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  • In Memorandum: Georg Oscar Furuknap

    Furuknap's SharePoint Corner
    Bjørn Furuknap
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law! My father, Georg Oscar Furuknap, d.o.b. November 22, 1944, died this morning, on June 30, 2014. May he be granted the accomplishment of his will. I didn’t know my father recently and we haven’t spoken in more than a decade. We barely spent time together for a number of reasons. Those reasons are irrelevant today and shall forever be forgotten. Today, I celebrate the passing of my father. He lived his life as he desired, bearing the consequences of his choices, whether good or bad. I cannot imagine he really regretted anything he did. I also…
  • The First Ever SharePoint MVP Reddit AMA – October 29th, 2014 1pm Eastern

    Randy Drisgill - SharePoint Branding and Design
    Randy Drisgill
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We have done a few MVP chat’s before on other mediums including Twitter and Yammer, but we thought it would be fun to take our MVP chat concept over to Reddit (the self professed homepage of the internet) in the SharePoint subreddit /r/sharepoint. We’ve never tried this before on Reddit so we are hoping you all have lots of questions for us on Wednesday, Oct. 29th at 1pm Eastern. We should have about 14 SharePoint MVP’s participating in the AMA including: Randy Drisgill (me!) Wictor Wilen Andrew Connell Sahil Malik Cathy Dew Doug Ware Doug Hemminger John Ross Spencer…
  • Why SharePoint Professionals Are So Bad

    Furuknap's SharePoint Corner
    Bjørn Furuknap
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Someone asked on Facebook: “SharePoint Peeps. (primarily consulting) I have been doing an increasing number of interactions with the trusted SharePoint admin at a variety of customers. Maybe I am just being negative but. I am seeing a disturbing trend of a lack of real "expertise" in this arena. Is this just me, or are you seeing the same thing? Are you out there with these customer SharePoint folks thinking wow these people have it together or are you walking away thinking "who ties these peoples shoelaces for them?" or somewhere in between?” Here’s my response and…
  • Microsoft’s Unified TechEd SharePoint Mega Conference 2015 in Chicago gets a Name and Site: Microsoft Ignite!

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    Joel Oleson
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    What happened to the SharePoint Conference 2015? – It is Microsoft Ignite 2015 What happened to Convergence 2015? It is Microsoft Ignite 2015 What happened to Exchange Conference or MEC 2015? It is Microsoft Ignite 2015 What happened to TechEd US 2015? It is Microsoft Ignite 2015. Any Windows 10 conferences? This is the big [&hellip The post Microsoft’s Unified TechEd SharePoint Mega Conference 2015 in Chicago gets a Name and Site: Microsoft Ignite! appeared first on CollabShow.
  • Is Microsoft Pressing the “Delete” Key on InfoPath?

    SharePoint Solutions Blog
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    What is the future of InfoPath?I frequently get asked variations of that question in my SharePoint training classes.Microsoft’s official guidance released earlier this year declared that InfoPath 2013 will be the last version of InfoPath.  This led to widespread panic (not the band) on the part of many individuals, and numerous rants about how InfoPath should be avoided at all costs and how migration to alternatives should be initiated immediately.Mark Twain once said, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” The same could be said for InfoPath.There are three…
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    Andrew Connell

  • [MSCloudShow] Episode 53 is live - Azure News, G-Series VMs, Docker, Premium Storage and so much more!

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This 53rd episode, AC and CJ talk about the latest Microsoft Azure news. Be sure to download the latest episode here: Episode 053 | Azure News, G-Series VMs, Docker, Premium Storage and so much more! Remember if you have a question, send it in or leave a comment.
  • SharePoint Online Integrated Workflow Apps - Workflows as Apps in the HostWeb!

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Since the release of SharePoint 2013 & once Office 365 was refreshed, we’ve been able to create workflows in SharePoint Apps. However this has been limited to the workflows living exclusively within the AppWeb where the app was installed. If you wanted to have the workflow run in a regular SharePoint site, such as a Team Site, or a non-AppWeb site, you had to deploy your workflows using a sandboxed solution… and that just left you feeling all dirty. Earlier this year Microsoft announced at the SharePoint Conference 2014 that you would be able to include your workflows in apps…
  • Office 365 Developer Announcements from TechEd Europe 2014

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    This week Microsoft announced quite a few things related to Office 365 at TechEd Europe in Barcelona, Spain. It all started on Monday where they announced OneDrive now offers unlimited storage for Office 365 subscribers at no additional cost. This is quite a change from the rest of the online storage market… you can learn more from the announcement on Office Blogs: OneDrive now with Unlimited Storage for Office 365 Subscribers. What was announced? A whole slew of stuff! Office 365 APIs now Generally Available (GA)... they are OData 4.0 compliant too! Office Developer Tools now…
  • Presenting from a Mac - My Toolbox & Techniques

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Over the last year I’ve had the fun experience of riding the learning curve of spending most of my time in OS X instead of Windows. A key aspect of my professional life is conducing courses & presentations from my laptop so I had to crack this nugget pretty darn fast. There are some specific platform things I absolutely love about presenting from my MacBook Pro. I love making things full screen (which is literally full screen, even taking over the top Apple menu bar) including browser windows, slides or virtual machines and being able to use the gesture 4-finger-swipe or quickly see…
  • AtScript - Another Language to Compile Down to JavaScript?

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Hear that? I think someone just fired the first shot in a new battle about to ensue in the front-end space theatre... Earlier today I noticed HackerNews posted a link to the AtScript Primer, a draft document authored by Misko Hevery & Rob Eisenberg. If you don't know who those people are, you should as they have a lot of influence in this space (and something like this would likely be dismissed if it was by another random person). Misko is the father of AngularJS and Rob is the father of Caliburn.Micro (an MVVM framework for XAML based languages) and DurandalJS, an alternative to…
 
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  • SharePoint BI Basics: Set a KPI Column in Your Lists and Libraries as a Visual Reference

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Business Intelligence is a hot button with most managers and executives these days, because the immediacy of having real-time data turned into actionable insights is priceless for strategic decision-making. In a recent class on “Business Intelligence Training – The Microsoft Self-Service BI Toolset,” one of our most popular courses, a student asked me an excellent question. With a little research, I came up with a better answer than I was able to give in class off the top of my head. So I thought I’d share it with you.The question is, “How do I set a KPI (Key Performance Indicator)…
  • Is Microsoft Pressing the “Delete” Key on InfoPath?

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    What is the future of InfoPath?I frequently get asked variations of that question in my SharePoint training classes.Microsoft’s official guidance released earlier this year declared that InfoPath 2013 will be the last version of InfoPath.  This led to widespread panic (not the band) on the part of many individuals, and numerous rants about how InfoPath should be avoided at all costs and how migration to alternatives should be initiated immediately.Mark Twain once said, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” The same could be said for InfoPath.There are three…
  • Configuring Global Registration Fields in Extranet Collaboration Manager (ExCM) 2013

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    Registration is one of the core concepts in Extranet Collaboration Manager 2013. There are two types of registration; Anonymous and Invitation. The most common, by far, are the Invitation Registrations. You send an e-mail to a potential new user, they click on the Registration link provided and they are taken to the custom Registration Page on your site. Here is an example:This page can be completely customized to capture the data you want from your users.  In the example above, we are capturing the following (field type in parentheses):        …
  • Configure ExCM Password to Meet Corporate Complexity

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    One of my favorite help desk stories is the lady that was attempting to use “DocDopeySneezySleepyGrumpyBashfulHappy” as her password. When asked about it she stated, “Because it had to include 7 characters.” These days, you would at least need to throw Snow White in there as well because most places require at least 8 characters… and do not get me started on alpha numeric and at least one special character with no repeating characters! As an IT guy, I have been the recipient of a tongue lashing from a few “less-than-happy” end users, when I informed them that the password they…
  • Create Random String in InfoPath Form

