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Windows 10 Special Event with IAMCP and DMC
Rick Rietz

Windows 10 Special Event with IAMCP and DMC

DMC recently hosted a special IAMCP (International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners) event at our Chicago office where we hosted approximately 40 Microsoft Partners. The keynote was presented by Microsoft Windows 10 executives from Redmond, including Nic Fillingham (Worldwide Windows Team – Sr. Partner Marketing Manager), Jenn Pettit (US SMB Windows Team - Sr. Audience Marketing Manager) and Annie Jonas (US Windows Team - Product Marketing Manager). We&nbs...

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IAMCP Features Interview with DMC's Rick Rietz
Jessica Mlinaric

IAMCP Features Interview with DMC's Rick Rietz

DMC is a proud member of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) whose mission is to connect Microsoft partners and leverage their joint strengths in delivering world class client solutions while enhancing their ties to Microsoft.The IAMCP recently featured an interview with Rick Rietz, DMC’s Director of Consulting Services, about developing relationships within the association. Rietz detailed the dividends of investing in the IAMCP partnership in a...

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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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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 Update
Timothy Johnson

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 Update

CRM 2015 was released by Microsoft at the very end of 2014. DMC typically tries to be on the latest and greatest version for two reasons. First, we can take advantage of all of the new features like cross entity search, security enhancements and enhanced business rules. Second, it helps our team better assist our current and future customers when they go through the same process. Because CRM 2015 is so new, there really isn’t too much documentation for installation errors and &ld...

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DMC QuickTip #2: Sharing Files in OneDrive for Business
Brian Frett

DMC QuickTip #2: Sharing Files in 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 #2 demonstrates how to share files in OneDrive for Business. I walk you through three easy methods of file sharing, including generating an email, obtaining a link that can be shared...

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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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RESTful Logins
Jack Cosgrove

RESTful Logins

If you are constructing a web application, you will probably have to create a login page that generates a user session. If you are not aware, RESTful (representational state transfer) URLs are considered best practice for internet applications. As a general rule (only to be broken under duress), RESTful URLs should be nouns, while the HTTP method is the verb. For example, if you want to see a user profile page and the user ID is 8, then a RESTful URL would be https://host/users/8/. “users&...

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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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Avoid Buyer’s Remorse by Choosing Office 365
Rick Rietz

Avoid Buyer’s Remorse by Choosing Office 365

If you had to describe Office 365 in one word, what would it be? Awesome? Confusing? For me the answer would be: Simple. Simple to use, simple to administer, and simple to purchase.  We live in a fast paced society, which unfortunately has caused most of us, including myself, to become impatient. In fact, I’m currently asking myself if I lost my audience due to this long introduction, but my point is coming, I promise.  This impatience has led us to make quick decisions, ma...

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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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How to Prepare for Life After Windows Server 2003 R2
Rick Rietz

How to Prepare for Life After Windows Server 2003 R2

As a Microsoft Gold Partner, I frequently attend partner events, both online and in-person. One thing I can guarantee prior to attending, is that at some point Windows Server 2003 going End of Life will be discussed. While it is old news to me and many others, somehow there are still eight million instances of the Operating System running in North America. While July 14, 2015 feels like a long way away, especially for a Chicagoan standing on the precipice of winter, Microsoft customers need to d...

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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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Office 365 Business and Technical Benefits
Rick Rietz

Office 365 Business and Technical Benefits

Microsoft continues to deliver enhancements and improvements to its Office 365 cloud offerings. With a brand new suite of Office 365 plans going live on October 1, 2014, I thought it might be helpful to share an updated list of business and technical benefits.  Below I have shared my thoughts on what I consider the most compelling features and benefits of Office 365. There are a lot more features and benefits than I have listed here, so you shouldn't consider my lists exhaustive...

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