How to migrate content with PnP Provisioning Engine

The philosophy behind the PnP Provisioning Engine is changing, and it will start saving the content of the SharePoint sites if you explicitly request it.

Until now the provisioning engine was just getting the site structure, and the home page. To include content on it, you had to find workarounds to do it.

A year ago, I wrote an article with a workaround to include all the pages from a site in a template, it basically extracted the template multiple times (one for each page) and then combined everything in a single file.

Save Site as Template - SharePoint

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How to host a static HTML site on SharePoint

If you have a static HTML site that needs to be shared internally inside your organization, you don’t need to get a dedicated hosting service to do it

SharePoint can be used to host the static HTML sites if you follow the 5 simple steps described in this article.

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Get video thumbnails from SharePoint using Microsoft Graph

SharePoint Online has a service to generate and return links to media thumbnails stored in the libraries, It works great for a lot of formats but mp4 videos are no longer supported.

This article describes an alternative process to retrieve the thumbnails for the videos you have stored in the libraries using Microsoft Graph.

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Get site collection URL after creating a Group using Microsoft Graph

When creating groups or teams using Microsoft Graph and PowerShell the SharePoint site collection URL can be randomly generated if a site collection with the name of the group already exists.

If you need to get the URL of the site collection right after the creation of the group, you can use Microsoft Graph to retrieve it.

This can be extremely helpfully for scenarios where you have the need to deploy artifacts to the site automatically, like applying a PnP Template.

Right after the group creation use do the request bellow using the group ID.

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Manage SharePoint using bookmarklets

Modern SharePoint is great and includes a lot of new functionalities that I love but at the same time it changed the location of some links that were one click away on classic SharePoint.

In this article I’m sharing some of the bookmarklets that I use daily to get things done faster and to save a few clicks.

A bookmarklet is nothing more than a bookmark that contains JavaScript, it adds functionality to the browser, such as modifying a web page.

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Change modern SharePoint fav icon using Tenant Wide Deployment

I’m updating some of my old projects to take advantage of the latest functionalities of the SharePoint Framework and today I’m revisiting the solution that changes the favicon on modern SharePoint sites.

The previous solution was built using the framework 1.4.0 and allows you to change the favicon on individual site collections, the solution I’m providing today was updated to version 1.7.1 to take advantage of the tenant wide deployment functionalities.

This means that with a single deployment you will be changing the favicon globally on all your modern SharePoint sites.

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Deploy Application Insights globally on modern SharePoint

On my last article I’ve provided a solution to deploy Application Insights to classic SharePoint without modifying the master page and on todays article I’m providing the same solution but for modern SharePoint using an Application Customizer and Tenant Wide Deployment.

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Deploy Google Analytics globally on modern SharePoint

Google Analytics articles are very popular in this blog and there are a few already available here, here and here but there is still room for one more, as the SharePoint Framework evolves so does this solution.

Today’s article introduces an easy way to deploy Google Analytics globally to all modern sites in your tenant taking advantage of the Tenant Wide Deployment.

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Convert Classic root sites to Modern SharePoint

Recently I’ve got a few requests to transform classic root team sites with publishing enabled into modern SharePoint sites.

The technic described in this article allows you to keep all your existent content, and at the same time allows you to take advantage of the out of the box responsive layouts and modern web parts.

Info: If you want to convert the root site of your tenant to modern have a look at this new article that explains how to use the site swap feature recently released by Microsoft.

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2018 Resume – What an incredible year!

2018 was an amazing year for me and for this blog – I met fantastic people throughout the year that supported and motivated me to continue with this project and to do more every day.

Before starting to produce new content in 2019, I would like to share with all of you guys some of my achievements last year.

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I've been working with Microsoft Technologies over the last ten years, mainly focused on creating collaboration and productivity solutions that drive the adoption of Microsoft Modern Workplace.