SOLVED: How to Change Channels in Office 365 Pro Plus

Office 365 Pro Plus has three different channels or ‘rings’: Update channel Primary purpose How often updated with new features Default update channel for the following products Monthly Channel Provide users with the newest features of Office as soon as they’re available. Monthly Visio Online Plan 2 (previously named Visio Pro for Office 365) Project Online Desktop Client Office 365 Business, which is the version of Office that comes with some Office 365 plans, such…

SOLVED: How To Roll Office 365 Pro Plus Back To A Previous Version

If you are working with Office 365 Pro Plus you may find a problem and want to roll back to a previous build.  That can easily be done using the build in command line tool. Before you get started, look at the Office 365 Pro Plus list available from Microsoft HERE and decide which version you want to roll back to. Close all Office apps (Outlook, Word, Excel…) Launch a CMD line as an administrator…

SOLVED: Disabling Outlook Archive Button, But You Likely Shouldn’t

Historically, the ARCHIVE function in Outlook created a new .PST file that was separate from the mailboxes primary .PST or .OST.  Many companies want to disable the ARCHIVE functions in Outlook because: .PST’s allow staff to copy large amounts of email to a single file they can remove from the company without trace .PST’s are not indexed on the Exchange server so if there is a legal discovery performed, data will be omitted and courts…

SOLVED: Email Not Received But No Errors Returned When Sent To Distribution Group on Office365 Hosted Exchange in Hybrid Mode

If you send email to a distribution group that is running off an Office365 Hosted Exchange account that is running in Hybrid mode with your on-premise Exchange server, the email may never be received.  The email happily shows in SENT folder, has no errors or email bounces, and if you trace the email it shows as DELIVERED: This frustrating situation will occur if two conditions are met: The distribution group is DYNAMIC (i.e. based on…

SOLVED: How To Send Encrypted Email & Block Forwarding or Copying With Office 365 Email

If you have Office 365 email (a.k.a. hosted Exchange), you can now block recipients from forwarding your email and you can encrypt your email.   In fact all Office365 to Office365 email is already encrypted, but email that leaves Microsoft’s Office365 is not… until now. Today you can easily encrypt your email or block someone from copying the text, taking a screen grab, printing or forwarding the message as long as they are using one of…

SOLVED: Cannot Create _TLS SRV Record in CloudFlare

If you use CloudFlare for DNS and you need to create a SRV record using the TLS protocol you will find that their interface does not support it.  The GUI only shows _TCP and _UDP in the protocol drop down.  Fortunately there is an easy way around this problem. You can easily import a Zone file into CloudFlare and that will accept _TLS. If you are working with Office 365’s DNS setup you can simply export…

SOLVED: Need Admin Approval For Office365 Email

If you are setting your Office 365 email on a tablet, iphone, Android cell or any device that is not part of your corporate network you may see: “Need admin approval Email Email needs permission to access resources in your organization that only an admin can grant.  Please ask an admin to grant permissions to this app before you can use it. Have and admin account?  Sign in with that account Return to the application…

SOLVED: Why Whitelisted Domains Still Get Email Blocked in Office 365 Exchange

If you are using Transport Rules to manage your email filtering you may run into a very odd situation of having mail sent from White-listed domains (or email addresses or content or…) still being blocked by other transport rules.  This can occur even if you have set the STOP PROCESSING MORE RULES checkbox.  Microsoft documentation states: Stop processing more rules This is an action for the rule, but it looks like a property in the…

SOLVED: How To Block Users From Installing Add-Ins In Outlook & OWA on Office 365 Hosted Exchange

If you are using Office 365 Hosted Exchange in your company, you will likely want to control what add-ins your users have access to.  Typically, an administrator will want to add an ADD-IN into  SERVICES & ADD-INS (causing the add-in to install nearly instantly in OWA and Outlook) but also ensure that standard users can not install any other add-ins by themselves. Unfortunately it is not as simple as you might think. The Way You…

SOLVED: How To Disable Application Sharing In Microsoft Teams

The short version is that you cannot do this today. If you are using Microsoft Teams and you have users with many windows open, desktop sharing can become very confusing.  Users should generally share a desktop and not an application because: Users often find it difficult to understand why popups and other windows do not show to those in a meeting User are often overwhelmed by the number of choices in the list of things…

SOLVED: How To Disable Focused Inbox on Office 365 Outlook Using The GUI or PowerShell

In a corporate setting, having a FOCUSED INBOX will frequently be used as an excuse by staff for not responding.  IT will receive a never ending stream of complaints and requests to tweak the algorithm which they can’t and would not want to do.  As such most companies will want to set the Focused Inbox to off by default. In the video below we demonstrate how to turn off the Focused Inbox using PowerShell because…

SOLVED: WordPress JetPack Error Updating Settings – FetchNetworkError

We run more than a dozen sites with nearly all of the configured the same way but one of our sites kept erroring out with “WordPress JetPack Error Updating Settings – FetchNetworkError” when we were trying to change settings in JetPack. We suspect this error is related to our use of SSL via the CloudFlare CDN (Content Delivery Network) but were not able to prove it, This is a very odd situation that were were…

SOLVED: Easily Reactivate Deactivated Plugins in WordPress Manually

There are several WordPress plugins that will break your website if they are disabled.  Once disabled, you are likely in a catch-22 situation in that you cannot activate them because the site is broken and the site is broken because you cannot activate them. In our case, we took down our sister site PartisanIssues.com by disabling the Cloudflare Flexible SSL.  After goofing with scripts found on several WordPress support sites but getting nowhere for an…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How To Configure Payments to Paypal or Stripe in Microsoft Bookings from Office365

If you are using Office 365 Microsoft Bookings and want to setp payments processing to PayPal Stripe, this video will show you how. Microsoft Bookings will take payments are available in Canada, the United States and Mexico today but will be global in the coming months. Set up The Office 365 Portal For Booking Payments Log into https://portal.office.com Click on the ADMIN link Expand SETTINGS > SERVICES & ADD ONs Set ENABLE ONLINE PAYMENTS to…