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  • Blog Post: Azure AD Application Proxy and SharePoint 2013

    This post will show how to configure Azure Active Directory Application Proxy for an on-premises SharePoint 2013 installation using Kerberos constrained delegation. Background I see this question in emails and online forums alike almost weekly: “We need users to access our on-premises SharePoint farm...
  • Blog Post: Adding Active Directory Certificate Services to a Lab Environment

      This post will show how to add Active Directory Certificate Services to a lab environment. Background I often create a set of virtual machines that include a database, an IIS server, and an Active Directory domain controller.  Frequently I will need to add a certificate for a web site on...
  • Blog Post: A Sample SharePoint App That Calls A Custom Web API

    This post will show how to create a Web API that calls other services on behalf of the current user. Background This post is part of a series on building a SharePoint app that communicate with services protected by Azure AD. Part 1 - An Architecture for SharePoint Apps That Call Other Services Part 2...
  • Blog Post: Call O365 Exchange Online API from a SharePoint App

    This post will show how to call an O365 Exchange Online API from a SharePoint provider-hosted app.  The code for this post is available at https://github.com/kaevans/spapp-exchange .  Background This post is part of a series on building a SharePoint app that communicate with services protected...
  • Blog Post: An Architecture for SharePoint Apps That Call Other Services

    This post will show an architecture for a SharePoint provider hosted app that calls other services such as the O365 API for Exchange, Azure AD Graph API, PowerBI API, or a custom Web API. Background This post is part of a series on building a SharePoint app that communicate with services protected by...
  • Blog Post: Making SharePoint Apps Scale with Azure Redis Cache

    This post will show how to create custom classes for a SharePoint 2013 app that enable the use of Azure Redis Cache. Background Often times there are web application design constraints that require use of session state. From Scott Guthrie’s book: It's often not practical in a real-world...
  • Blog Post: High Trust SharePoint Apps on Non-Microsoft Platforms

    This post will discuss some options for building high-trust apps for SharePoint when the app is not running on a Microsoft platform.  Background Let me start this post by saying I don’t have code to announce or a solution to provide.  I am merely pointing out that building both low-trust and...
  • Blog Post: Calling O365 APIs from your Web API on behalf of a user

    This post will show how to create a custom Web API that calls the Office 365 APIs on behalf of a user. Background How about that title?!?  That’s pretty geeky. I’ve been working with a customer who is interested in the new Office 365 APIs that were announced at SharePoint Conference.  They...
  • Blog Post: Deploying a SharePoint App to Azure As Part of a Build

    This post will show how to use continuous integration with a SharePoint provider-hosted app deployed to an Azure web site. Background I’ve written on the topic of SharePoint apps and ALM before, but I couldn’t get the whole thing to work with Azure web sites, just my own IIS server.  I decided it...
  • Blog Post: Building SharePoint 2013 Apps with Windows Azure PaaS

    This post will show how to create a SharePoint 2013 app leveraging Windows Azure PaaS and the Windows Azure SDK 2.2. You can watch the video online of the presentation that I did about this solution at SharePoint Conference 2014, Building SharePoint Apps with Windows Azure Platform as a Service, at...
  • Blog Post: Building a SharePoint App as a Timer Job

    This post will show how to create an app as a timer job. Background One of the complicated parts of the app model today is trying to figure out how to do things that I used to do in full trust code using the app model.  Honestly, things look a little different, and this pattern will be useful to...
  • Blog Post: Attaching Remote Event Receivers to Lists in the Host Web

    This post shows how to attach a remote event receiver to a list in the host web for a SharePoint provider-hosted app. Background While working on the SharePoint 2013 Ignite content, apps were still very much new and very little documentation existed.  We were fighting a problem of using an app that...
  • Blog Post: Creating a SharePoint 2013 App With Azure Web Sites

    This post will show how to create a SharePoint 2013 app for Office 365 and publish it to an Azure web site.  If you don’t have either today, you can get an Office 365 trial for free and an Azure web site for free .  If you are an MSDN subscriber, you have access to free MSDN benefits including...
  • Blog Post: Call O365 using CSOM with a Console Application

