Top 5 Benefits of Managed IT Services

Top 5 Benefits of Managed IT Services

September 23, 2017

Open the door to business transformation using managed services to build your ideal IT environment. Softlanding rounds up the top five reasons why managed services should be on your radar and how we go above and beyond traditional MSPs.

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Understanding Long Running Do Until loops with Delay actions in Microsoft Flow

Understanding Long Running Do Until loops with Delay actions in Microsoft Flow

September 25, 2017

When you run this Flow, it’ll will only run once before completing. Back on the dashboard, the run’s status shows it Succeeded. So why does it only run one time instead of the actual number of times?

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The Difference Between Slack and Microsoft Teams?

The Difference Between Slack and Microsoft Teams?

September 25, 2017

If you’re not using a collaboration platform in your business, you should. Not only do they allow you to coordinate projects and teams remotely from all over the world, but they are the future of workplace communication. Millennials are driving the changing workplace dynamics and will soon make up 50% of the current workforce.

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Is your data safe in the cloud?

Is your data safe in the cloud?

September 25, 2017

There is a misconception that the cloud is plagued with down-time - leaving most organizations to believe on-prem is the better solution. A recent failure in Amazon's simple storage service brought down thousands of web sites. While the outage had been limited to Amazon's Northern Virginia datacenter, it happened to be their most widely used region.

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How to protect yourself against WannaCry and future ransomware

How to protect yourself against WannaCry and future ransomware

September 25, 2017

Over the past three years, ransomware has jumped into the spotlight as a means to exploit and infect valuable data assets and demand a ransom for release. To date, hundreds of thousands of computers in 150 countries have been crippled by the "weapon of mass destruction", WannaCry, and the number keeps on growing.

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Thinking about Microsoft's OMS? Here are your next steps.

Thinking about Microsoft's OMS? Here are your next steps.

September 25, 2017

After our recent event with Microsoft for their OMS Roadshow Tour, it came to our attention that road to adopting Microsoft's Operations Management + Security Suite isn't quite evident. In case you're still twiddling your thumbs thinking of how to get started with a cloud-based IT management solution... we have listed the tools and steps you can take get started - even some that are free!

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Move to the Canadian Datacentres for Free

Move to the Canadian Datacentres for Free

September 25, 2017

It's a great time to think about migrating your existing US Cloud Tenancies to Microsoft Canada's datacentres! From now until the end of October 31, 2016 cross-tenancy migrations will be complimenatarily provided through Microsoft to clients on EA licenses. It's as simple as flipping a switch!​

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Setting up Your Azure Project for Multiple Developers

Setting up Your Azure Project for Multiple Developers

September 25, 2017

When working with multiple developers on a project there’s always the potential of stepping on each other’s toes unintentionally. When a configuration setting is changed, or maybe a package for the project is updated it could cause havoc for the other developers without anyone knowing what caused the issues.

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Free Microsoft Funding: Are you eligible?

Free Microsoft Funding: Are you eligible?

September 25, 2017

With the two Canadian Microsoft data centers in full effect for Canadian public and private sector businesses, the momentum to move to the cloud through Office 365, Cloud PBX (Skype for Business) and Azure are rampant.

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10 Benefits of the Canadian Public Cloud

10 Benefits of the Canadian Public Cloud

September 25, 2017

Fantastic things have been happening within the cloud space for a while now - however, it wasn't until two weeks ago when Microsoft announced the opening of their two datacenters within Canada that Canadian businesses could finally harness the benefits of accelerating their business in the public cloud.

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Microsoft 365: What This Means For Your Business

Microsoft 365: What This Means For Your Business

September 25, 2017

Earlier this week, Microsoft introduced the Microsoft 365 Suite bundle to accommodate enterprises and businesses with a complete, intelligent, and secure solution to empower employees. Looking forward, Microsoft aims to address the need to build for a "modern workplace", integrating Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility & Security together as a software-as-a-service subscription plan.

