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Enabling Excel Survey in SharePoint Online Team Sites

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SkyDrive in SharePoint Online has a new feature called Excel Surveys. Microsoft has blogged and discussed this new feature a fair bit on the Excel Team Blog but also when it comes to Excel Surveys for SharePoint Online. Adding this feature to SharePoint Online keeps parity with the SkyDrive brand being both “SkyDrive Pro” aka My Site for SharePoint Online and SkyDrive for personal use. The question that I ran into and couldn’t find an answer online is: How do I create a survey in a team site within SharePoint Online? Continue reading →

Issues with Minimal Download Strategy

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Watch out for the new “Minimal Download Strategy” feature that is default on Team Sites in SharePoint 2013 as it’s full of nasty little bugs. Microsoft is pushing it pretty hard as improving load times and better for performance due to the AJAX and partial load functionality but I think it wasn’t fully tested. My recommendation for now is to disable this feature until we get a CU or SP that addresses it. Read on for some of the common errors you’ll see. Continue reading →

Getting the Product Version for SharePoint Online

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Microsoft may patch or update SharePoint Online with minimal warning or notification. That’s the benefit and risk of a cloud service… you’re always on the latest and greatest and all upgrade costs are bundled into your monthly payment. But, it also means that sometimes things change and you need to start troubleshooting.

I hit an issue recently with a vendor’s migration product. Because SharePoint Online had been patched recently and the version number incremented we had to install the latest updates in order to have connectivity. Here’s how you can check the version number yourself. Continue reading →

Optimizing SharePoint 2013 Development Environments

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SharePoint 2013 is VERY resource hungry and some of us are stuck with development environments with just 16GB of RAM. In order to actually develop in these conditions we must throttle services and be very careful how we configure our development environments. I’ve written a PowerShell script that will run through many of the optimizations that can be done and pre-configure them. You could say I’ve optimized the optimization. Continue reading →

Broken Content By Search Web Part

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I’ve been working with Managed Metadata Navigation and the Content Search Web Part a lot lately in SharePoint 2013. I just recently ran into a nasty little bug with a site that had been upgraded from SharePoint 2010.

Problem

The Content Search Web Part just wouldn’t work. Preview worked great but as soon as I published the page the web part was blank. So I opened the page up in Chrome from some better debugging tools and found the following:

A JavaScript error was preventing the results from showing. Specifically “Uncaught TypeError: undefined is not a function “. Continue reading →

SSL and SharePoint 2013

A new best practice emerges in SharePoint 2013 that will change how some companies are deploying SharePoint today. That new best practice is to ensure that every single web application is SSL encrypted with said SSL now terminated on the SharePoint web front ends.

Why

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a requirement for web applications that are deployed in scenarios that support server-to-server authentication and app authentication. This is such a scenario. As a prerequisite for configuring Task Synchronization, the computer that is running SharePoint Server must have SSL configured.
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