The Basics of Creating a SharePoint 2013 Farm in Azure

One of the tools that SharePoint developers and administrators have now is the ability to create SharePoint test farms in Azure. The ability to connect seamlessly from any device is one of the great features of the cloud platform. If there’s a need to create a temporary SharePoint 2013 farm with three servers, then it’s…

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Access Requests Explained for SharePoint 2013 – With a Script to Assign Default Groups

One of the features of SharePoint that has been around is the ability for users that need access to a site, and are denied access, through the “Request Access” process. It’s a simple and straightforward. To enable or review these settings, go to “Settings” > “Site Settings” > “User and Permissions” and click “Access Request…

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Explaining the Use of Internal and External WOPI Zones for Office Web Apps

Last week, I had learned about an issue that popped up in a SharePoint 2013 farm where the WOPI Zone that had a reference to a Fully-Qualified Domain (FQDN) in the internal zone caused an issue after the installation of monthly security patches. It seems that the farm, which had the FQDN internal zone configured…

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SharePoint Health Analyzer–Understand the Fixes for Your Environment

Entering Central Administration (CA) can be a daunting experience for Administrators whom are looking at the area for the first time or have a little experience, or become too comfortable and maybe overlook the issues that might impact their SharePoint server’s health. Let look at the basic process of understanding what we can do to…

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How it works: SharePoint’s Site Use Confirm and Deletion

Recently, I was asked exactly how the Site Confirmation and Deletion feature works in SharePoint? Does the timer restart when a user visits the site? Does the feature look at the some field and then reset the value in a service? It was a simple question that made me think about how the process worked…

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SharePoint 2010’s Chart Web Part

One of the new additions to Microsoft’s SharePoint Server 2010 platform is the Chart Web Part (CWP), which allows you to create static and dynamic charts for your site without a line a code. One of the complaints from MOSS 2007 was that users wanted to be able to drop a chart onto their site…

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Regulate Branding, Master Pages and SharePoint Designer in SharePoint 2010

Let’s start off the article by saying that I am a very big proponent of Microsoft’s SharePoint Designer (SPD) product because it allows end users, administrators, designers and developers the opportunity to make changes that can directly impact productivity without the introduction of managed code. That being said, there are some issues that come with…

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Managing Your Web Applications by Applying User Policies and Custom Permission Levels

If you are trying to control how certain users or groups can manipulate objects within your Web Application, creating custom permission levels are the way to do it. There a couple of different ways to accomplish this, but the most flexible is to create a custom Permission Policy and in this case, I am limiting…

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An Introduction To My TechNet Blog

As an Microsoft employee for over a year, I have been trying to get ahead of the learning curve on many different aspects of my position as a Premier Field Engineer (PFE). Now that I have been able to get ahead of the various aspects of my job and my workplace, I am going to…

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