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Office 365 Editing SharePoint Promoted Links
Dec07

Office 365 Editing SharePoint Promoted Links

If like me you tried editing a SharePoint promoted links list you have probably been going mad wondering why the edit item box is greyed out. I even opened a support case asking how to do it I was going that crazy. Unfortunately the guy on support didn’t know either and kept telling me its a permissions issue and I would have to rebuild the list using my account to get the permissions fixed. Well that wasn’t the issue so...

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Office 365 admin and IT pro courses
Nov20

Office 365 admin and IT pro courses

  If your an up and coming IT Administrator looking to get up to speed with deploying and managing Office 365 then we’ve got a great new resource from Microsoft’s Linkedin Learning for you. Developing new skills or keeping existing ones is so important for all of us IT Pros especially now when cloud services change and update so quickly. Enjoy!   Office 365 admin and IT pro courses Microsoft Cloud: Explore Cloud...

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Exploring The New Office 365 Email Protection and Encryption Options
Nov03

Exploring The New Office 365 Email Protection and Encryption Options

If you saw my previous post on setting up message encryption to allow users to encrypt emails containing sensitive information like me you found it a great feature but now its got even better. The new system uses Azure Information Protection (AIP) to protect emails from being viewed by external contacts to the company, stops emails from being copied or printed and allows you to send encrypted emails to external contacts simply by...

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Power Invaders – Old School Games Programming using PowerShell
Oct18

Power Invaders – Old School Games Programming using PowerShell

I’m loving PowerShell at the moment, not just because its a great tool to automate stuff or a way to build handy reporting scripts but because i’m having so much fun writing games! I’m currently working on a new book and I was going to save this just for the book but I couldn’t resist sharing it! Its a Space Invaders style game but in Power Shell! Download the zip, extract it and run the script. You may need to...

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Teams Add New Members – You Are Not Authorised
Oct10

Teams Add New Members – You Are Not Authorised

Using Teams and trying to add External contacts as members of a team? Lets see what happens. Open the menu to a team and click on Add members. Lets try and add an external contact as a member by entering their email address and clicking Add. We get an error message saying we couldn’t add member and you are not authorised. If you add a user within the tenant it works fine, what’s going on? The issue here is that only...

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Enable Office 365 Message Encryption
Sep16

Enable Office 365 Message Encryption

Message encryption is a great way to allow users to send sensitive information to people by simply adding a special word into the subject line of an email. The system will detect the special word which in my case is ‘Encrypt:’ and it will use 365 message encryption to ensure only the recipient can read its contents. When you send an encrypted email the recipient receives an email from you letting them know its encrypted...

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Enable the New OneDrive Client on SharePoint
Aug08

Enable the New OneDrive Client on SharePoint

Always having issues with synced SharePoint sites? constantly getting calls to the helpdesk to sort out the red circle of doom??? Get rid of OneDrive for Business and start using the new OneDrive client to sync both your personal OneDrive and your SharePoint sites. Its a much improved sync client and has some great new features coming over the next couple of months. My favourite is on-demand files which means having all of your...

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Office 365 To Do List
Jul09

Office 365 To Do List

Another great productivity tool has landed in Office 365 as a preview app Microsoft To-Do. If you are a fan of the to do and task lists then this is one for you. The app is currently in preview and must be enabled in your tenant to become active first. Once done you can install the To-Do mobile app and power though your day completing tasks like a productivity demon! Lets get started. First login to the portal as a tenant...

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Creating Forms in Office 365
Jun24

Creating Forms in Office 365

Forms is a nice looking and easy to use form and quiz builder app. You can build any number of forms you wish and share them with people internally to your business or make them available to anyone using a special web link. When people fill out the form their responses are saved and can be viewed from within the form app. You can even build tests or quizzes with ease. Create a test by entering in the test questions, select which...

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Intro to the Office 365 Planner Mobile App
Jun17

Intro to the Office 365 Planner Mobile App

If you love the Office 365 planner then prepare yourself for the mobile app, plan on the go and get stuff done! Don’t know what planner is? Check out my guide here Office 365 Planner How To Guide First install the app from your app store by searching Microsoft Planner: Android Google Play Store Apple iTunes App Store When you login you will immediately see any favorited plans you have. You cant create new plans from the mobile...

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Add a Customer Booking Page to Facebook
May20

Add a Customer Booking Page to Facebook

Link the power of your Office 365 customer booking page with the reach of your Facebook profile by adding a simple ‘Book Now’ button to your business Facebook page. Reach more customers and take more bookings in your business! If you haven’t already configured your Office 365 booking page then follow my easy guide here: Setup a customer bookings page using Office 365 Now log into the Booking portal and click on...

