SharePoint Designer – Check if item exists

SP2013

Hello everyone,

Today I’ll talk, again, about the SharePoint 2010 Workflows of SharePoint Designer. I know it is deprecated but on some occasion, you need to use what you can!

So, one thing which is missing is the possibility to check if an item exists before doing some action.

For instance, I had an error when I tried to delete item which wasn’t existing. pretty annoying since at the end, what I wanted (not having this file) was done. But my workflow ended in “Error Occurred”.

So, as a workaround, what you can do is create a workflow variable => set its value to a value coming from the item you are looking for => check if the value is not empty to know if the item exists!

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Exactly!

When you try to perform an action on a non-existing item, you end up with a “Error Occurred” but if you want to read a value from a non-existing item, it doesn’t throw any error!

 

Hoping this helps!

Christopher

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SharePoint Designer mail format error

SP2013

Hello everyone,

Today I’ll talk about a weird behavior you can have with the SharePoint 2010 Workflows of SharePoint Designer.

The problem was happening with some mail sent. In fact, sometimes, the content of the mail was weird.

Sample:

  • Some text where bold when received by some user
  • Some word where containing spaces coming from nowhere

 

Etc…

After some time checking my mail content, I went to see the properties of the mail

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Then on the body

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There is the content of my mail

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After some check with other mail having no issue, I found that a parameter was missing from the HTML Tag => xmlns:o=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”

Change it like this

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Republish and all went ok!

Hoping this helps!

 

Christopher

 

Quick Win – Display template missing

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Hello everyone,

Today I’ll talk about something that is not quite clear in SharePoint (Yes… again!).

where are my dragons

WHERE ARE MY DRAGONS! …

 

euh, no, where are my Display Templates HTML files??

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When you want to customize a display template, all the “How to” that you can find on the internet mention that you must modify the HTML but not the JavaScript file. Well so…

When you go on a new site for the first time, sometimes those HTML files are not present! As always in SharePoint, when something is missing, let’s take a look at the features we can activate !

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With everything there, the “Search Server Web Parts and Templates” seams the best choice for me! Let’s add it and it should be ok…

 

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Well …no..

In fact, we need, again, to activate the Big Gun feature, namely SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure!

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And Voila!

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Really, with all the stuff that this feature provides, I don’t understand why it is not default activated.

 

Hoping this helps!

Christopher

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

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

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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

 

Crawl run endlessly without results

SP2013

Hello everyone,

Today I’ll talk about an error which may occur with search on-premise.

When you have a lot a document and not a big farm, the crawl can take a long time, but sometimes it takes a looooooooooooooooooooooong time without any result!

Something like this

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As you see in this crawl log, it has been more than 16 hours without nothing (no errors, no successes, nothing…)

If that happens to you, I would suggest those 3 simple steps

Go to the content source and stop all crawl

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Open services and reset SPSearchHostController Service. 

Warning : Doing this will cause an short interruption of the search in your farm, some user can experience a “Something went wrong” message if they perform a search shortly after the reset. Do this during planified maintenance hour if the search is already in use.

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Go to the content source and start all crawl

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After that, you should get some result in the crawl log

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Hoping this helps

Christopher