Learn SharePoint 2013 & Office 365 @ Microsoft Virtual Academy

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Developers and IT Professionals have always had Channel 9 and MSDN available for their learning needs. Now it’s time to take their learning up a notch. Enter Microsoft Virtual Academy – the new go-to place for live and on-demand training courses across the entire developer and IT Pro platform designed to give learners a jump start into new technologies and/or help them understand the knowledge required for specific Microsoft certification exams. Visitors can choose to take full day-long courses or take selected modules from courses based on areas of interests.

The courses below are the SharePoint specific ones that I highly recommend :

Course Name
Description
URL
Tuning SQL Server 2012 for SharePoint 2013 Jump Start
SQL Server stores most of the data for SharePoint. This Jump Start training focuses on how these two products are integrated. Join two of the industry’s most popular SharePoint experts, Bill Baer and Brian Alderman on an exploration of SQL Server settings, SQL Server system database settings and configuration options that will improve SharePoint 2013 performance, availability and security. Enjoy this demo filled Jump Start to help you optimize SQL Server 2012 deployment to protect your SharePoint environment.
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Apps for Office and SharePoint
The new apps for Office provide an improved experience within Office applications by integrating rich content and services from the web. An app for Office is basically a webpage that is hosted inside an Office client application. You can use apps to extend the functionality of a document, email message, meeting request, or appointment. The apps for SharePoint provide a new method to deliver specific information or functionality to a SharePoint site. In this Jump Start, you’ll see some examples of apps for Office and SharePoint and learn what they can do. You’ll learn how to acquire and manage apps. You’ll learn more about the types of apps for Office and the applications that support them. You’ll also find out how to make apps for Office available to users, how to manage them by using Group Policy settings or the registry, and how to monitor them by using Telemetry Dashboard.
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Introduction to SharePoint
Experience some of the new ways SharePoint Online simplifies how you interact with your team and across your enterprise. Learn how new search capabilities help you discover and organize information, manage the results, and take immediate action to be more productive. Learn how to create content, control the policies that govern content management, and protect your organization by ensuring compliance. Learn how to extend the collaborative power of SharePoint Online by using it with Yammer – the enterprise social network.
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SharePoint Online Overview for IT Pros
In this guide, you’ll see how SharePoint Online provides powerful new controls that allow IT departments to manage cost, risk, and their time. See how SharePoint Online provides powerful new controls that allow IT departments to manage cost, risk, and their time.
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Business Intelligence in Office 365
The new business intelligence features available in Microsoft Office and SharePoint 2013 provide greater insight that can be easily shared across the organization, all while using familiar tools.
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Developing Microsoft SharePoint® Server 2013 Core Solutions Jump Start
Are you a developer for the Microsoft platform, interested in helping your organization collaborate and manage workflow using SharePoint solutions? Take this course to learn the core skills common to most SharePoint development activities. Find out how to work with backend data and front end user interfaces and security. You’ll get some guidelines and best practices that will help you optimize your SharePoint applications. You’ll see some cool demos that will show you how to create an app, deploy it to a catalog, and install it. And you’ll see workflows inside the dramatically enhanced SharePoint Designer. This Jump Start will help you prepare for Exam 70-488.
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[SharePoint4MEA : Arabic Video Series] Implementing Highly Available SharePoint 2010 & 2013 Farms on Windows Azure IaaS

On behalf of SharePoint4MEA team, I’m really pleased to announce the availability of a new Arabic Video series that shows and explains in a step-by-step manner how Highly Available SharePoint 2010 and 2013 Farms can be created on Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service. The video series was created by our SharePoint Expert, Mahmoud Hamed as a response for some requests that we received earlier and it’s available now on our YouTube channel .

Windows Azure is really amazing, it provides an on-demand infrastructure that scales and adapts to changing business needs. There is a lot of white papers out there on the internet that explains how you can create a SharePoint farm with High-availability but this series is intended to explain and show the whole process via short videos along with the different challenges that might arise along the way. You can watch the series fromhere.

