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Forcing Documents in SharePoint Search Results to Open in Client Application
Sam Weber

Forcing Documents in SharePoint Search Results to Open in Client Application

One of the most common tasks that a user performs in SharePoint is opening a document. Whether it's a PDF, a Word document, or an Excel spreadsheet this very straight forward task can get complicated very quickly. Sometimes users are continually asked to enter their credentials when opening files. Other times, the administrator of the site wants to require documents to be checked out. Though these issues are widespread, what I would like to address today is forcing SharePoint to open do...

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Office 365 Small and Midsize Bundles Get a Makeover
Rick Rietz

Office 365 Small and Midsize Bundles Get a Makeover

As Microsoft Office 365 users know, one of the many benefits of being in the cloud is always having the latest and greatest versions of software. In addition to having the most up to date functionality, on October 1, 2014 Microsoft Office 365 customers will see new product bundles and pricing improvements aimed at small and medium sized businesses (1-300 users). The Enterprise plans will remain unchanged. What Benefits and Features come with these updates? Increased Flexibility: Custome...

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Office 365 & Sharepoint Custom Packaged Solutions
Rick Rietz

Office 365 & Sharepoint Custom Packaged Solutions

David and I spent the DMC Fed Ex Day putting together information that describes a dozen packaged solutions that DMC has developed for SharePoint and Office 365. For each solution, we authored a description of the solution along with a list of features and a list of benefits. We also developed a pricing model for each packaged solution.   Below is a sneak preview of the packaged solutions our team has developed. Fault Tracking and Reporting IT Help Desk Tracking Maintenanc...

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Solutions For Common Problems in Outlook 2013
Timothy Johnson

Solutions For Common Problems in Outlook 2013

In my experience, the most widespread issues that occur for both DMC users and our external customers, happen while using Microsoft Outlook. This is partially due to the fact that Outlook is quite possibly, the most important application and definitely the most used application in the office. Outlook may live locally or in the cloud via Office 365, which offers access to Outlook, Word, Excel, and other Microsoft Office tools from anywhere you can get a Web connection and from virtually any devic...

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Testing SharePoint 2010 Email Receivers - Part One
Jordan Harris

Testing SharePoint 2010 Email Receivers - Part One

If you have ever worked with SharePoint development, you may have run into a situation where it becomes necessary to test the functionality of a custom email receiver event handler on a document library. This blog will not go into detail on how to create the library programmatically (Andy Burns has a good post on that here), instead we will focus on the infrastructure necessary for testing the event handler on a development server. There are two main components that need to be present in your...

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Remove Field from New Form, Edit Form or Display Form in SharePoint 2013
Jerry Choinski

Remove Field from New Form, Edit Form or Display Form in SharePoint 2013

In this brief blog post I wanted to describe the steps needed to remove unused fields from the New Form, Display Form and/or Edit Form in SharePoint 2013. While it is easy to add and remove fields from list views through SharePoint’s user interface, there isn’t a good way to do so for the three different forms which we use to add, edit and view information of individual items. We are often left with fields that should not be part of the forms. We might need hidden fields used by a...

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Always Open SharePoint 2013 Tasks in Edit Mode
David Ufford

Always Open SharePoint 2013 Tasks in Edit Mode

One of the little annoyances with SharePoint workflows is that tasks often open in a display-only mode by default, especially when you are following an email link. The extra click needed to place the task in "Edit" mode causes confusion and wastes time. In SharePoint 2007 and 2010, you could get around this by customizing the task URL in a notification email, or by having users use the "Open this Task" feature of the Outlook client. Unfortunately neither of these options w...

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Create Site From Template using SharePoint 2013 Workflow
David Ufford

Create Site From Template using SharePoint 2013 Workflow

SharePoint sites are often created for new customers, projects, and events. While it is possible to create each new site manually, having an automated process greatly reduces user training and effort. In previous versions of SharePoint, creating sites from a workflow required deploying custom actions. However, with the new Call HTTP Web Service action in SharePoint 2013, it is possible to apply some tricks and achieve the same result using only SharePoint Designer. Creating a new site usin...

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Fix SharePoint 2013 Distributed Cache Timeouts
Jerry Choinski

Fix SharePoint 2013 Distributed Cache Timeouts

SharePoint 2013 uses the AppFabric Caching Service to centralize all caches that are used by SharePoint. The distributed cache is used by many features including Authentication, Newsfeed, Security, Page Loading, Workflows, and more. While Microsoft claims that SharePoint’s use of the Distributed Cache greatly increases performance, the service is also quite unreliable and difficult to troubleshoot. Hopefully they will write more documentation and improve the product with the release of SP1...

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DMC  Earns Microsoft CRM Certified Software Advisor Status
Anjali Bharadwa

DMC Earns Microsoft CRM Certified Software Advisor Status

DMC has earned the status of Microsoft CRM Certified Software Advisor. This certification recognizes DMC’s investment and dedication to implementing a superior CRM application while providing knowledge and support to its CRM customers. This new competency demonstrates DMC’s expertise in planning and implementing a CRM solution through customization of the CRM application to fit the needs of its customers. Microsoft awards Software Advisor Certifications to partners who have demons...

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Getting Started with Microsoft Office 365 Video Series
Rick Rietz

Getting Started with Microsoft Office 365 Video Series

Have you considered moving some of your business systems into the cloud? This year our Microsoft Consulting Services practice has seen a significant increase in Office 365 projects. A move from on-premise Exchange to Exchange Online or choosing one of the Office 365 bundled cloud offerings is especially compelling for small and medium size businesses. To help you better understand Microsoft's cloud offerings and decide if a move to the cloud is right for your business, DMC has created a v...

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Office 365 Webinar:  Your Complete Office in the Cloud
Jessica Mlinaric

Office 365 Webinar: Your Complete Office in the Cloud

If you missed this Webinar, 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 a complimentary webinar on Wednesday, August 14th (10am - 11am CDT) for organizations who are interested in learning more about Microsoft's Office 365 cloud offerings - Office Pro Plus, Office Web Apps, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, and CRM. Is your business facing any of these scenarios? Growing in...

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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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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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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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Jack Cosgrove

Copying Appointments from Exchange to a SharePoint Calendar

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 System.Net; using Microsoft...

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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 of Contact 2: Integrating SharePoint 2010 with CRM Online
Jack Cosgrove

SharePoint of Contact 2: Integrating SharePoint 2010 with CRM Online

SharePoint of Contact 2: Using CRM Online Data within SharePoint In this previous blog post, I explained how to integrate Microsoft Dynamics CRM with SharePoint 2010 using an External Content Type (ECT) linked to the Dynamics SQL Server instance. Today I will explain how to integrate Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online with SharePoint 2010, also using an ECT. Since CRM Online data is only accessible via web services, we will use a WCF web service-based ECT. First a note about why CRM Online data...

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