Azure VHDS blob storage

Remove additional SSD storage from Azure SharePoint 2013 non-HA Farm deployment

When we deployed a SharePoint 2013 non-HA Farm from the Azure Marketplace we noticed that a lot of additional storage space was added to our resource group. All three servers (Active Directory, SQL, SharePoint 2013) got at least one additional VHD blob with each 1000 GiB of SSD space that was attached to the specified server. Even when you shut down the virtual machines Microsoft Azure will still debit your subscription with the costs of those additional storage (which is not quite cheap).

This article explains how to remove the additional SSD storage to save Azure credit and to keep the SharePoint 2013 farm running and performant.

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Get Taxonomy Field Values with CSOM Programmatically

To read taxonomy field value(s) from a list item via CSOM can be quite cumbersome. Chris Domino explained those problems very detailed in his blog post. I had the same problem that the CSOM API did not create the expected objects by itself but just returning a key value dictionary containing the taxonomy values. So Read more about Get Taxonomy Field Values with CSOM Programmatically[…]

SharePoint CAML paging with CSOM

When you are querying a big bunch of list items you should consider to use paging functionalities. For example you could download 2000 items within ten separate requests were each one queries a bulk of 200 items.

This will spare the server performance and speeds up the transfer over the wire. When downloading all items at once can lead to a time-out for example.

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