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DMC QuickTip #1: Uploading Files to OneDrive for Business
Brian Frett

DMC QuickTip #1: Uploading Files to OneDrive for Business

The DMC QuickTips series offers short video tutorials for common Office 365 and SharePoint tasks to accompany our written training material. DMC QuickTip videos cut right to the chase and are always less than two minutes long, so feel free to come back for a refresher at any time! DMC QuickTip #1 demonstrates how to upload files to the browser version of OneDrive for Business. I also walk you through the process of previewing a document once it's uploaded, saving you the ha...

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Persistent Variables in SharePoint Designer Workflows
Michael Dannemiller

Persistent Variables in SharePoint Designer Workflows

Often times when implementing a workflow, we as designers run into a situation where we need a variable to persist between each workflow. Sometimes it’s to determine if a specific process has been completed previously or to count how many times the workflow has run. When we run into these situations, using a workflow variable won’t do since the workflow variables are instantiated anew each time the workflow executes. To solve this we have to serialize the variable in the only way ...

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What’s the Difference Between Standard Cloud Support and Signature Cloud Support?
Rick Rietz

What’s the Difference Between Standard Cloud Support and Signature Cloud Support?

Standard Cloud Support is pretty intuitive: you receive the standard support from Microsoft for issues you encounter with Office 365. What is Signature Cloud Support though, and why should you care about it? Signature Cloud Support offers more timely and thorough technical support to primary Cloud partners and those partners’ clients. Among the numerous benefits available, Signature Cloud Support members experience specialized support from exclusive technicians with a high level of know...

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Automated Contract Generation using Document Metadata In SharePoint 2013
Michael Dannemiller

Automated Contract Generation using Document Metadata In SharePoint 2013

One problem we run across on a fairly regular basis is the process of creating a single document which differs only slightly. Often times, this is a contract for a business that has standardized services. They want to generate a contract with the contact information of a new client, but all of the rest of the content is identical between contracts. One fantastic way to accomplish this is by using list metadata to populate fields in a document with Microsoft Word's Quick Parts. Step one is...

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Building Content Expiration Reminders in SharePoint 2013
Michael Dannemiller

Building Content Expiration Reminders in SharePoint 2013

When you have time-sensitive tasks or documents that require renewal or can expire, SharePoint can be the perfect tool to help you and your company remember to address these upcoming concerns. Using SharePoint Designer workflows, we can set automated reminders to send notifications to assigned parties in order to prevent critical information from becoming overdue. The first thing we have to do is create the key fields in the list for which we want to set reminders. I’m going to assume t...

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Color Coding Lists in SharePoint 2013, 2016, or Office 365
Anjali Bharadwa

Color Coding Lists in SharePoint 2013, 2016, or Office 365

My last video blog on color coding in 2010 was a huge success and now that everyone is moving to Office 365, I often get questions about how do we make this work in SharePoint 2013, or later. (If you are wondering why you should upgrade to newer versions of SharePoint, check out 10 Reasons Why Business Users Should Upgrade to SharePoint 2013.) There is one key difference, which if you do not complete, your color code icon will not display. The new step is to change the list web part to a...

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SharePoint REST API Tips
Peter Rijks

SharePoint REST API Tips

We’ve talked about SharePoint’s REST API before, but today I want to share a couple of tips for testing and playing with the REST API. The REST API is one of several ways to automate SharePoint tasks, and it is especially useful in workflows because as of SharePoint 2013, workflows can make calls to web services. This means we can make calls to the REST API from a workflow. The REST API supports a large number of actions that we can’t do with the out-of-the-box workflow acti...

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Highlighting Required Nintex Fields Dynamically
Jack Cosgrove

Highlighting Required Nintex Fields Dynamically

Nintex offers a great platform with which to customize SharePoint forms. Although the capabilities of Nintex are great, not everything can be done out of the box. I needed to highlight Nintex Forms 2013 controls that were required but had not yet been assigned a value. I was able to accomplish this with some custom JavaScript that used the Nintex version of jQuery. The HTML input types supported by the following JavaScript are text, radio, and checkbox. When a text input is empty, a red bound...

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10 Reasons Why Business Users Should Upgrade to SharePoint 2013
Anjali Bharadwa

10 Reasons Why Business Users Should Upgrade to SharePoint 2013

Ever wondered what the benefits of SharePoint 2013 are in comparison to SharePoint 2010? The ten most useful features of SharePoint 2013 for Business Users are listed below:             1. You can drag and drop documents into document library 2. You can edit a list in spreadsheet mode by just clicking edit list 3. You can see a preview of the document before opening it  4. When you start to type in a name, it will provi...

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Forcing Documents in SharePoint Search Results to Open in Client Application
Sam Weber

Forcing Documents in SharePoint Search Results to Open in Client Application

One of the most common tasks that a user performs in SharePoint is opening a document. Whether it's a PDF, a Word document, or an Excel spreadsheet this very straight forward task can get complicated very quickly. Sometimes users are continually asked to enter their credentials when opening files. Other times, the administrator of the site wants to require documents to be checked out. Though these issues are widespread, what I would like to address today is forcing SharePoint to open do...