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
         A question came up in class this week during our SharePoint 2010 InfoPath and Workflow Deep Dive.     How do we create a random string in InfoPath?  The background is that one of the students wants to use an InfoPath form for access requests.  The form would submit to a SharePoint Library which would then e-mail the approver.  A confirmation code would be created by the form and forwarded to the user once the request was approved.     Well, unfortunately there is not a function that will allow us…
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    JOPX on SharePoint, Big Data and the future of work

  • Getting Virtualbox to work on Windows 8.1

    jopx
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    Quick tip for those of you who want to try install Virtualbox on Windows 8.1 – use one of the older versions  -  VirtualBox-4.3.12-93733-Win.exe  worked for me (download locationDownload Virtualbox Old builds). More recent versions seem to crash when you try to start a virtual image – see screenshot below.If you are already using Hyper-V you will also need to create a dual boot since Virtualbox is not compatible with Hyper-V. You can do this using the commands listed below from an administrative command prompt (As outlined in this blog post from Scot Hanselman – Switch…
  • SharePoint deep dive exploration: looking into the SharePoint UserInfo table

    jopx
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    A couple of months ago we encountered some issues after upgrading a SharePoint 2007 environment to SharePoint 2013 using a migration tool. One of the symptoms was that information about users was incorrectly displayed. This led us into the looking into how SharePoint stores user information inside its databases.The user information which is being displayed in a created by or a modified by field in SharePoint it is not being directly retrieved from Active Directory but it is retrieved from an internal SharePoint table called the UserInfo table. All users in Active Directory are not immediately…
  • SharePoint Server 2013–Error on manage user properties page–your search encountered an error

    jopx
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    Last week when I wanted to modify some user properties in a SharePoint Server 2013  - I got a very strange error “Your search encountered an error. If the problem persists, contact the portal site administrator” I first checked search but I saw no errors in there – it seems that the error description is not really guiding you in the correct direction. The solution was starting the ForeFront Identity Manager Service (Run command>Services.msc) as outlined in this blogpost UserProfile Service, Managed properties are not available Tags van Technorati:…
  • BIWUG SharePoint Quiz 2014

    jopx
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    BIWUG invites you to the second SharePoint Quiz: have a great evening while learning some interesting stuff! The rules are similar to last year:•Registration is required•Choose your own team•Up to 3 members for each team•Share your team name using #biwug #SPQuizBE•Unique and funny SharePoint related team name is a bonus•Female members is a plus!•40 questions, 4 rounds•No cheating allowed•Post a question on twitter with #SPQuizBE and boost your chances to get the highest score Register for the BIWUG Quiz 2014 PS Don’t forget to check out our completely redesigned BIWUG…
  • Office 365 urges you to stay up-to-date with Internet Explorer

    jopx
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    A couple of weeks ago I first noticed a new warning message in Office 365 stating:“Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates. We will work to update and clarify our Office 365 system requirements soon and communicate this to you via Message Center.”This is actually quite a bold statement from Microsoft, because you take a look at the August 2014 browser market share (http://www.w3counter.com/globalstats.php), the usage of previous versions of Internet Explorer…
 
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    Chris O'Brien

  • Speaking at TechEd 2014 on Apps for Office

    Chris O'Brien
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    TechEd Europe is just round the corner (October 28-31, in Barcelona), and recently I’ve been heads-down preparing to speak there on the Office 365 track. Most of the other speakers on this track are Microsoft folks from the Office 365/SharePoint/Exchange product groups (including Rob Howard, Brian Jones, Vesa Juvonen, Steve Walker, Jeremy Thake, Mauricio Ordonez and Sonya Koptyev) so there’ll be some *great* information being dispensed – my aim is to sprinkle in some field experience there too :) As an added bonus, I hear that TechEd will have an announcement or two that developers in…
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    CleverWorkarounds

  • So what is this newfangled apps model anyway and why do I care? (part 1)

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Hiya I’ve been meaning to write about the topic of the apps model of SharePoint 2013 for a while now, because it is a topic I am both fascinated and slightly repulsed by. While lots of really excellent material is out there on the apps model (not to mention a few good rants […]No Tags
  • What? Even more epic than MOSS world!

    admin
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    Hi all Back on St Patricks Day in 2011, Christian Buckley and I commandeered a hotel piano in Wellington NZ and recorded an impromptu duet entitled “MOSS world” – a satirical take on many of the challenges with SharePoint back then, using a parody of the Gary Jule’s version of Mad World as […]No Tags
  • Help me visualise the pros and cons of hybrid SharePoint 2013…

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    Like it or not, there is a tectonic shift going on in the IT industry right now, driven primarily by the availability of a huge variety of services hosted in the cloud. Over the last few years, organisations are increasingly procuring services that are not hosted locally, much to the chagrin of many […]No Tags
  • Join me learning Dialogue Mapping in the UK/Ireland in September

    admin
    22 Jun 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Hi all I will be in the UK in the first week of September for various matters (like watching Kate Bush in concert) and while I am there will be running a 2 day Dialogue Mapping introductory class. If you liked Heretics Guide to Best Practices, or If you simply want to learn […]No Tags
  • A “Glyma” of an idea…

    admin
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:39 am
    Hiya A while back Kailash recorded an interview with me (over beers of course) for a project on his blog. During that interview, he asked me to elaborate on the story behind Glyma which has now been uploaded to Youtube… If you have played with Glyma or are interested in knowledge management, then […]No Tags
 
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  • Sync SharePoint Contacts to Your Mobile: Kintivo Mobile Sync for SharePoint

    Joel Oleson
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Sync your SharePoint contacts with your mobile phone: Product Analysis and Review - Kintivo Mobile Sync for SharePoint The post Sync SharePoint Contacts to Your Mobile: Kintivo Mobile Sync for SharePoint appeared first on CollabShow.
  • Microsoft’s Unified TechEd SharePoint Mega Conference 2015 in Chicago gets a Name and Site: Microsoft Ignite!

    Joel Oleson
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    What happened to the SharePoint Conference 2015? – It is Microsoft Ignite 2015 What happened to Convergence 2015? It is Microsoft Ignite 2015 What happened to Exchange Conference or MEC 2015? It is Microsoft Ignite 2015 What happened to TechEd US 2015? It is Microsoft Ignite 2015. Any Windows 10 conferences? This is the big [&hellip The post Microsoft’s Unified TechEd SharePoint Mega Conference 2015 in Chicago gets a Name and Site: Microsoft Ignite! appeared first on CollabShow.
  • SharePoint Search: Creating Visual Best Bets and Recommended Results for SharePoint 2013 Walkthrough Steps

    Joel Oleson
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Creating Best Bets and Visual Best Bets in SharePoint 2013 has gotten a little burried in the new interface. This walkthrough take less than 1 minute The post SharePoint Search: Creating Visual Best Bets and Recommended Results for SharePoint 2013 Walkthrough Steps appeared first on CollabShow.
  • Mobile Sync for SharePoint

    Joel Oleson
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    Now you can sync your contacts with your iOS or Android phones and tablets The post Mobile Sync for SharePoint appeared first on CollabShow.
  • Fall European SharePoint Tour – Speaking Near You September Schedule

    Joel Oleson
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    I’ve got quite the tour coming up and wanted to make sure both I can find myself and you can find me.  Here are the places, times, and current plans and links to register if you haven’t.  Hope to see you there. SPTechCon Boston Friday September 19 SharePoint 2013 Enterprise Mobile Strategy 8:30am – 9:45am [&hellip The post Fall European SharePoint Tour – Speaking Near You September Schedule appeared first on CollabShow.
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    Stefan Goßner

  • Common question: why does the version number on the "Servers in Farm" page not change after installing October CU?

