Installing PortalFront Tru Slider 3.0

What is provided A zip file with the files needed This video provides a good overview of the slider setup that will help guide you in the installation. It does not provide as much detail as this post. https://db.tt/ptN3OPv8 Instructions Copying the files Go to your root site collection where you wish to place the slider code base. Go to Site Actions -> View All Site Content -> Style Library Create a folder called "PortalFrontSlider" Copy the contents of the zip file into the folder. Create News Blog Site (Optional) NOTE: If you don’t already have a list that you...

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How to Publish RemoteApp Programs for Remote Desktop Web Access the Right Way

RemoteApp Programs are programs that you give to your users so they can remotely launch applications on the server and appear to be on their computer. In this article we will discuss how to properly provision a new program or application for your users so they can see it in the Remote Web App portal. To be done correctly, please follow the instructions in this article. We will cover Installing the Program the Right Way Publishing the Program Installing the Program the Right Way On the server, go to Control Panel –> Programs Click on "Install Application on Remote...

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Office Crashes when opening documents from SharePoint After Windows Update KB3055034

So Around October 13, 2015 Microsoft release an automatic security update that unfortunately started crashing Microsoft Word and other applications when you access files from SharePoint. Here’s the summary of the purpose of the update: “When a custom task pane is displayed in a document in Microsoft Word 2010, information isn’t updated in built-in task panes. For example, the formatting of selected text isn’t updated on the Reveal Formatting task pane.” –Microsoft Note other related updates with those issues may be KB3093983, KB3097966   How to Fix The...

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SharePoint Configuration Wizard Error: This SQL Server instance does not have the required “max degree of parallelism” setting of 1

Error Message: You try to run the SharePoint Configuration Wizard for SharePoint 2013 and you may get this on the first step of the wizard configuration. An exception of type Microsoft.SharePoint.SPException was thrown… This SQL Server instance does not have the required “max degree of parallelism” setting of 1. Database provisioning operations will continue to fail if “max degree of parallelism” is not set to 1 or the current account does not have permissions to change the setting. Cause This happens if the account you’re specified / or logged in as does not have enough...

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In SharePoint Prerequisite installer you Get ‘The tool was unable to install Application Server Role, Web Server (IIS) Role’

Issue Summary You try to run the SharePoint 2013 Prerequisites installation in Windows Server 2012 and before going to far, you get an error message saying ‘The tool was unable to install Application Server Role, Web Server (IIS) Role’. Cause Really unexplained.. most likely bug. Solution This is surprisingly simple: Rename the file: c:\windows\system32\ServerManagement.exe  TO   ServerManagementCMD.exe Rerun the configuration prerequisite...

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What is the Difference between a Hosting Provider and Cloud Provider?

When shopping for hosting services, many customers find themselves confused by the difference between hosting services and cloud computing. That is not surprising given that many hosting companies have simply rebranded themselves as cloud providers, though what they offer is really not a true cloud service. The two actually have some important distinctions, and it is important to understand what each offers. What is a Hosting Service? Hosted services offer you or your company space on physical servers running in the service provider’s facilities. Access is achieved through a direct...

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What is the Difference between a Public Cloud and a Private Cloud?

If you are considering a cloud solution for your company or other organization, you may have questions about whether you should create a private, public, or hybrid cloud. For that matter, you may be asking what the real difference is between these options. As you probably already know, cloud services enable enterprises to share resources across the Internet or an intranet in a way that can often dramatically reduce infrastructure costs and planning. Large numbers of resources can be connected via networks (either private or public) to provide scalable infrastructure for data and file storage,...

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What We Know about SharePoint 2016

Many in IT and network management industries have been waiting impatiently for Microsoft’s next iteration of its SharePoint platform. While Microsoft kept mum throughout much of the development of this new generation of this platform, details regarding what you can expect when the software rolls out in Spring 2016 have begun to emerge. Not surprisingly, it looks like this generation will be chock-full of exciting features and improvements. On-Premises Deployment One big point of concern for many network administrators was whether SharePoint 2016 would include on-premises deployment....

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Ignite 2015 Conference Articulate the Future for Microsoft

Microsoft Ignite 2015 kicked off this week in Chicago, IL. Touted by Microsoft as "a unified enterprise technology conference [that] will bring together the best of previously individual events—the Management Summit, the Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and TechEd conferences—and then take it to the next level, based on what our customers and partners have asked for," the event aims to educate and inspire IT workers, network administrators, and other technology professionals that work in enterprise solutions. The event features hundreds of activities, presentations,...

