Enabling Licensing and Editing for Office Web Apps in SharePoint 2013

I had the unfortunate need to understand the licensing model a little bit better recently for enabling editing in Office Web Apps.  It's a little bit of a circuitous route so I thought I would just quickly detail it here.  In short you want to: Create a new license mapping for folks that are going to…

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Create An Easy PDF Preview for Search Results in SharePoint 2013

I saw this question flying around the other day and thought it was kind of interesting.  Someone was asking about the cool new thumbnail previews you get for items in search results in SharePoint 2013.  They really liked how Microsoft Office documents work and wanted to be able to do the same thing with PDF…

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Using SharePoint Apps with SAML and FBA Sites in SharePoint 2013

Hopefully by now everyone has heard about the new app model in SharePoint 2013.  There’s a lot of documentation out there about it so I won’t go into exactly what it is.  What you should know is that it’s the preferred model for developing applications going forward.  If you’ve done any development with the new…

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Using OData and ECTs in SharePoint 2013

One of the nice enhancements in SharePoint 2013 BCS world is that SharePoint can now consume OData in BDC applications.  There are a couple of gaps I ran across recently though when going through this process so I thought I'd cover them here in case anyone else gets similarly stuck.  To start with, I recommend…

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Running Client Script in a Display Template After Rendering is Complete in SharePoint 2013

My friend Bryan asked me a good question the other day about how to create a display template that would do its rendering thing, but then run his own javascript function afterwards.  After doing some snooping around, one of my other buddies Jesus was good enough to share the magic mystery meat to this problem.  To…

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Using Fiddler With SAML and SharePoint to Get Past the Three Authentication Prompts

Eric Lawrence touches on this topic in one of his Fiddler blog posts, but unless you know what you're looking for it can be hard to track down so I am going to add the SharePoint twist on it here.  We often tell folks to use Fiddler to get an idea of what's going on…

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Using User Context (AKA Segmentation) in Search with SharePoint 2013

Using a context to represent the current user in search was something that we first introduced in FAST Search for SharePoint 2010.  If you're interested in how it worked back then you can take a look at this post:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2009/12/09/using-custom-properties-to-create-a-fast-search-for-sharepoint-2010-user-context.aspx.  In SharePoint 2013, we don't have the same exact feature, but we have to replace…

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Adding a New Search Partition and Replica in SharePoint 2013

I think there are probably resources out there somewhere for this by now, but I had a hard time finding them when I went looking for them previously so I thought I'd just post it here.  Fortunately my friend Knut B. was good enough to shoot me some PowerShell a while back to help you manage your…

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Windows Phone 8 Support for SharePoint and SAML

This is a fortunately small update to the post about Windows Phone 7.x and SAML SharePoint sites I originally wrote here:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2011/09/09/windows-phone-7-and-other-mobile-access-to-sharepoint-2010-saml-sites-after-applying-sp1-and-june-2011-cu.aspx.  I was asked today about Windows Phone 8 support for SharePoint SAML sites on both SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013.  Well the short and good news is that it all seems to work…

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Query Rule Conditions in SharePoint 2013 Search

I was putting this information together today for the SharePoint 2013 recordings that will be going up on TechNet early next year, and I thought it would be good information to share here as well.  I've had a few posts already about search and query rules.  One of the things that may be a little…

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