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


SharePoint as a Service (SPaaS)

SharePoint is often treated as a final SAAS product to perform Microsoft native functions only.  Management can be reluctant to engage customization and development for the perceived cost. 

However, what is the cost of lacking a needed business tool?  Lost productivity and opportunity?  

What is the cost to create native SP features?   Make a blank IIS website?  Then create your own search, audit, permission interface, file store, REST endpoint, etc.?


Today is the best time ever to be a developer.  Many services and many tools.   Agile design can be applied to leverage 90% native platform with 10% custom code to spin up helpful business applications with low cost.   Micro services, REST api, and JavaScript frameworks provide the building blocks.   Developers are challenged to learn these new tools.  Ones that do can help deliver business value faster than ever.


Remember, SharePoint is a service– not the final product. 




  • Authentication – User context.  Password management, new account creation, integrated single sign-on.
  • Permissions – Groups, roles, custom permission levels,
  • Tables & Files – Storage of flat database (rows, columns, validated input, query) and binary files (folder, files)
  • Notification – Alert on data changes.  Daily and weekly summary.  Custom email body with Workflow.
  • Search – Index content, word parsing, custom results display, full REST api.
  • Audit – Regulatory compliance.  Reports, export, filter, and granular detail.
  • … and many more






VIDEO – SP Editor Chrome Extension

If you’ve ever edited a JS file hosted on SharePoint, download this now.   Watch the demo video to see how easy it is to press F12 and edit JS / CSS files within SharePoint directly from F12.   No more SharePoint Designer or Explorer View drive mapping madness.  You can work from Visual Studio Code or any text editor. 

For any front end developer working on SharePoint, this is a must have.


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What’s in that patch? April 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 – Apr 2017.PDF

Many ways to query AD users

There are multiple good PowerShell options to query an Active Directory user object.   Below are three code snippets which all locate an AD user.   Cheers!


Option 1- Get-ADUser Login


Option 2- Get-ADUser Filter


Option 3 – LDAP Directory Searcher


Option 4 – DSA.MSC

  1. Open Active Directory Users and Computers.
  2. Right-click the domain object and select Find.
  1. Active Directory Users and Computers Select Find
  2. Click the drop-down list next to Find, and then select Custom Search.
  1. From the next screen, select the Advanced tab.
  2. Type the appropriate LDAP statement under Enter LDAP query.


Option 5 – LDP.EXE

  1. Download from
  2. On the Browse menu, click Search.
  3. The Search dialog box opens.
  4. To search for all users that have a first name of John and a last name of either Smith or Jones, type the following in the Filter field:
  5. (&(objectClass=user)(givenName=John)(|(sn=Smith)(sn=Jones))))
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