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Onboarding Employees using SharePoint Workflow
Michael Dannemiller

Onboarding Employees using SharePoint Workflow

Click here to see our latest onboarding workflow solution. Here at DMC, we take great pride in our onboarding process for new employees. We love that all new hires feel welcome and hit the ground running their first week. Have you ever arrived at a job and spent the first few days waiting for system access? Or for a manager to figure out what to do with you? That doesn't happen here. But as our company continues to expand the process is becoming difficult to manage. With each new emplo...

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How to Create a SharePoint Online Provider-Hosted App
Curtis Weir

How to Create a SharePoint Online Provider-Hosted App

Provider-hosted apps allow us to run powerful processes and access data externally from SharePoint. This guide is intended to provide a clear, and easy-to-follow process for configuring an application that can utilize data from both SharePoint Online and Microsoft Azure. If you are unfamiliar with the differences between SharePoint-hosted and Provider-hosted add-ins, please read Microsoft's guide on how to choose a development pattern for your add-in. Requirements Microsoft Az...

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6 Best Practices for SharePoint User Adoption
Rick Rietz

6 Best Practices for SharePoint User Adoption

You've invested valuable time and resources into your organization's SharePoint / Office 365 solution but have you thought about user adoption? User adoption planning is critical to SharePoint implementation success. Even the most powerful and well-designed SharePoint portal will flounder if employees aren't properly introduced to this business productivity tool. Upfront planning, communication, and leadership alignment can simplify your SharePoint deployment and adoptio...

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales
Jimmy Brady

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is Microsoft's recently rebranded CRM Online platform. Microsoft combined many of the features of their CRM and ERP offerings and changed the licensing model by breaking down their functions into category-specific apps for purchase individually or as part of a bundle. I will explore all of the different applications in a series of blog posts, but today I will focus on the Dynamics 365 for Sales app.  Pipeline Management The Dynamics 365 for Sales app is a...

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How to Migrate Path-Based to Host-Named Site Collections Over SSL
Timothy Johnson

How to Migrate Path-Based to Host-Named Site Collections Over SSL

Host-named site collections (HNSC) allow you to assign a site collection with a unique DNS name behind it. This differs from path-based site collections, which require you to use the same DNS name that the web application is assigned to all site collections beneath it. Deciding when to use host-named vs. path-based site collections is a matter of your specific needs. Microsoft has a recommended a maximum of 20 web applications per farm, so host-named site collections can help a situation...

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Microsoft SharePoint Vs. Google Docs/Sites
Rick Rietz

Microsoft SharePoint Vs. Google Docs/Sites

I recently fielded a question from a potential client who wanted to know if Microsoft SharePoint or Google Docs with Google Sites was a better fit for their organization's document management and collaboration needs. Although this question is pretty straightforward, the explanation can get a bit complicated. The short answer is Google Docs/Sites is a great tool if you do not have an enterprise collaboration platform at your disposal, and you need to to get a document sharing site up quick...

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DMC Achieves Microsoft’s Gold Cloud Productivity Competency
Rick Rietz

DMC Achieves Microsoft’s Gold Cloud Productivity Competency

DMC recently upgraded our Silver Cloud Productivity competency to Microsoft Gold for Cloud Productivity! This certification recognizes DMC for its expertise and experience helping clients deploy Microsoft cloud and hybrid solutions. Hybrid solutions rely on a combination of cloud and existing investments in on-premises resources.  This Microsoft Gold level certification makes DMC eligible for exclusive training opportunities that further the implementat...

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Displaying Slack Channels in SharePoint
Jordan Harris

Displaying Slack Channels in SharePoint

DMC recently updated our SharePoint intranet site to SharePoint 2016, and with that upgrade, we decided to do a refresh of the UI.  We concentrated on adding interesting and useful items to the homepage. One of those pieces of content was a display of our office-specific Slack channels.  This blog explores what I had to learn and do in order to implement a Slack display inside a SharePoint web part page. Getting Ready in Slack My first step was to learn how to communica...

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How to Upload a File to SharePoint On-Premises Using Python
Curtis Weir

How to Upload a File to SharePoint On-Premises 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. Using Octoprint to Monitor 3D Printing I recently set up a tool called Octoprint on a Raspberry Pi, and am using it to control and monitor ...

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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: f...

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 How to Add SharePoint To Your Favorites in Windows Explorer
Anjali Bharadwa

How to Add SharePoint To Your Favorites in Windows Explorer

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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