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 Name Thuan  Blog A soldier of fortune
 Location United States  Category SharePoint
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SharePoint has been a “virtual” companion of my journey since 2008. I do not know how passionate I’m with SharePoint, but when people negatively state that SharePoint is dead I often raise objectio...
How much would you trust Microsoft Azure?      21-May-2017     44  
If you are working with Microsoft Cloud sometimes, you may have heard about Microsoft Trust Center where Microsoft proves to its customers a trustworthy platform. From the center, Microsoft shows n...
The world of virus and malware are unpredictable. There are many historically stories about the virus for example Conflicker or Nimda which damaged hugely to hijacked network. The most recent story...
Security shared responsibility in Azure IaaS      18-May-2017     43  
Cloud computing is heterogeneously broad, relating to variety of software services to hardware infrastructure. Nevertheless, people are still following the U.S. National Institute of Standards and ...
Connecting directly through RDP to your system is not recommended in a practical security. It is because the RDP connection goes through the Internet which is weak. To add more extra layer of secur...
Four security principles I believe myself      06-May-2017     57  
Last month at the Global Azure Bootcamp 2017 in Microsoft Singapore, I presented with folks several security practices along with applying defense in depth strategy to secure your Azure IaaS deploy...
I got a question today morning asking me on how to measure success in IT managed services. Well I never thought of myself such a measurement. Perhaps the measurement would be keeping service level ...
Design a secure Azure IaaS – Part 1      22-Apr-2017     86  
Security has never been stopped being a hot topic in the digital transformation era. We all have heard a lot about digital transformation stuffs. Everything is going to have Internet connection whi...
We all know when granting permission to an account, this account will receive an invitation email that link to the Microsoft Invitation page. Today when doing some stuffs of authorization, I realiz...
Multi-factor authentication means by its name, giving one more step of authentication to protect your account.  The authentication step can be a time-based one-time password sent from a cloud authe...
If you happen to see a strange securitydata resource group in your Azure subscription, you would be pretty much surprised what the heck it is. You would be angry on someone in your cloud team if th...
3 obstacles in building a learning organization      14-Apr-2017     81  
You may find so many articles over the Internet explaining what learning organization is and how to build it. Different articles would give different views on learning organization. To me, learning...
I’ve written many articles on the topic of security with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 in which I shared my experience and lesson learnt during my time working with government agencies whe...
Last year I participated in Singapore Global Azure Bootcamp 2016 as a speaker, talking about planning and deploying SharePoint 2013 on Microsoft Azure. This year should not be a difference from my ...
I’m not an experienced UX/UI designer absolutely but I seem to be addicted to talking about how to make end users life easier on software with UX/UI tips & tricks. I do care about UX/UI f...
Restarting a virtual machine does not give me a guarantee as always because I’ve encountered many cases in which something went wrong after restarting. One of the Search in my customers’...
I’ve recently had a good short conversation which a senior SharePoint developers, having worked more than 5 years in SharePoint area. He shared with me that he found SharePoint really challen...
This post is not going to introduce what MinRole in SharePoint 2016 is. You are better to get it from massive number of articles written by SharePoint experts in the community. Personally MinRole i...
One of the big advantages of Microsoft Azure I often introduce to folks surrounding me is how quick I can provision an environment for demonstration . As a SharePoint geek, you would love to see ho...
Checklist to securing your SharePoint Online      07-Feb-2017     125  
Asked by a colleague of mine yesterday whether there was any security checklist for SharePoint Online to improve security because recently he ran into a huge incident in IaaS cloud in which several...
I’m speaking at Experts Live Asia Pacific 2017      25-Jan-2017     135  
I’m humbly excited to be chosen a speaker at the Largest System Management and Cloud conference in Asia Pacific named ExpertsLive Asia Pacific. This conference previously is known as System C...
Richard Smith, Microsoft’s General Manager in Commercial Licensing sector just announced the cancellation of Pay-As-You-Go model in Azure for new customers. They have to go through Microsoft certif...
Conversational Bot would let your business go down      14-Jan-2017     142  
Believe me or not, you are perhaps going to get into the era of AI (aka artificial intelligence). It is not a digital transformation you have heard over the Internet. It’s personally an intelligenc...
You would be pretty much looking forward to an approach to migrate a large file share to SharePoint thanks to the article’s title. Unfortunately, this article is not going to cover that. Migrating ...
If you are familiar with Web Application Proxy in Windows Server 2012/2016, Azure AD Application Proxy should not be your surprise. Microsoft builds it to allow you to securely set up a remote acce...
Deploying Office Web Apps on Azure IaaS      22-Dec-2016     177  
Office Web Apps is an added value to every collaboration deployment, especially if you like to use SharePoint with business intelligence features. Dashboard on Excel rendered on browser, for exampl...
