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DMC to Host Microsoft Partners to Discuss IoT 
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Host Microsoft Partners to Discuss IoT 

DMC is proud to host Microsoft Partners at the Chicagoland International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) and Women in Technology (WIT) March meeting.   The IAMCP and WIT community members will gather at DMC on Tuesday, March 28 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. to learn about Microsoft’s Azure Platform Services and the Internet of Things (IoT).  Microsoft Azure Platform Services is comprised of some lesser-known services that can be cost-saving alternatives to th...

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Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: SQL Database DTUs
Peter Rijks

Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: SQL Database DTUs

What is a DTU? Microsoft describes the Database Transaction Unit (DTU) as, “a blended measure of CPU, memory, and data I/O and transaction log I/O in a ratio determined by an OLTP benchmark workload designed to be typical of real-world OLTP workloads.”  This statement may seem deliberately opaque, but what it reflects is that Microsoft is giving you the benefit of not needing to worry about the hardware configuration of your cloud service, but instead is giving you a ...

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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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What’s Included in Microsoft Dynamics 365: Apps and Pricing
Jimmy Brady

What’s Included in Microsoft Dynamics 365: Apps and Pricing

On November 1, 2016, Microsoft released their new cloud-based business application platform, Dynamics 365. This new platform combines the capabilities of CRM and ERP systems in a new app-driven format. This updated format allows companies to choose software components based on their specific business needs. Organizations may choose from apps such as Finance, Sales, Customer Service, Field Services, and Operations, and license them a-la-carte or as a bundle. Enterprise vs Busine...

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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 Upgrade On-premises Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 to 2016
Jordan Harris

How to Upgrade On-premises Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 to 2016

Looking for help with upgrading your Microsoft Dynamics CRM system? We recently upgraded our Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 system to MSCRM 2016. When preparing for the upgrade and during the process we found a lot of disparate information available from Microsoft. I wrote this blog to help others find the most useful information and to share details about the challenges we faced during our upgrade. Our high-level upgrade plan was as follows: Build new servers to house the database an...

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Microsoft CSP - Cloud Solution Provider Licensing
Jimmy Brady

Microsoft CSP - Cloud Solution Provider Licensing

Which Office 365 Licensing Program is best for your organization? Traditionally, Microsoft has allowed small and medium sized organizations to purchase Office 365 licenses through two different programs, Open and Advisor. Organizations who purchase their licenses through the Open program buy these licenses from a Microsoft partner and pay for 12 months up front at the time of purchase.  Those who buy their licenses through the Advisor program sign up for an annual contract directly ...

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Office 365 Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
Peter Rijks

Office 365 Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a method of enhancing the security of user accounts by requiring them to provide a second proof of identity in addition to their password. This helps protect against cases when a user’s password is compromised. Office 365 includes support for Multi-Factor Authentication to allow organizations to enhance their security. Before rolling out MFA, you will want to decide which users you want to roll it out to. You may want to roll out MFA to all your user...

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Attend DMC's Power BI, Azure, and Azure IoT Event
Rick Rietz

Attend DMC's Power BI, Azure, and Azure IoT Event

DMC is hosting a Power BI, Azure, and Azure IoT event that includes a hands-on BI workshop and IoT demonstration on Tuesday, May 10th (8:30 a.m. –12:00 p.m. CDT) at DMC Chicago (2222 N. Elston Ave., Ste. 200). Participants will learn how to take advantage of these offerings to improve business operations. Event Overview This event is ideal for business, engineering and IT leaders. You will walk away with a practical understanding of how these technologies work and...

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DMC Joins Microsoft’s Power BI Red Carpet Program
Michael Dannemiller

DMC Joins Microsoft’s Power BI Red Carpet Program

DMC has joined Microsoft’s Power BI Red Carpet Partner Program. DMC was selected by Microsoft to join the program based on our demonstrated proficiency in developing and implementing Power BI solutions for our customers. This recognition of our expertise with Power BI comes right on the heels of our selection to join the Azure IoT Red Carpet Partner Program last month. By joining this network of Microsoft Partners, DMC will be identified as a specialized provider of Power BI solutions. ...

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Connect Azure Resources to Your Network with Azure VPN
Peter Rijks

Connect Azure Resources to Your Network with Azure VPN

Microsoft Azure VPN is a small but critical component of Microsoft’s Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform. Using an Azure VPN Gateway, organizations can connect cloud resources in Azure to their network in the same way that they might connect another office to their network, using a secure site-to-site VPN that doesn’t expose internal resources to the internet at large. On the Azure side, a virtual network is created and Azure resources are connected to that network. ...

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DMC Selected to Join Microsoft’s Azure IoT Red Carpet Program
Rick Rietz

DMC Selected to Join Microsoft’s Azure IoT Red Carpet Program

DMC is proud to join Microsoft’s new Azure IoT Red Carpet Program. Partners are individually selected by Microsoft and invited to join the program based on their expertise and proven success in implementing IoT solutions.  By joining, DMC will be listed in Microsoft’s IoT Partner Directory, and gains access to exclusive resources including engineering, marketing, and sales support. This also includes access to a private network of IoT partners to share insight as the Internet...

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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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Inside the New Office 365 E5 Plan
Jimmy Brady

Inside the New Office 365 E5 Plan

On December 1, 2015, Microsoft released pricing and functionality for their long awaited E5 plan. E5 replaces E4 as the top plan for the Microsoft Office 365 platform. The E5 plan includes all of the functionality from the E4 plan with the addition of new collaboration tools, new ways to get insight into your business, and increased features to keep your information secure. Here are some highlights of the Office 365 E5 plan.  Collaboration Skype Meeting Broadcast - Reach up to 1...

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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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BYOD: Protect Corporate Data and Empower Employees
Peter Rijks

BYOD: Protect Corporate Data and Empower Employees

If your business is like most small and medium businesses (SMBs), then some level of a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policy has probably already become a de facto standard. Most users these days want to be able to access their email, calendar, and documents from their mobile device, and most of the time, that mobile device is going to be their own and not a company device. Today’s mobile technology makes it easier than ever for end users to connect their phone to the company mail server. ...

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CRM 2015 Email Router Fix for KB3072333 Update
Timothy Johnson

CRM 2015 Email Router Fix for KB3072333 Update

I recently installed KB3072333, which is labeled as “Update 1.1 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015”. Afterwards, a specific change to the Outgoing Email Router profile issued a 401 Unauthorized error in the event viewer. I found a fix and am posting it in the hope that it will help someone else! Specifically, the error prevents emails from actually being sent until this change has been fixed. The error looks like this: “System.Net.WebException: The request failed with...

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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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