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SharePoint Online – Missing Web Parts with custom script disabled

December 11, 2015 Leave a comment

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Missing Web Parts with custom script disabled…

AdminThe Custom Script setting (Default disabled)

As I have posted about before, during the end of 2014, beginning of 2015, a new security feature in SharePoint Online has been rolled out. The feature in itself is a great security feature if that is what you want.

Missing example:


Expected webparts:


Note: changes to this setting might take up to 24 hours to take effect.

In my previous post on this setting, I listed the missing features, however this is not all that will go missing. In addition, quite a few webparts will be gone from your SharePoint Online environment. This may or may not be expected by you and your users/editors/developers…
Below is the list of webparts that you will not find with the Custom script setting off/disabled.

Web part category Web part
Blog Blog Archives

Blog Notifications

Blog Tools

Business Data Business Data Actions

Business Data Item

Business Data Item Builder

Business Data List

Business Data Related List

Excel Web Access

Indicator Details

Status List

Visio Web Access

Community About This Community


My Membership


What’s Happening

Content Rollup Categories

Project Summary

Relevant Documents

RSS Viewer

Site Aggregator

Sites in Category

Term Property


WSRP Viewer

XML Viewer

Document Sets Document Set Contents

Document Set Properties

Forms HTML Form Web Part
Media and Content Content Editor

Script Editor

Silverlight Web Part

Search Refinement

Search Box

Search Navigation

Search Results

Search-Driven Content Catalog-Item Reuse
Social Collaboration Contact Details

Note Board

Organization Browser

Site Feed

Tag Cloud

User Tasks

Find Microsofts support article on the setting here:
Turn scripting capabilities on and off (Microsoft support article)

The complete list of settings affected and webparts missing: Save Site as Template, Save document library as template, Solution Gallery, Web Designer Galleries, Theme Gallery, Help Settings, Sandbox solutions, the Blog Archives, Blog Notifications, Blog tools Blog Webparts, the Business Data Actions, Business Data Item, Business Data Item Builder, Business Data List, Business Data Related List, Excel Web Access, Indicator Details, Status List, Visio Web Access Business Data Webparts, the About This Community, Join, My Membership, Tools, What’s Happening Community Webarts, the Categories, Project Summary, Relevant Documents, RSS Viewer, Site Aggregator, Sites in Category, Term Property, Timeline, WSRP Viewer, XML Viewer Content Rollup Webparts, the Document Set Contents, Document Set Properties Document Sets Webparts, the HTML Form Webpart, the Content Editor, Script Editor, Silverlight Webpart Media and Content Webparts, the Refinement, Search Box, Search Navigation, Search Results Search Webparts, the Catalog-Item Reuse Search-Driven Content Webparts and the Contact Details, Note Board, Organization Browser, Site Feed, Tag Cloud, User Tasks Social Collaboration Webparts.

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Office 365 guide series – Manage files and folders with PowerShell and CSOM

February 24, 2015 Leave a comment

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How to manage files and folders with PowerShell and CSOM


How can we manage these items…?

This is a pure guide to using PowerShell to manage and manipulate files and folders, libraries and all document management related tasks in a SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business environment.

The sections in this guide are:

– Prerequisites
– Load assemblies
– Load a CSOM Context
– Web
– List/Library
– GetFileByServerRelativeUrl and GetForlderByServerRelativeUrl
– Create a file from a local copy
– Create a folder from a local copy
– Set properties on a file
– Set properties on a folder
– ResolveUser (Function)
– GetItemProperties (Function)


Before beeing able to do much in SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business, you have to start using CSOM, or Client Side Object Model, this allows us to do pretty much everything we could do before using regular PowerShell and the SharePoint CMD’lets from the SharePoint PowerShell add-on.
Install assemblies:
Download and install ther latest version of the SharePoint Server 2013 Client Components SDK, this can be downloaded from here:
After the SDK and the CSOM assembly DLL’s are in place, make sure you load the assemblies before calling them.

Load assemblies

 Add-Type -Path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.dll"
 Add-Type -Path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime.dll"

This will open up for usage of CSOM in PowerShell.

Load a context

$SPOUser = ""
# Uses a hardcoded password, use only during test/lab:
$SPOPassword = convertto-securestring "Password01" -asplaintext -force
# Better: $SPOPassword = Read-Host -Prompt "Please enter your password" -AsSecureString
$SPOODfBUrl = ""
$Context = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($SPOODfBUrl)
$Credentials = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($SPOUser,$SPOPassword)
$Context.RequestTimeout = 16384000
$Context.Credentials = $Credentials

Returns: $Context


(Using $Context from the section on Context above)

$Web = $Context.Web

Returns: $Web


$SPODocLibName = "Documents"
$SPOList = $Web.Lists.GetByTitle($SPODocLibName)

Returns: $SPOList

GetFileByServerRelativeUrl and GetForlderByServerRelativeUrl

In order to use the ‘Get…ByServerRelativeUrl’ methods you have to supply a relative path to the file or folder, this means a path starting from the FQDN.

