Microsoft cloud engineer - SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, DotNet, Angular, JavaScript.
Microsoft cloud engineer - SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, DotNet, Angular, JavaScript.


SharePoint Online Communication Site – Apply “Site Template” with 11 choices

Demo of how to apply “Site Template” to Communicate sites, and reverse changes to Microsoft default Communicate site.

As of today (4/5/2023) there are 11 “Site Template” choices available each with different deployment artifacts.




Turbo SQL to SharePoint List Sync (PowerShell PS1)

PowerShell script to read source SQL table and synchronize into SharePoint Online (SPO) List destination. Great for PowerPlatform, PowerApps, and PowerBI integration scenarios. Optimized with usage of primary key, index columns, [Compare-Object] cmdlet [System.Data.DataRow] type, hashtable, and PNP batch HTTP POST network traffic. Cheers.





Turbo Crawl – Noderunner.exe CPU (RealTime Priority)

Wanted to share trick for how to unlock turbo Crawl search speeds with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013/2016/2019/SE. Increasing the CPU process priority for “Noderunner.exe” from default “Normal” up to “RealTime” will give increase CPU horsepower to cycle from current document to the next. Given SharePoint and search crawl engine’s linear processing nature (serial document download, parse, save, then repeat) the pipeline performance benefits greatly from low latency.

Basically, with serial (one-at-a-time) processing the faster we pick up next document, the faster overall completion.

Internally, each Microsoft SharePoint search topology green checkmark is one instance of “Noderunner.exe” process doing the background processing. Increasing priority to those gives more O/S allocation of hardware. During “Full Crawl“, for example, we want as much hardware given to this pipeline as possible. Cheers.


# Turbo speed for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013/2016/2019/SE crawl engine.  Boost CPU process priority to "real-time" for NODERUNNER for full farm search topology and W3WP for specific crawl machines.
Add-PSSnapIn "Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell"
$servers = Get-SPServer
$servers | Format-Table -AutoSize
foreach ($s in $servers) {
    # Display
    $pc = $s.Address
    Write-Host $pc -ForegroundColor "Yellow"
    # Find Noderunner
    $noderunner = (Get-Process -ComputerName $pc -Name "noderunner")
    $noderunner | Format-Table -AutoSize
    # Increase CPU priority
    foreach ($n in $noderunner) {
        $handle = $n.Handles
        # 256 = Realtime
        # Increase priority
        Get-WmiObject Win32_process -ComputerName $pc -Filter 'name = "noderunner.exe"' | ForEach-Object { $_.SetPriority(256) }


Below example shows traditional SharePoint Search Service Application (SSA) where each green checkmark indicates one instance of “Noderunner.exe”


Below is the serial pipeline for how search crawlers process one document then next. Low latency (from CPU Realtime) gives faster ability to pick up the next document and repeat.


Document Per Second (DPS) is the key metric for search engine speed to serially complete above steps.



PowerApps Admin – How to open MS Support Ticket (Full Form)

Demo showing the detailed process where attempting to open MS Support Ticket from traditional portal redirects into with detailed full form experience.

New ticket form inputs include:

  • PowerPlatform product (Flow, Canvas, Model, CDS, Virtual Agent, etc.)
  • MS Flow exact Connector
  • MS Flow exact action Step
  • MS Flow exact Run History URL for error and logic

Overall positive sign showing Microsoft investment into PowerPlatform support. Requires more effort to open MS Support Ticket with many form inputs, yet gives better chance at resolution and routing to correct engineer.


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