Musing on Digital Transformation Term      19-Dec-2016     165  
Don’t be uncomfortable to have heard about the term “Digital Transformation” in the computer technology world today. You are not alone! But is “Digital Transformation”...
One of the tasks of a consultant is to build a proof-of-concept sample or a demonstration to showcase the customer. I was asked today by a friend of mine about the sample Azure SQL Database and Pow...
Step-by-step Guide to Office 365 Hybrid Deployment      29-Nov-2016     224  
Inspired by Microsoft, its products and technologies, my head with Tung Pham‘s one huddled together thinking about an eBook which would provide step-by-step guide to you in the Office 365 Hyb...
The definition of Digital Workplace may vary, but mostly aims to explain the virtual environment which comprises of tools to facilitate people at work, to increase employee engagement and to automa...
Disclaimer: I’m not an expert in the field of Machine Learning. I’m an absolute beginner of Machine Learning. I’m keen on it, and progressively adopting it myself. This article is just my tho...
Deployment Guide is always required naturally in software development project. However, writing a good deployment guide is not easy. I have seen a lot of deployment guide without care, contributing...
The deprecation of Sandbox solution is actually not new to those who continuously keep their eyes on Microsoft, which was announced in 2014. And 2 years later in 2016, Microsoft announced that its ...
I’ve been asked a lot from my colleagues and friends on how to get started with Microsoft Azure. I believe that if you do Google search, you will get hundred millions of results.  Ironically ...
SharePoint is proven a platform for so many real-world no-code solutions, it still requires customization to fulfill business requirement, and to maximize investment for the platform, especially fo...
Is Hybrid Workflow An Important Trend?      06-Jul-2016     284  
We have heard a lot about hybrid model between SharePoint on-premises and Office 365, along with many benefits and reasons, from making the best use of your investment to on-premises to utilizing w...
A bad plan or incomplete plan is often worse than no plan at all, or we have all heard that failing to plan is planning to fail. The business is being changed hoarsely by the trend of digital trans...
Migrating from legacy file servers to the latest file storage or to the cloud is not a simple task. As  I have used LepideMigrator for Document for several projects, in this article I try to give y...
SharePoint and SSL protocol supportability      25-Apr-2016     329  
As SharePoint is a web-based platform it is supposed to have a trusted SSL certificate imported for better security. In a highly secure environment SSL certificate is part of security policy and is...
SharePoint in Azure IaaS      25-Apr-2016     392  
I was really delighted to be a speaker at the Global Azure Bootcamp Singapore 2016 held a couple of weeks ago. In this event, I talked about planning and deploying SharePoint farm in Microsoft Azur...
UrlScan and SharePoint      21-Apr-2016     361  
UrlScan is a security tool that restricts the types of HTTP requests that IIS will process. This tool has number of different features which help you block specific HTTP request. Some of the outsta...
Approach to preventing PUT method in SharePoint      18-Apr-2016     327  
I’m not going to do a series of SharePoint security even I have been spending days doing security and SharePoint hardening for number of different public sector organizations. If you wish to collec...
Product analysis by Thuan Nguyen in ThuanSoldier.NET requested by CRN Solutions, but these thoughts are my own. What is Webparts360? Webparts360 extends the configurability and feature set of Share...
SharePoint 2016 RTM is out!      15-Mar-2016     424  
Folks in the world of SharePoint have been waiting for the release of SharePoint 2016 for a quite long time since Microsoft unveiled it just a little bit in Microsoft Ignite 2015. Today with the pr...
When working in a highly secure environment, you may have to deal with the requirement of allowing only one active logon session. This basically means each end user is not allowed to have multiple ...
What I have been doing these day!      07-Mar-2016     349  
Many friends of mine and my avid blog reader have asked me on what I have been doing these days because it’s been 5 months since I wrote the latest article about Udemy. My immediate answer is...
Udemy – the bigger online training marketplace has offered me a free SharePoint 2013 course for beginner. This course is absolutely dedicated for those who want to get started with SharePoint...
Quick look at LepideMigrator for SharePoint      26-Sep-2015     415  
Product analysis by Thuan Ng in ThuanSoldier.NET requested by Lepide Software, but these thoughts are my own. Overview I have seen in my SharePoint life many organizations needing to migrate a big ...
Office Online Server is the new version of Office Web Apps Server which provides you the ability to render Microsoft Office document including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote on the browser. Wi...
Search in SharePoint 2013 has been completely redesigned, providing a new scalable and flexible architecture. To provide a powerful search solution, the base of your search topology must be solid. ...
Microsoft recently released the template of SharePoint 2016 IT Preview for those who want to have a quick loot at the new SharePoint platform. Using Microsoft Azure Infrastructure-As-A-Service, yo...
