Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Office 365 - Site MailBox in replacement to Document Library incoming Mail?

I have to say that I have underestimated the site MailBox feature of Office 365.

As explained on the blog of Benoit Hamet,this feature gives a lot of new capabilities, but it comes with its lot of missing features!

After having activating the web scoped feature "Site Mail Box", I have first been surprised in a wrong way by this feature :

It creates an exchange mail box that can be accessed via the interface and where all the members of your site can pick documents and mails. Isn't it great that only by activating a feature it creates you a exchange mail box for your site? After the excitment, come the questions..
With my local Sharepoint 2007-2010-2013 I can configure my library to receive emails and to store documents. With some mix of Rules/workflows/taxonomy/Item receivers I can even create a string redirection system. can I do that with MailBox? apparently no...

I have then configure my Outlook 2013 in order to get my personal Office365 emails offline. And looking inside the menus (I'm curious) I have found this item "Manage All site mailboxes" on the contextual menu of my personal mailbox. (sorry if I don't put screenshots, but mine is in french!)

The first time I clicked on it, nothing was displayed. The basic reason is that office 365 tries to see whether you are in the member/owner group of the site and if not it doesn't provide you the access to the mailbox (even if you are farm admin like I was). Second Try after having added me in the site owner group. The mail box is displayed and it comes up inside outlook with all the document libraries of the site!

You can apply outlook rules on this mail box! So basically, I can redirect whatever I want using those rules!

Play well!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Create a new Community Template - Discussion/category Product bug

I'm actually working on a office 365 Social network project. Really interesting by the way.
I just lost two days believing that I had done something bad when I found on my newly created community (and actually all others) that the discussion board weren't linked correctly to my discussion board categories. Note that my community  template is not the basic one but a slightly customised one...

So, I have started everything again...  and again the same mistake...

So, I have tried a really basic test : I did the same test with the standard community template and I expected it to work, but there is the same problem with the standard template!
I tested it as well on my local environment the problem is exactly the same.Let's correct it!

  1. Open you newly created category.aspx page
  2. Open the two problematic webpart's property panel
  3. Change the view :
    1. for the proposed discussion webpart, set it to "Proposed discussion"
    2. for the other one, set it to "subject"
  4. From now, once you validate your page, you will have everything almost working, the only left problem is that you don't see the discussions according to the category of the page. let's continue.
  5. Open two instances of Sharepoint Designer 2013. One on the source site, and one on the target site. On both open category.aspx page
  6. On the target page, in all the xsltlistviewwebpart's parameterbinding, there is binding missing, you have to add it! 
  7. Almost at the end of page of your source page, locate the {CategoryID}, you will have to place it exactly at the same place on your target page.
  8. Save it.
  9. Test it & pray !