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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
Getting the Current User Identity in a Low Trust App in SharePoint 2013
Today's post comes primarily because it's a common question, but not because it's a particularly brilliant answer; maybe just a bit unexpected. If you followed the some of the differences between low trust and high trust apps in SharePoint, you will know that in a low trust app, SharePoint knows who...
20 Nov 2013
Use Social Tools to Tell me What You Want to See Here Next
Hey folks, I decided to try something completely new and different (on a few different fronts). I mostly blog about topics that I've seen come up with customers, or requests from folks that I know at work. I thought I'd give a go at harnessing the power of social media though to get ideas and suggestions...
4 Sep 2013
Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 3
PREVIOUS: Security in SharePoint Apps - Part 2 In the first two parts of this series we looked at what an App Principal is and what the security context is that we use when a request comes into SharePoint. Now that we have those basic components of the framework defined, let’s talk a little...
30 Jul 2013
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
Another 401 Unauthorized Tip for Working with SharePoint Apps
I've tried to update the related postings to this, but sometimes you need a call out to make sure it catches your attention so...here's another troubleshooting tip for when you get a 401 unauthorized error when your app tries to access SharePoint content. Suppose you have gotten everything working and...
3 Jul 2013
Converting a VS.NET Web for a Provider Hosted SharePoint App to a Full Blown Web or Console Application
This post is yet another in my series of "how long of a post title I can come up with and still not convey the actual essence of the post" contest. I'm sure you've all been following along at home and are thrilled to see another entry, but it was either this or create a title with like 63 words in it...
13 Jun 2013
Another Port Opening for Search in SharePoint 2013
My friend JP is hard at work finding all the port openings we need that haven't gotten completely documented yet, and here's a new one. (By the way, these all ARE working their way into TechNet, it will just take a month or two probably for them to find their way there). If you have firewall turned on...
1 Feb 2013
Getting a Full Result Set from a Remote SharePoint Index in SharePoint 2013
This post is in follow up to a previous post about setting up an OAuth trust between two farms: http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2012/07/23/setting-up-an-oauth-trust-between-farms-in-sharepoint-2013.aspx . The primary reason for writing that post was to describe how to set up an OAuth trust...
25 Jan 2013
Using OData and ECTs in SharePoint 2013
One of the nice enhancements in SharePoint 2013 BCS world is that SharePoint can now consume OData in BDC applications. There are a couple of gaps I ran across recently though when going through this process so I thought I'd cover them here in case anyone else gets similarly stuck. To start with...
7 Dec 2012
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
Integrating People Metadata In Content Searches Using Query Rules in SharePoint 2013
Okay, that’s admittedly kind of a long goofy title, so what is Steve talking about here? Well, let me phrase it this way – a few days ago I saw a question flying around that went something like this: I have folks that work for different departments in my organization, like Sales, Finance...
19 Aug 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
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
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
Debugging Display Templates
23 Jul 2012
Setting Up the Subscription Settings Service Application in SharePoint 2013
Here’s a little tip that’s not particularly brilliant, but just useful, as you start working with the new application model in SharePoint 2013. You always need a subscription settings service application, but it’s one of those things that you cannot create in the UI. So just keep a...
23 Jul 2012
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
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