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How to set Item Level Permissions via SharePoint Designer (break role inheritance and assign permissions in one action)

In this short tip, I will show you a simple case with approval scenario, an example I’m a SharePoint Developer and I have to implement a document approval scenario.

But there are some nuances in the case. When a user sends a document to approve, the workflow should reset permissions for everyone except a user who has approval task now.

In this case, we guarantee that no one else could change the document after the process was started.

 Approval Use Case

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Posted in: Products, Workflow Actions Pack

Nintex Workflow alternative

Nintex Workflow for Office 365 is a good platform for workflows automation. It provides the set of handy workflow actions as well as friendly workflow designer. But it is not the only option on the market. I want to present you another solution called Plumsail Workflow Actions Pack.

As I’m a member of Workflow Actions Pack team, I’m not pretending to be an independent party. But as a person passionate about SharePoint and workflow automation, I will try to provide you my fair vision of abilities of both products. This article is actual for Office 365 platform, but both products have On-Premises versions.

Lists of workflow actions for both products:

I’m not beginning from the prices as I want to provide information about the products before estimating them from the point of view of the budget. I will cover it at the end.

I have divided the article into the parts. If you are bored by so long post, go to the conclusion and decide what to read. Read more…

Posted in: Workflow Actions Pack, Workflow Scheduler

Using notes in charts created with SharePoint Dashboard Designer

Here is a manual how to use notes in SharePoint charts (in this example we used a Line chart). Look at the screenshot. Each point has a note and a label, but they display different columns from a SharePoint list. It can be useful if a label is already used to display a value, but you need to display additional information related to specific points.

SharePoint line chart with notes

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Posted in: Dashboard Designer

What is SharePont Web Front End server (WFE)

A server which handles web page requests from users is called Web Front End (WFE). Thus, each time when user opens a SharePoint page in a browser, it is processed by WFE server. SharePoint farm may have multiple such servers. If there are multiple WFE servers, Network Load Balancer is distributing requests between them. It is the way to scale SharePoint.

Many Plumsail products are licensed per Web Front End server. You may need to calculate number of WFE servers in your SharePoint farm to purchase correct number of licenses.

SharePoint WFE server usually has “Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Web Application” service started. You can check it in SharePoint Central Administration: Central Administration > System Settings > Manage services on server. In the Services on server page, select server and check if the service is started. If it’s started, the selected server is acting as a web front-end server.

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Thus, you can switch between your servers and find all Web Front End servers.

Posted in: Products

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