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When running the Get-PnPProvisioningTemplate and the Apply-PnPProvisioningTemplate it is sometime necessary to see what is going on while the call is processing. Just run the following command firs...
On a recent project of mine, I’ve been working with the PnP Provisioning engine using PowerShell. It’s really the first time I’ve really worked with it, and I must say I’m i...
Do you get fed up keep typing in your username and password when you are connection to SharePoint via PowerShell? Or you have to keep changing between multiple tenants and get fed up keep typing in...
Visual Studio debugging and the Avast pop-up      11-Jul-2017     32  
Whenever I do programming on my own laptop, because I have Avast installed, every time I try to debug a program I get the above pop-up appear in the bottom right of my screen. The debugger doesn...
In the past I, have created a Power BI file connecting it to the developer tenant data, design the reports based on the dummy data in my development tenant, before publishing it to the production t...
Power BI is a good way of display results from inside SharePoint in a dashboard/report. I’m using Power BI desktop to set up my report, which can be downloaded from the Microsoft Site: https:...
Following on from my last post of using GET REST API in workflows, this post will show how you can create an item in a list using the POST REST API. Creating a list Item using REST API. Using the s...
SharePoint Workflows have been around for a long time, and with Microsoft flow now firmly taking hold the need for SharePoint workflows might be less. However, I recently had to work with SharePoin...
Hide your documents from Delve      19-May-2017     164  
Delve is a powerful tool to see and discover information that is likely to be interesting to you. You only see content that you have access to. The powerful search behind Delve uses the Microsoft G...
A weird thing started happening on my Microsoft SharePoint site yesterday. Every time I hit a page/site the browser continuously refreshed over and over. I had no problems if I did this in Chrome, ...
As much as I like to write blogs, I also like to follow and work through other people’s blogs, especially if they are step by step instructions similar to the way I think. This one particular...
When Visual Studio 2015 uses NodeJS and NPM it uses the version local to itself, which as I discovered is annoying if: You didn’t know this Thought your PC was up to date after installing the...
Getting Started with TypeScript      28-Nov-2016     293  
What is TypeScript? TypeScript works on any browser, any host, any operating system. TypeScript isn’t really a new language. It is an open source project, maintained by Microsoft, configurabl...
Getting Fiddler to work with SharePoint Online      12-Sep-2016     386  
Something that I’ve always struggled with is getting Fiddler to provide me with REST API results for SharePoint online. These steps should help you. Install and configure Fiddler First downlo...
A few years ago I wrote “Build your SharePoint 2013 development machine on Windows Server 2012” series, I mainly work in the cloud now, but as the blogs was so popular, I thought I woul...
A few years ago I wrote “Build your SharePoint 2013 development machine on Windows Server 2012” series, I mainly work in the cloud now, but as the blogs was so popular, I thought I woul...
A few years ago I wrote “Build your SharePoint 2013 development machine on Windows Server 2012” series, I mainly work in the cloud now, but as the blogs was so popular, I thought I woul...
A few years ago I wrote “Build You SharePoint 2013 development machine on Windows Server 2012” series, I mainly work in the cloud now, but as the blogs was so popular, I thought I would...
A few years ago I wrote “Build your SharePoint 2013 development machine on Windows Server 2012” series, I mainly work in the cloud now, but as the blogs was so popular, I thought I woul...
A few years ago I wrote “Build your SharePoint 2013 development machine on Windows Server 2012” series, I mainly work in the cloud now, but as the blogs was so popular, I thought I woul...
A few years ago I wrote “Build your SharePoint 2013 development machine on Windows Server 2012” series, I mainly work in the cloud now, but as the blogs was so popular, I thought I woul...
A few years ago I wrote “Build You SharePoint 2013 development machine on Windows Server 2012” series, I mainly work in the cloud now, but as the blogs was so popular, I thought I would...
A few years ago I wrote “Build your SharePoint 2013 development machine on Windows Server 2012” series, I mainly work in the cloud now, but as the blogs was so popular, I thought I woul...
A few years ago I wrote “Build your SharePoint 2013 development machine on Windows Server 2012” series, I mainly work in the cloud now, but as the blogs was so popular, I thought I woul...
A few years ago I wrote “Build your SharePoint 2013 development machine on Windows Server 2012” series, I mainly work in the cloud now, but as the blogs was so popular, I thought I woul...
A few years ago I wrote “Build You SharePoint 2013 development machine on Windows Server 2012” series, I mainly work in the cloud now, but as the blogs was so popular, I thought I would...
A few years ago I wrote “Build You SharePoint 2013 development machine on Windows Server 2012” series, I mainly work in the cloud now, but as the blogs was so popular, I thought I would...
A few years ago I wrote “Build You SharePoint 2013 development machine on Windows Server 2012” series, I mainly work in the cloud now, but as the blogs was so popular, I thought I would...
