SharePoint / Office Dev Patterns & Practices – December 2016 release

SharePoint / Office 365 Dev Patterns and Practices (PnP) December 2016 release is out with new contributions from community for the community. This post contains all the details related on what was included with the release and what else has been happening in the PnP world during the past month.  

What is SharePoint / Office Dev Patterns & Practices (PnP)?

PnP is community driven open source initiative where and external community members are sharing their learning's around implementation practices for and . Active and contributions happen our GitHub projects under 'dev' branch and each month there will be a master merge (monthly release) with more comprehensive testing and communications. PnP is owned and coordinated by SharePoint engineering, but this is work done by the community for the community. It’s been great to find both internal and external people who are willing to assist and share

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Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016 now available

Today’s post was written by Bill Baer, senior product manager for the team. When we launched SharePoint Server 2016, we shared our vision that it would be a foundational release, born in the cloud and built for continuous innovation. Today, we’re pleased to announce our next step on this journey with the availability of Feature Pack 1. Through the November 2016 Public Update for SharePoint Server 2016, we’re delivering several new features based on customer feedback, extending support for hybrid scenarios and developer needs, including:

  • Administrative actions logging for common SharePoint administrative actions.
  • MinRole enhancements to support small and medium-sized farms.
  • A OneDrive for Business modern experience.
  • Custom tiles in the SharePoint app launcher.
  • SharePoint hybrid auditing unified across site collections on-premises and in .
  • Hybrid taxonomy unified

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Create connected SharePoint Online team sites in seconds

In August 2016, we announced that Office 365 Groups would get full-powered SharePoint team sites. When you create a group, gives the group a shared inbox, calendar, OneNote notebook, place for files, Planner for task management—and now a modern team site with pages, lists, libraries and team news, so the group can collaborate, communicate and coordinate. This is now 100 percent rolled out to all 365 First Release customers, as noted by the @SharePoint team. Starting today, people will be able to create team sites connected to Office 365 Groups from the SharePoint home in Office 365—and it’s fast. Admins control how these new capabilities appear for their users. And it is more intuitive to adjust the site as business needs require. Now, no matter where users create an Office 365 group (from Outlook,

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Office 365 Test Lab Guides

Demonstrate enterprise features with the Office 365 test lab guides

Enterprise E5 has a host of great features tailored to an enterprise organization’s needs for additional (Advanced Security Management), enhanced protection (Advanced Threat Protection) and the ability to quickly locate and analyze emails, files and other resources that meet specific criteria (Advanced eDiscovery). To configure these new features and show them working for yourself—and to leave you with a working dev/test environment with which you can further experiment—take a look at the new Office 365 Enterprise test lab guides (TLGs). The Office 365 Enterprise TLGs are a modular set of highly prescriptive articles that step you through:

  • Building a simplified intranet in Azure infrastructure services with an Azure trial subscription (optional).
  • Creating an Office 365 Enterprise E5 trial subscription.
  • Configuring directory synchronization between a Windows Server AD forest and the Azure AD tenant

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Microsoft Graph findMeetingTimes API update

Hi all, we want to give you a heads up on some changes that are coming to the findMeetingTimes API which has been available in preview in . We are making these changes to further improve the API based on feedback, and these changes will be widely deployed over the next few weeks. The updated API will be available in the /beta and subsequestly in the  /v1.0 endpoint as we make the feature generally available. In summary, the changes are as follows:

  1. Names of the following complex types, properties and parameters are updated:
  2. The timeSlot parameter changed from type .graph.timeStamp to type microsoft.graph.dateTimeTimeZone.
  3. A new parameter minimumAttendeePercentage’ is being added. This is an optional parameter that indicates the minimum percentage of available attendees required for the API to return suggestions. Input values for this parameter should

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PnP Template Gallery

PnP Templates Gallery – Open source provisioning templates

At Ignite 2016, in Atlanta, we proudly announced the availability of the new “ Gallery” portal, which is available at the following URL: https://templates-gallery.sharepointpnp.com. The basic idea around this new portal, is to have a public and shared repository for PnP provisioning templates, which anybody can download and use for free. Moreover, we hope that many community members will like to share their own templates with the community. In the following figure, you can see the home page of the PnP Templates Gallery. The site is responsive and mobile-aware, and allows you to browse the templates, and to search for them based on few search criteria:

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Microsoft SharePoint CSOM Nuget

New SharePoint CSOM version released for SharePoint Online – September 2016

We are happy to announce availability of new  Client Side Object Model () version targeted for the or more specifically for SharePoint and Project Online. This release again contains few updates on the existing SharePoint CSOM assemblies and some maintenance changes. These monthly changes are not significant, but we want to align on the monthly rythm in future, so that you can know beforehand that there will be new version arriving during end of each month. You can find the latest CSOM package for , including the Project Online CSOM assembly, from the NuGet gallery with an id of '.SharePointOnline.CSOM'. We are also working on updating the redistributable package at some point, but you can already right now start using some of these new capabilities in your solutions. We do recommend you to use the Nuget Package to gain

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