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  • Influence Does Not Equal Popularity

    The SharePoint Blog
    Christian Buckley
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:55 am
    A year ago, I made the somewhat sensational claim that Klout was the most interesting company in the world. My point was not really about Klout, but about the rising importance of understanding, tracking, and measuring social influence within the organization. It’s a topic that I’ve been writing about for over a decade, and one of the topics around which this blog focused when I started it back in 2002 as I began to catalog the various tools and thought-leaders within the space. As this blog post title suggests, social influence and popularity are very different things. I often use the…
  • Microsoft: Help Spread the Word that SharePoint On-Premises is NOT Dead

    Furuknap's SharePoint Corner
    Bjørn Furuknap
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:02 am
    There’s been this rumor lately that SharePoint on-premises is dead. It is not, and I’ve told you so before, so you’re kinda stupid if you still think so. Anything I say is always correct. Just live with it. Don’t want to take my word for it? Fine, I’ll show you evidence, but first, let me quickly recap what’s happened. SharePoint 2016: Another Brief History of Nearly Everything Back in the spring of 2012, Microsoft made the now famous comment of “cloud first” in their strategy for SharePoint. Then, when SharePoint 2013 came out, it seemed that there were few, if any,…
  • Care and Feeding of Your SharePoint Sapling

    Oh My Guid!
    cantgetenoughwp
    13 Feb 2014 | 2:50 pm
    This article by Wendy Neal illustrates what I try to communicate to businesses about their SharePoint investment. Most companies install the product and point users to the URL. That’s like planting a sapling, and then walking away from it! Don’t blame the sapling that doesn’t grow because you don’t provide care for and feed it. No wonder people don’t like saplings!Filed under: SharePoint, SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013 Tagged: SharePoint
  • Tips To Teach You The Ins And Outs Of Blogging

    SharePoint Hive
    Jenny Coleman
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:16 am
    Running A Blog is defined as posting content to the web in the form of a website. Doing so will allow you to use your buck! Read on to learn tips and tricks for more writing a blog tips. Use search engine optimization techniques when creating your blog’s readership. Don’t go overboard with SEO keywords, ads, advertising, or keywords. Write naturally, natural and flowing style. TIP! Be certain that your blog takes advantage of search engine optimization. You need to keep your blog high in the page ranks so that people can find it. You must update frequently to keep your blog…
  • State of SharePoint Statistics

    SharePoint Dragons
    Nikander & Margriet Bruggeman
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:16 am
    SQL Server uses all kinds of statistics about database usage in order to be able to optimize SQL queries. Examples of such statistics are: number of records, density of pages, and histograms. SharePoint is responsible for keeping the statistics of (almost all of) its own databases up to date, which SharePoint leaves up to specific SharePoint timer jobs. As a result, no explicit action needs to be taken by administrators in this regard. However, outdated statistics can have serious performance repercussions, and it’s very useful to check periodically if SharePoint databases are recent. If…
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    Mike Walsh's WSS and more

  • Touch screen on a portable turning out to be useful, but

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:38 am
    Although the title is positive, note that I will be talking about my experiences with a very small portable (10 inch) with consequently a very small keyboard and most importantly with a very small gap between having your finger on the TouchPad and having it on the screen. I remain convinced that it would feel uncomfortable to use a touch screen on my massive 17 inch portable, let alone with a normal desktop keyboard and large screen combination. So for me the question is where to draw the line and say up to here but no further. Apart from the cost question - the premium for touch screens for…
  • Too much of a good thing? Same desktop settings in different Windows 8.1 devices

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    I find it very useful that Chrome stores my Favorites in the cloud and gives me the same links in the same places when I load Chrome in different devices. But I've just discovered that Microsoft are doing the same thing with at least some of the settings for Windows 8.1. (which I - as recommended - log in with my Microsoft password irrespective of which device I am using). Now it so happens that on the desktop with two screens that I share with my wife, I had tried to give her a startup screen background of a black and white photograph of her father in a boat in the 1930's which I had found…
  • Spending all day updating from Windows 8 to 8.1 / How many times is 100% 100%, Microsoft?

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:59 am
    People who have read my recent posts will be wondering why - after having recently upgraded a newly bought desktop with Windows 8.1 already installed on it and then updating it to Windows 8.1 Update 1 - I can have the need to update from Windows 8 to 8.1. The answer is regrettably simple and it goes back to a few points made in even earlier posts about Windows 8 / 8.1. portables. 1. Get a hybrid if the price difference isn't too much over a normal portable. 2. Get a portable with a touch screen if the price difference isn't too much over a portable with a non-touch screen. 3. At the low end,…
  • Windows 8.1 Update (1) out, but where is it?

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Having put the update from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 in the Windows Store, Microsoft naturally made the April 8th 2014 Windows 8.1 Update 1 available in Windows Update. Yet another case of the lack of standardisation that I have - to no avail - muttered about when it comes to KB Articles and (more recently) TechNet articles (where Published + date seems to have finished and even new articles get the 'Modified On' + date text.) My problem was in finding Windows Update. In my "normal" Windows systems (like Windows 7) it was accessible via Start / My Programs and then it was listed in…
  • Does this change from Amazon UK represent Amazon starting to cash in or simply very bad UK management?

    4 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    I had an Osborne I when that company was ruined by its founder pre-announcing the Osborne II with (it seems laughable now) floppy disk drives with double the previous capacity - result: sales dried up and the new product when it came six months later was too little too late to save it. I also had a Nokia phone when Elop joined Nokia and ruined it by in effect making the same blunder as Mr. Osborne - i.e. by announcing that the operating system used by them was useless when he had nothing ready to replace it (and then compounding that blunder by deciding on Windows Phone thus ensuring for…
 
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    Andrew Connell

  • Introducing IT Unity - Your New One-Stop Resource for All Things Office 365 & SharePoint!

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    This week a new site went live that I’m pretty happy to share with you. IT Unity is the ONE stop for everyone who has an interest in Microsoft SharePoint. IT Unity helps you solve problems, learn, grow, and pass along your experience-based knowledge. This is a community of trusted content, news, and information by subject matter experts for the Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 community of business decision makers, IT pros, developers, platform owners, and end users. What makes this resource different? One of the more common challenges we’ve seen is how people get answers to…
  • Sharing my SharePoint Hosted Apps as a SPA UX Templates

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    So, you've decided you want to build a single page app (SPA) as a SharePoint-Hosted App. One question will have to address is how you want to implement the user experience of your app. There are plenty of options... some are tempted to use the awesome libraries jQuery UI or Bootstrap to name just two of those. However I do prefer to make the UX of my SPA to match the SharePoint UX as much as I can when it's a SharePoint-Hosted App. I prefer this approach because my users are already coming from SharePoint so I can take advantage of the fact my users are already familiar with SharePoint's UX…
  • [MSCloudShow] Episode 26 is live - Talking Azure Active Directory, Office 365 Identity and Hybrid Environments with Bill Baer

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Episode 26 of the Microsoft Cloud Show is now available. In this episode my co-host Chris Johnson & I interview special guest Bill Baer from Microsoft about Azure Active Directory, Office 365 identity and touch on hybrid deployments. » Episode 26 - Talking Azure Active Directory, Office 365 Identity and Hybrid Environments with Bill Baer
  • [MSCloudShow] Episode 25 is live - Kerrb Update and Azure Virtual Machines

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Episode 25 of the Microsoft Cloud Show is now available. In this episode my co-host Chris Johnson share updates on their startup Kerrb and talk about IaaS on Azure; how to create, work with, manage and the pricing details of Azure virtual machines. » Episode 25 - Kerrb Update and Azure Virtual Machines
  • The New Azure Management Portal Rocks!

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    Last week at //build Microsoft announced a new management portal coming to Azure. In fact, it's already there albeit in preview form as today it only covers Azure Websites and SQL databases. You can get to it at http://portal.azure.com whereas the existing portal we've been using, and is still to be used as it covers all resources and services, is still at http://manage.windowsazure.com. I host my site using the open source OrchardCMS engine that's hosted in an Azure website as well as two SQL databases. Specifically it's a multi-tentant instance of OrchardCMS that has a single codebase…
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    SharePoint Solutions Blog

  • How to Filter SharePoint People Picker to Increase Extranet Security

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    You have successfully configured your secure extranet (using Extranet Collaboration Manager (ExCM) ensuring that all permissions were set correctly and even configuring separate "roles" to keep your external users from being added to SharePoint Groups. Now, there is no way that an external user can gain access to anything they are not supposed to see, right? Wrong!  If Samantha from your Human Resources Department needs to add Bobby Jones, from her Marketing Department, to a document and she uses the SharePoint People Picker to find the name, that external user could still show…
  • SharePoint Extranet on Office 365 – Part 1

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    So you want to use SharePoint for an Extranet.  First, let’s briefly consider reasons you would want an extranet in case you are still on the fence.  Simply put, if you have a need to collaborate with people external to your company, such as clients, vendors, and/or customers, you need an extranet.  A surprising number of businesses still “collaborate” and share documents by emailing back and forth.    I recently purchased a new home and the number of documents that had to be shared (and re-shared) via email was astounding.  What if they had a website…
  • I can’t get the date for [Today] in SharePoint 2013