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Setup a Customer Bookings Page Using Office 365 Bookings
May08

Setup a Customer Bookings Page Using Office 365 Bookings

Office 365 bookings is a fantastic feature which allows you to setup a single page or set of pages where clients can book your services or time. From one location they can see a list of available services, which time slots are available and place a booking or arrange a meeting. There’s no need for you to take phone calls or play email tennis trying to arrange a time to place a booking. Your clients or customers do it themselves...

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This file cannot be previewed because of an error with the following previewer: Microsoft Word Previewer Outlook 2016
Apr28

This file cannot be previewed because of an error with the following previewer: Microsoft Word Previewer Outlook 2016

Trying to preview word attachments in Outlook 2016 and getting the following error message? “This file cannot be previewed because of an error with the following previewer: Microsoft Word previewer ”   I was too and here’s how I fixed it for me. 1. Open word and click on File. 2. Click Options from the menu 3. Click Trust Center then Trust Center Settings. 4. Untick ‘Enable Protected View for Outlook...

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Enable Office 365 Bookings For Enterprise E3 and E5 Plans
Apr14

Enable Office 365 Bookings For Enterprise E3 and E5 Plans

Want to trial Office 365 Bookings in your E3 and E5 plan? Who wouldn’t its brilliant! Unfortunately there’s still no official news on when Bookings will be made available to Enterprise plans but it is coming. Compare the Office 365 plans and see whats included here If you don’t already know its a great way for business to allow customers to book entries into different calendars. For example a hair dressers can allow...

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SolarWinds MSP Backup Hyper-V or not to Hyper-V
Mar30

SolarWinds MSP Backup Hyper-V or not to Hyper-V

I recently asked if it was better to backup virtual machines at the host level using SolarWinds MSP Backup or to install it to each guest VM and backup from there. I had a few conflicting recommendations so decided to fire up and lab and try it out for myself! Here we have a Hyper-V host server called VMHOSTRECOVERY hosting two virtual servers. Server 2016 which is a domain controller and Server 2016 SQL a domain member SQL server....

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How to Sync an Existing Office365 Tenant into a New Active Directory Domain Using PowerShell
Mar13

How to Sync an Existing Office365 Tenant into a New Active Directory Domain Using PowerShell

If you are in a situation where you currently use Office365 with lots of users and you now need to implement an on-premises active directory domain its not all that straight forward. The sync software is not quite able to take care of this for us yet but it is getting there with it’s AD write back features. If you haven’t already then check out my post on how to perform this task manually by creating all of the accounts in...

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Office365 Secure Score
Feb26

Office365 Secure Score

Want to know just how secure your Office365 tenant is or simply want to start improving it but don’t know where to start? Then you need to take a look at the Office365 secure score portal! Head on over to https://securescore.office.com and login using an admin account. One you log in you will immediately see your current score, my test lab is 57 out of 273 which is pretty poor!  below that it shows the maximum score of 440. To...

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How to Sync an Existing Office365 Tenant into a New Active Directory Domain
Feb13

How to Sync an Existing Office365 Tenant into a New Active Directory Domain

Normally you would have a network setup in a domain and you need to migrate into Office365. Usually away from small business server or another type of email system but what do you need to do if there is no existing domain? What if you work in a workgroup and users use Office365 but now you need to setup a domain infrastructure and synchronise that local domain with Office365, what do we need to do? Well no worries let’s see how...

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How to Move Edge Favourites to another computer or profile
Jan30

How to Move Edge Favourites to another computer or profile

Edge has been out for a while now which means eventually you need to move a users Edge favourites to another profile or computer. Its not like the good old days where you simply copied the Favourites folder from the users profile.. oh no.. First close down Edge. Locate the following folder on the source profile  ...

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Office365 How to prevent users from permanently deleting email AKA litigation hold
Jan25

Office365 How to prevent users from permanently deleting email AKA litigation hold

If you ever need to stop a user from deleting or tampering with emails for one reason or another then you need litigation hold. This is an Exchange online feature which prevents emails from being permanently deleted from the server and can be retrieved if required by anyone with the correct permissions. This could be a feature you want to enable by default for all of your users mailbox. Its not a substitute for user friendly email...

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Office365 an Introduction to StaffHub the Shift Scheduling Tool
Jan16

Office365 an Introduction to StaffHub the Shift Scheduling Tool

Microsoft have created another brilliant tool to add to their Office365 suite called StaffHub. Its a staff shift planning and scheduling tool, ideal for any business who have staff that work in shifts. Managing the weekly shifts can be a choir for team leaders and managers but this tool is so quick and easy to use its definitely worth giving it a try. If you run a call centre, bar, restaurant or on-call service then this is going to...

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Office365 An Introduction to Find Time
Jan05

Office365 An Introduction to Find Time

Do you struggle to organise meetings? Do you waste time playing email tennis with friends and colleagues? Well no more thanks to Find Time! A great little add-in which has been built specifically for Outlook and Office365. Its so easy to use, just select the times you are available to meet then send an email to people you want to meet up with. The recipients will receive a link which will open up a website displaying your list of...

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