SharePoint Search Service Won’t Provision as User Not Found

July 12, 2016

A while back I ran into a situation where the Search Service Application wouldn’t provision in SharePoint 2013. The client was seeing the following error message.         As it turns out, this was due to the client deciding half way through the setup to change the user ID’s of the service accounts Read More

Microsoft MVP #4

July 4, 2016

I’m humbled and pleased to say that I’ve been renewed as a Microsoft MVP in Office Servers and Services (formerly SharePoint) for a 4th year in a row. Thanks go out to all those who helped me in this effort along the way over the past year. Special thanks to my former boss Sean Wallbridge, Read More

Download Standalone InfoPath 2013 for Office 2016

June 9, 2016

A while ago Microsoft announced the end of life for the InfoPath product in the Office suite. Since that time, Office 2016 has been released, and there’s still a large demand for the InfoPath product by a number of my colleagues and clients alike. Microsoft has not produced a new version of InfoPath for the Read More

Trouble Loading SharePoint Sites in IE11 After Upgrading to Office 2016

May 19, 2016

I’ve recently come across a few scenarios where people have mentioned that they’re unable to load SharePoint sites in Internet Explorer 11 after having upgraded to Office 2016. It appears to happen regardless of Windows version (7, 8.x, 10), and is only an issue in IE (it doesn’t appear to occur in Firefox, Chrome, etc.). Read More

How to Resolve InfoPath Error “The amount of data that was returned by a data connection….”

April 7, 2016

I recently ran into a scenario where a client was getting an InfoPath error after a while, when up until this point the form had been working without fail. This can actually be surfaced as one of two error messages. The details of the errors can be seen below.     Either… “The amount of Read More

How to Disable a Dropdown in InfoPath when Empty

March 23, 2016

At one point a client asked me to disable a dropdown field in an InfoPath form when that field was empty. Unfortunately this isn’t as easy as it sounds. Here’s my rather roundabout way of solving the problem, which works, but isn’t pretty.     You need to start by creating a second (companion) field, Read More

How to Filter a SharePoint Date Column by Range

March 9, 2016

I often require the need to create a date range (or at least an open-ended start or end date) filter in a SharePoint view. However, I can never remember what format the date filter is in (days first, or is it months first?). That’s why I made this blog post, so I can remind myself Read More

JavaScript that Waits for the SharePoint API’s to be Ready

February 26, 2016

I’ve run into this countless times in SharePoint where I need the browser DOM to be ready, but also at the same time, SharePoint isn’t yet ready to perform operations against its APIs. The problem with using something like jQuery’s ready method is that will only get you a browser DOM that is ready, but Read More

How to Determine Which SharePoint Users Have a Profile Picture

February 16, 2016

I recently needed a means of getting a list of all users who had a profile picture associated with their SharePoint account (well, the client was actually more interested in knowing who didn’t have a profile picture, but this result below worked for them). Below is a simple PowerShell script for being able to get Read More

How to Restart the SharePoint Prerequisite Installer after Reboot (when using a mounted ISO)

February 11, 2016

I must have run into this dozens of times, and I feel like I should finally blog this. Essentially the problem is that you’ve mounted the SharePoint installation CD/DVD as an ISO (because seriously, who uses physical media these days?) and in doing so, when you reboot the ISO is no longer mounted. I’m sure Read More

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