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    In my SharePoint 2013 Power User Fast Track class last week, a student asked if she could make a column display today’s date in SharePoint 2013.This seemed simple enough using a calculated column, but then I discovered there is a restriction on calculated columns that forbids the use of the [Today] and [me] functions.  There are whole discussions on why this is the case, similar to this one.  The simple explanation is that calculated columns don’t update until the individual item is updated.  So what is the solution to this problem?  Well, the answer to that relies…
  • Automatically Assign Users to SharePoint Roles or Groups - Set Up Security Policies in ExCM

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Frequently, an organization would like to be able to automatically assign extranet users to an Extranet Role as part of the ExCM invitation and self-service registration process.  ExCM includes a feature named “Security Policies” that is designed to make this possible.Follow the steps below to take advantage of this capability:1.       From Site Settings, click on Extranet Settings from the Extranet Management group:2.       Click on Security Policies under the General Settings heading:3.      …
  • SharePoint Conference 2014 - Site Provisioning and Governance Always Hot Topic

    24 Mar 2014 | 2:13 pm
    At the recent SharePoint Conference, held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, there were several sessions on site provisioning and governance.  These sessions were highly attended, which shows that these remain hot topics and have been since the beginning of SharePoint really.Why after all these years is there still such an interest in these topics?  The fact is, if there were a universally great way to provision sites and enforce governance, there wouldn't be the interest in these sessions.  My theory is that this is something everyone wants, but most have simply not found a…
 
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    Sharepoint Tips And Tricks

  • Users able to open documents using links, even without permissions

    Ishai Sagi [SharePoint MVP]
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Recently I had to troubleshoot an issue where end-users were able to open links to documents they had no permissions to open. If they tried opening the library they got the "access denied" message that is expected, but clicking a link directly to a document in the library resulted in the document either opening up in the browser, or downloaded. We double checked the documents did not have item level security, and they didn't. What a puzzle! Turns out that those libraries were provisioned by code, and the code set a property on the library called "AllowEveryoneViewItems" (msdn documentation).
  • SharePoint 2013 Book is ready to purchase

    Ishai Sagi [SharePoint MVP]
    19 Jun 2013 | 4:07 pm
    If you are looking for a sharepoint 2013 end-user specific book, look no further
  • Activating the Document ID feature by code causes document sets welcome pages to show each web part twice

    Ishai Sagi [SharePoint MVP]
    20 May 2013 | 6:23 pm
    This is a weird one - I have a feature, that when activated loops over a list of other features and activates them - using "Force" : site.Features.Add(currentFeatureID, true); This works fine on most sites, but in Document Center sites, where the document ID feature is already activated document sets in the site suddenly show the web parts on the welcome page twice. I debugged it, and it turns out that this happens when the document ID feature is the culprit. However, this doesn't happen if I activate the ID feature using powershell. My only solution at the moment is to check if the feature…
  • Finding if a site column exists in a site, by ID

    Ishai Sagi [SharePoint MVP]
    19 May 2013 | 10:47 pm
    Scenario - you have an ID of a site column (SPField belonging to SPWeb)and you want to find out if there is a field by that ID in the collection. Problem: if you try something like: web.Fields[fieldID] == null The result is an exception if the field doesnt exist. What a shame. The solution is to use the Contains method of the Fields collection: web.Fields.Contains(fieldID) *Thanks Ofer Gal for pointing this out.
  • Fields not sortable or filterable

    Ishai Sagi [SharePoint MVP]
    21 Feb 2013 | 3:58 pm
    A client alarmed me today, showing me that in one document library a field I created didn't allow users to filter or sort on it. I couldn't find why in that library it did that, while the same site column in all other libraries allowed filtering and sorting. Checking in sharepoint manager showed no difference between the field in the different libraries - so I was stuck on that one as well. After a while it dawned on me - the difference between the libraries was that in the one that was misbehaving the column was specified as a key filter - to help users filter and sort on it from the…
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    Mastering SharePoint with Bob Mixon

  • AeroWorks 30cc Extra 260 Conversion to Electric – Motor Mounted

    Bob Mixon
    29 Mar 2014 | 3:50 am
    This is the second article in my AeroWorks 30cc Extra 260 electric conversion project.  In the first article, I listed all of the electric parts I am using in the build.  In this article I show how the electric motor is installed. I mounted the electric motor in my AeroWorks 30cc Extra 260 yesterday. Here is what the airplane looked like with the DLE 35cc RA engine.             And here is what the airplane looks like now, with the electric motor. I used the same DLE standoffs and fabricated a simple motor mount.       It is simple, light and…
  • AeroWorks 30cc Extra 260 Conversion to Electric

    Bob Mixon
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:20 pm
    I have been flying my AeroWorks 30cc Extra 260, 76″ wingspan, for over a year now.  I have more then 200 flights on it and absolutely love it.  Its a wonderful aircraft and can do any aerobatic maneuver you ask of it.  The only issue I have had with the airplane is the DLE 35cc RA gas engine.  I have done just about everything I know of to resolve the “load up” issues, I have finally given up on it. Electric power is so advanced now that I thought this would be a good airplane to convert.  I have been flying smaller electric airplanes for ever but this is the first of…
  • Cheesy Fresh Corn Grits

    Bob Mixon
    16 Mar 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Grits are a fantastic side and can be cooked and used in so many ways.  In a short few months, we will be coming up on fresh corn season.  Use the recipe, below, to kick-up your next grits dish. Ingredients 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter 1 tablespoon Canola Oil 3 ears Fresh Corn, kernels removed Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 cups Whole Milk 1 1/2 cups Stone-ground Grits 1 1/2 cups Grated Aged White Cheddar 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Fresh Parsley Leaves, for Garnish Directions Heat the butter and canola oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the corn, season with…
  • T-6A Texan II – Motor Selection

    Bob Mixon
    11 Mar 2014 | 11:49 am
    To continue on with my T-6A Texan II Build Log, I am in the process of determining the appropriate electric brushless motor.  There is a lot of science around selecting the best electric motor for specific applications and, I must admit, I am still learning. This aircraft is designed for a .75 to .91 cu in 2-stoke engine or.91 to 1.00 cu in 4-stroke engine.  I am estimating the flying weight to be 9.5 pounds. A good starting point for sizing electric brushless motors is to use the following: 150 watts per pound Scale Flying 200 watts per pound Aerobatic/3D Flying Since this is a military…
  • T-6A Texan II – Build Log

    Bob Mixon
    27 Feb 2014 | 12:20 pm
    About two weeks ago, I started building a T-6A Texan II.  This is the Beechcraft version built by Raytheon Aircraft Company. In the image above, the fuselage is about complete.  I am fitting the cockpit items; dahs and pilots.  None of this is glued in place yet; I still have some trimming of the front dash to do. This should be a very cool airplane! Specifications Wing Span 63.0″ Wing Area 647.9 square inches Flying Weight 8 to 9 pounds Length 58.3″ Motor Working on power configuration. E-flite Power 90 or Power 110? Hacker A50-16L?UPDATE – I’ve made my decision. …
 
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    JOPX on SharePoint, Windows Phone and Windows 8

  • Managed metadata – lookup terms using custom properties in CSOM

    jopx
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
      SharePoint Server 2013 introduces the notion of custom properties on specific terms in managed metadata termset and with  the added support for .NET client object model (CSOM) for managed metadata APIs you have some quite interesting scenarios that you can imagine (Check out managed metadata and navigation in SharePoint Server 2013) A typical scenario is one in which you have a master system for which you want to export some parts to a termset in the managed metadata store. To make this to happen you will however need a key from the master system to be linked to the different…
  • Session Yammer and SharePoint social data mining at SharePoint Saturday Belgium 2014

    jopx
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    I will be doing a session on social data mining on SharePoint Saturday Belgium 2014 –  Yammer and SharePoint social data mining - actionable insights into what drives your co-workers and employees Enterprise social tools such as Yammer and SharePoint allow you to listen to what is driving your employees. In this session we will examine how analytics tools can be use to monitor employee sentiment, predict employee churn or how they can be incorporated in an employee evaluation process. Attendees will explore how to use the different social APIs - both for Yammer and SharePoint as well…
  • Search refiners in SharePoint 2013 and 2010: differences and some tips

    jopx
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:55 am
    An out of the box SharePoint Server 2010 installation shows six refiners or “Categories” including  Result Type, Site, Author, Modified Date, Managed Metadata columns, and Tags in the refinement panel webpart on the content search page. The refinement panel webpart provides a summary of search results and enables users to filter results (See Refinement Panel Overview) Figure Search refiners in SharePoint 2010 Refiners (SP2010) Managed Property ResultType FileExtension Site SiteName Author Author Modified Date Write Managed Metadata Columns ows_MetadataFacetInfo Tags…
  • Why enterprise social networks matter

    jopx
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:09 pm
    In an time where globalization, co-creation and cross-company cooperation is essential for a company’s survival it is quite strange to see why companies still hesitate to embrace enterprise social networks (See Trends impacting collaborative tools and platforms for more background information)The fact that we are more and more working in different locations makes it more difficult to use our traditional means of communication and collaboration. Especially in organization where physical face-to-face meetings are less and less the norm you see a change in how people collaborate. In the late…
  • Images in SharePoint Server 2013 search

    jopx
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    You might have noticed that SharePoint Server 2013 does not crawl image files (jpg, png,gif,…) and that it only returns these images as list items. Steve Mann wrote a series of blog posts about this (see links in the references) section – in the next steps I will outline a summary of the required steps as reminder: Add image to file types to search and run a full crawl of all content The image result type still uses the Default item display template – create a copy of the image result type and modify it to use the Picture item display template as outlined in SharePoint 2013: Image…
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    thekid.me.uk

