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Introduction If you have not heard of Hugo Static Site Generator then I am happy you are here. Static site generators are the “new black” in web site development. If you are here to read how I did it then you might want to skim over this post and jump into the next one (once I write it). I have been planning on blogging about Hugo SSG for a while (according to the draft date on this post, over 8 months) because I want to share my excitement for a very cool way to create and host a beautiful, modern web site for pennies a month. Read More →

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In my former life as a consultant, I was constantly aware of the impact that the pace of cloud technology evolution has on IT professionals. Recently, while moderating a panel at Office and SharePoint Live! 360 in Orlando, I asked the question: “IT Pro vs. Developers, is it time to bury the hatchet?” The panel consisted of four great friends of mine, Eric Shupps and Ben Curry, representing the IT Pro side of the house; and Rob Windsor and Paul Schaeflein, representing the Developers. Read More →

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After working out the messy details of my previous post series “Microsoft Graph Delta Query from Microsoft Flow” a great friend of my pointed out “It’s probably not a best practice to expose the application secret in plain text in your Flow.” Good point! I was more focused on the “transaction” of the Delta Query. So, how do you create a secure connection to your applications? You create a Custom Connector in Flow. Read More →

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The Three Part Series We’re in the home stretch! If you are reading this post without reviewing the two previous posts, beware, we have covered a lot of configuration to get to this point. Make sure you’ve completed Part 1 and Part 2 before you get started on this last part. In this post we’ll add the final plumbing to use the Delta Query that we stored in SharePoint in Part 2 of the series. Read More →

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The Three Part Series Since you made it to this page I assume that you read and followed the first article. If you didn’t, stop and go do that. Even if you aren’t using the SharePoint parts, you will need to configure your App in Azure to access the Microsoft Graph. Once you do that, come back here. Next, this is a long, detailed post and there is even a Part 3 that makes it all work. Read More →

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What is a Delta Query? Have you ever wanted to create a Flow that could monitor something in Office 365 (like a group) and do something if that thing changed? Well, that is what Delta Queries are for. The word “Delta” will refer here to the difference, or change, in a certain quantity - not to the outflow of a river! The Microsoft Graph supports Delta Queries on certain objects, like Azure AD Security Groups. Read More →

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AzCopy Introduces File Synchronization As a photographer I needed an inexpensive way to protect my image files. AzCopy now has a sync option that works well. Here is how to set it up. This is the “nuts and bolts” approach to get you up and running one time. Later, I’ll show you how I schedule the synchronization. There are 4 steps. I assume that you already have an Azure tenant and know how to create an Azure Storage Account for your Blobs. Read More →

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The Problem Working with PowerApps and Managed Metadata Columns in SharePoint online can be a huge pain. Turns out custom sort order in the Managed Metadata is not supported, but you can force a sort order in your app. Limited Support for Managed Metadata I have tried several solutions to the apparent issue that Custom Sort Order in Managed Metadata Fields is not supported. Here I have a list of Payment Methods sorted in the Managed Metadata term store using a custom sort order. Read More →

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Generate a PDF from Microsoft Flow Recently I have been asked by a few clients how to create PDF files from SharePoint Online List Items. At first, I was perplexed by this request, it is not something I ever need to do. After a few probing questions, I found that they were using SharePoint in very cool ways and one, in particular, was tracking trouble tickets and then generating an “after action report” for distribution to their customer as a PDF via email. Read More →

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Jeremy Thake and a bunch of search geeks got together and produced a great guide for creating an Employee Directory. Get your copy from Hyperfish at: https://www.hyperfish.com/employee-directory-signup This will get you a copy of the guide and a link to download the files. He and Mark Anderson also did a whole podcast on the topic. (https://blog.hyperfish.com/employee-directory-in-office-365-and-sharepoint-) There is a ton of great information in the guide and a step by step walk-through of the process. Read More →

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