    Stefan Goßner
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    I received this question several times in the last couple of days via email, post comments and support cases - so I decided to answer it here for your benefit. I tried to answer this question in my SharePoint patching demystified article but it seems...(read more)
  • October 2014 CU for SharePoint 2010 has been released

    Stefan Goßner
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    The product group released the October 2014 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2010 product family. Be aware that the October Cumulative Update for SharePoint 2010 is a Post-SP2 hotfix. It is recommended to have SP2 installed before installing the...(read more)
  • October 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013 has been released

    Stefan Goßner
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    The product group released the October 2014 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2013 product family. ATTENTION: Be aware that all Update for SharePoint 2013 require SharePoint Server 2013 SP1 OR March 2013 PU for SharePoint 2013 to be installed...(read more)
  • September 2014 CU for SharePoint 2010 has been released (updated September 12th)

    Stefan Goßner
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Update: The KB article for SharePoint foundation CU has been adjusted. The KB and the download link are now working. The product group released the September 2014 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2010 product family. For September 2014 CU we...(read more)
  • September 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013 has been released

    Stefan Goßner
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    The product group released the September 2014 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2013 product family. For September 2014 CU we again have full server packages (also known as Uber packages). Unlike August 2014 CU no other CU is required to fully patch...(read more)
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    Not Fit For Print - Robert Bogue [MVP]

  • Book Review-Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

    Robert Bogue
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    I've been wandering around the land of innovation lately. I wrote a chapter for the Ark Group book Smarter Innovation: Using Interactive Processes to Drive Better Business Results. That chapter really followed up on the chapter I wrote for Unlocking Value: KM as a Strategic Management Tool Of course, I read and reviewed Unleashing Innovation about Whirlpool's transformation into an innovative company. So reading Creative Confidence is trying to move upstream. I describe innovation as an idea that has been implemented. (Perhaps from my study of Diffusion of Innovations.) It's great to work on…
  • Article: Validating Software Requirements

    Robert Bogue
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    Unit testing and test driven design don't help you if your requirements aren't right. It may be that trying to create the tests will expose that you have a problem but wouldn't it be nice to know that there are gaps in requirements before you sit down to write code? Although it's impossible to get perfect requirements, most developers would love to get requirements that are better than what they're getting. Whether you're getting requirements from a business analyst or you're creating them yourself, here are a few simple tips for ensuring that your software requirements are right. Read more…
  • Article: Yammering About Development

    Robert Bogue
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:36 am
    Years ago, we heard about a movement in software development that was more about individuals and interactions than processes and tools. It was about responding to change and not a rigid plan. Of course, I'm quoting from the Agile Manifesto. Agile development didn't spring to life overnight, but slowly and over time we've adapted as an industry a more agile approach to how we develop software. A similar change is happening in the way that we communicate, and it's happening in the same fits and starts that agile development initially had. The change is about collaboration, not negotiation. It's…
  • The Rise and Fall of the Blog

    Robert Bogue
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    I started this blog in June 2005. It was after much resistance. Back then every one of the web sites and publishers I was working with was asking if I had one. My first post named the blog – Not fit for print. I really did feel like the entire online world was celebrating the democratization of content and everyone started creating blogs. More recently I've noticed a reduction in the traffic to my blog – not in overall aggregate numbers, those numbers are climbing ever so slowly. However, what I did notice is that my RSS traffic dropped substantially. Take a look at these statistics from…
  • Product Brief: Metadata Term Store Sync for SharePoint

    Robert Bogue
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:18 am
    One of the challenges that I face with my clients is how to help them manage a single taxonomy across multiple platforms. There are some tools that we use to develop and manage taxonomies but ultimately those taxonomies need to be something that users can tag in their work and that means getting the taxonomy into the tools they use to create and manage content. For most of my customers that means SharePoint. That's why I was excited that the team and I could help PremierPoint Solutions develop their TermSync solution. It takes any database – actually anything that can be connected to…
 
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    Waldek Mastykarz

  • Mavention Office Graph Query Tester available in the Office Store

    Waldek Mastykarz
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:52 am
    Recently I wrote about the different Office Graph solutions that we were working on at Mavention. Some of the solutions I mentioned were already available in the Office Store while some were still work in progress. One of the solutions that I mentioned was Office Graph Query Tester: an app for SharePoint that we use internally a lot for building and testing Office Graph queries. Last week we published Office Graph Query Tester to the Office Store so that you can test your queries! Mavention Office Graph Query Tester Mavention Office Graph Query Tester is a free App for SharePoint that allows…
  • Pin Delve to your Start screen

    Waldek Mastykarz
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    Using Delve is a great way to discover what’s happening around you in your organization. Being able to access it easily from everywhere will make it easier for you to use Delve. Office Delve Microsoft recently released Office Delve – a new rich and powerful experience for searching and discovering content in Office 365. Powered by Office Graph Delve finds content relevant for you: whether you are looking for something specific or are just curious about what is happening in your organization. Opening Office Delve If you are in the web experience of Office 365 you can easily access Delve…
  • Building solutions with Office Graph

    Waldek Mastykarz
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Since the release of Office Delve we’ve been researching at Mavention the possible applications for Office Graph – the engine powering Office Delve that captures activity in Office 365 and offers new ways of discovering relevant content. Even though it is only a preview release it already gives a good impression of its capabilities and possible scenarios. Although currently the Office Graph API is exposed through search and can be combined with traditional search queries it discovers relevant content in a slightly different way than regular search queries. If you’re new to Office Graph…
  • Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Stockholm 2015

    Waldek Mastykarz
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:59 pm
    At the upcoming SharePoint Saturday Stockholm I will be co-presenting a session about Office Graph. Office Delve and Office Graph Recently Microsoft released Office Delve – a user experience available in Office 365 which surfaces personalized content to you from across Office 365. Office Delve is powered by Office Graph which allows Delve to show you information based on what you’re working on and what’s trending around you. Whereas Office Delve is a solution that just works and currently cannot be customized, Office Graph is an API that offers great developer capabilities for building…
  • Keeping track of new trending documents with Mavention Popular Documents

    Waldek Mastykarz
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:48 am
    Office Delve allows you to easily discover new documents relevant for you. But how do you keep track which documents you have already seen and which are new? Discovering relevant content with Office Delve Recently Microsoft released Office Delve – an application in Office 365 that allows you to discover content relevant for you. Office Delve uses activity recorded by Office Graph to find out about what content is trending around you and people you work with and uses a specific ranking model to determine which of those would be the most relevant for you. What’s new? The only challenge…
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    Bamboo Nation

  • SharePoint Hybrid Made Easy: Fabian Williams Educates SharePoint Saturday DC

    Ned Dickert
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
      Fabian Williams was our guide on the first steps to a hybrid SharePoint environment. What do you need to think about first when discussing a hybrid environment? Let me first throw a spoiler alert at you... SharePoint hybrid is not easy. Fabian made it clear that the little over an hour we had was not enough to really sort this out; in fact, he had a four hour webinar that wasn't enough time. So with that in mind let me first set you readers up with some resources. Channel 9 Fabian Williams SharePoint Hybrid worksheets Fabian's website The above links should give you a plethora…
  • Reusable SharePoint: Sandy Ussia at SharePoint Saturday DC

