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    SharePoint Roots
    Johan Olivier
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:55 am
    Check out a very helpful list of SharePoint blogs to help new and experienced developers, business users get up to speed. 
  • Hey Developers! Make Sure you Check Out the Patterns & Practices Project by the Office 365 Team!

    Andrew Connell
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    A few weeks ago the Microsoft Office blog re-announced a move and updates to the Patterns & Practices work that had been living on CodePlex. You can read up on their announcement in this blog post: Office 365 Development Patterns & Practices Launched. Previously the Office App Model Samples (Office AMS for short) team focused on creating code samples for customers that were looking to perform common tasks we were used to performing with fully trusted code in the app model. This consisted of scenarios, samples and solutions. These samples were posted to CodePlex, zipped up and posted…
  • This Week in Bamboo (July 27th, 2014 - August 2nd, 2014)

    Bamboo Nation
    Myuyen Phan
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    At Bamboo this week, the following patches were released to the storefront: Cross-Site Display Web Part, List Bulk Import, SharePoint Navigators, and List Rollup Web Part. For more details about the list of patches and bugs fixes, please see below.HW63 Cross-Site Display Web Part for SharePoint 2010 Release 1.2.39 Bug Fixes:•    When using the Web Part, opening the context menu of a folder in a document library, then clicking away from the context menu, then clicking on the folder again results in an error message being displayed.  •    Using the…
  • Invoke-SPORestMethod: Using the SharePoint Online REST API with PowerShell

    SharePoint Automation
    Gary Lapointe
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Earlier this summer I mentioned that I’d start blogging about some of my scripts that I have in my toolbox and I guess I’m a little behind in that but I guess better late than never. I’ve had snippets of code that I could use to make REST based calls to SharePoint Online for a [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • eBook – SharePoint Governance Best Practices, by Christian Buckley

    Mastering SharePoint with Bob Mixon
    Bob Mixon
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    Christian Buckley, Metalogix, has released a new eBook covering SharePoint Governance Best Practices. This is a great read and I highly recommend it. Click here to get the free eBook…
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    Mike Walsh's WSS and more

  • When is a HotFix actually a Cumulative Upgrade - Microsoft KB article writers destroy a long-term (and good) practice (or was this a simple mistake?)

    15 Aug 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Until this month there has been a consistency in Microsoft KB articles about their improvements to their SharePoint products (*). - There were Hot Fixes which were fixes for single problems. - There were Cumulative Upgrades which were updates which included all the different Hot Fixes up to that point. (*) Since about a couple of years there have also been "Upgrade for xxxx" posts with no logical positioning ... This month however - as I discovered when I found that what Stefan Gossner was describing as Cumulative Upgrades were in fact articles with a Hot Fix title - this…
  • Even the most basic problems can still appear in Windows 8.1

    8 Aug 2014 | 8:02 pm
    I went away for two days and despite pulling all the plugs out because of the risk of thunder in that time, when I came back a number of things didn't work. My DAC that was feeding digital output from the TV into my HiFi system showed yellow instead of green and more importantly *didn't* feed sound into my HiFi any more. My headphone adapter (physically next to the DAC) still worked fine but no longer had a blue light when switched on. Clearly I blundered by pulling the DAC power cable out of the DAC rather than (as I had done with virtually everything else) pulling the plug from the wall. In…
  • Webcasts' "Housekeeping" and comments on the MS conference consolidation

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Let's start with my listing of webcasts at http://spf2013faq.mindsharp.com/Lists/SP%202013%20Preview%20Links%20to%20Webcasts/Grouped%20By%20Language.aspx It's been quite frustrating looking for new webcasts to add to this list as virtually all the ones I can find on YouTube belong to one of five categories - they are adverts for training companies - they are adverts for SharePoint products - they are yet another simple webcast of something that has been done many times before (as in "How to add a document to a document library") - they are from a conference (*) (*) Yes they may…
  • Typical - I can access the "FAQ" sites but can't access my RSS feeds!

    11 Jun 2014 | 12:22 am
    My adding data to the various SharePoint "FAQ" sites has been on and off for quite a while because I sometimes can't log in to the three (2013/2010/2007) main sites. I can then usually go to another PC and there I can login [However if I start at that second PC you can be sure that a login doesn't work there either.] but not always. My assumption has been that this may have something to do with the software on almost all my machines [5 licence copy!] I am using to persuade various German or UK sites that I in Germany or the UK, but I'm not sure. Today after checking my RSS feeds on…
  • It's time to stop being unfair to Windows 8

    30 May 2014 | 12:12 am
    I was listening as I do every week to the (UK) PCPro podcast which is for me a welcome contrast to the mainly US-based technical podcasts I listen to (Windows Weekly; MacWorld; etc. although I also throw in the Swedish AppSnack for a further contrast). Once again there was a snide comment about Windows 8 disguised (but not too heavily) as a positive comment on Windows 7. It was "Windows 7, that's the good operating system between two bad ones". Now when Windows 8 first came out I would have agreed with that reasoning. It had lots of improvements (better drivers etc.) but those were…
 
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    Andrew Connell

  • [MSCloudShow] Episode 42 is live - Creating Office 365 Applications using Azure - An Interview with Scot Hillier

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Episode ## of the Microsoft Cloud Show podcast is now available. In this episode AC & CJ interview Scot Hiller to talk about a new pattern in creating Office 365 applications using Microsoft Azure & Azure AD directories. Be sure to download the recorded show here: Episode 042 | Creating Office 365 Applications using Azure - An Interview with Scot Hillier Remember if you have a question send it in or leave a comment.
  • Hey Developers! Make Sure you Check Out the Patterns & Practices Project by the Office 365 Team!

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    A few weeks ago the Microsoft Office blog re-announced a move and updates to the Patterns & Practices work that had been living on CodePlex. You can read up on their announcement in this blog post: Office 365 Development Patterns & Practices Launched. Previously the Office App Model Samples (Office AMS for short) team focused on creating code samples for customers that were looking to perform common tasks we were used to performing with fully trusted code in the app model. This consisted of scenarios, samples and solutions. These samples were posted to CodePlex, zipped up and posted…
  • [MSCloudShow] Episode 41 is live - AC & CJ's Favorite Microsoft Azure Resources

    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Episode 40 of the Microsoft Cloud Show podcast is now available. In this episode CJ & I share their favorite Microsoft Azure resources. Be sure to download the recorded show here: Episode 41 - AC & CJ's Favorite Microsoft Azure Resources. Remember if you have a question send it in or leave a comment.
  • [MSCloudShow] Episode 40 is live - Talking to Wictor Wilen about Hosting SharePoint VMs in IaaS

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    Episode 40 of the Microsoft Cloud Show podcast is now available. In this episode CJ & I talk to Wictor Wilen about using Microsoft Azure VM's to host their SharePoint virtual machines & farms. Be sure to download the recorded show here: Episode 40 - Talking to Wictor Wilen about Hosting SharePoint VMs in IaaS Remember if you have a question send it in or leave a comment.
  • Creating Azure AD Apps for Office 365 - New Reference Samples Published

    4 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Recently Microsoft published a new sample project that I worked on with Scot Hillier on the OfficeDev Github account named the Research Project Code Sample. The sample scenario is a Project Research Tracker. The idea is that the web application makes it easy for users to create projects and add reference items found throughout the internet. The scenario demonstrates how to create different types of applications that communicate with Office 365 & SharePoint Online while keeping with recommended programming practices. All apps within this scenario follow a similar pattern. An Azure AD…
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    SharePoint Solutions Blog

  • 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…
  • SharePoint Site Provisioning and Governance Assistant Free Edition 5-minute Feature Video

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    Aaron Wood, our Manager of Software Engineering and Support, created a 5-minute video to highlight the features you get with SPGA Free Edition.(FYI, there is truly no "catch" with SPGA Free Edition.  We would like to see more companies benefiting from automated SharePoint site provisioning (with proper governance) and have decided to adopt a "Freemium" model from here on out with the product.  If the Free Edition features are all you need, then you can install and use the product on-premises with free permanent license key(s), forever.  And yes, you can run it on multiple…
  • Using SPGA’s Governance Features – Automating Change Requests, such as Adding Users to SharePoint Groups

    13 Jul 2014 | 4:04 pm
    The letters SPGA stand for Site Provisioning and Governance Assistant. There is certainly a lot of governance that is covered in the initial site provisioning process, such as always having proper approvals, and having the sites stamped out to your exact specifications each time without failure. To paraphrase something SharePoint MVP Dan Holme said at SPC 14:If a policy isn’t enforced by the technology, it’s not a policy, it’s a guideline.  This is exactly what SPGA does, it uses technology to enforce your governance standards. While most purchase SPGA for its ease of site…
 
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    Mastering SharePoint with Bob Mixon

