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Microsoft Ignite Conference: Day 3 Round-Up

I’ll kick off Day 3’s post with another imprint of pure experience. Scale- On-premise, Cloud, Global, Local. The rush/distraction/tunnel vision of being one of 23,000+ people moving through the Microsoft Ignite conference, contrasted with simple but essential logistics like bio-breaks and food, are a big parallel for me to the distinct juncture we are at in technology:  empower everyone at a mass scale, but make sure the human details are taken care of, and that everyone has a voice.

The entrance hall may resemble a slightly above average shopping mall scene for most, but in context, on the ground, it was more like the entrance to a spaceship waiting to take off:

Existential experiences aside, I waited a full 5 minutes for cell phone guy to abandon his hostile takeover of Microsoft (pleading eye contact included), and finally realized that was 5 minutes I would never get back, so I snapped my obligatory “largest Expo Hall ever” pic:
Really, words don’t help much with describing the scale of this event. 23,000 of the world’s finest Microsoft-oriented IT professionals in not one, but two Conference centers daisy-chained together. Being from Canada, the SCALE of business in America is always impressive-  this time it was the hammer of Thor (axe of Abe Lincoln?). There were numerous, well-attended core educational/interactive groups with all the best of the Microsoft team providing direct interaction with attendees. These were no tradeshow stunt doubles, but really the actual program leads and people who make things move at Microsoft. Super high quality interactions all over the floor.

Office 365

TechNet is my bible, which would make Joanne & KC here (Senior Content Writers for Microsoft), pretty high up in the toga-wearing department:
TechNet Rocks

Aside from the separate, colossal pool of core Microsoft and Partner & Vendor talent present in the Expo Hall, here’s the top sessions from day 3, on the SharePoint/Office 365 tip (with some guest appearances from OneNote & Visio, as I love both):

Whats New for IT Professionals in SharePoint Server 2016
What's New for IT Professionals in SharePoint Server 2016

“Engineering paths directly influenced by SP Uservoice” See: https://sharepoint.uservoice.com/forums/282887-customer-feedback-for-sharepoint-server
“Durable Links- permalinks based on resource ID. Move Docs freely, URL stays the same”
“No downtime CU patching”
“OneDrive integration big priority for Engineering team”


This article describes initial investments made in installation and deployment of SharePoint Server 2016: http://blogs.technet.com/b/wbaer/archive/2015/05/12/what-s-new-in-sharepoint-server-2016-installation-and-deployment.aspx

MinRole for the win!!

Embrace the BYOD Revolution: Effectively Manage a Multi-Device, Multi-Generational Workforce

A major business transformation is brewing in the enterprise today. Mobile technologies, business velocity, geographically dispersed and multi-generational workforce are converging to deliver the promise of responsive organizations. Organizations that miss this paradigm shift will face dire consequences. How can you effectively manage this shift, ensure that it will be sustainable and reap the benefits of being a responsive organization? In this session, learn how to apply practical steps and effective techniques to manage your multi-device and multi-generational workforce.

MVP Panel: Sample Apps and Intelligent Solutions Showcasing Office Graph and Delve Extensibility

Preparing for a meeting, but not sure what documents are relevant? Writing a proposal and looking for similar documents to help you out? Interested in what your colleagues are working on to stay updated? With the new Office Graph, answers to those questions are within your reach. In this demo-packed session, we show you how the Office Graph works and how it can be used when building custom apps and enriching existing solutions and portals. All scenarios are backed up by real-life solutions that you could use in your organization.

Resolving Nintex Feature Activation issues after migration

Issues have been reported with data migration tools used to transfer   content from a SharePoint 2010 environment to a SharePoint 2013 environment.   The tools are preventing the Nintex Workflow site collection feature from   activating in the 2013 environment.


Site Collection A is in a SharePoint 2010 environment with the Nintex   Workflow 2010 feature activated.

Site Collection B is in a SharePoint 2013 environment without the   Nintex Workflow 2013 feature activated.

A data migration tool is used to move data from a team site in Site   Collection A to a team site in Site Collection B.


Some data migration tools detect that a site column or content type   from Site Collection A is not present in Site Collection B, and then recreate   these assets at the target team site. In this case, it will recreate a Nintex   Workflow-installed content type and site column.

Later, when a user attempts to activate the Nintex Workflow site   collection feature, it will fail. The message in the SharePoint logs will be   similar to:

The field with Id {c2dd77c1-89a4-4f1f-b037-c17407e9922c}   defined in feature {0561d315-d5db-4736-929e-26da142812c5} was found in the current site collection or in a sub site.