    Ned Dickert
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Sandy Ussia from Lightning Tools started off my day at SPSDC. Her session: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with SharePoint was a wonderful 100 level look at doing work up front so that end users don't have to. Her main focus was around reducing data duplication and inconsistency. She started off small and built-up in complexity as she went along. So here we go. The first step is looking at the column level. Sandy gave us a rundown on choice and look-up columns. Basically the take away there is that you can set-up custom columns to use throughout your farm so that end users are using the same sets…
  • This Week in Bamboo (October 12th, 2014 - October 18th, 2014)

    Myuyen Phan
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    This week in Bamboo, we released the patches for the following products: List Search Simple Web Part, List Search Simple and Advanced Pack, Cross-Site Display Web Part, and Lookup Selector Column.  Please see below for a complete list of bug fixes, limitations and known issues about the new releases. HW11A List Search Simple Web Part for SharePoint 2013 Release 2.2.45.2013 Bug Fixes: •    Compatibility updates to support use with Community Central R1.5.•    When searching for a file name containing an apostrophe, the search results are…
  • This Week in Bamboo (October 5th, 2014 - October 11th, 2014)

    Myuyen Phan
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    At Bamboo this week, a minor release of List Search Advanced Web Part Release 1.9 for SharePoint 2013 was released to the storefront with new feature that allows users the option to filter and sort search results using the column headings.  Patches for the following products were also released at the same time: World Clock and Weather Web Part, and List Rollup Web Part.  Please see below for more details about this week’s releases. HW11B List Search Advanced for SharePoint 2013 Release 1.9.77.2013 New Features: •    Allow users the option to filter and…
  • How to Integrate Project Management Central and Discussion Board Plus

    My Ta
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    SharePoint discussion boards can be a great tool for collaboration and knowledge sharing. With Bamboo's Discussion Board Plus, you are able to enhance the standard SharePoint discussion boards and enrich your board content and boost user engagement with powerful features.  When you combine Discussion Board Plus with Bamboo's popular Project Management Central (PM Central), you offer users an even better, more effective way to manage projects on SharePoint.  In this article, we'll show you how to integrate Discussion Board Plus with PM Central so that you can start…
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    Gunnar Peipman - Programming Blog | Gunnar Peipman - Programming Blog

  • ASP.NET MVC 6: New structure of solutions and projects

    Gunnar
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:27 am
    ASP.NET MVC 6 solutions have a little bit different solution and project structure. Changes are needed because of new minimalistic tooling and cross-platform requirements. This posting gives you overview of new solution structure and explains how solutions will be organized in future. What’s new? By default solutions for web applications use now the structure you can see on image on right. Some new things to notice: Solution Items folder with global.json file src folder with source files wwwroot folder in web application project If you have investigated web projects in Github or Codeplex…
  • ASP.NET MVC 6: What are KRE, KVM, KPM?

    Gunnar
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    ASP.NET vNext comes with new runtime environment called KRE. Besides KRE that runs ASP.NET vNext applications there are also tools for managing KRE versions and NuGet packages that application uses. This posting gives you quick overview about K-world components and explains shortly how to use them. K has three components: KRE – K Runtime Environment is the code required to bootstrap and run an ASP.NET vNext application. This includes things like the compilation system, SDK tools, and the native CLR hosts. KVM – K Version Manager is for updating and installing different versions of KRE.
  • Running ASP.NET MVC 6 on Linux

    Gunnar
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:18 am
    I got ASP.NET vNext running on my Linux virtual machine. It was a little bit tricky but it’s not something hard. Just take some moments from your evening and I’m sure you will get everything running. This post introduces some tips and tricks how to make things work. If you go with clean installation like I did then you need to install Mono. I went with Ubuntu server 14 image on Windows Azure. If you have clean machine then you can install Mono by compiling it from sources but you can also install Mono using package manager. It’s important to have Mono 3.4.1 or later. 1. Accessing Ubuntu…
  • Windows 10: First Impressions

    Gunnar
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Windows 10 Technical Preview is the first preview version of next Windows that hits the market. I made a quick round in Windows 10 and now it’s time to share my first findings and show you some nice pictures. Yesterday I installed Windows 10 on virtual machine to try it out. At first I tried to create Hyper-V Generation 2 VM but I ran into problems. After installation Windows was not able to boot up normally. For some unknown reason Windows 10 wasn’t able to boot up and contact with VM got lost. On Generation 1 VM everything went well and now I have stable VM with Windows 10 running on my…
  • Speaking at Sinergija14

    Gunnar
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I’m glad to announce that I will be speaker at Sinergija14 conference at Belgrade, Serbia this year. Techies part of event takes place  21-22.10 at Crone Plaza Hotel. Sinergija is the largest and most influential annual conference in South Eastern Europe dedicated to information – communication technologies and their business applications. This time I have two presentations: Working with Legacy Code (20.10 18:00-19:00, Atlantic I)This session is about how to work with legacy code and how to survive the most painful moments. I don’t focus on how to get out and bring your code to…
 
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    Michael Greth [SharePoint MVP]

  • Videos online - SharePoint User Group Berlin zum Thema Nintex Workflow in der Praxis

    Michael Greth
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Jetzt alle Videos online - SharePoint User Group Berlin am 13.10.2014 zum Thema "Workflow und Geschäftsprozesse" mit Mike Fitzmaurice und 5 Partnern  http://sharepointusergroups.de/spugb.html   SPPV006 Talk with Mike Fitzmaurice  SPPV005 Digitale Formulare und nachvollziehbare Prozesse  SPPV004 Prozessautomatisierung für die Entwicklung neuer Handelsmarken mit Nintex Workflow und Forms  SPPV003 Abkündigung InfoPath – wie reagieren Unternehmen  SPPV002 Berechtigungsantrag mit Nintex Workflow  SPPV001 Mitarbeitereintritt mit…
  • SPPD311 SharePoint Podcast Workflow und Prozesse mit Šenaj Lelić

    Michael Greth
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Zum Start der Workflow-Wochen auf der SharePointCommunity gibt es  ein Hintergrundgespräch mit Visio MVP Šenaj Lelić über den Unterschied zwischen Workflow und Geschäftsprozessen, das Prinzip Hoffnung, Dokumentation und Workflowmöglichkeiten auf der SharePoint-Plattform. Was bedeutet die Unterscheidung, wie steigt man in die Prozessautomatisierung ein und welche Werkzeug stehen dafür zur Verfügung ? zum Podcast 311
  • Kostenloses ebook zu Hyper-V in Windows 10 Server und Windows Server 2012 R2

    Michael Greth
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    Bis zum 13.10 steht das kostenlose ebook "Hyper-V Profitipps für Windows 10 Server und Windows Server 2012 R2" von Thomas Joos zum Download bei Amazon bereit. Es behandelt auch die Neuerungen in Windows 10 Server bezüglich Hyper-V Das Buch steht über diesen Link  kostenlos zur Verfügung:
  • SharePoint Kaffeetasse 332

    Michael Greth
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    Aktuell nur noch heute (10.9.): SharePointPodcast verlost 2 Freikarten für Events im Oktober SharePoint SharePoint und der Internet Explorer 11 – Ein Beziehungskonflikt September 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013 has been released SharePoint Alerts via SMS? @IFTTT SharePoint Workflow Top Thema im Oktober 2014 Office 365 Removing duplicates in the birthday calendar of ‘outlook.com’ Microsoft Webinar Serie: Das neue Arbeiten: Flexibilität und Agilität im digitalen Zeitalter. Office Delve vormals Projekt Oslo beginnt Rollout auf Office 365 First version of Delve is…
  • SharePoint Online Tags & Notes in den Ruhestand geschickt

