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How to Change the Thumbnail Preview of a Video File

A funny thing happened to me when I started creating videos for our YouTube Channel. The thumbnail preview was taken from my introduction slide. (1-2 minutes from the start)

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I thought it was strange that it would arbitrarily pick a time to use as the thumbnail. I’m sure there’s a perfectly good reason to do this, but that’s for another time.

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Can you really manage projects using only SharePoint Task Lists and/or Planner?

Lately it seems like a lot of people are asking this question. As a Sr. PPM Consultant I tell people, YES you can manage projects using only SharePoint Task Lists and/or Planner, but as long as you do not need any of the following functions or features, such as:

  • Hierarchical Tasks
  • Recurring Tasks
  • Task Dependencies

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Resource Links to Prepare for MS Exam 70-348

Microsoft Certification Exam
70-348: Managing Projects and Portfolios with Microsoft PPM

The following list of resource links will help prepare you for the 70-348 exam that is based on:

• Microsoft Project Online
• Microsoft Project Server 2016
• Microsoft Project 2016

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Exam Prep – MS Exam 70-348: Managing Projects and Portfolios with Microsoft PPM

MS Exam 70-348
Objective Domain Comparison with:

Exam 74-343: Managing Projects with Project 2013
Exam 74-344: Managing Programs and Projects with Project Server 2013

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Speaking at the SEF Unity Connect Conference

I’m very humbled to be speaking at the SEF Unity Connect Conference, October 26-28, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm.

My Sessions:

Deploying and Managing Project Online and Project Server 2016

What’s New in Project 2016, Project Server 2016, Project Online and Office 365 Planner

If you haven’t registered yet, use my discount code SEFROLP10 and receive 10% off

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What happened to the Project Import Wizard?

Funny thing that happened to me while doing some security testing on Project Server 2013. I was attempting to import some local resources from an .MPP file using the Import Resources to Enterprise wizard. (like I’ve done many many times before) And the weirdest thing happened…

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The current view would shift over (like it always does) but the Import Resources Wizard was missing. Very Strange!!

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Understanding Language Options in SharePoint / Project Server 2016

With the recent announcement of the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of SharePoint/Project Server 2016 there have been many changes in both products. But one of the most significant changes in Project Server 2016 is that it is no longer a separate installation process, as it now runs as a service application only in SharePoint Server 2016 Enterprise edition. Please note you will require an activation key in order to enable Project Server 2016.

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How to Safely Delete $WINDOWS.~BT and Windows.old Folders

Well I upgrade my Lenovo ThinkPad W520 from Windows 8 to Windows 10 Release Preview. The upgrade worked flawlessly (thank you Microsoft!). So I’m checking out my new digs on the new OS and opened up Windows Explorer. Very nice! The new ribbon feature add great additional functionality to the tool. But I saw that there were a few new folders added ($WINDOWS.~BT and Windows.old). Naturally I assumed that it was the folders used in upgrade process. So I decided to continue and investigate more of the new functions of the OS.

In the end, the final verdict was this build was Rock Solid!!

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Making a Case for Rebranding Microsoft Project Server to Microsoft Dynamics PPM

I’ve been a Microsoft Project Server consultant and trainer since 2002. One thing that I (and my colleagues) have felt is that there appears to be no clear direction to where this software was heading. Case in point, Project Server has been married directly with SharePoint Server from a software, business and marketing stand point to this day. It originally made sense because SharePoint is used as the platform of choice for Project Server.

But when you think about it, Project Server is really a Line of Business (LOB) application. Even the definition from Wikipedia “…critical computer applications perceived as vital to running an enterprise” would suggest it.

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