Troubleshooting the SharePoint 2013 workflow hidden library

The SharePoint 2013 workflow framework stores workflow artifacts in an out-of-the-box hidden library named ‘wfsvc’. Although hidden from the SharePoint Online user interface, it is possible for user accounts to access and modify this library. This article describes how to ensure that the ‘wfsvc’ library remains in its healthy default state. Symptoms of a misconfigured…


Overview of Classic List and Library search

Contributors: Tony Radermacher[MSFT] and Tania Menice[MSFT] Scenario: When searching for an item in a large list/library using the “Find a file/item” the search results do not appear to return all files/items that are expected. This will generally be seen in lists and libraries that have exceeded the list view threshold. How does the “Find a…

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Migrating Content to SharePoint Online via PowerShell

This blog comes from guest writer Mike Barrett Migrating data to SharePoint Online is a challenging process and without a good understanding of how the process works, migration results are difficult to predict. In this blog, I’ll discuss high level details about migrating to SharePoint Online using PowerShell cmdlets that leverage the Migration API. It…


Cookie Persistence in SharePoint Online

Introduction Certain legacy features in SharePoint Online — Explorer view, for example — leverage legacy technologies like Windows WebDAV.  WebDAV makes use of the browser’s authentication cookie.  Because of security concerns, WebDAV cannot access session cookies; only cookies that are written to disk are accessible by WebDAV. This means that in order for WebDAV to…

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Data migration and SPO service throttling

We have an excellent support article describing how to avoid getting throttled or blocked in SharePoint Online (link). However, we still receive support requests opened by customers who are moving many items from on-premises SharePoint to SharePoint Online or among different sites within SharePoint Online and notice slowness or throttling. This article pulls together the…


I just generated a new Client Secret.  Why can’t I test it?

I was recently engaged in a long running critical case for a customer that exposed some opportunities for further discussion on SharePoint Add-In Authentication. Here is the scenario: Your organization leverages a Provider Hosted SharePoint Add-in, whose secret is close to expiring.  Following the documented process for Generating a New Client Secret you create a…

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Exclude Users From Delve and SharePoint Online People Search

In support, we receive requests from time to time for information on how-to configure SharePoint People search and Delve results so that specific users do not appear in search results. Many admins want to be able to do this without having to delete or move users to a non-synced OU. The best way to accomplish…

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Sharepoint Online Picture Slideshow Library Web part will no longer rotate automatically without CDN setup

Why did the Picture Library Slideshow Web Part stop rotating!?  A familiar functionality of the Picture Slideshow Library Webpart  was  the “auto rotate through images” feature. This let visitors set an interval for the webpage to automatically cycle through the library images. In a recent update to Sharepoint Online the ability to automatically switch to…