    Michael Greth
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    Die Ankündigung kam recht kurzfristig – die Tage des Tags & Notes Features auf SharePoint Online sind nicht nur gezählt, sondern auch schon seit 1.9.2014 vorbei. Der dazugehörige Supportartikel “The Tags & Notes feature of SharePoint Online has been retired. Users can no longer create new tags and notes or access existing ones. All existing tags and notes have been archived in .csv files, which are downloadable from the SharePoint admin center. Only SharePoint Online admins can download these files. Between September 1 and December 1, 2014, administrators will be able to…
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    Furuknap's SharePoint Corner

  • Why SharePoint Professionals Are So Bad

    Bjørn Furuknap
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Someone asked on Facebook: “SharePoint Peeps. (primarily consulting) I have been doing an increasing number of interactions with the trusted SharePoint admin at a variety of customers. Maybe I am just being negative but. I am seeing a disturbing trend of a lack of real "expertise" in this arena. Is this just me, or are you seeing the same thing? Are you out there with these customer SharePoint folks thinking wow these people have it together or are you walking away thinking "who ties these peoples shoelaces for them?" or somewhere in between?” Here’s my response and…
  • Why I am Leaving SharePoint and Why You Should Consider It Too

    Bjørn Furuknap
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    It’s no big secret that over the previous months, I’ve done less and less SharePoint related work. That is because I’m leaving SharePoint as a career and I’m here to tell you why. I’d like to start, however, by saying what are not the reasons I’m leaving SharePoint. It’s Not About SharePoint I’ve had heated debates and flame wars with people who say that I’m leaving because SharePoint is such a shoddy product. SharePoint is a great platform. The way it enables businesses to build solutions to give them advantages quickly is amazing. I’ve seen people build solutions in an…
  • In Memorandum: Georg Oscar Furuknap

    Bjørn Furuknap
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law! My father, Georg Oscar Furuknap, d.o.b. November 22, 1944, died this morning, on June 30, 2014. May he be granted the accomplishment of his will. I didn’t know my father recently and we haven’t spoken in more than a decade. We barely spent time together for a number of reasons. Those reasons are irrelevant today and shall forever be forgotten. Today, I celebrate the passing of my father. He lived his life as he desired, bearing the consequences of his choices, whether good or bad. I cannot imagine he really regretted anything he did. I also…
  • SharePoint 2013 App Model – The Jury is Back

    Bjørn Furuknap
    9 Jun 2014 | 4:37 pm
    A few months ago, I stated that I was still on the fence on the SharePoint 2013 App model and that I needed to see more of it to determine whether it is useful. I followed this up with a post titled SharePoint 2013 App Model Solves Non-Problems Only? that have since sparked some debate. I’m happy to report that the jury is now back and is ready to pass a verdict. I, the Jury, Find the Defendant Useless! Let me skip right to the conclusion so you lazy people can just move on. The SharePoint 2013 App model is useless. It isn’t innovative,  it doesn’t offer anything you cannot already do,…
  • On Innovation and How I Wrote SharePoint

    Bjørn Furuknap
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:54 am
    After my somewhat public denunciation of SharePoint and prediction about its imminent demise, I’ve had quite a number of talks with people about my passion for SharePoint. Why am I (or was I) so intrigued with SharePoint and what has changed now? It’s simple really. I wrote it. You’re probably bright enough that you understand that there’s a longer story behind that, but that’s not really the point of this post. I’m telling you because you need to understand where I come from when I talk about how the innovation in SharePoint has died. Let me start at the beginning. You Wrote…
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    The blog of Wictor Wilén

  • Office Web Apps Server will only be available for Volume License customers shortly

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Today the Office Updates blog added a new blog post titled “Web Apps Server Removal from Download Center”. The contents of that blog post is short: As of 11-24-2014 Office Web Apps Server will be removed from the Microsoft Download Center.  At that time it will only be available for download under Volume Licensing agreements.  For more information please visit the site Volume Licensing Service Center. Office Web Apps Server, used by SharePoint, Exchange and Lync to view, preview and edit Office documents is and has been one of the key features/add-ons of these products and…
  • SharePoint MVP AMA on October 29th

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    You should mark the 29th of October at 1pm EST (18:00 CET) in your calendar. The MVP Chats are back! A couple of years back we regularly held MVP chats where anyone could ask SharePoint MVPs anything (almost at least). These chats was really successful and we received really good feedback. Unfortunately the tool we used for the chats was abandoned and we have been looking for a new way to do this. We think we’ve found a really interesting format for this by using the AMA format at Reddit (/r/sharepoint). [Update 2014-10-29]: The thread is located here:…
  • Speaking at Share-The-Point Southeast Asia 2014

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    I’m so excited to be once again going to Singapore and speak at the Share-The-Point Southeast Asia 2014, held November 25-26 2014. It is one of my favorite conferences and this will be my third time in the awesome country and city of Singapore! Everything is just great about this; the people, the speakers, the attendees, the city, the food – you name it! This year I will have two sessions: Using Microsoft Azure for your SharePoint and Office AppsOne of my personal favorite sessions, scenario based and packed with demos showing you tips and tricks, awesome Azure features and lots of…
  • Presenting the new Office 365 APIs at TechDays in Sweden

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    I’m thrilled to be presenting at TechDays 2014 in Stockholm the 19-20 November. This is the 5th time the TechDays conference is held here in Sweden and I know that this years edition will be even more awesome than the previous times. As usual the best speakers from Sweden will be there and some international really interesting speakers, such as the well-known Mary Jo Foley. I will be presenting a session about the new and interesting Office 365 APIs. We will walk through what these new APIs do, what they can be used for, how to do authentication and why you should invest your time in…
  • The SharePoint Team is listening - make your voice heard

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    There’s a lot of stuff happening right now at Microsoft, they innovate, create great software and services, the new CEO accepts and wins almost all challenges and the SharePoint and Office team is listening! This is the Microsoft that I like and this is how I want Microsoft to continue to be. But Microsoft and the SharePoint team can’t just listen in blind – they listens to us out here in the real world, customers, clients etc. and we need to make our voice heard. This can be done in several ways, we can talk to our Microsoft representatives, we can whine on our blogs and on social…
 
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    sharemuch.com

  • Frequent Suite Bar customization nightmares in SharePoint Online are here to stay

    Yaroslav Pentsarskyy
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Tweet Today on a SharePoint Branding webinar (thanks everyone who could attend, btw), among other things we talked about customizations to SharePoint Online component such as Suite Bar and how unreliable this can be. Well, perfect timing, to prove this point, I’ve noticed subtle Suite Bar change in Excel Online (part of SPO). Before the suite bar looked pretty useless and thick for Excel Online and other web apps; now it looks like you can change the mame of the file right the suite bar just by clicking on it; you can also share the file: Those are pretty handy functions but I bet there…
  • Free Webinar on SharePoint Branding

    Yaroslav Pentsarskyy
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Tweet Even if you built SharePoint On-Premise sites before, coming to SharePoint Online world you still may have a lot of questions, like for example: Do you need VS for SharePoint Branding? or What are the most difficult elements to style in SPO? Can you style SPO Access App? Does SPO load jQuery automatically? Can you use jQuery UI in SPO without problems? Can you style list forms in SPO? Should you pick CQWP over CSWP because it’s easier to style? How do you load custom JS so it doesn’t break the page? What’s the problem with SPO Suite Bar? Can you apply custom looks in a…
  • Gearing up for SharePoint Online project

    Yaroslav Pentsarskyy
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Tweet Having several different SharePoint Online projects completed over the last couple of … years really; several bigger ones still ongoing, I thought I would share few things with you that might help you from a technical perspective to avoid things that can’t be done. In no particular order – here they come: 1. SharePoint Apps are not your typical web parts, there are limitations related to functionality and branding Ok, so you still have web parts in SharePoint Online but everyone out there says “no more web parts, build only apps”. So you might think, well apps are…
  • Content Targeting with SharePoint Content Search Web Part