  • Country Sausage and Gravy, Grits and Poached Eggs

    Bob Mixon
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I was in the mood for brunch today so I decided to make Country Sausage and Gravy, Grits and Poached Eggs.  It’s quick, simple and, oh so, delicious! I absolutely love grits.  However, by themselves, they can be bland and boring.  The next time you make grits, consider spicing them up; the possibilities are endless.  When I make shrimp and grits, most often I will add sharp white cheddar cheese, havarti cheese, garlic, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and onion.  This gives them a nice kick and really complements the shrimp. For brunch today, I had already made up my mind that I…
  • SharePoint 2013 Management, Architecture and Design Course – Register Today

    Bob Mixon
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    How many times have you been told the solution to your SharePoint 2013 needs require custom .NET development? Unfortunately, many consultants and consulting firms resort to custom .NET development because they are unfamiliar with how to truly architect solutions in SharePoint 2013. Granted, a certain amount of custom .NET development is required for most implementations; however, having a thorough understanding of how to architect your information to support business contextual needs, is the key to dramatically reducing those custom efforts and gaining more long-term value. The truth is, most…
  • eBook – SharePoint Governance Best Practices, by Christian Buckley

    Bob Mixon
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    Christian Buckley, Metalogix, has released a new eBook covering SharePoint Governance Best Practices. This is a great read and I highly recommend it. Click here to get the free eBook…
  • 10 Key Elements of Enterprise Information Architecture (#IA) – #3 Presentation

    Bob Mixon
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    This article is the third in a series of ten that will help you better understand the 10 key elements of Enterprise Information Architecture.  To read the previous articles and the complete table of contents in this series, please click here. Presenting Information The manner in which information is presented can dramatically improve its value. Applying Information Architecture principals and techniques can afford us the ability to query and present information in many different formats thus supporting many different business contextual needs. During the Subject Matter Expert (SME) interview…
  • 10 Key Elements of Enterprise Information Architecture (#IA) – #2 Understanding

    Bob Mixon
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    This article is the second in a series of ten that will help you better understand the 10 key elements of Enterprise Information Architecture.  To read the first article and the complete table of contents in this series, please click here. Understanding Information Understanding information is the most important aspect of Information Architecture. Before we can create solutions around information, we must thoroughly understand how people use, think about and value it. This understanding of information can then drive solution implementation prioritization, trust in its accuracy/use and…
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    JOPX on SharePoint, Big Data and the future of work

  • Must read whitepapers on Enterprise Social Collaboration (Microsoft)

    jopx
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Enterprise Social Collaboration Progress Model (June 2013) - Microsoft and the Eller MBA program at the University of Arizona jointly developed the Social Collaboration Progression Model that outlines six stages of social collaboration and their triggers, obstacles, and impacts. The six phases identified in this model represent a progression that can be used to ascertain an organization's current state in the social collaboration paradigm. The paper identifies the prerequisites that are necessary to move to a chosen target stage, the obstacles that must be overcome, and the impacts of such a…
  • BIWUG–Call for new board members

    jopx
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:15 pm
      During our last board meeting we received the news that both Patrick and Jethro decided to give up their role as board member. We'd like to thank them both for the efforts they put into BIWUG and SharePoint Saturday. Special thanks go to Patrick for re-launching the user group three years ago and contributing to the well oiled machine that the board is at this moment. So, we're again looking for members who'd like to take up a more active role inside our community. If you're interested in taking up some responsibilities, please let us know by sending me a DM using Twitter (@jopxtwits)…
  • Updating SharePoint 2013 user profiles using C#

    jopx
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    I recently wrote a console program which needed to update some user profile properties for specific users – unfortunately the code gave me the following error when trying to create a SPServiceContext and accessing the UserProfileManager.Microsoft.Office.Server.UserProfiles.UserProfileApplicationNotAvailableException was unhandled   HResult=-2146233088Message=UserProfileApplicationNotAvailableException_Logging :: UserProfileApplicationProxy.ApplicationProperties ProfilePropertyCache does not have ….To get this to work make sure that the user account under which you are running…
  • Solve image rendering problems in Internet Explorer 11 on HP ZBooks

    jopx
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    I recently got a new HP ZBook with Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 installed. While browsing to different websites (Yammer, Twitter, Google,etc …) I noticed that images were not properly rendering (see screenshot below). To resolve this you have to change the Accelerated Graphics settings in Internet Explorer. Go tool Tools>Internet Options. Click the Advanced tab and then under Accelerated graphics make sure that you check the Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering.Tags van Technorati: HP,ZBook,Internet+Explorer+11,IE11,troubleshooting,Windows81,graphics
  • Big Data – Beyond the hype, getting to the V that really matters

    jopx
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    One of my favourite cartoons on big data by Tom Fishburne is shown below, and as the saying goes “Bad humor is an evasion of reality, good humor is an acceptance of it” it reveals an interesting fact about big data. Even though it currently sits a the top of Gartner’s hype cycle (See Gartner’s 2013 hype cycle for emerging technologies, august 2013), there is still a lot of confusion out there. So let’s first try to get some clarity on the concept.There are a lot of definitions about Big Data but the one which is still widely used was coined by Gartner : Big data is high Volume, high…
 
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    Bill Baer

  • Managing Sites Pages in SharePoint Server 2013 w/ OneDrive for Business Redirection in Service Pack 1

    Bill Baer (Microsoft)
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Overview Service Pack 1 introduced new functionality that allows IT administrators to selectively redirect their users OneDrive for Business libraries to Office 365. In addition to OneDrive for Business redirection, Service Pack 1 also allows for the...(read more)
  • OneDrive for Business Managed Deployment

    Bill Baer (Microsoft)
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Overview OneDrive for Business is cloud storage for business similar to the personal experience provided by OneDrive. It's the place where employees can store, sync, and share their files across multiple devices with ease and security. Built through...(read more)
  • Quick Starting Demos and Windows PowerShell

    Bill Baer (Microsoft)
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Preparing virtual machines for demonstrations can be a tedious process, compounding this is when virtual machines need to be started or shut down in a specific order. For example, starting database servers prior to starting web servers, or starting the...(read more)
  • Yammer Redirection in SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1

    Bill Baer (Microsoft)
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
    In previous articles I discussed redirecting OneDrive for Business to Office 365 in SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1. In addition to new functionality that allows IT administrators to redirect OneDrive for Business and Sites pages to Office 365,...(read more)
  • SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Hybrid

    Bill Baer (Microsoft)
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:26 pm
    The French philosopher, Henry Bergson, once said “to exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” While the Nobel Prize winner wasn’t talking about the software and services world, the thought is extremely...(read more)
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    Stefan Goßner

  • SharePoint patching demystified

    Stefan Goßner
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    After release of SharePoint 2013 August CU I received many emails and blog comments which showed that there is lots of uncertainty related to SharePoint patching. Especially the difference between the terms Cumulative Update and Server Packages (also...(read more)
  • August 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013 has been released

    Stefan Goßner
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    The product group released the August 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)
  • August 2014 CU for SharePoint 2010 has been released

    Stefan Goßner
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    The product group released the August 2014 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2010 product family. Be aware that the August Cumulative Update for SharePoint 2010 is a Post-SP2 hotfix. It is recommended to have SP2 installed before installing the...(read more)
  • Microsoft’s unified technology event for enterprises

    Stefan Goßner
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:50 am
    [Via Office Blogs ] Over the past few months, it has been awesome to connect with our technical communities, customers, and partners at the SharePoint Conference, Lync Conference, Exchange Conference, Project Conference, and most recently, at TechEd...(read more)
  • Common Question on Hotfixes, Security Updates and Non-Security related Public Updates for SharePoint

    Stefan Goßner
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    One question I receive more or less with any CU release I publish on my blog is whether the CU includes previously (or on the same day) released public updates as well. The answer is YES . All changes implemented for a public update or security fixes...(read more)
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    Not Fit For Print - Robert Bogue [MVP]

  • SharePoint 2010 and 2013 Kerberos Unconstrained and Constrained Delegation

    Robert Bogue
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Implementing Kerberos is frequently considered painful by IT Professionals. It seems like there's some magic incantation that has to be said over the network for things to work correctly. However, the components are relatively straight forward. In this post I'm going to walk through Kerberos setup front to back including delegation, how to get it working, and what doesn't work. My goal is to distil a great number of blog posts with half-collected information and make it all fit together so you can implement Kerberos step by step. Some folks talk about Kerberos as resolving the double-hop…
  • The Inner Game of Dialogue

    Robert Bogue
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    This is second in the three part series of blog posts about dialogue spawned by Dialogue. The first part was about Defensive Routines. In this post I'll talk about the inner game of dialogue, what you and everyone else has to do to allow dialogue to be able to happen. In the final post we'll do the actual book review and talk about the challenges involved with creating the conditions for dialogue. One of the things that I came to realize (again) while reading and evaluating Dialogue: The Art of Thinking Together is that much of what happens to us externally is a reflection of the work that…
  • Defensive Routines

