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6 Things You Need to Know Before Building No Code Solutions in SharePoint
It is said that you shouldn’t write code until you have to write code. Whether you are a power user, a decision maker, an administrator, or developer, if you have a strong belief that you should not write any code unless it’s required, Office365 Sites and SharePoint can make this dream a reality. In order to make no code solutions in SharePoint, you will need to understand some key concepts. In this post, I will walk you through the 6 basic tools you’ll need to understand to develop your own no code solution with SharePoint. What is SharePoint? Defining SharePoint is a difficult thing to do. You can find many definitions for SharePoint on the internet, many of which were provided by Microsoft, but I would define it as the following: A platform to present business data, increase collaboration, manage content and business processes, that increases productivity while providing users […]
How to Add Completed or In-Progress Buttons to Workflows
Workflow task actions have been changed in SharePoint 2013 designer. Although you will not find an action to assign a to-do item in SharePoint designer, there is a workaround to achieve the desired functionality. This blog will show you how to add completed or in-progress buttons to workflows. Add a new content type Go to site settings. Click on “Site Content Types” Under Web Part Galleries. then Click on Create. First, you need to add a new content type with a similar parent content type i.e. Workflow Task (SharePoint 2013). Give your content type a name. Then under the parent content type section select “List Content Type” from “select parent content type form” and then “Workflow Task (SharePoint 2013)” for “parent content type” under List Content Type then hit ok. Add a column to content type add a new site column to the newly created content type by clicking on […]
Performance and Development Workflow Updates in SharePoint 2013
SharePoint 2013 introduced exciting workflow updates that increase the reliability and scalability of workflows. Before we discuss SharePoint 2013 workflows it’s important to first understand the 2010 workflows. The 2010 workflows are not as reliable as the new 2013 workflows due to their lack of scalability and availability. However, one of the major benefits of SharePoint 2010 workflows is that you can send emails across domains which wasn’t carried over in SharePoint 2013 through the send email action. Microsoft improved SharePoint 2013 workflows in two ways: Performance and Development. Development Updates Let’s discuss development first, and then we will look into the performance part later. Two major features in 2013 workflows was adding loops to the workflow actions in SharePoint designer, and supporting workflow designer in Visual Studio. Leveraging visual diagrams makes it a lot easier to present and understand workflows. (Please note that visual designer needs Visio 2013 professional). […]
How to Configure Incoming and Outgoing Emails for a SharePoint 2016 Farm
  With the recent releases of the SharePoint 2016 technical previews, we keep on exploring different features and identifying new ways to leverage SharePoint 2016 to work smarter, improve the user experience and become more productive. The purpose of this blog post is to demonstrate how to configure incoming and outgoing emails for a SharePoint 2016 farm. In order to follow along, you’d need to have the SharePoint 2016 Technical Preview installed. Get the step-by-step instructions on how to install SharePoint 2016 Technical Preview here. Configure Incoming Emails for SharePoint 2016 Technical Preview Step 1 Go to Server Manager and click on “Add role or features”. Step 2 Hit Next. Step 3 Select Role-based or feature-based installation and hit Next. Step 4 Select a server from the server pool and hit Next. Step 5 Under Server Roles, leave the default selections as is and hit Next. Step 6 Select SMTP […]
How to Easily Install Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview
Following Microsoft Ignite in May 2015 the entire SharePoint community has been waiting in excitement for the release of Microsoft SharePoint 2016. On August 24th, 2015 SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview was released and we’ve been busy ever since exploring the new and exciting features of SharePoint 2016. Related: New Features in SharePoint 2016 In this blog, I’ll share with you the step by step instructions on how to install SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview. Specifically, I’ll cover how to do the “Single Server Farm” installation. Note that you can always change the server Farm role inside the central admin > System settings > Servers > Convert server role in this farm. In order to install the SharePoint 2016 Preview, you need to install Windows Server and SQL Server. I am using Windows Server 2012 and MS SQL Server 2012. And of course, you need to download the actual Microsoft […]
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