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Upload File to SharePoint On-Premise Using Python
Curtis Weir

Upload File to SharePoint On-Premise Using Python

There are several tools out there for interacting with SharePoint through a Python script, but today I am going to demonstrate a very simple way to upload a file to your SharePoint environment with minimal overhead. This can be useful for users running on Linux environments, such as a Raspberry PI, who want to script some functionality. I recently set up a tool called Octoprint on a Raspberry Pi, and am using it to control and monitor the 3D printer here at DMC. The tool gen...

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Simplify Your Document Management with SharePoint Metadata
Anjali Bharadwa

Simplify Your Document Management with SharePoint Metadata

Have you ever had a hard time searching for a document in a web of nested folders? So have I. What starts out as a few, organized folders can quickly turn into a messy and confusing file system. Fortunately, SharePoint offers a solution by tagging documents with metadata. Document Management in SharePoint allows you to find documents easily and determine information about the document before you open it. For example, using metadata allows you to tag documents with two different categorie...

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SharePoint 2016 Forgets Where It’s Installed After Update
Peter Rijks

SharePoint 2016 Forgets Where It’s Installed After Update

Sometimes, when things seem to be going catastrophically wrong, the root cause can be simple. You just have to find it. After a recent batch of updates were applied to a SharePoint 2016 farm, a large number of items quit working on the application server. Outgoing emails stopped sending, workflows stopped working, and scheduled tasks that used the server object model stopped working.  It was a mess. Worse yet, troubleshooting this proved to be a challenge because the SharePoint tracin...

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SharePoint Form Validation Using JavaScript + jQuery
Curtis Weir

SharePoint Form Validation Using JavaScript + jQuery

SharePoint forms are usually very simple in terms of validation. The only out-of-the-box feature is to make a field required. While this is useful, sometimes businesses want more control over what users should and should not enter into a form. Fortunately, it is easy to write our own code to extend the validation of a SharePoint form. SharePoint Form Background When the save button is pressed on a SharePoint form, the PreSaveItem function is called. That function is as follows: ```...

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How to Quickly Add Documents to SharePoint Without Duplicates
Anjali Bharadwa

How to Quickly Add Documents to SharePoint Without Duplicates

SharePoint is a great resource for storing and organizing documents. A common argument I hear from users about switching to SharePoint from their network drive is that it takes too long to get their documents in SharePoint.  Create the Document Save it to PC Navigate through SharePoint to find Desired Document Library Browse for document on PC to upload it to SharePoint Then delete the file from the P (if they remember). Fortunately, there's an easy workaround.  ...

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How to Hide Fields on a SharePoint Form
Curtis Weir

How to Hide Fields on a SharePoint Form

Hiding fields in a SharePoint form can be tedious, or sometimes not even possible using out-of-the-box features. One common solution is to modify the forms in SharePoint Designer. However, this takes time and is prone to user error. A simpler solution is to use Javascript & jQuery, and the following code outlines how to hide any field on your SharePoint form. If you are unfamiliar with Javascript, no problem! Just edit the fieldsToHide line with whatever fields you wish to hide. Separate ...

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Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Solution with SharePoint
Peter Rijks

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Solution with SharePoint

The benefits of combining OCR and SharePoint are pretty clear. Image-only PDFs are not picked up by SharePoint search, meaning that many documents that might match a search request are missed. DMC's OCR solution solves this problem by checking PDFs uploaded to SharePoint and running them through OCR if needed. Once a PDF has been processed by OCR, it will contain a text layer that will be picked up by search. We recently added a number of features to our OCR solution and I’d li...

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DMC QuickTip #4 - Uploading Folders to SharePoint 2013
Michael Dannemiller

DMC QuickTip #4 - Uploading Folders to SharePoint 2013

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 #4 demonstrates how to easily upload entire folders to SharePoint 2013 through Internet Explorer. This allows you to upload multiple files at once while still maintaining your file o...

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SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview
Peter Rijks

SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview

A few weeks ago, Microsoft made the SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview available for download. I was excited to check it out, and will be sharing some findings over the course of several blog posts. The Preview can be downloaded here. Make sure to check the Install Instructions for the product key, you’ll need it. I installed it in a VM with no trouble at all. The installation steps are similar to SP 2013, and the Product Configuration Wizard looks nearly the same, except for this n...

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DMC QuickTip #3: Adding Column Metadata in SharePoint 2013
Michael Dannemiller

DMC QuickTip #3: Adding Column Metadata in SharePoint 2013

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 #3 demonstrates how to add metadata columns to lists and libraries in SharePoint 2013. This allows you to enter more information to each item, and also adds more criteria by which yo...

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DMC to Present at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference
Rick Rietz

DMC to Present at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

DMC is excited to present at the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). The annual event for the Microsoft partner community will be held in Orlando this year on July 12-16. Last year, there were over 16,000 attendees from more than 140 countries. The WPC is a wonderful opportunity to connect with peer Microsoft partners across the U.S. and the rest of the globe to share industry innovations. The extensive programming schedule offers a great deal of technical and business insight,...

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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 or Office 365
Anjali Bharadwa

Color Coding Lists in SharePoint 2013 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. (If you are wondering why you should upgrade to SharePoint 2013, 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 style of Basic Table inst...

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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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