Monthly Archives: September 2014

Configure Outgoing E-Mail Settings for SharePoint 2010 / 2013 to using Office 365 or GMail Relay

Any SharePoint Client, User, or Developer need an SMTP server to send e-mails to Internal or External SharePoint site users from a Workflow, Alerts, Request Site Access, and/or Any custom Apps that use SharePoint Outgoing e-mail setting to send e-mails.

SharePoint cannot be configured to send e-mail over encrypted port to the e-mail service. And Office 365 and Gmail required an SMTP connection that supports TLS encryption Surprised smile.

Fortunately, Windows Server (2008-2012) supports an SMTP relay for Office 365 and Gmail by install a local SMTP Rely Server that supports an encrypted connection (over TCP Port 587) Disappointed smile.

The Steps are easy and forward:

  1. Install SMTP Role (Windows Server 2008 and 2012)
  2. Configuring SMTP Service to Relying to Office365/Gmail SMTP
  3. Testing the SMTP Service Connection
  4. Configuring Outgoing E-Mail settings in SharePoint Servers
  5. Test Sending an E-mail from SharePoint Site

The following is the detailed steps:

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Hiding a SharePoint 2010/2013 Disabled Ribbon Buttons By User Permissions Using CSS

Many SharePoint users asking “Can we hide Ribbon buttons for current login user (by his permissions) rather than show it as disabled button !?

The answer is YES. When user did not have contribute permissions (like Add Item, Edit Item …etc.), these buttons will be shown in the Ribbon, but not active (Disabled), so the Ribbon button will not be clickable as following:

In SharePoint 2010

In SharePoint 2013 / Online

So, to hide these buttons in easy and simple way, we will use an existing CSS class in SharePoint 2010, 2013, and Online version. The CSS class name is “.ms-cui-disabled”, and this CSS class is added to all disabled buttons in the Ribbon?!? So the idea is to override the behavior of this CSS class in Master Page and hide any button that use this CSS class.

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