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The Scary Anatomy of a Microsoft License Fraud

Note: While this was originally posted around the Christmas of 2018, and some company or seller names might not be relevant as scammers come and go, the principles in this blog post seem to be valid since early 2000s to probably until 2038 (when the Internet ends due to the Epochalypse). Tis the season for gifts, and lots of y’all might be thinking about giving out a digital gift. Maybe some of the more practical ones think about gifting someone a subscription of Office 365 […]

"PictureThumbnailURL" configuration in SharePoint Online Search Schema

Fixed: “PictureThumbnailURL” always null in SharePoint Online Search results

This post describes the status of an ongoing issue in SharePoint Online, where the Managed Property “PictureThumbnailURL” will return null no matter what you do. This Managed Property is used for a few different use cases – most notably, Delve blog post’s hero, or header photo’s URL is mapped to this property, as it’s meant to be used as a thumbnail picture in a number of rollups. Update 9.1.2019: Microsoft confirmed they’re testing a possible fix to the problem. I’ll update this post as more […]

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How to log in to Microsoft’s websites (MSDN forums, Azure Portal, SharePoint Online) when you get a “Bad Request” error?

Every now and then, something like half of Microsoft’s websites will suddenly stop working – this applies to at least Azure Portal, SharePoint Online sites, MSDN forums, Office Onlineand probably a thousand of other sites. The error is most of the time something like this: Bad Request – Request Too Long HTTP Error 400. The size of the request headers is too long. Or like shown below: Or alternatively, you’re just stuck in a authentication loop forever. In this case, you don’t really have time […]

Microsoft Stores Backups For 14 Days, But Restores Them in 15

A cautionary tale of relying on the automatic backups in SharePoint Online

So Microsoft keeps 14-day rolling backups of your SharePoint Online sites. That’s awesome – no need to take backups anymore, right? Not so fast. It’s not always so easy, and by just relying on these backups, you risk losing your data. Forever, I might add. This cautionary tale is about SharePoint Online, but I’d say you’ll need to take caution anytime you’re dealing with Microsoft’s automatic backups. The story starts with the client doing something unwise – a prime example would be them removing the […]