Sync Files on Demand with OneDrive Client

In a complete Office 365 implementation, every user gets a personal web space called OneDrive Site. This is a place where they are supposed to store files which are not supposed to be shared or ready to be shared with larger audience. OneDrive for Business sites combined with OneDrive client provides great way to ensure users are truly mobile. It allows them to access their files anywhere from any device, of course, depending on organizational policies. Organizations have love-hate relationship with OneDrive – Some have accepted it to the core whereas others see it as a potential security hazard, which […]

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How to Call SharePoint REST WebService from Microsoft Flow

Microsoft Flow is getting better and better with each passing day. It now has thousands of templates to get you started quickly and provides connectors for hundreds of other services. Flow can be invoked from across various external applications as well, but I guess, the most immediate users would come from SharePoint world 🙂 I wrote an article earlier about how Microsoft Flow can be used to Enable Incoming Mails in SharePoint Online. In this article, I am going to explain how to connect with SharePoint Online, extract some data using REST Services and send it for further processing. Getting […]

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Migrate Files Shares to Microsoft Cloud

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File shares have been a beloved way to store and share documents around various groups for years. Even though, many organizations moved to collaborative solutions like SharePoint years ago, File Shares didn’t lose their charm. Because of the ease of usage and historical knowhow, it continued to grow both in size and usage over years. I know many organizations who store say 5 terabytes of data in SharePoint, still have four times more data in File Shares. But things are not all rosy with File Shares. Why Move out of File Shares Let’s a take quick look at why we […]

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External/Guest Access in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft recently announced to start rolling out a much awaited feature in Microsoft Teams – Support for consumer email account as Guests or External Users. As per Microsoft official message “Users will have the ability to add anyone with a business or consumer email account (such as Outlook.com) as a guest, enabling them to participate in Teams with full access to team chats, meetings and files. Guests with email accounts such as Gmail.com or others that do not yet have a Microsoft account associated to their email will be directed to create a Microsoft account for free, as this is required […]

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Office 2013/2016 Client Authentication with SharePoint and ADFS

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Recently one of my customers started rolling out office 2016 to their employees who were previously using office 2010. Though the office 2016 upgrade was going smooth, we started getting complains from a few users regarding multiple credentials popups. Problem Statement The customer had SharePoint 2016 configured with ADFS 3.0 authentication. Users who got migrated to Office 2016 suddenly started getting these authentication prompts when editing office documents which were opened from SharePoint document libraries. An ideal case was – they open the document for editing, leave it open for some time, say 1-2 hours, they get back and when they […]

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How to Enable Incoming Mails in SharePoint Online

Incoming emails or sending documents to SharePoint document libraries has been one of the most loved features of SharePoint by business users for long. This has been there since SharePoint 2007 and all on-premise versions including the latest SharePoint 2016. Even though, it requires quite some steps and infra components to do the initial setup, once running, it gives business users real ease of uploading documents to SharePoint library directly from their mail client like outlook. With more and more companies looking to move to SharePoint Online, lack of this feature always comes as a tricky discussion between IT and […]

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How to Use AD Security Groups with SharePoint using ADFS Authentication

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Few years ago, almost all companies were using their SharePoint environment authenticated directly with AD. Most of those were configured simply to use NTLM authentication. That provided easy SSO for domain joined machines and users accessing from within the company network. Following microsoft guidelines, many companies made use of Active Directory (AD) security groups to provide permissions to a large set of users. Problem Statement With Office 365 and other cloud services, many of those companies started making use of Federated Authentication like Active Directory Federation Service (ADFS) to ensure all cloud services use the same credentials and provide SSO. We […]

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How to Enable Special Characters Support (# and % in file names) in SharePoint Online and OneDrive

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Recently I found a few organizations who have been using SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business for more than a year now and still struggling with synchronizing files having % and # characters in the name. The problem is more evident with auto generated file names like reports generated by external systems which they wanted to store in OneDrive. Problem Just to highlight the problem again, by default for all Office 365 Tenants provisioned before June 2017, # and % characters can’t be used in the file names. If used, those files won’t be synchronized with SharePoint Online or OneDrive […]

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Microsoft Teams: Getting Ready and More

Many organizations have been flirting with Microsoft Teams since Microsoft announced at Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida few months ago, that it plans to kill off Skype for Business in favor of Microsoft Teams. With so many new features and added functionalities Office 365, which is growing at faster pace than most IT department can digest 🙂 Let’s take a look at how to get started with teams and what works and what’s not so. What is Microsoft Teams I won’t re-invent the wheel and just refer some already published articles. As per one of the MS blogs -“It’s a new […]

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Create Modern Team Sites in SharePoint Online

Recently I got across a discussion about SharePoint Online now supporting both Classic and Modern Sites. As with other Office 365 services, Microsoft has been releasing the features incrementally in SharePoint Online as well. Update Now, it is possible to create modern sites directly from SharePoint Admin center, which are NOT office 365 group connected. Just select the “Team site” from the list of templates in the Template Selection field. Continue with rest of the post only if your site was created in classic mode. Why This Article When we create a Site Collection from SharePoint Online Admin Center, we […]

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