Change an Object’s UPN Between Federated Domains in Office 365

November 29, 2016 Marlin Todd

I wanted to share a quick script that can help make a nuisance of a task easier. There’s been a long-standing issue with Office 365 where you cannot change a user’s userPrincipalName (UPN) from one federated domain to another. As an example, if you have federated the domains and, changing a user’s UPN […]

Enabling Data-Driven Decisions using SharePoint, Chatbots, and PowerBI

October 25, 2016 Levi Fuller

Data is growing at a commanding pace and our ability to compete hinges upon taking advantage of creative and innovative ways to analyze and respond to trends in real-time. In the past, accomplishing tasks within SharePoint required us to navigate between multiple sites and traverse a convoluted system in order to retrieve information and take […]

Hybrid Cloud Networking With Cisco’s CSR 1000v

September 27, 2016 Bryan Sakowski

In several recent discussions about hybrid cloud deployments, the issue of flexibility in network configuration has come up. How do you address distributed site access, stringent security requirements, or simply the lack of company standard configurations when connecting to cloud provider networks? Two of the largest cloud providers, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, […]

Microsoft’s Newest Additions to Mobility and Security

August 30, 2016 JW Walton

Microsoft recently made an announcement about several name changes and additions around their mobility platform. The high-level change is that the bundle of tools that was called Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) is now Enterprise Mobility + Security (also EMS). If you’re already familiar with the old suite of tools—Intune, Azure AD Premium, Azure Rights Management, […]

Closer to Continuous: Database Source Control

July 18, 2016 Ken Schlobohm

At Credera we find database lifecycle management is the biggest hurdle to continuous integration and continuous deployment. Teams often implement processes and tools to ease the deployment of their application source code, but deploying the database tier remains a painfully manual process. Microsoft’s DevOps stack enables collaboration between teams and team members to build the […]

Azure AD Sync Delete Safeguards

May 16, 2016 Marlin Todd

Accidental deletions can be very bad for your Office 365 environment, especially if those deletions are synchronized to your Azure Active Directory. One indicator for accidental deletions is a high number of staged deletions. To minimize the impact of accidental deletions, the AAD Sync tool enables you to set a threshold for staged deletions. If […]

Using Cortana, Power BI, and SharePoint to Make Data-Driven Decisions

April 25, 2016 Bryan Plantes

Your organization is constantly faced with new challenges. What new product lines are going to be your next best dollar of investment? Where are your customers located, and where would be the next best region to put a brick and mortar location? Let’s face it—most of us haven’t made decisions like this before. And if […]

SharePoint 2013 Online: Accessing User Profile Properties in a Designer Workflow

April 14, 2016 Austin Christenberry

Although the ability to access user profile fields in a SharePoint Designer Workflow was an out-of-the-box feature in the 2010 version, it is not nearly as simple in 2013. The process isn’t actually that complicated, but the development process can be painful unless you know exactly what to do. This post will detail the necessary […]

Using CSOM to Import CSV Files Into Lists in Office 365/SharePoint Online

April 13, 2016 Austin Christenberry

While working on a recent project, I needed to import a large Excel spreadsheet into a custom list in SharePoint Online. Microsoft provides the Import Spreadsheet add-in for this purpose—this will allow you to create a new list with each item corresponding to an Excel record. However, the spreadsheet I needed to import included columns […]

SharePoint and Claims-Based Authentication

April 7, 2016 Jeff Hewitt

I was asked recently to explore the possibility of external authentication with SharePoint – meaning have SharePoint source its security from an external token service. I was hoping that external provider integration would be easy, but unfortunately it wasn’t. I ran across several blog posts, which provided a step-by-step approach for achieving the security configuration […]