  • Adding static content and HTML files to your SharePoint App at runtime using JSOM

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:29 am
    Just a quick one about an issue I faced yesterday. Basically I wanted to create some HTML content for my SharePoint App and then be able to link to that content via an IFrame. Creating a new document library and uploading the HTML files is easy, but SharePoint won’t let you display HTML files directly in the browser. It forces the browser to download the HTML files as if it were a document. This behaviour can be changed in the farm or web application, but I can’t (and wouldn’t want to) change that from within my App. I certainly didn’t want to make it a requirement in order to use it.
  • I'm back :-)

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    After many years of not blogging I have finally taken the time to set up my blog again. I'm still doing SharePoint although also a lot more Windows Phone/Store Apps and really getting to like the Client OM and SharePoint Apps.It appears no matter how much you know, Microsoft still finds a way to make SharePoint more complicated and to hide away functionality. As before I need somewhere to document all the stuff I find and hopefully help people by sharing it with the world.I plan to be giving some tips, tricks and sample code for your enjoyment, with a splattering of interesting finds around…
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    Chris O'Brien

  • Speaking at the SP24 online conference this week

    Chris O'Brien
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:13 am
    Later this week, on April 16 and April 17, the SP24 online conference takes place and runs for, you guessed it, 24 hours. The conference is FREE. I highly recommend registering and tuning in to some sessions if you can – after all, isn’t that what that second monitor is for? :) I’m proud to be speaking – the event looks great, and the amount of preparation by the organisers is pretty astounding. In addition to simply being streamed, each session gets a “session room” where questions can be put to the speaker, a Twitter feed runs and any supporting documents supplied by the speaker…
 
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  • How do I – Add an InfoPath Data Connection to consume the UserProfileService.asmx web service – Complete

    Cornelius J. van Dyk
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:23 pm
    As we know, InfoPath forms have the ability to consume data from SharePoint’s User Profile Service Application through the SharePoint Web Services or to be more exact, through the UserProfileService.asmx web service specifically.  The question is how to do that?  It can be achieved by following a few simple steps as outlined below. 1.  From […] The post How do I – Add an InfoPath Data Connection to consume the UserProfileService.asmx web service – Complete appeared first on Crayveon.
  • How do I – Add an InfoPath Data Connection to consume the UserProfileService.asmx web service – Part 3

    Cornelius J. van Dyk
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Continued from… How do I – Add an InfoPath Data Connection to consume the UserProfileService.asmx web service – Part 1 How do I – Add an InfoPath Data Connection to consume the UserProfileService.asmx web service – Part 2   17.  On the parameter screen, simply click the “Next” button. 18.  Ensure that the “Store a […] The post How do I – Add an InfoPath Data Connection to consume the UserProfileService.asmx web service – Part 3 appeared first on Crayveon.
  • How do I – Add an InfoPath Data Connection to consume the UserProfileService.asmx web service – Part 2

    Cornelius J. van Dyk
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Continued from… How do I – Add an InfoPath Data Connection to consume the UserProfileService.asmx web service – Part 1   10.  Select the “SOAP Web service” radio button.  This should be the default value, but if it isn’t, select it. 11.  Click the “Next” button. 12.  Now enter the location of the target service […] The post How do I – Add an InfoPath Data Connection to consume the UserProfileService.asmx web service – Part 2 appeared first on Crayveon.
  • Heartbleed – You MUST take action!

    Cornelius J. van Dyk
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    What is Heartbleed? If you haven’t heard of the Heartbleed (CVE-2014-0160) bug in the OpenSSL library, it’s time to pay attention!  I’m not going to regurgitate already available information here, but I’ll provide some pointers for you to get more of said information.  There’s a good explanation of the bug located here.  If you think […] The post Heartbleed – You MUST take action! appeared first on Crayveon.
  • How do I – Add an InfoPath Data Connection to consume the UserProfileService.asmx web service – Part 1

    Cornelius J. van Dyk
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:18 pm
    For the sake of improved load time and user experience, this article is divided into three parts.  If you wish to read or print the complete article, it can be found here: How do I – Add an InfoPath Data Connection to consume the UserProfileService.asmx web service – Complete   As we know, InfoPath forms […] The post How do I – Add an InfoPath Data Connection to consume the UserProfileService.asmx web service – Part 1 appeared first on Crayveon.
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    Bill Baer

  • Service Pack for SharePoint Server 2013 1 Recalled [Updated]

    Bill Baer (Microsoft)
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    Service Pack 1 update is now available. Refer to the information below to acquire the updated Service Pack for your product: NOTE For a list of previously published KB’s refer to the recall information in the original post below. Product KB SharePoint...(read more)
  • SharePoint Server 2013 Trial Image in Windows Azure China Platform Gallery

    Bill Baer (Microsoft)
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The SharePoint Server 2013 Trial image is now available in the Windows Azure China Platform Gallery. The image is based on the current Windows Server 2012 Datacenter release and includes a complete installation of SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise Trial...(read more)
  • Outbound Hybrid Infrastructure Configuration Made Easy for SharePoint Server 2013 and Office 365

    Bill Baer (Microsoft)
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Over the past several weeks since we’ve released Service Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2013 I’ve configured several PoC and demo environments with OneDrive for Business redirection to Office 365 with an outbound hybrid search topology. Over the course...(read more)
  • One-Way Outbound Hybrid Search Step-by-Step and OneDrive for Business

    Bill Baer (Microsoft)
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Recently we introduced a number of new coexistence scenarios in Service Pack 1 including redirection of OneDrive for Business and Yammer. Redirection of OneDrive for Business enables IT to provision cloud storage for users OneDrive for Business document...(read more)
  • OneDrive for Business Redirection to Office 365 Overview

    Bill Baer (Microsoft)
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:20 pm
    At the 2014 SharePoint Conference we announced the new OneDrive for Business SKU in addition to changes in Service Pack 1 functionality that enable IT administrators to selectively redirect their users to OneDrive for Business in Office 365 from SharePoint...(read more)
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    Stefan Goßner

  • SP1 for SharePoint 2013 has been rereleased

    Stefan Goßner
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The updated version of Service Pack 1 has been released today! Refer to the information below to acquire the updated Service Pack for your product: NOTE The KB articles for the re-released Service Pack is different from the recalled Service Pack...(read more)
  • How to unpublish a published content type if the published content type no longer exists

    Stefan Goßner
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    One of my colleagues (Steffi Buchner) recently got a case where a customer deleted a content type hub and later noticed that some of the content types provided by this hub were already published. The problem is that the information about which content...(read more)
  • Sharepoint 2013 SP1 and April CU status

    Stefan Goßner
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    I received a lot of mails with questions about the fact that SP1 for SharePoint 2013 is currently not available for download and about April 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013. So I'm trying to answer all of them here in this blog post. Q: I tried...(read more)
  • April 2014 CU for SharePoint 2010 has been released

    Stefan Goßner
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:52 pm
    The product group released the April 2014 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2010 product family. Be aware that the April Cumulative Update for SharePoint 2010 is a Post-SP2 hotfix. It is recommended to have SP2 installed before installing the April...(read more)
  • Office is now available on the iPad

    Stefan Goßner
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:32 am
    Today we announced the release of Office for iPad. Read all details in the following blog post: Announcing the Office you love, now on the iPad Here is a video from the press briefing webcase: Satya Nadella press briefing webcast...(read more)
 
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    Not Fit For Print - Robert Bogue [MVP]

  • Book Review: Collaboration – How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Build Common Ground, and Reap Big Results

    Robert Bogue
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:22 am
    I've spent a great deal of my professional career working on helping users collaborate in one form or another. I setup Local Area Networks (LANs) when they were still called that and not networks. I connected folks via email before the Internet was a gleam in Al Gore's eye. I have spent the last 14 years helping organizations collaborate with Microsoft SharePoint. So when some colleagues said that I had to read Collaboration, I didn't hesitate to pick up the book. What I didn't realize when they recommended it was that the author, Morten Hansen, had a specific definition of collaboration in…
  • Article: SharePoint of the Future – Tales from the SharePoint Conference

    Robert Bogue
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    Whether you're in Venice or Las Vegas – or both – 10,000+ people is a lot. The number is staggering, particularly when you walk into the keynote hall and can't see anything but a sea of chairs from wall to wall and wall to wall. The keynote stage seemed like it was in a different zip code than the back of the room. That might have been a good thing for one of the ad-hoc communities that sprung up around the conference who were trying to get their steps in to report their progress via FitBit. The SharePoint community seems like one large community but at 10,000 people it's more like a…
  • Book Review: The Four Disciplines of Execution

    Robert Bogue
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Running your own company is sometimes challenging – in truth most entrepreneurs would say that it's almost always challenging. In some ways I feel like the challenges of a small business are very different than the challenges of large organizations. Sometimes when I'm reading management books it's hard to translate the "big company" view into one that's more appropriate for a small organization. That struggle surfaced in my reading of The Four Disciplines of Execution – but in a slightly different way than one might expect. Strategy or Execution Most large organizations have…
  • The Wisdom of Not Invented Here

    Robert Bogue
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:09 am
    Management books from as long as I can remember have been talking about a phenomenon called "Not Invented Here" which is used to describe the resistance that people have to accept ideas that other people have come up with. Certainly this is an issue when trying to implement a new solution and get buy-in from a new group of people, however, it may just be that this resistance is less about general opposition and more about an unconscious awareness that has developed about how ideas are implemented – and that unconscious awareness might need to be made conscious in order to move…
  • Book Review: Buy-In: Saving Your Good Idea from Getting Shot Down

