Blogs


  • 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 […]
  • 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. […]
  • Greetings from Oslo, Where I’m Co-Authoring a Document (2/3/2017)by Marc D Anderson - Today Julie (@jfj1997) and I were working on a document together. As usual, since we’re “cobbler’s kids”, we were emailing a Word document back and forth. No way! We decided to share the document from one of our OneDrives and started editing online. I’m in Oslo, Norway at the Arctic SharePoint Challenge (more about that in […]
  • SharePoint Online Search Isn’t Displaying What I Expect – Part 1 – Trimmed Duplicates (1/9/2017)by Marc D Anderson - This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series SharePoint Online Search Isn't Displaying What I ExpectFor years, I’ve been skeptical about search indexing in SharePoint, especially in SharePoint Online in Office 365. The fact that we can’t know when a search crawl has run – thus updating the indices – is a huge […]
  • Fixing the “Bad Request – Request Too Long” Error with Office 365 in Chrome (1/4/2017)by Marc D Anderson - This one really bugs me when it happens, and it’s pretty frequent. If you try to navigate to your Office 365 Settings or the Admin Portal in Office 365 with Chrome, you may well get this error instead of arriving at your regularly scheduled destination. I believe you may have a similar experience in Firefox […]
  • Dear Microsoft: Please Fix Retrieving SharePoint Lookup Columns with REST When the Lookup List is in Another Web (12/30/2016)by Marc D Anderson - I love SharePoint. I really do. I especially love writing client side code to build awesome applications for my clients. Today’s annoyance, though, comes while I am in the process of rewriting an application I built on SharePoint 2007, porting it to SharePoint Online in Office 365. This ought to feel like a huge leap […]
  • Yes, Virginia, You Can Get More than 5000 SharePoint Items with REST (11/30/2016)by Marc D Anderson - If you haven’t been paying any attention, you might not know that I loathe the 5000 item limit in SharePoint. I may have mentioned it here and here and here and a bunch of other places, but I’m not sure. But given it’s there, we often need to work around it. I’ve written this little function […]

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