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Update a web application URL and IIS bindings for SharePoint 2013

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After you have extended a web application into a zone with a set of Internet Information Services (IIS) bindings and alternate access mapping URLs, you might decide that you want to use a different URL to reach the web application. For example, you might have originally created a web application to use HTTP and later decide to use SSL instead. Or, you might create a web application to use the www.contoso1.com host header and then decide to use the www.contoso2.com ...

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Plan alternate access mappings for SharePoint 2013

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Alternate access mappings direct users to the correct URLs during their interaction with SharePoint 2013 (while browsing to the home page of a SharePoint 2013 website, for example). Alternate access mappings enable SharePoint 2013 to map web requests to the correct web applications and sites, and they enable SharePoint 2013 to serve the correct content back to the user.

Because the features of alternate access mapping are deprecated, we recommend that you use host-named site collections over alternate access mappings.

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Configure alternate access mappings for SharePoint 2013

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Each web application can be associated with a collection of mappings between internal and public URLs. Both internal and public URLs consist of the protocol and domain portions of the full URL (for example, https://www.fabrikam.com). A public URL is what users type to access the SharePoint site, and that URL is what appears in the links on the pages. Internal URLs are in the URL requests that are sent to the SharePoint site. Many internal URLs can be associated with ...

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Using SQL Server tools to back up a SharePoint Foundation 2010 farm

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If you want to back up the complete farm, you must use either Windows PowerShell or Central Administration. You cannot back up the complete farm by using the SQL Server tools because you cannot use the tools to back up the farm’s configuration. However, you can back up all the databases that are associated with the farm.

To back up the databases associated with a farm by using SQL Server tools

  1. To use SQL Server tools to back up SharePoint Foundation 2010 ...

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Using Central Administration to back up a SharePoint Foundation 2010 farm

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Back up a farm by using Central Administration

  1. To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Farm Administrators group on the computer that is running Central Administration.

  2. In Central Administration, on the Home page, in the Backup and Restore section, click Perform a backup.

  3. On the Perform a Backup — Step 1 of 2: Select Component to Back Up page, select the farm from the list of components, and then click Next.

  4. On the Start Backup — Step 2 of 2: Select Backup Options page, in the Backup ...

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Using Windows PowerShell to back up a SharePoint Foundation 2010 farm

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You can use Windows PowerShell to back up the farm manually or as part of a script that can be run at scheduled intervals.

To back up a farm by using Windows PowerShell

  1. Verify that you meet the following minimum requirements: See Add-SPShellAdmin.

  2. On the Start menu, click All Programs.

  3. Click Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products.

  4. Click SharePoint 2010 Management Shell.

  5. At the Windows PowerShell command prompt, type the following command:

     
     
    Backup-SPFarm -Directory <BackupFolder> -BackupMethod {Full | Differential} [-Verbose]
    

    Where <BackUpFolder> is the path of a folder on the local computer or the network ...

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Set up a trust between AD FS and Windows Azure AD

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Each domain that you want to federate must either be added as a single sign-on domain or converted to be a single sign-on domain from a standard domain. Adding or converting a domain sets up a trust between AD FS and Windows Azure Active Directory (Windows Azure AD).

Important
  • If you are using a subdomain (for example, corp.contoso.com) in addition to a top-level domain (for example, contoso.com), you must add the top-level domain in your cloud service before you add any ...
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Install Windows PowerShell for single sign-on with AD FS

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After you have deployed Active Directory Federation Services, the next step to set up single sign-on is to download and install the Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell. Once installed, you will use these cmdlets to configure your Windows Azure AD domains as federated domains.

Download and install Windows PowerShell for single sign-on with AD FS

The Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell is a download for managing your organizations data in Windows Azure AD. This module installs ...

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Using a custom domain name for your SharePoint Online public website address

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When you create a public website on SharePoint Online, as an administrator, you can set up the site to use a custom domain name instead of using the domain name that you chose when you signed up for Microsoft Office 365 for enterprises, for example,contoso.sharepoint.com. This helps customers find your website by using the more familiar domain name that you bought for your business.

To use a custom domain name with Office 365, do the following.

  1. If you haven’t already done so, add your ...

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Add your domain to Office 365

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Prepare before you add your domain name

Before you add your domain name, keep in mind the following.

