Monday, August 13, 2018

Recorded Webinar: ExCM Extranet Online, Overview & Demo

Introducing ExCM Online, the Azure-hosted counterpart to our award-winning on-premises Extranet Collaboration Manager platform.

Presented by Jeff Cate, Founder and CEO of PremierPoint Solutions:

Monday, August 06, 2018

Monday, July 30, 2018

ExCM Extranet Online Beta Available Now!

ExCM Extranet OnlineOur customers have been asking for quite a while when would have a SaaS version of Extranet Collaboration Manager (ExCM) available.  Good news for those that have been waiting – we’ve just launched the beta and are hoping to go into production by early Fall!

The on-premises version of ExCM has been in use around the world since 2007 and has been our most popular product here at PremierPoint Solutions.  Organizations have loved its combination of features that provide for a highly-secure, highly-private, and easy-to-use B2B extranet platform.  We’ve worked hard to bring all of these same features into a Software as a Service version that offers all of the benefits of the cloud.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Microsoft KB4340558 (July 10, 2018) Breaks ExCM’s SharePoint 2013 FBA SignIn.aspx page

Customers of Extranet Collaboration Manager for SharePoint 2013 need to be aware that the July 10, 2018 patches discussed in Microsoft KB4340588 will cause ExCM’s forms-based authentication SignIn.aspx page to break.  The result will be that users experience a 403 Forbidden error message when attempting to sign in to an extranet site:


Thursday, March 22, 2018

SharePoint On-Premises is Still Loved by Customers – Maybe to Microsoft’s Chagrin?

To me, at least, it is no secret that Microsoft has been trying very hard for several years to get as many SharePoint customers as possible to migrate off SharePoint on-premises and to SharePoint Online (a.k.a Office 365).

Of course, I don’t have any hard numbers that show that this has been what Microsoft has been doing.  I just have my own impressions from their marketing pushes, product investments and anecdotes from people I know around the SharePoint world.

One anecdote came from a former colleague that works in IT on the SharePoint team for one of the major auto makers in the U.S.  He told me within the last year that every time the Microsoft team shows up at the company’s headquarters, that all the MS team wants to the talk about is SharePoint Online and when the company will migrate to it.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Restrict the People Picker - SharePoint Extranet Security

In today's webinar, we answer the question:

How can the SharePoint People Picker feature be restricted to enhance privacy in extranet scenarios?

Friday, February 09, 2018

Configuring Forms Based Authentication in SharePoint 2016

Configuring Forms Based Authentication in SharePoint 2016

In this article, I will give a step-by-step walk through of the process for configuring SharePoint 2016 Forms Based Authentication “out of the box” without an add-on such as Extranet Collaboration Manager (ExCM). Doing this will also allow us to highlight the limitations of a “basic” SharePoint FBA web application that can be overcome with a professional-grade add-on like ExCM.

Note: For configuring forms based authentication in SharePoint 2013 go here.

In the screenshots below, you can see the changes we need to make to begin configuring FBA:


Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Password Policies SharePoint Extranet Security

In this short webinar we answer the question:

"How can we enforce password policies for external (non-AD) users?"

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Setting Up Office 365 Extranet

     While trying to configure a 2016 hybrid SharePoint environment, I wanted to explore the features of a O365 Extranet. Having never set one up before, I turned to Microsoft for articles on how to simply set it up. I found many articles on what they were and why they would be useful, even pitfalls to avoid. However, I never came across a step by step guide, or if I did, it seemed like it was written pretty early in the lifecycle and Microsoft had already made changes to the product that made the article null and void. So, I ended up spending vast amounts of time getting my environment set up and configured as securely as possible. It is possible that I am spoiled as Extranet Collaboration Manger for On Prem takes about 10 minutes using the helpful wizard. What you find below are the notes of the steps that I took. Hopefully you find these instructions and are able to get your o365 extranet configured in much less time than it took me!

     I should note that before enabling external sharing for SharePoint, you'll have to make sure it's enabled for your Office 365 tenant as a whole. This can be found under the Security & Privacy tab of your Settings menu within your Tenant Admin Console. There, you can control external sharing globally first.

  1. From the Tile screen click on admin
  2. Next click on Security & privacy link in the left Nav