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Month: February 2015

Don’t Go for Automatic SharePoint Patching!!

Like the Nanny state trying to save us from ourselves, Microsoft started pushing SharePoint patching into automatic updates.

Just Keep Calm and Say No

If your WinTel team and corporate governance folks are in alignment on best practice, they would avoid automatic patching like an Ebola tent without protective gear. If they do allow Windows Update to patch server OSs and applications, you might want to have a little chat with your CIO. But that’s getting off topic.

The reports from system administrators who have been victimized by automatic patching are unpleasant. Learn from them by making sure your SharePoint (and associated) servers are configured for manual patching only! Stop everything else that you’re doing and read this post from Todd Klindt NOW!  Don’t Enable Automatic Updates on SharePoint Servers



Does the Anthem breach prove the need for limits on health data collection?

There is no such thing as a secure electronic health information system.”
This is the warning delivered by Jim Pyles in his Congress Blog post, Lessons from Anthem, from February 20 issue of The Hill.

Anthem spokespeople emphasize that our medical information wasn’t compromised, implying that there may not have been a HIPPA violation. That may keep them out of the woods with the Feds, but what about our personal information, such as Social Security and credit account numbers?


Have you received correspondence from Anthem that your information was compromised? I’m waiting to hear if our family has to perform damage control, or if we can go about our business. How can we trust them again?

Newsworthy security breaches and data theft should make us and our users challenge the integrity of our service providers. Makes no difference if our systems are on premise, hybrid, or in the cloud – if a biggie like Anthem is compromised, what are we and our vendors doing to encourage rather than erode confidence?

End Every Meeting With Two Questions

How many meetings have you attended when, five minutes after ending, you realized no decisions were made? Frankly, I have attended too many. It’s a miracle any substantive work gets done in organizations that don’t encourage people to properly manage meetings!


In a recent LinkedIn post (“How Do You End a Meeting? Netflix’s HR Rebel Asks Two Simple Questions“), Bob Sutton, Stanford Professor and Co-author of “Scaling Up Excellence”, challenges us to halt that all-to-frequent situation.

Please, do read the article, but here’s the answer in short:
As your next meeting winds down, make sure that you’ve answered these parting questions:

“Have we made any decisions in the room today, and (if we have) how are we going to communicate them?”


InfoPath is back in SharePoint 2016 & FoSL vNext is dead!

Long story short, InfoPath 2013 will work in SharePoint Server 2016, and will make migrations easier.
However, Microsoft appears to have kicked the can further down the road, leaving solution architects with more time to either wait for Microsoft to possibly reverse its decision to totally outsource forms development, or align with one of the MS-sanctioned forms + workflow providers and not look back.

See Vlad Catrinescu’s “Absolute SharePoint Blog”