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Access Denied Error with App Only Access Token When Reading Profile Info
This is yet another rather strange error that I ran across and couldn't find any info out on the interwebs about it so I though I would document it here. Suppose you have a SharePoint App that needs to access some User Profile information. You will probably use the PeopleManager class and ask for...
25 Jul 2014
A Couple of Be Prepared Actions When Changing the SharePoint STS Token Signing Certificate for Hybrid Features
I've been working recently with some Microsoft Services and their customers who are changing the SharePoint STS token signing certificate. We are doing this as part of the set of steps required to set up the SharePoint Hybrid features for integrating search and BCS between on premises SharePoint...
16 Jul 2014
Remote SharePoint Index, Hybrid, and SAML
Today's post combines a few different topics, that dare I say, started as a dare (I think). The gauntlet thrown out was whether or not Remote SharePoint Index would work for SAML users as well as Windows users. For those of you not completely familiar with Remote SharePoint Index, I covered it in...
26 Jun 2014
SAML in a Box - Inviting External Users to Your SharePoint Farm
Those of you who follow the Share-n-Dipity blog know that I don’t really do much in the way of product endorsements. However, you have probably also figured out that I’m a big SAML fan, so when a friend of mine recently released a new product for this market it really caught my eye. If you’ve...
10 Jun 2014
SAML Support for SharePoint-Hosted Apps with ADFS 3.0
This is another case where I'm just passing information along here, based on the great work of others. As you probably know, we did not have a good story for SharePoint-hosted apps in web application that uses SAML authentication with ADFS 2.0. However, I have had reports from a couple of different...
19 May 2014
Changes To Know About When Your SharePoint STS Token Signing Certificate Expires - the Impact to Your High Trust Applications
This is a another follow up to my earlier post on changing the token signing certificate for the SharePoint STS as described here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2014/05/06/updating-trust-between-onprem-farms-and-acs-for-apps-when-your-sharepoint-sts-token-signing-certificate-expires.aspx...
12 May 2014
Missing Context Token in Low Trust App with SharePoint 2013 - Part 2
As I noted in my first post on this topic - http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2013/05/28/missing-context-token-in-low-trust-app-with-sharepoint-2013.aspx - you may find yourself in a low trust app without a context token, which basically leaves you up the creek without a paddle. I ran across...
8 May 2014
Create a List in the Host Web When Your SharePoint App is Installed...and Remove it from the Recent Stuff List
This is one of those questions that I've seen asked a lot but for some reason I've never really seen anyone post an answer to it. I did a quick Bing search before writing this post but didn't really see anything up there so I'm going to go out on a bit of a limb and guess that maybe there's...
7 May 2014
Claim Type Exceptions with Custom Claims Providers in SharePoint 2013
This issue applies to SharePoint 2010 as well but...suppose you have created a custom claims provider and one of the things you want to do is to have some custom claim types that you use. What I mean by custom claim types is just that they are not one of the standard out of the box types like email,...
16 Apr 2014
More Info on an Old Friend - the Custom Claims Provider, Uri Parameters and EntityTypes in SharePoint 2013
Back to oldie but a goodie - the custom claims provider for SharePoint. I believe this applies to SharePoint 2010 as well but honestly I have only tested what I'm about to describe on SharePoint 2013 and don't have the bandwidth to go back and do a 2010 test as well. What I wanted to describe...
8 Apr 2014
Integrating Yammer and SharePoint 2013 Search Results
This post is in response to a question I get pretty frequently when talking about Yammer. The question that many folks want to know is "how can I crawl my Yammer content from SharePoint?" Well, unfortunately you can't, and I have no trick up my sleeve to show you otherwise today to say...
12 Mar 2014
Programmatically Adding A Trusted Identity Token Issuer to a Web Application Zone in SharePoint 2010 and 2013
Seems like I haven't had a chance to write a good SharePoint / SAML claims kind of article in a while. I was happily plugging away on some code this weekend for a scenario I haven't done before so I thought I would go ahead and post it here for the search engines. The whole topic in general has...
