Removing Multiple Site Collections from Search Results in SharePoint Online

I recently blogged about a scenario that my customer was having whereby they needed to temporarily prevent a Site Collection from appearing in search results within SharePoint Online and I documented a solution that used a search query rule – http://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/fromthefield/2016/07/20/2095 My customer has been playing around with this and ran into some unexpected behaviour – in short…

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Removing a Site Collection from Search Results in SharePoint Online

One of my customers presented me with an interesting scenario recently, their security team were looking to define a process to take a SharePoint Online Site Collection temporarily offline. This is easy enough to achieve using the PowerShell cmdlet Set-SPOSite (example below). Import-Module Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell -DisableNameChecking -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue Connect-SPOService -Url https://tenant-admin.sharepoint.com -credential tenantadmin@tenant.onmicrosoft.com Set-SPOSite -Identity https://tenant.sharepoint.com/sites/site…

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Export-SPWeb – exporting lists

Hi. Recently I’ve been working with the Export-SPWeb Cmdlet, helping out a customer who needs to export a specific list. I quickly realised that it is actually a little bit more confusing than what you would expect, so I thought I would share the following. Example one – exporting a list that exists in the root…

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Site collection provisioning and customisation scenarios for SharePoint online

Site collection provisioning and customisation scenarios for SharePoint Online I’ve worked with a few customers recently, whom are either starting a deployment project in SharePoint Online, or some way into one, and one of the challenges they had to deal with is how best to provision customised site collections. This article covers site collection provisioning…

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Outputting SharePoint Online Tenant Settings using CSOM

Here is a quick script that outputs the current SharePoint Online tenant settings using CSOM with PowerShell, this is similar to using the Get-SPOTenant Cmdlet from the SharePoint Online Management Shell however could come in useful if you don’t have this installed. Simply update the value of the $Site variable, replacing “tenant” with the name…


SharePoint Saturday Paris

I had the pleasure of speaking at SharePoint Saturday Paris yesterday (28th May), this was an absolutely fantastic event with some great speakers and top quality sessions. Here are the slides from my presentation on SharePoint Hybrid Capabilities, where I covered Hybrid OneDrive for Business, Team Sites and the Cloud Search Service Application. Jeff Teper delivered…


SharePoint Responsive UI Package – Issue with JQuery

I’ve been having a play around with the fantastic SharePoint Responsive UI package that was recently released by the PnP team. This provides the ability to make SharePoint 2013 and 2016 responsive. I initially set this up in one of my test VMs that isn’t connected to the Internet and had some issues getting it to…


SPUpgradeException – Error message when you run the "SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard" when you create a New SharePoint 2016 Farm

SYMPTOMS On a Windows Server 2012 R2 server that has SharePoint Server 2016 installed, when you run the SharePoint Configuration Wizard to Create a New SharePoint Farm, when the wizard reaches Step 3, you receive the following error message      Exception: Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPUpgradeException: One or more types failed to load. Please refer to the upgrade…

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I'm Speaking at the Collab365 Summit

I'll be speaking at the Collab365 Summit about SharePoint Hybrid, this event will be held 10-12th May – this is an awesome event that is completey FREE! You can register for the event here. Brendan Griffin – @brendankarl

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