Author Archives: Gary Sone

Microsoft 365 Enterprise Admin role-based exam prep: MS-100 Identity & Services

PC Caffeine

save this as a vbs – runs until you end via taskman or restart…

set wsc = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WScript.Sleep (60*1000)
wsc.SendKeys ("{SCROLLLOCK 2}")

#UKMicrosoft365club 11-Sep-2018, Hilton Bankside.

#UKMicrosoft365club 11-Sep-2018, Hilton Bankside.

Missed last one, previously attended 14-Mar club meet up

9.59am – Starts with a Video [Heathrow, Samit Saini]

Levente introduction, Powerpoint overlay with real-time captioning.

Next up Kerri Hollis

  • Share your experiences via the hash tag #UKMicrosoft365club
  • Don’t forget about External Yammer group
  • Agenda (below)


Nick Cottrell [Mitie facilities management group]

Mitie facilities management (starts with a video)

  • Planning and delivery
  • Pilots, Workshops, trading, transformation and lift and shift
  • Had 112 servers
  • Used sharegate
  • Design
    • information architect
  • Governance
  • Self help site
  • Templates
    • GDPR added to templates
  • Migration

Mitie – Communications

Communications (see above)

  • Super user network
  • Migration s two approaches
  • MS fast track and sharegate
  • Private files, team files, archived files, other

Lessons learned

  • review and analyse your servers early
  • Review communications channels
  • Use the fast track service
  • Prepare but don’t over prepare
  • Upgrade the network in advance


  • 700+ spo sites
  • 700+ super users
  • Good bad case studies (see below pciture)

Good bad case studies

Next up, Dan Fernandez Cao & Katie Gifford using the Microsoft whiteboard app.

⁃ Dan and Katie go on the road to demonstrate the new Surface go and collaborate via the whiteboard app

Roland Beverley from BP

West Nile Delta (WND)

Emails (10 tips)

  • Emails (10 tips – see above)
  • Turn off email notifications

  • Chasing people
    • Use planner as the sole action tracker
    • Meet a real need
    • Led by the team
    • Senior sponsorship
    • Prioritise the journey not the findings
    • Fixed timescale
    • Can now good each other to account (even senior leadership)
    • Ended with Q&A

Kerri up next

  • Yammer is 10 years old
  • How to use and new features
  • Digital transformation is about employee empowerment

Live events demo

Live events

Yammer live events using teams (in preview)

live events with Microsoft 365

Break for lunch.

Richard halbert, teams Engineering

  • Staff hub is moving into teams
  • Have a look at powershell (more available via powershell than the GUI)
  • Staff hub becomes teams, staff hub closes (to setup) next year

Linda Parkinson-Hardman [Dorset county council]

  • Business change engagement officer
    • Creating a culture of influence by building a culture of influence
  • Channel shift // transformation
  • What we really want if for them to create their own transformation we cannot do this for them


⁃ Picture missing on Personas, will see if i can add from the shared slide deck.

⁃ Picture missing on plans?, will see if i ca add/update from the shared slide deck.

Beth Hughes on top 10 change points (See my previous blog-posts for Beth content!)

Lev closed the club meeting.

o365 offical blog and product improvements (via

A good blog/site for details on the monthly youtube video –

But also this article has the specific product suggestion pages

Topic Link
Business Center
Office 365
Office 365 Groups
Power BI
Skype for Business

UK Microsoft 365 club – 14Mar2018

#UKMicrosoft365club14Mar2018 @ etc.venues – Westminster Bridge – County Hall

[Last event i attended was in September 2017]

Host Levente Nagy/Microsoft

Reminder from Levente – If you do not have access to the dedicated Yammer group, email

Before we started Brett encouraged us to download a couple of apps to be introduced after lunch

Levente started with digital transformation 

⁃ Covering trends in the workplace, worker styles and employees moving from routine to creativity

⁃ Microsoft 365 – unlocks creativity, built for teamwork, integrated for simplicity and intelligent security.


First up was Dinesh from BAT, responsible for IT in E.M.E.A.

⁃ (About us)

⁃ Worked with Marketing (message) and introduced self-serve (empowering users)…

⁃ Every user upgraded themselves

⁃ Driving user adoption 

⁃ Includes “top 5 productivity hacks” (think tips, trips and traps)

⁃ Perfect role for Graduates, right skills, excellent all round experience.

