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Announcements – General availability of SharePoint 2016

Posted by Joy

Today Microsoft announced the general availability of SharePoint 2016 during “The Future of SharePoint” virtual launch.

As per Microsoft, SharePoint 2016 is the most reliable, high performance, scalable and feature rich release so far. Those who has MSDN Subscriptions, can go ahead and download the latest release of SharePoint – SharePoint 2016.

For more information see the official blog -


From Concept to Reality

Posted by Joy

Totalamber Sri Lanka together with Microsoft Sri Lanka organized a workshop – “From Concept to Reality” for Small and Medium Business market to increase the awareness of Office 365, SharePoint and Azure.

I delivered a session on how to leverage SharePoint Online within the organization to move away from File Servers and how to improve the employee productivity using SharePoint Online features.


Me presenting on SharePoint Online

Me presenting on SharePoint Online


Announcements – SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 is available

Posted by Joy

Microsoft announces the availability of SharePoint Server Beta 2 today along with Project Server 2016 Beta 2.

What’s new in Beta 2 since IT Preview?

SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 builds upon the infrastructure strengths delivered in IT Preview and introduces new hybrid experiences that enable our customers to take advantage of the possibilities of the cloud.

Download SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 -

Read the full article -


Collab365 – Boost End-user Productivity with Office 365

Posted by Joy

I delivered my 2nd session today at 05.00 APM – 06.00 AM GMT (08th October) at Collab365 on “Boost End-user Productivity with Office 365”.

Following are the topic I covered in the session:

  • O365 Emails
  • Delve
  • SharePoint Online
  • Sway
  • Video
  • Yammer

If you are interested in viewing presentation, here it is....


Collab365 – What’s new in SharePoint 2016 for Power Users

Posted by Joy

I delivered my 1st session today at 11.00 PM – 12.00 PM GMT (07th October) at Collab365 on “What’s new in SharePoint 2016 for Power Users”. It was at 4.30 AM (08th October) for me and delivering a live session at this time for the 1st time.

This is one of the few live broadcasting sessions at Collab365 and it was nice to see more than 30 attendees.

Even though I had some technical trouble sharing screen, I managed to cover many of the new and enhanced features in SharePoint 2016. Following are the topics I covered during the session:

  • SharePoint Release History and Roadmap
  • App Launcher
  • Increased upload file size
  • 5,000 items list view threshold
  • Document Library accessibility features
  • ODF support
  • Expanded support for file names and URLs
  • Sharing features
  • Durable Links
  • Access Services new features
  • Fast Site Collection creation
  • Hybrid scenarios in SharePoint 2016
    • Hybrid Sites
    • Hybrid OneDrive
    • Hybrid Search
  • Compliance features

Even though I was not able to demo all of this, I was able to explain all of them.

I’m planning to record set of short videos on how to configure and use them in future and stay connected. Smile

If you are interested in viewing presentation, here it is....

If you want to download the presentation, here is the link...

Session 1 - What's new SharePoint 2016 for Power Users


Announcements – Collab365 SharePoint and Office 365 Online Conference 2015

Posted by Joy

The largest SharePoint and Office 365 Online Conference is less than a week away…!!!

More than 140 speakers word-wide. More than 140 sessions. This is the largest global online conference in year 2015.

Register -


Tips n Tricks – Selecting Services to run in the farm in SharePoint 2016 IT Preview

Posted by Joy

I assume by now most of you have installed and tried SharePoint 2016 IT Preview.

Except the change in the Specify Server Role page in the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard asking us to specify the role of the server (Min-role), another change we can see in the installation and configuration of SharePoint 2016 IT Preview is, we can specify what services we want to run in the farm using Initial Farm Configuration Wizard.

As you can see below, we get a new section in Initial Farm Configuration Wizard, right below Service Applications selection, to choose what services we need to run in the farm.

Services in the farm

This reduces one of the configuration steps which we need to after running Initial Farm Configuration Wizard in the previous versions of SharePoint.


Announcements – SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview

Posted by Joy

I have been trying the new SharePoint Server 2016 bits for few months through the TAP programs and now time has come to talk about in public.

Microsoft released SharePoint Server 2016 preview build 16.0.4316.1217 on 10th August for TAP participants and now the same build has been released to public.

It’s pointless recreating the same blog and visit Bill Baer’s post about to get more information on the SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview.

Announcing availability of SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview and cloud hybrid search -

SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview Reviewer Guide -

Download SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview -

This preview meant and focuses on infrastructure new features and enhancements and I believe that’s why they call is as IT Preview.


Tips n Tricks – Reducing the SharePoint Config Log file size

Posted by Joy

Today we came across with a situation where we keep getting a runtime error when we try to perform our normal day-today operations in our SharePoint 2013 based solution. It started throwing a runtime error with a error code - HRESULT: 0x80131904 and it failed to save data into the SharePoint database.

The reason was the SharePoint Configuration database LOG file has grown to 91 GB and there was not enough free space in the physical disk. Because of this, SharePoint was unable to commit database changes and there was a huge performance impact. The solution we found was:

  1. Change the recovery model for the Database from Full to Simple
  2. Shrink the database

I executed the following SQL command and it brought the database log file from 91GB to 1 MB which solved my issues.

USE [master]


USE [SharePoint_Config]

DBCC SHRINKFILE ('SharePoint_Config_Log')