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SharePoint Online - Enabling the Client-Side Theming Engine

SharePoint Online - Enabling the Client-Side Theming Engine

September 27, 2017

​On Feb 24, 2016, Microsoft announced a new client-side theming engine for first release users. This new feature reduces the steps and time needed to apply custom themes. This speeds up development and introduces some unique use cases like client-defined theming or theming to match some dynamic event.

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Working past Script Editor webpart error in SharePoint on Google Chrome

Working past Script Editor webpart error in SharePoint on Google Chrome

September 27, 2017

If you use Google Chrome like me when customizing SharePoint, you may run into this error when working with the Script Editor webpart in SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint Online.

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Microsoft Forms

Microsoft Forms

September 27, 2017

Custom forms are one of the features that have been demanded by enterprises since the early days of SharePoint. Microsoft used to address this demand by leveraging InfoPath, and many organizations built their custom forms based on this technology. Recently, Microsoft announced that they are going to improve PowerApps to become an additional custom forms application.

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Supervision in SharePoint online

Supervision in SharePoint online

September 27, 2017

Many organizations of different sizes and industries use Office 365 and this number is constantly growing. Office 365 and SharePoint online are a huge success for Microsoft especially in a professional environment, however, enterprises have specific requirements when it comes to governance and auditing that needs to be addressed by Microsoft.

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Securing OneDrive for Business

Securing OneDrive for Business

September 27, 2017

​Cloud storage has become very popular in the recent years and many users are utilizing one of the various cloud storage providers (like DropBox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive) to share documents, pictures or video files with friends or family members.

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Adding Tabs in both SharePoint 2013 and 2010

Adding Tabs in both SharePoint 2013 and 2010

September 27, 2017

​Last year I wrote a blog article describing how to turn a standard SharePoint 2010 web part zone into Tabs (Adding Tabbed Web Parts in a SharePoint Page Layout). Recently I was asked for downloadable source code - and I thought now would be a good time to revisit the code, refactor it a bit, and also adapt it for SharePoint 2013.

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Library Search Fails to Return Results

Library Search Fails to Return Results

September 27, 2017

When using the Find a file search box in a SharePoint 2013 document library, you may find that no results are returned even though the same search at site level does return results from that library.

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Tuning SharePoint Workflow Engine

Tuning SharePoint Workflow Engine

September 27, 2017

In summary, SharePoint attempts to run Workflows synchronously under the w3wp process, when the number of workflows exceeds 15 per content database, they are converted to SPWorkItems and queued. This queue is then handled by the “job-workflow” Timer Job, which runs every 5 minutes by default.

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Sync SharePoint User Information List

Sync SharePoint User Information List

September 27, 2017

SharePoint contains a User Information List in the Root Web of every Site Collection which contains a number of properties about the users.

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Advanced Nintex Form Design - Calculating Days Off Excluding Weekends And Holidays

Advanced Nintex Form Design - Calculating Days Off Excluding Weekends And Holidays

September 29, 2017

Recently, we had a client who wanted an interactive form to enter leave request information and dates. In this form, the user must be able to select multiple ranges of dates, and the form must calculate the number of working days excluding weekends and holidays.

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Error from SharePoint site: *** Index was outside the bounds of the array

Error from SharePoint site: *** Index was outside the bounds of the array

September 29, 2017

Issue: SharePoint Search displays “Error from SharePoint site: *** Index was outside the bounds of the array.” in the crawl logs and the users are not able to find the affect file in search.

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Get/Set SSRS Data Sources using PowerShell

Get/Set SSRS Data Sources using PowerShell

September 29, 2017

Business Case: SQL Server Reporting Services(SSRS) is becoming an integral component of any business today. Many of our clients have sites with hundreds of SSRS Reports. SharePoint 2010 with SSRS in Integrated mode simplifies the configuration and management of SSRS Reports by allowing many of the administration tasks to be configured through SharePoint. However there is one large caveat.

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Overcoming the 5000-item list view threshold in SharePoint online

Overcoming the 5000-item list view threshold in SharePoint online

September 29, 2017

​If you add more than 5000 items to a list or library in SharePoint online, you are faced with this error message: "This view cannot be displayed because it exceeds the list view threshold (5000 items) enforced by the administrator." Unfortunately, this list view threshold can't be changed in SharePoint online, but there are options to overcome this limitation.

