Microsoft Ignite 2017 Conference Notes – SharePoint & Office 365

October 13, 2017 Leave a comment

I had the great opportunity to attend Ignite again this year, and it was another great event, packed with announcements and demos, and more great sessions than it is possible to attend.

I have now completed my slide deck to share my notes and included snippets from 13 conference decks (referenced) covering SharePoint and Office 365. The aim is to share what I picked up from the conference distilled into 1 deck.

The deck covers the following over 94 slides:

  • PowerApps
  • Microsoft Flow
  • SharePoint Designer Workflows & InfoPath
  • OneDrive For Business
  • Team Sites
  • Communication Sites
  • Hub Sites Read more…
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Announcements from the SharePoint Virtual Summit 2017


For those who were unable to attend the SharePoint Virtual Summit today, while you wait for the recording to become available, or you are unable to watch the full recording, here are most of the announcements that I recorded from the event, and some links to other recent announcements also found in the Q&A.

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SharePoint 2013: The Branding Dilemma – Conflicting Guidance on Themes with Custom CSS vs Master Pages

June 22, 2015 2 comments

The Background

We are working with a global client who has a hybrid SharePoint 2013 environment that is growing in scale that will soon consist of many in-country SharePoint farms, as well as having a ‘global’ data centre and using Office 365-D. Within a couple of years these farms will host hundreds of thousands of site collections created based on our template solutions.

These solutions need to be able to be deployed to any one of these SharePoint farms including Office 365-D and so cannot use full-trust server-side solutions, as these are not permitted in these environments, with Office 365-D initially driving the need to avoid full-trust solutions, particularly when considering the planned move to Office 365-D vNext, so we need to try to avoid potential upgrade problems as much as we can.

For this we are embracing the Cloud App Model, i.e. client-side object models and APIs – CSOM, JSOM, REST, and where appropriate create SharePoint Apps/Add-Ins.

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SharePoint 2010: List View Threshold Explained

June 13, 2013 10 comments

In this post I try to explain the List View Threshold that was introduced in SharePoint 2010, the benefits that it provides, the operations that are prevented when the threshold is exceeded, and possible ways to get them working again.

What is the List View Threshold?

SharePoint 2010 has introduced a List View Threshold which helps to keep the SharePoint servers performing well by restricting the amount of list data that can be queried and displayed. This applies to lists and libraries including document libraries.

This configuration applies to each web application independently, i.e. Portal, Workplaces, Archive, and My Sites. The default limit is set at 5,000 items.

Once a query exceeds the configured limit, the query is stopped and usually a message is displayed indicating something to the effect that it is stopped because the List View Threshold is exceeded.

Typically users will see such queries in use by List Views and List View Web Parts, so when the List View Threshold takes effect, the List View or List View Web Part will display a message instead of the expected items.

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SharePoint: How to check the SharePoint Installation Type – Standalone or Farm


I have just been given a client’s development workstation virtual machine to deploy a full SharePoint solution to before developing some updates on it. As I needed to make extensive use of the User Profile Service and Managed Properties for search, I wanted to make sure I was working on a full farm install rather than a standalone installation to try to avoid any problems where the environments are not similar enough to the production environment.

I asked the person who setup the machine but it was so long ago when it was setup he had forgotten, although he thought it might be a full farm install.

It wasn’t long before he came back to me and told me how to identify what kind of installation was used. Read more…

SharePoint: How to check which Site Template was used to create a site just using a web browser

May 18, 2013 15 comments

I recently needed to check which site template was used to create a site on a production system so I did not have the option to use SharePoint Manager or write some code or PowerShell to open the site and check the site template.

A quick search revealed lots of methods to find this out but they all required that I actually log on to the SharePoint Servers. I needed to find out the site template just using the browser. Read more…

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