Blogs


  • Microsoft Flow: Updating File Metadata When You Have More Than 5000 Items (9/20/2017)by Marc D Anderson - It’s been way too long since I did a blog post. Let’s remedy that, shall we? Paul Culmsee (@paulculmsee) has been doing some great work with Microsoft Flow and PowerApps. His daughter Ashlee even won a contest put on by the PowerApps team to make a fidget spinner app! When Paul digs into a technology, […]
  • Exclude Specific Content from SharePoint Search Results (7/24/2017)by Marc D Anderson - This is a quick one, and I’m only posting because it took me a while to find the answer with my Binglage. It’s one of those things I know I can do, but I forget the syntax. Most of the answers I found for this involved going into settings (or running Powershell or writing code […]
  • Auth, Auth, Auth – The Bane of Our Development Existence (7/17/2017)by Marc D Anderson - I was reading through one of Bob German’s (@Bob1German) recent (and great!) posts about Porting REST calls to SharePoint Framework and thinking about a conversation Bob, Julie (@jfj1997) and I had at our “salon”* when I was reminded of a very specific truth about our working days. I would venture to say that some ridiculously high percentage of […]
  • Wherein In Profess My Love for Document Sets, My Hatred of the 5000 Item Limit, and Some Tips (7/12/2017)by Marc D Anderson - I love Document Sets. There, I’ve said it. They help us solve so many important business needs, it’s crazy. Unfortunately, because telemetry tells Microsoft that not very many people use Document Sets, they haven’t gotten any love for a long time. On the other hand, I hate the 5000 item limit in lists and libraries […]
  • Retrieving Multiple SharePoint Managed Metadata Columns via REST – SharePoint 2013 (7/7/2017)by Marc D Anderson - I got a question on one of my recent posts –Retrieving Multiple SharePoint Managed Metadata Columns via REST – from Chris Parker (@ChrispyBites) about whether the same technique would work in SharePoint 2013. I wanted to know the answer, so I borrowed Julie’s SharePoint 2013 VM and gave it a whirl. It was a little odd, […]
  • Want to Get a Look at the New Communication Sites? Here’s a Trick! (6/29/2017)by Marc D Anderson - If you’re like me, words can be confusing. When Andy Haon (@AndyHaon) tweeted that Communication sites were starting to roll out, I wanted to get a look. However, I didn’t see the option in my First Release tenant. I wondered what “Select Users” meant and whether I wasn’t one somehow. We began rollout of #SharePoint […]
  • Retrieving Multiple SharePoint Managed Metadata Columns via REST (6/19/2017)by Marc D Anderson - I’ve used this code a few times in different project now, and I wanted to post it in case it’s useful for anyone. Most of us know that the REST APIs still have some weaknesses, and working with Managed Metadata is definitely one of them. (See: Let’s Capture Missing or Insufficient SharePoint REST Endpoints) If you […]
  • SharePoint and Office 365: The New Beautiful Cookbook Series (5/23/2017)by Marc D Anderson - Most of us are “meat and potatoes” people when it comes to the technology we use. We like what we know and we know what we like. (Yes, there are vegan “seitan and potatoes” people, vegetarian “sprouts and potatoes” people, pescatarian “cod and potatoes” people, etc. I’m not trying to leave anyone out.) Every once in […]
  • Let’s Capture Missing or Insufficient SharePoint REST Endpoints (5/17/2017)by Marc D Anderson - Today I got an alert that the SharePoint UserVoice suggestion from Corey Roth (@coreyroth) entitled Add managed metadata term store operations to REST API got the coveted “Thinking About It” tag from the Product Group. I like to tweet out changes like this to let people know the Product Group is listening and acting on our […]
  • Beware the Office 365 Group -Based Site Regional Settings!!! (5/12/2017)by Marc D Anderson - This is a quick post, yet it’s still an important one. We’re using more and more Office 365 Group -based SharePoint sites these days. Even when you know you aren’t going to use some of the goodies you end up with, this type of site is making more and more sense. BUT, there’s a simple […]
