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…

VIDEO: Office365 Forms Explanation & Demonstration

Microsoft Office365 Forms used to only be available to those with Education licenses but now available to nearly everyone with an Office 365 license.  It is a simple survey tool that can be restricted to internal corporate use or wide open anonymous use. We explain and demonstrate Microsoft Office 365 Forms in segments. The first segment is about 9 minutes long and shows you all you need to know to create and use a Form…

SOLVED: What is the Difference Between a Form and a Quiz in Office 365 Forms

Microsoft Forms at Forms.Office.com is a simple survey tool that now offers a NEW FORM and NEW QUIZ option. What is the difference between a FORM and a QUIZ? Quizzes allow you to add answers to each question and display scores You can provide feedback to a users selected answer explaining why it is right or wrong There is also a count of the scores When you create a quiz or form they look the same…

SOLVED: How To Perform A Message Trace In Office365 Exchange Online

There are two easy ways to trace an email in the Office 365 GUI.  One is in the Exchange Admin Center and the other is in Security and Compliance: Trace A Message Using The Exchange Admin Center: Log into https://portal.office.com Scroll to the bottom and expand ADMIN CENTERS Click on EXCHANGE Click on MAIL FLOW from the menu on the left Click MESSAGE TRACE from the top menu bar Enter in a users email address…

SOLVED: What is Microsoft Office Lens Camera & How To Use It

Microsoft Office Lens is a free program for mobile devices (like your cell phone) that does many super useful task but the one I use the most is “straightening photos” on the fly.  For example, instead of using the stock camera app on my Samsung Galaxy S9 I used the Office Lens camera app and with litterally no work on my part it calculated the angle of the screen, that the screen was what I…

SOLVED: What’s New in Microsoft Teams & When Will Teams Replace Skype?

Microsoft Teams started as little more than a web only SharePoint Template that encouraged: Inviting specific people and groups to the Team Note taking and comment making But that was 2017.  At the recent Microsoft Ignite conference in Florida Microsoft likely mentioned Teams more than any other product.  It was drilled on in the keynote, in demonstrations, in Teams sessions, in Stream sessions, in Office 365 sessions, in OneDrive sesssions, in OneNote sessions, and in…