  • To add a domain name, you must have already registered a domain name and have the sign-in credentials needed for your domain registrar.
    • If you don’t have a custom domain name, you can buy one from a domain registrar. 
    • If you already have a domain name but you don’t have the sign-in credentials at your domain registrar, contact the person who registered the domain name. 
  • If you ...
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Manual migration of SharePoint Online content

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Offboarding is the ability to move data from Microsoft Office 365 to file shares or to a local computer. This is a manual process. This document describes the steps to save a Microsoft SharePoint document library or list content from a Microsoft SharePoint Online environment to file shares or to a local computer.

This document covers the following SharePoint Online archive scenarios:

  • Administrator or site owner archives the contents of a SharePoint Online document library. This is a manual process when you ...
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Document created by Create List Item action doesn’t keep the file extension given at workflow design time

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A document created by Create List Item action doesn’t keep the file extension given at workflow design time. For example, when you create a new SharePoint 2013 workflow on document library that has document template like “template.dotx”, the workflow has “Create list item” action and its “Path and Name” parameter is set to “excel_file.xls”. When you publish and execute the workflow, a new document is created with name “excel_file.xls.docx” instead of “excel_file.xls”.

We supported this in SharePoint 2010 workflow.

Workaround    Try using ...

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Workflow doesn’t support Survey list

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Workflow in SharePoint 2010 supported create, read, update, or delete (CRUD) operation for the Survey list but SharePoint 2013 workflow doesn’t support CRUD operation for Survey list because of a platform limitation — Survey list doesn’t have GUID field).

Workaround    Try calling the SharePoint 2010 workflow by using Start a list/site workflow action inside SharePoint 2013 workflow.

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Doesn’t preserve user setting when users use Create a List Item or Update List Item action

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When you add Date/Time or Boolean type field with empty value to the parameter dialog of Create List Item or Update List Item action, we don’t preserve those fields when a parameter dialog box is reopened.

Workaround    Try to call the SharePoint 2010 workflow using Start a list/site workflow action.

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Updating a list item doesn’t work when updating an item field with empty value

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When you try to update list item field that is non-string types, such as Date/Time, Boolean, Number, or Person, with empty value using Update List Item action, it doesn’t work. Updating string type field with empty string or updating single user type field with empty value works well.

Workaround    Try to call the SharePoint 2010 workflow using the Start a list/site workflow action.

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Value of “Current Time” (“Today”) differs based on time zone

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When we use Date/Time value in a workflow and SharePoint Designer, we need the current date at run-time. SharePoint Designer provides “Current Time” (“Today”) when setting Date/Time value but its value at run-time differs based on time zone because it has time portion while Current Time in 2010 has only date portion without time portion.

Workaround    After setting a Date/Time variable, use “Set Time Portion of Date/Time Field” action with time portion all 0 (zero) so that we can have date ...

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Document item with empty title in Document Library crashes 2013 workflow using condition Title field contains keyword

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If a document item with an empty title using condition Title field contains keyword is run, we can expect the condition to resolves to False but instead it crashes.

Workaround    Use If any value equals value condition and set Current Item:Title in the left value and set contains for the operator.

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CreatedDate and ModifiedDate of 2010 uses the client time but 2013 uses time zone of server

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CreatedDate and ModifiedDate of SharePoint Designer 2010 use the client time but SharePoint Designer 2013 uses time zone of the server when displayed in a Workflow Gallery.

Workaround    There is currently no workaround. But we recommend you use the same time zone settings on client and server.

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Workflow with Unicode/DBCS name and packaged via Save As Template feature to a predefined name WorkflowSolution.wsp

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Workflows with Unicode or DBCS names will be packaged into .wsp files with the default hard-coded name of WorkflowSolution.wsp.

Workaround    You can rename the WorkflowSolution.wsp to the original workflow name. Regardless of whether you rename it or not, the original workflow name will be kept for the workflow definition at the destination site.

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Can’t show Created Date and Modified Date field for 2013 workflows in Workflows gallery

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If the client locale and server locale are different from each other, SharePoint Designer can’t show Created Date and Modified Date field in Workflows gallery

Workaround    There is currently no workaround available. We do recommend that you use the same locale settings on client and server.

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