    Robert Bogue
    29 Mar 2014 | 1:16 pm
    John Kotter's work on organizational change has been substantial and in reading Leading Change and The Heart of Change I became a fan of his work. Compared to those other works, the book Buy-In is a radical departure in approach. The first half of the book is a story (like Patrick Lencioni's The Five Dysfunctions of a Team). The second half of the book are 24 objections that can be raised against your idea – and what to do about it. Meet the Cast of Characters In the story portion of the book, Kotter introduces us to a cast of characters that we've all seen in our travels (my translation…
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    Matthew McDermott's Blog

  • 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…
  • Austin SPUG SPC14 in Review

    Matthew McDermott
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    We had a great turnout for the Austin SharePoint User Group this past week. James Hammonds (@jameswh3) and I presented SharePoint Conference 2014 in Review. This was our take on what was new, improved and “needs to be paid attention to” stuff from the conference. The biggest challenge was whittling down the conference content into 75 minutes! Here is a link to the Slide Deck. Thanks again to our sponsor HBMG and the rousing and passionate (nearly evangelical) approach Manuel Zarate took to tell us about his company! Join us next month for Lightning Talks! Share and Enjoy •…
  • SharePoint Evolution Roadshow 2014

    Matthew McDermott
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    I am thrilled to have been selected by the SharePoint Evolution Roadshow to be a presenter. Steve Smith and the Combined Knowledge team never fail to put on one of the best SharePoint Conferences year after year.  I have committed to the ENTIRE event, that’s 12 cities over two and a half weeks! The speaker lineup is awesome, I am proud to be counted in this fine group. Since we know some folks will be attending in more than one city I am planning on presenting 4 different sessions based on the location of the event. Here are the sessions I am preparing and freshening up. Technical…
  • Microsoft to Merge Lync and Skype

    Matthew McDermott
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    Sources close to Microsoft revealed recently that Microsoft plans to combine their commercial chat and telephony client Skype with their enterprise communications server Lync. Though challenges still exist, industry analysts admit that this has been an obvious move on the part of Microsoft for some time. Consolidation Issues Insiders indicate that some of the major hurdles faced by the teams have been “internal communication” and “collaboration”, while others pointed to lack of a consistent user interface and “connectivity issues”, a source close to the…
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    @meetdux

  • Bokmål Oslo! #intranett #nsc

    Dux
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    I’m very excited to let you know that I’ll be in Oslo, Norway in June. On June 5, Thursday, I have the honor of delivering the keynote for the annual Intralife conference. Intralife is Norway’s leading Intranet conference hosted by  Netlife Research.  In this morning keynote, I will be presenting “Lead the Enterprise Social Revolution: How to Inspire, Transform and Drive Purposeful Collaboration” .  Click here to learn more and register. At 5.30pm on the same day, the Norwegian SharePoint Community is hosting a meetup where I will be delivering an…
  • Presentation: Effectively Manage Your Social & Mobile Workforce #spc14 #byod #ems #sharepoint

    Dux
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:53 am
    A major business transformation is brewing in the enterprise today. Enterprise mobility, business velocity, geographically dispersed, multi-device and multi-generational workforce are converging to deliver the promise of responsive organizations. Organizations that miss this paradigm shift will face dire consequences. How can you effectively manage this shift, ensure that it will be sustainable and reap the benefits of being a responsive organization? In this session you’ll learn how to apply practical steps and effective techniques to maximize SharePoint for your multi-device and…
  • Presentation: Lead the Enterprise Social Revolution – How to Drive Sustainable Adoption #worklikeanetwork

    Dux
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:21 am
    The enterprise social revolution is brewing in the enterprise today. Mobile technologies, business velocity, collaborative engagement, advanced analytics, and unified communications are converging to deliver the promise of enterprise social success. Organizations that miss this paradigm shift from transactional systems to engagement systems will face dire consequences. How can you ensure that enterprise social technologies will be embraced for project management and adoption will be sustainable? Watch this Project Conference 2014 interactive session as I share how you can positively…
  • Presentation: Utilize the Right Solution to Deliver @Project Management Success #pmot

    Dux
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:14 am
    When it comes to project management, every individual, team, and organization has unique needs. Microsoft’s vision for project management is to enable individuals and teams to choose the tool that is the best fit for their specific project while still delivering the visibility that their organization needs to ensure focus on the right priorities. Co-presented with Jan Kalis, This Project Conference 2014 session will help you understand how all the solutions across Office 365, SharePoint, and Project fit together so you can chart a realistic approach to project management for your…
  • Presentation: How Can IT Inspire, Motivate & Drive Sustainable SharePoint Adoption? #spc14

    Dux
    13 Mar 2014 | 7:39 am
    I had the wonderful privilege to co-present “Beyond Deployment: How Can IT Inspire, Motivate & Drive Adoption” with Microsoft’s Cyrielle Simeone and Steve Carvajal last week at SharePoint Conference 2014. It was a jam-packed room with well engaged audience. Here’s the recording of the presentation and related resources: Related Resources: Session resources: http://1drv.ms/1fPe83l PPT Presentation SharePoint Jeopardy Video: SP for PM use case SharePoint how to videos on typical business use cases (while these are SP 2010 examples, it’s applicable to SP 2013)…
 
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    Waldek Mastykarz

  • WCM tip #29: You can’t use media queries on CSS references

    Waldek Mastykarz
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    When referencing CSS files in HTML files used with Design Manager CSS media queries are removed from the link tag. The new Design Manager offers you an easy way to implement your custom user experience in SharePoint 2013. Using your static HTML files as starting point, it allows you to piece by piece extend them with dynamic controls linked to SharePoint web content management functionality. The static HTML files that you will be using as the input for Design Manager contain references to CSS files. If your custom user experience uses responsive web design, those CSS references will contain…
  • Converting no-code Sandboxed Solutions to Apps for SharePoint

    Waldek Mastykarz
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    SharePoint 2013 introduces the new App Model for deploying customizations. Find out what you need to take into account to convert your existing no-code Sandboxed Solutions to the new Apps for SharePoint. No-code Sandboxed Solutions Sandboxed Solutions were released together with SharePoint 2010 and were supposed to be the answer to quite a few challenges originating from deploying code using Farm Solutions, but also to allow deploying customizations to SharePoint Online. Unfortunately, soon after the release of this new model, it turned out that executing code in an isolated process wasn’t…
  • Mavention Insert Table of Contents App for SharePoint

    Waldek Mastykarz
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Mavention Insert Table of Contents is now available as an App for SharePoint. SharePoint 2013 App Model SharePoint 2013 introduces the new App Model for building and distributing customizations and extensions for the SharePoint platform. Previously Mavention Insert Table of Contents was built as a no-code Sandboxed Solution. And although no-code Sandboxed Solutions are still perfectly usable and supported in SharePoint 2013 both on-premises and on-line, using the new App Model for building and distributing SharePoint customizations is the preferred approach. Mavention Insert Table of Contents…
  • WCM tip #28: Design Manager: easy start but limiting if you know what you're doing. Build .master yourself

    Waldek Mastykarz
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:08 am
    Design Manager allows you to quickly implement your user experience in SharePoint but if you want to build a great public-facing website you should build the Master Page and Page Layouts yourself instead. Design Manager is one of the new capabilities that SharePoint 2013 offers for building public-facing websites. Using Design Manager SharePoint 2013 allows you to use your static HTML design files as a starting point and piece by piece implement your website’s functionality in them turning them into Master Page and Page Layouts. Although Design Manager allows you to quickly implement your…
  • WCM tip #27: Use XML Sitemap and Robots.txt

    Waldek Mastykarz
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:48 pm
    On your public-facing website use the XML Sitemap and Robots.txt file to optimize your website for Internet search engines. SharePoint 2013 allows you to automatically generate an XML Sitemap and the Robots.txt file for your website. Both files help Internet search engines discover and index the contents of your website. Although it is only a matter of time until Internet search engines will discover the newest content on your website, using an XML Sitemap and the Robots.txt file can help you notify Internet search engines of the content updates and have the indexed faster. In order to use…
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    Bamboo Nation

  • PMXPO 2014: Because One Show in April just isn’t Enough

    Ned Dickert
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    With half of our sales team and a third of our blogging force relaxing away their days at SPTechCon, we here at Bamboo HQ are gearing up for PMXPO 2014. Thursday the 24th is a day devoted to all things project management. This virtual conference and exhibition has attracted over 11,000 attendees and will offer sessions on all aspects of project management. Keynoted by Bill Rosemann, Creative Director at Marvel Comics, attendees will be able to learn new things, meet new people, and see the latest in project management software and strategy, all from the comfort of their own homes. A great…
  • SPTechCon 2014: Bamboo is Heading to Sunny San Francisco!

