Category: Microsoft

Resolving Microsoft Office 2010 issues with Office 365

We have a mixture of licenses for Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013 here and there is the occasional need to reinstall Microsoft Office such as when rebuilding a PC or migrating a user to a new computer.

Problem
New installs of Microsoft Office 2010 will have issues when trying to work with Office 365 i.e. Exchange and SharePoint online.

The issue will be most apparent when trying to connect Outlook with the Exchange mail server as it will continue to request login details on an infinite loop which is difficult to cancel without killing off the Outlook process in Task Manager.

Solution
Microsoft Office 2010 needs to be updated to the most recent version by installing Service Pack 2 (and possibly subsequent Windows Updates that relate to Office 2010).

You can determine what exact version of Office you have by doing the following. On the File tab, click Help. You will see the version information in the About Microsoft section.

office 2010 version number

• The version number of Office 2010 SP2 is greater than or equal to 14.0.7015.1000.
• The version number of Office 2010 SP1 is greater than or equal to 14.0.6029.1000 but less than 14.0.7015.1000.
• The version number of the original RTM release of Office 2010 (that is, with no service pack) is greater than or equal to 14.0.4763.1000 but less than 14.0.6029.1000.



How to whitelist a domain in Office 365 Exchange online

We receive automated emails from a domain other than the one we use for staff and some of these emails were getting misidentified as spam and moved to people’s Junk Email folders in Outlook. So we needed to white list the domain so that any emails originating from there would bypass the spam filter.

  1. In the Exchange admin center click on Mail Flow.
    exchange_mail_flow
  2. Next create a new rule by clicking on the + icon and click Bypass spam filtering…
    new_rule
  3. Select on the *Apply this rule if… for The sender… domain is
  4. Add the domain you wish to whitelist plus any additional domains you also wish to whitelist.
  5. Select Stop Processing more rules and then click save.

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How do I see who has set up an alert in SharePoint?

Users were supposed to have created an alert so that they received an email about any additions to the Company Announcements page in SharePoint.

We now had a requirement to see if everyone had followed instructions and subscribed to the Company Announcements feed. But how to do that?

It is actually trivially easy to check. Open Site Settings for the relevant page. Then click on User alerts.

SharePoint alerts

From this page you can click on the drop down box to see who has set up an alert for this page.



Microsoft renames SkyDrive to OneDrive

Following the threat of legal action from BSkyB for trademark infringement for the use of the name SkyDrive Microsoft came to a settlement whereby they agreed to change the name of the service.

I speculated at the time that Microsoft might have been thinking about rebranding the service anyway as they didn’t seek to fight the case at all. It’s been a while but they have announced that they are changing the name of the service to OneDrive.

I think that it is a very good change particularly the tag line ‘OneDrive for Everything in Your Life’. Because it is true that as the number of devices a person has increases the more necessary a single repository for important files which can be seamlessly accessed from any of the devices becomes.

I’ve already started the process of storing all my photographs online in SkyDrive as a backup for my home PC, but being able to access them on my phone is great and will likely become something that I’ll be wanting to do more often once I become a father this April.



Surface Pro deployment in retail

MQ Retail AB deploys Surface Pro in their brick and mortar stores



Free Microsoft Virtualization Training for VMware IT Professionals

Microsoft are really pushing the idea that system administrators that have VMware experience should become bilingual in server virtualisation and get up to speed on Hyper-V too. So following on from the Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals Jump Start, a year or so ago, comes Free Microsoft Virtualization Training for VMware IT Professionals. December 11th from 9am – 12.30pm PST (5pm – 8.30pm GMT)

Get the edge in your technical career! Attend the online Virtualization IT Camp for VMware IT professionals and expand your virtualization skills. Seasoned experts will demonstrate key scenarios and cover equivalent technologies from Microsoft and VMware. Here’s your chance to upgrade your Microsoft Virtualization skills for FREE.

I consider myself already fairly bilingual as I have a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V host at work with a couple of production servers on it now to go with the 108 virtual machines on our VMware infrastructure. I passed the Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization exam a couple of years ago when Microsoft was giving away free exam vouchers for it.

Plus I attended the Server Virtualization w/ Windows Server Hyper-V & System Center Jump Start online last month. Just need now to schedule the 74-409 exam whilst my free exam voucher is still valid. The vouchers can still be obtained here (Limited availability)



Converting Windows Server 2012 Standard to Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

It probably won’t come to this as I have now convinced the management to allow me to purchase Vsphere Essentials Plus, but I was curious about whether I could convert my Windows Server 2012 Standard Server to Windows Server 2012 Datacenter without having to do a complete reinstall.

Good news! It is possible and is dead simple to do. Via http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj574204.aspx

From an elevated command prompt run the DISM tool and pop your new key in.

DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerDatacenter /ProductKey:[Datacenter key, e.g. XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX] /AcceptEula



MCSA: Server 2012 exam success

I passed the Exam 70-417: Upgrading your skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012!

Thanks to Keith Mayer, J C Mackin, Ed Liberman, Rick Claus and of course my beautiful and understanding wife Amy for putting up with me studying for and stressing over yet another Microsoft exam.

Next step will be working towards the MCSE: Server Infrastructure certification by studying for Exam 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure.



Huge collection of Free Microsoft eBooks for you

Microsoft are giving away more eBooks. Previous ebook giveaways

I grabbed Administrator’s Guide for Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset and TCP/IP Fundamentals for Microsoft Windows.



The New VDI Reality

I read the excellent book The VDI Delusion by Brian Madden at about this time last year.

Brian in hindsight doesn’t think that they picked the best title as it may have scared people off.

The second edition is now available to download for free in either .pdf or .mobi formats and it has had a change of title to The New VDI Reality.

I haven’t had much of a chance to read it yet, but Brian says that there has been substantial rewrites of significant portions of the book in line with the great improvements in the underlying technology for VDI.