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Give Your Legacy Apps New Life with Azure App Service 
Legacy applications – those business-critical apps that keep IT people up at night fighting fires – leave employees frustrated with their lack of dependability and, worse, provide poor customer experiences all around. Essential to any business, they may have been developed years ago, and when they work, ‘they just work.’ But because all of your processes and procedures were created around the app, you don’t want to invest in a whole new platform.  Sound familiar? Does that mean you have to live with the app’s shortcomings or keep buying new server hardware to ensure long-term, stable usage? Thanks to Microsoft, the answer may be a surprising ‘NO!’  How?  Modernize existing .NET web apps using Azure App Service. What is Azure App Service?  Azure App Service is a fully managed Microsoft cloud-based platform for building, deploying, and scaling your web apps. The Microsoft platform has the following key features: Fully managed platform Utilize bult-in infrastructure maintenance, security patching, and scaling. Built-in CI/CD integration CI/CD integration provides zero-downtime deployments. Virtual network integration Run […]
What's inside Modern Team Sites for End Users?
Modern Team Site is brand-new user experience. It's more than just a fresh look, it's designed from the ground up to work on mobile devices, and it addresses dozens of nagging usability issues. Modern Team sites are available to use in Office 365 and work seamlessly with Mobile apps also. In this article, we will discuss some of the key features of Modern Team Sites.   What Are Modern Team Sites? Before we start, let's talk about what Modern Team Sites are. Released in 2016, Modern Team Sites is composed of pages, lists, libraries, and team news, thanks to integration with Office 365 Groups, allowing users to collaborate and communicate with others. According to Microsoft, "when you create a modern team site in SharePoint Online, it automatically creates the O365 group, group email address, and ability to identify whether this site will contain sensitive data (privacy) and more new features. […]
How To Read Various Objects Using SharePoint Online Client Side Object Model (CSOM)
SharePoint developers have been using server side object model up until the latest release of SharePoint on premise but that approach does not work with Office 365 based SharePoint online. For C# developers Microsoft introduced .NET based API for reading and writing data to SharePoint. Developers may use Client Side Object Model to integrate SharePoint with other systems like ERP or CRM. CSOM can be used to build custom apps on top of SharePoint online. In this blog, we are just going to focus on reading various high-level objects in SharePoint Online. SharePoint Client Side Object Model (CSOM) allows developers to retrieve, update and manage data in SharePoint Online. SharePoint Online makes the CSOM available in several forms. .NET Framework redistributable assemblies Javascript library REST/OData endpoints Windows Phone assemblies Silverlight redistributable assemblies In this blog post, we will focus on .NET framework based approach of reading data from SharePoint. SharePoint […]
How to Install and Configure BI Features on SharePoint 2016 and SQL Server 2016
Contents Setting Up Your Demo Infrastructure How to Install and Configure PowerPivot for SharePoint 2016 How to Install and Configure Advanced PowerPivot Features How to Install and Configure SSRS in SharePoint-Integrated Mode How to Install and Configure PerformancePoint Services   The SQL Server 2016 BI stack for SharePoint 2016 adds many important enhancements. With the performance optimizations in SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), PowerPivot data models now load faster and client queries now return quicker, resulting in an overall more responsive BI experience. Additionally, enhancements to SharePoint-integrated Reporting Services (SSRS) include improvements with SQL Server 2016, such as new chart types, HTML5 rendering of reports, cross-browser printing, export to Microsoft PowerPoint, and an updated version of Report Builder. Deploying the new BI features to SharePoint 2016 requires careful preparation, as many considerations have changed, due to the new architecture. Excel Services no longer ships with SharePoint 2016, making it a […]
How to Install and Configure OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client
OneDrive for Business is a cloud service from Microsoft designed for you to store, sync, and share your work files. As part of Office 365 or SharePoint Server 2013, OneDrive for Business lets you and your team members update, share and collaborate on any of your Office documents from anywhere, on virtually any device. Microsoft has recently made lots of improvement to the client that syncs files between your local computer and your remote cloud-hosted OneDrive for Business folder. This blog post highlights some of the new features (and things to be aware of) of the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client, and provides instructions on how to install the newly released client. New Features Highlights Improved reliability and performance Selective sync Support for large file up to 10 GB in size Removing 20,000 file sync limit Admin controls to deploy and configure for end users for Windows and […]
The Top 10 Favorite Document Management Features of SharePoint 2013 – Not Possible with Traditional Windows Folders
  This blog highlights 10 brilliant features of Microsoft SharePoint designed to help users easily create, manage, share and collaborate on documents. 1. Share Documents Inside of Your Organization Does this sound painfully familiar? You email your coworkers a document for review, they add feedback and send back their edits. With three or four different documents you now have to manually consolidate all comments and changes. Sounds like a barren and banal task. There is a much smarter way of handling document reviews and changes. With a Microsoft SharePoint site, you can save your Word file (or any file really) directly to your SharePoint document library, then use the built-in Share commands to let your coworkers read and edit the file. No more file piles, but just one copy with everyone's feedback. In addition, SharePoint comes with versioning allowing you to keep track of edits and editors and with easy […]
Using JS Link to Resize an Image Column in Microsoft SharePoint 2013 List View Web Part
Problem In a recent Microsoft SharePoint project, our client wanted to have pictures of their team members displayed on the home pages of the different SharePoint sites. In order to ensure consistency we advised our client to set a fixed length and width of the pictures, regardless of the dimensions of the images uploaded by the users. SharePoint 2013 Standard, Enterprise and Online come with an out-of-the-box web part specifically designed to display team members. Our client, however, wanted to utilize the free on premise SharePoint Foundation deployment. SharePoint Foundation does not come with this feature nor does it come with a User Profile Service Application to sync users with Active Directory. Note that in addition to SharePoint Foundation, the solution below also works for SharePoint Standard, SharePoint Enterprise and SharePoint Online Solution Below is a screen shot of the final result followed by the step-by-step instructions: Solution Design List […]
Solution to SharePoint 2013 Issue: Content Search Web Part Does Not Retain Properties When Creating a Site From a Custom Template
The Scenario Our goal was to have a reusable site template that could be used to provision a SharePoint site with pre-existing web parts via a workflow. We started by creating a team site, adding various web parts, libraries and custom metadata. We finished by creating a home page with a Content Search web part that would show the ten most recent documents across all libraries in the current site. We then saved this site as a template. Next, we instructed the workflow to create a new subsite using this template whenever an item was added to a list at the root site. But after populating documents on the subsite, we found that our web part was not showing document images properly. The issue can be seen in the image below.     Problem & Analysis The SharePoint Content Search web part does not retain all of its properties when […]
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