    Julie Morris
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Maternity leave is officially O-V-E-R!  After a "restful" seven weeks away from all things SharePoint, this blogger is heading to beautiful San Francisco (my first time there!) to enjoy three days of technical classes and trolleys.  In addition to providing conference coverage via Bamboo Nation in our continuing role as a proud Media Sponsor of SPTechCon, Bamboo Solutions will also be exhibiting in booth 101A as a Gold Sponsor at SPTechCon San Francisco starting tomorrow! This year's SPTechCon San Francisco kicks off today and lasts through Friday.  The…
  • In/Out Schedule Board 1.4 New Features Spotlight, Part 4: How to Edit a Series of Items

    Chau Huynh
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    In/Out Schedule Board is an easy-to-use, all-in-one digital whiteboard designed to centralize scheduling and contact information for teams and groups. Our latest release, In/Out Schedule Board 1.4, includes a host of new features and capabilities to help you continue to quickly group, sort, and scan the current status of your team members via a color-coded Schedule Board, or review schedule conflicts and future engagements in a Gantt-style calendar. To help introduce you to In/Out Schedule Board 1.4, we have put together a new User's Guide series that will highlight the product's…
  • In/Out Schedule Board 1.4 New Features Spotlight, Part 3: How to Display Users from Several Departments

    Chau Huynh
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    In/Out Schedule Board is an easy to use, all-in-one digital whiteboard designed to centralize scheduling and contact information for teams and groups. Our latest release, In/Out Schedule Board 1.4, includes a host of new features and capabilities to help you continue to quickly group, sort, and scan the current status of your team members via a color-coded Schedule Board, or review schedule conflicts and future engagements in a Gantt-style calendar. To help introduce you to In/Out Schedule Board 1.4, we have put together a new User's Guide series that will highlight the product's…
  • In/Out Schedule Board 1.4 New Features Spotlight, Part 2: How to Adjust the Column Width in the Calendar

    Chau Huynh
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    In/Out Schedule Board is an easy-to-use, all-in-one digital whiteboard designed to centralize scheduling and contact information for teams and groups. Our latest release, In/Out Schedule Board 1.4, includes a host of new features and capabilities to help you continue to quickly group, sort, and scan the current status of your team members via a color-coded Schedule Board, or review schedule conflicts and future engagements in a Gantt-style calendar. To help introduce you to In/Out Schedule Board 1.4, we have put together a new User's Guide series that will highlight the product's…
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    Jeremy Thake's musings

  • SP24 AngularJS and Apps for SharePoint Presentation & Code Samples

    Jeremy Thake
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Thanks to everyone that attended my #SP24 session today. I was super impressed by the online turnout and the amount of quality speakers and sessions that occurred over the 24 hour period. The organized certainly looked a little tired 20 hours in when my session started…truly dedicated souls! The code sample I demonstrate on CompleteMe is also available. I will shortly be publishing this to OfficeDev GitHub too, where I am encouraging you guys to fork the sample and submit to me new updates for the community to see! You can also find the AndroidSDK and WikiPedia App for Office code…
  • Office Dev Power Hours from Build conference

    Jeremy Thake
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    I’ve been digging deep into the new Office 365 API’s (in preview) and new Contextual areas and APIs of the whole Office platform (Office Client, Office Online, Office Apps, SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, etc.) this week. There are some great sessions that you can watch for FREE from the Build Conference 2014. Check out the sessions from the engineering side of the house actually building this stuff: Building Connected Productivity Apps - Brian Jones (Group Program Manager) @jones206 SharePoint Power Hour - Rob Howard Office Power Hour - Rolando Jimenez Salgado Outlook Power…
  • SharePoint 2013 Apps with AngularJS from Build Conference 2014

    Jeremy Thake
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Microsoft have published my session from yesterday in less than 24 hours to Channel 9! If you were not able to attend this, or when I presented this topic at SharePoint Conference 2014 please take some time and check it out. I have uploaded my code that you can check out too. I’m looking for more feedback on this session and also my Complete Me demo app. I’d also highly recommend checking out these sessions from the rest of the Office Division here: SharePoint Power Hour – New Developer APIs and Features for Apps for SharePoint - Rob Howard Build Connected…
  • Top 6 day two //Build announcements for Office 365 customers

    Jeremy Thake
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Day 2 at //build, day 4 for me at Microsoft and the keynote had lots and lots of announcements for Windows Azure…and a lot were relevant for Office 365 developers out there! 1. Visual Studio Browser Link The demo in the keynote said it all…debug a web application in Visual Studio in a IE11 (also mentioned it worked with Chrome) and if you use the Developer Toolbar to modify the DOM, it will actually be reflected in the files in your Visual Studio Project! 2. Traffic Manager for Web Sites For Provider Hosted Apps this is huge! The ability to let Microsoft Azure handle having web…
  • Top 5 day one //Build announcements for Office 365 customers

    Jeremy Thake
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    1. Office Windows 8 Apps The new Office Apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) for Windows 8 were demonstrated at the day 1 keynote. These apps will bring Office to the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Store. No release date on these yet, but there are some cool new features focused on Touch and Stylus use. 2. Windows Phone 8.1 I’ve been very critical in the past of Windows Phone, with the addition of the Action Center this really makes it easy to keep up to date, There were quite a few features like WiFi Sense that are unique to the platform and not available on iOS or Android phones. There is a…
 
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    Michael Greth [SharePoint MVP]

  • SharePoint Kaffeetasse 320

    Michael Greth
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:22 am
    Aktion Mitmachen und Freikarten gewinnen - 300 Episoden SharePointPodcast  Security ISSUE: Office Web Apps 2013 in April PU and SharePoint 2013 SP1 SharePoint Server 2013 SP1 Download deaktiviert Service Pack for SharePoint Server 2013 1 Recalled SharePoint SharePoint: Using the KeywordQuery for Search Driven Applications Alle verfügbaren Cloud Pläne und Produkte können kostenlos getestet werden.  Switch to a different Office 365 plan or subscription Was noch Wieder mal ein paar kostenlose eBooks
  • SharePoint Server 2013 SP1 Download deaktiviert

    Michael Greth
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    Gerade bei Microsoft gelesen: "Wir haben vor kurzem ein Problem mit dem Service Pack 1-Paket aufgedeckt, die Kunden möglicherweise die Service Pack 1 von der Bereitstellung von zukünftigen öffentliche oder... des kumulativen Updates haben. Als Vorsichtsmaßnahme haben wir die Download-Seite deaktiviert, bis ein neues Paket veröffentlicht wird." Also wer es schon hat, besser nicht installieren http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817429 UPDATE: Ergänzende Artikel  Bill.Baer Service Pack for SharePoint Server 2013 1 Recalled"For customers who have…
  • Wieder mal ein paar kostenlose eBooks

    Michael Greth
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Wieder mal was zum downloaden für die eigene digitale Bibliothek: eBook: Deployment guide for SharePoint 2013 This book provides deployment instructions for SharePoint 2013. The audiences for this book include application specialists, line-of-business application specialists, and IT administrators who are ready to deploy SharePoint 2013. eBook: Deployment guide for Duet Enterprise 2.0 for Microsoft SharePoint and SAP Server 2.0 This book provides deployment instructions for Duet Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint and SAP Server 2.0. The audiences for this book include application…
  • München – Public Viewing der //build/ Keynote am 2.4.2014

    Michael Greth
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Das hört sich doch nach einem netten Abend an – morgen am 2.4.2014 ab 17:30 Uhr wird die Keynote der //build/-Konferenz per Webcast übertragen. Und in Unterschleißheim gibt es dazu passend bei Microsoft ein Public Viewing mit Pizza +  Getränken – schade, Berlin ist zu weit weg. Viel Spaß dabei. Anmeldung über Eventbrite Hier die offizielle Info von Microsoft dazu Ihr habt Lust gemeinsam mit Microsofties die Keynote der //build/-Konferenz gemeinsam anzuschauen? Ihr wollt die aktuellsten Neuigkeiten zu Windows Phone 8 & Windows 8 erfahren? Ihr habt Lust mit einem Microsoft…
  • Termine diese Woche 14.14

    Michael Greth
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:33 am
    ‎SharePoint‬ User Groups 31.3.2014 18:00 Uhr in Karlsruhe 1.4.2014 18:00 Uhr in München 3.4.2014 18:30 Uhr in Bremen Webcasts 1.4.2014 - 10:00 Uhr K2 Webinar: How to Easily Meet the Demands of Your Case Management Needs (German) 2.4.2014 - 14:00 Uhr AvePoint Webinar Replikation – so können Sie Informationen in SharePoint farmübergreifend lokal oder global zugänglich machen 4.4.2014 - 10:00 Uhr T-System MMS Webcast: Social Software aus der Cloud   Links dazu und weitere Termine im Community Terminkalender auf http://sharepointusergroups.de
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    Furuknap's SharePoint Corner

  • Is SharePoint Free?