I have kept wondering over nights what changes Microsoft makes in User Profile Service Application since Bill Baer shared some things about SharePoint 2016 at Microsoft Ignite. A 6-year-old service...
Project Server in SharePoint 2016      02-Sep-2015     539  
Microsoft Project Server is a dedicated product which offers enterprise-class components for project and portfolio management. This product requires to run on top of Microsoft SharePoint platform. ...
SharePoint Site Deployment Strategy 101      08-Jul-2015     425  
I have recently involved in explaining Site template and feature in SharePoint to an organization that is going to roll out many business applications built on top SharePoint 2013 platform. In this...
Email troubleshooting in SharePoint 2013      25-May-2015     457  
SharePoint and Exchange is a great ever combination of making a productive environment these days you may have heard from Microsoft. Indeed, the combination offers you full collaboration features a...
Identical IIS filesystem path in SharePoint      20-May-2015     474  
I suddenly ran into a problem related to inconsistent IIS filesystem path today when creating a new web application in SharePoint 2010. SharePoint threw the message The filesystem path for the IIS ...
A lot of updates about Microsoft SharePoint 2016      14-May-2015     670  
I had a chance yesterday to participate with folks in the discussion with Bill Baer about Microsoft SharePoint 2016. This article is a collection of questions and Bill’s answers. —̵...
While folks are enjoying the biggest Microsoft conference – Ignite with many news about new products and features coming out, I’m only keeping my eyes on the SharePoint 2016 and Office 365. Publish...
Hello world!      24-Apr-2015     486  
Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! ...
I often ask myself about the future of Office 365 for government or organizations that don’t really trust in cloud computing. When data comes to cloud provider, it is undeniably accessible to cloud...
Working and troubleshooting in a highly secure and hardened environment has never been easy. Recently my end users have reported an issue related to editing Microsoft Office documents in SharePoint...
We have recently rolled out an Outlook plugin that integrates with SharePoint. The plugin allows end users to upload selectable email to SharePoint 2013 libraries. Client-side object model (CSOM) i...
If you have never performed vulnerability assessment using any tools, you are going to be surprised what the FrontPage Server Extensions means to SharePoint at least from the tittle and why it’s pa...
Restricting SharePoint 2013 web services      18-Dec-2014     471  
If you have ever developed a facing-public website on top of Microsoft SharePoint platform for large organization, you are virtually asked to fix for web application vulnerabilities found by the se...
SharePoint Application Deployment Procedure      30-Nov-2014     464  
In a large SharePoint environment where a number of different SharePoint applications are functioning to end-user, a procedure to manage application deployment needs to be seriously considered. I’v...
Quick thought on “Password Never Expires”      26-Nov-2014     468  
Last week my colleague asked me if there was any official documentation or reference from Microsoft recommending setting “Password Never Expires” for SharePoint farm account. I immediately responde...
IIS Request Filtering Whitelist and SharePoint 2013      18-Sep-2014     1274  
In IT security, whitelist and blacklist is always an everlasting debate. It’s like the causality “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Folks say that whitelist is more controllable than black...
SharePoint 2013 Document Management Features      15-Sep-2014     418  
These days there are many issues that organizations have identified for a long time of use in their document storage. First, file server would only be accessible to end-users in internal network an...
Where to place Central Administration service?      13-Sep-2014     480  
This small topic has come up since my client asked as to why SharePoint Foundation Web Application service started on the server that was hosting Central Administration service a couple of days ago...
As part of governance plan, full user profile synchronization may require to be run automatically weekly in your organization. While there are large number of great articles on the Internet providi...
Patching SharePoint Management 101      28-Aug-2014     420  
Patching is considered to be one of the administrative tasks indispensable to sustainability of the SharePoint production farm. Patching is to not only protect the production farm but also to make ...
Be aware of backing up IIS MachineKeys      10-Aug-2014     418  
It’s quite difficult to tell you that I had had to spend 3 days looking into an issue when joining a machine to an existing SharePoint farm that I’m responsible for managing. This task shouldn’t ha...
Hackathon is not a new word in information technology. It’s an event in which computer geeks put their hands on keyboard to compete each other on a specific topic. There are too many hackathon even...
Determine your Web Front-end server      29-Jun-2014     446  
Almost architecture design documentation I have had chances to review so far wrongly indicated actual number of web front-end servers in SharePoint farm. There are not many articles dedicated to te...
Estimate Interval to run your Custom Timer Job      25-Jun-2014     532  
My colleague today asked me to give him a proper reason he could use to explain the client as to why his custom timer job should run on a schedulable time frame. For example, a timer job needs to r...
I have been working with a team responsible for a big migration from MOSS 2007 to SharePoint 2013. The team has a migration tool using web service copy.asmx to move files across SharePoint version....