EXPLAINED: What the SHAREPOINT\System account actually IS…

2012-11-24 MV: There’s a lot of confusion out there concerning the entity called “SHAREPOINT\System”. Many people have tried explaining what it is by explaining what to do (or not do) with it. It’s surprising just how LITTLE documentation is readily available from Microsoft on this – something I consider a very important topic toward understanding SharePoint. Here is my own […]

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THE REAL REASON ORGANIZATIONS STILL DON’T (really) ADOPT SHAREPOINT…

Greetings all, 2 years late to this party (thread), but – oddly – the problem still has NOT been solved. Here’s what 11+ years consulting/PM-ing almost exclusively in my beloved SharePoint has taught me: SharePoint adoption is NOT about learning the technology; look how UNintuitive Facebook and it’s “wall” is, and yet over a billion people use it daily; SharePoint […]

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HOW TO : (ACTUAL) Linked-Server Settings for SQL Server 2008 R2 to Excel 2010 Spreadsheet…

2012-11-09 MV: Anyone trying to actually define a Linked-Server in SQL Server 2008 R2 to an Excel 2010 spreadsheet, I’ll be you’re as frustrated as I was. Surprisingly few links, and what links there WERE kind of ran you around in circles, eventually showing you settings for the JET provider, or describing the ACE provider, but NOT really showing the […]

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HOW TO: programmatically access document properties page URL in SharePoint Designer 2010 Workflow

2012.10.18 MV: It’s quite common in SharePoint Designer workflows – particularly ones bound to libraries – that you send out automated emails alerting that key properties having missing or invalid data. The most natural pieces of information you’d wish to provide The Owner of said documents are: 1. The Document Title (only slightly useful); and 2. The Document Properties Dialogue […]

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WORKAROUND/HOW-TO: Write Exception Messages to Workflow History List as Makeshift Error Log for Troubleshooting Sand Boxed Solutions

2012-09-06 MV: In my current (cool) project we are highly constrained in the SharePoint PROD farm – NO server access, but we DO get to deploy “sandboxed” (restricted) solutions… Which begs the question: HOW do I write error messages in (say) my try-catch blocks, so I can troubleshoot my solutions? I CAN’T write to the Visual Studio 2010 console  – […]

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WORKAROUND/HOW-TO: leverage BUILT-IN Timer Jobs when you can’t build a custom Timer Job

2012-08-28 MV: Here’s a workaround I’ve devised and used with good success, in case anyone else finds themself needing a timer job-triggered workflow instead of an event-triggered workflow, and they’re in a highly-constrained environment… PROBLEM: You  need a custom Timer Job, but are constrained to only say SharePoint Designer 2010 and (typically) Sandboxed Solutions, which don’t permit Timer Job projects to […]

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HOW TO: Elegantly suppress Timestamps from SharePoint 2010 Calendar Views using jQuery

2012-07-02 MV: SharePoint 2010 Calendars sometimes get clogged with excess information, particularly timestamps (e.g. StartTime or StartTime-EndTime) . Trying to supress this seemingly harmless little snippets sounds trivial, yet a quick google search will show you each person ended up down a rabbit hole for far far longer than they anticipated. Here are the reasons this ends up being non-trivial: 1. […]

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GOTCHA – how to LOSE content using Office365… and how to AVOID it !

2012-04-04 MV: This morning I came across my first genuine “gotcha” when using Office365, and thought I’d share with you all a best practice for avoiding problems… COMMON SCENARIO: You’ve opened a browser, logged into your organization’s o365 space, launched (say) OneNote, created a journal article (I do this every day – it’s now my online professional journal), and started […]

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