Office 365 Distilled EP 31: Large Files, SharePoint Hybrid fail and New Orleans

We got a mention from @Anacozeca on twitter with a question after our last episode: He has a 15 year old fileshare that he is “hygienising” and wants to move to SharePoint. He has a big laser scanner that is generating really big files, storing them on the fileshare.

Now it is time to move them to the cloud. What are they ways to move them around? He wants to make them available from the cloud (accessible from anywhere), but also from the network, because big files tend to take a much longer time to get them from the internet vs the internal network storage. Could we maybe sync these files?

The basis of Office 365 (and SharePoint) has the content in its central core. We need to make sure other services (like search) could get to these files to do their magic.

Scenario 1: Make them discoverable via a search connector

We can leave them on the fileshare, but have them indexed.

Scenario 2: Hybrid environment

We have no idea how hybrid works, so that is a fail from us! But this might be the answer for this question, as you can make your

Scenario 3: Webdav

Some of our customers have a webdav solution, where people use their Windows Explorer to move across a “fileshare” lookalike. This is old tech, so not really advisable.

Scenario 4: 3d party solutions

There are a few companies that have a product that will allow you to keep your document on the fileshare, while making them available from the cloud.

Scenario 5: OneDrive sync

If you are going to work with just a subset of the data, get the files on SharePoint and only sync the subset you need.

There are probably many more answers, and more questions to be asked! What do we do with new documents? Scan them to the cloud? Do you want to archive files? What about the access?

SharePoint Crisis Communication site and app

We love how Microsoft jumped on the wagon to work on the crisis. In a few days they made an awesome PowerApp and communications site template available. It just shows that with a few great experts you can develop something very fast and very useful!

Whisky: Four roses bourbon, single cask

This isn’t your regular Four roses.. this is a cask strength bourbon from Barrel 50 from warehouse 55 and it comes with a hand written note.

Four roses

It looks dark brown, has the distinct four roses smell on it, but it just has so much more body and depth to the nose! We got plums, raisins and other dried fruit.

The taste has so much body, making it a very solid drink! Some coffee (that really comes out when you add a drop of water in it), charred oak, cocoa.

About: Marijn

Marijn Somers (MVP) has over 14 years experience in the SharePoint world, starting out with SP2007. Over the years the focus has grown to Office 365, with a focus on collaboration and document management. He is a business consultant at Balestra and Principal Content Provider for "Mijn 365 Coach" that offers dutch employee video training. His main work tracks are around user adoption, training and coaching and governance. He is also not afraid to dig deeper in the technicalities with PowerShell, adaptive cards or custom formatting in lists and libraries. You can listen to him on the biweekly "Office 365 Distilled" podcast.

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