    Bjørn Furuknap
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Why, yes it is! Provided, of course, that you use a very specific definition of “Free”, then yes, SharePoint is free. So why is there so much confusion about the cost of SharePoint? That’s because SharePoint isn’t just SharePoint and because Microsoft is great at getting you to buy their stuff. The Cost of SharePoint Let’s start this off by making absolutely 100% certain that SharePoint is free. You can download it today, and you don’t even need to register. Click a link and *poof* a little while later, you have SharePoint, to use as you wish. So why is there a license price…
  • The Big Secret to Being Interviewed for a SharePoint Position

    Bjørn Furuknap
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
    It can seem like a daunting event. You’ve spent months looking for the perfect job, then probably days or weeks perfecting your resume and your application, and you’ve been nervous about the response for a long time too. Then, you get the call, or email, or text, saying that the company would like you to come in for an interview. On the day of the interview, you put on your best shirt, think about all the questions you may be asked, and you’re concerned whether you’ll be deemed good enough. Your pulse starts racing, your palms are sweaty. Adrenaline pumps through your veins. It’s…
  • I Have Uninstalled SharePoint for Good

    Bjørn Furuknap
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    C’mon, you’re not falling for that again, are you? Do you use cloud VMs for your development? Would you like to? I uninstalled my last local SharePoint machine about four years ago. That’s right, I don’t have SharePoint locally installed and haven’t had for years. Instead, I use EC2 to host my SharePoint labs. It’s quite simply an amazing difference and it’s actually much cheaper than maintaining a laptop powerful enough to run the stuff locally. On average, when I’m working actively with SharePoint, I spend somewhere between $100 and $150 on VMs per…
  • Microsoft: Help Spread the Word that SharePoint On-Premises is NOT Dead

    Bjørn Furuknap
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:02 am
    There’s been this rumor lately that SharePoint on-premises is dead. It is not, and I’ve told you so before, so you’re kinda stupid if you still think so. Anything I say is always correct. Just live with it. Don’t want to take my word for it? Fine, I’ll show you evidence, but first, let me quickly recap what’s happened. SharePoint 2016: Another Brief History of Nearly Everything Back in the spring of 2012, Microsoft made the now famous comment of “cloud first” in their strategy for SharePoint. Then, when SharePoint 2013 came out, it seemed that there were few, if any,…
  • A Modest Proposal. Jeff, Un-Gag the MVPs!

    Bjørn Furuknap
    4 Mar 2014 | 6:55 pm
    I’m going to propose something to Microsoft, specifically my new rising hero Jeff Teper, and the SharePoint community. I think this proposal may quell a lot of the complaints we’ve heard during the recent releases. Before I make my proposal, and to introduce new readers to the issue at hand, let me give you the TL;DR (too long; didn’t research) version of the issue at hand. A Brief History of Nearly Everything During both the previous releases of SharePoint, meaning SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013, Microsoft has been extremely strict on what information people should have. This has…
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    The blog of Wictor Wilén

  • Renewed as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for the fifth time

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    April 1st 2014, for many a day full of jokes, but for 966 individuals this is the day they either is being awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award or being renewed as MVPs. I’m fortunate to be one of those this time, and now for my fifth year! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in SharePoint Server technical communities during the past year. Thank you everyone for your support!
  • Workflow Manager Disaster Recovery – Preparations

    25 Mar 2014 | 6:32 am
    Introduction This is the first “real” posts in the Workflow Manager Disaster Recovery series. In this post I will show you what you need to do to prepare for Disaster Recovery (DR) situations when working with Workflow Manager and Service Bus. The obvious Let’s start with the obvious pieces. You should run your Workflow Manager farm on three (3) servers (for more on this discussion see the SPC356 session). Running on three servers are important not just for high-availability it might save you from going into DR mode. DR should be considered as the last resort. You should also consider…
  • Workflow Manager Disaster Recovery and Restore options series

    25 Mar 2014 | 6:29 am
    Introduction Welcome to a new series of blog posts in which we will focus on the Disaster and Recovery (DR) routines for Workflow Manager 1.0 in combination with SharePoint 2013. During SharePoint Conference 2013 me and SharePoint sensei Spencer Harbar presented a session called “Designing, deploying, and managing Workflow Manager farms” (watch the video recording). During that session we discussed different DR options for Workflow Manager and the Service Bus and we got tons of questions on that specific topic. We did not have time to go into details and we did not show any of the…
  • Issue when installing Workflow Manager 1.0 Refresh using PowerShell

    25 Mar 2014 | 1:04 am
    Introduction When using the Web Platform Installer to download and/or install Workflow Manager you can no longer download and install Workflow Manager 1.0 and Workflow Manager 1.0 CU1. The only option is to download Workflow Manager 1.0 Refresh (which essentially is CU2). So when installing a new Workflow Manager farm for SharePoint or just because you want to rock some workflows you have to use Workflow Manager (WFM) 1.0 Refresh. Unless you’ve been smart and previously downloaded and saved the original Workflow Manager. When using WFM 1.0 Refresh you also need to download Service Bus 1.1.
  • SPC14: Scripts for Mastering Office Web Apps 2013 operations and deployments

    14 Mar 2014 | 12:35 am
    Here’s another post with scripts from my sessions at SharePoint Conference 2014 – this time from the Mastering Office Web Apps 2013 Operations and Deployments session (SPC383). To get a more in-depth explanation of all the details, please watch the recording at Channel 9. Let’s start…but first! OWA = Outlook Web App and WAC = Office Web Apps (Web Application Companion). Preparing the machine before installing Office Web Apps Before you install the Office Web Apps bits on the machine you need to install a set of Windows Features. The following script is the one you should use (not the…
 
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    sharemuch.com

  • How to: autogenerate Outlook events from SharePoint list item data

    Yaroslav Pentsarskyy
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Tweet Wouldn’t it be nice to let your users click on a link and automatically get Outlook event based on the information from a list? Whether you have a custom list where you store data on a site, or out of the box list and want to let your users create outlook events on the fly within a workflow – there is a solution for this. SharePoint has a this trick up it’s sleeve where you can request an ICS event by passing in a list item ID, the list, and few other static parameters. For example: http://[server or site…
  • Online Class: Building Compelling Branding for SharePoint Online Internal & Public Sites

    Yaroslav Pentsarskyy
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    Tweet On May 8, 2014 – 11am to 3pm Eastern USA time I’ll be doing an online class on Building Compelling Branding for SharePoint Online Internal & Public Sites. This class is for designers, content managers, administrators and developers who want to learn about SharePoint Online (Office 365) Branding, Site Customization and Management. Here is what you can expect from this class Intro, purpose (15 min) Overview of SharePoint Online sites and how they differ from one another (15 min) -WIKI site, Team site, Public site, when do you use one and what are they for? Customization…
  • How to: dynamically resize images rolled up by SharePoint Content Query Web Part

    Yaroslav Pentsarskyy
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Tweet Need to roll up images from an image gallery on your SharePoint site? No problem, Content Query Web Part is used to rolling up stuff. But have you seen how it rolls ups images from an image gallery? They’re tiny. That’s because by default Content Query Web Part uses Thumbnail URL column for roll up and images in Thumbnail URL are tiny, they’re really meant for the list view when you go to the library. But here is the trick, every time you upload an image to a Picture Library, and this is applicable to the picture library only … two smaller images are generated,…
  • Resolving SharePoint 2013 error “some apps [.... ] are not supported in mobile view”

    Yaroslav Pentsarskyy
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Tweet Now that everyone is trying to do everything on their phone, you might get a complains from your users who try to access the SharePoint site that they get this error “…. some apps, such as [...], are not supported in mobile view”. This can come from a web part or the page. You might be thinking that your web part is broken but the problem is actually much simpler than that. I ran into this same issue on my SharePoint 2013 environment and the only way to see that this is obviously a SharePoint issue and not your custom app or web part was to run the page in mobile…
  • How to: enable inactivity log out for SharePoint server

    Yaroslav Pentsarskyy
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Tweet Here is the scenario: you want to log out your users from the site if they’re inactive in the browser window for a defined period of this. Below approach will work in the could, SP2010, 2013 since it relies on out of the box features on SharePoint. This can simply be achieved by JavaScript since that’s the easiest way to determine whether the user has moved their mouse or pressed any keys; if not, then increment the counter and eventually log them out. Here is the script you could use in your masterpage: $(document).ready(function () { idleTime = 0; LogOutInactive(); });…
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    SharePoint (and Project Server) Shenanigans

  • #ProjectServer / #ProjectOnline Publish All projects #JavaScript #jQuery #SharePointOnline #Office365 #PS2013

    Giles Hamson
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:08 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) This post covers a new script I have written that publishes all projects the user has access to. I do have a PowerShell script that does this perfectly but only works for…
  • SharePoint 2013, Nintex 2013 Workflow

    Neil King
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Recently I have been working with the various Nintex products to create a few demos and prototypes. Recently while working with a new VM recently I noticed that some of the actions were not performing correctly and the message templates were blank from site to farm level. None of the normal things seemed to help (IIS Reset, Reboot, Deactivate / Reactivate, Reinstall), until I came across this post on the Nintex forum. It turned out my VM had the currently withdrawn SharePoint 20103 SP1 applied. As soon I installed the fix normal Nintex service was resumed.
  • Want to see Risks and Issues on a #ProjectOnline / #ProjectServer project detail page? #PS2013 #SharePointOnline #SP2013 #Office365 #JavaScript #jQuery

    Giles Hamson
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:13 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) Over the last few weeks when I have had a spare 5 minutes I have been playing with JavaScript /jQuery. It is something I have wanted to learn for a while and finally…
  • #Project, #ProjectServer and #SharePoint Server 2013/2010 April 2014 CU available #ps2013 #sp2013

    Giles Hamson
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:22 pm
    This is to announce that April 2014 CU of Project, Project Server and SharePoint Server 2013/2010 is out now. The important point to note that April 2014 CU of Project Server 2013 includes the fixes of SP1 as well. Since SP1 is deactivated until further announcement from Microsoft, Apr 2014 CU can do the job for now. Also Project Server 2013 CU is not a roll-up package, which means it doesn’t includes SharePoint server fixes. Test the CU in your test environment first prior to apply to production. Project Server 2013 individual Apr 2014 CU: http://bit.ly/1g8zmujProject 2013 Apr…
  • #ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2010 / 2013 April 2014 Cumulative Update #PS2010 #SP2010 #PS2013 #SP2013 #MSProject

