First Technical Preview of Microsoft Azure Stack in your Datacenter

January 27, 2016 Leave a comment

Microsoft’s hybrid datacenter strategy takes one step forward with Azure Stack Technical Preview 1 helping organisations deliver Azure services from their own datacenter.

Azure Stack provides customers access to the rich Azure ecosystem, empowering developers, IT and organisations to do more on customer’s terms and allaying concerns around regulatory compliance and data residency.

In the coming weeks and months through a series of technical previews and existing applications, components and services will be added to the Azure Stack.

For more details on this new announcement, check out the following link.

The first Technical Preview of Azure Stack will be live this Friday (29 January), so be sure to try it out!

Chirag Patel @techChirag

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Participating London #SharePoint User Group Experts Panel #SUGUK

December 15, 2015 Leave a comment

This week at the Microsoft Offices in London Victoria, I will be participating in London SharePoint User Group “Ask the Experts” Panel on Thursday 17th December 6pm – 9pm.

I had the pleasure to be part of this community event last year and this year I’m even more excited to be part of it, given the amount of developments of SharePoint product journey and beta release of SharePoint 2016 and Hybrid features relating to Office 365 platform.

More details about SharePoint User Group UK can be found in their website and wanted to say thanks to Symon Garfield for inviting me and also special thanks to volunteers for making this event happen as well as Combined Knowledge for providing the food and drinks.

To keep up to date with latest event information you can follow us on twitter #suguk and @SUGUK

So go ahead and register online, come along with any list of SharePoint questions and see you Thursday evening!

Chirag Patel @techChirag


Categories: SharePoint

Presenting at Collab365 Global Conference 7-8 October 2015 from UK

September 16, 2015 Leave a comment

With less than 3 weeks to go for what is going to be the biggest SharePoint / Office 365 / Azure event of the year with 10,000 registrations expected and delivered to the comfort of your chair – I am excited my session “Transforming your staff to use Office 365 collaboration tools to increase their productivity” is selected and thanks to the organisers.


With new collaboration tools and features such as Office 365 Groups and Delve constantly evolving, this demo rich session will provide you with insights and ideas you can implement in your Office 365 tenant to help your staff get things done faster and more productive.

You will learn:
– Understand the functionality of Office 365 Groups with examples
– how to work with Power BI and Office 365 Groups
– Learn the benefits of using Delve
– Utilise SharePoint Task Aggregation

Features Covered:
– SharePoint Online, Office 365 Groups, Delve, Power BI, OneDrive

Date: 8 October 2015
Time: 4-5pm
Track: Office 365


You can find more details about this unique global conference on their website – some key facts:

  • 7 Tracks
  • 150+ speakers
  • 35+ topics
  • 10+ audiences

So get registering and look forward to the big day to immerse in new knowledge and cool demos!

To keep up with event you can follow the following social network handles:


See you online!

Chirag Patel @techChirag

SharePoint Server 2016 Preview Download and Overview #SharePoint2016

August 27, 2015 Leave a comment

This week saw the release of SharePoint Server 2016 Preview to build on previous releases and investments, primarily addressing the following areas:

1. Lower IT costs with a cloud inspired infrastructure and scalable collaboration platform

2. Better manage risk by safeguarding your business with secure and reliable capabilities

3. Deliver modern collaboration experiences across devices and screens

From my experience, the challenges that organisations face working with managing information is always present despite technologies. The people and cultural behaviours are really the keys with strong support of change management to have SharePoint adopted successfully in the new cloud world of business!

The key features and improvements SharePoint Server 2016 Preview delivers are:

· MinRole feature – SharePoint farm administrators can define each server’s role in a farm topology, automatically configuring the services on each server based on the server’s role, and optimising performance of the farm based on that topology. The server roles are: Front-end web, Application, Distributed Cache, Search and Custom.

· Compliance features – includes the document deletion and in-place hold policies.

· Document library accessibility features

· Durable Links – Resource-based URLs retain links when documents are renamed or moved in SharePoint

· Encrypted Connections – TLS 1.2 connection encryption by default

· Fast Site Collection Creation

· Hybrid – integrate your on-premises farm with Office 365 productivity experiences

· Data Loss Prevention – Identify and search for sensitive content

· New Recycle Bin in OneDrive and Team Sites – adds a link for the Recycle Bin in the left navigation area of the OneDrive and Team sites.

You can download and access further information on SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview from the following links.

· Explore

o MinRole overview

o New and improved features in SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview

o What’s deprecated or removed from SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview

o Known Issues in SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview

o Upgrade

· Plan

o System requirements

§ Hardware and software requirements

§ Browser support planning

· Install and configure

o Prepare for installation

· Hybrid for SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview

o Plan SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview hybrid

o Install and configure SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview hybrid

· Technical reference

o Windows PowerShell for SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview

Chirag Patel @techChirag

Presenting at SharePoint Saturday London 2015 #SPSLondon

I am excited to have been selected to deliver a SharePoint session at the inaugural SharePoint Saturday London event in Imperial College (University of London) on 11 July 2015. Its my pleasure to contribute and catching up with SharePoint enthusiasts and training along the way! I want to thank the organisers and sponsors for bringing this event and the volunteers who contribute endless energy – well done folks! This year there are 4 session tracks (Business, End User, Developer, IT Professional) and some sessions will be delivered by well-known speakers.
My session ‘Evolving with Office 365 and SharePoint Online Collaboration Tools‘ is going to focus on with plethora of features and productivity tools from Microsoft on constant release, this session will focus on tools such as Delve, Office 365 Groups, Office online and many features driving optimum SharePoint productivity experience with nuggets of demos!

For those who have never visited SharePoint Saturday event before, SharePoint Saturday Events ( are FREE one-day events held in different cities around the world, featuring sessions from influential and respected SharePoint professionals for End Users, Power Users, Project Managers, Business Analysts and many more. So what are you waiting for? Get registering and hope to see you on 11th July!

To keep up with the latest event updates and developments you can follow on Twitter at #SPSLondon and @SPS_London
See you there!


Slides: Replacing your Fileshare with SharePoint 2013 Farm #suguk

This week on Thursday 25 June, I had a pleasure of presenting a SharePoint session at SharePoint User Group UK (London) event hosted at Microsoft Offices in Victoria, London. Just wanted to say thanks to the organisers (Symon Garfield, Paul Hunt and Nigel Price) for putting the event together and pizzas sponsored by Combined Knowledge Ltd.

My session Replacing your Fileshare with SharePoint 2013 Farm slides are uploaded at Slideshare and hope you found the session informative.

Thanks for attending my session!

Delivering Session at SharePoint User Group UK (London) 25 June 2015 #suguk

In a couple of weeks time I will be delivering a talk on replacing a file share with SharePoint 2013 farm at SharePoint user group in London (thanks to organisers in advance!).

This lessons learned session focuses on real world scenario on what went wrong with implementation and the steps SharePoint expert recommended and actioned to bring the project back on track to drive the replacement of fileshare with SharePoint 2013 and paving the way for better end user adoption.

Event Details:

The Time: Thursday, 25 June 2015 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM –

The Place: Microsoft UK, 80-100 Victoria Street, London UK

To register your place head over to eventbrite site and hope to see you there!

To keep up to date with latest info you can follow @suguk#suguk on Twiiter.

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