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SharePoint Platform Options and Compliance in the Financial Services Industry Part 1

on Oct 27, 2016 7:05:00 PM By | Inge Rush | 0 Comments | Application Development SharePoint Microsoft
If you and your financial services organization are in the process of making decisions regarding a new SharePoint installation or platform, you must consider many factors, especially if you are planning to use SharePoint for processes and documents that support your customers.
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Utilizing The Power of SharePoint Search-Part 1 (Centralizing Search Results From Multiple Sources)

on Jul 19, 2014 9:06:00 AM By | C/D/H Consultant | 0 Comments | SharePoint
Search is a powerful tool, a very welcome and useful feature on any site. SharePoint farms can be especially large, and finding what you need quickly is extremely important. The Search Service Application in SharePoint provides this key feature to its users. This feature can extend beyond just your local SharePoint farm, however.
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Migration of the SharePoint Fab 40 Templates

on Jul 15, 2014 9:22:00 AM By | C/D/H Consultant | 0 Comments | SharePoint
The Fabulous 40 templates for SharePoint, or Application templates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, became very popular in many MOSS 2007 environments.  They were originally created just as examples of what could be done with custom templates in SharePoint, however, they were quickly adopted into many production environments as-is, dispite the original intent.  Looking over the list of available templates, it's easy to see why.  There is a lot there.
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Real Cross Site Collection Navigation in SharePoint Using the Term Store

on Apr 23, 2014 10:01:00 AM By | C/D/H Consultant | 0 Comments | SharePoint
Navigation within SharePoint can often cause confusion and frustration among users and admins.  Whether it’s users not understanding where they are, or Admins not knowing how to structure things in a sensible way, Navigation can be challenging. Today we are going to take a look at a fairly common (and frustrating) scenario – cross site collection navigation.   By default SharePoint 2010 and 2013 do not allow for cross site collection navigation, meaning the same navigation set or structure isn’t available to an entire web application.  One site collection cannot easily link to items in another without using custom, hard coded links.
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Viewing Documents in SharePoint on Mobile Devices

on Mar 24, 2014 9:48:00 AM By | C/D/H Consultant | 0 Comments | SharePoint Mobile
"I need to go back to my desk to view that file"
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Battling "FrankenPortal"

on Mar 19, 2014 10:09:00 AM By | C/D/H Consultant | 0 Comments | SharePoint
As a Google search suggests, I didn’t make up the word, but I like the terminology, so I am going to use the phrase for this article.  A “FrankenPortal” is a way to describe a bunch of technologies cobbled and hacked together to the point where a server should really have bolts strapped to the side of it, meant to resemble the Frankenstein monster.
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Utilizing The Power of SharePoint Search-Part 2 (Using SharePoint as a Backend Search Provider)

on Mar 19, 2014 9:10:00 AM By | C/D/H Consultant | 0 Comments | SharePoint
In the previous installment of this article, Utilizing The Power Of SharePoint Search – Part 1 (Centralizing Search Results From Mulitple Sources), we configured the SharePoint Search Application to index some external resources, and make that content centrally searchable from within SharePoint.
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SharePoint Outgoing Email Via Exchange Online

on Mar 9, 2014 10:14:00 AM By | C/D/H Consultant | 0 Comments | SharePoint Exchange Online
Recently I undertook the task of migrating our on-premise Exchange 2007 server to Office 365/Exchange Online.  This was a major undertaking, which in and of itself could be an entire series of blog posts spanning many, many... many posts.  This is something that I may tackle at some point in the near future.  But for now, what I'm going to focus on here is how I set out to get SharePoint sending it's various emails and alerts using Exchange Online.
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SharePoint Search Results to CSV

on Feb 18, 2014 10:38:00 AM By | C/D/H Consultant | 0 Comments | SharePoint
I recently came across the need to provide a report of all documents, list items, pages, etc., from a SharePoint 2010 farm, that contained a certain set of words. Search does this, however, there is no out-of-the-box method to export your search results from your site to a spreadsheet. Sure you could conduct your search and copy and paste what’s on the screen, but there’s the paging cursor to contend with. If your search yields anything above just a couple of pages you’re looking at a lengthy, and very boring, task.
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SharePoint Security Account Separation and Configuration

on Feb 18, 2014 10:32:00 AM By | C/D/H Consultant | 0 Comments | SharePoint
Service account assignment throughout a SharePoint farm is a subject that comes up quite a bit. What accounts should be created? How much separation should there be away from running everything under the farm account? There are a lot of articles out there covering the subject, all of them different. What may be right for one farm may not be enough for another, or it may be overkill depending on the accessibility of the farm.
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