    Robert Bogue
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:16 am
    Sometimes my book reviews take on a life of their own. While preparing for my review of Dialogue: The Art of Thinking Together, I started to gather some thoughts on one of the key aspects of dialogues which is the impact of defensive routines. Before I knew it, defensive routines had enough content for its own blog – thus this post. So the review for Dialogue will end up in three parts. We'll cover two specific topics first then tie it together with the "official" review. The background here is that I've written about dialogue before but not about this particular topic. My post on…
  • Book Review-The ONE Thing

    Robert Bogue
    2 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    What if you could do just one thing really well? What is if you could focus all of your energies into one thing and become the best in the world at it? This is the question that's at the heart of The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth behind Extraordinary ResultsOf course, we'd all love to master one thing but how would we even go about doing that? Gary Keller seeks to convince you that you should focus on only ONE thing and get it right, rather than flitting through your day dealing with whatever urgent thing happens to come up. Finding the One Thing I have only two real criticisms of…
  • Book Review-Change or Die

    Robert Bogue
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
    What if someone put a gun to your head and said that you have to change or die? What if you knew that you were going to die if you didn't change? Would you? I know that we all believe we would. It seems simple. However, the statistics don't bear out this reality. These statistics are at the start of Change or Die and should be startling. Consider those patients with heart disease. Most with heart disease find themselves needing medical help because of poor lifestyle choices. However, if you look at patients with heart bypass surgery two years later only one in ten changed their ways and took…
 
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    Arpan Shah's Blog

  • Include Office content in your web pages

    ArpanS
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    As some of you know, one of my team’s core focus is to enable developers to build amazing solutions on top of Office 365. And over the last few months, we’ve released a lot of new extensibility features, documentation, samples and open source projects to support the ecosystem. In this blog post, I wanted to share an extensibility tip which is super easy that any user can do without writing code – embed Office files in any web page, including blog posts, using the power of Office Online. This is a very simple, yet powerful way, of displaying dynamic spreadsheets,…
  • Office 365 - what's new?

    ArpanS
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    It's been 9 months since my last blog post. My work and personal life have kept me very busy! At work, I'm leading Office 365 tech product mgmt which includes 3 teams: Office 365 Suite, service experience & developer. I picked up developer experience end of last year and we have built a great team including folks like Chris Johnson, who leads the team, David Pae, Jeremy Thake, Jim Epes and Sonya Koptyev. They are super connected to the community and engineering team, and super passionate about delivering exciting developer scenarios to Office 365. Given it's been 9 months, I thought I'd…
  • Office 365 end user training

    ArpanS
    17 Sep 2013 | 3:04 pm
    A good friend of mine and SharePoint MVP, Martin Harwar, recently released ShowMe Office 365. It’s really great to see this solution – super easy to add to Office 365 and great way to train end users. I’ve been asking Martin every time I see him when he was going to release his solution for Office 365. What’s exciting is that this solution includes over 500 videos across Office 365 including SharePoint, Office client and Web Apps and the Point8020 team adds more videos that show up magically when new features are released. I was also impressed with the maturity and functionality of…
  • New features and new Office 365 tech blog

    ArpanS
    23 Jul 2013 | 12:27 pm
    We’re shipping new Office 365 features every month and to effectively communicate what we’re delivering to all our customers and partners, my team launched the Office 365 technology blog @ http://blogs.office.com/b/office365tech/. I highly encourage you to subscribe to it! We will frequently write feature blog posts, host informative Garage series shows, write editorial pieces on broader investments we’re making and publish monthly roll-up blog posts that highlight features we ship in a particular month. This content is written by Office 365 product managers and program managers with…
  • My favorite Office 365 features

    ArpanS
    7 May 2013 | 8:35 am
    It’s been months since I blogged. Things have been busy in my current role! My team has been heads down on the most recent significant update to Office 365. It’s a super exciting space to be in and everyone here is committed to delivering innovation on a frequent basis and making sure that our Office 365 customers have tools to manage change. Here’s a list of my personal favorite Office 365 features that I use on almost a daily basis. Of course, this is a snapshot in time since the service is always changing and is by no mean comprehensive of what Office 365 has to offer. In no…
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    SharePoint Automation

  • Invoke-SPORestMethod: Using the SharePoint Online REST API with PowerShell

    Gary Lapointe
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Earlier this summer I mentioned that I’d start blogging about some of my scripts that I have in my toolbox and I guess I’m a little behind in that but I guess better late than never. I’ve had snippets of code that I could use to make REST based calls to SharePoint Online for a [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • “_ULS_EXPAND_FORCED_LOGGING_MESSAGES_” Environment Variable Explained

    Gary Lapointe
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Have you ever been looking through the SharePoint ULS logs trying to troubleshoot one issue or another and come across entries such as this: [Forced due to logging gap, Original Level: <TraceLevel>] <Some message> {0} I was recently working with a client who noticed an message like this in the ULS logs and was baffled [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Get-SPControlElement

    Gary Lapointe
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I haven’t really done much blogging lately so I figured I’d try and get back into it by sharing some scripts from my collection. Over the years I’ve created tons and tons of little scripts here and there to help me solve one problem or another – whether it be some upgrade related thing or [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Announcing My Custom SharePoint Online Cmdlets

    Gary Lapointe
    9 Jan 2014 | 8:01 pm
    For quite a while now I’ve been pointing out the lack of cmdlets that are available for working with Office 365 and SharePoint 2013 (SharePoint Online) and I’ve mentioned several times that someone should really do something about that and that I’d love to be that person if only I had the time. Well, as [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • SharePoint 2013 Version 16.0.0.1810???

    Gary Lapointe
    7 Aug 2013 | 4:38 pm
    So today I was doing some SharePoint 2013 app development against my Office 365 SharePoint 2013 tenant and I needed to view the HTTP traffic from the site in order to troubleshoot some issues I was having and I stumbled across something I found very interesting when I looked at the header details in Fiddler: [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Eli Robillard's World of Blog.

  • Interview transcript: Enterprise Collaboration in 2014

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Recently I was interviewed for MNP's Impact magazine along with our CIO Scott Greenlay and national Microsoft practice lead Steve Maclean. While the finished product will appear in an upcoming issue of Impact, the raw transcript of my Q&A offers a deeper look at the social and organizational aspects of today's collaboration technology. I hope you enjoy.   Impact: Is collaboration technology necessary to business today? Why? Eli: Yes, business is collaboration - the people we work with, our teams, suppliers, and customers. And modern technology is evolution. It makes people more…
  • [Guest Post] Thu, May 29: MVP Consumer Camp at Square One Mississauga

    12 May 2014 | 1:53 pm
    And now a (slightly edited) message from our sponsors: The first Canadian MVP Consumer Camp will be held at the Microsoft Store at Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga on Thursday, May 29th from 4pm to 9pm. My fellow MVPs will be there answering questions and showing off the unique features of Microsoft devices. There will be prize draws, Q&A sessions, snacks and refreshments. MVPs are recognized independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others. We speak at events, write books, answer…
  • So you want to be a technical writer. . .

    9 May 2014 | 8:34 am
    Writing is a little like presenting in that many people with much to share are great at communicating informal conversations and e-mails, but have a basic fear with either presenting, or with the prospect of "technical writing." With presenting, the way forward is easy - start with a small audience like a user group or a local Toastmasters chapter and build from there. With technical writing the approach is more like learning to code - the best path forward is to get a good desk reference and start reading other people's code to see how concepts are pieced together. The best desk references…
  • SharePoint Conference Keynote with Bill Clinton

    3 Mar 2014 | 8:38 am
    Writing to you today from the mid-front of the room at Microsoft's SharePoint Conference 2014, where Bill Clinton is about to deliver the keynote. As the clock ticks the embargoes are over and reports are starting to come in on the next wave of SharePoint and Office 365. As I add to this post I'll put the interesting technical bits and links at the top and leave the inspirational parts as the closer.  Start with Jeff Teper's blog post for the big picture.See Arpan's post on what's new for developers: http://blogs.office.com/2014/03/03/create-apps-for-office-365/ Microsoft…
  • Review: Microsoft Office 365 Administration Inside and Out

    28 Nov 2013 | 5:15 pm
    It is a common misconception that cloud-hosted services and infrastructure (SaaS and IaaS) are turn-key propositions that require less skill than self-hosted platforms to plan, deploy, operate and maintain. The reality is that a well-rounded book on the topic - like MSFT O365 Administration - must spend roughly 200 pages discussing planning tools and directory services, before even touching on O365 management. If considering an O365 deployment, you want this book in the arsenal.  The book is written for "Information Technology (IT) system architects who need to integrate Office 365 with…
 
