SharePoint sessions list from TechEd NA 2013

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Below is the list of  SharePoint sessions delivered at TechEd NA 2013. You can download the slides and video, if required.

Happy Learning!!…


SharePoint 2013 : Control standard and enterprise user acess

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In MOSS 2007 and SharePoint 2010 days, we could not control the user access based on the license assigned to them.  If we even had a single enterprise license assigned, then all users were able to access enterprise features present in SharePoint (2007 and 2010). The only way to control this was to have a seperate farm for Standard and seperate farm for Enterprise license.

In SharePoint 2013, this issue has been resolved. Now using windows powershell we can assign an Active Directory Security Group with a specific license and when a person from that group log’s in, he will only be able to work with the feature that his license is entitled with. (feature will be blocked at runtime for them.)

This process can be achieved by using 4 simple commands

  • Get-SPUserLicense
  • $a = New-SPUserLicenseMapping -SecurityGroup <yoursecuritygroup> –License Enterprise

<yoursecuritygroup> = your Active Directory Security Group.

  • $a | Add-SPUserLicenseMapping
  • Enable-SPUserLicensing

Reference :

Hope this post was helpful!!…

Linking OneNote pages in SharePoint 2013

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During a presentation, one of my customer asked, it is possible to link (hyper-link) a page in onenote which is available in SharePoint 2013. So I thought of giving it a try to see if its possible.

  • Create a SharePoint site, for example a Team Site.
  • In the Quick Lunch Bar you will see Notebook which is the in-built OneNote feature present in SharePoint 2013.


  • Create some pages in it.
  • Once created, right click on the one of the pages and choose Copy link to this Page.


  • You will find the below pop-up box. Copy the link from it


  • Go back to your site, add a webpart called Summary Links and page the above copied link in this web part. Save the Page.
  • Voila!!.. when you link on the link it takes you to the exact page in that OneNote.


Breadcrumb in SharePoint 2013 … Where is it??

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People who have worked on SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010 will notice that breadcrumb is missing. But dont worry, this feature is just disable by default. This post will help you enable it back using simple steps

1. You will need SharePoint Designer 2013 to achieve this. Once you have it downloaded and installed, open the SharePoint site in it.

2. Go to the Master page section and create a copy of the currently used master page. ( Its as simple as clicking on the master page -> copy -> right click -> paste 🙂 )

3.Click on the newly created master page, and then click on edit file.

4. You will see the css code in it. Search for the term “GlobalBreadCrumbNavPopout” or “ms-breadcrumb-dropdownBox”. Below is a snapshot on how it looks
As highlighted, change the visible attribute to “true” and remove the tag  style=”display:none;”

5. After the changes, below is how your code should look like


6. Thats it!!.. Save the master page. Set it to default master page and you have the breadcrumb now available in your site.

Hope this post was helpful.

SkyDrive Pro client now available as a standalone download

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Good news!!.. For people looking to sync files from windows explorer view to SharePoint, using Office 2010 or 2007, its possible now!. Microsoft launched SkyDrive Pro client for free, which you can download from here and use it to sync files and folder from your windows explorer to SharePoint on-premise or online. It can also be installed side-by-side with previous versions of Office (Office 2010, Office 2007).

For more details on how to use SkyDrive Pro, please look into the following links:

  1. What is SkyDrive Pro?
  2. SkyDrive Pro – Using Office 365 for File Storage in SharePoint Online
  3. How to use SkyDrive Pro to sync document libraries for local/offline use
  4. (Todd Klindt’s Blog)


Hope the information is helpful.

EDiscovery in SharePoint 2013 : Adding Exchange Mailbox as a query source

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In this blog, I will let you know how to have your Exchange Online mailboxes searched from SharePoint Online. ( The steps apply to Exchange 2013 on-premise and SharePoint 2013 on-premise).

1. Create a E-discovery site.


2. Once the site is created, then you need to add Exchange one of the search result source so that your site can lookup for Exchange Online Mailboxes. To do that, you need to go to Site Actions-> Site Settings . Under Site Collection Administration , click on Search Result Sources.


3. Click on New Result Source.  Give a meaningful name and description. Under the Protocol section, choose Exchange. Next in the Exchange Source URL, click on Use AutoDiscover ( For on-premise, Exchange 2013 AutoDiscover should be enabled and working. For Exchange Online, its already enabled and working so you don’t need to do anything else). In the Query Transform, make sure the box is empty. Below is the snapshot for reference. Click Save and go back to home page


4. Create a case ( Test case is the same we use in this blog)


5. Fill in the required information for the creation of the case


6. Once the case is created, you will have Sources in the quick launch bar, in the left hand side. Click on it.

7. Click on New Source . You will find the below


8. For testing purpose, choose content type as Mailbox and click on browse icon ( present beside the check mailbox icon). Once click, below is what you will see



9. Just click on the search icon. If everything is done the right way, then you will see all the mailboxes that are currently available in your Exchange online tenant.


10.You can select the mailbox that you want in the Test case and use it accordingly.  If you are looking for add SharePoint site, it is pretty straight forward.  When you click on new source, you need to choose location in the content type and type the URL.

(Applicable to on-premise : In on-premise deployment, you can also add File Server location to search. But make sure that the file server location is already added as a content source in your search content sources.)

Hope the blog post was helpful.


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This is my first blog post on wordpress. From today onwards I’ll share my experiences with SharePoint and Office 365 on this blog.

All my previous blog posts can be found at