Note to myself-add 2017 Ford GT to bucket list

Ok, the new Tesla is very cool but maybe one of these new Ford GTs for the trip to see the upcoming FAST 8 movie comes out next year?

Question is, which color?  Just can’t decide:)




SharePoint Lists-Smarter with JavaScript

SharePoint lists are great for tracking data-easy to create, export to Excel, develop against using JSOM.  Problem is when you have a list sometimes you have documents that are associated with the list item.  There are attachments to the list but better to use a document library right?  Maybe create a folder in the document library for each new list item created and tag the folder for the specific folder associating the item to the folder.

Here is where some simple JavaScript and the SharePoint JSOM come in to save the day…

Step 1: Create your SharePoint list, add your fields, etc.

Step 2: Create a new item, when the newform.aspx opens simply select Edit Page from settings.  Settings-Edit page.  Now you can place a content editor web part referencing your script file.

Screenshot (Standard NewForm.aspx un-customized)


Also, add a document library web part to display the folders we are going to create from the script and filter for your specific list item using the web part connection from the list item web part to the document library web part.

Add any other web parts to the page, calendar, tasks lists etc.  This provides a simple all up view for related content tagged to the list item.

Add a content editor web-part or script editor web part referencing your script file (I typically organize conveniently in the site collections style library)

Example script:


var matterName;
var matterNum;
var folderName;
var collListItem;
var folderUrl ;
var folderpath;

//Execute when the user saves the item create a folder in our document library and tag the folder with relevant data from our list item in order to associate the two
function PreSaveItem()

//grab some fields off the newform.aspx to use for tagging the folder we create
matterNum = $(‘input[title=”MatterNum”]’).val();
matterName = $(‘input[title=”Name”]’).val();

//Create the folder

folderName = matterName;
folderUrl = “[SiteUrl]” + “/” + folderName;

createFolder(folderUrl, folderName, matterNum);

return true;
function createFolder(folderUrl, fname, matterNumber) {

var clientContext;
var oWebsite;
var oList;
var itemCreateInfo;

clientContext = new SP.ClientContext.get_current();
oWebsite = clientContext.get_web();
oList = oWebsite.get_lists().getByTitle(“Documents”);

itemCreateInfo = new SP.ListItemCreationInformation();
//I am using a specific content type inherited from the folder type
this.oListItem = oList.addItem(itemCreateInfo);
this.oListItem.set_item(“ContentTypeId”, “0x0120003C4F41AA23709B458E3DA2EEFAA5DCAA”);
this.oListItem.set_item(“Title”, fname);
this.oListItem.set_item(“MatterNum”, matterNumber);
Function.createDelegate(this, successHandler),
Function.createDelegate(this, errorHandler)
function successHandler() {

//Yeah have a new folder


function errorHandler(sender, args) {
alert(‘Record Create failed. ‘ + args.get_message() + ‘\n’ + args.get_stackTrace());

//TO DO-This part for next time-build out a complete folder structure based on a pre-built document libary structure
function retrieveFolderStructure() {
var _clientContext1;
_clientContext1 = SP.ClientContext.get_current();
var oList = _clientContext1.get_web().get_lists().getByTitle(‘Matter Documents’);

var camlQuery = new SP.CamlQuery();

this.collListItem = oList.getItems(camlQuery);


_clientContext1.executeQueryAsync(Function.createDelegate(this, this.onQuerySucceeded2), Function.createDelegate(this, this.onQueryFailed2));




Make your SharePoint lists a little smarter.  Why not?  Of course all this works on SharePoint 2013 and Office 365.  Also can use on editform.aspx, the script to access the form fields slightly different but doable np.

Bonus material:

Add a calculated column to your SharePoint list that links users to the specific folder:

=”<a class=’docs’ title=’Documents’ href=”&”‘”&”/[Site]/Shared Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx?RootFolder=/[Site]/Shared Documents/”&Name&”‘”&”>Documents</a>”

*Set your column format to “number” so displays HTML


Are SharePoint database-attach upgrades still the gold standard of upgrades?

I have completed many successful SharePoint migrations using the database attach method but increasingly seeing the benefits of starting fresh with a new install/configuration and performing manual content migration targeting specific content and bulk tagging on the destination site map. Interested in what others are experiencing in the way of database upgrades verses manual content migrations and third party migration tools.


Primer PHI content on Microsoft SharePoint 2013 and Office 365

Increasingly hearing from customers questions on storing Protected health information or PHI in SharePoint 2013 and Office 365.  Yes, there is a roadmap and implementation guidelines you can follow to store PHI in SharePoint and maintain compliance with HIPPA requirements. 

Microsoft has made information available on their vision for PHI in SharePoint.  I am providing a summary here in case your organization is evaluating SharePoint 2013 and Office365 available features.

PHI content on Microsoft SharePoint 2013:Image

Protected health information or “PHI” “PHI” is a subset of health information, in any media, including demographic information collected from an individual, that is: created or received by a healthcare provider, health plan, employer, or health care clearinghouse; relates to an individual’s health, provision of health care to the individual, or payment for the provision of health care; and identifies an individual or could reasonably be used with other available information to identify an individual. is not specifically excluded from the definition of PHI (generally, education, and employment records are excluded from HIPAA coverage)

PHI includes many common identifiers, such as name, address, and Social Security Number, and can be in any form or media, whether electronic, paper, or oral.

Understanding PHI on SharePoint 2013

Only certain data sets, however, are designated with the appropriate level of security and privacy to comply with the HIPAA security requirements, as described above.

Microsoft strongly recommends that you train your personnel to input PHI only into the appropriately secured and designated areas.

The following data-sets or repositories are suitable for uploading PHI:

PHI Recommended Data Types

  • Email body
  • Email attachment body
  • SharePoint site content
  • Information in the body of a SharePoint file
  • Lync presentation file body
  • IM or voice conversations
  • CRM entity records

Examples of data-sets or repositories not suitable for inclusion of PHI:

    • Email headers, including “From”, “To”*, or “Subject Line”
    • Filenames (including filenames of any attachments or uploaded documents on any Service)
    • URLs, or any public SharePoint websites
    • Account, billing, or service configuration data
    • Internet domain names (e.g., “”)



    Additional Links


    Talking about Coming to America



    Coming to America
    The 10 coolest cars from the Frankfurt Motor Show that are U.S. bound.

    Check out this beauty: Ferrari 458 Italia


    Snowing in Seattle-yeah!

    Hard at work though…




    Rod’s mustang featured on

    Ok, this isn’t that big of a deal but this is a cool place to check out
    some cool mustangs from everyday folks around the world.

    My car is featured for December 

    Check out all the mustangs at 

    Cheers!  Only 8 more months until the sun comes back in Seattle.