• Everyone Has a Story to Tell

    This post is co-written with Jim Bob Howard and you can see more of his content at www.connectorman.com Wait. Before you read on, watch this… Obvious to You; Amazing to Others You have solved issues in a way that no one else has, maybe in a way that no one else could have. And chances are, there’s someone trying to solve an issue that your experience can help. What are the top 10 tips you’ve learned from others that you can pass along to someone new? When it comes to SharePoint, we work with a malleable tool that can serve businesses in many ways. No single person knows all the…

  • SharePoint 2010 Workflows on a SharePoint 2016 Farm

    [This is a quick post – it will be updated with more information soon] During a recent client meeting, I was asked if SharePoint 2010 version workflows, developed on a SharePoint Server 2013 farm, will continue to work if the server farm is upgraded to 2016. SharePoint Server 2016 has not been released at the time of this writing, but we do have the Release Candidate to test with, so I went about testing. On a SharePoint Server 2013 farm (version ​15.0.4719.1002, which is SP1 with May 2015 CU) I created a SharePoint 2010 version workflow and associated it with a document library. I took a SQL backup of the content…

  • Upgrade SharePoint 2010 to 2016 Release Candidate

    It is a frequent question – can I skip a SharePoint version when upgrading? For example can I do a direct upgrade from SharePoint Server 2007 to 2013? The answer is no, you can’t without having to use a migration product – which isn’t really “upgrading.” The path to upgrade SharePoint 2007 to 2013 includes an upgrade to SharePoint 2010 first. In March of 2015, Bill Baer, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft, asked if there was any demand for skipping ahead when doing a SharePoint upgrade (a.k.a. N-2 upgrade). #SharePoint question…if you could N-2 upgrade would you? I.e. 2010 > 2016 without stopping at 2013 first… — Bill Baer (@williambaer) March…

  • Change Your Ways – Stop Using Folders in SharePoint Libraries

    [This is a quick post that will be updated with more information later] One indicator of how how mature an organization is with their SharePoint management and usage is if folders are often/always used in document libraries. This is a practice learned when using file shares and then migrated into SharePoint sites either by simply copying data straight from those shares or by users not knowing of a better way. Thankfully, there is a better way! Using SharePoint columns, we can offer the same document organization but with added benefits of filtering, grouping, and sorting all documents in a library. Let’s look at an example of how this can be a benefit for you…