SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, and Front end JS geek. – Chicago IL
SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, and Front end JS geek. – Chicago IL


Modern Page – NEW Web Parts

Recently Microsoft added more choices when adding a Web Part to SharePoint Online Modern pages.

We now have the “Divider” and “Spacer” which control page layout with either a horizontal rule (Divider) or white space (Spacer) between other web parts.   Simple but helpful addition.



Also, Modern pages now include a “Promote” button that provides a right task pane with options to Add to Navigation, Post as News, or Email to inform a wider audience and build traffic.  Cheers!




What’s in that patch? Dec 2017

NOTE – PDF format updated to include both SharePoint 2013 and 2016 notes.

Ever wondered what fixes are inside of a given CU?   Please see attached PDF with full detail. I wanted a new format for easy reading.   Show management and make the business case for why downtime should be taken to apply CUs.  Also posted at

If you found this helpful, please leave a comment.   



What’s in that patch – Dec 2017.PDF

Office 365 – Targeted Release

Microsoft has renamed “First Release” to “Targeted Release.”   Keep in mind when reading O365 Admin Center or Roadmap messages in the future.  


Updated feature: First Release rename


Stay Informed

Published On : December 6, 2017

We have changed the name of First Release, to Targeted Release. This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID: 24283. Targeted Release is one of our release rings, as we roll out new features.

elease validation rings for Office 365

How does this affect me?

This is a name change only. There are no other changes to our commitments to organizations configured for Targeted Release.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information to learn more.

VIDEO – PowerShell automated WebDeploy ZIP install

This video will demonstrate how to test, build, publish, and install WebDeploy ZIP packages.   The example walks through a simple WebAPI HTTP endpoint which echoes back the current date and time.   Fiddler is leveraged for HTTP testing.   Once tested succesful, we publish the project to ZIP for install on IIS hosted infrastructure.

PowerShell cmdlet Restore-WDPackage is used to extract ZIP content and create a permanent home for the API endpoint.

By automating with PowerShell we provide a fast consistent admin experience to ensure the API is always installed the same way for a reliable repeatable procedure.  Thanks for watching.





Add-PSSnapin WDeploySnapin3.0
$package = "C:\temp\Hello\deploy\"
Restore-WDPackage $package -Parameters @{"IIS Web Application Name"="API/Hello"}




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