SharePoint Fest 2018 in Washington, DC

​​​​​SharePoint Fest DC 2018

​March 26 - 30, 2018​​

Washington,​​ D.C.​

Extranet User Manager is headed to SharePoint Fest next year, this time in Washington, D.C.! We are sponsoring the event and will have a booth set up. Stop by to learn more about our extranet product. We would love to chat. And don't miss Peter Carson's workshop on the Tuesday from 9 AM - 5 PM. He'll be going over how to collaborate and publish securely, both within your organization​​ and outside it.​ Then on the Thursday he will be speaking about the management of modern team sites, communication sites, and Office 365 groups. And on the Friday he will host a talk about Office 365 external sharing. You can find the full details about the workshop and sessions below.​

​At SharePoint Fest D.C. there will be lots of technical classes and workshops, and all taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers, Microsoft engineers, and Microsoft MVPs. The topics covered include: Enterprise Content Management, Power Users, Social SharePoint, Business Value, Implementation/Administration, Office 365, Workflow, Business Intelligence, Special Topics, and SharePoint Development. You can choose one complete learning track or tailor it to meet you and your organization's current needs.

There will also be numerous sessions created for SharePoint administrators, software developers, information architects, and knowledge workers, which will ensure that you and your team walk away with as much knowledge as you desire to truly leverage SharePoint in your current environment!​ It's a conference you do not want to miss.​

Peter Carson Hosting a Full Day Workshop on March 27 at 9 AM

WS 405 - Collaborating and Publishing Securely, Internally and Externally

Microsoft's modern SharePoint experience has really begun to come together. We started with new lists and libraries, then team and communication sites, and finally Office 365 groups. During this workshop, we'll go over how you can leverage these experiences to collaborate effectively inside and outside your organization, and securely publish content internally, externally, and anonymously.

The chapters we'll cover during this full day workshop are:

  • Overview of the modern sites and Office 365 groups experience
  • Implementing a site request and provisioning process to provide governance
  • Branding your sites
  • Sharing your sites and groups with external users by leveraging Azure Active Directory B2B
  • Publishing your content from Office 365 to an Azure Website
  • Providing both anonymous and secure access to your Azure website

Coming out of the session, you'll have a strong overview on how to build an Office 365 intranet, an extranet, and even a public website authored in Office 365 and hosted in Azure.

Level: Advanced

Peter Carson Speaking​​ on March 28 from 4:20 - 5:30 PM

AZR 105 - Publishing Office 365 We​​bsites to External Users with Azure

Sometimes you need to publish content to a broad external user audience. They don't need to collaborate, they just need to be able to easily consume that content. This could be your public website, or a private site you want to share securely with a particular audience.

In this session, we'll take you through both public and private scenarios where you want to share your Office 365 content externally. While out of the box in Office 365 you can anonymously share individual documents, there is no way to share a whole site anonymously. We'll show you how we leverage Azure websites to do this very cost effectively.

Our main scenario is one of our clients, OntarioMD ( Their new public website is authored in Office 365, and then the approval and publishing process pushes that to Microsoft Azure. Hosted in a massively scalable infrastructure for a very reasonable cost, this provides a secure, highly available website. We then extend that and allow registered users to access additional private information through the same site, and supporting apps.

In another example, Wilfrid Laurier University ( uses the same approach to publish supporting material for faculty publications and other reasons from Office 365 to their public website.​

Peter Carson Speaking on March 29 from 4:20 - 5:30 PM

ECM 205 - Managing Modern Team Sites, Communication Sites, and Office 365 Groups

Microsoft’s modern SharePoint experience has really begun to come together. We started with new lists and libraries, then team and communication sites, and finally Office 365 groups. Allowing anyone to create these sites is empowering, but it can also lead to an out of control environment. How do we put some organization and governance around this process, ​without stifling the creativity? Many organizations have addressed this with some sort of site provisioning process.

In this session, we’ll go through a simple method that you can adopt in your own organization. Site templates can be created and saved using the open source techniques Microsoft has published in their Office Dev PnP project. We build on that with a simple list and PowerShell script to allow users to request a new site, have it approved, and have the script create the site. We’ll show you how to schedule this so it happens automatically, and provide you the artifacts so you can do it yourself. We’ll also show you some customizations we’ve built on SharePoint Framework that allow you to use this site list to create deep hierarchical breadcrumbs for your sites, global navigation across your sites, and landing pages to navigate to related sites. We’ll compare this to the newly announced Hub Sites, and compare and contrast them.

Peter Carson Speaking on March 30 from 2:20 - 3:30 PM​

ECM 304 - Office 365 External Sharing

​External sharing is all about publishing or collaborating with people outside of your organization. In Office 365,​ this can be done in a number of ways. You can do it directly in some products, such as SharePoint, or through the underlying Azure Active Directory B2B (Business to Business) functionality.

In this session, we’ll start by talking about why you should care about external​ sharing. Users will find ways to do it regardless (typically through email or shadow IT), so you need to provide an easy way for them to do it effectively and securely through your enterprise software (Office 365). Microsoft has made it very easy to do external sharing from anywhere, but this has caused many organizations to turn it off all tog​ether. We’ll go over scenarios where you want the standard sharing (OneDrive for Business is a common example) and where you need to provide more structure. A properly designed information architecture in SharePoint allows people to invite external users to their sites, without breaking permissions and opening security holes. We’ll show you how you can do this today in your organization using the out of the box Office 365 and Azure B2B experience, and how we can then make it even better with our Extranet User Manager product.

​​ Peter Carson

​About the Speaker​

Peter Carson, President of Extranet ​Us​er Manager and a ​Microsoft MVP, is a recognized exp​ert in Office 365, SharePoint, and Extranet strategies. ​Read Peter's full bio and check out the EUM reso​urce section for our latest blogs and​ videos.