Laurent Schoenaers

Information consultant and Office 365 enthousiast

SharePoint Online lock/unlock your site

In some scenarios it is required to put a site in read only-mode, for example a project site, or to simply just remove access to it.

From the SharePoint Online Admin Center there is no way to lock your site, or to put it in read-only. There are two ways to achieve this, one is through Powershell, the other one through the Site Settings of your Site Collection.

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Get all checked out documents in a SharePoint Site Collection, and check them in

A customer of mine had the need to get an overview of all the checked out documents for a given Site Collection, and to check them in afterwards prior to a content migration from SharePoint 2013 to SharePoint Online.

Since no out of the box features exist to accomplish this goal, I had to write a Powershell-script to find all the checked out documents in a Site Collection.

You can find the script here. It works for SharePoint Online as for SharePoint 2013. I did not test it with SharePoint 2010.

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Embedding external content in an Office 365 Group / SharePoint Online site

Recently I had the requirement to embed an external website onto a modern page on a SharePoint Online site. Fine, that’s no problem at all. This is available out-of-the-box on a modern page, right?

Embedding external content in an Office 365 Group / SharePoint Online site

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Introduction to SharePoint Framework

As technology is evolving into a more and more client-side experience, JavaScript is becoming a substantial part in SharePoint implementations. With JavaScript you can build rich, fast, interactive user experiences on the client with responsive interfaces that run in browsers as well as a hybrid, native HTML experience on phones.

SharePoint fully embraces this trend, and has released the SharePoint Framework (SPFx). A Page and Part model that enables fully supported client-side development, easy integration with the Microsoft Graph and support for open source tooling. The new experiences for the new mobile app, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, including the new document library and list experiences are built using the SharePoint Framework.

SharePoint Framework

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How to change the logon account in Microsoft Teams

Recently I cam across an unsupported scenario with Microsoft Teams. I logged in with an Office 365-account on which Teams is not enabled, giving me the following screen:

Translated, that is: “You’re missing out! Ask your IT administrator for access to Microsoft Teams.”

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What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams brings together the full breadth and depth of Office 365 to provide a true hub for teamwork. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneNote, Planner, Power BI and Delve are all built into Microsoft Teams so people have all the information and tools they need at their fingertips. It is available for Office 365 Business Essentials, Business Premium, and the Enterprise E1, E3, and E5 plans.

It puts itself in a strong competitive position against Slack.

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Network connectivity to Office 365

You’re looking to set up an international Office 365 environment, and cannot find anything about it? That’s correct, because there is nothing like that at all. Neither a guide with best practices.

Some people suggest to set up a tenant on each continent. Give this a thought for a minute, and you can come up with even more questions.

  • You can only use your domainname on one tenant, how to handle the other tenants?
  • What to do with multiple SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Yammer tenants, thinking in terms of replicating data?

From my point of view, setting up only one tenant is just fine. The only thing you might take in mind is setting one up on the continent on which the biggest part of your users reside.

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SharePoint comparison matrix for 3rd party migration tools

Recently, I came across a very interesting blogpost from Alex Dove, pointing out all the differences, pro’s and cons about the most popular migration tools to SharePoint Online (Office 365).

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