    Giles Hamson
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:06 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) The Office 2013 April 2014 Cumulative Updates are now available, please see the links below: http://bit.ly/1lR8IgH ***There is no Project Server 2013 Server Roll up…
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    SharePoint Dragons

  • State of SharePoint Statistics

    Nikander & Margriet Bruggeman
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:16 am
    SQL Server uses all kinds of statistics about database usage in order to be able to optimize SQL queries. Examples of such statistics are: number of records, density of pages, and histograms. SharePoint is responsible for keeping the statistics of (almost all of) its own databases up to date, which SharePoint leaves up to specific SharePoint timer jobs. As a result, no explicit action needs to be taken by administrators in this regard. However, outdated statistics can have serious performance repercussions, and it’s very useful to check periodically if SharePoint databases are recent. If…
  • Small Windows Trick to be used for Excel files

    Nikander & Margriet Bruggeman
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:44 am
    Suppose you have a folder filled with dozens of Excel files, and you want to merge all of them together in one go, here’s a small trick you can apply: 1) Open a command prompt. 2) Go to the folder that contains all Excel files. 3) Type: copy *.csv test.csv Presto, the result is 1 file called test.csv that is the result of the merge of all other files! A little trick that some day will save a lot of time!
  • Data Collector Set for SharePoint WFEs

    Nikander & Margriet Bruggeman
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Check out Margriet’s latest TechNet gallery upload at: http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Data-Collector-Set-for-a-08c6a39d It contains a useful set of performance counters ready to import in perfmon so you can start monitoring right away.
  • Data Collector Set for SharePoint back-ends: SQL Server

    Nikander & Margriet Bruggeman
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Check out Margriet’s latest TechNet gallery upload at: http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Data-Collector-Set-for-6fefef51 It contains a useful set of performance counters ready to import in perfmon so you can start monitoring right away.
  • Setting up test user accounts with photos

    Nikander & Margriet Bruggeman
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:56 am
    This is a nice article about setting up test user accounts, the nice touch is that it takes photos from a photo service to make testing a lot more fun and realistic. We really like this article: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/22864.sharepoint-create-2000-domain-accounts-with-profile-photos-for-a-development-environment.aspx
 
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    Mike Smith's Tech Training Notes

  • Recent Changes to the SharePoint 2013 UI

    Mike Smith
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:22 pm
      About a month ago I wrote a little post about Office 365 / SharePoint–a Moving Target that included a mention about an April 9th update to the UI. Well, on April 21st the April 9th update finally appeared in one of my Office 365 subscriptions. (The update has not shown up in the other subscriptions yet.) What are the changes? An updated "hero bar", or navigation bar has been added above the
  • Cincinnati SharePoint User Group Meeting April 24th 2014!

    Mike Smith
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
      This Thursday!  6:00 PM at MAX! Topic:  App Development in SharePoint 2013 Speaker: Arun Aggarwal http://www.CincinnatiSPUG.org @cincyspug   .
  • Change the SharePoint 2013 Suite Bar Text

    Mike Smith
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
      Hacking around with PowerShell always finds some new property or method that I would never have gone looking for! This time it is a SPWebApplication property that sets the text in the "Suite Bar". The default text in the suite bar is "SharePoint" for on premises installs and "Office 365" plus an icon for the cloud versions. The actual HTML for the text is "<div class="ms-core-brandingText">
  • Cincinnati PowerShell User Group meeting announcement

    Mike Smith
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
      From Rob Dreyer, the organizer: Our first meeting in 2014 will be extra special. Throughout 2014, Dr. Ferdinand Rios, the CEO of SAPIEN Technologies, Inc. is touring around the world. Last week, I received word that on Thursday April 17th he will be coming to MAX! I nearly fell out of my seat when I heard. Please register here: http://www.meetup.com/TechLife-Cincinnati/events/154731982/ See
  • Reduce Spacing in a SharePoint 2013 Top Link Bar

    Mike Smith
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:24 pm
      The top link bar in SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 adds a lot of space between each menu item, 30 pixels to be exact. You can tighten this up quite a bit by changing the default spacing with a block of CSS added to your master page. Default spacing: After the CSS change below: Add the following to your master page somewhere after the CssLink control (<SharePoint:CssLink runat="server" Version
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    Top SharePoint Sites » Blog

  • List All Checked Out Items Using PowerShell

    Max Berghoff
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
    If you’re in need of a report on checked out files across specific SharePoint site, and if you’re an administrator it is just a matter of time until someone will ask you for it, here is a simple but very useful PowerShell script that displays the report organized into few fields: site URL, who checked it out, since when was checked out, author’s name, file size and email address of the person who checked out the file. The result will be shown in the Management Shell Grid Viewer or you can output the report to a text file. # enter your site URL $spWeb Get-SPWeb…
  • Beautiful Purple SharePoint Websites

    Luis Kerr
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Continuing our color focused web design series with another vibrant and cool compilation of inspirational purple-themed SharePoint sites. Purple is a luxurious and mysterious color with warm and cool properties and it is usually used to promote calmness and tranquility and it can boost creativity. The colors blue and red make the color purple when mixed and since blue is a cool color and red is a warm color, purple has both warm and cool properties. I hope the SharePoint sites showcased here would spur some ideas on how you can use purple color in your next web design projects. This showcase…
  • SharePoint Sites of the Month #12

    Luis Kerr
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    More SharePoint branding inspiration with another post on exemplary SharePoint-based websites submitted to our showcase over the past weeks. Two built with SharePoint 2013 and five 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 public-facing website not in the…
  • Best Finance Related SharePoint Websites

    Luis Kerr
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:15 am
    Financial institutions through their websites should provide helpful information to their clients, secure access to their assets, user-friendly, reliable and visually appealing to existing and potential customers. According to a Harvard study, websites that are perceived as good looking are also perceived as usable and trustworthy. Today’s industry specific showcase will spotlight 50 inspiring and visually stunning websites for financial advisers, online trading, brokers, investment banking, credit unions and other financial institutions around the world. For a complete list of…
  • Change SharePoint 2013 Title

    Max Berghoff
    18 Feb 2014 | 12:36 pm
    SharePoint 2013 displays a blue bar at the top of the page with the word “SharePoint” placed on the top left. Here is an easy way to customize the SharePoint 2013 SuiteBarBrandingElementHtml property in charge with the title branding using the omnipotent PowerShell. This change will affect all the sites within the Web Application you choose and yes, you will see the changes on the site administration page as well. There are three ways you might consider when replacing the SharePoint title on the blue bar. Change only the text Change the text and link it Add a logo image and link…
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    SharePoint Hive

  • Tips To Teach You The Ins And Outs Of Blogging

    Jenny Coleman
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:16 am
    Running A Blog is defined as posting content to the web in the form of a website. Doing so will allow you to use your buck! Read on to learn tips and tricks for more writing a blog tips. Use search engine optimization techniques when creating your blog’s readership. Don’t go overboard with SEO keywords, ads, advertising, or keywords. Write naturally, natural and flowing style. TIP! Be certain that your blog takes advantage of search engine optimization. You need to keep your blog high in the page ranks so that people can find it. You must update frequently to keep your blog…
  • Good Advice On How To Blog Smarter

    Jenny Coleman
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:18 am
    It can be very tricky to start a new blog. It takes serious effort to separate your blog from the rest since pretty much anyone can start a blog. TIP! Don’t overuse plug-ins, ads, keywords or images. Such practices will have your blog flagged by search engines, which hurts your ranking and undoes your hard work. Invite successful bloggers who have found success to write guest blogs for your blog. This will increase the amount of quality content to your blog. You’ll also get more traffic from their blog to yours. You can ask several different people to provide guest posts to help…
  • Anyone Can Get Into Writing A Blog With Good Advice

    Jenny Coleman
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    It seems blogs are everywhere nowadays. Everyone has something to say to their audience on the world wide web. It can be tricky to create a good blog since people read them for different purposes. Use the ideas presented here to create your knowledge and expertise. TIP! Use lots of images in your blog posts. Many people say that a picture is worth 1000 words. Try being there for your readers constantly. Make a habit or routine for both you as well as your readers. If you are tempted to abandon your blog, keep in mind that you’re not the only one who will be disappointed. Be certain that…
  • Website Creation Guide: Important Tips For You

    Jenny Coleman
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:04 pm
    You need to stay on top of new and continual breakthroughs when it comes to learning about website development. This article will teach you that this state of thinking is important. You will also see some great website development tips that are easy to follow. TIP! Fixed navigation panels are a good way to allow your visitors to easily navigate your site. The panel maintains position while they view the page. Look at the site in many different browsers. What you’re seeing on your side may not be what others see on theirs. Research all the different browsers and design your site…
  • Get All Of Your Blogging Questions Answered With These Great Tips!