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    Matthew McDermott's Blog

  • Template Site Collection Feature Error

    Matthew McDermott
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    I have been busy this week creating a PowerShell script that recreates an organically grown SharePoint Site Collection with a dozen hierarchical sites based on site templates. The last time we created a site like this it took about 3 days. With a script I have it down to about 8 minutes on an Enterprise (E3) Tenant. One issue I ran into was when I tried to apply my site templates to the new site for my client I received the error: New-SPOWeb : The site template requires that the Feature {592ccb4a-9304-49ab-aab1-66638198bb58} be activated in the site collection. At <site>   I tried…
  • Provisioning SharePoint Search Service Application

    Matthew McDermott
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    I have been presenting how I provision SharePoint 2013 Search for quite a while and have finally gotten around to publishing my script for provisioning a SharePoint Search Service Application with PowerShell. This script can be used to initially provision SharePoint Search in a multi-server environment. With minor tweaks it can also be used to alter an existing topology. There are a couple things that this script demonstrates: How to use a configuration file How to provision multiple servers from a script How to specify where each search component is provisioned How to set initial…
  • Post SharePoint Evolution Conference Summary

    Matthew McDermott
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    As I sit here, back at home, Ruby laying on me, I am still in awe of what the folks at Combined Knowledge accomplished with the SharePoint Evolution Roadshow. The plan was pretty straight forward, take a bunch of speakers on a 12 city tour and present 20 sessions a day in 4 tracks. The logistics and permutations are daunting. Sure, it would be easier if they used the same speakers in every city, but they didn’t, only 5 of us committed to the entire tour. The rest of the speakers were on the tour for one or more days. Next, you had to get us from place to place. Did I mention that one of…
  • Limit the Scope of your Result Sources

    Matthew McDermott
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    I struggled with what to title this post. I run across this all the time when evaluating “OPW” (Other People’s Work). If you navigate to a search results page that does not have a query defined and you see a whole bunch of “Default Results” then you know what I am talking about. The Problem This is what I mean. In the picture below I am on my “Customer” search page and I have not entered a search term, yet I still get results. My page is using a Result Source that is defined as: {searchTerms} BCSEntityName:DHTCustomer Which applies the search box term…
  • Configure SharePoint 2013 FBA through IIS

    Matthew McDermott
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    One of the chores that I really wish Microsoft would make easier in SharePoint is configuring Forms Based Authentication (FBA). I know this could be quite a challenge and I know that “once you do it a couple times it is pretty easy”. But for us mere mortals who only configure FBA every so often it can be a bit tricky. My biggest pet peeve is copy and paste errors that TOTALLY crash the site. Then the joy of trying to figure out each setting that may have caused the error, only to find it’s caused by a quote that you thought was a double quote but tuned out to be something…
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    Waldek Mastykarz

  • Debugging setting properties in anonymous Search REST queries

    Waldek Mastykarz
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:10 am
    Leveraging SharePoint 2013 Search REST API for anonymous users allows you to build powerful search-driven solutions. Often, particularly in the early stages of the project, queries might not work as expected. So how do you find out what’s wrong? SharePoint 2013 Search REST API for anonymous users SharePoint 2013 Search REST is a very flexible API that allows you not only to configure whether this particular API should be available to anonymous users but also allows you to choose which capabilities those users are allowed to use. This last part is done by specifying a white list of the…
  • Inconvenient Search REST API for anonymous users

    Waldek Mastykarz
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Leveraging the Search REST API allows you to build rich search-driven solutions. If you’re not careful however, you might get results other than intended even though everything seems to be working correctly. SharePoint 2013 Search REST for anonymous users Previously I wrote about the steps required to allow anonymous users to use the SharePoint 2013 Search REST API. One of the steps was to upload a configuration file to a specific Document Library. When done correctly you should be able to see some search results for your query: If you however take a closer look you might notice that the…
  • Inconvenient programmatically working with Managed Navigation and anonymous users

    Waldek Mastykarz
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:17 am
    SharePoint 2013 offers rich API for interacting with Managed Navigation. Unfortunately, some additional work is required if you need to use it with anonymous users. Managed Navigation in SharePoint 2013 One of the new capabilities of SharePoint 2013 is Managed Navigation. Using the Managed Metadata Service it allows you to model the navigation and structure of your website decoupling it from its physical structure. The great benefit of using Managed Navigation is that it allows you to optimize your website for both visitors and content managers and that is simplifies the content management…
  • Granting the “Retrieve People Data for Search Crawlers” administration permission on the User Profile Service Application using PowerShell

    Waldek Mastykarz
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:46 pm
    When working with search-driven solutions, or even if you just want to be able to search for people, SharePoint Search has to be granted access to that information in order to crawl it. Generally all of this is being automatically taken care of when provisioning the Search Service Application. On rare occasions you might however need to grant this permission manually. Granting the “Retrieve People Data for Search Crawlers” administration permission through the UI The “Retrieve People Data for Search Crawlers” administration permission can be configured through Central Administration…
  • Inconvenient copying Host Named Site Collections with multiple SPSiteUrls

    Waldek Mastykarz
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:09 am
    Copying Site Collections in SharePoint 2013 is trivial, except if you are trying to copy a Host Named Site Collection with multiple SPSiteUrls. Copying Site Collections in SharePoint 2013 There are many different reasons for copying Site Collections that vary from having a head start for building a new Site Collection to having a separate place to test things without disturbing operation. Probably the easiest way to copy a Site Collection in SharePoint 2013 is by using the Copy-SPSite PowerShell cmdlet. The Copy-SPSite cmdlet is flexible and allows you to specify the new URL for your Site…
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    Bamboo Nation

  • This Week in Bamboo (July 27th, 2014 - August 2nd, 2014)

    Myuyen Phan
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    At Bamboo this week, the following patches were released to the storefront: Cross-Site Display Web Part, List Bulk Import, SharePoint Navigators, and List Rollup Web Part. For more details about the list of patches and bugs fixes, please see below.HW63 Cross-Site Display Web Part for SharePoint 2010 Release 1.2.39 Bug Fixes:•    When using the Web Part, opening the context menu of a folder in a document library, then clicking away from the context menu, then clicking on the folder again results in an error message being displayed.  •    Using the…
  • This Week in Bamboo (July 20th, 2014 - July 26th, 2014)

    Myuyen Phan
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    At Bamboo, a major release of Discussion Board Plus Release 2.0 for SharePoint 2010 was released to the storefront this week with many new features along with patch update of Bamboo Validator Column. Please check out our Product Manager Announcement blog for more info about Discussion Board Plus 2.0 and see below for a complete list of great new features, bug fixes, limitations and known issues about the new releases.SA75 Discussion Board Plus for SharePoint 2010 Release 2.0.59 New Features: •    Updated licensing to remove the limitation on the number of forums…
  • Bamboo’s Product of the Month for August has Arrived: Give Users the Power to Change their Passwords with Password Change Web Part

    Lindsay Bergstrom
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Systems Administrators and Power Users Rejoice - Your One-Stop Shop for Changing Passwords Just Got Better! Allow users to change their password on-demand and still comply with the defined password policy when you invest in Bamboo's August Product of the Month. With Password Change Web Part, you can empower users while simultaneously alleviating the workload of SharePoint Administrators. When you invest in Password Change Web Part, you'll benefit from its powerful capabilities, including: Password Expiration Message - Easily let users know when their password will expire. Password…
  • Take Your Forums to the Next Level: Discussion Board Plus 2.0 for SharePoint 2010 is Here!

