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Building Workflows with New Features of SharePoint 2013
David Ufford

Building Workflows with New Features of SharePoint 2013

What is different between the SharePoint 2010 and 2013 workflow engines?  Here are a few new features we find most relevant to our clients.  With the 2013 designer, we can now:  Query almost anything:   The addition of Call HTTP web service as a designer action extends the reach of workflows without resorting to custom code.  Within SharePoint, an HTTP call can query or change list data even on other sites.  Externally, we can interface with other...

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DMC Achieves Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner Status
Rick Rietz

DMC Achieves Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner Status

I am very excited to announce that DMC has achieved Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner status, a distinction shared with only one percent of Microsoft partners worldwide.  The Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner Program is designed to recognize and reward high performing partners that have a proven track record of delivering Microsoft cloud solutions to their customers. DMC’s cloud services focus on Office 365, which includes SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, CRM Online,...

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Ping Pong Web Application
Otto Gottlieb

Ping Pong Web Application

In the past year, ping pong has become a major activity for DMC employees. Starting with the purchase of a ping pong table, it has evolved from an informal game that served as a short break from work to an organized competition. In the fall of 2012, players created a ladder tournament to keep track of everybody’s ranks. With their eyes set on the top stop, challenge matches ensued and the competition became heated. The ranks were kept using pieces of paper pinned to cork board near the ...

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Office 365 Event:  Your Complete Office in the Cloud
Rick Rietz

Office 365 Event: Your Complete Office in the Cloud

If you missed this event, 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 complimentary breakfast events on June 18 and June 19 for organizations interested in taking advantage of Microsoft's Office 365 cloud offerings.   Is your business facing any of these scenarios?   1.  Growing in size and looking for technology to help meet your bus...

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A Simple Guide to Microsoft's New Office 365 Plan Options
Rick Rietz

A Simple Guide to Microsoft's New Office 365 Plan Options

Microsoft's "New Office 365" plan lineup for 2013 is pretty extensive, providing customers with many choices to consider. Since you cannot change plan families (more on this later), it is critical to be aware of a few subtle, but key details that differentiate the new plans from one another. If you are unsure if moving to the Office 365 cloud is a good move for your organization, here are a few scenarios that often drive businesses to move to the Office ...

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Using SPWeb.ProcessBatchData to Update Document Library Properties
Jack Cosgrove

Using SPWeb.ProcessBatchData to Update Document Library Properties

SharePoint offers a little-known but incredibly useful feature allowing for bulk adds, updates, and deletes of list items via the SPWeb.ProcessBatchData method. The usage is a bit complex because you need to pass CAML markup to the method to perform the operation on multiple list items. This CAML must contain the list item ID, list GUID, and relevant column names and values in an XML collection. There are numerous examples throughout the web showing how to write this CAML for manipulating list i...

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New Features in SharePoint 2013
Anjali Bharadwa

New Features in SharePoint 2013

Have you heard about the new SharePoint 2013 but not quite sure if you are ready to take the plunge? Here is a glimpse of what’s new that may help swing your decision.   Look and Feel  The SharePoint user interface has overall been revamped in 2013. The user interface is very graphic and updated. Graphic tiles are now used in lieu of text to display the options when visiting a page.           User Interface   Use...

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DMC Earns Microsoft Gold Partner Status in Application Development and Collaboration and Content
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Earns Microsoft Gold Partner Status in Application Development and Collaboration and Content

DMC is proud to announce that it has achieved Gold Partner status within the Microsoft Partner Network for the ninth consecutive year.  Microsoft uses Gold Status Competencies to identify top partners in specific solution areas.  DMC earned gold status this year for the Application Development (custom .NET application development) and Collaboration and Content (SharePoint solutions). DMC ranks among the top 3% of more than 64,000 Microsoft partners worldwide who have ...

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Copying and Moving SharePoint 2010 Designer Workflows
Jordan Harris

Copying and Moving SharePoint 2010 Designer Workflows

Anyone that has worked with SharePoint 2010 workflows knows what a valuable tool they can be for a variety of tasks. However, list workflows in particular suffer from a reusability problem. While site and reusable workflows are by design (and definition) reusable, list workflows are tied to a specific list. That does not mean that there are cases when copying or moving the workflow to a different site is a desired action. I recently ran into an issue when I wanted to ...

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Windows Server 2008 R2 Security Patches Break SharePoint 2010 User Authentication
Jack Cosgrove

Windows Server 2008 R2 Security Patches Break SharePoint 2010 User Authentication

Today I had to restore user authentication on a SharePoint farm. The farm had been functional yesterday, but upon arriving into work this morning users would get a low-level error message when trying to log in. Microsoft pushed out some security patches yesterday for Windows Server 2008 R2. A discussion of some of the problems encountered by users can be found here. I found that on this farm, the Forefront Identity Manager Synchronization Service failed to start, which in turn broke the Us...

