Kanban Task Manager Editions

Kanban Task Manager can be installed as a classic sandboxed solution with a .WSP package. Another option takes advantage of the new SPFX technique for client-side web parts and uses an SPPKG package. We also supply a PowerShell script for smooth installation and upgrade in multiple sites.

One product with three deployment editions

The different Kanban Task Manager editions are one product, so you can use and combine them as you like. They have the same version number and features, and any differences depend solely on how sandboxed solutions and client-side web parts behave in SharePoint.

Installation in site

All editions are used in a site, and at installation, Kanban Task Manager creates a tasks list and a settings list where all the data and settings are stored.

When there is already an existing installation in a site, any new additions of Kanban Task Manager will use the same tasks and settings lists, no matter which edition it is. Any changes in one instance of Kanban Task Manager in the site are reflected in the other instances in the same site.

Embed in page

With the client-side web part edition, you can embed Kanban Task Manager in modern as well as classic pages. The sandboxed solution and the PowerShell editions has an embed code for classic pages in the settings.

Supported SharePoint versions

File type SP 2013 SP 2016 SP 2019 SP Online
.spppkg No No No Yes
.wsp Yes Yes Yes Yes
.ps1 Yes Yes Yes Yes


The most detailed descriptions of the Kanban Task Manager SharePoint editions are given in the manual, but these are the important differences:

Client-side web part SPPPKG file

The client side web part is very easy to manage, so this is the edtion we recommend you to use when it is possible. As soon as the SPPGK file has been deployed in the tenant's App catalog, the web part is available to all modern and classic site pages in the tenant. Soon it will also be available for Teams.
  • The client-side web part never has its own SharePoint page or subsite. Instead it shows up among the other web parts when you edit a SharePoint page, so that it can be added there.
  • The first time the Kanban Task Manager client-side web part is added to a page in a site, the task list and the settings list will be created. If you add the webpart to many pages in the same site, all those pages will use the same tasks and settings lists.
  • SharePoint sites with client-side web parts cannot be saved as site templates.
  • To be released soon: When the Kanban Task Manager client-side web part Teams synchronization has been activated in the app catalog, Kanban Task Manager can be added to a tab in a Teams chat or channel. (A SharePoint site is automatically created when you create a team, and that is where the actual Kanban Task Manager installation is hosted.)
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Sandboxed Solution, WSP file

Sometimes you hear that Microsoft has deprecated sandboxed solutions, but that is not true. What has been deprecated is custom code in sandboxed solutions, but the kalmstrom.com SharePoint solutions do not contain such code. Instead our products build on no-code sandboxed solutions, which Microsoft will continue to support. FAQ
  • The Kanban Task Manager sandboxed solution .wsp file is primarily intended for classic site collections, but it can be used for modern site collections too, if custom script is enabled in the SharePoint Admin center.
  • The sandboxed solution is downloaded from the kalmstrom.com website and uploaded to the root site of a site collection. When the file has been activated in the root site, it is available for all sites in the collection, but the feature must be activated on each site where it should be used.
  • The sandboxed solution creates a ktm_sp folder with the Kanban Task Manager files when the feature is activated for a site. The content in these files are displayed on its own Kanban Task Manager page.
  • The Kanban Task Manager site can be saved as a site template. Just note that when you restore the site template on a newly created site collection, upload the Kanban Task Manager .wsp file too (along with the site template .wsp file).
  • The sandboxed solution can be embedded in a classic or modern page with the embed code given in the Kanban Task Manager settings.
Download and learn more about the Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint Sandboxed Solution

PowerShell edition, PS1 file

To use the PowerShell edition, you should have some earlier experience of PowerShell, but is is the quickest method to install and upgrade Kanban Task Manager in multiple sites.

You will have a package with a .ps1 file that should be modified and run in PowerShell ISE. When the script is run, all sites that are included in the script will get Kanban Task Manager. The script installs an edition that reminds of the sandboxed solution.

Download and learn more about the Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint PowerShell edition
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