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Create the Best App for Office 2013 in 5 Minutes
6 May 2013
Clarifying Guidance on SharePoint Security Groups versus Active Directory Domain Services Groups
I received the following question on the SPYam group on Yammer, and decided to share the information with the broader audience via my blog. For SharePoint security Microsoft always recommended to use Active directory group inside SharePoint group. But this guidance now changed Microsoft now recommend...
6 May 2013
How to Allow Only Users Who Have a Community Badge to Your SharePoint 2013 Site
This post will show how you can secure a web site based on if a user has been given a badge in a SharePoint 2013 community site. Badges and Reputation in SharePoint 2013 Community Sites SharePoint 2013 Community Sites provide a new set of features to implement game theory, or gamification. One...
22 Apr 2013
How I Became a SharePoint 2010 MCM
I recently attained the Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint 2010 certification. I have long wanted to write about the experience, but honestly didn’t know how to begin. After quite a few conversations with friends and colleagues, I thought I would share some insight about the process...
17 Apr 2013
Inside SharePoint 2013 OAuth Context Tokens
This post will show you how to inspect the SharePoint 2013 context token to better understand how OAuth is used in SharePoint 2013 apps. First, Some Context In order to use a context token with SharePoint 2013 apps, you will need to create a provider-hosted app that uses a client ID and a client secret...
5 Apr 2013
Access 2013–Not Your Father’s Access
I worked this weekend to prepare for a presentation this week at the Dallas SharePoint TechFest , “Access Services 2013 – Not Your Father’s Access!” I am covering the new features of Access 2013 as an app designer for SharePoint 2013. While presenting on Access, I frequently say that while...
2 Apr 2013
New Features in Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012
The Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 have been released and have some fantastic new additions in them for building apps. This blog post covers some of the new features that you’ll want to be familiar with. New Project Item Templates There are a few project item templates...
1 Apr 2013
SharePoint 2013 App Only Policy Made Easy
This post demonstrates the app only policy for SharePoint 2013 app development and show how to create SharePoint 2013 apps using OAuth tokens with either a trust to ACS as well as S2S. I show how to request the AllowAppOnlyPolicy permission and how to execute actions that the current user is not...
23 Feb 2013
Configuring LDAP for FBA in SharePoint 2010 or SharePoint 2013 with PowerShell
This post provides PowerShell script to easily configure forms based authentication using LDAP in SharePoint 2010 or 2013. A long time ago, I wrote a post that shows how to configure the SQL Server Provider for FBA in SharePoint 2010 . I also wrote an accompanying post on how to automate configuring...
31 Jan 2013
Enable Exchange Mailboxes for All Users in an OU
This is more of a note to myself than anything, but what the heck, why not share it with everyone else? I frequently build new SharePoint farms for development and testing, and I usually create a new domain controller and populate it with users. One of my favorite scripts is by Mark Rhodes, “ Adding...
23 Jan 2013
Creating High Trust SharePoint Apps with Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 - Preview 2
This post shows how to create a High Trust app using Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 - Preview 2 tools. During SharePoint Conference 2012, Scott Guthrie announced the release of Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 - Preview 2 . These are the tools to add to...
27 Nov 2012
Configuring Access Services 2013 on Premises
UPDATE: See White Paper: Office 2013--Access Services Setup for an On-Premises Installation for updated guidance for configuring Access Services 2013 for the RTM version. Recently I co-presented the developer track for Ignite training with Andrew Connell. The training, developed by Critical Path...
30 Aug 2012
Setting Up FBA and SQL Membership in SharePoint 2010 with PowerShell
This post provides PowerShell script to easily configure SQL FBA in SharePoint 2010. A long time ago, I wrote a blog post that shows how to configure the SQL Server Provider for FBA in SharePoint 2010 . I have been working on a project that requires me to configure FBA, and I got kind of tired...
29 Aug 2012
Inside the SharePoint 2010 My Site Cleanup Timer Job
This post will discuss what the SharePoint 2010 My Site Cleanup Timer Job is, what it does, and how to manage it. If you need to implement your own cleanup process, this post will also provide building blocks for implementing your own solution to manage deleted users and My Sites. What is the My...
25 Jun 2012
Setting Object Cache Accounts in SharePoint 2010
This post will show how to set the PortalSuperUser and PortalSuperReader accounts for SharePoint 2010 using PowerShell. Background I frequently create web applications in my SharePoint 2010 environment that use Windows claims authentication. When you specify the authentication to use claims, an...
2 Jun 2012
What Every SharePoint Admin Needs to Know About Host Named Site Collections
This post intends to tell you everything you need to know about host named site collections so that you can decide if they are appropriate for your environment. This post is NOT telling you to run out and create everything as host named site collections in SharePoint, instead it is meant to help...
27 Mar 2012
Updating SharePoint Managed Metadata Columns with PowerShell
This post shows how to update a field with a managed metadata term. Background As with all software projects, requirements change as soon as you deliver. We created a huge list based on a nested folder structure. Of course, our customer thought navigating this was too cumbersome, requiring them...
15 Feb 2012
Iterating Large SharePoint Lists with PowerShell
In a previous post, I wrote about creating a large list with PowerShell . Now that the data is in SharePoint, how do you get the data back out? As a reminder, here is the structure that I created, where each “subsubfolder” contains 500 items, giving us a grand total of 50,000 items in a list named...
13 Feb 2012
SharePoint Error 6398 - You do not have permission to run 'SP_TRACE_CREATE'
Working with a customer, we noticed a large number of errors in the Windows Application event log for error 6398. The errors look like: The Execute method of job definition Microsoft.SharePoint.Diagnostics.SPSqlDeadlockDiagnosticProvider (ID c020fbe2-7771-495c-95dd-ad7fb680e2e5) threw an exception...
9 Feb 2012
Creating SharePoint Folders and Items with PowerShell
I was working on a customer problem and needed a very large list to try to reproduce a problem. I typically fire up Visual Studio and create Yet Another Console App. You know, one of the hundred or so “ConsoleApplication1” projects that litter your My Documents/Visual Studio/Projects folder...
24 Jan 2012
SharePoint 2010 CAML List Joins
This post demonstrates how to use the JOIN syntax in CAML. A customer pinged me asking about how to write a JOIN query in CAML. Honestly, I haven’t done this since in a long time, so it took awhile to shake off the cobwebs. I tried to make things explicit and easy to reproduce in your environment...
20 Jan 2012
Consolidate SharePoint 2010 Application Pools
Working with a customer, we saw that they had 20 or so web application pools, each with 1 web application each. The software boundary for SharePoint 2010 is to have no more than 10 web application pools . Because each application pool can have multiple web applications assigned to it, and...
19 Dec 2011
Extract a WSP Solution from SharePoint 2010
This post shows how to download a WSP from SharePoint 2010 using PowerShell. Background A customer of mine had a scenario where they needed to download a WSP from SharePoint 2010. In the Central Administration screen, a link is not available for you to download the WSP solution. Likewise, with...
5 Dec 2011
Playing with SharePoint 2010 MUI
This post shows how to set up a SharePoint environment to explore the multilingual user interface (MUI). Background I admit to being a typical American. When I write applications, I hardly ever use resource files to support any language other than English. My friend Derek Noonan sent...
28 Nov 2011
Add Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell Snap-In to All PowerShell Windows
This post will show you how to ensure Add-PSSnapin "Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell" has been executed in all PowerShell windows. Background I have been doing a lot of work in PowerShell lately, and found myself frequently in the PowerShell ISE window writing scripts. I was constantly...
14 Nov 2011
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