Monthly Archives: December 2018

VIDEO – Create Modern Communication for Root Site in Tenant

UPDATE – Microsoft does not recommend deleting the root site and is working on native capability to create communication site at Tenant root for Q4 CY2019.  Office 365 Roadmap

SharePoint Admin Center allows for creating the new Modern Communication site but only with a managed path prefix (/sites/ or /teams).   However, there is a workaround by using the SharePoint Classic Admin Center to modify HTML <SELECT> control and add a new choice for “SITEPAGEPUBLISHING#0” web template.   See video for full demo.  Cheers!  shades_smile




Create Modern Communication for Root Site in Tenant from Jeff Jones on Vimeo.


What’s in that patch? Dec 2018

NOTE – PDF format updated to include both SharePoint 2013, 2016, and 2019 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.    shades_smile_thumb_thumb_thumb_thumb[2]


What’s in that patch – Dec 2018.PDF

VIDEO – Front End Developer Tools

Below is a quick video showing how to install common Front End Developer tools on a new Windows O/S machine from the command line.   Having these will enable creation of modern JavaScript based apps with HTML/JS/CSS with advanced debugging, intelligence autocomplete, and live re-loading.  Cheers!  shades_smile



FIXED – You can’t get there from here

With Office 365 Conditional Access Policy security applied users will see the error below when attempting to view SharePoint Online with a different browser (FireFox, Chrome, etc.).   This makes debugging front end JavaScript applications challenging without Chrome’s excellent F12 debug tools.

However, we have a fix.

Leverage Internet Explorer to obtain a valid Office 365 session and export those cookies to text.   Demo video shows exactly how to extract the “FedAuth” and “rtFa” cookies to successfully login from any web client (FireFox, Chrome, Fiddler, REST Post Man).

Cheers!  shades_smile




You can’t get there from here
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Power Platform Analytics

Microsoft recently released new online dashboards to monitor usage and activity with MS “Power” Platform included PowerBI, PowerApps, and MS Flow.   Watch tenant adoption grow with your deployment by leveraging these online reports to demonstrate to IT management the value of the new cloud platform.  Links below.  Cheers!  shades_smile

Power platform Admin Analytics

Blog > Introducing Power platform Admin Analytics 

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