SharePoint Search – Querying Private Groups and Documents Within Private Groups

Since private Groups were provided in Office 365, we have had a need to surface private groups and private group content in SharePoint Search. A while back many quickly found that the "WebTemplate" for Groups was simply "Group", thus we could add the following to our search query to limit results to Groups. “WebTemplate:Group”, such as /search.aspx?k=WebTemplate:Group. The major issue with this search query was that it only returned public Groups, as well as documents only within public Groups. No worries, User Voice to the rescue. A request, "Allow members to search private groups" was … [Continue reading]

#SPFx Extensions Dev Preview Drop 1 Breaks Placeholder Control

The SharePoint Framework (#SPFx) Extensions Dev Preview Drop 1 utilizes a new version of one of the core node modules, sp-webpart-base v1.1.1. This module removed, possibly by accident, a particular TypeScript definition file, Placeholder.d.ts found in \node_modules\@microsoft\sp-webpart-base\lib\components\placeHolder. Unfortunately this change was not included in the release notes, so it went unnoticed for a few days until rgueldenpfennig posted this as an issue on github. Does this affect you? First this will only effect those using a developer tenant that includes the latest SPFx … [Continue reading]

SharePoint Virtual Summit 2017 in Review

Just a few hours ago, Microsoft wrapped up their SharePoint Virtual Summit 2017, a follow-up to their May 4th, 2016 “Future of SharePoint” event. After watching the Summit keynote, I quickly jumped over to the OnDemand technical sessions, like "Updates to the SharePoint Framework with SharePoint Framework extensions" presented by Mike Ammerlaan, "An overview of SharePoint communication sites" presented by Andy Haon and Alyssa Danesh and more. Get caught up If you missed the keynote, start there for sure. You can watch the keynote directly at: http://aka.ms/sharepointvirtualsummit. … [Continue reading]

Public Facing SharePoint Online Sites Going Dark May 1st, 2017

If you have a public facing SharePoint Online site as a part of your Office 365 tenant, i.e. for those of you that spun this up prior to March 9th, 2015, this will be my final reminder to you that anonymous access to your site will be disabled on May 1st, 2017. You can read more about Microsoft’s announcement for full details, but let me provide a summary. One May 1st, 2017, anonymous access to your SPO public facing site will be suspended. Then, on September 1st, 2017, your SPO public facing site content will be deleted and you will no longer have access to any of the content. Backup / … [Continue reading]

Podcasts & PnP – Discussing Customizing SharePoint w/ Jeremy Thalke

I have had a very busy last few weeks. A week in Redmond with all my developer friends, a week in Austin at SPTechCon, a SharePoint Saturday in Vancouver, and now currently I'm polishing my sessions in Washington D.C. for SPFest. Living out of a … [Continue reading]

A new honor – Microsoft Regional Director

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I was standing in the Expo Hall at SPTechCon Austin, it was the 3rd day of the conference and I had just given my first session that morning on SharePoint UI Customization options. As I was conversing with my sales team at our booth, I felt my phone … [Continue reading]

Script Editor Webpart (SEWP) now Available for the SharePoint Framework #SPFx – Sort of

During the March 14th, 2017 SharePoint PnP Monthly Community Call, Mikael Svenson introduced a SharePoint Framework (#SPFx) webpart he recently created. Essentially, the SPFx webpart provides an immediate replacement of the current tool many of us … [Continue reading]

Webinar Recap: Who Needs a Developer for SharePoint Provisioning?

Last week I presented on Sharepoint Provisioning with PnP, during one of many upcoming #PixelMillWebinars. First, I want to say thank you to all those who attended. We had excellent attendance, which verifies to me this is an important topic to many. … [Continue reading]

SharePoint Framework (#SPFx) Hits Generally Available (GA)

Since May 4th, 2016, we have been awaiting the official launch of the general availability of the SharePoint Framework (SPFx). With one release, after another, I knew we were getting closer and closer to the end, or rather the beginning, the … [Continue reading]

Participating in the SharePoint / Office 365 Dev Patterns and Practices (PnP) Community Initiative

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The SharePoint / Office 365 Dev Patterns and Practices (PnP) initiative is changing the way many of us have been working with SharePoint On-prem and Online over the last few years. As a community-driven initiative, efforts extend far past tools, … [Continue reading]