Workflow Manager 1.0 Now Supported on Windows Server 2016 with CU4

SP2013

Hello everyone,

Today I’ll talk about a great news that can interest those who works with SharePoint On-Premises.

I have a customer where the infrastructure team wanted to upgrade our entire server to the latest version as a part of our migration from SharePoint 2013 to SharePoint 2016.

Seems pretty cool to be up to date but they warn us about one little problem

 

Windows Server 2016 does not support Workflow manager… ouch

 

As a reminder, Workflow Manager was introduced with SharePoint 2013 to run the custom workflows out of the SharePoint. That’s how you were supposed to develop your new Visual Studio Workflow to use it.

Workflow manager introduced also the possibility to create SharePoint 2013 Workflow with SharePoint Designer.

So in the end, many people used it one way or another.

 

Not so long ago, the workflow team announce the good news, Workflow Manager Server 1.0 now supports the following platforms when used in a SharePoint Server 2016 environment.

  • .NET 4.6+ (when using Service Bus Server 1.1 with KB3086798)
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows 10 x64 (for development purposes)
  • SQL Server 2014 & SQL Server 2016

 

More info here : https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/workflowteam/2017/07/25/workflow-manager-1-0-now-supported-on-windows-server-2016-with-cu4/

 

Hoping this helps,

 

Christopher

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Site settings links is missing

office365Hello everyone,

Today I’ll talk about a major change in site design with the modern UI, namely the case of the missing site settings links!!!

 

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If you look at the picture, you can see that the usual location of “Site Settings” was replaced by three links :

  • Site Information
  • Site Permissions
  • Change the look.

 

Those links open a panel providing a quick edit for those settings

Site Information

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Site Permissions 

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Change the look

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Let’s take another look at those screen, foreach you have a link on the bottom redirecting you to a more complete screen

Site Information can redirect you to ….

 

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Site Settings! (Gotcha!)

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Site Permissions will redirect you to …

 

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advance permissions settings

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Change the look redirect you to the full change the look page

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Hoping this helps!

Christopher

Hide “Recent” link in classic mode

win

Hello everyone,

Today in the “Quick Win” section, I’ll talk about a small trick regarding “Recent” link in the navigation.

What is it?

The “Recent” link is a link added by SharePoint when you add a new app in your site and when you choose to NOT add it to the current navigation …

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How to remove it?

Yeah, I really don’t know why Microsoft decided to add this feature, on most of my customer, when the navigation is defined, they don’t like to see it brutally changed without their permission.

First attempt to delete this annoying stuff, go to the navigation and click “Delete”. Yeah, it should work but…

If you don’t have the publishing infrastructure set on your site, you need to provide an url to the recent to be able to remove it (…) !

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If you add a new app, the link gets back..

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How to get rid of it?

First, I know my solution is not a wonderfull solution but it’s working as expected.   To do this, you will need to have the publishing infrastructure activated.

Create a SharePoint Group called “Recent Reader” and remove all the people from it.

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Go to the navigation and apply an audience on the Recent link for the “Recent Reader” group.

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Voila!

The link won’t be visible by anyone after that!

 

Hoping this helps!

 

Christopher

 

Fix endless crawl

SP2013

Hello everyone,

Last week I talk about a way to resolve endless crawl. Today I’ll talk about one of the possible cause.

In this case, the search configuration was to launch a full crawl every Saturday at 2AM.

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Each time the full crawl was running endlessly while launching it manually was always a success.

I started to look on the error received during the crawl and saw nothing related (just some error on some pdf files indexation).

My next though was to think about a possible recycle of the application pool. I thought it was plan a 4AM so even if it causes some issue, some items should have been processed in the 2 hours between the start of the crawl and the recycle.

Looking at the configuration, I saw that the settings was set to 2AM too!

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I switched the recycle time to 1AM and now everything is working fine.

 

Hoping this helps!

Christopher.