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We work with a lot of clients and from time to time, many aren’t ready for metadata. They agree that files are difficult to find and there are a ton of nested subfolders, the users just aren’t ready to use metadata instead of those folders. Are we resigned to living in the time-wasting droll of having no idea if the subfolder they are clicking into will even have files in it? No!
I’ll show you two quick ways to alleviate the pain of the hunting and pecking users are forced to do when they don’t use search and trying to find a certain file.
Have you ever been using a SharePoint calendar with recurring events then noticed some events started showing with a title of “Deleted:”? I’m going to show you a quick way to hide these events from a view.
When creating any Microsoft Flows, sooner or later you are going to need to use values from user profile properties like Email Address, Name, Department, etc. You are wondering two things:
Once you know those two things you can know if you need to do additional steps to accomplish your requirements for your Flow.
Employee engagement – it’s just one of the latest buzz words floating around. But what does it really mean? I can tell you that it’s not just performance plans, timely feedback and evaluations. We need to stop being so focused on the employee’s productivity and start focusing on their experience in the workplace. If an employee is having a good experience, it stands to reason that this will allow them to be more productive and engaged. So how do we do that? Let’s take a look at five principles to get us there…
When you work with SharePoint permissions, you quickly figure out that you want to touch them as little as possible. With a lot of things in SharePoint, permissions inherit top down. So this means that it’s a best practice to always use that inheritance as much as possible. But in today's post, I'll show you how to use PowerShell to change those permissions for all libraries, folders and files in the site!
I’ve had this come up multiple times lately, and I thought I’d put up a post to help get the information all in one place. Now that we’re moving away from SharePoint 2010 and dealing with SharePoint 2013/2016/Online more often, folks still want SharePoint Designer but are confused which version they need. You want to be sure to get the latest and most patched version, which requires more than one download.
I’ve been working with a client recently on a project where we are using a BDC connection. Things have been going fine when we were using the external item picker in an InfoPath form but we ran into a problem. We are using an external column in the same library. Due to issues I will explain, I need to set this external column with PowerShell.
I’ve seen a lot of online folks have trouble with this, so I thought that I would share how to properly set this column with PowerShell as there is a little trick to it.
How many times have you facilitated a meeting where you shared all of the information that needed to be covered, only to have people messaging, emailing or calling with questions about the content an hour, a day or a week later? Frustrating right? So how do you achieve the goals of your next meeting, in a meaningful way, that will stick with your audience? Let's examine 6 quick tips.
One habit that prevails through any vertical is to be efficient at what you do – work smarter not harder right? In the land of PowerShell (or any development for that matter) that is a vital lesson to learn! Something comes up and you need to turn to code or PowerShell to accomplish said task and you need to take care of it quickly. In today's post, I'll show how to use PowerShell to call an existing web service to do all the hard work for us and save us tons of time writing a new script from scratch.
I’ve been working with a client recently to migrate their SharePoint 2010 farms to SharePoint 2013. A lot of the data was being organized so it was quite a granular move utilizing one of the common 3rd-party migration tools Metalogix Content Matrix. Of course some of the SharePoint lists had been customized with InfoPath. While this is fine, I went to move the list with the migration tool, and all went fine until it tried to move the customized list form template - template.XSN. It refused. This post details exactly what I did next to work around this!
It’s been awhile but I am back to continue on my SharePoint Basics series for SharePoint. Let’s see where we are:
Back in Part 2, I touched on SharePoint Views briefly in the context of creating content. In today’s post I want to go a lot deeper with views and show you how to work with them while will help any SharePoint user work more effectively and efficiently.
When it comes to Visio's high quality, yet static content, can we make that flat data more interactive and fresh? Sure, with Data Graphics! Some people refer to drawings like this as having data-behind. You might have seen the Supply Chain example from Microsoft in a number of demos, and think that it must be some overly complicated configuration. It’s not!
In order for a channel strategy to be successful, the investment does not end with implementation. It takes a lot of hard work and a little LUCK along the way.