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Remotely provision a list using CustomSchemaXml

Remotely provision a list using CustomSchemaXml

September 29, 2017

This PowerShell script will provi​sion a new list remotely using ListCreationInformation.CustomSchemaXml.

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Field validation with Client-side rendering

Field validation with Client-side rendering

September 29, 2017

Client-side rendering (CSR) has been introduced by Microsoft with SharePoint 2013 and Office 365. With CSR you can add additional functionality to some SharePoint elements very easily by just adding a JavaScript file which implements the missing functionality. There is neither an explicit deployment process nor any WSP deployment!

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An unbiased review of the top MDM (Mobile Device Management) providers

An unbiased review of the top MDM (Mobile Device Management) providers

September 29, 2017

​MDM Comparison At a certain point, all MDM solutions become more or less identical, this is due to the fact that ALL MDM solutions are bound by the API's that Phone manufacturer's use. Due to this fact, the decision between major players in the MDM space come down to 3 major components, price, usability & support.

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How to get item count of a large list using jQuery

How to get item count of a large list using jQuery

September 29, 2017

One of the clients came to us with a pretty simple request. They need to display total item count of several views in a large SharePoint list using jQuery (more than 40,000 items). Normally, we would use APIs to retrieve information about lists and list items. In this case, SharePoint list object has an ItemCount property which returns the total item count of the list. Following is the code sample using list.get_itemCount() in ECMA. It is very efficient and fast.

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Adding Tabbed Web Parts in a SharePoint Page Layout

Adding Tabbed Web Parts in a SharePoint Page Layout

September 29, 2017

The Problem Something that has come up a lot in the past with clients implementing SharePoint 2010 in tabbed content - specifically, tabbed web part zones. But those of you who have researched this before will know that this functionality is simply not available in SharePoint 2010 Out-Of-The-Box. I thought I would take a minute and show how we typically implement tabs for our clients.

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SharePoint Online - Enabling the Client-Side Theming Engine

SharePoint Online - Enabling the Client-Side Theming Engine

September 29, 2017

​On Feb 24, 2016, Microsoft announced a new client-side theming engine for first release users. This new feature reduces the steps and time needed to apply custom themes. This speeds up development and introduces some unique use cases like client-defined theming or theming to match some dynamic event. Compare this with the old style theming engine where annotated CSS styles are compiled after using "Settings > Change the look" and remain static until the next manual theme change.

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The discrepancy in configuring Search Refiners in SharePoint Online

The discrepancy in configuring Search Refiners in SharePoint Online

September 29, 2017

​Although SharePoint Online (which is an integral part of Office 365) and SharePoint on-premises (SharePoint 2013) provide a very similar -almost identical- user interface, there are key differences that one should be aware of when executing configuration tasks. Most of these differences exist because SharePoint Online resides in a hosted environment beside other SharePoint online tenants and each of these tenants need to be protected against any kind of interference from other tenants.

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Activate hidden features in SharePoint Online

Activate hidden features in SharePoint Online

September 29, 2017

Recently I was faced with an error message in our SharePoint online tenant when trying to activate the Community Site feature.

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Bug in latest version of System Center Endpoint Protection causes Operational Insights to report incorrect Malware status information

Bug in latest version of System Center Endpoint Protection causes Operational Insights to report incorrect Malware status information

September 29, 2017

The latest version of System Center Endpoint protection (4.9.218.0 - March 8, 2016) has a bug in the included PowerShell Module MpProvider.psd1 located in the default directory of C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\MpProvider.

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Get Crawled Property names and values for a Document

Get Crawled Property names and values for a Document

September 29, 2017

Issue: When creating Managed Properties in SharePoint Search it is difficult to find the exact name of the crawled property. This proves to be impossible in a very large environment as there can be hundreds of similarly named crawled properties.

