As it has been a little while since I have posted, it’s also been a while since I’ve made it to a SharePoint Conference, but happy to report I will be attending this next week, arriving in sunny Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, March 2nd, and returning on March 6th. I missed SPC12, so SPC11 was the last I attended, and this will be my 3rd SharePoint Conference in my travels. It’s shaping up to be a tremendous event with SharePoint folks coming from all parts of the world. All the information on what this conference is about can be located at the SharePoint Conference 2014 site.
For those not able to attend, you can at least watch the Keynote address on Monday, March 3rd, at 8:30 A.M. PST (11:30 A.M. EST). This year, President Bill Clinton will be the main Keynote Speaker. Jeff Teper, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft and Jared Spataro, General Manager of Microsoft will also be featured presenters during the keynote.
The link for the public accessible webcast is:
A lot of the social collaboration for the conference is happening on the private SPC 2014 Yammer Network (only accessible to conference attendees), but there is an SPC14 public group via the SPYAM Yammer SharePoint Community (https://www.yammer.com/spyam).
I’ve been far behind on posting all the technical trials and ventures I’ve ran into in the past several months, and hope to catch back up again soon. I look to also do some more reflecting on the conference (hopefully during the next week) and then something post conference.
Looking forward to meeting as many of the 10,000+ attendees this year again!
Many of us that are used to SharePoint from previous versions prior to 2013 may have been familiar with the ability to sign in to SharePoint as a different user. This was typically done to easily impersonate what another user really sees, or maybe find yourself at someone elses workstation needing access to content that the current logged on user does not have access to. Well, in SharePoint 2013 that feature, or convenience, is no longer available.
In the past, logging on as a different user did have its cons. When logged on to the browser with different credentials then what the PC was logged on with, you may find yourself where the browser credentials don’t pass through to integrated applications, such as the Office products. This could be a valid reason for Microsoft to decide to remove it in 2013.
For myself, who does a fair amount of user trainings, I utilized the ‘Sign in as different user’ enough to know that going forward this will be a slight challenge to get used to. Signing in as a different user allowed me to better illustrate what a typical business user would experience rather than what I see as a full Site Collection Administrator. With IE8 and IE9, I have conditioned myself to use the ‘InPrivate Browsing’ feature to be the best way to have two instances of IE open at the same time, and keep one from taking on the credentials of the other as I switch between the user and admin views.
Aside from some of the proposed solutions on some blogs to modify the code in the Welcome.ascx page (which I would not recommend in anything other than a development environment), your pretty much left with learning how to run IE as a different user. How do you do that?
- From your desktop or start menu, locate your IE shortcut.
- Hold down your SHIFT key and then right-click with your mouse on the shortcut and from the drop down select ‘Run as different user’
- In the Windows Security window that appears, enter the credentials you wish to run under and click OK.
- The browser session will now run under those credentials until closed out.