When it comes to
effectively taking notes, OneNote leaves Word in the dust. Don’t get me
wrong, Microsoft Word is an excellent program and is very useful for specific
tasks, but note-taking isn’t one of them. OneNote allows users to take
notes the way that works best for them. In this blog entry, I will walk you through the installation process for your computer, step-by-step.
When working with SharePoint, you occasionally need to work with related data. Since SharePoint isn’t setup for true relational data, that means we’re typically working with lookup columns from a child to a parent list. This is all fine well and good, but I had a client ask me for some special filtering and output with this related data. After reviewing my options, I found that the quickest way to do this (in under 15 minutes) is to use Microsoft’s Power Pivot add-in for Excel. No SharePoint Designer required! If you have Excel 2010, you will need to download and install the add-in. If you use Excel 2013, the add-in is already installed, you just have to enable it.
While working on a client request recently, I came across a way to easily work with date and time values in a SharePoint Designer 2010 workflow. I was able to solve this using only SharePoint Designer. I reviewed other solutions, and I will give links to a couple others in case they are needed. This worked for me, and I didn’t see anyone else with this exact solution so I thought I would share for the greater good.
While working on a PowerShell script to do some updating list items in SharePoint, I first had to get some properties from the user account in Active Directory. The end goal was to update a managed metadata field, choosing terms based on the root OU that the user resided in Active Directory. I found an easier way to do this with PowerShell and wanted to share.
If you’ve gotten to this page, it’s because you or your users make heavy use of SharePoint lists, and the inevitable request came up “Ok this is great, but I can’t print this item, help!”. Like most things with SharePoint, there is no one right answer (sometimes there is!), but some are definitely easier than others or better depending on your needs. I'll show you a couple different common solutions out there in one place, and what worked for me.
If you're unsure what ULS logs are or what they're used for, please see my previous post where I cover the basics. On a recent project, I was adding a new server to a SharePoint 2010 farm. After the join was completed, I went to go review the ULS logs to ensure all looked well and no serious errors or other issues came up. To my surprise, it was empty! It turned out to be a simple fix, but here are some things to check when this happens:
While you shouldn’t have to, it might be necessary to either perform an IISRESET on the problem server, or even reboot to ensure new credentials take affect.
I recently had a client that wanted to change the default text that appears in all search boxes. By default it shows “Search this site…” and the client wanted it to be a little more customized to their environment. It turns out this is very simple to accomplish, and no code! We just need to edit 2 XML files.
I wanted to share this quick tip with PowerShell. Many times, we need to have an easy way to find the configuration database, and like a good SharePoint administrator, you want to try and use PowerShell. I have come across other blogs here and others that mention finding this with the registry, so this is just another way to do it.
There are numerous cool new features in SharePoint 2010, and I’ve found that integrating them into custom solutions are not always straightforward. I found this to be true with ratings as well. Ratings are one of the new social tagging features that gives users a 1–5 star graphic to rate content. You can find a high level overview of social tagging features here on TechNet.
Normally this isn’t a problem. For example, you have your normal Shared Documents library, and you want users to be able to rate content. No problem right? We go into the library settings, and then click on Rating Settings. We simple click Yes, and hit ok. Too easy:
Even if you’ve planned your SharePoint project properly, or it might be years later, you need to rename your SharePoint 2010 server. This quick tip covers this on SharePoint 2010 which is a much cleaner experience than it was in 2007. There is an STSADM switch that can handle it, but for 2010, there is a certain procedure to yield best results. I was able to do this on a single SharePoint server earlier and it worked great! This was a single SharePoint server with SQL on another server.
For 2010, there’s a new PowerShell cmdlet for this very thing, Rename-SPServer. This is this article on TechNet covering the procedure. It has you renaming the server itself first, then fixing up SharePoint. However I’ve heard of issues with that, and I had better results by doing it in reverse. That is, running the PowerShell to fix up SharePoint then renaming the server. Here is what I did:
1: Rename-SPServer –identity “old_server_name” –name “new_server_name”
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