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  • Blog Post: Export Members of a SharePoint Audience

    Here is a quick PowerShell script that I put together for a customer to enable them to export the usernames and e-mail addresses of all users that are members of a specific SharePoint Audience to a CSV file. Please update the three highlighted values, $Output is the location to write the CSV file...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Organization Browser - Expose more than just User, Title and About Me (Sort Of).

    One of my favourite customers was very keen to display the OOB Organisation Browser web part on several of their pages but they wanted to expose more than the default values against the user. I know this can be done by clicking across to the users profile page but the extra click was not acceptable....
  • Blog Post: SharePoint: Planning for the Future - PowerShell Scripts

    I recently presented a session on planning for the future with SharePoint, as promised to the attendees, below are two of the scripts that I used in my demonstrations to audit Content databases and Site Collections. Content Database Inventory This script outputs details of all Content Databases within...
  • Blog Post: Create a SharePoint Application Pool using PowerShell

    As you may know there isn't an out of the box PowerShell cmdlet available in SharePoint 2010 or 2013 that can be used to create an Application Pool for a Web Application, New-SPServiceApplicationPool ( http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff607595(v=office.15).aspx ) is available however this...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Snippets

    PowerShell Snippets As Premier Field Engineers, we often find that our customers need assistance creating PowerShell scripts that can help automate administrative processes; or retrieve information from their various SharePoint farms. Whilst each of our customers are different and have unique environments;...
  • Blog Post: The Magically Disappearing Sub-Site!

    Working with a customer recently and a sub-site had magically disappeared in their SharePoint 2010 environment, it wasn't available to recover from the Site Collection recycle bin so they had to use their 3rd party backup tool to recover the sub-site, they really wanted to discover which user had deleted...
  • Blog Post: List View Lookup Threshold

    I was recently delivering a SharePoint Risk Assessment on a customers SharePoint 2010 environment, one of the issues identified by the assessment was that the List View Lookup Threshold for all Web Applications had been increased from its default setting of 8 to a huge 15! This is a really bad idea....
  • Blog Post: Invalid field name {17ca3a22-fdfe-46eb-99b5-9646baed3f16}

    Not the most descriptive title but basically summarises the issue. A customer contacted me as they had issues with an Approval Workflow, basically the Workflow would execute but it would never add anything to the Tasks list. The only information present in the ULS logs was: Invalid field name. {17ca3a22...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Office 365 and the Client Side Object Model - CSOM

    SharePoint 2013 included some huge improvements to the Client Side Object Model, as more and more of the customers that I work with are moving to Office 365 I need to start thinking about updating the various scripts that I have to use CSOM. This is critical as my collection of scripts have been exclusively...