Example 1
ServerRelativeUrl: /get/fileorfolder/by/relative/url

Example 2
ServerRelativeUrl: /personal/firstname_lastname_company_com

Example file:


Example folder:


Create a file from a local copy

This can be accomplished in several ways, this is one:

$LocalFile = Get-ChildItem -path "C:\Homedirs\jeff\report1.xlsx"
$FolderRelativeUrl = $SPOList.RootFolder.ServerRelativeUrl
$FileName = $LocalFile.Name
$FileUrl = $FolderRelativeUrl + "/" + $FileName
[Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.File]::SaveBinaryDirect($Web.Context, $fileUrl, $LocalFile.OpenRead(), $true)

Returns: New file created in SPO/ODfB

Create a folder from a local copy

$SPOFolder = $SPOList.RootFolder
$LocalFolder = Get-ChildItem -path "C:\Homedirs\jeff\" -Recurse -Include "folder1" 
$FolderName = $LocalFolder.Name
$NewFolder = $SPOFolder.Folders.Add($FolderName)

Returns: New folder created in SPO/ODfB

Set properties on a file

Input: $FileRelativeUrl, $SPOItemModifier, $SPOItemOwner, $ItemCreated, $ItemModified

$CurrentFile = $Context.web.GetFileByServerRelativeUrl($FileRelativeUrl)
$ListItem = $CurrentFile.ListItemAllFields;
$ListItem["Editor"] = $SPOItemModifier; # Get object from ResolveUser
$Listitem["Author"] = $SPOItemOwner; # Get object from ResolveUser
$Listitem["Created"] = $ItemCreated;
$Listitem["Modified"] = $ItemModified;

Returns: Folder stamped with new properties in SPO/ODfB

Set properties on a folder

Input: $FolderRelativeUrl, , $SPOItemModifier, $SPOItemOwner, $ItemCreated, $ItemModified

$CurrentFolder = $Context.web.GetFolderByServerRelativeUrl($FolderRelativeURL)
$SPOFolderItem = $CurrentFolder.ListItemAllFields;
$SPOItemOwner = ResolveUser $UserEmail # For ResolveUser see separate function described later in this post
$SPOFolderItem["Editor"] = $SPOItemModifier # Must be a userobject, see 'ResolveUser'
$SPOFolderItem["Author"] = $SPOItemOwner # Must be a userobject, see 'ResolveUser'
$SPOFolderItem["Created"] = $ItemCreated # In the format: "8/10/2013 7:04 PM", see 'GetItemProperties'
$SPOFolderItem["Modified"] = $ItemModified # In the format: "8/10/2013 7:04 PM", see 'GetItemProperties'

Returns: Folder stamped with new properties in SPO/ODfB

ResolveUser (Function)

Function ResolveUser ($InputUPN)
# Resolves a user to a userobject
    $OutputUserObject = $Web.Context.web.EnsureUser($InputUPN)
    Return $OutputUserObject

Returns: UserObject for $InputUPN (UserPrincipalName/Email)

GetItemProperties (Function)

Function GetItemProperties ($InFileObject)
# Gets basic properties to set on files and folders
    $Global:ItemCreated = $InFile.CreationTime
    $Global:ItemModified = $InFile.LastWriteTime

Returns: Global: Variables for ItemCreated and LastWriteTime of $InFileObject (File or Folder)

Thats all for now, I hope that you let me know if there is anything that seems to be wrong or does not work. The problem with describing all this in a complete way, is that it is easy to leave something out and it is also difficult to test every aspect while writing. Time is limited for all of us…
Anyway, my goal was to write a post that covered what I was myself missing…I hope that this is it. And again, please let me know if there are any mistakes in here.

References and Credits

None at this time…

Credits & many thanks to

LabCenter – you guys always publish my articles!

My family, my parents, Ia and the kids!





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Office 365 News – New document now supports Content types in SharePoint Online

February 18, 2015 2 comments

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‘new document’ now supports Content types in SharePoint Online

Thank you Microsoft, Content types just got user friendly and easy to use and promote!


The new- new document dialog

Before yesterday, I knew that the ‘new document’ button in a document library became useless when you enabled Content types in a document library. This has for me and many of my customers been a huge drawback since the ‘new document’ button was still there, in plain view and for the regular user, what they were meant to use.

This old behavious was that when you pressed on ‘new document’ in a document library with multiple content types, you got the upload document dialog.

Upload dialog2

Old behaviour

What I was so glad to discover yesterday, during a live demo at a customer, that this has been fixed now in SPO! Instead of the upload dialog, I could now get this:



One down!
Next step, make content types available to Office Online…(They still seem to require the Office Applications installed on the client, nothing for E1 users or less in other words…)
I would also like the new folder option back with the content types 🙂

References and Credits

None at this time…

Credits & many thanks to

Cramo, this is where I did the demo when this change presented itself to me! A pleasure to work with you guys!






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Office 365 News – Unannounced Microsoft change to SharePoint Online access

February 17, 2015 2 comments

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Microsoft recently made a change to the way users can access SharePoint Online, this may affect many thousands of customers without them knowing…


It has been disclosed to me that Microsoft has implemented a change on all Office 365 tenants to the way an unlicensed user can access SharePoint Online services…in a bad way…

Previously, the behaviour was that if you did not give a user a the SharePoint license in Office 365, the user could not access SharePoint.
This is the expected behaviour and this is how most companies restricted access to SharePoint Before they were ready to offer the service to their organizations.
This is no more, or at least not the current behaviour…Microsft has ‘temporarily’ made a change that allows ALL users, with a license or not to have access to all SharePoint Services.
The imidiate affect may be that your organization sleeps safely in the belief that SHarePoint may not be accessed, except by you in IT or by a limited number of individuals, meanwhile, the users go crazy and start using SharePoint in ways you never intended…

Well, this is something I don’t like, I would like this change to be limited to the ones who specifically asked for it, and if you needed it, you could request it, not the other way around.

Note 1: If you find that you do not want this behaviour, you want access only to your licensed users. Open a Service Request with Microsoft and ask them to change it back, they will help you then.

Note 2: The change does not affect OneDrive for Business, unprovisioned users do not get access to their ODfB without the SharePoint license.

The reason given by Microsoft representatives is this: Microsoft recognizes assigning licenses to users that are synced to the O365 services is cumbersome for larger tenants, to alleviate this pain point; a temporary change has been released to SharePoint Online that will allow users to access SharePoint Online even without license.’


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