    Yaroslav Pentsarskyy
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Tweet Who wouldn’t want to have targeted content in SharePoint? Seems like such a logical ask and yet it’s seems like it’s a pain to implement. This post will try to demystify this implementation. Here is the scenario: You have people in your organization and they’re using their User Profile to describe their interests, say they’re using Ask Me About field: Wouldn’t it be nice for anyone who is writing articles on that topic to “tag” their content with this tag … then surface in Content Search Web Part on the home page only the stuff that…
  • SharePoint Apps versus Full Trust or Sandbox solutions

    Yaroslav Pentsarskyy
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Tweet Pressure is on and more and more companies are moving to SharePoint Online for the intranet and extranet and whatever else they have running in their server room. So, Few people asked me, what is the difference between developing apps versus on-premise solutions. The short answer is , a lot and since this is not really a helpful answer I will start a long list of gotchas and will add to it as I go along In here we’re discussing SharePoint Hosted apps just to be clear. General Stuff -There is no C# or any other compiled code in apps … everything happens through a JavaScript.
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    Randy Drisgill - SharePoint Branding and Design

  • The First Ever SharePoint MVP Reddit AMA – October 29th, 2014 1pm Eastern

    Randy Drisgill
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We have done a few MVP chat’s before on other mediums including Twitter and Yammer, but we thought it would be fun to take our MVP chat concept over to Reddit (the self professed homepage of the internet) in the SharePoint subreddit /r/sharepoint. We’ve never tried this before on Reddit so we are hoping you all have lots of questions for us on Wednesday, Oct. 29th at 1pm Eastern. We should have about 14 SharePoint MVP’s participating in the AMA including: Randy Drisgill (me!) Wictor Wilen Andrew Connell Sahil Malik Cathy Dew Doug Ware Doug Hemminger John Ross Spencer…
  • Branding SharePoint 2013 with CSOM Code

    Randy Drisgill
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ever since SharePoint 2013 hit the market there has been all sorts of speculation whether sandbox solutions were deprecated (hint: as of this post, declarative ones are not officially deprecated) and the argument was always that you could use the Client Side Object Model (CSOM) to apply your branding. Well, not many folks back in 2013 had solid examples of how this would work. Microsoft must have noticed the need for some official examples because the Patterns & Practices (PnP) team released a ton of open source examples for using CSOM to do all sorts of fun things in SharePoint including…
  • Check out my SharePoint 2013 public site branding session from SPC14

    Randy Drisgill
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    In March of this year I had the great fortune to be selected to present at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference in Vegas (SPC14). It was a blast, even though we didn’t leave the Venetian hotels for the entirety of the trip. If you didn’t get to make it out to the conference you can still see my session. Microsoft records all our sessions and posts them on Channel 9. Here are the links to the video of our session as well as a link to all our previous Microsoft sessions: Branding Internet facing web sites with SharePoint in the cloud All my previous Microsoft conference sessions…
  • Creating Mobile User Interfaces for SharePoint 2013

    Randy Drisgill
    25 Sep 2013 | 9:17 am
    The following is a re-post of an article I wrote for the Amazon.com tech.book(store): Because of SharePoint’s prominent role for both corporate intranets and public facing internet sites, there is often a strong push to have SharePoint serve information in a mobile friendly layout. There are several ways to approach this topic in SharePoint 2013. First, because SharePoint 2013 supports modern browsers, you could look at the modern techniques of responsive web design (RWD). Another option, is to use some of the new features that Microsoft has provided with SharePoint Server 2013,…
  • SPTechWeb Article: Shaping up images in SharePoint 2013

    Randy Drisgill
    10 Jul 2013 | 12:17 pm
    My latest article about image renditions in SharePoint 2013 is up at SPTechWeb. I cover the basics of turning on blob caching, adding a new image rendition size, cropping an image rendition, and changing the size of an image when it’s been added to a page. Shaping up images in SharePoint 2013 The post SPTechWeb Article: Shaping up images in SharePoint 2013 appeared first on Randy Drisgill.
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    LifeInSHAREPOINT

  • OOTB Seattle.Master commented and formatted

    Christopher Pettigrew
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    I have been doing some masterpage customisations recently and trying to integrate with the OOTB masterpage which Microsoft give you are a pain to work with if you do not know what you are doing.  To help others (and help myself in the process) I have taken the latest SharePoint On-Premise and SharePoint Online (Office […]
  • SharePoint 2013 SEO Headaches – Managed Metadata Navigation “Feature” or “Bug”

    Christopher Pettigrew
    30 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    Overview I have been working on a new project recently to migrate existing SharePoint 2010 websites into SharePoint 2013.  One of the obvious benefits  for this migration is the ability to use Managed Metadata Navigation to create friendly Urls.  While this post is within the context of a SharePoint Migration, the “issue” or “feature” is not […]
  • SharePoint 2013 – Developer Quirks and Tips – Display Rating Stars in the Content By Search WebPart

    Christopher Pettigrew
    29 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    Overview In SharePoint 2010, a common requirement from end users was the ability to display rating stars in Content Query WebParts.  A very popular and useful solution which was blogged about could be found here: (http://geeksthenewblack.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/show-rating-stars-in-the-content-query-web-part/) .  This solution used XSLT to display the stars and render out a set of images depending on the number rated.  […]
  • LifeInSharePoint – Metro Weather Updated to new API

    Christopher Pettigrew
    28 Aug 2013 | 7:26 am
    Overview This is just a quick note that the Metro Weather WebPart has been updated to take into consideration the latest API as the old one was now out of date.  Can you also please check your API keys as many may expire on the 31st August. Download the new WSP here. https://lifeinsharepoint.codeplex.com/releases/view/101035 Thanks and […]
  • Why I have been so quiet, and what I am going to do about it.

    Christopher Pettigrew
    2 Jun 2013 | 12:29 pm
    Summary As many of my readers may have noticed, I have not posted for a couple of months and this is something that I would really like to change soon.  The reason for my lack of posts is due to working on my first Responsive SharePoint 2013 public facing website which I have been working […]
 
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    SharePoint (and Project Server) Shenanigans

  • #Project-on-a-page for #Microsoft #ProjectOnline #PS2013 #JavaScript #jQuery #Office365 #SharePoint

    Giles Hamson
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    I am a Project Server and SharePoint consultant but my main focus currently is around Project Server. I have been working with Project Server for nearly five years since 2007 for a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in the UK, I have also been awared with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award 2011. I am also a certified Prince2 Practitioner. This article has been cross posted from pwmather.wordpress.com (original article) This script will display project information including project level data, milestones, issues and risks on one page on the associated Project Site in Project Online. The…
  • #ProjectOnline performance and scale improvements #Office365 #MSProject #PS2013

    Giles Hamson
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    I am a Project Server and SharePoint consultant but my main focus currently is around Project Server. I have been working with Project Server for nearly five years since 2007 for a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in the UK, I have also been awared with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award 2011. I am also a certified Prince2 Practitioner. This article has been cross posted from pwmather.wordpress.com (original article) Project Online is continuing to go from strength to strength with improvement changes and features being introduced frequently. An example of this is detailed in the link…
  • #Microsoft #ProjectOnline Reporting Pack v2 #MSProject #SharePointOnline #Office365 #PPM #Excel #BI #Data

    Giles Hamson
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    I am a Project Server and SharePoint consultant but my main focus currently is around Project Server. I have been working with Project Server for nearly five years since 2007 for a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in the UK, I have also been awared with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award 2011. I am also a certified Prince2 Practitioner. This article has been cross posted from pwmather.wordpress.com (original article) Following on from my recently released Project Online Reporting Pack, I have since added a new report to the pack – a milestone variance chart. This report is detailed…
  • #ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2010 / 2013 October 2014 Cumulative Update #PS2010 #SP2010 #PS2013 #SP2013 #MSProject