    Hanif
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    SharePoint discussion boards can be a great tool for collaboration and knowledge sharing, but they lack many features that users have come to expect from a modern web forum: from intuitive navigation to more robust topic ratings and effective moderation. We built Discussion Board Plus to enhance the standard SharePoint discussion boards so you can take your forums to the next level. The latest version of Discussion Board Plus will help you enrich your board content and boost user engagement with powerful features, such as:   Advanced Interface Get to the best content faster with Sticky…
  • Announcing Grants Management for SharePoint 2013

    Hanif
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    With program deadlines to meet, budgets to keep track of, and reports that need to be submitted on time, successfully managing grants is hard work to say the least. The time and effort needed to effectively administrate these tasks across multiple grants, with multiple contributors, can quickly become a drain on any organization's resources. Grants Management Solution Accelerator streamlines this process by allowing teams to prepare, implement, and finalize grants through a collaborative, centralized, and configurable workspace. Imagine a program that allows you to: Track all active…
 
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    Jeremy Thake's musings

  • Using the Exchange Online EWS API with Office 365 API via Azure AD

    Jeremy Thake
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    In my normal day to day job in the Office 365 Developer technical product management team I’ve been doing more and more work with the new Office 365 APIs that call into Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business and use Azure AD for auth flow. These new end points are all OData 4 and very much focused around the mobile device application and standalone web application “me” space…e..g as the logged in user accessing services related to that user. There is plenty of information on dev.office.com (our nice shiny new one!) on these APIs and I’ve…
  • August catch up on Office 365 Development news

    Jeremy Thake
    3 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    It’s been a busy few months for our Technical Product Management team, in Building 1 in Redmond, focusing on Office 365 Development. It’s month four for me personally in the team and reflecting back it’s been a great ride! it has been a really exciting time working with the team with our core focuses: Chris Johnson leading the team and driving our vision with management; Sonya Koptyev focusing on the Information Worker developers and the new dev.office.com; Dave Pae focusing on our ISV NDA program and DX (formerly DPE) cross-over including Dev Camps; Jim Epes working on the…
  • Come say hi at SharePointalooza Sep 12th and 13th Branson, Missouri

    Jeremy Thake
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    I’m going to be speaking at SharePointalooza next month and would love to meet you guys there too…sounds like its quite the party as well as full of great sessions around Office 365 content. So what are you waiting for??? And now to the marketing fluff…   SharePointalooza is less than two months away! SharePointalooza is a TWO DAY conference offering sessions and technical workshops on all things SharePoint, Office 365, and Yammer.  SharePointalooza takes place at Branson Landing in Branson, Missouri on September 12th and 13th. Please allow us to take a few minutes to…
  • Using the SharePoint CSOM and REST API with Office 365 API via Azure AD

    Jeremy Thake
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:09 am
    It’s been really exciting to see ISV’s and the community start playing with the new Office 365 APIs. I’ve presented on these at TechEd North America with Thorsten Hans in the SharePoint Power Hour session. In a nutshell, the Office 365 Developer platform has: the App Model to surface up your business solutions directly within the user interface of the products; and then the Office 365 APIs for you to consume our services from your own standalone web applications or device apps. The current services available in the Office 365 APIs are: Mail, Contact and Calendar from…
  • Office 365 Developer Podcast rolling…

    Jeremy Thake
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:51 pm
    I’ve been busy getting a new Office 365 Developer Podcast started over on our Office 365 Blogs. It’s been a very successful two weeks with our first how where I talk to my immediate team mates (Chris Johnson, Sonya Koptyev minus Dave Pae who was away at a conference). Check it out here http://buff.ly/TiuYEF . The second show was with Radi Atanassov and we discussed in depth the OAuth flows in Apps for SharePoint. It’s a must listen for all Office 365 developers out there. Check it out here http://buff.ly/1q8Zqi5 . Next week I have Bill Ayers talking about the journey…
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    Gunnar Peipman - Programming Blog | Gunnar Peipman - Programming Blog

  • ASP.NET MVC 6: Reading form values

    Gunnar
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    With new HttpContext in ASP.NET MVC 6 we will also get new request class. One markable change is how form variables are read from request. As there is no key-value collection with form variables that is filled by default when request is created we have to read form values asynchronously. Here’s the example how to do it. As far as I understand then the decision to not load form variables by default is related to keeping HttpContext object graph minimal. New request object has asynchronous method called GetFormAsync() and we will use this method to load form variables. public async…
  • Speaking at KulenDayz 2014

    Gunnar
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:36 am
    I’m glad to announce that I’m speaking at KulenDayz 2014 about next version of ASP.NET and demonstrate some new and cool stuff it brings to us. Most of content is about changes to current ASP.NET and the way we build and run web applications. Of course, I make demos too to illustrate my talk. This post introduces my ASP.NET vNext presentation. My presentation What’s new in ASP.NET vNext is schedule at 06.09.2014 11:00. It is targeted to ASP.NET architects and expert level developers who make technical decisions about web applications. Topics: Overview of ASP.NET vNext Architectural…
  • ASP.NET MVC 6: New HttpContext

    Gunnar
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:44 pm
    ASP.NET MVC 6 is mostly about rework of framework internals and it comes with changes that affect also our applications. One important improvement is new HttpContext class. In this posting I will discuss about this new class a little bit. Why new HttpContext? New HttpContext was needed anyway because by default ASP.NET MVC 6 has no reference to System.Web assembly. All needed functionalities from this assembly are moved to new libraries and many of these are changed or will change (probably). The other reason is too big object graph of current HttpContext. It takes approximately 30K in memory…
  • Using OneNote API to count degustated beers

    Gunnar
    10 May 2014 | 1:33 am
    I am heavy OneNote user as OneNote is easybut still powerful application to keep important information and organize it the way I like. Not to mention powerful cloud back-end that makes my OneNote notebooks available for me on desktop, tablet and mobile phone. In this posting I will show you some code I use to update the number of degustated beers in beer diary. Lazy as I am I needed dumb and simple solution to update the number of degustated beers in my degustation diary. I had no time enough to come out with something polished and nice. But my solution still works fine and I can run it on…
  • Speculations on Universal Windows Applications and beyond

    Gunnar
    8 May 2014 | 11:42 pm
    I made introductory presentation about Universal Windows Applications to local Microsoft User Group. In the end of presentation I introduced some of my speculations about the future of Universal Windows Applications. Here’s my thoughts about what happens next.  From PCL to universal apps Before Universal Windows Applications (UWA) we had Portable Class Library (PCL). PCL was good solution as it allowed us to share code between applications that are built for different .NET Framework target platforms. But PCL had no official support for sharing XAML between applications. Yes, it was…
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    Michael Greth [SharePoint MVP]

  • SharePoint Afterwork-Veranstaltungen in Karlsruhe und Münster

    Michael Greth
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    Ende des Jahres werden SharePoint Afterwork-Veranstaltungen in Karlsruhe und Münster stattfinden. Die Keynotes werden von Anwendern, Consultants und MVP´s gehalten. Ziel der SharePoint AfterWorks an beiden Standorten ist es, den direkten Austausch zwischen an SharePoint interessierten Anwendern und Consultants zu fördern. Organisiert werden die Veranstaltungen von André Kramer und Paolo Iacona die auf http://www.sharepoint-brains.de/index.php/blog/item/286-afterwork für weitere Informationen zur Verfügung stehen..
  • SharePoint Kaffeetasse 330

    Michael Greth
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    SharePoint July 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013 has been released  ACHTUNG: ab sofort werden die CUs monatlich erscheinen (bisher alle 2 Monate) SharePoint Foundation 2013 July 2014 CU 2882999 The full server package for SharePoint Foundation 2013 - Download  SharePoint Server 2013 July 2014 CU 2882989 The full server package for SharePoint Server 2013 and contains also the SharePoint Foundation 2013 fixes so you need only this package. – Download SharePoint 2010 and July 2014 CU MSF2010: 2883026 The full server package for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 - Download SPS2010:…
  • SharePoint Kaffeetasse 329

    Michael Greth
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    SharePoint Custom Multiple File Uploader with Progress Bar for SharePoint 2013 Mobile Webseiten – Gerätekanäle in SharePoint 2014 Tipp: Kostenloser Workshop Einführung in SharePoint Apps und Office Apps mit Senaj Lelic Using SharePoint REST API in provider-hosted apps Free E-book: SharePoint Governance Best Practices Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks ever, including: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server, and much more Serie Office…
  • Tipp: Kostenloser Workshop Einführung in SharePoint Apps und Office Apps mit Senaj Lelic

    Michael Greth
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Am 16. und 17.7.2014 veranstaltet Microsoft in Unterschleißheim einen kostenlosen Entwicklerworkshop zum Thema “Einführung in SharePoint Apps und Office Apps” mit meinem MVP-Kollegen und Visio-Spezialisten Senaj Lelic. Mit der Plattform 2013 führt Microsoft bei Office und SharePoint einige Neuerungen ein. Auch wenn manche auf den ersten Blick klein erscheinen, steckt dahinter eine große strategische Änderung. Mit Apps für Office ist es nun erstmals möglich sowohl Office Online wie Office 2013 mit einer einzigen geschriebenen Erweiterung zu adressieren. Mit den SharePoint Apps…
  • SharePoint Kaffeetasse 328

    Michael Greth
    26 Jun 2014 | 5:31 am
    SharePoint SharePoint Online can’t access the Content Type Hub Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 004 Developer Panel Discussion  SharePoint Client Browser for SharePoint 2010 and 2013 MS Open Tech releases Open XML SDK as open source project - MS OpenTech  Step-by-step video: remote SharePoint code in Azure Social Tibco deepens Tibbr integration with SharePoint Kapitulation vor BYOD Crowdsourcing a department’s glossary Enterprise Acronyms in a Team Site Turn company jargon into a knowledge gold mine Intranet Tip: Create a Collaborative Company Dictionary
 
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    The blog of Wictor Wilén

  • 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…
  • SharePoint 2013: Using the App Only policy and App Principals instead of username and password combos

