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 .…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How To Allow Other Azure Administrators to View & Modify Your Work

If you are working with Azure and other Azure administrators cannot see your work, the problem is likely permissions. In this video we show how to grant admin rights to other Azure admins: Log into portal.azure.com as the administrator you created the changes in Click ALL SERVICES and find SUBSCRIPTIONS Click on the Subscription in question Click ACCESS CONTROL (IAM) Click ADD ROLE ASSIGNMENTS Select OWNER from the ROLE drop down list Find the person you…

SOLVED: How To Deregister A Server Endpoint From Azure Storage Sync

If you are using Azure Storage Sync and want to remove a on-premises server you may be tempted to just DELETE it from the the SYNC GROUP, but that will not do the trick. If you want to deregister / unregister an on-prem server from Azure Storage Sync you have to: Go into STORAGE SYNC SERVICES Click on the Sync Service in question Click REGISTERED SERVERS Click on the server you want to remove Click…

SOLVED: Azure General Purpose v2 Storage Pricing Demystified

If you are new to Azure, the wide variety of pricing can be overwhelming (for us too!), so we reviewed the numbers to come up with some simplified calculations. Yes, we know these are oversimplifications but if you just need to wrap your head around the scale, these metrics should help. HOT vs COOL PRICING Hot is 80% more expensive than Cool storage Hot is nearly free for read’s, while Cool costs about one and…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How To Setup Azure File Sync From Nothing In Just 20 Minutes

The instructions and video below assume you know very little about Azure and have nothing but a Windows Server 2016 (or 2012R2 or 2019) server. In case you don’t already know, Azure Storage lets you create a real UNC share on to an Azure cloud disk, kind of like what many people thought One Drive For Business was going to do.   You can also use Azure File Sync to take old files from your existing…

SOLVED: How To Remove A Unwanted GUEST Account From Teams

If you have previously accepted an invitation to join a Team as a “Guest” from outside your organization, it is far from obvious how to remove that account when you are done with it. To remove an unwanted Guest account in Teams: Surf to https://myapps.microsoft.com Click you icon in the top right corner and then the ORGANIZATIONS cog Click  SIGN IN TO LEAVE ORGANIZATION beside the organization you don’t want to be connected to anymore…

VIDEO: How To Easily & Legally Use Microsoft Office For Free

If you need to edit or create some Excel, Word or PowerPoint documents, Microsoft has created an easy and free way to give you that access. On any PC or Mac, just surf to www.Office.com and either sign in with your Microsoft account (or create a new one as we demonstrate in the video).  Then you can easily work in the most current versions of Word, Excel PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Sway and more completely for free.

SOLVED: How to Setup Azure Storage For Backups Like Veeam

Most companies want to back up their data to an offsite location and until recently the best way to do that at was to backup your data locally and then run a backup copy job to a service provider.  However, those providers offer an additional level of service than most companies need.  Most companies just need a safe cloud repository that is not in the same geography as they are. This week Veeam released the…

SOLVED: Where Are Microsoft’s Data Centers Located?

Sometimes Microsoft’s data centers for Azure and Office365 are referred to by city name and other times by region or country.  It can be very confusing to figure out which Data Center is where. For instance, as per one of my customers legal requirements I need to set a storage pool to keep data Ireland but I could not figure out which site was Ireland.  I certainly would have never guessed that Ireland is listed…

SOLVED: 3 Minute Introduction To Get Started with Azure Blob Storage Including Pricing

Understanding Azure Blob storage is often made confusing by the term BLOB itself and the large number of options Microsoft offers.  So lets clear your mind with some to-the-point straight talk. What is Blob Storage? Blob is just an acronym for BINARY LARGE OBJECT and what they are is just files that are stored inside something (like a folder).  You access blob storage typically through a browser URL (like https://<Your-Azure-Account>/blob.core.windows.net/<Container>/<Blob> ) or an application like…

SOLVED: Updating phpBB “No input file specified”

We have struggled with upgrading phpBB (php Bulletin Board) for years now.  Today was our most difficult upgrade yet, simply moving from 3.2.2 to 3.2.5 we received the dreaded: No input file specified. We wrote up a solution to this that worked for us in mid-2018 that you may find useful HERE.  However, to get it working in 2019, we required three far from obvious processes: 1 – Copy ALL Files From Latest phpBB &…

SOLVED: Where Is PHP.INI on GoDaddy Shared Hosting and How Do I Modify It?

It can be quite a challenge to find your and edit a PHP.INI on GoDaddy because php ini may not be where you think it should be and is not likely named what you think it is named. 1: Determine the PHP.INI Your Site Is Using: Create a new text file named info.php then open it with a plain text editor like Notepad Copy / Paste this command  <?php phpinfo(); ?> into your info.php then save it…