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Testing SharePoint 2010 Email Receivers - Part One
Jordan Harris

Testing SharePoint 2010 Email Receivers - Part One

If you have ever worked with SharePoint development, you may have run into a situation where it becomes necessary to test the functionality of a custom email receiver event handler on a document library. This blog will not go into detail on how to create the library programmatically (Andy Burns has a good post on that here), instead we will focus on the infrastructure necessary for testing the event handler on a development server. There are two main components that need to be present in your...

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Remove Field from New Form, Edit Form or Display Form in SharePoint 2013
Jerry Choinski

Remove Field from New Form, Edit Form or Display Form in SharePoint 2013

In this brief blog post I wanted to describe the steps needed to remove unused fields from the New Form, Display Form and/or Edit Form in SharePoint 2013. While it is easy to add and remove fields from list views through SharePoint’s user interface, there isn’t a good way to do so for the three different forms which we use to add, edit and view information of individual items. We are often left with fields that should not be part of the forms. We might need hidden fields used by a...

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Always Open SharePoint 2013 Tasks in Edit Mode
David Ufford

Always Open SharePoint 2013 Tasks in Edit Mode

SyntaxHighlighter.all(); One of the little annoyances with SharePoint workflows is that tasks often open in a display-only mode by default, especially when you are following an email link. The extra click needed to place the task in "Edit" mode causes confusion and wastes time. In SharePoint 2007 and 2010, you could get around this by customizing the task URL in a notification email, or by having users use the "Open this Task" feature of the Outlook client. Unfortunately ...

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DMC Achieves Microsoft’s Silver Business Intelligence Competency
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Achieves Microsoft’s Silver Business Intelligence Competency

DMC is proud to announce that it has achieved Microsoft’s Silver Partner Status for Business Intelligence (BI) solutions. This achievement recognizes DMC’s proven ability to help customers monitor, analyze and plan business performance based on actionable business insight. DMC’s BI service offerings are geared towards helping clients identify and define high-level Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), design visually appealing dashboards, and complete technical data integration.&n...

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Create Site From Template using SharePoint 2013 Workflow
David Ufford

Create Site From Template using SharePoint 2013 Workflow

SharePoint sites are often created for new customers, projects, and events. While it is possible to create each new site manually, having an automated process greatly reduces user training and effort. In previous versions of SharePoint, creating sites from a workflow required deploying custom actions. However, with the new Call HTTP Web Service action in SharePoint 2013, it is possible to apply some tricks and achieve the same result using only SharePoint Designer. Creating a new site usin...

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Fix SharePoint 2013 Distributed Cache Timeouts
Jerry Choinski

Fix SharePoint 2013 Distributed Cache Timeouts

SharePoint 2013 uses the AppFabric Caching Service to centralize all caches that are used by SharePoint. The distributed cache is used by many features including Authentication, Newsfeed, Security, Page Loading, Workflows, and more. While Microsoft claims that SharePoint’s use of the Distributed Cache greatly increases performance, the service is also quite unreliable and difficult to troubleshoot. Hopefully they will write more documentation and improve the product with the release of SP1...

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DMC  Earns Microsoft CRM Certified Software Advisor Status
Anjali Bharadwa

DMC Earns Microsoft CRM Certified Software Advisor Status

DMC has earned the status of Microsoft CRM Certified Software Advisor. This certification recognizes DMC’s investment and dedication to implementing a superior CRM application while providing knowledge and support to its CRM customers. This new competency demonstrates DMC’s expertise in planning and implementing a CRM solution through customization of the CRM application to fit the needs of its customers. Microsoft awards Software Advisor Certifications to partners who have demons...

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Getting Started with Microsoft Office 365 Video Series
Rick Rietz

Getting Started with Microsoft Office 365 Video Series

Have you considered moving some of your business systems into the cloud? This year our Microsoft Consulting Services practice has seen a significant increase in Office 365 projects. A move from on-premise Exchange to Exchange Online or choosing one of the Office 365 bundled cloud offerings is especially compelling for small and medium size businesses. To help you better understand Microsoft's cloud offerings and decide if a move to the cloud is right for your business, DMC has created a v...

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Office 365 Webinar:  Your Complete Office in the Cloud
Jessica Mlinaric

Office 365 Webinar: Your Complete Office in the Cloud

If you missed this Webinar, DMC has created an Office 365 Video Series that explains some of the benefits & drawbacks and allows you to see Office 365 in action. DMC will be hosting a complimentary webinar on Wednesday, August 14th (10am - 11am CDT) for organizations who are interested in learning more about Microsoft's Office 365 cloud offerings - Office Pro Plus, Office Web Apps, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, and CRM. Is your business facing any of these scenarios? Growing in...

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SharePoint 2013: Access Denied to Root Site of Web Application
Sam Weber

SharePoint 2013: Access Denied to Root Site of Web Application

Recently, I encountered a very frustrating issue with SharePoint 2013. I had a working web application and everything was running fine. After configuring a few sites in my web application, I started getting emails from other users of the site saying that they were getting Access Denied errors whenever they tried to access the root site collection (ex. https://sharepoint2013/). I went to that path and was very surprised to find that I, a site collection administrator with Full Control permissi...

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