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    Introduction One of the blog post I receive the most e-mails about is the How to do active authentication to Office 365 and SharePoint Online. Some of the feedback I get is “thank you” etc. and some of them are people that are modifying it for all kind of things, especially when trying to do “background jobs” or integrations using user credentials. And this is what this post is all about. My standard answer to that question is that you do not want to use the methods in that post for those scenarios, nowadays, since you can actually build an App for that. And even better you can build…
  • Microsoft Azure IAAS and SharePoint 2013 tips and tricks

    5 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    After doing the Microsoft Cloud Show interview with Andrew Connell I thought it might be a good idea to write some of my tips and tricks for running SharePoint 2013 on Azure IAAS. Some of the stuff in this post are discussed in more depth in the interview and some things we just didn’t have time to talk about (or I forgot). I really recommend you to listen to the podcast as well and not just read this post. Disks, disks and disks As mentioned on the Microsoft Cloud Show interview more than once, one of the first things you should look into is your disk configuration for your Azure VM’s.
  • Interviewed on the Microsoft Cloud Show about Azure IAAS

    5 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    A couple of weeks back I was interviewed by Andrew Connell for the Microsoft Cloud Show. The Microsoft Cloud Show is an (almost) weekly podcast where Andrew (AC) and his wingman Chris Johnson (CJ) discusses everything related to Microsoft cloud offerings including benchmarks with other cloud vendors. If you’re not subscribing and listening to the show already then I urge you to do that as soon as possible! Me and AC sat down for almost an hour discussing Microsoft Azure IAAS and specifically when running SharePoint 2013 in that service. We had a great talk, as usual when it comes to…
  • How to check the version of AppFabric 1.1 aka the Distributed Cache

    18 Jun 2014 | 1:46 am
    Introduction The other day I posted about the patching procedure for the SharePoint 2013 Distributed Cache (Microsoft AppFabric 1.1) and on that post I got a great comment from Riccardo: Hi Wictor, is it possible to discover the patch level of the Distributed Cache without looking at control panel? Powershell? That is a great question Riccardo! But the answer is not that simple… Check the version using Installed Updates The easiest way to manually check what version of AppFabric you are using, or rather which CU that is applied to AppFabric 1.1, is to use the Program and Features tool in…
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    sharemuch.com

  • 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.
  • How to: set up multilingual intranet sites in SharePoint Online

    Yaroslav Pentsarskyy
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Tweet Multilingual sites has never been my favorite in SharePoint, since SharePoint 2007 you had to deal with language pack installations and all the error with setting up infrastructure but now with SharePoint Online things look pretty easy. SharePoint Online is pre-configured with language packs and all the stuff you need to just get your site going. So let’s take a look at how you set up a multilingual site in SPO. 1. Log into your admin site (mine is: http://sharemuch-admin.sharepoint.com/) and create a new publishing site collection 2. Once created, navigate to the publishing site…
  • How to: Customize the look of the SharePoint Content Search Web Part results

    Yaroslav Pentsarskyy
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Tweet In my last post, I talked about how you can set up your SharePoint site to roll up content on different parts of the site using Content Search Web Part (CSWP). In that post I mentioned we’d take a look at how you can customize the rendering of the display template for the items that are rolled up so rather than having generic results coming back in a generic look – you can brand them and make them look however you want. You can even have your results show as a slider etc with a bit of extra JavaScript magic. In this post we’ll take a look at basic components which…
  • How to: perform data rollups across SharePoint site collections

    Yaroslav Pentsarskyy
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Tweet Say you have a typical corporate site with a home page containing news, events and whatever else data you need on a typical site. Also, if it’s a typical corporate site, you’re also likely to have department sites and various team sites, some of which are site collections and other sub sites. The structure may look close to the one below: With a structure like above, it’s often that users ask to see various information published on the home page on their respective sub sites and vice versa. Whether those are news, calendar events, announcements or wiki pages –…
  • SharePoint MVP for 2014/2015!

    Yaroslav Pentsarskyy
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Tweet It’s that time of the year when summer MVPs are renewed and newly awarded MVPs are invited to a very special club. First off, good news! I’m still in! It never gets old, it’s always one of the most exciting news of the day … and it has been my 6th year that I will be a SharePoint MVP. A lot has changed since and a lot of things are still coming … Just a week ago or so I’ve been lucky to participate Microsoft Envisioning Tour, pretty good video you can see here: The video looks pretty futuristic, but just as when 6 years ago when I first became an MVP,…
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    SharePoint Roots

  • Top SharePoint Blogs

    Johan Olivier
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:55 am
    Check out a very helpful list of SharePoint blogs to help new and experienced developers, business users get up to speed. 
  • SharePoint Code Check (SPCop) first impressions

    Johan Olivier
    16 Oct 2013 | 9:43 am
    SharePoint Code Check (SPCop) which is the free SharePoint code analysis component of SharePoint Code Analysis Framework (SPCAF) was released in the first week of October 2013. I had a quick test-drive and this is what I found.. Historically I used a combination of FXCop , CAT.NET , StyleCop and SPDisposeCheck to ensure my custom code meets industry standards and best practices for SharePoint development. As a SharePoint Architect I am constantly looking for ways to make it easier for our team to build reliable, robust and quality code. Code analysis tools are essential in our development…
  • Why Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.dll prevented me from using SPCop to analyse code.

    Johan Olivier
    16 Oct 2013 | 9:01 am
    I recently evaluated SharePoint Code Check (SPCop) and I quickly came across a problem whereby I was unable to run SharePoint Code Checks on certain projects. The problem was that SPCop would initiate the build but then, before the code analysis started, the following error would be shown in the Visual Studio Output window: SGEN : error : An attempt was made to load an assembly with an incorrect format: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\ISAPI\Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.dll.   The good news is after a bit of investigation I found that the issue…
  • Solved: “The collection cannot be modified” error on Content Type Update.

    Johan Olivier
    10 Oct 2013 | 5:49 am
    I recently came across a problem whereby an exception is thrown when Update() is called on a SharePoint 2010 content type. Let me explain the scenario… there are two ways to retrieve content types, those are: 1- SPWeb.ContentTypes which gets the collection of content types for the website. When you are referring to an SPWeb object and need to go through the content types for that web, the SPWeb.ContentTypes property will only show you a list of content types that have been defined at that site level, not a full list of Content Types that the web has available to it. and 2-…
  • Solved: SharePoint 2013 Fails to render images after upgrade

    Johan Olivier
    4 Sep 2013 | 7:06 am
    I recently upgraded a SharePoint 2010 custom solution to SharePoint 2013. One of the issues I came across was that on certain custom pages the images no longer displayed correctly. Instead of displaying an image, the page or control would be blank or the user would be prompted to download a file. The same code worked on a SharePoint 2010 farm and I could not find any obvious exceptions in the SharePoint logs. In order to illustrate the problem (and solution) I created the following simple custom project: My example project contains a SharePoint 2010 Visual Web Part which contains one button.
 
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    SharePoint (and Project Server) Shenanigans

  • Speaker at SharePoint Saturday Jersey

    Giles Hamson
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Flights and accommodation booked  ! I am looking forward to present PowerBI at SharePoint Saturday Jersey on 27/09/14 with Ben Ahmed. Jersey being closer to France than England it’s with no surprise that some of the French SharePoint-activists from the continent and may be we can have a special #ShareBière after the event ! Speaker au SharePoint Saturday de Jersey. via François on Sharepoint http://bit.ly/YaaUXw French native Sharepoint Consultant living in London. A crossway between a designer, developer and system architect. Prefers stretching the limit of out-of-the-box features…
  • #ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2010 / 2013 August 2014 Cumulative Update #PS2010 #SP2010 #PS2013 #SP2013 #MSProject

    Giles Hamson
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:51 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 August 2014 Cumulative Updates are now available, please see the links below: http://bit.ly/XgNLCx Project Server 2013 August 2014 Server Roll up package:…
  • #ProjectOnline data via #ODATA and #SSIS in #SQL database table delta sync example #BI #Office365

    Giles Hamson
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:03 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) Microsoft recently released some great documentation and an example SSIS package on only pulling down the changes from Project Online to your custom SQL database – this…
  • #ProjectServer / #ProjectOnline custom PWA homepage #PS2013 #PS2010 #SharePoint #HTML #MSProject

    Giles Hamson
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:58 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 post covers an example landing page for PWA using HTML and an image. Firstly select your chosen image and add on containers, other images, text etc. – anything you…
  • #ProjectServer2013 RollUp Formula field Calculation Issue #PS2013 #ProjectServer

    Giles Hamson
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    OK this post is actually about sharing an issue i came across lately, with the hope to get a fix through any of the coming CUs. And the hope is high, with the recent news of getting scheduled CU more frequently now Out of lot of improvements we are enjoying with Project Server 2013, one of them is having a scheduling capabilities built within  PWA, and now PWA schedule webpart do all the formula processing as well without open/publish the same project from Ms Project. Unlike its predecessor, where any formula field requires MS Project push to get populated, and hence we had dependency to…
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  • SharePoint 2010 Limited Access Information Leaks