    This post shows how to use the SharePointOnlineCredentials class to authenticate to O365 from a console application. Background I write a ton of short samples for customers and co-workers.  I’ve written this one quite a few times but never seemed to add it to my personal source code control repository...
  • Blog Post: Setting a SharePoint Person or Group Field Value with CSOM

    I recently was asked a question about setting a Person or Group field value in a list using CSOM.  This post shows how to programmatically set a user or group field value using CSOM. Background A developer wants to programmatically add users as members to a Community site in SharePoint 2013. ...
  • Blog Post: What Every Developer Needs to Know About SharePoint Apps, CSOM, and Anonymous Publishing Sites

    This post will show what works and what doesn’t with CSOM and REST in a SharePoint 2013 publishing site that permits anonymous access.  More importantly, we show what you should and should not do… and why. Overview I frequently see questions about using SharePoint apps with “public-facing web sites...
  • Blog Post: Enabling the Developer Site Collection Feature in SharePoint Online

    I have been doing a bit of work updating some of our content for apps lately, and I found a couple areas where I needed to enable the developer site collection feature for a new site collection.  You might want to enable the developer site collection feature when you need to side-load an app and...
  • Blog Post: Introducing SharePointContext for Provider-Hosted SharePoint Apps!

    One of the more frustrating parts of building provider-hosted apps for SharePoint 2013 was that you needed to choose ahead of time if you were targeting a low-trust app or a high-trust app and use the appropriate methods in TokenHelper.cs.  Not only that, but figuring out how to use the app-only...
  • Blog Post: Moving Path Based to Host Named Site Collections

    This post illustrates a problem with detaching content databases that contain site collections restored from path-based site collections to host named site collections. Background The recommendation for SharePoint 2013 is to use a single web application and leverage host named site collections. In a...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Fiddler Extension for SharePoint 2013 App Tokens

    This post will show how to create a Fiddler extension to inspect SharePoint 2013 context and access tokens. [ Update 11/21/2013: Andrew Connell was nice enough to post this project to GitHub to allow the community to make contributions to the project. Visit his blog for more information on contributing...
  • Blog Post: ALM for SharePoint Apps – Understanding Provider Hosted App Publishing

    This post shows how to create a publishing profile for provider-hosted apps and use them as part of the build process. Overview This is part 4 in a series on ALM for SharePoint 2013 apps. Part 1 - ALM for SharePoint Apps: Configuring a TFS Build Server with Team Foundation Service Part 2 - ALM for SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: ALM for SharePoint Apps: Customizing the Build Process with a Custom Workflow Activity

    This post shows how to create a custom customize the build process for provider-hosted apps with a custom workflow activity that will update the appmanifest.xml file for a provider-hosted app to point to different web servers. Overview This is part 3 in a series on ALM for SharePoint Apps. Part 1 - ALM...
  • Blog Post: ALM for SharePoint Apps: Implementing Continuous Integration

    This post shows how to implement continuous integration for a provider-hosted app in SharePoint 2013.  Overview This is Part 2 of a series. Part 1 - ALM for SharePoint Apps: Configuring a TFS Build Server with Team Foundation Service Part 2 - ALM for SharePoint Apps: Implementing Continuous Integration...
  • Blog Post: ALM for SharePoint Apps: Configuring a TFS Build Server with Team Foundation Service

    This post shows how to configure a TFS Team Build 2012 server with Team Foundation Service in the cloud, and how to create a basic build of a SharePoint 2013 provider hosted app. Overview This is part 1 of a series on ALM for SharePoint Apps. Part 1 - ALM for SharePoint Apps: Configuring a TFS Build...
  • Blog Post: Access Services 2013 Setup for an On-Premises Installation

    This blog post will show you how to configure Access Services 2013 to use in your own environment. Overview Back in August 2012, when SharePoint 2013 was just in Beta 2 phase and not yet released, I wrote a blog post on Configuring Access Services 2013 on Premises . That blog post was accurate...
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