Create a SubSite (Web) using a Custom Template in SharePoint Online using PowerShell and CSOM

Earlier this year I wrote a Blog post that demonstrated how to create Sub-Sites (Webs) within a SharePoint Online Site Collection using PowerShell and CSOM – http://blogs.technet.com/b/fromthefield/archive/2015/01/26/creating-a-subsite-web-using-csom-in-office-365.aspx. Recently a couple of people have reached out to me to find out if it's possible to use this approach to provision Webs using a custom Template that…

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Office 365 – Tracking OneDrive for Business Adoption

I was recently asked by a customer to assist them analyse their OneDrive for Business adoption, it's simple enough to see how many OD4B sites that have been provisioned using the "One Drive for Business sites deployed" report which is available via Office 365 Admin Center > Reports. However, just because a user has a…

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No non-security fixes for SharePoint 2010 after October PU

Just a heads-up that the SharePoint 2010 October PU will be the last PU containing non-security fixes. SharePoint 2010 is moving to the Extended Support phase after October 13, so only security updates will be released after that date. Support Lifecycle Policy – https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/lifecycle#gp/gp_msl_policySharePoint 2010 in the Lifecycle Database – https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/lifecycle/search?sort=PN&alpha=Microsoft%20SharePoint%20Server%202010&Filter=FilterNOOverview of the upgrade process…


Scaling out/ provisioning a SharePoint '20XX' testing environment

Something I am particularly fussy about is test environments… As an engineer, whenever I start working with a new customer I like to build a new SharePoint 20XX farm that I will use for testing any code or scripts that they have, or want me to test.Having a new environment that matches the build number…

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Office 365 – Moving and Merging Managed Metadata Terms using CSOM with PowerShell

I've previously posted about using CSOM to automate the addition and management of Managed Metadata in Office 365: Office 365 – Automating the Creation of Managed Metadata Groups, Term Sets and Terms using CSOM with PowerShell – http://blogs.technet.com/b/fromthefield/archive/2014/03/07/office-365-automating-the-creation-of-managed-metadata-groups-term-sets-and-terms-using-csom-with-powershell.aspx Office 365 – Create Managed Metadata Terms using CSOM with PowerShell – http://blogs.technet.com/b/fromthefield/archive/2014/03/05/office-365-create-managed-metadata-terms-using-csom-with-powershell.aspx Office 365 – Create…


SQL Best Practice for SharePoint 2010 and 2013

Over the past few years I have delivered a number of SharePoint health checks, and one of the most common areas where I have seen misconceptions is with regards to SQL Server Management for SharePoint databases. SharePoint stores a majority of its content in SQL Server and this is where a lot of processing takes…

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I'm speaking at the European SharePoint Conference 2015

In case you missed it, the European SharePoint Conference 2015 programme http://www.sharepointeurope.com/conferences/2015/european-sharepoint-conference-2015-programme  is now available and I’m delighted to announce that I am speaking at Europe’s largest SharePoint and office 365 event in Stockholm Sweden from 9th-12th November 2015. I will be conducting a session alongside Adeel Ahmed on “SP2016 – What You Need to…


I'm Speaking at the Collab365 Global Conference

I'm pleased to announce that I will be speaking at the Collab365 FREE virtual 24-hour conference on using PowerShell to Manage SharePoint Online, you can register for the event here. Brendan Griffin – @brendankarl