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How to: Move/ copy InfoPath attachments in SharePoint Online

InfoPath loves Microsoft Flow

Although it has been repeatedly said that the history of InfoPath is over, for many companies still building workflows’ forms using InfoPath is as obvious as using Excel. However, when doing that in Office 365 and SharePoint Online the product’s boundaries are really visible and are becoming a real pain. 

I’ve been struggling some time ago with an issue related to the workflow’s instance size (here), what was directly related to the size of the InfoPath form together with attached files. The obvious solution I was thinking then was moving those attachments away from the form, into a dedicated SharePoint library, but I wasn’t able to do that easily mainly because of the algorithm that is used in InfoPath to handle file attachments.

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How To: Simple newsletter solution using Microsoft Flow and SharePoint Online

Microsoft Flow

The article is a continuation of the post describing creation of a simple newsletter using SharePoint Designer 2013, written here and the other one using Nintex Workflow for Office 365, written here. This time I would like to show, how the similar solution can be made using Microsoft Flow and SharePoint Online.

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Embed images in e-mail’s body using Microsoft Flow

Microsoft Flow

I was working on my newsletter’s solution, aimed to automatically send prepared messages hosted in my SharePoint. Naturally, newsletters often contain images. Lots of them frankly speaking. The most straightforward approach was to insert them as a URL to the physical file stored in SharePoint (described here).  However, in that approach, if a recipient has no access to the site, where the file is hosted or is not yet logged in, the images won’t show up.

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Site Collection Administrator access denied when adding solutions

SharePoint Logo

I have recently found myself in a situation, when after creation of a new, Modern Site (it was a modern Team Site) my account, even though that was set to be a SharePoint Administrator (even a tenant one :)) and a Site Collection Administrator wasn’t able to see links to any galleries in the Site Collection settings. Moreover, when accessing them using a direct links and then trying to ex. add a new solution, I was being told, that I have no permissions for that operation.

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How To: Simple newsletter solution using SharePoint Designer 2013

SharePoint Designer Splash Screen

Some longer time ago I was asked to think about a solution, allowing my client to notify his employes, about changes and news that were being published in the application built on SharePoint 2013. However, client did not want to use alerts, or to develop a dedicated application. No – the client wanted something like a newsletter, which would allow him to sent HTML formatted messages to all users (or SP Groups of users) who were working with the application, or to anyone having account in SharePoint (or to anyone beyond the organization).

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Microsoft Ignite 2017 – what’s ahead of us?

Microsoft Ignite 2017

The Microsoft Ignite 2017 conference has just ended last week. It was full of very interesting keynotes, presentations, workshops and demos. I haven’t had the opportunity to be there myself, however I was trying to follow up Twitter and all content being published during the event. This is my summary of the most interesting announcements, specifically for the SharePoint and Office 365.

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The workflow instance was too large to persist

Have you ever faced that issue? When your workflow is running smoothly and out of nowhere it gets suspended? Then when you hover the “i” icon to get more details you are informed, that “The workflow instance was too large to persist”? Well I had. Here is what I found and how I recommend to solve it.

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Kinds and features of groups in Office 365

Office 365 Groups

The post continues the previous one, where I was trying to compare Groups with Teams. Despite the comparison was possible, Office 365 Group is not, what I underlined then, a standalone application, but a security object. Remember also, that Office 365 Groups were first introduced somewhere in 2014. Over the years it was being extended to work with other Office 365 based applications as well to be used in hybrid scenarios with on-premise Exchange.

Since it’s very beginning the narration that Microsoft was building around the concept was, that it is a tool dedicated for groups of employees, that delivers tools assisting and helping in their ongoing work, collaboration and communication.

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Office 365 Groups vs Microsoft Teams, comparision and misconceptions

Office 365 Groups vs Microsoft Teams

Office 365 Groups are a quite old concept. They were first introduced somewhere in 2014, but since then the concept developed, from a simple Shared Mailbox, into a tool dedicated for collaboration between employees. Then, in November 2016 Microsoft Teams went public what… brought a lot of confusion on users’ faces. I guess this confusion is still present.

I this post I am not trying to explain when to use what, but to compare those two products to show you their capabilities and… to help you answer on your own, which tool to use when.

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