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Top 15 Attributes of an IaaS Hosting Provider

View image | gettyimages.com Choosing an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) hosting provider and getting it all set up, and then discovering that the service cannot provide all the functions your company needs, is going to result in a problem. This kind of decision requires knowing what to look for and what your company will need before you subscribe. There are many differences between IaaS hosting providers, and you need to select them based on the needs of your company and by best features. Here is a brief rundown of the top 15 attributes you want your IaaS hosting provider to...

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Microsoft Announces SharePoint 2016 General Release for Q2-2016

In a recent announcement, Microsoft confirmed a new version of its popular SharePoint Server will hit the market for “general availability” sometime in the 2nd quarter of 2016. A public beta version will be available in the 4th quarter of this year explains the software giant. Although many businesses have moved their content management and collaboration tools to the cloud, Microsoft says it will continue to develop “on-premises” deployments of SharePoint “for the foreseeable future.” With this in mind, Microsoft explains it is focusing on hybrid...

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PowerPivot Gallery not loading, showing Install Microsoft Silverlight Message

The Issue Power Pivot in SharePoint used to load a gallery the workbooks and shows a screenshot of each report. However, sometimes you open the browser, navigate to the page and find that it’s not loading with a "Install Microsoft Silverlight" message. Even after installing Silverlight, it still says the same thing. Chances are you you are using Google Chrome. That is the crux of the issue. Google decided that Chrome will no long support many different types of plug ins, in an effort to conform with web standards, so they no longer support PowerPivot Gallery in SharePoint...

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Saving SharePoint login Credentials on iPad and iPhone

There is a common need for SharePoint users to access SharePoint sites using iPads and iPhones without having to constantly input their log in information each time. There is no native way in Apple Safari to cache user name and passwords for SharePoint. Any time a site is accessed the user is presented with a login screen like this one. Close your browser, or come back at a later time and Safari will ask again for that login and password. This post talks about some good and viable options to caching / storing your login info iPads and iPhones. Option 1: Using Atomic browser to cache...

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PivotChart Fields not showing in Power Pivot in SharePoint

Issue Details When a user clicks on a pivotable or pivotchart, the “PivotChart Fields” view automatically pops up. In other instances only Quick Explore pops...

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How to Connect Securely to PortalFront Server Using FTP

PortalFront uses secure FTP with TLS encryption to encrypt passwords and data during transit. There are some additional steps necessary to ensure your client communicates securely with the FTP server. We recommend using FileZilla FTP Client to access FTP. Once downloaded, make sure you setup your FTP configuration as follows....

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How to delete a file and free up space in a SharePoint Site Collection

Background When you simply delete a file from a SharePoint library, you don’t necessarily free up space because the file was not deleted from the Recycle bin as well. Overview When items get deleted in SharePoint, they are not deleted from the database. They are moved to ‘End User Recycle Bin’. Once They are Deleted from the ‘End User Recycle Bin’, they are moved to the Second Stage or ‘Site Collection’ Recycle bin. They must be deleted from the Second Stage Recycle Bin for the space to be reclaimed. Steps To ensure you properly delete a file and free...

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What’s new in PowerPivot v2?

Pivotstream is the first company to release a Cloud PowerPivot solution back in 2010.  In July 2012, PowerPivot v2 was released.  PowerPivot helps mid to large companies aggregate billions of rows of data of disparate information to be used for analysis in business operations. Two shortfalls of the early version of PowerPivot was the inability to create multiple relationships between tables.  Users were able to work around those issues, but version two allows for multiple relationships between tables. Secondly, grouping based on hierarchies is innate to pivot tables by default.  But...

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What does Windows 8 mean to SharePoint?

In early 2013, Microsoft will release SharePoint apps for use with Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Android and iOS devices.  This will mean that SharePoint will be readily available to more users without corporate licenses to Office 365. More users using and familiarizing themselves with SharePoint will increase corporate use of the technology.  As it is, companies that are using SharePoint to store, organize and share their documents and projects are operating SharePoint 2010.  Companies that purchased 2010 bought it as a stand-alone upgrade to their network file sharing systems.  IT...

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Getting Excited about Sharepoint 2013??

Features and functionality of Sharepoint 2013 Microsoft will unveil its 2013 version of Sharepoint sometime early next year.  In the meantime, Office 2013, 365 Enterprise which was released this summer includes the Sharepoint 2013 server.   Sharepoint is an office-based application used by 78% of fortune 500 companies.  SharePoint can be used to provide “intranet portals,document & file management, collaboration, social networks, extranets,websites, enterprise search, and business intelligence.”   Using cloud technology, the newest version of Sharepoint will include...

