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Installing SharePoint 2013 on Server 2012

So this week I’ve been working on installing SharePoint 2013 on Server 2012 server environment for our new Fast Track Power User SharePoint Training.  This server would give back the ability for students to have their own complete server to work on.  There have been some performance issues that have prevented this and this week has been working on overcoming them. I wanted to take some time to write down some notes and tips for this process that might be able to help spare some pain for others. Per this Microsoft article, SharePoint 2013 is not currently supported on Server 2012 R2.  I found this out after going through high-water to get everything prepped and then stumbled acros... »

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SharePoint Connect to Outlook: Work with List and Library Items in Outlook

The SharePoint Connect to Outlook feature is a stellar example of the tight integration between SharePoint and other Microsoft products. While SharePoint 2013 offers even more integration than before, Connect to Outlook has been part of SharePoint since the beginning. What benefits does this easy-to-use feature offer? By connecting Calendars and other SharePoint features to Outlook, you can browse and even edit and create items from within Outlook. This allows you to work with these items without opening the SharePoint site. Work with Calendars, Contacts, and Tasks with SharePoint Connect to Outlook Outside of email, the three most commonly-used areas of Outlook are Calendars, Contacts, and ... »

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What Is a SharePoint Site Collection Administrator?

When you think about user permissions in SharePoint, you typically think of the four main out-of-the-box permissions levels: Full Control, Design, Contributor, and Read. These, and other permissions levels, exist at every level of a SharePoint site collection. They are established on the top-level site, and are available for all subsites, list, libraries, and items. There is another type of permission that overrides even Full Control: The SharePoint Site Collection Administrator. How is the SharePoint Site Collection Administrator Different from Full Control? First, what can an Owner do? When a site collection is first created, SharePoint automatically creates three user groups. The name of ... »

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Add SharePoint metadata to Word documents

     “Why would you want to use SharePoint for storing documents?  We’ve always used file shares and it works just fine.”  Why indeed?  The simplest answer is that there is so much more that SharePoint CAN do.  It just requires a little push in the right direction and a little knowledge on what CAN be done.  One of the wonderful tools that comes from using SharePoint as more than a file store is being able to add SharePoint metadata to Word documents.      Unfortunately, this ability to link information within a document to metadata outside the document (but still inside SharePoint) is not intuitive or automatic.  There are a few steps involved in getting it se... »

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The Power of [Me] in SharePoint Library Views and List Views

Have you ever wished that you could look at a large SharePoint list or SharePoint library and easily find only those items that were relevant to you? Perhaps you’d like to see all the Tasks where you are in the Assigned To field, or all of the documents you created in a Library. It’s easy enough to filter for those items on the fly by using the drop-down menu on the Column headings, but wouldn’t it be nice to see only those relevant items when you first navigate to that page? This post will show you how to create a SharePoint Library View (or List View) that filters for the current user who is logged in to the site. Add a special filter to any Standard SharePoint Library Vi... »

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