Author Archives: Jonathan Browne

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BCS Example: Take advantage of external data columns in existing BrightWork lists

We have had many enquiries about how you could use external data or external content types in SharePoint with Business Connectivity Services to an advantage. Here is an example of the potential gain of using external data through BCS and how you can use it with BrightWork. 1. Summary BCS is a SharePoint service which allows you to connect to pieces of data like SQL content databases. Once connected Read more...
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SharePoint 2013: How to avoid common administrative and upgrade issues

Since our exciting transition to SharePoint 2013, we have experienced a number of issues, which took us some time to overcome. In this blog I want to share with you some of these principle issues, to save you time when making the transition to the SharePoint 2013 platform! Things to watch out for when upgrading from SharePoint 2010 Following an upgrade from SharePoint 2010 you may come across difficulty Read more...

SharePoint 2013 Migration Trends

We all know of the benefits that SharePoint can bring to the enterprise.  It is not only a portal for document sharing and collaboration.  It can be used, enhanced and leveraged to create efficiencies and increase productivity across all divisions and lines of business in an organization. And the release of SharePoint 2013 has so many improvements that are all about getting things done together But Read more...

Getting to grips with failing tasks in Windows Task Scheduler!

Scenario: You have created a manifest and a cmd file to run BrightWork Email scheduler. Now you are attempting to automate the execution of the cmd file in Windows Task Scheduler but the task is failing to run. TroubleShooting Windows server task scheduler Here are three things which can cause most trouble when dealing with windows task scheduler. Within the windows task scheduler choose Read more...

7 Things You Should Do Before You Escalate to Microsoft Support

We came across a very informative article which sets out a list of steps to take before creating a Microsoft Support Ticket. Many thanks to Joel Oleson for posting this comprehensive article on his blog. Here is the article and you will also find a link to it at the bottom of this entry. 7 Things You Should Do Before You Escalate to Microsoft Support We had a meeting today to discuss what we should Read more...

Administrator loses control!

Are you a SharePoint Site Collection administrator? Have you ever experienced a loss of permissions within your own site collection? Well if you have answered YES to both of these questions you may find this article helpful. Scenario: A primary site collection administrator with Full Control permissions, cannot see the full range of options available on their site actions drop-down in their own Read more...

Ghost users from times gone past!

Ever seen SharePoint users listed in your My Work Reports or mentioned in drop down menus belong to staff or members who haven’t been around for years? We are commonly asked what is the easiest way to remove these users? We will use a SharePoint hidden view and heres the steps. Briefly to introduce myself as this is my first time blog for BrightWork. My name is Jonathan Browne I am a Support Engineer Read more...