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The Scary Anatomy of a Microsoft License Fraud

Reading Time: 10 minutes. 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 – and why not, it’s a pretty useful present, right? However, you might want to think about where you get that subscription from. Don’t get the bootleg option – you might end up regretting it! I’ve stumbled upon a few online retailers, that sell Microsoft Office 365 (Microsoft’s subscription-based Office offering) […]

"PictureThumbnailURL" configuration in SharePoint Online Search Schema

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

Reading Time: 5 minutes. 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?

Reading Time: 4 minutes. Every now and then, something like half of Microsoft’s websites will suddenly stop working – this applies to Azure Portal, SharePoint Online sites, MSDN forums and 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: This effectively blocks you from accessing the site. Most typically, I’ve encountered this on MSDN forums or Azure Portal – you […]

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

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

Reading Time: 10 minutes. 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 […]