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A Bug in Calendar Lists
Jack Cosgrove

A Bug in Calendar Lists

As I explained in a previous post, a client had need of copying appointments from an Exchange shared calendar to a SharePoint calendar. I recently encountered a bug in calendar lists that I thought I should share. The task was to populate a SharePoint calendar with appointments from Exchange. Exchange appointments have a unique ID that I was using in SharePoint, but this ID is re-used for instances of a recurring appointment. In order to differentiate instances of recurring appointments, I wo...

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Changing the CRM Icon in Outlook
John Sullivan

Changing the CRM Icon in Outlook

At DMC, we have been using Microsoft CRM for quite some time.  The Outlook client makes using CRM much simpler and allows for many features to be readily accessible. It is easy to look up contacts, track emails in CRM, and see CRM tasks in the Outlook task bar, among many other great features. My one complaint was that emails tracked in CRM were displayed with a CRM icon:  This feature was nice, since it let me know when emails were b...

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Prepare for SharePoint 2013
Jack Cosgrove

Prepare for SharePoint 2013

 SharePoint 2013 RTM was released recently to MSDN subscribers, and I have been reading up on some of its features since then. I'll provide an overview of what to expect from SharePoint 2013. In-place upgrades from SharePoint 2010 are not supported. This means that a new farm will have to be created, and 2010 content upgraded by the database attach method. The database attach method supports both content databases and service application databases now. Web parts can be h...

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Jack Cosgrove

Tired of refreshing SharePoint external data columns?

SharePoint external data columns are an invaluable tool when drawing data from sources outside SharePoint, as I reported in previous blog entries. Whether the data exist in SQL Server, a WCF web service, or elsewhere, external data columns can integrate this data with out-of-the-box SharePoint lists. External data columns do however have one major disadvantage. Unlike external lists, external data columns cache the information drawn from the external content type within SharePoint. While the ...

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National Instruments Real-Time Target Asset Management
Patrick Corcoran

National Instruments Real-Time Target Asset Management

As the popularity of modular instruments grows in R&D development spaces, National Instruments technology, particularly Real-Time and FPGA hardware, is becoming more and more common in volume test, manufacturing, and control applications. As the number of hardware products grows in a given deployment, so too does the task of asset management.  The aim of this discussion is to outline key questions that will be helpful in selecting and asset management solution for projects involving ...

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Jack Cosgrove

Copying Appointments from Exchange to a SharePoint Calendar

SyntaxHighlighter.all(); Recently I had the opportunity to programmatically copy Exchange appointments to a SharePoint calendar. This was done using the Exchange web services API. I found no examples of this procedure online, so I thought I would add my own example. This example looks 62 days into the future and copies appointments from a shared calendar in Exchange located in the public folders root. // Here are the references you'll need using System; using System.Linq; using Sy...

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Consider Migrating to the Cloud
Jack Cosgrove

Consider Migrating to the Cloud

Is cloud computing right for your business? Working on the consulting services team at DMC, I encounter clients with a desire for an office intranet without the hassle of reinventing the wheel. SharePoint does a lot for its users, but the fact remains that an on-premise installation requires dedicated hardware and configuration. Microsoft's cloud version of SharePoint, previously called SharePoint Online and now called Office 365, solves that problem by hosting your instance of SharePoint...

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SharePoint Gotchas - and How to Beat Them
Jack Cosgrove

SharePoint Gotchas - and How to Beat Them

SharePoint is a fairly complex product that is in a state of constant maturation. With so much customization available to users and developers, it can be hard to stay on top of best practices - especially when those best practices may not be documented in easy-to-find places. To help other users and developers, I have compiled this list of SharePoint "gotchas" and their remedies. I cannot find a column in a list or list item! Make sure you are using the appropriate name - external ...

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To Save or not to Save? (to SharePoint)
Rick Rietz

To Save or not to Save? (to SharePoint)

I recently fielded a question from a client who wanted to know when it was appropriate to save a file to SharePoint instead of saving the file to the network shared drive.  I was happy to hear that the alternative to saving to SharePoint being considered was a network shared drive and not a personal hard drive. You might ask why: You can't index and search for a document on a personal hard drive Others won't know the file even exists unless you tell them No one can ac...

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DMC to Lead Roundtables at SharePoint Share-A-Pint
Rick Rietz

DMC to Lead Roundtables at SharePoint Share-A-Pint

Join DMC at the Chicago SharePoint "Share-A-Pint" on June 13th at 5:30pm, featuring discussions led by DMC's Anjali Bharadwa and Jack Cosgrove. "Share-A-Pint" is an informal monthly event aimed at knowledge sharing and networking between SharePoint professionals. Event Topics: DMC Senior Consultant, Anjali Bharadwa, will lead an administrator roundtable entitled "SharePoint Designer Workflows". DMC Application Developer, Jack Cosgrove, will&...

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