InfoPath is back from the dead…sort of.

10 02 2015

As you may or may not know, InfoPath has been the subject of much speculation in the SharePoint community, with Microsoft saying that they will be killing it off, then changing its mind about it. Well they officially changed their mind about, at least for the next version.
Microsoft updated it’s blog post with the following:

“As part of the update shared around the Evolution of SharePoint and the next SharePoint Server on-premises release, we are also updating the timelines for removal of InfoPath Forms Services components of SharePoint and SharePoint Online. Specifically, InfoPath Forms Services will be included in the next on-premises release of SharePoint Server 2016, as well as being fully supported in Office 365 until further notice. Customers will be able to confidently migrate to SharePoint Server 2016 knowing that their InfoPath forms will continue to work in their on-premises environments, as well as in Office 365.
The InfoPath 2013 application remains the last version to be released and will work with SharePoint Server 2016.”
Here is the link

So, in honor of InfoPath’s Ali like return to the ring, i say unto you, InfoPath on my people. It will be ok.


Sp 2013 WFE workflow hell.

30 01 2015

I am back fellow readers. Back with a vengeance.
Currently, I am in possession of one BIG SharePoint 2013 farm with a total of 24 server between prod, sys and dev.
The production farm is a 9 SP farm behemoth.
So it began with a simple enough requirement, please demo SharePoint 2013 workflows. I said OK and tried to create one.
Tried another site.
Spent 6 hours on the phone with Premier.
Slept on it and guess what occurred to me. I should check all WFE to see if they have workflow manager CLIENT installed.
They didn’t.
Now they do.
Tried workflows again.
YUP. They work.
So WFE workflow hell, i see you now.
Enjoy my fail.
Yours truly,

Office 365 Outage 9/29

29 09 2014

Just wanted everyone to know that as of this morning O365/SharePoint online is suffering a slight outage.

You may experience some delay in getting to any site collection in SharePoint Online.

Documents and list items will not display in web parts presented on the SharePoint site “canvas.”  It you click on the web part titles you may or may not see content.

There have been thousands of support calls on this issue which may have arisen around 8:30 AM today.


Online: issue successfully fixed Monday, September 29, 2014, at 5:19 PM UTC. Post-incident report available within five days….


View HTML pages in SharePoint Online.

23 07 2014

Did someone in your organization save an entire website in a document library?
Did they complain they couldn’t open the start.html page?
Do you have users that want to view html pages inside SharePoint online?
If you answered yes to any of these questions (i am aware of the irony of this post), then I have a solution for you!
Simply open your html files in your library using explorer view and change the extension from HTML to ASPX. It even works with Flash content.
Yup, its that easy (and confusing at the same time, but for other reasons).


CSGPRO Guest Blogging

11 06 2014

As a new member of the CSGPRO team, I have committed to posting more Office 365 blogs.
Here is a dandy one for anyone about to migrate to the cloud.
Enjoy the goodness.

ps, yes thats me.

Taking Longer Than Expected

11 03 2014

So a couple of weeks ago, I said i was going to move the blog to office 365. Well it has taken longer than expected. So i have decided to keep posting here for the time being. Thanks for the patience.


Once more unto the breach, dear friends. SHAREPOINT STYLE

27 01 2014

The decision hath been made. SharePointDojo is in cocoon mode once more. From said cocoon The Helios Cooperative will rise like a phoenix built on the very platform which the caterpillar of SharePoint Dojo could not be. Hence forth, SharePoint Dojo shall be….wait for it…..

THE HELIOS COOPERATIVE. A SharePoint portal about SharePoint built on Office 365.

Patience is greatly appreciated

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our MICROSOFT dead.
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of SHAREPOINT blows in our ears,
Then imitate the WORKFLOW action of the tiger;
Stiffen the DOCUMENT LIBRARY sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d METADATA rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible INFOPATH aspect;
Let pry through the portage of the CSS head
Like the brass MASTERPAGE cannon; let the brow o’erwhelm it
As fearfully as doth a galled GHOSTED PAGED rock
O’erhang and jutty his confounded COLUMN base,
Swill’d with the wild and wasteful oceans OF SITE COLLECTIONS.
Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide AS A WEB APPLICATION,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit OF SHAREPOINT DESIGNER
To his full height. On, on, you noblest English TRANSLATION ENGINE.
Whose blood is fet from fathers of war-proof SPELLCHECK!
Fathers that, like so many Alexanders OF WILD CARD ENTRIES,
Have in these parts from morn till even fought
And sheathed their swords for lack of  argument:
Dishonour not your mothers; now attest
That those whom you call’d fathers did beget you.
Be VSS SHADOW copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
Whose SEARCH limbs were made in England, show us here, LINKS
The mettle of your pasture; let us swear ON CENTRAL ADMIN
That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your CONTENT DEPLOYMENT  eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start MENU. The game’s afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry ‘God for MICROSOFT, SHAREPOINT, and Saint OFFICE 365!’


LORD Nando and some famous english guy.


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