40 hand-selected courses.

Here are the steps to activate

Open https://my.visualstudio.com Login with your subscription credentialsOn landing page (Benefit page), you will find Pluralsight under EducationClick Activate, to activate your free subscription for 12 monthsYou will be landed to Pluralsight offering page, fill your details to subscribePluralsight validate your offer code and activate 12 months free subscription (Offer code is automatically validate in background with Pluralsight and MS)Now, you will receive an email from pluralsight on your free subscription and create / reset your credientials.

Visio with SharePoint / Office 365

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As you know that the SharePoint is most popular content Management System, it supports office web apps (All MS Office file types) except Visio files.

For Visio files, MS has introduced Visio Web Access web part to show the Visio file to a SharePoint page and this works fantastic.

Visio Online  Microsoft has now onboard Visio Online as a part of Office Web Apps (All Office 365 users can test in their environment as this in free of cost with their license)

Now It’s time to upgrade your existing solution of Visio file in SharePoint web part to Visio online and it also improve the performance of page load that has vision diagram.

Visio Online does not impact Visio Web Access Web Part. If you have SharePoint pages in which VWA Web Part has an embedded Visio diagram, they will continue to work. With Visio Online, you have additional capabilities to do the following:

Embed a Visio diagram in "Document" Web Part in Modern team site pages.Build mashup solutions using Visio JavaScript…

SharePoint Server 2016: New feature - Zero downtime patching

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Introduction One of the big news with the arrival of SharePoint Server 2016 was the ability to patch your machines without any end-user side disturbance. Many of us - including myself - had understood that the new topology design called "MinRole" was necessary and a prerequisite to use ZDP.  NO! To my surprise I have seen a section - a superb article elsewhere - on how to patch the SharePoint farm without any break. Let me explain…
With SharePoint Server 2013 Downtime is caused during patching SharePoint Server binary during installation and during execution of the Product Configuration Wizard.
During the IIS Server process is ground and / or recycles and hotfix installation can take hours - and I mean 5H, by the time - because each installation of an MSP recycle the SharePoint services and is for this reason exactly why the SharePoint patching is super painful. Russ Maxwell explains everything in detail here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/russmax/2013/04/01/why-sharepoi…

The Ultimate Script to download Microsoft Ignite 2016 Videos AND slides !

With the amount of great sessions at Ignite this year, there is no way you could have attended all, and even if they are posted on Channel9 and Youtube, you might want to download them to be able to view them offline! That is why Vlad Catrinescu (SharePoint MVP) created this PowerShell Script so everyone can easily download Microsoft Ignite Videos AND slides whether they were present at Ignite or not! Here are the features:


Downloads all the Microsoft Ignite 2016 Sessions and Slides and description in a text fileGroups them by foldersMakes sure no errors come up due to Illegal File namesIf you stop the script and restart in the middle, it will start where it left off and not from beginningFilter by keywords in the session titleAbility to choose from HD videos, or lower quality


How to use:

First, make sure to change the $downloadlocation variable. By default it saves it all in C:\Ignite


To download all sessions just run the script! (1TB of content in High Definition) EX:
.\ DownloadIgnit…

New OneDrive for Business sync client

Microsoft has provided an update on a faster and more reliable sync experience so that you always have the latest version of your files accessible from any device.

They will roll out this upgrade over the coming months. The previous sync client will then stop working. If you try to sync your files stored in OneDrive for Business using the old sync client, you will be prompted to install the new sync client. 

You can download and set up the Next Generation Sync Client from the following link
Download Link

Alternative Solutions to the Deprecated Features in SharePoint 2016

Features Deprecated in SharePoint 2016
Bill Baer from Microsoft disclosed several deprecated features of SharePoint 2016. But have no fear! There are alternatives to still use these features. The following is a list of those deprecated features.SharePoint FoundationStand-Alone InstallationForeFront Identity Manager Client (FIM)SharePoint DesignerExcel Services in SharePointTags and NotesSharepoint BI capabilitiesStsadm.exeSharePoint Foundation
SharePoint foundation was included in SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013. It is free version of SharePoint with almost the basic and core functionalities. But it is not available in SharePoint 2016. As an alternative, for users with limited requirements, there is a version of SharePoint Online that provides a limited feature set with a small associated cost.

Stand-Alone Installation
SharePoint Release 2016 does not support a standalone installation. Therefore, the MinRole approach is introduced in SharePoint 2016. If you are working as a developer, in a d…

Solved : Microsoft SkyDrive Pro has stopped working

Situation : Using the Skydrive Pro app (Onedrive) to sync the document in SharePoint library. We have around 10,000 documents to upload in SharePoint document library via OneDrive sync app.

Sudden, the app has stopped working to sync the document in document library. We have tried to restart the machine but issue still persists.

Issue is : Microsoft SkyDrive Pro has stopped working

Resolution:
We were able to resolve this same issue with the following steps
Clear all browsing history on IEStop syncing all Skydrive Pro folders (have the remaining folders moved away from the original location to avoid duplicate renamed folders)Run IE as administrator and resync the libraries normally
If you are facing issue after performing the above mentioned (point 1 to point 3) steps then perform the below other steps


Close all your Office processes, such as groove.exe which is SkyDrive Pro,msouc.exe,  msosync.exe,office library sync. 
Note : The processes vary based on different environment, so just kill as…