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Office 365 SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business rolling out support for the # and % symbols

Office 365 SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business rolling out support for the # and % symbols

For a long time now, SharePoint and OneDrive users have been constantly frustrated with having to rename their files when uploading to SharePoint due to Invalid file or folder name characters errors.  i.e.: “The file name is invalid or the file is empty.  A file name cannot contain any of the following characters: \ / : * ? ” < > | # { } % ~ &” This is due to the fact that  “certain characters have intrinsic meanings…

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Welcome to my new revamped Azure, Office 365 and SharePoint Blog Site

Welcome to my new revamped Azure, Office 365 and SharePoint Blog Site

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have moved my Office 365/SharePoint blog from an Office 365 hosted SharePoint Online Public Blog site to a hosted WordPress Blog site.  This is mainly due to the fact Microsoft has decided to not have public SharePoint sites available anymore as part of your Office 365 subscription.  Also due to the fact that WordPress is a way better blogging platform. In this new blog, going forward, I have decided to combine my Azure blog…

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Setting up Azure CDN for SharePoint framework (SPFx) web part

Setting up Azure CDN for SharePoint framework (SPFx) web part

For anyone following Microsoft’s new and shiny SharePoint framework, it has lot of potentials and can solve most challenges, if not all, around SharePoint Online customizations. When you build the SPFx web part you get your resource files i.e. CSS, JSON etc. You can deploy them to your SP document library but better option will be to deploy them to Azure CDN. In this article, I am going to walk you through how to setup Azure CDN. To setup Azure…

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Build an Azure SharePoint farm with PowerShell

Build an Azure SharePoint farm with PowerShell

This post has been updated from a previous post. If you want to build your own SharePoint 2016 in Azure, you may have noticed that SharePoint 2016 is not available in the marketplace, and you can only select the SharePoint Server 2016 trial. Instead, we can use Azure PowerShell to create our SharePoint 2016 farm. There are few benefits to using a script: Customize the farm your own way rather than using templates from the market place; and Re-use the…

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Join me in Quebec, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa for the first ever aOS Canadian tour!

Join me in Quebec, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa for the first ever aOS Canadian tour!

​Based on the long standing European aOS Community conference tours, the first annual Canadian aOS community tour is happening this Februrary! The aOS Canadian Tour 2017 is a conference taking place in four different Canadian cities, over the span of five days. Starting February 6th we will tour from Quebec City, to Montreal, Ottawa all the way down to Toronto with some of the most influential speakers from Europe and Canada. We are aiming at delivering over 60 sessions to…

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Speaking on running Azure Containers and Azure VMs this month

Speaking on running Azure Containers and Azure VMs this month

I will be giving 2 sessions at the Ottawa SharePoint User Group on the following 2 topics: Best practices and cost effective methods with PowerShell automation in setting up Azure Virtual Machines (for SharePoint farms) Scripts needed for setting up Azure Docker Containers to run WordPress Hope to see you there!

While setting up your SharePoint Framework (SPFx) Preview Environment, you receive ‘ClientSideApplicationId’ does not exists in list or list item

While setting up your SharePoint Framework (SPFx) Preview Environment, you receive ‘ClientSideApplicationId’ does not exists in list or list item

In order to develop new client-side web parts using the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) preview, you will need the following correctly setup: An Office 365 Developer Tenant (note that it must be a developer tenant via the Office Dev Program) A working App Catalog site in your tenant A developer site collection An uploaded workbench.aspx file to the library A site column in your “Documents” document library called “ClientSideApplicationId“ If you try to browse to your site (i.e. https://mytenant.sharepoint.com/sites/dev/Shared%20Documents/workbench.aspx) and miss…

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The server was unable to save the form at this time. Please try again

The server was unable to save the form at this time. Please try again

​Sometimes in SharePoint when you are submitting a list form, editing a publishing page and just saving a list item, you will get this message: “The server was unable to save the form at this time. Please try again“ Many blog posts will tell you to reboot your SharePoint servers, perform IIS resets, change IIS settings and resetting search but sometimes it might just be as easy as an illegal character from a copy/paste.  In my client’s case, they kept on…

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