⁃ “Users have gone crazy for PowerBI”

⁃ Gamification- could add “badges” to profiles etc 

⁃ Microsoft stream has been useful

⁃ Success – bill of materials 

⁃ Session ended with a Q&A

10.46 – Beth MD (Behavioral Architect)

⁃ Beth offered some clarity that sharepoint (used to share) onedrive (used for own)

⁃ Some troublesome facts 

  • Behavior change is discretionary
  • it’s not about I.t.
  • Adoption takes time!

11.15 – National Grid (Susan Shaw and Ian Balfour)

– meet National Grid 

⁃ Started with a vision statement, drove conversation about how to use these new tools

⁃ Project sponsored by CIDO…

⁃ 24 new office 365 champions identified to drive change (220+) engaged in workshop – build adoption change network

⁃ where do you see the greatest challenge for introducing new ways of working…

⁃ 4 key behavioral changes 

⁃ Linked adoption to the business excellence/ efficiency teams to help drive business take up.

⁃ (Ian Business change person)

⁃ 6 sigma (downtime) what is lean? MUDA

⁃ So what…

⁃ Lessons learned

⁃ Exploit, adoption, no silver bullet, not possible without top down

⁃ Does not end – evergreen

⁃ 11.20 – Q&A

⁃ 11.30 – Microsoft 365 demo

⁃ (Including capability update & demos)

⁃ <Dan> demonstrated a day in the life of Megan – who had accidentally deleted some files…

⁃ Onedrive – self-serve file restore

⁃ Spam – Microsoft global security…

⁃ 12.00 – Astra Zeneca and teams

⁃ Rachel Calthorpe – IT Apprenticeship

⁃ Collaboration team

⁃ Simplification theme

⁃ Business drivers

⁃ – lots of emails cc’d

⁃ Documents/files and tools all over the place

⁃ Mobile – something reliable, secure and quick to use – connecting the right people instantly.

⁃ Leveraging Microsoft fastrack service

⁃ If it’s in teams – will respond there and not via email, all need to be in it…

Product manager for teams – Kerri Hollis

⁃ We just won and award .. new features (enterprise connect – watch on demand later) 

⁃ Enterprise voice for the cloud 

⁃ Customer success kit…

⁃ Resources…

13.30 – accessibility in Microsoft365 with Brett Johnson – TSD, Accessibility in Modern workplace

⁃ Soundscape, seeing AI

⁃ Accessibility 

⁃ Introduction to Windows 10 contrast controls 

⁃ – Win +<CTRL>+C

⁃ PowerPoint inserting pictures, shows design ideas and provides <alt text>

⁃ MS Word, settings, proofing, gramma

⁃ View menu then “learning tools”

⁃ Onenote, learning tools – add-in

⁃ Translate

⁃ Demo followed where we used the translator app which processed showed in real-time a translation into the language of your choice.

14.00 – engie

⁃ Jonathan and Brian (business customers, knowledge management)

⁃ Critical success factors 

⁃ Executive support & charter 

⁃ Knowledge managers and adoption champions (more technical)

⁃ Success stories (idea to use drone in chimney assessments, asset h/w spare parts, executive realization)

⁃ Individual recognition and reward drives behavior change.

⁃ Specific Yammer o365 support groups for each Microsoft application/production – mainly supported by business users and not I.T.

⁃ Lessons learned 

⁃ When & what to use 

⁃ CSF 

⁃ 14.12 – Q&A

15.00 – M.O.J. (⁃ Peter Hanney – lead EUCS architect)

⁃ Focus on the how

⁃ 4 strategic priorities (see slide…)

⁃ End User Computing Solutions = ppa- personal productivity apps

⁃ Cookie cutter approach

⁃ Comms message, general awareness communication, branded message

⁃ Multiple comms channels

⁃ – posters

⁃ – Emails

⁃ – Message of the day

⁃ – Film, intranet, hunts and tips, user guides

⁃ – Tech bars and demos

⁃ Then came the discussion with “security”

⁃ “Microsoft deliver for maximum adoption and not necessarily for maximum security”

Ends with Q&A

Some final closing slides

iPhone beta ios 11.2

Assumes you have a developer account with apple – costs (as of 1-Nov-2017) £79 p.a.

