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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.


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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Clearing up SharePoint version confusion

Andrew Connell has posted an excellent spreadsheet over on his blog. The spreadsheet breaks down what features are available in each of the SharePoint SKUs covering both on-premise (Foundation, Standard, Enterprise) but also online (E, K, P, etc).

Look for the SkyDrive link at the bottom of the post.

Creating a Cloud Library in Windows

Lately I’ve been a huge user of cloud based services. SkyDrive (for personal and business), SkyDrive Pro (Office 365 and On Premise) and Dropbox (slowly moving to SkyDrive) are my biggest three. While these apps have integration into Windows there is the occasional dialog that make it hard to find your folder (Alright it’s not that difficult but it can be annoying if your SkyDrive folder is inside of your User directory). In most cases it’s a breeze to access this information because it shows in your Favorites window when you’re working with files. But other times you’ll get the “Library Window” which can make it very hard to find things… especially when you store your SkyDrive library on a separate harddrive. Continue reading →

Problems with Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) and SharePoint


I recently came across an issue with Internet Explorer 10 that causes problems with a number of web sites. It took a little over a week back and forth with Microsoft support before we were able to finally target it to the browser. I thought it was an issue with a particular clients Office 365 tenant so that left us chasing our tails for a bit.


The problem stems from the way that Internet Explorer 10 handles websites in compatibility mode. Internet Explorer 8 and 9 respected a meta property embedded in the head of the website. Microsoft products like CRM and SharePoint utilized this property to automatically force the page into compatibility mode without any involvement from the user.

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=8" />

Internet Explorer 10, however, seems to disable compatibility mode by default… a big step forward in terms of Microsoft’s commitment to web standards but a a step backwards when it comes to… well… compatibility. Continue reading →

SharePoint 2013 – Sign in as Another User

SharePoint 2013 for some reason does not include the ability to log in as another user.

To install this fix simply drag the link below to your favorites bar to create a bookmarklet that will work on any SharePoint 2013 site. Whenever you want to log in as another user simply click your bookmark and you’ll be redirected to this Windows Authentication dialog so that you may log in as you would expect.

SP2013 – Switch User

Modifying WSP Files Directly / Manually


Here’s a common issue: You export a site as a template, save down your WSP file, browse out to your client environment and prepare to upload your WSP but you receive an error that looks something like this:

After some hunting you come to find out that your source environment had Project Server installed and your destination environment does not. This same scenario can happen all over the place. Consider going from an Enterprise environment to a Standard environment or from on premise to Office 365.

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