Brian Alderman


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Brian Alderman is a former Microsoft MVP, and has his Master's in Computer Information Systems. Since 1995, he has held several Microsoft certifications that currently include; MCT, MCSE for SharePoint, MCSA for Office 365, MCITP for SQL Server(R), MCSA and MCSE for Windows Server(R), and also his PMP certification. As a Senior Technical Instructor and Consultant, he has 30 years of experience in networking, SQL Server databases, SharePoint technologies, and project management. Brian's publications include Windows 2000 Professional, SQL Server 2000 Administration, SharePoint 2010 Administrator's Companion, and Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Administration Inside Out. He is an active speaker at SharePoint Industry conferences including SharePoint Saturday's, SPLive, DevIntersection, SharePoint Fest, Microsoft Ignite, and several international SharePoint conferences including London, Milan, and Madrid.

Published by Brian Alderman

SharePoint Premium: What Is It?

- 5 min read-Brian Alderman
Announced in 2023 and on track to release in 2024, SharePoint Premium is designed for organizations requiring advanced content management features and functionality. It’s a powerful solution for secure collaboration and efficient document management.

Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server T-SQL

- 8 min read-Brian Alderman
Some businesspeople want to learn basic T-SQL to simply do their work better without having to get a developer involved. Brian thought a primer on the basics would serve this group well.

Introduction to Microsoft 365 Backup and Archive Functionality

- 5 min read-Brian Alderman
Microsoft is developing and testing Microsoft 365 Backup and Microsoft 365 Archive, which currently in Preview mode and expected to be in General Availability (GA) in 2024. Using Microsoft 365 Backup, persons with Microsoft 365 admin roles can create and manage backups using Microsoft 365 Backup for OneDrive, SharePoint, and Exchange. Microsoft 365 Archive will provide a cost-effective solution for securing inactive data within SharePoint. Microsoft 365 Archive offers benefits and partner integrations.

How to Obtain Your Microsoft 365 Administration Certification

- 3 min read-Brian Alderman
Microsoft has updated its Microsoft 365 administration certification, renaming it from "Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert" to "Microsoft 365 Certified: Administrator Expert." Learn options/prerequisites for passing the new MS-102 exam, which replaced the previous MS-100 and MS-101 exams.

Using Microsoft Migration Manager to Migrate Content to SharePoint Online and OneDrive

- 14 min read-Brian Alderman
Microsoft Migration Manager is a powerful intuitive centralized management tool that is used to streamline data migration to Microsoft 365. Migration Manager uses automated features and robust security measures while minimizing downtime to ensure a smooth migration process from file shares, SharePoint on-premises, and cloud-based services like Dropbox and Google Workspace.

Using the SharePoint Migration Tool (SPMT) to Migrate SharePoint Sites to Microsoft 365

- 9 min read-Brian Alderman
Learn how to download, install, and run the free SharePoint Migration Tool (SPMT) to migrate SharePoint content and file shares to Microsoft 365. Also, see how to use the free SharePoint Migration Assessment Tool (SMAT) for migration planning and identifying potential migration issues. The article also discusses monitoring migration progress and getting summary and task reports.

Using SMAT to Assess Your SharePoint Server Migration to SharePoint Online

- 6 min read-Brian Alderman
The SharePoint Migration Assessment Tool (SMAT) can ensure a smoother migration experience from on-premises environments to SharePoint Online. This article provides an overview of how SMAT works and how to interpret and make the most of its output.

Microsoft Renames Azure AD to Microsoft Entra ID

- 3 min read-Brian Alderman
Microsoft announced that they will rename Azure AD (AAD) to Entra ID in their attempt to reflect the progression of modern multicloud identity security, eventually simplify secure access for all Microsoft 365 users, and to provide naming consistency for identity and access solutions. Why make this change? What isn’t changing?

Exploring Microsoft Quizzes

- 4 min read-Brian Alderman
No matter what kind of information you need to gather, Microsoft Teams has a great quiz tool in Forms for getting feedback and learning about your team’s interests and concerns. You can host your quizzes on the web, inside OneNote, or in Teams, and people can access them using a QR code or directly through the URL.

What's New in Teams: Q2 2023

- 4 min read-Brian Alderman
Just some of the enhancements to Teams in Q2 2023 include: Enhanced search; Mark previous read chats; Custom avatars; New files navigation panel; Live captions profanity filter. Have fun with those avatars!

Exploring Microsoft Forms

- 4 min read-Brian Alderman
If you need polls, quizzes, or surveys to get the information you need to grow your project, plan a party, or find out what your team is thinking, you'll find that Microsoft forms is an easy solution.

Integrating Microsoft Forms with Microsoft Teams

- 5 min read-Brian Alderman
When it comes to collecting information and reviewing the results, Microsoft Forms makes the job easy. Forms has seamless integration with Microsoft Teams, there’s a simple-to-use interface, and you great flexibility for creating the tools you need to get the job done.