PowerAppsPuzzle: @ vs # == Cryptic Error

Hey folks!  We are back with another PowerAppsPuzzle this week. This time we are trying to track down the source of a very cryptic error message. I am working on a solution for a PowerApp that integrates with SharePoint Online and for this particular solution I cannot rely on the built in form functionality that…

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PowerAppsPuzzle: Sorting SelectedItems

Let’s take the scenario where you have a ListBox in a PowerApp that contains sorted information – either alphabetically or numerically, doesn’t matter – similar to the following: The user selects 1, then 2, then 4, and all is good, however you may notice that sometimes the values are not sorted. You may receive the…

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Friday Thought of the Week: Believe in Yourself

This is over a year old, but it was the first time I’d seen it… it’s a whimsical interview with Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft Corporation) by the Wall Street Journal. It’s only ~2 min long, so if you haven’t seen it, then it’s worth the time for a look. The very last question (1:50…

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Implementing Managed Tabbed Navigation with SharePoint – Part 1

Recently, I changed roles and have more opportunity to work in areas that have more of a development slant to them. One of my customers recently wanted to convert their Intranet portal into a more friendly navigation experience on SharePoint 2013. They also want it to be responsive, but we’ll tackle that later. I’m going…


When using SharePoint, don’t use $

Hey folks! I ran into an interesting issue while onsite with a customer the other week and I thought maybe someone else could benefit from this. The scenario had to do with the Distributed Cache and we were trying to correct some issues that they had. The basic steps were to Remove/Add the SPDistributedCacheServiceInstance using powershell…

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Help! I need QuickEdit!!

Hi all!  My latest scripting effort comes as a result of the 2010 –> 2013 migration from one of my customers. We should all know about the migration process (database upgrade, then site upgrade) and it was after the site upgrade that they were being informed that their QuickEdit options were disabled in *some of*…


Changing the Service Bus RunAs Account Password Changes VSS Credentials

Since I’ve been working in the area of Workflow Manager (WFM) as it relates to SharePoint and since WFM is ‘tied at the hip’, so to speak, to Service Bus one of my co-workers forwarded me some interesting information regarding Service Bus that I thought was worth letting you know about if if you didn’t…


Test-SPContentDatabase Reports Valid Web Parts as ‘Missing’

While working on a migration for a customer we were combing through the results of Test-SPContentDatabase in preparation for the migration efforts of taking their SharePoint 2010 content into a new SharePoint 2013 environment. We were systematically reviewing and repairing all the common errors that we found, like MissingFeatures, MissingSetupFiles, and MissingWebParts. It was the…


New phase of life/career!

I’m excited to start a new phase of my career at Microsoft and hopefully continue posting information as I find it. Throughout my life here I’ve been in our Support/Services organizations assisting our customers with planning, implementing, and maintaining, a wide variety of Microsoft products. Primarily I’ve been focused on Internet platforms like BizTalk Server…

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Workflow Manager 1.0 Refresh Disaster Recovery (further) Explained

With the release of SharePoint 2013, Microsoft released a new platform for workflows called Workflow Manager (WFM). As of this writing the current version is 1.0 Cumulative Update 3. Unfortunately disaster recovery (DR) for this product is not as straight forward as just setting up database replication. Following are a list of resources I’ve used…