  • Dear Microsoft: Confusing Failures in “Modern” SharePoint Libraries (5/9/2017)by Marc D Anderson - Moving documents around in the “modern” Document Libraries in SharePoint Online (Office 365) has certainly gotten easier. Instead of opening libraries in File Explorer, downloading the files, and then uploading them into the new location, we have nice options like Move to, Copy To, and Rename right in the toolbar. That a big upside. Sadly, […]
  • Sharegate to the Rescue – Getting Rid of Weird Taxonomy (Managed Metadata) Columns (4/24/2017)by Marc D Anderson - Yet another entry for the “Things that make you go ‘Huh?’ in SharePoint” file. We’ve got a Document Library in SharePoint Online (Office 365) that contains Document Sets. As per usual, each Document Set can contain several different Content Types, as we’ve defined. It’s nothing out of the ordinary, really. We’re using SharePoint capabilities the […]
  • Dear Microsoft: In Office 365, Groups are Groups are Groups – Unless They Aren’t (4/9/2017)by Marc D Anderson - One of the problems with using common English words for things like “groups” or “teams” is that we end up trying to figure out the difference between things with very common names. When Sue Hanley (@susanhanley) and I were building our session Lions and Tigers and Teams, Oh My! – Sorting through the options to […]
  • Deleting a Very Large SharePoint List (3/27/2017)by Marc D Anderson - I’ve complained about the 5000 item list threshold limit so many times, I’ve lost count. If you don’t believe me, you could read my posts here and  here and here and here. Today’s difficulty was caused by needing to delete a Very Large List. This isn’t just a Large List – it’s Very Large. The number […]
  • Changing Content Types Using Bulk Edit Metadata in Sharegate (3/22/2017)by Marc D Anderson - There are many times when I start working with a client where they have used virtually no (or none at all) Content Types in SharePoint. As I discuss in my Content Types: Love Them or Lose It sessions at conferences (Coming up next: SPTechCon Austin! Use code ANDERSON to save an extra $200 off full registration.), […]
  • Reconciling Changes While Moving Content in SharePoint – “Flat” Views (3/8/2017)by Marc D Anderson - Lots of times when I’m working on a content migration in SharePoint – almost always with Sharegate! – some stuff happens. Probably the most common thing is that someone edits content in the old location before we manage to shut off permissions. People – yeesh! Here’s a little trick that not a lot of people […]
  • Office 365 Groups: Let People Outside the Organization Email the Group (3/6/2017)by Marc D Anderson - As a consultant, on a daily basis I’m working in multiple Office 365 tenants. In some of those tenants I have an account (license) with my own Sympraxis email, and in many others, I have an email address within the client organization’s domain. Believe me, it all gets pretty confusing – if it weren’t for […]
  • More Granular Permissions for Office 365 Groups: A Work in Progress? (2/15/2017)by Marc D Anderson - There are changes afoot in the way we can manage permissions in an Office 365 Group Team Site. (Naming for this stuff is getting really tricky. I continue my habit of capitalizing “things” that have a name in the product, to avoid confusion with the “concepts” behind them.) In the last few days, we’re seeing […]
  • Naming New Office 365 Groups Intelligently Is !Important (2/7/2017)by Marc D Anderson - Sympraxis is starting a new Office 365 -based Intranet project with Sue Hanley (@susanhanley). Julie (@jfj1997) and I are really going to enjoy working with Sue! As always when we’re starting a project, we want to start collaborating with the client project team in the tools we’re rolling out for their organization. It’s a funny […]
  • The Arctic SharePoint Challenge: A Hackathon for Office 365 Enthusiasts (2/4/2017)by Marc D Anderson - This is an expanded version of the article I wrote for BZ Media‘s SPTechReport – the folks who bring you SPTechCon – last week. (Use my code ANDERSON when you register for SPTechCon Austin and save an additional $200!) Last week I had the honor of being a judge at the Arctic SharePoint Challenge in Oslo, Norway. […]

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