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If you’ve been following the “code-based sandbox solutions on Office 365” saga, you know that there is little time left to fix your existing sandbox solutions in Office 365. See: Microsoft Is Removing Code-Based Sandbox Solutions in SharePoint Online – Be Prepared!
Last week, Vesa Juvonen (@vesajuvonen) released a script (New Script Available from Microsoft PnP: Generate list of sandbox solutions from SharePoint Online tenant) that can help you find your sandbox solutions. Surprisingly, what was missing from Vesa’s script was identification of the solutions that contain code. You’d get a list of all your sandbox solutions, but not specifically the ones that were going to cause you problems.
My awesome friends at Rencore – the SFCAF folks – were kind enough to make a free tool available this week to help with even more with your diagnosis and even some of the cures. In Erwin van Hunen’s (@erwinvanhunen) post Introducing the Rencore SharePoint Sandboxed Solutions Inspector, you can learn more about the free tool and how it can help.
On August 31st, 2016 Microsoft is going to shut down support for Sandboxed Solutions with code.
Sandboxed Solutions containing code will be deactivated and this might impact your Office 365 tenant big time!
If you know you need it, just head right on over to the download page.
They have already released several updates to the tool, and are keeping it current based on feedback from the folks using it. Now that’s service – and for a free tool!
But I think the best thing is that the Rencore tool can fix some of the most common issues – most notably the “empty DLL” issue that makes Office 365 think you have code in your sandbox solution when you don’t.
We heard “30 days” when all this started, and now people seem to be taking that as August 31. Don’t leave your users in the lurch – get going on handling this situation.
Oh, and if you’re a vendor or consultant who has written a sandbox solution with code over the last few years: reach out to your client and own it. Get them back on the right road and you’ll be the better for it.