SharePoint Online – Identifying the Correlation ID for a Request

If you ever need to raise a support case with Microsoft relating to an issue that you are experiencing with SharPoint Online, the support engineer may ask you for the Correlation ID for a request that exhibits the issue – for example something isn't displaying correctly on a page, Search query returning unexpected results etc. The…

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Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in SharePoint 2016 Beta 2

Data Loss Prevention (DLP) has been available in Office 365 (including SharePoint Online) for some time now with the release of SharePoint 2016 Beta 2 this capability is also available On-Premises. DLP provides the ability to identify content that is stored within SharePoint that contains sensitive information, for example Credit Card, Passport and Driving License details…

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Streamlined Topologies and MinRole in SharePoint 2016 (Pt2)

Following on from part 1 of this blog around the concepts of MinRole and Streamlined topologies. In this blog post will a little more on the compliance checker and health rules pertaining to MinRole and how it impacts your farm deployment. This data is current as to SharePoint 2016 Beta 2. Ticks in the compliance…

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Introduction to Streamlined Topologies and MinRole in SharePoint 2016 (Pt1)

Traditional SharePoint Server deployments from 2007 – 2013 all had the three main tiers: Web Front End Application Server Database As SharePoint Server evolves and new features and services are added. A common question asked in the field is what components should run on the Application Server. My most frequent answer is it depends on the…

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Measuring Upload and Download Performance of SharePoint Online

One of my customers are in the process of moving to Office 365, they are a global customer with users across the world. One issue that they have had with On-Premises SharePoint is performance from remote locations so during the initial rollout they want to closely monitor the performance of SharePoint Online. I have created two…

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SharePoint 2016 MinRole and Search

For those who attended my session at the European SharePoint Conference (10th November 2015) will know that due to time constraints was not able to fulfil the entire demo.  The basis of the demo was catered around MinRole and how to approach deployment of MinRoles especially when dealing with Search. In order to get full benefit…

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Forecast Content Database Growth

One of client requested PowerShell script to forecast content database growth with following requirements: Need to run on SharePoint 2007 Output to a CSV file Highlight when a content DB has reached 80GB storage limits Highlight when a content DB has reached 90GB storage limits In order to complete this script following information was required:…

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My PowerShell Scripts for SharePoint are now Available on GitHub

As you may have noticed from my previous Blog posts, I love PowerShell! Over the past few years I've created a number of PowerShell scripts to assist with the administration, configuration and reporting of SharePoint Online and On-Premises, I've created a couple of GitHub repos to host these scripts (with all the cool kids!), which I…

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Finding in-place records in SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 using PowerShell

Discovering in-place records. Records management in SharePoint (2010 and 2013) is a great feature.  One of the solutions available is to declare a document a record ‘in place’ e.g. in the document library that it currently resides in.  Over the past few engagements with customers, I’ve found this to be the most common solution. Something…

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Automating deployment of complex search service application topology

Recently my client expressed a desire to automate deployment of search service application with not so ordinary topology 😉 The script needed to be flexible and reusable for other environments (DR, Test). So here is the PowerShell script which uses input from XML configuration file to implement any desired search service topology.   It also includes process…

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