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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Build Session: Understanding Authentication and Permissions with Apps for SharePoint and Office

    I am privileged to present at the Build 2013 conference Understanding Authentication and Permissions with Apps for SharePoint and Office .  This session focuses on helping you to understand what an app principal is, how they are registered, and how OAuth is used with Office 365 to provide authentication...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2013 (kb2726992) - The installation of this package failed

    While patching one of my SharePoint 2013 farms with the April 2013 Cumulative Update , I kept receiving an error: “The installation of this package failed”. I had extracted the contents from the executable ZIP file and then just copied the ubersrv2013-kb2726992-fullfile-x64-glb.exe file to my VM. ...
  • Blog Post: My Deck from SharePoint and Windows PowerShell

    I am presenting tonight to the Arizona PowerShell User Group on “SharePoint and Windows PowerShell”. Here is the agenda for the talk: Adding SharePoint snap-in to ISE SharePoint Nouns and Verbs SharePoint –isms Site structure creation Shell administrators Service...
  • Blog Post: Fixing People Picker for SAML Claims Users Using LDAP

    One of the things that frustrates customers when implementing claims authentication in SharePoint is how the people picker works for SAML claims users. If you try to add a SAML claims user to a group in SharePoint, anything you type is considered valid. For instance, I don’t have a user named “THIS...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2013 User Profile Sync for Claims Users

    I have been working with claims authentication quite a bit lately, and something that can be frustrating when using claims authentication for Forms Based Authentication (FBA) or SAML claims is that when you log in you see the claims identifier instead of the user’s name.  As an example, I configured...
  • Blog Post: Create the Best App for Office 2013 in 5 Minutes

    While speaking in Kuala Lumpur for the Ignite developer training, Chris O’Connor (aka @grumpiewookie ) jokingly said that the whole apps for Office thing needed something catchy, something nostalgic.  We need some obscure JavaScript library to do something interesting, something entertaining yet...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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