Apr 01

Think before you give your Office 365 a tenancy name!

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One question that comes up time and again in engagements is “Can I change the URL for SharePoint Online to match my domain name?” and the short answer is no.. whatever you made your tenancy name when you created it, is what will form the URL for SharePoint and OneDrive and other URL based services (E.g. …

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Mar 30

Bypassing the Content Organiser in SPO

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I haven’t had to work with the content organiser since SP2010, but just recently I was working with a client that wanted to re-create some of their on-prem 2010 configuration in SharePoint Online. One of these items was the use of the Drop-Off library to allow third parties to add documents into their libraries, whilst …

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Jan 01

What a wonderful start to the new year! MVP Award 2016

Christmas 2015 won’t go down as one of my best Christmas periods ever due to a particularly nasty bout of flu, you know the kind where just thinking of moving sets you coughing, sneezing and generally feeling rubbish? Luckily I’m over the worst and we were able to see in the new year with a …

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Dec 26

Rendering People or Group fields in Custom JSLink Display Templates

When working with Display Templates in SharePoint 2013, you quite often want to provide a similar user experience within your templates to ensure that user adoption is achieved swiftly and simply. One of the key elements to this is to use the out of the box rendering methods where possible. One of the field types …

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Dec 16

SharePoint–Outbound Hybrid Search and web proxies

I’m currently working with a client to implement hybrid search between their on-premises environment and Office 365. This is generally done in two stages, with the outbound (usually the simplest) being done first by following this technet article (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/dn607305.aspx) Unfortunately simple was not the case in this instance and when we went to create the …

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Oct 30

Infopath, Repeating tables and removing duplicates

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I was recently engaged by a client to assist them with creating and managing a role based access request system for their SAP implementation. The current process that was entirely paper based, consisting of a form that was completed by the requesting user, taken around each of the role approvers, finance checks and then finally …

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Oct 11

SharePoint Saturday Munich 2015 & the London SharePoint Social

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SharePoint Saturday Munich 2015 I’ve just come back from the inaugural SharePoint Saturday Munich and I have to admit I had a blast! The event was exceptionally well organised by Matthias Einig and Monika Baur from Rencore and from a speaker point of view it’s probably one of, if not the best SharePoint Saturday events …

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Sep 12

SharePoint Personal Sites for users from a Trusted Domain

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Whilst working on a small piece for a client to allow their users to create personal sites, I encountered an interesting error with a fairly simple and understandable fix. But i wasted around an hour before I twigged what the issue was, so I figured it’s worth documenting here! For this client, the SharePoint server …

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Aug 11

Community Events SUGUK / SharePoint Saturday.. a busy few months ahead!

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SharePoint User Group UK – London First off, we’ll be having a Vendor night at the SharePoint User Group UK – London region on September 17th at Microsoft Victoria. more details will be available soon and we’ll be releasing the Eventbrite entry very soon, so keep and eye on the www.suguk.org web site for more …

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Jul 21

Automated testing of a Provider Hosted App with PowerShell

Background I was recently  engaged to assist a client in arranging for SharePoint search results to be surfaced in a Drupal PHP based content management system. Using the excellent blog post by Kirk Evans (High Trust SharePoint Apps on Non-Microsoft platforms) and some judicious use of Fiddler/NetMon we were able to get the Drupal Application …

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