Change the global SharePoint 2013 Label

Hi All,

Something I find very useful when working with clients is to help them distinguish each environment between development (DEV), testing (TEST), Staging (STAGE) and Production (PROD). Some clients may have even more environments.  Lets take a look at the change in the UI first…

This is the Out of the Box label (Before):

SharePoint Label Out of the Box

 

This is the customized label (After):

SharePoint Label modified

 

So how do we do it, we use PowerShell to change the label at the web application level:

Add-PSSnapin *share*
$webapp = Get-SPWebApplication http://bcdevsp2013
$webapp.SuiteBarBrandingElementHtml = “SharePoint DEV”;
$webapp.Update();

I hope this comes in handy.  It is a subtle thing, but very helpful throughout the application lifecycle.

Cheers,

Brian

PS – Happy New Years to everyone.

Add Farm Administrator via Powershell

I cant say how many times I’ve had to add myself or another account as a Farm Administrator, and I keep misplacing my scripts.  So lets try my blog, and now it helpful to everyone 🙂

Adding a user to the “Farm Administrators” group effectively will add you to the local machine group WSS_ADMIN_WPG on every server of the SharePoint farm and assigns the SharePoint_Shell_Access role in the SharePoint Configuration database and the Central Administration database.

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# Add a new Farm Administrator
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Add-PSSnapin *SharePoint* -erroraction SilentlyContinue
Write-Host
$newFarmAdmin = Read-Host -Prompt 'Enter the new Farm Administrator (i.e. DOMAIN\Username): '
Write-Host
$webApp = Get-SPWebApplication -IncludeCentralAdministration | where-object {$_.DisplayName -eq "SharePoint Central Administration v4"}
$site = $webApp.Sites[0];
$Web = $site.RootWeb;
$farmAdministrators = $web.SiteGroups["Farm Administrators"];
try {
   $farmAdministrators.AddUser($newFarmAdmin, "", $newFarmAdmin, "");
   $contentDB = Get-SPContentDatabase -WebApplication $webApp
   Add-SPShellAdmin -Database $contentDB -Username $newFarmAdmin
   Write-Host "Completed Succesfully!"
} catch {
   Write-Host 'Error: Failed to add user.' -ForegroundColor Red
   Write-Host ('Reason: ' + $_)  -ForegroundColor Red
}
$web.Dispose();
$site.Dispose();

Cheers!

 

Introducing Team Mud Pointers!

It is very exciting to introduce you all to our team the Mud Pointers!

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This is a team I started putting together for the Mud Challenger event happening on Saturday, August 17th. This will be an awesome day, especially because it benefits the wounded warriors who have risked everything to protect our freedom! Also, make new friends in the SharePoint Community.

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The Mud Challenger is the ultimate obstacle course challenge, featuring a 2-4 mile mud-trodden course with grueling, unpredictable obstacles, designed by Navy Seals and Black Ops. MudChallenger is more than just a mud run, it’s the ultimate challenge that encourages teamwork and demands endurance. Not to mention, the entire course and obstacles are a secret.

So who wants to join me?

I am hoping to grow the team along within the Houston SharePoint community and to have a glorious time with everybody! I also plan to lose 20 lbs. as I train and add healthy years back into my life.

If you are interested, please join the Mud Pointers registration here>>  and once you have registered, please order your Awesome Mud Pointer Tee right here>>

Make sure you order your Mud Pointers Team T-shirt by July 15 so you can benefit from the free shipping!

Please see the instructions on how to order and personalize your t-shirt below. We have set it all up so you can join us very easily 🙂

You can also have these instructions handy by downloading them here>>

1. Click design link
2. Click on ‘Edit This Design’

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3. Once in the design lab click ‘rotate’ to the upper left hand side of the lab next to ‘sleeve print’

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4. Click on ‘LAST NAME’ so that a blue text box shows up around the text

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5. To the left of the lab under ‘new text | edit text” and place your name, then click on “update”

6. Once you enter your last name click ‘save/send’ at the bottom of the lab right next to ‘get quote’

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7. Name your design and enter your email address, then click ‘Save Design’

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8. Once your design is saved go back into the lab and click ‘get quote’

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9. Enter the size you would like then click ‘Get Quote’

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10. Follow the instructions once you enter your zip code

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11. Once you see your quote click ‘Buy Now’ and then follow the instructions to check out for your shirt

12. If you have any questions about placing this order then please contact Amanda Werth at CustomInk.  She can be reached at 1-800-293-4232 and ask for Amanda Werth.

Let’s do this!!!

SharePoint Fest DC August 2013

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I am very excited to be participating in the Sharepoint Fest DC in August 2013! I hope the attendance is great and look forward to learning and sharing knowledge with different audiences!
I invite all of you to register for the event early since the prices will increase on May 31/2013 –> register here!, who wouldn’t want to do an early bird registration for this great event? 🙂

Enter the code Culver100DC when you register for an extra $100 off !  Please make sure you enter it exactly as it is here (pesky spaces will cause for it not to work)

Some of my sessions include topics such as:

SharePoint 2013 Extranets: How will SharePoint 2013 connect you to your partners?
How will SharePoint 2013 allow organizations to collaborate and share knowledge with clients and partners? SharePoint empowers organization to build extranet sites and partner portals inexpensively and securely. Learn about the Product Catalog site template and how you can to use it. Learn about the new improvements in SharePoint 2013 regarding extranets. Learn how SharePoint 2013 can help your organization open its doors to its clients and partners securely.

Build scalable SharePoint 2013 Staged Workflows to run locally and in the Cloud
SharePoint 2013 now supports two workflow platforms. We will walk through using the two workflow platforms and how they are different. We will configure the SharePoint 2013 Workflow Manager and build a workflow that can run locally and in the Azure cloud seamlessly.

You will be able to attend technical classes and seminars (view full agenda here>>) – taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers, Microsoft engineers and Microsoft MVPs where there will be sessions created for SharePoint administrators, software developers, information architects and knowledge workers which will guarantee to truly help you leverage SharePoint in your current environment.

SharePoint 2013 Extranets: How will SharePoint 2013 connect you to your partners?

This SharePoint Saturday in Houston was one of the best so far, we even trended on twitter (#SPSHOU trending on Twitter and that Fox 26 News picked it up).  The audience was great with excellent questions.  I had a great time.  Here are my slides for my session:

SharePoint 2013 Extranets: How will SharePoint 2013 connect you to your partners?

Learn how SharePoint 2013  will allow organizations to collaborate and share knowledge with clients and partners:

  • SharePoint empowers organization to build extranet sites and partner portals inexpensively and securely.
  • Learn about the Product Catalog site template and how you can to use it.
  • Learn about the new improvements in SharePoint 2013 regarding extranets.
  • Learn how SharePoint 2013 can help your organization open its doors to its clients and partners securely.

For a detail schedule of the event, visit the SharePoint User Group Schedule

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View PDF here>>

Some topics discussed in  my session include:

  • Extranet Definition
  • Extranet Design Considerations & Challenges
  • Common Extranet Scenarios and Topologies
  • SharePoint Authentication
  • Mixed Mode vs. Multi-Authentication
  • Extranet Portal Structures
  • Mobile and Device Channels