Category Archives: Portals and Collaboration

SharePoint 2013 April Update Unable to Install on Service Pack 1 Issue

If you like being up on the latest Cumulative Update for SharePoint 2013, you may have run into this already as you were trying to do the installation in your development environment. The basis for these issues started back when Service Pack 1 was released (build 15.0.4569.1506) and then pulled because of issues. It was later replaced with build 15.0.4571.1502. Additionally, if you had to install on Windows Server 2012 R2 you had to use the slipstream version of SharePoint 2013 SP1 which had the same build number (15.0.4569.1506) as the troubled SP1 but really was the “good” version. You following so far?

So far this worked great until April 2015. It was discovered that only the downloaded “good” version of Service Pack 1 will work with April 2015. A temporary workaround has been found by Stefan Go├čner for the issue prior to Microsoft fixing it (learn about the workaround). You can download and apply the “clean” version of Service Pack 1. Otherwise you may have to open a ticket with Microsoft if this does not work.

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Did You Know – InfoPath Is Going Away?

Microsoft announced last November that InfoPath will be supported as a client application until 2023. Additionally it was recently announced that InfoPath will be supported with the new version of SharePoint 2016 due out sometime early 2016. What does this mean for you? If you are not using InfoPath, do not start! If you are using InfoPath, then you will have to look at an alternative method to deliver your forms within SharePoint. There are a couple different third party solutions out there that you should consider. Just make sure to think about what feature sets you need for forms before you start checking out the market.

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Office 365 Roadmap ImageOne of the interesting and sometimes difficult part of Office 365, is the speed at which updates are rolled out. As an administrator of your Office 365 environment you are tasked with making sure systems are continually available to your users. You also need to understand the feature sets the platform provides and then help the business understand the impact. As part of a comprehensive communication plan around Office 365, the Office 365 Roadmap is used to communicate as new features are developed, rolled out and launched. They also make available any additional details or links to blog posts. Office 365 Roadmap.