Bill Baer

Senior Product Marketing Manager (SharePoint), Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint, Microsoft Corporation

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  • Blog Post: The SharePoint Journey

    Microsoft Ignite will open the window to our vision, strategy, and future for SharePoint and provide a first look at most recent developments with SharePoint Server 2016. From the business value for organizations looking to modernize their workplace and infrastructure to the technical value it will deliver...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint and Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODC)

    The question of read-only domain controllers (RODC) and SharePoint comes up frequently in conversation and on forums, whether not supported, and what potential issues can be expected if implemented with SharePoint. This article will help address some of these questions. FAQ Q: Can I use a read-only domain...
  • Blog Post: Document Property Promotion and Demotion Overview and Considerations

    Overview Document Property Promotion and Demotion is a Feature in versions of SharePoint designed to synchronize specific metadata across documents and its parent List columns and/or fields. Property promotion refers to the process of extracting values from properties of a document and writing those...
  • Blog Post: Implementing Azure Blob Storage (ABS) with SQL Server 2014 and SharePoint 2013 [Updated]

    Overview NOTE (8/26/2014) With any solution that externalizes the unstructured content with SharePoint you need to understand the limitations and optimal use of those solutions as documented at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff628583(v=office.15).aspx to include related latency and performance...
  • Blog Post: ULS Viewing Like a Boss (ULS Viewer is now available)

    I’m excited to announce we’ve published a new and improved version of the ULS Viewer. About the Unified Logging Service The Unified Logging Service (ULS) is the primary logging mechanism in SharePoint to make it easier to develop applications, expose in-depth information for debugging, and vehicle to...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Hybrid

    The French philosopher, Henry Bergson, once said “to exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” While the Nobel Prize winner wasn’t talking about the software and services world, the thought is extremely applicable to technology- from development to...
  • Blog Post: Yammer Redirection in SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1

    In previous articles I discussed redirecting OneDrive for Business to Office 365 in SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1. In addition to new functionality that allows IT administrators to redirect OneDrive for Business and Sites pages to Office 365, Service Pack 1 also allows IT administrators to activate...
  • Blog Post: Code Samples, Simple Translation using CSOM, REST, and Machine Translation Services

    Machine Translation Services is a powerful Shared Service Application in SharePoint Server 2013 that provides automation synchronous and asynchronous translation of documents, folders, and sites. The code samples in this post provide simple examples of synchronous document translation using the Client...
  • Blog Post: File and Folder Considerations with OneDrive for Business [UPDATED 12/10/2014]

    Updated 8/12/2014 – Removed & as an illegal character. & character is now supported with OneDrive for Business sync client and Web UX. Updated 8/22/2014 – Updated to include prohibited types per http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/office365-sharepoint-online-small-business-help/types...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack for SharePoint Server 2013 1 Recalled [Updated]

    Service Pack 1 update is now available. Refer to the information below to acquire the updated Service Pack for your product: NOTE For a list of previously published KB’s refer to the recall information in the original post below. Product KB SharePoint Foundation http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880551...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2013 Trial Image in Windows Azure China Platform Gallery

    The SharePoint Server 2013 Trial image is now available in the Windows Azure China Platform Gallery. The image is based on the current Windows Server 2012 Datacenter release and includes a complete installation of SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise Trial patched with the March Public Update. NOTE Additional...
  • Blog Post: Outbound Hybrid Infrastructure Configuration Made Easy for SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365

    Over the past several weeks since we’ve released Service Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2013 I’ve configured several PoC and demo environments with OneDrive for Business redirection to Office 365 with an outbound hybrid search topology. Over the course of configuring these environments I found it to be...
  • Blog Post: One-Way Outbound Hybrid Search Step-by-Step and OneDrive for Business

    Recently we introduced a number of new coexistence scenarios in Service Pack 1 including redirection of OneDrive for Business and Yammer. Redirection of OneDrive for Business enables IT to provision cloud storage for users OneDrive for Business document libraries; however, in a hybrid scenario the content...
  • Blog Post: OneDrive for Business Redirection to Office 365 Overview

    At the 2014 SharePoint Conference we announced the new OneDrive for Business SKU in addition to changes in Service Pack 1 functionality that enable IT administrators to selectively redirect their users to OneDrive for Business in Office 365 from SharePoint Server 2013. Planning The initial prerequisite...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2013 Trial in Windows Azure [Updated]

    An updated SharePoint Server 2013 Trial image is available in the Windows Azure Platform Gallery. The image is based on the current Windows Server 2012 Datacenter release and includes a complete installation of SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise Trial patched with the March Public and December Cumulative...
  • Blog Post: HOW TO: Rename Search Service Application Databases on the “Same” Server

    There are a number of articles that describe how to rename and move the Search Service Application databases in SharePoint Server 2013; however, limited guidance on renaming the Search Service Application databases on the same server.  The process itself differs little from the former, but worth...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2013 Trial in Windows Azure

    An updated SharePoint Server 2013 Trial image is available in the Windows Azure Platform Gallery.  The image is based on the current Windows Server 2012 Datacenter release and includes a complete installation of SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise Trial patched with the March Public and April Cumulative...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell 3.0 and SharePoint Server 2013

    SharePoint 2013 includes Windows Management Framework 3.0 the as one of the new prerequisites to installation and configuration.  Included in the Windows Management Framework 3.0 is Windows PowerShell 3.0. Windows PowerShell 3.0 extends upon the usability of Windows PowerShell 2.0 while maintaining...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Machine Translation Services in SharePoint 2013

    Introduction SharePoint Server 2013 introduces several new service applications; among them is the new Machine Translation Service. The new Machine Translation Service enables you to reach more people with new cloud-based translation services capable of translating not only sites, but also their content...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell Command Builder 2.0

    A new updated version of the Windows PowerShell Command Builder is now available. The Windows PowerShell Command Builder for Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Microsoft SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Online, and Microsoft Office 365 is an HTML 5 application that is designed to help IT professionals and power users...
  • Blog Post: Setting up a SharePoint 2013 Development Environment 101

    Step 1 Prepare the Operating Environment Preparation of your development environment is determined by the apps you will develop and the systems you have access to.  If you want to distribute apps for SharePoint through an app catalog, such as apps for SharePoint will full control permissions, a...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2013 Software Prerequisites

    Web and Application Servers Minimum Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter) Requires KB 2554876, KB 2708075, KB 2759112 Optional Windows Server 2012 (Standard or Datacenter) Prerequisites Web and Application Servers Web Server (IIS) Role Application Server Role...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to PowerPoint Automation Services in SharePoint Server 2013

    Introduction PowerPoint Automation Services is a new service application in SharePoint Server 2013 that provides automatic server-side conversion of PowerPoint Presentations from one format to another, for example, a PowerPoint Presentation in Open XML File Formar .pptx format can be converted into Portable...
  • Blog Post: Shredded Storage and the Evolution of SharePoint’s Storage Architecture

    A number of questions have been asked surrounding Shredded Storage in SharePoint 2013.  To better understand the benefit of Shredded Storage and what is provides from a relational database BLOB data storage perspective it's helpful to understand the evolution of SharePoint’s storage model. Past...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2013 Support for Windows Server 2012 R2

    Summary Currently, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 is not supported for installation on computers running the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system. Installing SharePoint Server 2013 on a computer that is running Windows Server 2012 R2 could lead to unexpected behavior, therefore, Microsoft does...