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

Managing and Optimizing SQL Server

- 10 min read-Brian Alderman
You can improve SQL Server performance and maintenance by paying attention and tweaking five key settings after the default installation is finished: system and database file locations, memory allocation, database default settings, the alias, and scheduled backups, including transaction log backups.

Microsoft Teams and SharePoint Online Integration

- 4 min read-Brian Alderman
When you create a new team in the Microsoft Teams interface, the choice is whether to create a public or a private team. The new team creates a new SharePoint site that needs integration with Teams channels. Here’s a quick look at the settings to consider.

Managing SharePoint Online Using PowerShell

- 7 min read-Brian Alderman
With thousands of users accessing the sites, SharePoint administrators need to intelligently manage users and groups. Learn how PowerShell integrates with SharePoint and how to generate PowerShell scripts to make bulk changes.

Managing Microsoft Teams Using PowerShell

- 9 min read-Brian Alderman
Microsoft Teams has become the most popular Microsoft 365 end-user interface. Understanding how to streamline the management of your Microsoft Teams users in bulk can be accomplished using PowerShell. Learn the requirements for using PowerShell with Teams, how to configure PowerShell to access Microsoft Teams, and how to connect and manage your Teams and their users by understanding some of the most common Microsoft Teams PowerShell cmdlets.

Managing Microsoft 365 Using PowerShell

- 6 min read-Brian Alderman
It’s important for Microsoft 365 administrators to have the ability to automate, bulk manage, and configure users, licenses, and groups and PowerShell is the command-line tool that can simplify managing Microsoft 365 to get you there.

Introduction to Migrating Content to Microsoft 365 SharePoint/OneDrive

- 3 min read-Brian Alderman
When it comes time to migrate your data to Microsoft 365, whether it's on premises or off, there are a few steps to take before you hit the button.

What’s New in Microsoft Teams: Q1 2023

- 4 min read-Brian Alderman
Some of the new features in Q1 2023 include: Customize interface to display your brand as well as your company theme; Send messages to @everyone; Leave on all devices; See more details about attendees including who has cancelled their registration.

What's Changed or Missing in the Preview Release of Microsoft Teams

- 6 min read-Brian Alderman
The preview of the new Microsoft Teams, like any preview, is missing some features, and not everything announced has been fully implemented. With this in mind, it is important to balance what you’re gaining versus what you’re losing when deciding whether to deploy the preview of Microsoft Teams or wait for general availability by the end of 2023.

Exploring the Preview Release of Microsoft Teams

- 7 min read-Brian Alderman
Microsoft announced the release preview of Microsoft Teams desktop app that includes enhancements that makes it faster, simpler, smarter, and even more flexible than the classic Teams desktop app. It is faster when installing and launching while consuming less resources. It is simpler by providing better notifications, organization, and customizations, and it provides better installation and update options, as well as now being integrated with Microsoft’s AI technologies.

Understanding SharePoint Server Subscription Edition

- 6 min read-Brian Alderman
Microsoft has announced that SharePoint Server Subscription Edition is the last major release for on-premises, and that they will continue to provide security updates, hotfixes, and feature enhancements to it. This article guides you through the considerations necessary to plan and perform your upgrade to the SharePoint Server Subscription Edition.

Getting to SharePoint 2016 Single Server from SharePoint Server 2013

- 3 min read-Brian Alderman
Before deciding to upgrade from SharePoint Server 2013, it’s necessary to understand the steps necessary. Often the upgrade to SharePoint Server 2016 is only an interim step on your way to SharePoint Server 2019 or SharePoint Server Subscription Edition. Learn about the planning considerations and the steps necessary to perform this upgrade to SharePoint 2016 on a single Windows Server as a short-term solution as you upgrade to SharePoint 2019 or the Subscription Edition.

End of Support for SharePoint Server 2013

- 3 min read-Brian Alderman
SharePoint Server 2013 is at Microsoft end of support, so you may be wondering what to do next. It’s important to understand what your options are when end of support happens. Learn more about what this means to you, and understand what options are available to you, including upgrading to a newer version of SharePoint Server or migrating to SharePoint Online.