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Creating MinRole Compliant Custom Services for SharePoint 2016

​One of the most significant new improvements in SharePoint 2016 is the MinRole funcionality. Any SharePoint administrator who is responsible for maintaining a farm consisting of more than three or four servers can attest to the difficulty of maintaining the proper allocation of services on each server. In a properly distributed farm architecture, each server […]

New Article – Integrating the SharePoint Framework into Your Custom Development Strategy

​With the introduction of the SharePoint Framework, organizations now have an entirely new option to choose from when designing custom extensions for their cloud and on-premise collaboration solutions. Although this new model provides additional capabilities and addresses many of the feature gaps present in Azure Web Applications and SharePoint Add-Ins, it also makes the development […]

Announcing the SharePoint Framework Developer Preview

At the Future of SharePoint event earlier this year, Microsoft announced a new customization model known as the SharePoint Framework. Naturally, this led to much speculation and discussion as the bits were only available to a few early beta testers and not much was provided in the way of samples or documentation. A number of […]

Zero Downtime Patching in Action

Whenever I talk about high availability in SharePoint and SQL Server Always-On Availability Groups I inevitably get a bunch of questions about the "zero downtime" patching concept first introduced at last year’s Microsoft Ignite conference. There seems to be a great deal of confusion about this topic, with many people wondering how it works, what happens to […]

Think Twice Before Including Video Content in Office or SharePoint Add-Ins

Let us say, for the sake of discussion, that you, being an enthusiastic SharePoint and Office developer, have just created a shiny new Add-In and you are ready to unleash it to the world. As we live in modern times where everything is on YouTube and selfies have been replaced by live video from smartphones, you decide to include some […]

New Article – The SharePoint Customization Conundrum

​My latest article for SPTechReport is now online: "Back in the early days of mass SharePoint adoption (circa 2008), the most popular request from customers was to make their shiny new intranet “not look like SharePoint.” It was a reasonable request; after all, the product was created to simplify online collaboration and document management, not […]

Introducing the SharePoint Framework

Today Microsoft officially announced an exciting new set of technologies known as the "SharePoint Framework". Developers everywhere should be excited about this announcement as it means we (finally!) have a proper modern web development experience for SharePoint publishing both on-premises and in the cloud. To learn more about what the SharePoint Framework is and how […]

Configuration Challenges with Office Web Applications, SSL Offloading and Default Zone URL’s

Configuring Office Web Applications in a development or test environment is a pretty straightforward process: install the server bits, run a bit of PowerShell to create a WAC farm, set your WOPI bindings in SharePoint, and you’re done. But doing so in a full production environment, with high availability, SSL offloading, split DNS, HTTPS redirection, […]

Announcing a New Version of SmartTrack – Operational Analytics for SharePoint

​As many of my readers know, BinaryWave​ is primarily in the business of creating and supporting software products for the SharePoint market. Some we do just for fun, some we build for partners and some ​we sell under our own brand. In the latter category, we are especially fond of our industry-leading SmartTrack product – […]

Document Sharing with the REST API in a SharePoint Add-In

Office 365 makes sharing documents with other users extremely easy – just select the item, click ’Share’ and enter an e-mail address or pick a user from the directory – job done. Unfortunately, replicating this behavior in code is not quite so simple. Vesa Juvonen has demonstrated an approach to this using CSOM and there […]