    Giles Hamson
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    I am a Project Server and SharePoint consultant but my main focus currently is around Project Server. I have been working with Project Server for nearly five years since 2007 for a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in the UK, I have also been awared with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award 2011. I am also a certified Prince2 Practitioner. This article has been cross posted from pwmather.wordpress.com (original article) The Office 2013 October 2014 Cumulative Updates are now available, please see the links below:   Project Server 2013 October 2014 Server Roll up package: **** No…
  • New Milestone Gantt #App for #ProjectOnline & #ProjectServer #PS2013 #Office365 #Project #PMO #BI

    Giles Hamson
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    I am a Project Server and SharePoint consultant but my main focus currently is around Project Server. I have been working with Project Server for nearly five years since 2007 for a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in the UK, I have also been awared with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award 2011. I am also a certified Prince2 Practitioner. This article has been cross posted from pwmather.wordpress.com (original article) CPS’ 4th SharePoint hosted app has been released into the App store. The app is called the “Milestone Gantt” app. The app can be downloaded here:…
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    SharePoint Dragons

  • Microsoft Fakes: building a shim for the SharePoint 2013 SSOM

    Nikander & Margriet Bruggeman
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    We were building a mail class used by SharePoint solutions that leverages the SmtpClient class because SPUtility.SendEmail() is too limited in some ways: It doesn’t send attachments. It contains a max of 2048 chars per line, although this can be circumvented by adding line breaks (‘\n’). More about those limitations over here: http://sharepointdragons.com/2012/05/21/sputility-sendemail-limit/ However, we did want to use the SSOM to determine the SMTP server that should send the e-mail messages for us. We could do it like so: System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient smtpClient = new…
  • Smartphone simulators

    Nikander & Margriet Bruggeman
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    To test the mobile view functionality in SharePoint 2013, we needed some smartphone emulators. Here’s what we came up with… This web-based iPhone simulator is quite nice: http://iphone4simulator.com/ For the iPhone, there’s also a commercial product which is easy to use and has a trial version. It can be found at http://www.electricplum.com/studio.aspx For the Windows Phone, you need to download the SDK at http://dev.windows.com/en-us/develop/download-phone-sdk , which uses Visual Studio (2012) and the presence of Hyper-V. This emulator itself can’t run on a virtual machine (although…
  • Browser shots

    Nikander & Margriet Bruggeman
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    Great URL for browser compatibility testing: http://browsershots.org/.
  • Project Adam

    Nikander & Margriet Bruggeman
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Project Adam is a new deep-learning system modeled after the human brain that has greater image classification accuracy and is 50 times faster than other systems in the industry. Watch this video: http://research.microsoft.com/apps/video/default.aspx?id=220709. You should also take a look at: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/news/features/dnnvision-071414.aspx.
  • SSIS Package In Visual Studio 2012: Designer View suddenly gone

    Nikander & Margriet Bruggeman
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Have you ever experienced that the Designer View of an SSIS package in Visual Studio is suddenly completely empty while all the underlying XML is all gone? It had us puzzled, but it was solved by closing all packages in VS (just click the X’s) and then re-opening the package. Apparently the UI of SSIS is not all fine and dandy, we found this post to be of interest too: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/sqlserver/en-US/3dc85f3c-59b7-4671-9894-e12ef2680d27/ssis-package-when-opened-in-designer-shows-nothing-because-it-is-scrolled-to-bottom-right-where?forum=sqlintegrationservices.
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    Mike Smith's Tech Training Notes

  • SharePoint Saturday Cincinnati!

    Mike Smith
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    SharePoint Saturday is this weekend!   October 11th, 2014 Free sessions... 25 and counting! Free food! Free door prizes! Free networking! Talk about it! Blog about it! Tweet about it! (@spscincinnati)  Let everybody know! Register here: http://www.spsevents.org/city/cinci/cinci2014 This year the event will be at the Sharonville Convention Center located at 11355 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, OH
  • Did you ever want to take a Microsoft exam from home or the office?

    Mike Smith
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:11 pm
      Starting today, if you are a U.S. resident (and if you’re not stay tuned—they’ll be expanding soon), you can take dozens of the MCP and MTA exams from the comfort of your home or office through a process called online proctoring by Pearson VUE. Or as Ken Rosen says "Come on, admit it: you’ve always wanted to take one of our exams in your pajamas. I can’t be the only one." See Ken's blog article
  • Developer Apprentice Program in .NET

    Mike Smith
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
      Know someone who is unemployed who would make a great programmer?   MAX Technical Training is doing something quite interesting!  Again! Dislocated workers who live in Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont counties and are not working may be eligible to take Developer Apprentice training in .NET programming. Good candidates include those with a background in IT who want to update their
  • SharePoint Saturday Cincinnati Oct 11, 2014

    Mike Smith
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:35 pm
      SharePoint Saturday Cincinnati Saturday, October 11, 2014 Event details, including speakers and topics have been posted! Go here for details and registration: http://www.spsevents.org/city/cinci/cinci2014 Like two years ago, we have a theme! "ScarePoint Saturday" Come in costume or as you are…   My topic will be "Changes to SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Security You Must Know" Track: IT Pro,
  • SharePoint User Cannot Rename a File

    Mike Smith
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
      The following applies to SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013 and SharePoint Online / Office 365. There's never an end of things to learn about SharePoint security! (I've got about 235 pages of what I've learned in SharePoint® 2010 Security for the Site Owner!) Did you know that a user without the Delete permission cannot rename files in a document library! Attempts to change the Name property of a file
 
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    Top SharePoint Sites » Blog

  • Best SharePoint Designs in Spain

    Luis Kerr
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    For today’s SharePoint branding inspiration we decided to put together another gorgeous collection of SharePoint-based websites developed in Spain, continuing our popular series on the Best SharePoint Designs by country. Throughout the series, we hope to engage your web design branding senses by covering various countries where SharePoint is intensely used for public facing websites. The following showcase presents the Top 20 Best Rated SharePoint sites in Spain. To see all the featured SharePoint sites from Spain click here. This showcase is updated automatically, based on your…
  • Manufacturing Companies with SharePoint Websites

    Luis Kerr
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    We’re continuing our series on industry specific SharePoint branding with another 50 beautiful websites belonging to manufacturing companies from all over the world. It is essential for the industrial and manufacturing companies to have an attractive and user-friendly website that accurately explains the company, the products they produce and services they offer. Having a modern website will ensure the company will be connected to its prospective customers, increase its content marketing and gives credibility to their business. By showcasing few attractive websites within a specific…
  • Brevis – Premium SharePoint Online Theme

    Luis Kerr
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    After releasing Brevis theme for SharePoint 2013 on-premise, I received numerous requests to convert the theme for SharePoint Online. If the conversion process wasn’t too laborious the installation instructions took me more than the actual conversion. And here it is, the same theme that made lots of people very happy now available for SharePoint Online (Office 365). I know your time is too precious to waste it on the inner workings of SharePoint Online styling and by releasing this premium theme I hope I can help you with the SharePoint branding. Designed with responsiveness in mind,…
  • Office 365 as Donation for Nonprofits

    Luis Kerr
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Office 365 is now available as a donation to qualified nonprofit organizations. Qualified nonprofits can receive Office 365 Nonprofit E1 or Office 365 Nonprofit Business Essentials as a donation or they can upgrade to the advanced features in Office 365 Nonprofit E3 or Office 365 Nonprofit Business Premium at a significant discount. To qualify for Office 365 for Nonprofits, a recognized charitable status in your country is required. All of the Office 365 Nonprofit plans, including the Donation option, contain: – Maximum number of users: 300 – Email and Calendars (50 GB…
  • SharePoint Sites of the Month #14