Please note that the videos were recorded in Arabic but even if you don’t understand Arabic you can still follow along.

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Watch the videos from here …

[UAE SharePoint User Group] New session : Java Script Object Model

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SharePoint 2013 – JavaScript Object Model

You are invited to attend a free session on JavaScript Object Model for SharePoint 2013 provided by UAE SharePoint User GroupThis session will build up your skills to a point where you can start developing client side applications against SharePoint.

Session Description:
JavaScript is becoming the new de-facto standard for developing solutions on top of SharePoint, thanks to the new App model!
This session will cover the fundamental use of the SharePoint 2013 JavaScript Object Model (JSOM), explain how JSOM has evolved in SharePoint 2013, and highlight many of JSOM new features.

Agenda:

  • Introduction to CSOM
  • How CSOM works
  • CSOM Advantages
  • Read list data and query
  • Add/Update & Delete list Items

Speakers : Ahmad Al-Najjar (SharePoint Architect) & Iman Al-Maskari (Senior SharePoint Developer)

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00PM
Date: 18th Dec 2013
LocationUAE – Abu Dhabi, Tourist Club area, Al Khawarizmi International College, Room 603 (Map)

Don’t miss this great learning and networking opportunity!

UAE SharePoint User Group (UAESPUG)

UAE SharePoint User Group is a community group that has been established by a group of industry pioneers to help SharePoint users in the United Arab Emirates develop their skills and knowledge in this technology.

For more information and upcoming events visit:
www.uaesharepoint.org

 

[SharePoint4MEA : Arabic Video Series] SharePoint Server 2013 Administration Course

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This is really exciting for all the Arab speaking technical communities! Over the past few weeks, Ahmed Said Moussa, from SharePoint4MEA Team, has been working very hard on creating the first and the only SharePoint 2013 Administration Arabic course.

In this introductory course, you’ll be introduced to SharePoint Server 2013, where you’ll learn the basic concepts of SharePoint and how to implement and deploy a SharePoint farm.

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So far we have three lessons on our YouTube channel but Ahmed is working very hard to produce the rest of the lessons very soon. Stay tuned!

Start learning now!

Announcing SharePoint4MEA YouTube Channel

It is with great excitement that we officially announce the launch of the official YouTube channel of SharePoint4MEA – http://www.youtube.com/SharePoint4MEA

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To kick off our channel, we have teamed up with some of the top notch SharePoint & Office 365 SharePoint Online experts in the region to record & publish 16 Arabic videos (This is around 4 hours of original content) to cover a wide range of hot SharePoint topics for both SharePoint Server & SharePoint Online. This is just the start but our aim is to include more content in the different languages spoken across the Middle East & Africa very soon.

Published Videos:

