Skype for Business with a non-default SQL Server port

Today, security is more important than ever. Because of this, system administrators are constantly working to ensure their environments are as secure as they can be. Skype for Business Server and SQL Server are no exception, and some administrators immediately go to work changing SQL’s default ports after installing a new instance.

Is this supported?

Yes – running SQL server on non-default (1433) ports is supported by both Microsoft support, and Skype for Business server (both 2015 and 2019).… [Keep reading] “Skype for Business with a non-default SQL Server port”

Improve Operational Communications by using Microsoft Teams

Microsoft proudly announced their fastest growing product hit 13 Million+ active users per month. It’s amazing how far the product has come in just 3 years!Infographic showing Microsoft Teams outpacing Slack in daily active users with 13+ million. Slack DAU based on public disclosures, matched with month of disclosure. For dates between disclosures, straightline linear growth was assumed.

It’s safe to say Teams has become the cornerstone of the intelligent workplace powering experiences from content collaboration to chat to modern meetings.  Of late I’ve been working on some not-so-typical use cases, ones that emerged with new features that became available in June 2019.

It reinforces the importance of keeping abreast of product updates as the simplest enhancement can unlock new use cases and drive efficiencies in areas you wouldn’t normally expect.… [Keep reading] “Improve Operational Communications by using Microsoft Teams”

Apply custom css to SharePoint Modern Pages using SPFx webpart

With the absence of content editor web part (CWEP) or script editor web part in SharePoint Modern experience, power users have the challenge to style the page as per their requirements.

The only approach is to create a custom SPFx component that can add the custom css onto the page. That’s it !! Easy right. But how to do it? In this blog we will look at the steps for the same and is also a link (with steps) in case to easily build it.… [Keep reading] “Apply custom css to SharePoint Modern Pages using SPFx webpart”

Dev Tips : Planning IE11 compatibility with SPFx components and PnPJS library

One of the common challenges I encounter when working with SPFx components is that the app doesn’t work with IE11 as expected even though it works fine with other browsers. This has delayed many of my projects and puts a lot of risk on production releases. Hence in this blog, I will try to call out some of the challenges that we might run into when deploying complex SPFx components in IE11 and other older browsers, and some workarounds/rectifications for the same.… [Keep reading] “Dev Tips : Planning IE11 compatibility with SPFx components and PnPJS library”

Microsoft Teams Announcements and New Features – Enhance your meetings today

Microsoft Teams has just turned 2. To celebrate, new features have been announced and are coming your way soon. With this wave of new features there aren’t many reasons left not to adopt Microsoft Teams. Many of our customers are embracing Teams as they see the value in a connected collaboration experience that brings together voice, chat, content & meetings.

For me, nothing beats a face-to-face meeting. Though, as people embrace flexible working, are geographically distributed or constantly on the go, connecting with others can be challenging.… [Keep reading] “Microsoft Teams Announcements and New Features – Enhance your meetings today”

Microsoft Teams and IOT controled Robotics — The IOT device

This is the third installment of a four part series on using Microsoft Teams and Azure services to collaborate with machines and devices. In the previous posts, I described how Teams and the Azure BOT services work to send commands to the IoT device attached to the RoboRaptor. This post will describe the IoT hardware and connection on the RoboRaptor to the MXCHIP.

To recap, Teams messages are sent from the Teams user interface to our Azure BOT for analysis.… [Keep reading] “Microsoft Teams and IOT controled Robotics — The IOT device”

Microsoft Teams and IOT controled Robotics — The BOT

Part 2 of 4 series into Teams Controlled Robotics

Part 1 https://blog.kloud.com.au/2019/03/06/intelligent-man-to-machine-collaboration-with-microsoft-teams-robo-raptor/

Microsoft Teams is an excellent collaboration tool with person to person communication workloads like, Messaging, Voice and Video collaboration. Microsoft Teams can also use Microsoft AI and cognitive services to collaborate with machines and devices. The Azure suite of services allows person to machine control, remote diagnostics and telemetrics analytics of internet connected devices.

To demonstrate how Microsoft Teams can control remote robotics, I have created a fun project that allows Teams to manage a RoboRaptor through Teams natural language messages.… [Keep reading] “Microsoft Teams and IOT controled Robotics — The BOT”

SharePoint Modern Sites hacktips – Manage Client-Side Pages via PnP PowerShell

Sometimes I get requirements when projects require a full width layout pages in Team Sites or would like to create a page which is System maintained, so users cannot edit those pages. In this blog, we will look at some of these options and how easy it is to set them up using PnP PowerShell

Set Full Width Layout pages using PnP PowerShell

By default, any new page that is created in Team site gets a left-hand navigation (Article Layout) when created through UI.… [Keep reading] “SharePoint Modern Sites hacktips – Manage Client-Side Pages via PnP PowerShell”

Intelligent Man to Machine collaboration with Microsoft TEAMS. -Robo Raptor

Microsoft Teams is excellent collaboration tool with person to person communication workloads like, Messaging, Voice and Video collaboration. Microsoft Teams can also use Microsoft AI and cognitive services to collaborate with machines and devices. Together with the large suite of Azure services that allows me to call Azure apps to orchestrate  person to machine control, remote diagnostics and telemetrics analytics of internet connected devices.

My Teams BOT  is set up as a personal assistant that  manages communications between several of my projects.… [Keep reading] “Intelligent Man to Machine collaboration with Microsoft TEAMS. -Robo Raptor”

How to make cool modern SharePoint Intranets Part 1 – Strategize (scope & plan)

Over the last year, we have seen many great advancements with SharePoint communications sites that have bought it more closer of being an ideal Intranet. In this blog series, I will be discussing about some of my experiences for the last years in implementing Modern Intranet and best practices for the same.

In this specific blog, we will look at the strategies about the first block of building a great Intranet – Strategize the Intranet approach.… [Keep reading] “How to make cool modern SharePoint Intranets Part 1 – Strategize (scope & plan)”