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Debugging SharePoint Apps That Are Hosted In Windows Azure Web Sites
Today, I'm going to be the lazy human I'm so frequently accused of being by my somewhat faithful dog Shasta, and bring together two posts written by two other folks into one uber "ain't it cool how this all works together post" by me. Here are the two concepts we're combining today: Publishing...
25 Nov 2013
Creating a Yammer-Centric Security Setup for SharePoint 2013
Okay, I’m going to preface everything in this post by saying what I’m going to be describing is not what you would consider the most secure SharePoint web application in the world. If you are working with sensitive content then this is probably (but not absolutely) NOT the best solution for...
27 Oct 2013
Another Tip if Visual Studio Times Out Trying to Deploy Your App in SharePoint 2013
I've had this happen to me, seemingly randomly, a number of times before. You open Visual Studio and create a new SharePoint App. You go through the wizard and then hit F5 to run, deploy and debug your app. Something happens along the way though...you watch the output window and it just keeps counting...
8 Oct 2013
Dedicating Servers to Distributed Cache in SharePoint 2013
I think I’ve been asked questions about this a half dozen times in the last month, so I decided to just capture my thoughts in a blog past and as always, let you – the viewing public – swing away at it. The question posed has been should we dedicate a separate set of servers for the...
29 Aug 2013
Using Managed Metadata With Variations in SharePoint 2013
I was working with some folks who were having troubles getting metadata driven navigation working with variations recently and it turned out that there were a few details important to know in order to get this to work so I thought I would share them here. The basic gist of the problem is this –...
19 Aug 2013
Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 5
PREVIOUS: Security in SharePoint Apps – Part 4 As promised in Part 4, there’s actually a very interesting type of application that you don’t even install in a site collection. How can this be you ask…well let’s talk about it. With most apps, you have to deploy it...
31 Jul 2013
How To Use CSOM with Ratings in SharePoint 2013
I wrote a related post today about how to find the fields names in a list: http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2013/07/08/how-to-quickly-and-easily-get-a-list-of-fields-in-a-sharepoint-2013-list.aspx. The reason I wrote that was because it came in handy when I was trying to use CSOM to manage...
8 Jul 2013
SharePoint Conference is Back!
Hey all, just spreading the word, in case you have not heard - after taking a one-year hiatus, the SharePoint Conference will be coming back early next year. Please visit http://sharepointconference.com/ to see all the details, and hopefully I'll see some of you at the next SPC.
13 Jun 2013
Integrating SharePoint 2013 with Azure Active Directory – Part 1 Configuration
NOTE: I updated this 10/9/2013 because some of the Url references I had below had changed between when I did it (when AAD was in preview) and now (RTM). The Azure Active Directory (AAD) team has made the first release of their product. Along the way they’ve added functionality that allows you...
10 May 2013
Creating Refinable and Sortable Managed Properties in Sites and Site Collections in SharePoint 2013
Someone was asking today about how to create a managed property at the site or site collection level that is refinable and sortable. When you go into Schema Management at the site collection level you may notice that you can create new managed properties, but only simple ones that are based on string...
4 Apr 2013
Resolving the Directory Links Across Partitions are not Allowed Error When Crawling OData BDC Sources
I've been seeing this error more and more recently, both inside and outside the walls of my employers. The Directory Links across partitions are not allowed error seems to routinely crop up when you have created an OData source with Visual Studio and have uploaded the model to the BDC in SharePoint....
4 Feb 2013
Configuring Multiple Distributed Cache Servers in SharePoint 2013
My good friend JP Poissant found a little configuration glitch the other day when building out a new farm. He found that when he tried to start the distributed cache service running on a second server in the farm, it failed to start. The service was listed but he was getting the "cacheHostInfo is null...
11 Jan 2013
Enabling Licensing and Editing for Office Web Apps in SharePoint 2013
I had the unfortunate need to understand the licensing model a little bit better recently for enabling editing in Office Web Apps. It's a little bit of a circuitous route so I thought I would just quickly detail it here. In short you want to: Create a new license mapping for folks that are going...
31 Dec 2012
Create An Easy PDF Preview for Search Results in SharePoint 2013
I saw this question flying around the other day and thought it was kind of interesting. Someone was asking about the cool new thumbnail previews you get for items in search results in SharePoint 2013. They really liked how Microsoft Office documents work and wanted to be able to do the same thing with...
20 Dec 2012
Using Fiddler With SAML and SharePoint to Get Past the Three Authentication Prompts
Eric Lawrence touches on this topic in one of his Fiddler blog posts, but unless you know what you're looking for it can be hard to track down so I am going to add the SharePoint twist on it here. We often tell folks to use Fiddler to get an idea of what's going on when they are having issues with their...
2 Dec 2012
Using User Context (AKA Segmentation) in Search with SharePoint 2013
Using a context to represent the current user in search was something that we first introduced in FAST Search for SharePoint 2010. If you're interested in how it worked back then you can take a look at this post: http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2009/12/09/using-custom-properties-to-create...
2 Dec 2012
Hybrid Features In SharePoint 2013 and Office 365
For those of you that haven't heard yet, we have some great new features in SharePoint 2013 that enable hybrid environments between on-premises and o365 farms. These features allow you to use your BCS applications you have on premise in your o365 farm, and also to be able to see search results from one...
13 Nov 2012
How to Configure the Global Search Center Url for SharePoint 2013 using PowerShell
I had this question come up today and it was a little bit of work to track down so I thought I would share here. In SharePoint 2013 the Search Service Application has something called a Global Search Center Url. In the absence of any other configuration, this is where folks will get redirected...
29 Oct 2012
Where Did My OWA ULS Logs Go In SharePoint 2013
One of the neat features about SharePoint 2013 is that Office Web Apps has been split off into it's "own product" so it doesn't have to be installed on a SharePoint server anymore. There are lots of reasons to do that, like being able to maintain a separate patching schedule, being able to do a patch...
12 Oct 2012
Working with Request Manager in SharePoint 2013
I haven't seen a lot of information out and about on this yet, so I thought I'd take a little time to frankly - get into some PowerShell - for Request Manager (RM). For those of you who aren't familiar with RM, it's a new piece of SharePoint 2013 designed to do SharePoint request routing and throttling...
14 Sep 2012
Creating Managed Properties in a Site Collection in SharePoint 2013
There are many cool things about search in SharePoint 2013, and one that I think is really going to help growing search verticals for departments and business units is the ability to create managed properties down to the site collection level. Managed properties are frequently used in search verticals...
25 Aug 2012
Searching Property Bags in SharePoint 2013
This is one of the 1001 or great new things about search in SharePoint 2013. In fact if I had the copious free time that would actually be kind of a fun challenge, writing a 1001 new things I like about Search, but I digress. In this particular case, I'm talking about adding properties to a property...
6 Aug 2012
In SharePoint 2013 My Site Collection Will Be Created In What Content Database?
I thought I'd phrase my answer in the form of a question...no wait, that isn't exactly right. Okay, let me just say that this is one short little post that falls in the category of "It's the Little Things You Love" about SharePoint 2013. Today's feature call out is about something that has been asked...
27 Jul 2012
A Memory Issue To Watch in SharePoint 2013 Beta 2
24 Jul 2012
Setting Up an oAuth Trust Between Farms in SharePoint 2013
One of the things you’re likely to hear a lot about in SharePoint 2013, and I may end up writing a lot about, is oAuth. In SharePoint 2013 oAuth is used to establish a trust between two applications for purposes of establishing the identity of a principal (user or application). In SharePoint you...
23 Jul 2012
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