28 Feb 2014
Update to Guidance for Patching AppFabric on SharePoint 2013 Distributed Cache Servers
For those of you who had the "pleasure" (okay, slight sarcasm there) of watching me in the SharePoint Ignite materials talk about distributed cache, you may recall that our guidance at the time SharePoint 2013 shipped was that you should not patch AppFabric on SharePoint servers independently...
6 Feb 2014
Another BCS Hybrid Tip - Fixing "The Type name for the Secure Store provider is not valid" Error
Here's another error that are actually pretty likely to see if you are setting up BCS hybrid. When you configure your BCS connection in o365 to connect to your on premises data source, one of the things you need to configure is the security that's going to be used to make the call into your data...
17 Jan 2014
Oh No - Your BCS Model Doesn't Show Up When You Create a Content Source For BDC
First let me point out that I gratuitously co-mingled the terms "BCS" and "BDC" in the title because I honestly never know what to call this anymore (I've heard the marketing language before but it just ain't stickin'). So...today's post is something that I thought...
15 Jan 2014
Setting Up BCS Hybrid Features End to End In SharePoint 2013
For those of you who will be attending SharePoint Conference 2014 ( www.sharepointconference.com ), I'm going to be teaching a half-day course after the three main days with Bill Baer and some other folks on SharePoint Hybrid features. This is firming up to be a pretty good session from a presenter...
6 Jan 2014
You Get More Results in the Query Builder for a Web Part Than When the Web Part is Rendered on the Page in SharePoint 2013
I’ve had this issue happen to me a while back and then I saw two other people have the same problem in the last couple of weeks so I decided to do a quick post on this. The scenario usually manifests itself something like this: you are working on some kind of custom search application – like...
26 Dec 2013
Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2 Web Application Proxy for SharePoint 2013 Hybrid Features
This is a topic that’s generated a lot of interest over the last couple of months and I’m happy to report that I was recently able to utilize the new Web Application Proxy (WAP) features of Windows Server 2012 R2 to act as a reverse proxy for the SharePoint 2013 hybrid features. Specifically...
23 Dec 2013
Another Apps for SharePoint Tip with the Error "The issuer of the token is not a trusted issuer"
I was working on a build of SharePoint that is post beta 2 today, and found that one of my custom high trust apps I had built would no longer work. In looking at the ULS logs I was getting the dreaded "The issuer of the token is not a trusted issuer" error message. I think this is the equivalent of ...
28 Sep 2012
Configuration Required for Sharing Feature in SharePoint 2013
Some of you may have noticed the new Share button in SharePoint 2013. Without going into great detail, the Sharing metaphor is plugged in throughout SharePoint as a means for anyone to request and grant access, for themselves or someone else. If you are logged into a site where you are not a site collection...
8 Aug 2012
How To Quickly and Easily Get a List of Fields in a SharePoint 2013 List.
This is going to be the first of two short postings, because while they are related, they are also individually interesting. I was looking for some CSOM to work with Ratings in SharePoint 2013 and not finding much in the way of documentation. After deducing that I would have to go a little well-defined...
9 Jul 2013
Configuring Office Web Apps in SharePoint 2013
As you know or will soon learn, Office Web Apps in SharePoint 2013 is no longer a service application that is part of your SharePoint farm. Instead it is installed as a separate farm, which provides a number of advantages, such as reuse between multiple SharePoint and Exchange farms, a separate patching...
23 Jul 2012
An Important Tip About Client ID Values for S2S Apps in SharePoint 2013
Here's something that might cost you a TON of time if you aren't careful, so please take a few minutes to read this. You should be seeing some documentation pretty shortly that describes how to create what we call an S2S application, which means Server to Server trust application. You will also see this...
29 Jul 2012
Debugging Display Templates
23 Jul 2012
FBA Configuration Manager for SharePoint 2013
Nothing really earth shattering here - the previous version of FBA Configuration Manager for SharePoint 2010 ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2010/07/28/sharepoint-2010-forms-based-authentication-configuration-manager.aspx) won't deploy directly to SharePoint 2013 so the attachment to this...
28 Jul 2012
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