Series
Video Title
Technology
Speaker
Language
SharePoint Server 2013 Administration Course
1. Preparing for SharePoint Server 2013 Installation
SharePoint Server 2013 (On-Premises)
Ahmed Said Moussa
Arabic
SharePoint Server 2013 Administration Course
2. Installing SharePoint Server 2013
SharePoint Server 2013 (On-Premises)
Ahmed Said Moussa
Arabic
Web Content Management in SharePoint Server 2013 & Office 365
Web Content Management in SharePoint Server 2013 & Office 365 – Content Authoring
SharePoint Server 2013 (On-Premises) / Office 365
Marwan Tarek & Ayman El-Hattab
Arabic
Web Content Management in SharePoint Server 2013 & Office 365
Web Content Management in SharePoint Server 2013 & Office 365 – Content Publishing
SharePoint Server 2013 (On-Premises) / Office 365
Marwan Tarek & Ayman El-Hattab
Arabic
Web Content Management in SharePoint Server 2013 & Office 365
Web Content Management in SharePoint Server 2013 & Office 365 – User Experience
SharePoint Server 2013 (On-Premises) / Office 365
Marwan Tarek & Ayman El-Hattab
Arabic
Implementing Highly Available SharePoint Farms on Windows Azure IaaS
1. Intro: Implementing Highly Available SharePoint Farms on Windows Azure IaaS
SharePoint Server 2013 (Hosted)
Mahmoud Hamed
Arabic
Implementing Highly Available SharePoint Farms on Windows Azure IaaS
2. Configuring Windows Azure Portal to Deploy SharePoint Farms
SharePoint Server 2013 (Hosted)
Mahmoud Hamed
Arabic
Implementing Highly Available SharePoint Farms on Windows Azure IaaS
3. Installing Active Directory with High Availability on Windows Azure
SharePoint Server 2013 (Hosted)
Mahmoud Hamed
Arabic
Implementing Highly Available SharePoint Farms on Windows Azure IaaS
4. Installing SQL Server with High Availability on Windows Azure – Part 1
SharePoint Server 2013 (Hosted)
Mahmoud Hamed
Arabic
Implementing Highly Available SharePoint Farms on Windows Azure IaaS
5. Installing SQL Server with High Availability on Windows Azure – Part 2
SharePoint Server 2013 (Hosted)
Mahmoud Hamed
Arabic
Implementing Highly Available SharePoint Farms on Windows Azure IaaS
6. Installing SharePoint 2013 with High Availability on Windows Azure – Part 1
SharePoint Server 2013 (Hosted)
Mahmoud Hamed
Arabic
Implementing Highly Available SharePoint Farms on Windows Azure IaaS
7. Installing SharePoint 2013 with High Availability on Windows Azure – Part 2
SharePoint Server 2013 (Hosted)
Mahmoud Hamed
Arabic
Implementing Highly Available SharePoint Farms on Windows Azure IaaS
8. Configuring SQL Server Availability Group for SharePoint on Windows Azure
SharePoint Server 2013 (Hosted)
Mahmoud Hamed
Arabic
Miscellaneous
Successful Migration to SharePoint 2013
SharePoint Server 2013 / Office 365
Ayman El-Hattab
Arabic
Miscellaneous
SharePoint 2013 Data View Web Part
SharePoint Server 2013 / Office 365
Ahmed Said Moussa
Arabic
Miscellaneous
Custom Tiles in SharePoint 2013
SharePoint Server 2013 / Office 365
Ahmed Said Moussa
Arabic

So, What is SharePoint4MEA Community?

Founded by two SharePoint MVPs (Ayman El-Hattab & Marwan Tarek), SharePoint4MEA is an educational community for anyone who works with SharePoint Server & Office 365 SharePoint Online in the Middle East & Africa. Our mission is to enable the SharePoint professionals across the Middle East & Africa to share their expertise with their fellow SharePoint business users, developers, architects and IT Pros via a wide range of educational formats & channels (videos, articles, online or offline events).

What about the website?

We are currently busy finalizing the community website (www.sharepoint4mea.com) and it should be ready very soon. The website will build on the wisdom of the crowd and the viral effect of the new social media channels for content provisioning and sharing.

Can I Contribute?

Sure, if you would like to contribute and be part of the community, you are most welcome. Please drop us an email (Contact@sharepoint4mea.com ) and we’ll contact you back.

Looking forward to your feedback!

[English Webinar] Office 365 Migration and Management

Many organizations are moving to cloud-based deployments such as Microsoft Office 365. While the benefits of cloud are clear, two important questions remain:

  1. How can our data be securely migrated to the cloud?
  2. How can I manage SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online?

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In this webinar, we’ll be focusing on the following topics :

  1. Migration from previous on-prem SharePoint environments or other legacy systems to Office 365 SharePoint Online
  2. Office 365 Administration
  3. Backup and restore for both SharePoint Online and Exchange Online
  4. SharePoint Apps

Date/Time: Tuesday, 17 December, 14.00 : 15.00  (Dubai Time)
Presenter : Ayman El-Hattab [MVP]

Register Now