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​​​​​​Welcome to the Houston SharePoint User Group!


We are a talented community of Houston area individuals that have an interest in SharePoint and associated technologies.  As the cloud continues to gain momentum, the focus of H-SPUG will evolve to include technologies such as Office 365, Azure, PowerBI, ADFS, OAuth, along with Hybrid Cloud and other Microsoft solutions.  In addition to monthly user group meetings, H-SPUG also hosts the SharePoint Saturday Houston event.  Go to the SharePoint Saturday Houston 2015 page for more details.

We meet on the third Wednesday of each month, at the Microsoft Houston offices, to network, collaborate, and socialize.  After our meeting, we continue our social activities to further collaborate and have some fun!  Our monthly meetings generally consists of two sessions: (1) General, and (2) Technical.  The format and location of each meeting is listed below:

 ​Meeting Format:

​6:00 - 6:30 p.m.Sign-In, Socialize, and Eat​
​6:15 - 6:30 p.m.Chalk Talk, Introductions, and Announcement​s
​6:30 - 7:30 p.m.Presentation Sessions​
​7:3​0 - 7:40 p.m.Surveys and Room Consolidation​
​7:40 - 8:00 p.m.Prizes, Drawings, Announcements, and Wrap-Up​

Microsoft Houston
750 Town and Country Blvd., Suite 1000 (top floor)
Houston, TX 77042


Visitor Parking: There is free parking across the street from Microsoft's building at 12711 Queensberry; it is next to Brio.  Also, visitors are able to park in the adjoining Garage Parking on the first floor.  Visitors will take a ticket and use the machine to pay for parking; there may be a discounted rate after 5:00 p.m.


NOTICE:  Beginning in November 2015, our monthly meetings will be held at the new Microsoft Offices located at 750 Town and Country Blvd., Suite 1000 (10th floor), in the City Center, at the intersection of I-10 and W. Sam Houston Parkway South.  Please see parking information above.



New Public Site Creation

As you may know, the H-SPUG public site (this one) is currently hosted on Office 365.  Microsoft has announced that Office 365 will no longer support public facing webistes as of the end of 2016.  In an effort to get ahead of the curve, H-SPUG will begin an initiative to port the existing public site to a new platform.  The goal is to manage the effort like a real, corporate project using the Agile methodology.  In addition, the typical project roles will be used throughout the project, with each role having a primary individual assigned along with one or more shadow individuals.  This approach of "staffing" the project will allow individuals to get exposure to other roles of a project that they typically don't perform.  If you are interested in this effort, please e-mail the H-SPUG Vice President and provide your name, phone number, e-mail address, and preferred role so we can get you involved.  It is anticipated that the project will formally kick-off during the latter part of the month of November 2015.

Project Roles

Project Manager

Business Analyst






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November 18th Presentation:

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General Presentation by Stephen Stewart​

Topic: Working with Large Lists in SharePoint 2013: Why You Need to Pay Attention to Thresholds and Metadata

Working with large lists (over 5,000 items) in SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 can prove challenging to both the administrator and the end use without devising a plan for effectively displaying data. This introductory to medium-level presentation explains why SharePoint has a list item view threshold and why it's a bad idea to ignore it. Several examples will be demonstrated for how to provide the best UX (user experience) for users while maintaining performance in the farm. Some highlights of what we will discuss include:

·         Creating filtered views by using simple and compound indexes.

·         Using managed metadata and key filters to assist users in finding what they need.

·         Leveraging client-side tools such as Excel and Access 2013 to work with and report on lists and libraries

·         Effective use of folders for managing large libraries

·         Managing and monitoring thresholds through Central Admin, PowerShell and REST

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Technical Presentation by Jason Himmelstein​

Topic: Making Sense of Microsoft Identities in a Hybrid World


Are you struggling to making heads or tails of the identity options for Office 365, Azure & onPrem installations? Does the seemingly ever changing landscape give you hives just thinking about the security implications?  What are the recommended topologies & how in the world would you get started? If you have asked yourself any of these questions, you are not alone!
In this session we will walk through the concepts behind the new world of Identity Management, teach you about Azure Active Directory ​Connect, and explain some of the troubleshooting that you will likely need to do along the way.  At the end of this session you will understand how to get your onPrem Identities synced to Azure & be on your way to enjoying all of the benefits of the Microsoft Cloud.   


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