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Creating Business Email Solutions To Increase Speed and Productivity

Why Business Email Solutions Are Great for Companies? Email is now considered a traditional way of communication, as we are all already using it in our daily lives, when conducting our businesses, and even for the smallest messages that we want to convey to others. While regular email is enough for regular people, businesses need a better developed solution, as their needs are greater in this respect, as well. What sets these business email solutions apart from regular email? SharePoint is one of these solutions, and its functionalities surpass the ones sported by regular services. Ask about...

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Start Your Small Business On the Right Foot With Intranet Solutions

Should You Use Small Business Intranet Solutions? Small businesses do not have the same requirements as large corporations. Many Intranet solutions seem to be especially designed to deal with the specific needs of large businesses, but what you may not know is that a small business, like yours, could use the functionalities of an Intranet solution to a high extent. Here are some important factors that will show you why your small business could benefit of an Intranet solution. Communication is key How many times have you heard the above statement? Communication is essential for businesses, no...

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Collaboration Software Tools Proven to Increase Business Productivity

  Collaborative networks are the latest trend in increasing business productivity, and not without a reason. In a world where social media is king, and people are so used to being interconnected with one another, business tools are only expected to follow suit. The following software tools are famous for being able to increase business productivity, by stimulating and offering the proper means for members of the same organization to collaborate and work towards the same goal. Microsoft SharePoint This is one of the most popular collaborative platforms that companies use at the current...

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Understanding Extranets and How They Change Businesses

What Are Extranet Solutions and How Can They Help Your Business? Extranet solutions are great communication vehicles that you can use to strengthen the relationships you have with your partners and your clients. While communication inside a company is necessary in order to increase participation, engagement, and business productivity, Extranet solutions are more focused on how you manage to develop a network of business relationships outside your company, to and from it. Coming to the needs of business owners, SharePoint has already created a useful add-in called SharePoint Extranet...

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Alternatives to Sharepoint

What Are the Best Known SharePoint Alternatives? SharePoint is already considered a standard for business collaborative software packages, for document and project management, as well as intranets and extranets. However, it is not the only one that can be used for all or some of the above. While SharePoint is the largest and most comprehensive solution you can find at this time, there are SharePoint alternatives that are a bit lighter. Here are some of them. Alfresco Alfresco is a document management solution that offers businesses a few great tools in promoting productivity and better...

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Business Document Clutter Out of Hand?

Why Document Management Solutions Are Important for Your Business Document management is something companies have to face more and more, no matter their profile and field of work. Files, documents, and other paper based items need to be stored, categorized and easy to access in order to ensure the smooth progress of an organization. Even professionals that work on their own such as doctors and lawyers need to have their files in order. Now documents are kept on virtual devices and no longer only on paper, due to technology advancements, but also to the growing needs of companies. First step:...

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Tips on Creating a SharePoint Workspace

SharePoint workspaces are very useful in synchronizing your content with a SharePoint site. However, that is not their only role. You can customize your SharePoint workspace in order to collaborate with other people when working on the same project. Last, but not least, you can use a SharePoint workspace to grant access to common folders to all the employees in a company, for easy communication. There are several ways in which you can create a SharePoint workspace: from a SharePoint website, from the Launchbar or from the Backstage view. How to create your SharePoint workspace starting from a...

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Accessibility Partners: Pushing The Limits Of Technology Use in The Disabled Community

Technology is ever evolving and rapidly changing in today’s business and today’s education.    While to many of us the use of technology is something we use everyday, and also something we tend to take for granted, there are also people in our community that struggle to implement these technologies into their lives.    One such community that has  struggled with newer technologies is the disabled communities.    There are a variety of reasons that certain disabilities would hamper the use of new technologies, but in order to really understand the gravity of the situation...

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Andrew Schrage, co-owner of Money Crashers Personal Finance

With the current economy and job market a lot of people are trying to figure out ways that they can make a living without having to rely on on someone else to hand them a paycheck.   Who doesn’t want the freedom to work for themselves and to pursue their own dreams?   While working for oneself definitely has it’s dangers, it also has AMAZING perks.     We wanted to learn a bit about Andrew Shrage and his start up business moneycrashers.com. Andrew is definitely a “dreamer” and a “doer” when it comes to entrepreneurialism.  Andrew started his business...

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What You’ll Need to Expect From a Sharepoint Designer

Choosing a SharePoint Designer A SharePoint designer is needed, in order to create workflows that are in accord with a company requirements and standards. These workflows must be accessible for programmers and non-programmers alike, as it is not expected from all employees to be familiar with coded structures and programming pieces. When choosing a SharePoint designer, make sure that you have all these aspects in mind and that the designer is capable of complying with your company specific set of guidelines. Creating templates Designing templates for SharePoint is something that the designer...

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What Are Online Project Management Solutions for Businesses?