A few years ago I wrote “Build You SharePoint 2013 development machine on Windows Server 2012” series, I mainly work in the cloud now, but as the blogs was so popular, I thought I would...
A few years ago I wrote “Build You SharePoint 2013 development machine on Windows Server 2012” series, I mainly work in the cloud now, but as the blogs was so popular, I thought I would...
Branding your Office 365 sign-in pages      17-Aug-2016     319  
Are you fed up when you go to sign into your SharePoint Online sites, that you see the default picture that Microsoft provides? Wouldn’t it be nice that the sign in page matched your branding...
Temporal Tables in SQL 2016 and SQL Azure      20-Jun-2016     458  
Have you ever been asked to create a History/audit table for your database? Do you need to? If so, then read this blog post on the awesome feature now built into SQL 2016 and SQL Azure. What is a t...
If you are lucky enough today, you might have noticed the new Site Contents page. It appears if your SharePoint online version is 16.0.532.1205 or above. You can find out which version you are runn...
This was easier than I thought it was going to be. Using purely point and click, and Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer. To be able to backup/export a database you need to have an Azure Blob Storage....
In SQL Azure if you connect up Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, you have to do everything using SQL statements, there is no ability to point and click your way through creating accounts, mem...
I’m pretty new at Entity Framework and really haven’t even skimmed the surface of what it can do. But as a newbie, I encountered this error right from the start and my bet is other peop...
Been working with SharePoint Add-in tokens for a while now, but this week has been the first time I’m still working with an add-in longer than a year in one environment. My application start ...
The other day, I very lazily, used SharePoint Designer to add a few items to the property bag. Soon as I done it, someone then said they wanted to search upon the values inside the property bag. Un...
Setting the landing page for a wiki library      02-Mar-2016     344  
When you create a new wiki library, just by clicking on the library takes you directly to the home page of the wiki. Not to the list of pages like you would get if you clicked on the document libra...
Updated Pages link in Wiki Pages missing      02-Mar-2016     359  
When creating a Wiki page library, every page you create/modify appears in the Updated Pages section above your quick launch navigation. Now, out of the box a team site has site pages. Site pages i...
Many times before I have had to write a bit of PowerShell to loop through a SharePoint site fixing something up. When I start writing this script I normally start from scratch each time. Basically ...
Basic Logging within Web Jobs      10-Sep-2015     447  
When you are a developer it’s very easy to debug code, step through it and understand exactly what is happening at different parts of the code. When the code is finally shipped to a productio...
In my previous two blog posts, I have spoken about concurrency using Azure Blobs and Azure Table Storage. Azure Blob Storage and managing concurrency Azure Table Storage and managing concurrency In...
Azure Table Storage and managing concurrency      08-Sep-2015     505  
In my previous post, Azure Blob Storage and managing concurrency, I wrote about storing a blob and then using either: Optimistic concurrency – When performing an update, it will verify if the data ...
Azure Blob Storage and managing concurrency      07-Sep-2015     459  
There are different ways you can manage concurrency within a blob storage. Blob leases work where a process will obtain a lease/lock on a file, that process will be able to update that file. Any ot...
Creating lookup and dependency columns in CSOM      29-Aug-2015     640  
What is a dependency column? When you create a list in SharePoint this list can be used as a lookup. So for example (a very bad example, but gives you the idea), you have a customer list and an ord...
With the use of Content Types, you can assigned a Document Template to the content type. That way when the user goes to create a new document of that content type, they will be given a Word/PowerPo...
The scenario I had set up was, a few content types with different site columns assigned to the content type. (Single Line of Text, Ratings and Managed Metadata). Each content type also had a docume...
I’ve upgraded a laptop tonight to Windows 10. The laptop is quite old, it’s a Compaq and it was brought with Vista originally installed on it. Once it had finished upgrading, I found th...
I updated my first PC to Windows 10 today, never actually touched Windows 10 before today, and to ensure I didn’t damage my PC with a first run, I used my Mum’s. You can see the blog he...
Upgrading to Windows 10      01-Aug-2015     439  
It’s has been a very long while since I have written a blog, and this one is an easy one, hopefully there will be enough screenshots and walkthrough steps that it will help even the most basi...
Deploying an Azure Website using PowerShell      18-May-2015     500  
Every developer learns that F5 is their deployment friend, but when it comes to deploying to live/production environments it is not an option. So how can you website code be deployed into Azure? Le...
SQL Azure – Creating SQL Azure Server and Database in Azure Management SQL Azure – Configuring SQL Azure so you can connect from Local SQL Management Studio SQL Azure – Creating SQL Azu...
SQL Azure – Creating SQL Azure Server and Database in Azure Management SQL Azure – Configuring SQL Azure so you can connect from Local SQL Management Studio SQL Azure – Creating S...
