Mario's Mo Betta Blog

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Mario's Mo Betta Blog

  • RIP SharePoint Conference

    Yesterday Julie White announced that we will have a new unified event in Chicago in 2015 that will replace several of our trade shows from the past. Most notably for my community of peers, the SharePoint Conference and TechEd. This is bittersweet. I’ve...
  • Multiple Azure Subscriptions

    I am working writing a script that leverages with Azure IaaS via PowerShell. I also have access to multiple Azure subscriptions from my work. I found out that this can get pretty confusing pretty quick if you also move around from machine to machine like...
  • Missing Azure PowerShell Features

    I had already downloaded the Azure PowerShell modules a while back, and I noticed that the documentation listed parameters that were not available in my cmdlets. The Azure Cmdlet Reference page states Azure modules are updated frequently. If you notice...
  • OneDrive Sharing for Non-Techies

    A non-techie colleague though he had shared one of his OneDrive folders with me. The link I got was in the form file://computer_name/user_name/OneDrive/FileName This is obviously a link to the computer itself. I got him on Lync and we shared his screen...
  • SharePoint SP1 Temporarily Pulled.

    Yeah, kind of like that. The SharePoint team has temporarily pulled Service Pack 1. Per the description, there have been reports of it preventing subsequent CU’s or patches from being installed. If you haven’t installed it yet, don’t until you see it...
  • Windows Phone Sync Error 80070057

    All of a sudden my Microsoft account (aka outlook.com) would not sync on my Lumia 920 running Windows Phone 8. I tried re-entering the password, creating an app password on Outlook.com, but no luck. I of course couldn’t delete it and re-add since it’s...
  • Azure and SharePoint Break Records in Sochi.

    I knew that we were playing a major role in the digital delivery of the Sochi Winter Games with our Azure Media Services offering and powering the official site on Azure, but now that the games are over I learned more details. The Sochi games had the...
  • Outlook 2013 SP1 Breaks Drag and Drop Email

    I installed Office 2013 SP1 today and I noticed that my Outlook client would no longer allow me to drag and drop emails into subfolders in my inbox. Clicking and holding would not give me the “ghost” image of the folder as I dragged it to the subfolder...
  • SharePoint Conference 2014

    I’ll be attending the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas this year. This will be my 3rd SPC. I feel like I’ll have a lot more value to share with attendees this year and likewise I’m much better positioned to learn from the experience. If you see me in...
  • Installing the SharePoint Online Management Shell on Windows 8.1

    I’m running Windows 8.1 and attempted to install the SharePoint Online Management Shell. The instructions say you need to install Windows Management Framework 3.0 but this fails when you try to install it. Turns out you don’t need it if you’re running...
  • All Day Events and GMT

    I am observing a weird quirk with All Day events in a SharePoint calendar. The problem is the “All Day” flag for the “Event” content type. The date values are stored differently depending on whether this flag is set. If you report on the list with a tool...
  • Passing Parameters to NewForm.aspx

    User Story A customer wanted to distribute a survey that would anonymously collect information from mobile device users. The survey needed to pre-fill certain known values such as UserName and Client OS. The UserName is not an AD account but a custom...
  • Custom CRUD forms break when list schema changes

    Symptom A customer has a list with custom New, Edit and Display .aspx forms. The customer later changes the name of a column or removes a column. This changes in the list schema, then you get an error that there is something wrong with the query the next...
  • Shrink Database Size for SAT

    I routinely have to backup and restore databases from customer’s prod environment to the SAT environment. The SAT environment is often limited in terms of storage so I like it when I can do little things that make a big impact on storage size. Below is...
  • PowerPivot “Unsupported Features” warning on EWA

    Problem An Excel workbook displays the following warning when viewed through Excel Web Access (EWA) Cause Likely culprit are usually features that are supported in the Excel client app but difficult to render in a web interface. Functionality for those...
  • SharePoint 2010 Templates for Government

    Microsoft Gold Partner TechSol has released a collection of SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint Online templates targeted for government customers. If you work in the federal space your customers might benefit from these templates. Microsoft posts links to...
  • Account SID’s

    If a user's account gets deleted and then re-created with the same name you will have an orphaned account in the User Profile Database. The SID's will be different. To confirm the different sid's, open the Active Directory Console for PowerShell and type...
  • Create InfoPath forms as another user

    A customer had an InfoPath form library with hundreds of forms already posted. He encountered an issue where forms were no longer displaying the data stored in the list item. This probably occurred because of a form template change some time ago. Re-linking...