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Blog entries related to Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 solutions such as Power BI, Microsoft Flow, Power Apps and Microsoft Teams

Why Do Hidden Taxonomy Catch All Columns Become Visible?

EMMDoubleTagI’ve been fighting an interesting issue lately where some hidden taxonomy columns are becoming visible. In this environment, there are simple custom content types with some custom site columns, a few of which are managed metadata columns. The issue is that what seems randomly, some strange fields suddenly show up in the library columns, and on the list forms:

Why Do Hidden Taxonomy Catch All Columns Become Visible?

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15 reasons to choose Office 365 instead of an on-premise alternative

Starting with one of the most important factors in choosing a cloud service, security has been the big stumbling block for many companies considering a move to the cloud. Microsoft's online services have been designed with security in mind.

After security, the most commonly mentioned area of concern regarding cloud services is reliability. Downtime means lost worker productivity and ultimately costs companies money.

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Move all SharePoint Lists and Libraries to a New Site with PowerShell

I was on a project in the past where I was upgrading SharePoint 2007 to 2010.  I really didn’t want to move all the lists and libraries for 100+ sites manually, so I turned to PowerShell.  The following script takes the current site URL, and the new site URL where the lists will go.  It looks to see if there are actually items in the list, and only moves lists and libraries that actually have content.

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Create a List-Driven SharePoint 2013 Site Notification System

Using JavaScript, you can fire your own alerts without having to do any customizations to the SharePoint 2013 user interface (UI). This post will look at creating a list-driven notification system using the SharePoint 2013 notification bar.

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Branding the SharePoint 2013 Global Navigation

In a previous post I described how to use the Managed Navigation functionality that is new in SharePoint 2013 to create a global navigation based on a Managed Metadata term set. This post is going to provide you with all the CSS you need to fully brand a SharePoint 2013 global navigation bar. 

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Get SharePoint 2013 List Data with jQuery and Web Services


For a recent project, I needed to migrate around 70 HTML forms in their current format and serve them up from within SharePoint. These were fairly basic forms that just submitted all their data to email. Obviously, it would have been good to convert these to InfoPath or something else, but I simply didn’t have the time for that. In this post I will explain how I used SharePoint web services and jQuery to return SharePoint list data.

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SharePoint 2013 Managed Navigation Lessons Learned

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This post is going to cover how to configure the global navigation bar in SharePoint 2013 using Managed Navigation, as well as provide some tips and lessons learned with rendering the global navigation using new Managed Navigation in a custom master page.

 

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How to Download a SharePoint Content Type Template

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Let’s say you have a SharePoint document library configured with a custom content type that uses a custom document template. Now you need to edit that template. Normally, you can edit the file via the UI. When you go to the library settings and look in the advanced settings, you see the image to the left. Clicking Edit Template should let you do what you need to do, however, when you click Edit Template you get an error.

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Disable SharePoint Alerts on a Specific List

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Here’s the scenario: You have a picture library that stores employee photos. This might be the case if you’re not storing the photos in Active Directory yet perhaps. Now, HR comes to you and says, "We want to be sure that employees can’t set an alert, because then they would know if we remove a picture when an employee is terminated." Here is what you should do...

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Fix for High CPU with Multiple SPUCWorkerProcessProxy and Conhost with SharePoint



I recently had a client contact me recently with an interesting SharePoint issue. Seemingly out of the blue, their SharePoint 2010 server CPU started being consumed by two main processes with multiple instances: SPUCWorkerProcessProxy.exe and conhost.exe. Read on to find out how I fixed this issue.

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Simplifying BI: Sharing Our Experiences & 3 Steps to Build Something Meaningful TODAY


The primary reason for this blog post is to share what our experience (aka the real world) has taught us on how to practically implement Business Intelligence (BI) for our clients. I’ll do my best to keep this short-and-sweet, because in all honesty there’s plenty to say on this topic, and enough BI buzzwords and statistics to confuse the entire island of Manhattan!

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Correcting SharePoint 2010 Error: Application Server Job Failed for Service Instance

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I was recently doing some routine maintenance on a SharePoint server and I happened to check the event viewer logs. Wow was I surprised! It seemed that every minute, we were getting this error message, event ID 6481: Application Server job failed for service instance Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration.SearchServiceInstance (GUID).


 

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Make Multiple SharePoint Fields Required with Windows PowerShell

powershell_iconThis entry includes script that was created for a recent client who asked me to make several columns required in their SharePoint 2010 site collection of approximately 25-30 subsites. This would've taken two minutes if all columns were site columns, however, that wasn't the case. As a result, the columns were not inheriting and I was forced to turn to PowerShell for a solution.

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Quick Tip: Changing the Timeout Value for a SharePoint Redirect Page

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I recently had to help a client solve a URL redirection issue. We tossed around using SharePoint AAMs, IIS URL Rewrite, and other possibilities. The best solution ended up was to use a SharePoint Redirect page. It’s not something that is used very often but it certainly fit the bill for our issue. My focus on this quick tip is to show you how to change the timeout value on the redirect as I couldn’t find this documented.

