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…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How To Set Office 365 Pro Plus To Run on a Kiosk with Shared Activation

In this video we explain how to set Office 365 Pro Plus (Office 2016, Office 2019) to run on a kiosk by using Office Shared Activation.  We also also show how to verify it. Shared Office Activation lets you to deploy Office 365 ProPlus to computers that are accessed by multiple users.  Some examples of supported scenarios for using what Microsoft calls “shared computer activation” (and I call Kiosk Mode) are: More than one employee…

SOLVED: Scrub Office License, Credentials & Identity To Solve Sorry, Another account from your organization is already signed in on this computer

When starting an Office 365 Pro Plus (Office 2016, Office 2019) product like Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook you may be prompted to log in.  At that point you may see: Sorry, another account from your organization is already signed in on this computer   There are two ways to solve this but each one starts with closing ALL Office products including Skype and Teams.  For some reason, you also need to close Internet Explorer…

SOLVED: Command Line To Uninstall Office365 Pro Plus

PROBLEM: For several years we have uninstalled Office using a command like: \\cal-s2\office365$\Office365ProPlus\setup.exe /uninstall ProPlus /config \\cal-s2\office365$\uninstall-Office365ProPlus.xml but it now errors out with: Office Deployment Tool SETUP [mode] [path] SETUP /download [path to configuration file] SETUP /configure [path to configuration file] SETUP /packager [path to configuration file] [output path] SETUP /customize [path to configuration file] /download Downloads files to create an Office installation source /configure Adds, removes, or configures an Office installation /packager Produces an Office…

PlayStation, Switch & XBox Game Consoles Are Officially Dead, What’s Next?

Watch this short video of Microsoft announcing Project xCloud and remember this was from Oct 2018.  They explain how they are adding some hardware to their Azure data-centers to allow XBox One games to stream to any device including something as lowly as an Android cell (and yes that is an XBox One controller she is holding.) Google just leaked that they will be pushing their new game streaming platform “Project Stream” into production, likely…

SOVLED: How to Completely Reset Azure Storage Explorer

If you are having problems with Azure Storage Explorer there are several things you need to do to reset it back to factory: Uninstall any existing version Azure Storage Explorer Delete the STORAGEEXPLORER/APP saved credentials from Windows Credential Manager If you are working on a Mac you need to find STORAGE EXPLORER in your keychain Delete C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer Delete C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\StorageExplorer Download and Install the free version of CCLEANER and run it…

SOLVED: Azure Storage Explorer Cannot Read Property ‘ConnectionString’ of Undefined & Other Troubleshooting

Azure Storage Explorer is Microsoft’s tool to directly access files in Azure Storage.  It is still relatively new and it has problems from time to time including the infamous “Cannot Read Property ‘ConnectionString’ of Undefined” 1: Fix Azure Storage Explorer Cannot Read Property ‘ConnectionString’: For most people the solution is to Delete Azure Storage Explorer configuration Close AZURE STORAGE EXPLORER Use Windows File Explorer (My Computer) to open %appdata%\storageexplorer For almost everyone this will be…

SOLVED: Performance Differences Between Azure Storage Data Centers Sites

If you are considering using Azure Storage via Azure File Sync or Azure File Share, you need to know how fast files transfer.  To figure this out we setup Azure storage shares in Toronto, San Antonio, California and Ireland than ran some tests. Specifically, we used Azure File Sync which moves ALL of the files to the Microsoft Azure cloud but lets you cache files on your local servers to dramatically increase performance of your commonly…

SOLVED: Azure File Share Connection Problems

If you are using Azure File Shares you will find connection errors on various Operating Systems and configurations.  This article is designed to tell you what you need to know quickly. Azure File Share Requirements: SMB3 : You need to be on Windows 8.1 or above or Windows Server 2012 (original ‘R1’) or above because Azure File Sharing requires SMB 3.0 See the OS/SMB table at the bottom of this article for more details .…