Fix “We can’t sign you into your company portal because something on the server isn’t configured correctly.” Error

Problem: When trying to open a SharePoint Online site through SharePoint Designer, got this error message, “We can’t sign you into your company portal because something on the server isn’t configured correctly” Solution: Login to the site through Internet Explorer, so that your authentication cookie gets generated!

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Fix “App Step” is Disabled in SharePoint Designer Workflow

Problem: “App Step” is grayed out in SharePoint Designer Workflow! What is App Step in SharePoint?SharePoint Designer workflows get executed from the context of the user who initiated the trigger – started the workflow. E.g. If a workflow gets triggered on new item creation, it gets executed from the context of the…

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How to Call a REST API from SharePoint Designer Workflow?

Requirement: Call REST API in SharePoint designer workflow. Using REST API in SharePoint Designer Workflow SharePoint Designer workflow actions are very limited, and we can utilize REST API calls to extend them. Here is how to call a REST API method from SharePoint Designer workflow action: Call HTTP Web Service. In this…

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SharePoint Online: How to Implement Custom 404 Page Not Found Error Page?

Requirement: Implement a custom page not found error page in SharePoint Online. SharePoint Online: How to Add custom 404 page not found error page SharePoint Online comes with a default “Page not found” error page in “Pages” library in publishing Sites (http://crescent.sharepoint.com/Pages/PageNotFoundError.aspx) which works automatically when a user hits a non-existent URL….

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SharePoint Online: Set List Item Permissions using SharePoint Designer Workflow and REST API

Business Requirement: In “Project Documents” SharePoint Online document library, Project related documents are getting uploaded by the project team. This library has “Permissions” drop-down column (metadata) with values “Restricted” and “Non-Restricted”. If the Permission is restricted, we need to break the permissions of the document, remove all users and groups from it…

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SharePoint Online: How to Hide a List or Library using PowerShell?

Requirement: Hide a list or library from SharePoint Online site. SharePoint Online: Hide Document Library using PowerShell For a custom application, we wanted to hide the config list in SharePoint Online, to prevent edits or deletions. How to hide a list in SharePoint Online? There are many ways to hide a SharePoint…

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How to Disable SharePoint Designer 2013 using PowerShell?

SharePoint Designer 2013 is a great free tool from Microsoft to customize SharePoint sites and create workflows. Why should we disable SharePoint designer? Well, In some cases site owners and designers may damage SharePoint with this Powerful utility, and I’ve seen SharePoint designers become SharePoint destroyers! So, to prevent irreversible damages to…

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How to Create External Lists from SQL Server using BCS in SharePoint 2016?

Business Data Connectivity Services enables SharePoint 2013/2016 and Office 2013/2016 clients to interact with data that doesn’t live in SharePoint.  BCS allows you to integrate external data into SharePoint, External list provides a familiar list like user experience. Let’s see how to create an External List in SharePoint that grabs the data…

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The server may not have Microsoft SharePoint foundation installed, your machine’s IP address may not have access to the server, or you may have specified an invalid proxy server (HTTP Error 403)

Problem:  Tried opening a SharePoint 2013 site in SharePoint Designer 2013 and got this error message “The server may not have Microsoft SharePoint foundation installed, your machine’s IP address may not have access to the server, or you may have specified an invalid proxy server (HTTP Error 403)” Root cause is: The…

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