    Luis Kerr
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Another selection of outstanding SharePoint websites submitted to our showcase over the past weeks for your SharePoint branding inspiration. Two of the websites were built with SharePoint 2013, four with SharePoint 2010 and one with SharePoint 2007. Sites of the Month is a collection of the most exceptional SharePoint website designs submitted to our showcase and picked by our staff based on their usability, design, creativity, improved user experience, custom functionality and ability to incorporate modern web design techniques. If you’re designed, implemented or you’re managing…
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    24 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    We are looking for new writers to join our growing team. We create all kinds of copy – from blog posts, to case studies, whitepapers, and web copy. We work with a wide range of technical and technology copies. We have a big focus on Microsoft Enterprise products like SharePoint and Office 365. But we also write about Business Intelligence topics, Intranets, and Enterprise engagement and adoption. Sound interesting? Find out more. If you blog, want to blog, or have worked as a copywriter before, we want to here from you. If you have tried writing before, but not done too much paid…
  • Is Dropbox for Business secure?

    Chris Wright
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:53 am
    So is Dropbox for Business secure? Checking the headlines this morning I see a couple of stories announcing that hackers have got hold of millions of Dropbox user account details. In the fairness of balance I also see a blog post from Dropbox themselves to say categorically they have not been hacked. So what is going on? In short it would seem Dropbox hasn’t been hacked, their blog post is accurate. What has happened is hackers have got hold of usernames and passwords from another service (Adobe was recently hacked, resulting in 38 million users details being leaked) and these details…
  • When you say ‘SharePoint’ what exactly do you mean?

    Chris Wright
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:37 am
    We have been in the Microsoft Enterprise world a long time, so we have seen trends other companies miss. Over the last ten years or so we’ve picked up on all sorts of interesting aspects of project delivery. Aspects that companies who just dip in and out of SharePoint often miss. A recent document management project raised a really significant issue, one we see time and time again. In a nutshell there is a huge gulf between the way clients - those buying SharePoint systems – and vendors – those selling SharePoint systems – think and talk about SharePoint. A Platform or…
  • Content Engagement: Is content king on your Intranet?

    Chris Wright
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Do you run or manage an Intranet? If so, is it successful? By successful I mean does it regularly get used? Do users find it helpful in their day to day jobs? Has adoption and uptake met expectations? If you answered ‘Hmm not really’ then you might want to think about Content Engagement. Content Engagement is a service we run that provides regular quality content for company Intranets of all shapes and sizes. But first thing first, what has content got to do with Intranet adoption? Content is king Bill Gates coined ‘Content is king’ when the Internet was still a…
  • Google Docs – Five areas that can easily be improved

    Chris Wright
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    Google Docs is really powerful tool, but we think there are five areas it can easily improve. Here at Fifty Five and Five we make extensive use of Docs, Sheets and Drive for our day to day business. Our team of writers and authors use Docs and Drive to create and share content. Our consultants use all three to record notes and write documents. As a company we have now also adopted Google Drive as our primarily file ‘store and share’ solution. Whilst there are lots of big areas Google could improve, their are also some really small things that would really enhance the…
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  • Calling Freshbooks web-service from Outlook, part 2

    Pieter van der Westhuizen
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    In the previous article, we started with the basic concept and layout of our Freshbooks Outlook Add-in. So far, we've connected Outlook to the web-service by creating the Freshbooks specific folders, message classes and solution module, and in this article we'll continue building our Outlook plug-in
  • How to integrate Outlook add-in with Freshbooks web-service, part 1

    Pieter van der Westhuizen
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    In this article, the first of a series, we'll start building a Microsoft Outlook Add-in that will serve as a client for Freshbooks. Users would be able to view their Freshbooks data as well as perform numerous Freshbooks tasks all from within Outlook
  • Creating an Excel Stock Information RTD server using the Yahoo Finance API

    Pieter van der Westhuizen
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    In today's article, we'll write an Excel RTD server that returns the latest stock prices and other information. In case you're not familiar with Excel RTD servers, it is used to communicate with a real-time data source, such as stock quotes and provide the user with a constant flow of changing data
  • Using Outlook Recipient and Recipients collection – guide for developers

    Ty Anderson
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:58 am
    Writing email can get you in a lot of trouble if you are not paying attention. I can tell you about some seriously funny (on retrospect) situations caused when I inadvertently added a recipient that I did not intend to add. I can tell you but I won't (unless we meet in person and you buy me a beer). Let's just say that Outlook's autofill feature is not your friend and is not to be trusted
  • Calling Yahoo Weather web-service from an Outlook add-in

    Pieter van der Westhuizen
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:33 am
    It's been a while since my last blog post and today we start the first in a series of exciting blog posts on integrating Microsoft Office applications with web-based services. The web is growing bigger and bigger by the day and there are a wide range of applications and services available on the internet which you can use to provide your users with more features and functionality inside Microsoft Outlook.
 
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  • Office 365 Support Information Available

    Geoff Evelyn
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    For anyone working with software systems will know that there is nothing on the planet that is so completely frustrating, as a solution that does not work. Downtime leads to increased overhead costs, lost productivity, lost customer satisfaction and lost revenue. This hits business users of course, but also those who are there to support the business. Small business users are especially hit by this since they are completely dependent upon the technology. Take into consideration therefore that if businesses do not understand the provisions of support for a cloud service that they will…
  • SharePoint Security and helping users become more aware

    Geoff Evelyn
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    A key aspect of implementing SharePoint in an organisation is relevant to security of content. The success of SharePoint in an organisation is due not only to how comfortable users are with using their current technology with SharePoint, it is also down to ensuring that the users are comfortable knowing the data they manage on their SharePoint sites are secure… One cannot hope to have any successful buy-ins from the users in relation to the security of their data on content management systems such as SharePoint, unless they understand that there are implications of storing information on…
  • SharePoint and the Internet of Things

    Geoff Evelyn
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    Bold statement time. The Internet is a collection of machines – and there is more data generated by machines than humans. IOT (Internet Of Things) is connected devices providing data which will simplify, enhance, and enrich our lives. Already connected devices are beginning to revolutionise our lives; but to understand the nature, challenges and opportunities we need to understand how we can take informed decisions concerning this technology and trends. Things like how the data our devices upload and download is shared, used, managed, controlled with clear data integrity. What should be…
  • GEListAllSites – Sharepoint tool to List Sites and permissions

    Geoff Evelyn
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    List one or all sites on a farm with information concerning size, storage, bandwith, owner, optionally including a switch for displaying those with a specific right on the sites. An enhancement upgrade to the nifty utility GEGETRIGHTS, this is yet another nifty application and FREE! Works with Sharepoint 2013 and SharePoint 2010. This outputs to a Text or XML or Html file (you choose!). Does it cost me anything? No, it’s free. However, it would be nice for you to donate? Click the Donate button below! How do I use it? Download the 2013 or 2010 version from Codeplex here: GELISTALLSITES…
  • Office 365 Standard Response to Request for Information – Security and Privacy

    Geoff Evelyn
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    The Cloud Security Alliance published the Cloud Control Matrix, to support consumers in the evaluation of cloud services and to identify questions prudent to have answered before moving to cloud services. In response to this publication, Microsoft has created this document to outline how we meet the suggested principals and mapped them to the International Standards Organization (ISO) 27001:2005 and ISO 27002. With this standardized response we would like to empower customers with in-depth information to evaluate different offerings in the market place today. Standard Response to Request For…
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