Building an Extranet using O365: Without Spending a Fortune

A session at SharePoint Fest - D.C. 2015

Friday 10th April, 2015

1:30pm to 2:40pm (EST)

One of the first discussions that usually arises after completing implementation of a corporate Intranet portal based on SharePoint is: "How can we make this information available to our external partners too?" There are of course technical issues to be solved when trying to share any web based system through a corporate firewall. But the two biggest obstacles to establishing a SharePoint Extranet are usually not related to the complex infrastructure. The biggest problems are licensing and authentication. SharePoint authentication is most commonly based on Active Directory, but your external partners usually aren't in your AD so you need to find a different authentication methodology. Even worse is answering the question do "external" users need Client Access Licenses (CAL)s? By contrast building an extranet based on SharePoint Online (Office 365) easily and cheaply solves both the technical and non-technical issues. Every Office 365 installation includes the abilty to issue invitations to an unlimited number of external users.

During this talk we'll demonstrate how to build an extranet portal in SharePoint Online. At the end of the talk we'll send an invitation to someone in the audience and invite them to login to the Extranet to prove that it works.

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Paul Stork, MVP MCM MCT

Principal Architect at Blue Chip Consulting

Based in Ohio, Paul Stork is a Microsoft SharePoint MVP and MCM who works as a Principal Architect at Blue Chip Consulting. He has an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management and holds myriad of Microsoft certifications including being a SharePoint 2013 Solutions Expert, Systems Engineer, Solutions Architect, Developer, Database Admin, IT Professional and Professional Developer. He recently completed work on his Microsoft Certified Masters (MCM) certification. He is an author and/or contributor on several SharePoint books including:
• Pro SharePoint 2010 Development for Office 365
• MCTS Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Configuration Study Guide
• Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 Best Practices
• Developer's Guide to the Windows SharePoint Services v3 Platform
• Windows 2000: Essential Reference
Paul has worked with SharePoint in many roles from Chief Architect to Solution Developer to Trainer and is a well-known contributor to the SharePoint community.

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Time 1:30pm2:40pm EST

Date Fri 10th April 2015

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  • Pro SharePoint 2010 Development for Office 365
  • MCTS Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Configuration Study Guide: Exam 70-631

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