Author Archives: gavinbarron

MVPComCamp: PowerShell Automation for Everyone

Last weekend around the world there was a global series of events hosted by Microsoft known as MVPComCamp. I was one of the people to present here in Auckland, New Zealand. I was speaking on a topic dear to me, … Continue reading

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Extracting a full list of users from SharePoint

I had an interesting ask from a customer the other day. “Can I get a report of all the users in the system along with some key pieces of data that is stored on their user profile?” Sure there are … Continue reading

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The Sandbox is dead! Long live the Sandbox!

So, you may have heard that Sandboxed solutions have be deprecated in SharePoint 2013. This was one of the big news items that came with the new version of the product along with the new SharePoint App Model. That’s not … Continue reading

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Name ActiveX controls for public sites AKA go away name.dll prompt

So, I use Chrome, there I said it. They say that admitting you have a problem is the first step to solving it. Anyway when I’m browsing the web using what is, in general, a pretty good browser I’ll every … Continue reading

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SPDisposeCheck: Do not use for SharePoint 2013

I like many SharePoint developers out there I am user of SPDisposeCheck. My team and I use this as in our Continuous Integration builds as one of our quality checks on to determine if our code is passing the checks … Continue reading

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Practical Guide to Public Facing sites

This year I presented a second session at the New Zealand  SharePoint Conferences, on “A Practical Guide to Public Facing web sites”. As promised in my session here is the slide deck.

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Writing testable SharePoint code: New Zealand and Australian SharePoint Conferences

This year I was lucky enough to be invited back to present at the New Zealand and Australian SharePoint Conferences, this time on “Writing Testable SharePoint Code”. As promised in my sessions here is the slide deck and, more importantly, … Continue reading

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Design Manager and Server 2008 R2

I was trying to use the design manager features today and ran into this on my dev server. I’d copied the short cut from the screen and pasted it into the map network folder dialog and got this:   If … Continue reading

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Setting up Visual Studio 2012 for SharePoint 2013

VS2012 Update 1 is great it adds the Microsoft Fakes framework for stubbing out SharePoint dependencies and other really useful tools for SharePoint development. If you’re using Visual Studio 2012 you should be using Update 1; but it doesn’t have … Continue reading

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PowerShell: Pause for specific key strokes

Today I needed to add a wait into a Powershell script, given that is a point where the user running the script needs to go do some manual steps on another server I thought it might be a good idea … Continue reading

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