    Jenny Coleman
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Running A Blog is about posting your experiences and opinions on a site of your own site. This will allow you to get started on the full potential of your blog. Read on to learn tips and tricks for some savvy article writing tips! Don’t overuse things like plug-ins, extra plugins, images, or keywords. Write naturally, natural and flowing style. A big mistake some bloggers make is they don’t update their blog frequently enough. Readers become bored waiting for a new posts. A good rule is to make new blogs weekly and send out email updates. TIP! Blog often. It is common for bloggers…
 
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    The SharePoint Blog

  • Completely delete SharePoint Online sites using Powershell

    Ryan Dennis
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:43 am
    This will be a quick and dirty post. If you’ve administered SharePoint Online at all, you know that when you delete a Site Collection it goes into a Site Collection Recycle Bin. There are times when you may want to completely remove the SPOSite immediately, including removing it from the Recycle Bin. There are two commands to accomplish this: Remove-SPOSite Remove-SPODeletedSite That’s great, and to delete the sites you just need to run them in that order. However, I’m sort of lazy at times and want to run something ONCE and have it do the work for me. Aren’t all scripters like this?
  • Office 366 April updates

    Chris Wright
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:45 am
    Office 365 has had a good year so far. As well as numerous service updates, and a whole new portal in Office.com, the profile of Office 365 has soared as a result of Microsoft launching Office for the iPad (which requires an Office 365 subscription to edit documents). But the Office 365 team aren’t resting on their laurels.Read the rest of this post on Take Fifty Five, the blog of Fifty Five and Five.
  • 3 reasons why Microsoft Azure fits for your start-up

    Thuan Nguyen
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    Since Satya Nadella was positioned on the hottest chair at Microsoft, there have been lots of opportunities for entrepreneur-minded people who want to make something happen in life.  A to-do list containing what you need to prepare initially coming to your desk one day makes you feel frustrated at some points. Among them, development environment is always a burden. Every night you may get anxious about your budget for hardware you are going to with you team build on. Admittedly money does not come in an easy way. When looking at a variety of hosting options, you may feel like you are a…
  • Influence Does Not Equal Popularity

    Christian Buckley
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:55 am
    A year ago, I made the somewhat sensational claim that Klout was the most interesting company in the world. My point was not really about Klout, but about the rising importance of understanding, tracking, and measuring social influence within the organization. It’s a topic that I’ve been writing about for over a decade, and one of the topics around which this blog focused when I started it back in 2002 as I began to catalog the various tools and thought-leaders within the space. As this blog post title suggests, social influence and popularity are very different things. I often use the…
  • Central Admin: Change colors for safer production environment

    Jeff Jones
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    You know those days when admins are in CA deleting web applications just having fun … but then the phone rings?  Any users are getting 404?   And somebody just deleted the whole production web application?  Yeah, not fun.   Anyway, changing the theme color for Central Admin can be a safe way to make PROD look different and encourage admins to be careful.   Simple enough.  However, Central Admin lacks that snazzy “change the look” button which Team Sites enjoy. You can still get there by typing in “/_layouts/15/designgallery.aspx” to launch Change The Look.  From here, pick…
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    Add-in Express Blogs

  • Extending Google Gmail with sidebar gadgets

    Pieter van der Westhuizen
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    In this article, we'll build our own Google Gmail gadget that will display the latest Add-in Express blog posts in a sidebar gadget. A Google sidebar gadget is essentially a page, which can contain HTML, CSS or JavaScript, that runs inside an iframe inside the Gmail UI
  • Google add-ons vs Microsoft Office Apps: Read/Write tests

    Pieter van der Westhuizen
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    We've been spending a lot of time with the Office/Productivity offerings from Google (Google Drive/Docs/Sheets) and Microsoft (Office 365, SharePoint, Word, Excel) and both of these two platforms have some drawbacks, but also some redeeming factors
  • Creating a standard install package using WiX Designer

    Ty Anderson
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    Today, I'll walk you through how to use the Designer for Visual Studio WiX Setup Projects to create a standard install package for desktop application. Along the way, we'll utilize the user interface editor to add a custom screen to the installer
  • How to create Excel Apps for Office 365

    Pieter van der Westhuizen
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    About a week ago we explored the aspects of extending Google Spreadsheets by creating Apps scripts. In that example, we created a sidebar and custom menus with which the user could specify the orientation their current selection could be changed to. In today's article, we'll attempt the same functionality, but this time using the Napa development tools for Office 365.
  • How to create Word Apps for Office 365

    Pieter van der Westhuizen
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:20 am
    We thought that after we investigated how to create customization for Google Docs and Google Sheets, it is about time we tackle the Napa Office 365 development tools again. We'll create a Task Pane app for Microsoft Word, similar to the one we created for Google Docs that will allow the user to shuffle either the selected words, sentences or paragraphs in a Microsoft Word document
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    SharePointGeoff

  • SharePoint and the emergence of the Data Scientist

    Geoff Evelyn
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    As the use of content management systems evolve with users adding more, ahem, “content”, the organizations accountable for those content systems will need to ensure that they build in people resources who can manage that content, and particularly people who can find insights in that content for the benefit of the organization. Business intelligence requirements and implementations are growing faster than ever before, particularly due to the rise of cloud computing and more cloud services. There is now much more pressure on ensuring that customer interactions are tracked as a key…
  • I’m speaking at the European SharePoint Conference 2014

    Geoff Evelyn
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    The European SharePoint Conference is less than three weeks away and I’m delighted to be part of such an exceptional line up. The conference will take place in Barcelona, Spain from the 5-8th May 2014 and is Europe’s largest SharePoint event bringing you great sessions and the latest innovations from Vegas. Browse through the superb conference programme including 110 sessions, keynotes, and tutorials, including topics covering the latest news from SPC14 including what’s new with SharePoint 2013 SP1 – Office Graph/Oslo – new Office 365 REST APIs – Access…
  • Web Analytics is a Revolution – Deciding the tool and management process

    Geoff Evelyn
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Web analytics, is of course about, at its heart, about user journeys. Web Analytics is a subject of complete interpretation, and reminds me of the very famous quote by Mark Twain. To explain, Mark Twain popularized the saying in “Chapters from My Autobiography”, which was published in the North American Review in 1906. Mark Twain wrote “Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself, there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.’” This is quite poignant since when applying the quote to understanding data, there…
  • Am Speaking at the Workflow for Everyone Everywhere Conference

    Geoff Evelyn
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:36 am
    Am privileged and very excited to be speaking at the Workflow for Everyone, Everywhere conference hosted by Nintex at Microsoft UK in London on Wednesday the 16th of April. I’ll be sharing the stage with Pete Hampton, Productivity Specialist Sales Manager at Microsoft, Nintex and an elite team of industry experts, Microsoft SharePoint specialists and MVPs – for a free, one-day seminar that will show you how to get more out of your existing workflow investments, and showcase ways to help you create integrated, on-premise and online workflow solutions. It is going to be a great…
  • Web Analytics Webinar 27th March – Hope you can join me!

    Geoff Evelyn
    13 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Note. This session has been completed. To read the associated blog and check out the slides go to this link. Hi Folks, here is a shout out to join me at my webinar “Web Analytics is Not a Passing Fad – It’s a Revolution” on March 27, 2014. Am guest hosting a webinar on web analytics and user adoption with Intlock, presenting specific examples of situations in which web analytics can be used to increase portal productivity. While certain organizations are still looking for a means to increase portal user adoption, and seem to think that Web Analytics is a trend of the…
 
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    Oh My Guid!

  • The Six Gears of Your SharePoint Ferrari

    cantgetenoughwp
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    If you’ve followed this blog at all you know that I love cars and prefer to make analogies to SharePoint with them. In a previous post I compared SharePoint to a Ferrari. Most Ferraris have 6 speed transmissions. The 6 speed gated shifter in the Ferrari is iconic, and makes a satisfying clicking sound as you precisely maneuver through the gears. Shifting through the gears in a Ferrari takes a bit of practice before you get it down. Likewise it takes awhile for an organization to implement a great SharePoint site. The six speeds of SharePoint might be different for every organization…
  • Need a Repository? Don’t Use SharePoint! (with video)

    cantgetenoughwp
    19 Mar 2014 | 12:06 pm
    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this phrase: “We use SharePoint as a document repository.” And I’m pretty fed up with it! If all you need is a place to store document use Dropbox or Google Docs. Anything but SharePoint. Please use anything other than SharePoint for this. For one thing, you are wasting money. I realize you can spend your organization’s money however you want. But when you promote SharePoint as a “repository” it cheapens the brand. Using SharePoint as a “repository” is like buying a Ferrari to deliver…
  • This Will Change Your Views on SharePoint

    cantgetenoughwp
    10 Mar 2014 | 10:43 am
    Often when I am creating views in SharePoint the properties of the view will change, yet the name stays the same. I figure the name is not that important, since it’s sort of under the hood. Technically it’s not, since users can pretty easily find it. Most users will not though. If our clients set up document libraries the way we ask them to there will be a great amount of data, neatly organized by smart metadata right? Except for alerts that is. If I am in the IT department I’m probably not interested in docs for HR and Finance. So for me to create a meaningful alert on the…
  • Care and Feeding of Your SharePoint Sapling

    cantgetenoughwp
    13 Feb 2014 | 2:50 pm
    This article by Wendy Neal illustrates what I try to communicate to businesses about their SharePoint investment. Most companies install the product and point users to the URL. That’s like planting a sapling, and then walking away from it! Don’t blame the sapling that doesn’t grow because you don’t provide care for and feed it. No wonder people don’t like saplings!Filed under: SharePoint, SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013 Tagged: SharePoint
  • Microsoft’s Newest Product – Fuse!

    cantgetenoughwp
    7 Feb 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Microsoft’s newest product – Fuse – will revolutionize your life. It is a smart home solution that will let you control all appliances and systems within the home. You can track usage patterns to increase efficiency and spot trends with your family’s utilities usage. In addition, this product will allow you to track all manner of information like grocery inventory – automatically updated by the shopping list feature, budget info, birthday and anniversary reminders, auto maintenance tracker, Christmas wish list, ability to turn on reminders for any aspect of any…
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