SQL Azure – Creating SQL Azure Server and Database in Azure Management SQL Azure – Configuring SQL Azure so you can connect from Local SQL Management Studio SQL Azure – Creating S...
SQL Azure – Creating SQL Azure Server and Database in Azure Management SQL Azure – Configuring SQL Azure so you can connect from Local SQL Management Studio SQL Azure – Creating S...
Impersonation with Yammer and C#      15-Apr-2015     781  
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been investigating and learning how to impersonate a user in Yammer. Although there information out there, there was nothing showing from beginning to end h...
The other day I was trying to create an Azure WebSite for a client, I ran the commands, everything was successful. However when I went to the client Azure tenant, there was no sign of the web site!...
Installing Azure PowerShell      07-Mar-2015     592  
There are lots of Azure Cmdlets available so that you can manage your own Azure environment with Windows PowerShell. To be able to run any of these Cmdlets inside your PowerShell window, you first ...
Setting up Word Automation Services for SharePoint 2013 Setting up PowerPoint Automation Services for SharePoint 2013 Converting a Library’s Word Documents to PDF Converting a Library’s...
Using ITextSharp to Merge PDF’s into one      24-Feb-2015     1040  
Setting up Word Automation Services for SharePoint 2013 Setting up PowerPoint Automation Services for SharePoint 2013 Converting a Library’s Word Documents to PDF Converting a Library’s...
Setting up Word Automation Services for SharePoint 2013 Setting up PowerPoint Automation Services for SharePoint 2013 Converting a Library’s Word Documents to PDF Converting a Library’s...
Test Post      01-Feb-2015     523  
Testing the Tweet Link...
Setting up Word Automation Services for SharePoint 2013 Setting up PowerPoint Automation Services for SharePoint 2013 Converting a Library’s Word Documents to PDF Converting a Library’s PowerPoint ...
Setting up Word Automation Services for SharePoint 2013 Setting up PowerPoint Automation Services for SharePoint 2013 Converting a Library’s Word Documents to PDF Converting a Library’s PowerPoint ...
Setting up Word Automation Services for SharePoint 2013 Setting up PowerPoint Automation Services for SharePoint 2013 Converting a Library’s Word Documents to PDF Converting a Library’s PowerPoint ...
Merging JavaScript using JQuery extend      29-Nov-2014     515  
In a previous blog, I showed how to use a configuration page that attaches a Site Column to a Managed Metadata TermSet. This was done using JavaScript. With SharePoint Online and sandbox solutions,...
Importing Taxonomy to SharePoint using Powershell      29-Nov-2014     1121  
In my previous post I showed you how to Export your Taxonomy from SharePoint, either on premise or Online. It was a PowerShell script that using CSOM reads in the Taxonomy and saves the information...
In a previous post I showed you how to connect your Site Managed Metadata Column to your Term Set in your Taxonomy using JavaScript. The code I put in that blog relies on Taxonomy Term Set ID to be...
A while ago now, and one of my popular blog posts I created a post called Creating a Site Column with Managed Metadata, this showed you how to create a Managed Metadata Site Column and tie it up to...
Nintex Custom Actions – Credential Picker      23-Sep-2014     1279  
Continuing on from my previous post of Nintex Custom Actions – Error Handling, I thought I would also blog about using the Credential Control within a Custom Action. The Credential Control allows t...
Nintex Custom Actions – Error Handling      14-Sep-2014     728  
A while ago now, I wrote a blog post about Nintex Custom Actions. This was written for SharePoint 2010. I have recently worked on a project where I’ve got a chance to use Nintex again. My own...
The code I’m going to show you today will show you how you can upload a file to a document library using REST. This solution could be used within a Sandbox application. To upload files, it is...
Upgrading Sandbox Solutions in SharePoint      21-Aug-2014     473  
In SharePoint 2013 for online solutions there is only two choices for deploying custom code now, using apps, or Sandbox solutions. Now, Microsoft has stated that Sandbox solutions have been depreca...
To grab the User Claim token equivalent of their Windows Domain/Name in powershell you just need to have the following Get-SPClaim function within your script. The above code will display the follo...
Working within my VM this morning, and just testing out basic functionality of SharePoint on my demo site. I went to do a very simple task of creating a new document. I received the following pop u...
Continuing on from my blog post of adding Contoso User to Active Directory, I now want to import these users into SharePoint 2013 and be able to see the profile pictures within My Sites. These inst...
Recently I have been working with the SharePoint User Profile Service at work, and want to start writing some blogs to explain how to use it. However in my demo environment I only have 1 user. Me. ...
Been working on my SharePoint Dev machine where I needed to add a calendar to my site. Wrote the code, everything looked good. I then VPN onto the client’s machine to upload the code to their...
Working in the SharePoint 2013 online world I have found myself deep in the world of JavaScript files. Now as a good developer I ensure that my JavaScript files are all minified before deploying to...