From your target device head to and download the iOS 11.2 profile.

or save to iCloud and access from ‘files’ on you iPhone

Read the release notes, note any concerns! – i.e.

If needed, notes on how to install –

Which Windows 10 version do you run?

Run WinVer.exe to determine your version of Windows 10

Check it against this list

Want to upgrade? – visit here – [update now]

Run the file you just downloaded – Then click [update now]

Quick check to ensure you still meet the minimum requirements – click [next]

Then sit back and relax!

Want a ah hem licence – visit here or

September Microsoft o365 #UKoffice365Club

9.30 10:00 Arrivals and registration

10:00 10:20 Welcome and Introduction

10:20 10:50 Heathrow Airport: “Making digital transformation happen with your people – not to them”

Neil Barnett, Senior Digital Communications Manager, Heathrow Airport, Priscilla Kuehnel, Director of Engagement, MSL Group

10:50 11:00 News from Microsoft Ignite – Kerri Hollis, Microsoft

11:00 11:15 Demo: Microsoft Stream – Dave Trevallion, Microsoft

11:15 11:30 Microsoft Adoption Programs and Resources – Levente Nagy, Microsoft

11:30 12:00 Demo: Modern Intranets – Dave Trevallion, Microsoft

12:00 13:00 Lunch

13:00 13:30 Great Western Railway: “Office 365 – Adoption by design” – Jez Rice, IT Solutions Architect, GWR

13:30 14:00 Demo: Office 365 Adoption Content Pack for PowerBI – Dan Fernandez Cao, Microsoft

14:00 15:00 Adoption and Change Management: Driving Yammer Adoption at Network Rail

Claire Grundy, Head of Internal Communications, Adam Fidler, Enterprise Architect, Katie Stanton, Internal Communications Manager

11th Club meeting since starting 2.5 years ago

Uzma Sattar – Director, Modern Workplace

Business transformation challenges exist

  • How to engage with business development folks
  • It’s more than the technology

10.20 Heathrow

Neil and Priscilla


⁃ Reason for failure

⁃ Genpact quote

⁃ Digital transformation formula

⁃ – technology process people

⁃ “Future work places”

⁃ <neil> Video…

⁃ Priscilla- the brief..

  • Understanding pain points

⁃ Work diary

⁃ Heavy BYOD usage

⁃ <neil>

⁃ Business engagement

⁃ Digital workspace

⁃ Animation to sell the vision

⁃ Martini : any device, any place anywhere. (Where have I heard this before?)

⁃ Digital Mentor

<via Q&A: not new roles, weekly Skype huddles to keep them engaged>

⁃ Hub + (plus)

⁃ SharePoint online

⁃ Idea: pocket guides

⁃ Q&A:

Ignite update:

⁃ Kerry Hollis product manager intelligent communications

⁃ Transformation from unified comms to IC

⁃ Customer feedback

⁃ Simplify

⁃ Bringing together s4b

⁃ What’s changing and not changing

⁃ Microsoft teams (eventually) replacing s4b

⁃ Q&A: why not yammer? (A: Yammer is a “one to many” where the target is not known)

Microsoft stream demo

⁃ Dave, technical specialist

⁃ MS stream, evolution of video

⁃ Employees want to do more but do not have the tools —

⁃ <demo>

⁃ Creates a transcript in real time and in sync – easily to correct

⁃ Add bookmarks and hashtags to the description – language translations

⁃ Includes facial recognition

– match people to parts of the video , select your speakers

⁃ Embed to yammer, teams, sharepoint

⁃ Transition

⁃ Try forms –

⁃ Future deeper integration to LinkedIn


⁃ the adoption lifecycle

⁃ Business stakeholder program

⁃ Drive deployment (fast track)

⁃ re proplus timeline — Oct 2020 – 1) pro-plus 2) MSI (out of main stream support) … you have three years!

⁃ End user champions program

⁃ – open for registration

Back to Dave, capability update

⁃ Sharepoint

– building the modern intranet

⁃ Two distinct types

  • Creating a new site