I’ve authored several PowerShell scripts along my technical journey. One of the most common request I receive is a request to write PowerShell to go fetch information based on a specific set of criteria and exporting that data to CSV or some other file format. Datatables are a great use case for this. Datatables is […]

My blog, SharePoint Brew, has a new home! I recently moved my blog from MSDN! My old blog was located on blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/russmax. My new blog home is here at blog.russmax.com. I have ported over all of my blogs here. I look forward to adding new blog content soon. New blog content will cover a variety […]

Automatically Deploy OneDrive for Business Libraries

Microsoft’s documentation for deploying OneDrive for Business to enterprise users is good.  One technical gap I found is our story on automatically deploying site and libraries for user’s after the OneDrive client is deployed.  Yes, it’s possible to automatically configure SharePoint Libraries to be sync’d by levering the ODOpen process and inputting a specific syntax.  […]

Using SharePoint Site Template functionality in Office 365

Intro The evolution of site templates has changed over time and we have a new approach to provisioning sites with a custom structure and look in SharePoint Online.  Site templates are a very valuable solution for customers in large part because of the ability to maintain a common structure and appearance for SharePoint sites across […]

Collecting SharePoint ULS Logs Faster

Update – 1-8-2018 I didn’t spell this out as clearly as I should’ve but this script is intended for reproducible issues.  If you want to reproduce an issue with a fresh set of logs, this script is for you.  If you require to pull logs from the past, other scripts have been created based on this […]

Intro to Get-SRxTopologyReports It has some dust and time to blow it off.  My name is Russ Maxwell and I’m blogging again and excited to share something I’ve been working on for a few months. As you may or may not know, my colleague Brian Pendergrass developed the core of Search Dashboard. Eric Dixon and […]

  Intro and Issue I want to get a quick update out to my subscribers that currently use the SharePoint 2013 patching script I created back in 2013.  The script itself is located here.  While the script has been highly successful for thousands of SharePoint Admin’s, Consultants, and others, the script will always report success […]

Intro A common request for SharePoint Administrators and SharePoint Search Administrators is some sort of alert notification when top level errors occur during crawls. The SharePoint 2013 UI provides an impressive look at Crawl statistics however it’s a more manual effort to go validate no errors occurred during a given crawl for example. While the […]

  Intro I’m excited to announce that I recently transferred internally to a Senior Search Premier Field Engineer role at Microsoft. I’ll continue to post general SharePoint topics, but expect to see some hardcore Search Posts mixed in. My blog posts will also now appear in multiple places on msdn so just a heads up. […]