Businesses need various tools and software in order to function well in today’s society, marked by the evolution of Internet. The online environment presents many challenges, as the way communication is done has changed drastically over the course of no more than a decade. What businesses search more than anything else is a tool that can help them manage their projects, while harnessing the power of the online environment. Such a tool is SharePoint, specialized in document management and not only, and a solution already embraced by many companies operating online. Why do I need an online...

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What can Collaboration Solutions Do For Me and My Business?

Collaboration is an overused term in the business environment, but this should not come as a surprise. As the scope of Internet is expanding, businesses need easy access to online collaboration solutions, that allow teams from remote locations to work together, different branches to communicate with one another, and top management to be able to overseer everything without having to be present everywhere all the time. SharePoint has a powerful online component that allows online collaboration for businesses of all shapes and sizes, and many important companies such as Cisco, Google and IBM...

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Yousuf Khan Explains How The Ipad Is Changing The Classroom

When going to a technical college one would expect to be not only learning new technologies, but to also be using and implementing new technologies.    Hult International Business School has just made a change that has greatly increased their student’s technological interaction.   Hult has begun implementing the use of the Ipad as a replacement for classroom text books.    The Ipad is given out to all students as a part of their tuition while attending Hult.  Thus far the new implementation has seemed to be a great success as students learn to implement new technologies in their...

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100 Computer Science Departments Leading the Way in US Education

  With how fast the world of technology is evolving it makes sense that computer education should be at the forefront of degree options. Right now, as far as technology is concerned, the sky is the limit in the business industry. If you can dream it, there is some developer that can do it. As we all begin to rely more and more on technology the demand for developers has greatly increased. For young professionals looking to find a career field that is in demand, look no further… software development, web development, programming, engineering, all of these skills are the future of...

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Andy Petroski Educates Us On Education, With New Innovative Technologies

Every day it seems as though technology is changing our world and the way we do things.   Using relatively advanced technology has become a norm in our everyday lives.  From having the power of the internet on a hand held smart phone to watching live stream movies from a net flix box right on our TV.   There seems to be no end to the innovation that our culture demands and craves.   One area that some might say drastically needs innovation in regards to technology, is the field of education.    However, with technology changing so quickly and with so many different products to choose...

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Who Doesnt Love the Word Free? Check Out How Businesses are Testing Out Sharepoint as A Strategy

Companies that want to try out SharePoint for their corporate needs, as well as small businesses, now have access to free SharePoint site solutions, as they are provided by hosting services (such as us). While we have paid plans as well, we also provide the foundation for building SharePoint sites, totally free of charge, which is very beneficial, especially for small companies that want to test the capabilities of this system first, before deciding to invest more money into it. What you will get Along with access to free hardware and software, once you gain access to your free SharePoint...

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Step Out of the Past – Remodeling Your Corporation With Intranet Technologies

Corporate Intranet solutions have been entering a new era; that of social media. The trend continues, with companies focusing on developing the best tools and strategies for communicating more efficiently with their employees. With corporate Intranet solutions, such as SharePoint, employees are becoming a pool of resources, from which companies only have to gain. Also, as employees are allowed to bring their own contributions into a Web 2.0 environment, human resource departments now have better means of identifying and recognizing the best sets of skills in each employee. The new...

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Creating an Employee Intranet – Streamlining your Business

What Does Creating an Employee Intranet Mean for My Company? An employee Intranet has to be a place employees like to visit, in order to find new information, collaborate on projects, and communicate with the rest of the organization. Setting up an employee Intranet involves a lot of responsibility, but it can bring an important boost in employee productivity, which is not a thing to take lightly. Here are some of the key factors that will contribute to the success of your business, when you decide to set up an employee Intranet. Publishing documents Many times, employees fail to comply...

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What is an Intranet?

An Intranet is a collection of private computer networks linked together within an organization. They are designed to facilitate communication within the corresponding computers to increase productivity and collaboration, mostly used within a corporate environment. Several tools used within an Intranet to increase collaboration include instant messaging, company email, bulletin boards and Web conferencing software. All of these opportunities allow company employees to communicate with each other in real time from anywhere in the world. Also, employees can post their schedules onto the...

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The Difference Between Extranets and Intranets

Microsoft SharePoint is interactive enterprise software that allows both Intranet and Extranet usage. The Intranet is a private network within an organization that isn’t connected to the public Internet. An Extranet is a similar type of private network that connects with another private network. It’s essentially a satellite to a hub controlled by a finite set of users with security protocols in place. While the Intranet implies exclusive online access within an organization, an Extranet implies that an outside group is allowed access to this network. Sharepoint provides a content...

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