Build function app with cloud shell on your iPhone

On the usual train travels to my current client, I had planned to build a Azure Function App for a upcoming project on my Surface Pro but the train that turned up was so busy it was standing room only.

So, in a huge moment of geekiness, I thought let’s give the new Azure Cloud Shell a go… on the train… on my iPhone…eek!

Getting started

To get started, you will need an Azure subscription. Next go to the iPhone app store and grab the Azure app –

Open the app and sign in to your Azure subscription.

Continue reading


Modern Site Themes

One of many cool announcements from Microsoft Ignite 2017, was the introduction of SharePoint Modern Themes. The SharePoint team have now launched a way to customise  themes, colours and the presentation of Modern Sites.

Typically, theming of sites has been randomly chosen at the time of creation making it very difficult to apply consistent branding across SharePoint sites and Office 365 groups.

What do the new themes look like?

Continue reading

SharePoint Communication Sites, the new Publishing Sites

Today, at the SharePoint Virtual Summit 2017, Microsoft announced the next wave of upcoming innovation around four key themes, Share with confidence, Transform business process, Inform and engage employees and Harness collective knowledge. In this post, we focusing around the awesome new modern experience for the classic Publishing Sites, called “Communication Sites” in the Inform and engage employees section of the Summit.

Create Communication Site

The new name for Publishing Sites better describes what this feature is all about, the Intranet. In our time working with this classic experience, we have developed a few intranets using Publishing Sites, to build extensively customised experiences for our customers, mainly focused around communication providing a hub for users to go to find out news, events, policies and guidance on business processes.

Continue reading

Create SharePoint environments with AutoSPInstaller

Yo Pros! We have found this fantastic tool to help setup farms quickly that we had to share with you!

It’s our fifth project now requiring multiple SharePoint farms to support the ALM process for Dev, Test, Production; which was needed to built quickly whilst maintaining best practice and consistency.

We can unknowingly introduce small differences in deploying each farm. Lunch, tea breaks, consulting, distraction, distraction, distraction…. this is common in the workplace, but if you miss a step then the farms can become further apart in their quality and thus introduce risk and artifacts in deployments that were not expected.

Continue reading