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Get Inventory of OneNote Notebooks in Office365 Using CSOM

Get Inventory of OneNote Notebooks in Office365 Using CSOM

September 29, 2017

After discovering that migrating OneNote notebooks from one SharePoint location to another is difficult to do while maintaining the integrity of the notebooks (http://help.share-gate.com/article/907-onenote-migration), I needed to retrieve an inventory of all OneNote notebooks that reside on a collection of Office365 personal sites.

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How to Deploy SharePoint 2010 & 2013 using PowerShell

How to Deploy SharePoint 2010 & 2013 using PowerShell

September 29, 2017

Introduction: First of all I would like to start by thanking Brian Lalancette and many others for their great work on the AutoSPInstaller Project. AutoSPInstaller is a PowerShell based tool which automates the deployment of SharePoint 2010 and 2013. It has the ability to granularly configure most aspects of the farm and includes some interesting features such as: centralized farm deployment, granular database naming, XML configuration and more.

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Latent security issue with Delve

Latent security issue with Delve

September 29, 2017

While the Microsoft SharePoint search engine is a very powerful tool, my attention is currently drawn towards Delve and Office Graph. Delve and Office Graph go hand-in-hand as Delve is the user-focus front end platform that visualizes data retrieved and sorted by Office Graph. Office Graph is the new and exciting search and index engine that uses artificial intelligence and fuzzy logic to create relations between data and persons while crawling data.

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Nintex Forms - New Enterprise License Keys Will Not Work With Versions Lower Than 2.7

Nintex Forms - New Enterprise License Keys Will Not Work With Versions Lower Than 2.7

September 29, 2017

Last week, an Enterprise Demo of Nintex Forms/Workflow installed on our servers expired. This occurs every year for the demo licenses so it was expected to happen. So I went to https://partner.nintex.com, generated a new license file, and imported it into our server through "Central Administration > Nintex Forms Management > Licensing > Import". However, a weird error appeared in the "Central Administration > Nintex Forms Management > Licensing" page: ​This feature is only available in Nintex Workflow Enterprise Edition

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Purge SharePoint Workflow History List

Purge SharePoint Workflow History List

September 29, 2017

Scenario You receive the following error when opening the Workflow History List: This view cannot be displayed because it exceeds the list view threshold (5000 items) enforced by the administrator.

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Troubleshooting steps for publishing an InfoPath 2010 browser-enabled form as a feature

September 29, 2017

Scenario: Follow the instructions here and here to package and deploy InfoPath 2010 browser-enabled forms.

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The Power of a SharePoint Result Source

The Power of a SharePoint Result Source

September 30, 2017

SharePoint Search provides a fast and user-friendly way to retrieve information or documents. You just enter a keyword into the search box and click 'Search' – it's as easy as that. Almost instantly the results are displayed and can be improved by simply clicking on provided refiners. That provides a very convenient way to search your SharePoint content.

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Moving to Azure? Take advantage of "Microsoft FastTrack" funding

Moving to Azure? Take advantage of "Microsoft FastTrack" funding

January 10, 2018

Every year, Microsoft provides specific gold-certified Microsoft partners with funding to accelerate the adoption of Azure services. The program is called "FastTrack for Azure" which includes white glove service from the Microsoft team, and a funded two-week pilot provided by Softlanding.

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BC Public Sector's 'Green Light' for Cloud Technologies

BC Public Sector's 'Green Light' for Cloud Technologies

January 31, 2018

So it happened, as of January 30th, 2018 the BC's Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) has 'green lit' Office 365, Intune, PowerBI and parts of Azure for use by the BC Public Sector. This has been a long time coming for BC's government, education, and healthcare... but what does this all mean?

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Moving from Microsoft EA to CSP Licensing

Moving from Microsoft EA to CSP Licensing

April 24, 2018

Gone are the days of pre-committed expenses under Microsoft’s Enterprise Agreement (EA) software licensing. CSP licensing allows you to add and remove users and products instantly and pay only for what you use. Here’s what you need to know about CSP.

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Microsoft Teams now with Canadian Data Residency

Microsoft Teams now with Canadian Data Residency

August 14, 2018

The now free Microsoft Teams has full data residency in Canada to help customers in regulated organizations like education, banking, public sector, and healthcare, onboard to Teams and Office 365.

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