Category Archives: Office

How to connect to and manage Office365 using PowerShell


In this post I’ll look at how to connect to Office365 using PowerShell.

I’m working with a few more companies now who use Office365 so I thought I would look at how to connect to Office365 using PowerShell so that I can manage and maintain them more easliy.

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How to fix “Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office 64-bit Components 2013” on a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Server

Windows Server 2012 R2

After deploying an RDS (formerly Terminal Server) server for a client recently, every time a user started Outlook 2013 they received the message “Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office 64-bit Components 2013”.

This slows up the Outlook load time by a second or two and doesn’t look very good, so let’s look at how to resolve it.

Office 2013 - please wait while windows configures microsoft office 64 bit components 2013

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Top 10 Blog posts of 2014

Happy New Year!

Following on from 2013’s success, 2014 was a busy blogging year, with 66 posts, 560,000 views and visitors from 218 countries! The blog has gone from strength to strength, there was no major redesign this year but subtle tweaks here and there to make it better. For a hobbyist blog its edging ever closer to the 1,000,000 views mark which is insane!

Below are the top ten articles in 2014

  1. How to install Exchange 2010 (SP3) on Windows Server 2012   (43,232 views)
  2. PowerShell: Get-ADUser to retrieve password last set and expiry information (40,199 views)
  3. How to open Internet Explorer 10 in Desktop Mode on Windows 8   (28,942 views)
  4. PowerShell: Get-ADComputer to retrieve computer last logon date – part 1 (24,922 views)
  5. Exchange PowerShell: How to list all SMTP email addresses in Exchange (21,600 views)
  6. How to display Celsius on the Outlook 2013 Weather Bar (21,108 views)
  7. PowerShell: Get-ADUser to retrieve logon scripts and home directories – Part 1 (20,128 views)
  8. Server 2012: “Your current security settings do not allow this file to be downloaded” (18,817 views)
  9. Exchange PowerShell: How to enumerate Distribution Lists, managers and members (17,954 views)
  10. How to open Internet Explorer 11 in Desktop Mode on Windows 8.1 (16,958 views)

Looking forward to 2015, I intend to work on some Sophos Certifications while trying to find time for a few more Microsoft exams.  I didn’t get around to the SBS migration to Windows / Exchange 2013 last year, but with a number of clients now on the cusp of migrating I’ll be looking at that sooner rather than later! The surprising success if 2014 was my PowerShell posts, these have been hugely popular and enjoyable to write so expect more this year.

I hope you have a great year!

Outlook 2013: How to save Sent Items in a Shared Mailbox

Outlook 2013

In this post I’ll show you how to save Sent Items in a Shared Mailbox in Outlook 2013 or Outlook 2010.

In a lot of companies I work with there are instances where a department will use a Shared Mailbox which users will have Send As permissions to. When a user sends an email as the shared mailbox it will often end up inthe user’s Sent Items rather than the Shared Mailbox’s Sent Item.

To change this behaviour you need to make a Registry Edit.

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Outlook 2013: How to disable reading pane replies

Outlook 2013

In this post I’ll show you how to disable reading pane replies in Outlook 2013.

If you use the reading pane in Outlook 2013 the default action on replies and forwards is to edit the message within the reading pane. If you want to change this so that all replies and forwards open in a new window here’s how.

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How to backup Microsoft OneNote notebooks

Microsoft OneNote

I’ve not been using Microsoft OneNote for very long, maybe six months now, but I love it! It’s one of the hidden gems in the Microsoft Office Suite, and has been a core application since Office 2010, making it available in all versions.

It took a while to get used to how it works, and sometimes I find it can look a bit messy, but the ability to make notes in it, print to it, save images and text, and have a section for different clients and projects, and then sub pages within each section makes organisation a dream. It seems to me like a digital ring binder, just without the weight and bulk. And the best thing about it is that it will synchronize between devices, so work i start on my laptop onsite is available on my PC in the office or on my Android phone when i am on the move.

OneNote’s ability to synchronise between devices for me is its key feature, but as well as synchronising changes you wanted to make it will also synchronise any mistakes and deletions you make too, so I think it is pretty important to keep it regularly backed up, so here’s how.

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New Office Visio stencil released

Microsoft Visio

Microsoft has just released a new Office Visio stencil.

This stencil contains more than 300 icons to help you create visual representations of Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office 365 deployments including Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft Lync Server 2013, and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013. Continue reading