    Mike Smith
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
      In a recent PowerShell SharePoint Auditing class we got side tracked on a discussion about security and the Limited Access Permission Level. I mentioned that even the names of lists and libraries can leak confidential information and that users with Limited Access permissions can often see these names. That led to a mandatory demo of the issue and a promise of a blog article with complete demo
  • Speaking at the Buckeye SPUG this Thursday

    Mike Smith
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
      Buckeye SharePoint Users Group http://www.buckeyespug.com/SitePages/Home.aspx July 17th - 5:30 pm @ the Microsoft Polaris Office The Mystical SharePoint Super User and Auditor A look into SharePoint User Policies, the creation of “super users” and how to take away powers from everyone else! In this session we will explore SharePoint Permission Policies and User Policies to grant application
  • SharePoint PowerShell–Find all Broken Inheritance

    Mike Smith
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    The following applies to both SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 on premises, but not to Office 365. One of the common SharePoint tasks when you need to do a security audit, document security or cleanup a farm before an upgrade, is to try to figure out where the Site Owners have broken inheritance and created unique permissions. You could visit every site, list, library, folder, list item and
  • New Book and New Class!

    Mike Smith
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    New book: SharePoint® 2010 Security for the Site Owner I was always looking for a SharePoint security resource to point people to. I found content for server administrators and for developers, but nothing for site owners. Finally I decided I could quickly put together a little book on the topic. Little did I know just how much I would end up writing, testing and rewriting to get this thing done!
  • Cincinnati SPUG – 6/26 – MVP Paul Stork Speaking about Yammer

    Mike Smith
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:18 am
      MVP Paul Stork will be speaking at tonight's SharePoint user group. We will have pizza and door prizes at the meeting, and for those who cannot make it out, we will have remote access available for the first 20 people connecting. Visit the SPUG web site after 5:00 PM for connection details. http://www.CincinnatiSPUG.org­ Please register at TechLife Cincinnati More info here: http://
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  • Brevis – Premium SharePoint 2013 Theme

    Luis Kerr
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Following the success of ShareBoot Responsive SharePoint 2013 theme, I decided to take the SharePoint 2013 branding to the next level by releasing a premium theme designed with responsiveness in mind. I know your time is too precious to waste it on the inner workings of SharePoint styling and by releasing this premium theme I hope I can help you with the SharePoint branding. This premium theme will allow you to give your SharePoint 2013 website a modern and attractive look and in the same time it will help you reduce the time it takes to have such site live in minimum amount of time. By…
  • Responsive Top Navigation Menu

    Luis Kerr
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    In my quest to design a perfect three levels down responsive top navigation menu for SharePoint, I’ve stumbled on some annoyances that only people dealing with branding the SharePoint sites will understand me. First, we need to give a bit of credit to MS for allowing us to use CSS instead of the old fashioned tables by setting the UseSimpleRendering property to “True”. An improvement, but far from a smooth sailing. Second, why in the name of Merlin’s saggy left, MS decided to use the ClientIDMode property to generate and insert the pesky ID, zz2_RootAspMenu,…
  • Foundations with Websites Built on SharePoint

    Luis Kerr
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    A non-governmental body established as a not-for-profit organization or a charitable trust is often referred as a Foundation. Its primary purpose is focused on providing grants to various institutions or individuals, for educational, scientific, religious, cultural or other charitable purposes. As any other charitable organizations, budget limitations are very common, hence the need for an attractive, informative and user-friendly website is often overlooked. However, the following websites represent the most beautiful and creative SharePoint-based websites belonging to foundations. These…
  • SharePoint Sites of the Month #13

    Luis Kerr
    17 Jun 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Here is some more SharePoint design inspiration with another selection of beautifully crafted SharePoint websites submitted to our showcase over the past weeks. Four built with SharePoint 2013 and three with SharePoint 2010. 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 any SharePoint…
  • Best Travel Related SharePoint Websites

    Luis Kerr
    6 Jun 2014 | 8:04 am
    In this industry specific showcase we will look at few well-designed SharePoint-based websites focused on travel and tourism. Several sites belong to various government agencies promoting their local attractions, and others promoting travel agencies, hotels or other businesses involved in the tourism industry. A majority of travel site designs feature attractive full background images or impressive and eye-catching scrolling image banners advertising their top destinations hoping to engage visitors and boost traffic. Whether it is a gleaming white sand beach, a national park, an historical…
 
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  • The Logic Group – Copywriting training

    Chris Wright
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    Fifty Five and Five delivered a copywriting training session which was extremely well received by our stakeholders. Not only did we get expert insight into crafting great copy but also practical tips we could apply straightaway.                 Renu Martingale, Marketing Manager, The Logic Group Improving internal capability As part of a wider engagement, Renu Martingale, Marketing Manager at the Logic Group, asked Fifty Five and Five to run a copywriting training session with a number of internal stakeholders. The group were already responsible for producing a range of content,…
  • Microsoft is getting serious about the future of Office 365

    Chris Wright
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Microsoft recently made three announcements that tell us a great deal about the future of Office 365. Each on their own appear only small advances in distinct areas. But put them together and a picture reveals itself of a company (or at least a product team within a company) that is making some very interesting plans for the future. The Office 365 roadmap The first move was a very small one. Microsoft put online, for anyone to access, a roadmap for Office 365. This is a big list of upcoming features, and gives Microsoft partners and customers alike the ability to plan ahead when it comes to…
  • We are hiring!

    Chris Wright
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:21 am
    Fifty Five and Five is looking for a number of people to join our growing team. We need technical writers and editors, as well as more client facing consultant roles. See below for more details. But we only hire the best, and take maintaining our standards very seriously indeed. To even get an interview, you will need to impress us. So get in touch if you think you can make the grade. UPDATE: We also need a Marketing/Comms …. Fifty Five and Five is based in London, with clients all over the world. Our work is a mix of content and copy writing, and technical consultancy. We focus on…
  • SharePoint security best practice: Think long term

    Chris Wright
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Security in SharePoint is pretty easy to setup and manage initially. SharePoint security best practice for the long term is a lot harder to achieve. Authenticating users from Active Directory works well, and the SharePoint security model allows permissions to be easily assigned. But keeping things running smoothly as systems grow and expand can be tricky, not least because SharePoint doesn’t really make it easy to review an entire estate in any meaningful way. For example there is no quick way to: Look at the data volume of all SharePoint sites Get a report of all users with a certain…
  • Project Harmony from Dropbox: A closer look

    Chris Wright
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:03 am
    Back in April Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox, announced Project Harmony, which is the companies attempt to broaden their storage offering with collaboration and editing features. Dropbox not only wants to store all of your files, but it also wants to help you work on them more efficiently.  Dropbox is undoubtedly playing catchup in this area. Microsoft has been gaining a lot of traction among small to medium businesses with its Office 365 product. As well as a new, subscription based, means to buy the traditional desktop Office suite, Office 365 includes OneDrive for Business and Office…
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  • Outlook Address Book – complete guide for developers

    Ty Anderson
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    Out-of-the-box, Outlook'is address book is the default contacts folder that resides in a user's Outlook folder structure. In a typical Outlook installation, there is a single contacts folder and feeds the TO, CC, BCC fields in the Outlook email form. In any form that supports assigning a contact to it, the default address book feeds it as well
  • Exception from HRESULT 0x800A01A8 in PowerPoint solutions

    Andrei Smolin
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:12 am
    On an example of a simple scenario, this article demonstrates what causes 0x800A01A8 and how to avoid it in C#, VB.NET, VBA, Delphi. Exception from HRESULT: 0x800A01A8 is also known as OLE error 800A01A8 and also known as Object Required.
  • Working with the Global Address Book for developers

    Ty Anderson
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:18 am
    Outlook makes it easy to maintain your contacts. The contacts you create in Outlook are the basis for the address book you use when sending emails. Sounds simple enough. But did you know that Outlook, in true Microsoft fashion, is much more complex beneath the hood?
  • Outlook Online & Google Mail for developers – What’s the difference?

    Pieter van der Westhuizen
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    We've previously explored the different options for developing gadgets for Gmail as well as what options are available to developers to create apps that run on both the desktop and web editions of Microsoft Office. The two platforms are very different and offer varying degrees of customizations
  • Excel Online & Google Sheets for developers – what’s the difference?

