The Microsoft OneDrive for Business team is adding additional incentives meant to attract business users to its cloud-storage offering.
In an April 28 post entitled “Thinking outside the box” (which seems to be a reference to Microsoft competitors Box and/or Dropbox), the OneDrive for Business team announced the following:
An increase in OneDrive for Business default storage from 25GB to 1TB per user
The inclusion of 1TB of OneDrive for Business storage per user as part of Office 365 ProPlus subscriptions
New OneDrive for Business migration assistance from Microsoft (The blog post didn’t elaborate on specifically what Microsoft is offering on this front. But a spokesperson said those interested should contact their Microsoft account managers or partner for details.)
In March 2014, Microsoft officials announced that OneDrive for Business (formerly known as SkyDrive Pro) would be available both as part of a number of existing Office 365 plans, as well as for purchase as a standalone service — something that wasn’t the case with SkyDrive Pro. The standalone version provided business users with 25 GB of storage per employee, with an option to purchase additional storage, offline sync and access from multiple devices. Now that default storage threshold is 1 TB.
Microsoft officials announced during earnings last week that Office 365 is currently on a $2.5 billion annual run rate.
“The cloud is about breaking down walls between people and information. Not building a new set of islands in the sky. Make sure you bet on a file sync and share solution that helps you embrace that,” said Corporate Vice President John Case in the conclusion of today’s blog post.
All Office 365 plans that include OneDrive for Business will see the increase to 1 TB. This includes:
All O365 E plans (E1, E3, E4)
O365 Small Business
O365 Small Business Premium
O365 Midsize Business
All SharePoint Online plans (SharePoint Online Plan 1 & Plan 2)
OneDrive for Business (standalone) with Office Online
As to when new and existing customers will see the 1TB bump, a Microsoft spokesperson said: “Customer eligibility is effective today, but as with service updates roll-out of these features will happen over the next few months.”
When trying to access outlook web access on SBS 2011 by going to https://yourserver/owa. You see the login prompt but after entering your credentials, you are faced with a blank page with https://yourserver/owa/auth.owa in the address bar.
This is normally due to the Forms based authentication service not running. Sometimes it fails to start when a PC restarts.
To resolve the issue:
Start the Microsoft Exchange Forms-Based Authentication Service
I was administering an Exchange 2007 installation today and needed to know what service pack it was running. The problem is that exchange does not display as a service pack, only an increase in version. A bit of googling revealed the following microsoft page that contains the version to Service pack information which i have duplicated at the bottom of this post for ease http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=158530
Find the Version of Exchange 2007
To find out the build number of Exchange 2007, launch an Exchange Management Shell and run the following command:
Recently a few of our Windows Vista machines have experienced a problem after removing Script Logic Desktop Authority from them, causing non-admin users to not be able to log into the machine.
The message that appears is
“Could not connect to Group Policy Client service. Please consult your system administrator.”
but strangely sometimes manifests as
“Windows could not connect to the system event notification service . Please consult your system administrator.”
After seeing this message, a normal user is dropped back to the Ctrl-Alt-Del logon screen.
This is how you can solve the problem if you are experiencing a similar problem
1. Log on to the machine as administrator
2. click start and into the search box type “Event Viewer” and press enter
3. Look in the Windows Logs under System for any Warnings or Errors. The error message will be something like Windows cannot process Group Policy Client Side Extension (Daci). Exception (in my case it was daci which is part of the script logic desktop authority program)
4. On the details tab, take a note of the GUID for the faulty client side extension
5. click start and into the search box type “regedit” and press enter
6. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\GPExtensions and then click on the string that represents your faulty GP Extension.
7. click on the file menu and choose export and save a backup of the file.
8. Once the registry is backed up you can delete the folder that corresponds to the GUID
9. Do a restart and log on as a normal user.
The time has come to set up our Windows Sharepoint Services installation to receive emails. One of the first things that you need to do is install the SMTP service on the sharepooint server using add/remove windows components.
So you go through the motions:
Click Start, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs.
Click the Add/Remove Windows Components button.
Select the Application Server component and click Details.
Select the Internet Information Services (IIS) component and click Details.
Scroll down through the list and check the box next to SMTP Service, as shown in. Click OK, OK, and Next.
But instead of a nice and quick install you are presented with:
Setup cannot copy the file adsiiex.dll
No problem, just point the browser to your i386 folder on your win 2003 cd and all is well – Wrong! It’s not there!
You need to Extract the file from the cab file IMS.CAB and then point the browser to that file instead. The quickest way to do that is to fire up a command prompt and run the following command.
expand -F:* D:\I386\IMS.CAB C:\temp\ims
where D:\i386\IMS.CAB is the path to the CAB file and C:\temp\ims is a temp folder (which needs to exist before running the command)
This will solve your problem and allow you to complete your install of the SMTP Service
Well I got a new error today other day on one of our domain controllers after doing a restart. A bit of a bug in Windows 2003 SP1 and easy enough to fix. The error is:
Event Type: Warning
Event Source: MSDTC
Event Category: SVC
Event ID: 53258
MS DTC could not correctly process a DC Promotion/Demotion event. MS DTC will continue to function and will use the existing security settings. Error Specifics: %1
For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
I had this problem a about half a year ago where Outlook 2003 on terminal server would come up with a safe mode message for every user everytime they started it. At the time i solved the problem however a few weeks ago it came back and I couldn’t for the life of me remember how to fix it.
One of the uses of my blog is to document any bits of obscure IT related problems and their solutions so that if they happen to me again in the future i can just look up the solution without having to trawl google and waste time sifting through all the crap. Kinda like an IT helpdesk knowledgebase but for me.
So here goes:
When using Outlook 2003 on a Windows 2000 terminal server, you may receive the following error:
Outlook failed to start correctly last time. Starting Outlook in safe mode will help you correct or isolate a startup problem in order to successfully start the program. Some functionality may be disabled in this mode.
Do you want to start Outlook in safe mode?
No matter what you click Outlook opens – Yay.
No! The next time you launch Outlook you get the prompt again. And so on….
This is because when Outlook 2003 crashes or fails to load, the program generates this error message when you restart it. Safe Mode is a special operating mode that disables several of Outlook’s features but at least lets the program load so you can see existing emails and access other elements of the software.
What is happening here is that the program is not clearing the entry in the computer’s registry so it continues to display the error message.
To fix the problem you need to go into the registry on the server and do a search for “Resiliency” there will be quite a few entries (dependant on the number of terminal server users), you need to delete every entry that referrs to Outlook it should be something along the lines of:
I have had a reccuring DNS error on our SBS server for quite some time now. I’m not too sure how it came about but i suspect it was something to do with removing a member server that was acting as a second domain controller. The error was:
Event Type: Error
Event Source: DNS
Event Category: None
Event ID: 4000
Computer:Â Â Â SBS01
The DNS server was unable to open Active Directory.Â This DNS server is configured to obtain and use information from the directory for this zone and is unable to load the zone without it.Â Check that the Active Directory is functioning properly and reload the zone. The event data is the error code.
Long story short, i had a duplicate zone in my dns server that was empty – all i needed to do was remove it and restart a few service an hey! no error.
the zone was _msdcs under mydomain.com – it was greyed out with nothing inside it. I had another copy of thiszone above it called _msdcs.mydomain.com which had all the right data in it.