In other words, the data migration tool has forcibly created a column somewhere in the site collection that the feature activation cannot overwrite, preventing it from activating.

Avoiding the issue

This issue will not occur if the Nintex Workflow 2013 site collection   feature is already active on the target site collection prior to migration.

Fixing the issue

Option   1: Activate Feature with Powershell and use the Force

From an administrative SharePoint Powershell:

Put in the folder name of the feature in question in the   “identity” parameter. You can find the folders under

SharePoint   2010:
C:Program FilesCommon Filesmicrosoft sharedWeb Server   Extensions14TEMPLATEFEATURES

SharePoint   2013:
C:Program FilesCommon Filesmicrosoft sharedWeb Server   Extensions15TEMPLATEFEATURES


Enable-SPFeature –identity "NintexWorkflowInfopath" -URL <a href="https://go.mysite.com/mysitecollection/">https://go.mysite.com/mysitecollection/</a> -force

Option 2: Feature Site Column Cleanup Tool

In response to this issue, Nintex developed a utility to clean up any site columns and content types that exist in a sub site in a site collection.

This tool recursively searches every site in a site collection, checking for all Nintex Workflow content types and site columns, and optionally attempts to delete these assets.

It will print the location of any founds assets to the console window.

Once the assets have been removed, the site collection feature will activate correctly.

The tool is available from http://download.nintex.com/sl/supportfiles/support_utilities/NW2010/FeatureSiteColumnCleanup.zip

It should be downloaded to a SharePoint server and run from a command console window as an account that has access to modify all sites in the site collection.

Depending on the number of subsites in the site collection, the tool may take some time to run. The tool will print “Process complete” to the console window when it has finished processing.


FeatureSiteColumnCleanup.exe "siteCollectionUrl" [-deleteFound] [-includeRootWeb] [-searchUsage] [-skipFields] [-skipContentTypes]

siteCollectionUrl: The URL to the top level site of the site collection that requires processing.

-deleteFound: If this argument is included, any found content types of site columns will be deleted. If this argument is not included, the tool will only report the location of these fields.

-includeRootWeb: If this argument is included, the root team site will be included in the search for assets. Please note that if the Nintex Workflow feature has activated correctly, the assets will exist at the root team site and should not be deleted.

-searchUsage: Specifies whether each list on each site should be checked to see if it uses a Nintex Workflow content type

-skipFields: Specifies whether the process should not check for field assets

-skipContentTypes: Specifies whether the process should not check for content type assets


FeatureSiteColumnCleanup.exe "<a href="http://sharepoint/sites/portal">http://sharepoint/sites/portal</a>" –deleteFound

From <http://connect.nintex.com/forums/thread/12937.aspx>

Option 3: SQL Method aka “Hammer of Thor”

Warning: Unsupported by Microsoft and most likely Nintex!

Identify the Nintex-related Content Type GUID’s and update their “IsFromFeature” property to 0, in the relevant content databases.

Update [dbo].[ContentTypes] set [IsFromFeature] = 0 where (sys.fn_varbintohexstr(ContentTypeId) LIKE '0x0101EF0201%')

Update [dbo].[ContentTypes] set [IsFromFeature] = 0 where (sys.fn_varbintohexstr(ContentTypeId) LIKE '0x010801005CC0%')

Update [dbo].[ContentTypes] set [IsFromFeature] = 0 where (sys.fn_varbintohexstr(ContentTypeId) LIKE '0x0108010064E42%')

Update [dbo].[ContentTypes] set [IsFromFeature] = 0 where (sys.fn_varbintohexstr(ContentTypeId) LIKE '0x0108010079DBDE6%')

Update [dbo].[ContentTypes] set [IsFromFeature] = 0 where (sys.fn_varbintohexstr(ContentTypeId) LIKE '0x01010024055%')

Update [dbo].[ContentTypes] set [IsFromFeature] = 0
where (sys.fn_varbintohexstr(ContentTypeId) LIKE '0x01010024055%')

Update [dbo].[ContentTypes] set [IsFromFeature] = 0
where (sys.fn_varbintohexstr(ContentTypeId) LIKE '0x010100F815D979%')

Update [dbo].[ContentTypes] set [IsFromFeature] = 0
where (sys.fn_varbintohexstr(ContentTypeId) LIKE '0x010100F8376F531%')

Update [dbo].[ContentTypes] set [IsFromFeature] = 0
where (sys.fn_varbintohexstr(ContentTypeId) LIKE '0x010100240555%')