 

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What to do When SharePoint 2010 Timer Service Keeps Stopping


I recently completed a SharePoint migration for a client from 2007 to 2010. Overall the migration went well, however, we did have one small issue with the SharePoint 2010 Timer Service that I thought I should share with all of you. Read on for a brief explanation of the issue and my quick fix.

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Working Around Inability to Insert an Image in SharePoint 2010 Page

 

On a recent client project, we implemented a solution that heavily used article pages / page layouts from the SharePoint 2010 Pages library. Most of them had images. While working through use cases with these articles, I came across some strange behavior that someone else had found but not documented (to my knowledge). As a result, I wanted to blog about the topic to make it easier for others to find.  

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Create a List-Driven SharePoint Site Notification System

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Using JavaScript, you can fire your own alerts without having to do any customizations to the SharePoint user interface (UI). This post will look at creating a list-driven notification system using the SharePoint notification bar.

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Troubleshooting SharePoint HTTP 500 Errors and IIS Failed Request Tracing

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I had a client call me the other day as he was having an issue with a couple of his SharePoint 2010 sites that seemed strange, the sites just stopped working. When anyone tried to access the sites, they would get HTTP 500 errors. I was able to resolve this issue for the client so I thought I should share some of my troubleshooting tips.

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Quick Tip: Avoid Database Attach Error When Upgrading to SharePoint 2013

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A database attach upgrade is the only supported method for upgrading SharePoint 2010 Products to SharePoint 2013 (unless you use a third-party migration tool). Database attach is used to upgrade SharePoint content and service applications. I was doing some testing with doing database attach upgrades from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 and found an issue.

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Create an Accordion Navigation for SharePoint 2010 using jQuery

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This post will walk you through all the steps you need to configure an animated sliding accordion using the standard out-of-the-box SharePoint 2010 navigation functionality. It is pretty simple to do, you just need one line of CSS, a reference to jQuery and a few lines of JavaScript. Each section of the accordion will expand and collapse when clicked on, and only one section can be open at a time. It will automatically open if you are on a page that is linked to from your left navigation, to help your users navigate your site.

 

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SharePoint Login Issues: How to Fix Users who can’t Log in via their User Principle Name (UPN)

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I got a call from a client recently where one particular user was unable to login to SharePoint via their User Principle Name (UPN). For those non-AD SharePoint folks out there, UPN refers to an attribute on the user account object in Active Directory. Anytime a user is created, at a minimum they will have a user logon name and a UPN suffix (domain name). The UPN is composed of the user logon name and the UPN suffix joined by the @ sign. Read on to see how I quickly resolved this issue.

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Dealing with Mixed Content Prompts in SharePoint After SSL Change

Security Warning: Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely?For the IE users out there, I’m sure you’ve come across this dialog once or twice in your life. On several of our recent client projects we’ve been doing a lot of changing over from unsecure to secure URLs via SSL certificates in SharePoint. Invariably, as soon as you enable SSL and log in to SharePoint, you get this wonderful prompt: Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely? Find out how to get rid of this for good...

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Quick Tips for the SharePoint Chart Web Part

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On a recent project I got to work with the out-of-the-box (OOTB) Chart Web Part in SharePoint 2010. My team just needed to chart some simple data, nothing fancy, but we had some fairly specific styling requirements. We tried Web parts from other vendors they already had and got close, but we just couldn’t get there. Luckily we were upgrading to Enterprise anyway, so that allowed us to use the Chart Web Part that comes with SharePoint OOTB.

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Use PowerShell to Create a Full SharePoint Training or Testing Site Environment


In this post I explain how to use PowerShell to create a full SharePoint (2010 or 2013) training site or testing site environment. This is the process I used to prepare for a recent SharePoint training course where I needed each of my users to have their own site collection in my environment.

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Extend Your Dynamics CRM Dashboards Using SharePoint

We use dashboards very heavily internally and have recently expanded our set of core metrics and KPIs to be about 12-15 charts and graphs (depending on special events we may have, etc.). In this post I will tell you about a fairly quick way to create rotating dashboards with SharePoint. SharePoint is the perfect solution for our needs because it allows us to stay within our core systems and leverage the platform.

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Blog Topics

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CPR for CRM Study

The complementary paper includes over 12 years of research, recent survey results, and CRM turnaround success stories.

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SharePoint Readiness Assessment

This 60-second assessment is designed to evaluate your organization's collaboration readiness.

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CRM Self Assessment

Learn how you rank compared to organizations typically in years 1 to 5 of implementation - and which areas to focus on to improve.

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SharePoint Feedback Solution

This is a sandbox solution which can be activated per site collection to allow you to easily collect feedback from users into a custom Feedback list.

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SharePoint Upgrade Checklist

Whether you are upgrading to SharePoint Online, 2010, 2013 or the latest 2016, this checklist contains everything you need to know for a successful transition.