    Pieter van der Westhuizen
    20 May 2014 | 8:45 am
    In the last few weeks we've covered a lot of aspects of both Google Sheets and Excel Online and we've seen that both platforms offer developers various options to customize and integrate with. In this article we'll evaluate what we've learned so far about Google Sheets and Excel Online and compare the two platforms and what it means for developers
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  • Oracle: How to pass empty associative array to Stored Procedure

    Admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:27 pm
        One of the possible ways to pass a collection of values to a stored procedure is to use Associative Array (also known as Index-By Tables). For example, the declaration of the stored procedure accepting array of strings may resemble the following: TYPE str_table_type IS TABLE OF VARCHAR2(255) INDEX BY PLS_INTEGER; PROCEDURE Save_Something ( p_str_array IN str_table_type, ... p_MSG_OUT OUT VARCHAR2 ); To call such stored procedure we need to create and properly fill out the p_str_array parameter. The code doing that may look like shown below: // create the parameter. //…
  • SharePoint: Resolve user through the particular Membership Provider

    Admin
    27 Apr 2014 | 9:53 pm
        We developed a few SharePoint-based applications comprised of two parts: internal and public. The internal one is accessible for Domain users only, while the public one points to the Internet and virtually available for everyone. Each of the applications uses the Claims Based Authentication and is extended to have two zones: the Default zone represents the internal part, while the Internet zone is for the public one. The Claims Based Authentication of the Default and Internet zones operates over the NTLM Integrated Windows Authentication and the Forms Based…
  • SharePoint: How to add a new SPGroup through the code

    Admin
    9 Mar 2014 | 6:05 pm
        The below listed CreateSpGroup methods along with a few subsidiary ones could be used to add a new SPGroup to a SPWeb public static SPGroup CreateSpGroup(SPWeb spWeb, string groupName, string description, bool isAssociated) { SPGroup res = GetGroupByName(spWeb, groupName); if (res == null) { spWeb.SiteGroups.Add(groupName, spWeb.Site.SystemAccount, null, description); res = spWeb.SiteGroups[groupName]; if (isAssociated) { spWeb.AssociatedGroups.Add(res); const string createdGroupsProperty = "vti_createdassociategroups"; var createdAssociatedGroupsStr =…
  • Dynamics CRM: Query Builder Error

    Admin
    20 Nov 2013 | 7:50 am
        I was experimenting with the etc (Entity Type Code) parameter in urls placed within the SiteMap.xml of my solution and deployed the solution with a non-existent etc to Dynamics CRM 2013 at Office 365. Unlike Dynamics CRM 2011 which just ignores this parameter, Dynamics CRM 2013 responded to me with a Query Builder Error, namely The specified record type does not exist in Microsoft Dynamics CRM The main pitfall here is that you don’t have a chance to go to any other pages and fix the problem because everything you get are the error message and the Try Again button…
  • Dynamics CRM: How to add a map to an Entity form

    Admin
    13 Nov 2013 | 10:40 am
        Let’s say we have an Entity with Latitude and Longitude attributes and we want to display a pushpin at this point on a map when opening the Entity‘s form. Briefly, I offer to add a section to the form (the section is a placeholder for the map) and bind the form’s OnLoad event to a custom JavaScript, which finds the section, adds Bing Map Control to it, gets Latitude and Longitude attributes of a current record and displays the appropriate point on the map. 1. Add JavaScript to Web Resources Let’s assume we have the custom unmanaged solution…
 
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  • Office 365 guide series – Verify Provisioned OneDrives using PowerShell

    Thomas Balkeståhl
    8 Aug 2014 | 3:42 am
    Hi SharePoint Online administrators! This time I will show you how to: Verify if a provisioned OneDrive for Business site was provisioned. ‘  Is this really right…? What did they…(Åminne bruk, Värnamo, Sweden)   If you followed my previous post, Office 365 guide series – Provision OneDrive for Business using PowerShell then you will mst likely have a bunch of sites that you Think you have provisioned and are not really sure if it worked? There are obviously ways to verify manuelly but if the list of users was long, then that is not the funniest work out…
  • Office 365 guide series – Provision OneDrive for Business using PowerShell

    Thomas Balkeståhl
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    Hi SharePoint Online administrators! This time I will show you how to: Provision OneDrive for Business using only PowerShell. ‘ Get the people up there…into the Clouds…(Liseberg, Gothenburg, Sweden)   Time to roll out OneDrive for Business in the Enterprise? Or maybe you just want to implement OneDrive for Business in a controlled way, and you may not be a hardcore developer either. If you want to do any kind of preparation before letting the users into their OneDrives, then you will need to have them created/provisioned first, after that you can go ahead and give…
  • One Million views of BLKSTHL

    Thomas Balkeståhl
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:46 am
    One Million….! Last week this blog reached 1 million (1.000.000) views, which is really amazing in my world. I could never dream of that when I started this blog back in 2011. This post contains my humble THANKS to everyone who have visited, contributed, volontarily or in any other way, and foremost, thanks to all the great feedback you have given me! Keep it coming, it is Always nice to know that I’m helping you out there, same as other peoples blogs help me. I’ll try and keep delivering good quality posts to all of you, higher quality comes at a lower frequency, but I…
  • Office 365 guide series – Information Rights Management in SharePoint Online

    Thomas Balkeståhl
    30 May 2014 | 6:10 am
      Hi folks, long time no blogging… A lot has happened in my life since I last updated my blog, I switched jobs so I have a slightly new focus now in my workplace, it has shifted more against SharePoint Online and Office 365. Say what you want about the cloud service named Office 365 but Microsoft is determined…to make it work and piece by piece it gains in value. One of the great things offered in Office 365 that is also part of the SharePoint Online offering, is Information Rights Management. Thru the use of the other cloud service Azure Rights Management Service (Azure RMS),…
  • The Iphone Apps of SharePoint Online and Office 365

    Thomas Balkeståhl
    23 Mar 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Greetings SharePoint Online users! This time I will shed some light on what Microsoft have made available for the Iphone users out there. I’m usng different phones over time, but I have an Iphone and I discovered that there is actually quite a lot you can do from and on the Iphone that is SharePoint Online related (Only focusing on the supported Microsoft realesed here) In this post I will try to list them all and write a bit about what you can do with them. This is the list of SharePoint Online related apps available (2014-03-23) 1. OneDrive for Business (Formarly SkyDrive Pro) 2.
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    Dynamics 101 » SharePoint

  • Versioning Settings for Lists and Libraries in SharePoint 2013

    Dynamics 101
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The post Versioning Settings for Lists and Libraries in SharePoint 2013 appeared first on Dynamics 101. This article will discuss the various versioning settings configurations possible in SharePoint 2013 lists and libraries. Since versioning settings are slightly different for lists and libraries they will be explored separately. Versioning is used for lists or libraries to track their modification history. Information stored typically includes who authored the change and a timestamp of when it was made. Default versioning in SharePoint 2013 also allows for restoring an item to a previous…
  • How to Create Lists and List Templates in SharePoint 2013

    Dynamics 101
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The post How to Create Lists and List Templates in SharePoint 2013 appeared first on Dynamics 101. This article will show you how to create and configure a SharePoint list, both ‘out of the box’ and using list templates. Lists are logical groupings of related data, and a fundamental building block to storing data in SharePoint. Similar to an SQL table we can define lists as different columns with different data types. Popular columns types include single lines of text, multiple lines of text, choices, date fields, and hyperlinks. Each list can have any number of columns. A list…
  • Default Page Layouts in SharePoint 2013

    Dynamics 101
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The post Default Page Layouts in SharePoint 2013 appeared first on Dynamics 101. It is common in SharePoint to use different page layouts depending on the type of page, either site or publishing, and the information you are displaying. This article will cover the default page layouts available in SharePoint 2013, the basic differences between them, and how make quick customizations. While there are no absolute rules to when a site or publishing page should be used, generally site pages are used for internal use and publishing pages are used primarily for external purposes. Site Pages When a…
  • Master Pages and Design Manager in SharePoint 2013

    Dynamics 101
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The post Master Pages and Design Manager in SharePoint 2013 appeared first on Dynamics 101. Master Pages The master pages define the unchanging design elements of a SharePoint site. Put another way it determines the layout, styles, scripts, fonts, and images that are identical for every page type. In SharePoint 2013 there are 2 default master pages, rather than only the 1 that was available in SharePoint 2010. The default master pages in SharePoint 2013 are named oslo.master and seattle.master. It is possible to view these master pages in a publishing site by navigating to the…
  • Basic Branding Options for a SharePoint 2013 Site

    Dynamics 101
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The post Basic Branding Options for a SharePoint 2013 Site appeared first on Dynamics 101. There are a number of basic branding options available by default in SharePoint 2013. These options allow us to easily change the look and feel of an ‘out of the box’ SharePoint 2013 site. Very elegant and interesting default themes are made possible with the use of HTML5. You can quickly look at the available default SharePoint 2013 themes by navigating to the ‘Settings’ gear icon in the top right corner of you site, choosing ‘Site settings’ and then under…
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