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App authentication woes on SharePoint (Token request failed. The remote server returned an error: (401) Unauthorized.)

This article explains how to get rid of sudden and unexplainable 401 Access Denied errors when trying to authenticate against a fairly fresh Microsoft 365 / SharePoint Online tenant. This issue seems to be caused by a long-ish project to finally retire ACS – Azure Access Control service) on SharePoint (it’s retired everywhere else already!) Note: This might still be an updating story, as the situation with ACS is definitely……Continue reading App authentication woes on SharePoint (Token request failed. The remote server returned an error: (401) Unauthorized.)

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)

How to use the Azure AD associated with your SharePoint Online

With the usual configuration of Office 365 and Azure, there might be multiple Azure AD (AAD) instances associated with your subscription. When creating registrations to whatever SharePoint-related apps that you might be using, if you create the registration to the wrong Azure AD, it can’t access the data in your SharePoint. Or at least without further configurations, it probably won’t get any data from your Office Graph API or whatever…Continue reading How to use the Azure AD associated with your SharePoint Online

How to prevent Outlook and other programs from stealing focus

Imagine being deeply focused on a very important and time-sensitive task and, all of a sudden, an incoming email throws you off by jumping into focus. I am sure you don’t need to imagine too hard as this has likely annoyed you in the recent past too, right? Here is a guide to help you make sure that no piece of software has the ability to “jump to the top”…Continue reading How to prevent Outlook and other programs from stealing focus

SharePoint Search Query Tool

Using SharePoint Search Query Tool

If you’re working on SharePoint deployments, and aren’t familiar with the SharePoint Search Query Tool, you’re probably doing something wrong. Or you’ve got a really troublefree tenant and simple requirements.. :) At least for technical issues, it’s the #1 tool for debugging what’s in the index and what isn’t. This blog post describes how to use it to investigate SharePoint Online Search index issues. First of all, you can get…Continue reading Using SharePoint Search Query Tool

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The quickest way to download all the wsp-packages in a SharePoint farm

Sometimes – pretty often in the good old on-premises world, actually – you’ll need to have a copy of all the packages that are deployed to a certain farm. So – how to download all of the deployed farm solutions (essentially, cabinet files renamed to .wsp) from a farm? Luckily, it’s quite easy! Solution To download all deployed farm solutions (wsp-packages) from a SharePoint farm is pretty simple using PowerShell.…Continue reading The quickest way to download all the wsp-packages in a SharePoint farm