Category: General

Categories and tags are the two default taxonomies that we use at the European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Community website. By design, all posts must be filed under at least one category. As you can imagine, ‘General’ is where we can list almost any topics that is not filed under the other subject headings.

However, some subjects are wide and broad in subject and need to be included in our blog, but don’t quite fit under the existing taxonomies. Hence the ‘General Category’. Content covered can vary from a .NET Runtime for AOT to a SharePoint Conference North America Keynote Summary, Pulse Survey or monthly top SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure resources.

“7 Things You Should Do Before You Escalate to Microsoft Support”
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We had a meeting today to discuss what we should do prior to escalating a ticket to Microsoft. There’s obviously a lot of troubleshooting that Tier 2, Tier 3, and Engineering should do prior to an escalation to Microsoft, and all of that due diligence, but I wanted to put together an escalation checklist that goes beyond it. Kudos to Microsoft Support and Microsoft PFEs.

Scheduled incremental crawls suddenly stopped due to a stale Timer Service in SharePoint 2010
Scheduled incremental crawls suddenly stopped due to a stale Timer Service in SharePoint 2010
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It is always fun to get back on site after a couple of days off work. SharePoint 2010 is like an annoying little critter, if you’re not there to cuddle with it it will do the most strange things.

I currently have a support case open regarding some issues with crawled properties (I hope that will be another story to tell another day) and went into the Search Service Application admin pages in Central Admin to check some things. When poking around I noticed that the incremental crawl hasn’t been run for a few days – actually it stopped working on the 31st of December last year (sounds like ages ago now :-).

SPWorkItemJobDefinition – a different kind of SharePoint Timer Job
SPWorkItemJobDefinition – a different kind of SharePoint Timer Job
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I recently learnt about a new (well new to me at any rate) type of SharePoint timer job. Rather than the standard timer jobs I normally create that inherit from SPJobDefinition, this different kind of timer job inherits from SPWorkItemJobDefinition http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.sharepoint.administration.spworkitemjobdefinition.aspx

With a normal SharePoint timer job (SPJobDefinition), the job is scheduled via an SPSchedule object, and is run whenever this schedule dictates. When an occurrence of the timer job runs, any logic that is contained in the Execute method is then called:

Show or Hide Ribbon Tab Based on User Permissions by Johan Olivier, Qorus
Show or Hide Ribbon Tab Based on User Permissions by Johan Olivier, Qorus
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Recently I wanted to figure out how to show or hide a custom developed SharePoint Ribbon Tab based on the permissions of a logged in SharePoint user.

I have a custom SharePoint 2010 Ribbon Tab with the title ‘Show or Hide Tab’ and I want to hide the tab if a current logged in user is a member of the ‘Root Visitors’ security group.

I do not want to hide the entire ribbon and I also do not want to hide only the inactive buttons. The standard ribbon tabs like ‘Documents’ and ‘Library’ must be visible for all users and audience targeting must be applied only against my new custom ribbon tab.

I can imagine that the requirement is quite a common one. You might want to develop a set of custom tabs which are only visible to users who are members of a specific SharePoint group.

Redirect SharePoint Natively with a Content Editor Webpart
Redirect SharePoint Natively with a Content Editor Webpart
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It can be a pain as you reorganize your site and try to get users to update their links.

Here’s a handy way to do a redirect without editing anything server side. Not that that’s what you should do in SharePoint any way.

Add this snip of code below to to the content editor web part in HTML view on the page you want to redirect from. You will likely want to change the header bar to none to hide the web part as well.

Code Snip: Edit the URL and time as desired.

10 Reasons Why SharePoint Performance Can Slow
10 Reasons Why SharePoint Performance Can Slow
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In recent months, we’ve seen customers who are doing major migrations of documents—for example, from file servers—to SharePoint. Far too often, one of the complaints I hear voiced in these scenarios is how slow the upload can be, particularly when uploading huge numbers of documents. I thought it would be worth starting a discussion of lessons learned related to performance of mass uploads. This is a fairly targeted business scenario—most organizations don’t do this too often—but it also brings up some key points to consider about performance in other SharePoint scenarios.

The following are among the factors that can cause performance of mass uploads to suffer:

• The recovery model for the content database (a SQL Server setting) is set to full by default.

Analysing your investments?
Analysing your investments?
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Modern Day challenges facing modern day CMO’s and Digital Marketers are becoming ever more complex. As the digital space becomes ever more fragmented since the introduction of Mobile Web, Mobile Applications, Tablets, Social Media and IPTV, the modern day Digital Marketing department is under increasing pressure with little resource to effectively manage their brands across the ‘splintered’ internet (or ‘splinternet’ as documented by Forrester Research in 2010 : www.forrester.com/go?docid=56303). In addition to these multiple marketing channels, they are also faced with the management and creation of content, analysis and optimisation in these channels to ultimately acquire new customers and nurture existing customers. How does the modern day marketing team manage? Employ additional resource or outsource to digital agencies? These may be the answers however the first question any business should ask is “am I using my current technologies to my best advantage?”

Microsoft has lead the way for nearly a decade with its fastest growing product ever, Microsoft SharePoint. Nearly every enterprise organisation and a growing number of SME organisations are already using SharePoint within their organisations for Intranets, Extranets and Collaboration however, since the introduction of SharePoint 2010 and more specifically Microsoft SharePoint 2010 For Internet Sites (FIS), these organisations are missing out on a potentially massive cost saving and time saving element by not deploying SharePoint for their internet facing sites.

Archiving Content in SharePoint with PDF/A by Adlib
Archiving Content in SharePoint with PDF/A by Adlib
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Many organizations use Microsoft® SharePoint® in addition to existing ECM solutions from companies like EMC or OpenText, to manage their unstructured content. This is typically a large number of documents of various file types: Microsoft Office, graphics files, CAD drawings, etc. In some cases, this content would be converted to PDF to make it more suitable and accessible for sharing with employees, partners, and customers.