This video shows you how to allow Skype for Business users to both contact people on other Skype for business domains and also allow users to communicate with normal Skype users.

They can use Skype for both IM and normal voice/video chat.

This video is made using a demo tenant on Office 365.

To allow external communication follow these steps:

  • Log into Office 365 and go to the Skype for Business Admin Centre
  • Click on the “Organisation” tab on the left hand side
  • Click on External Communication
  • Select “Let people use skype for business to communicate with people outside of this organisation”
  • Save the settings
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Launch URL from Sharepoint List Dropdown in PowerApps

This example is when you are using a dropdown in PowerApps and wanting to open a link that is in the list with a button.

The list will need to have the URL that you want to open in a proper format eg. “http://heresjaken.com”.

This example below assumes that you already have the Sharepoint List connected to your PowerApp.

Code:

Dropdown1.Items = Distinct(SPList, Title)

Button.OnSelect = Launch(LookUp(SPList, Dropdown1.Selected.Value = Title, Link))

The SharePoint list’s name is ‘Site Links’ you will need to replace this so that the SP List’s name is correct.
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Charts on the Dashboard page are showing the error: “You do not have sufficient privileges to view this chart”.

As well as many of the entities such as calendars, contacts and accounts provided by default throughout the system are missing.

If this is a new tenant this can happen to users that have been given an Administrator login to Dynamics 365, to fix this problem you need to add some permissions to the user.

How to fix You do not have sufficient privileges to view this chart error in Dynamics 365

Click the three lines at the top, then select settings, then select security. Shown in image below.

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Go into the Users menu

Select the user you want to add permissions to

Click the Manage Roles button

Add in the roles that you want the user to have.

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Now if you go back to the dashboards you will be able to see the ones you have given the user permissions to see.

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Introduction to PowerApps

Microsoft PowerApps is a new enterprise service that empowers innovators everywhere to connect, create and share business apps with team members on any device in minutes.

PowerApps is new and still contains some bugs as it is new, but I expect that will be ironed out as time goes on.

PowerApps allows you to connect to your data with an easy to use interface.

This video will show you how to make your first PowerApp from a template and also how to navigate though the PowerApp desktop application.

You can find out more about PowerApps on http://powerapps.microsoft.com/

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While forgetting your domain admin password is not really something you should do you may come across a server that you don’t know the domain administrator password for this video will help you.

You will need a Windows Server installation disk to complete these steps.

Boot to a windows server 2012 r2 CD and hold shift F12 then run the bottom two commands

  • MOVE C:\Windows\System32\Utilman.exe C:\Windows\System32\Utilman.exe.bak
  • COPY C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe C:\Windows\System32\Utilman.exe

Once that is done you can reboot the server and click on the “Ease of Access” button. This will give you a command prompt where you can reset the domain admin password using the net user command:

net user administrator *

It will then prompt you for the new password.

Type in the new password that you want and hit enter.

Now you have reset your domain administrator password and you can log into the server.

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How to Install Windows Server 2016

To install Windows Server 2016 you will need the installation media.

You can download a full evaluation copy of Server 2016 from the evaluation page.

This video shows you how to install Windows Server 2016 with GUI. I am using Hyper-V to virtualise the deployment of Server 2016.

Server 2016 looks the same as Windows 10 but still has the server manager app to control it.

There are three different ways to deploy server 2016, you can do it with a GUI, without a GUI or you can use nano server.

Once the Windows Server 2016 is installed on your server or virtual machine don’t forget to update it.

Some new features in server 2016 are:

  • Nano server
  • Windows Server Containers
  • Docker Support
  • Adding or removing memory from live virtual machines
  • Adding or removing network adapters from live virtual machines
  • Running VMs in VMs
  • Powershell Direct
  • Shielded VMs

Download your free copy of Windows Server 2016 evaluation to take it for a test run and practice your skills.

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How to Install Updates on Windows Server 2016

Microsoft have remove Windows Update from the Control Panel so now it has to be done through the settings app.

When I first when I went to update I couldn’t find Windows Update in the control panel then I figured out that it is only available through the Settings App or powershell.

Windows updates should generally be scheduled using group policy. However, should you need to apply a Windows update manually, follow the steps below.

To install updates in Server 2016:

  • Open the settings app
  • Go to updates down the bottom
  • Click check for updates
  • Install the updates

Once the updates are installed you may need to reboot your server.

This is a really good thing to do when you first install Windows Server 2016, before installing everything else. This will mean that your server is patched and any issues that have already been resolved by a patch from Microsoft will not happen.

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