Accessing SharePoint Online List Settings

I hadn’t had to do a lot of SharePoint Online things for a few month, but I needed to create a list and I wanted to add a Site Column  to it.  With the new List feature in SPO, I couldn’t find the List Settings.  There used to have a Ribbon across the top of the page to access everything, but it has been removed.  I know this was news a few weeks ago or months, but I wasn’t really paying attention.

I tried clicking the + and the More… link in the list column header…

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But that just took me to the Create Column page.  That would only allow me to create a column, not use a Site Column.   😦

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It took me longer than I should admit, but I finally found it.  The List settings link was moved to the Cog in the upper right hand corner…

 

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From there I was in familiar territory and could add my site column. 🙂

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I hope this helps!

Craig

SharePoint Saturday Chicago Suburbs

Almost four (4) years ago to the day, on May 20, 2013, me and a group of friend organized SharePoint Saturday Chicago Suburbs.

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Last Saturday, May 19th, we held our 4th event.  We also coupled it with an event we had been doing separately called Cloud Saturday.

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Cloud Saturday was born a spin-off of the original event because Microsoft pulled back on using the name SharePoint, was pushing hard for the Cloud, and Amazon Web Services, Saleforce, Google Cloud, and other technologies were on the rise.

This year, like years past, we had really Great Sponsors and really Great Speakers and feel fortunate to have so many people want to be apart of our event.  The attendees all seemed to have a good day.  This year we cut session times from 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour, so we were able to get out of the event a couple of hours early and many people remarked how they appreciated that.

Getting involved in user groups, speaking at, and hosting events is something that has really helped me with career satisfaction, establish a great network of friends, and made me really appreciate how great the SharePoint\Cloud community really is!

I can’t wait to start planning out the event next year.  We got some great feedback and look to implement a number of things to help make the event even more successful.

Craig

Introduction To Data Loss Prevention in SharePoint 2016

Everywhere your data exists, moves or is shared, you need to protect it. With a Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policy in SharePoint Server 2016, you can identify, monitor, and automatically protect sensitive information across your site collections.  Learn the basics of DLP and how you can start better protecting your data.

What is Data Loss Prevention?

  • Data loss prevention (DLP) is a strategy for making sure that end users do not send sensitive or critical information outside the corporate network.
  • DLP Software products help a network administrator control what data end users can transfer so that users cannot accidentally or maliciously share data that could put the organization at risk.

I recently created a presentation for a Lunch & Learn at my company, AvePoint, and decided to share the slides:

The information comes primarily from Microsoft’s documentation with a couple of slides based off of information from Vlad Catrinescu’s presentation at Ignite 2016.

I am working on adding information on the differences between SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 and will update with the new slides when I complete it.

Hope it you find it informative.

SharePoint 2016 Newsfeed Not Working

A few weeks ago, I was assigned a SharePoint 2016 implementation.  Yea me!  Wanting to get a jump on the project, I quickly spun up a few Azure virtual machines, downloaded SP2016, and created a small SharePoint farm.  While I was doing all the project prep work, analysis, requirement gathering, etc. I didn’t have much time to play with it.

Fast forward to today.  I went out and created a new site collection.  A relatively easy task, but I noticed the Newsfeed feature was displaying an error:

Something went wrong

SharePoint returned the following error: The operation failed because an internal error occurred. Internal type name: Microsoft.Office.Server.Microfeed.MicrofeedException. Internal error code: 54. Contact your system administrator for help in resolving this problem.
I quickly began researching the issue on-line and found a few articles pointing to the service accounts not having the correct permission, some suggested to try resetting the Distributed Cache service, and a couple advising to check the User Profile Services. Nothing worked, so I decided to check the logs.  I know I should have done that first, but I quickly found the issue.
Unexpected SPMicrofeedContext.SetMySiteHostForContext failed Microsoft.SharePoint.SPException: The trial period for this product has expired.
A quick trip out to MSDN and I was able to get a SP2016 license key from my subscription benefits. I then went Central Admin –> Upgrade and Migration–> Convert farm license type and I was able to add the license.
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I then did an IIS Reset, refreshed my site and my Newsfeed was restored!
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Thanks for reading and I hope this helps you out.