DFS Fileshare and Microsoft Office Protected Mode

We recently switched to using DFS for our Fileshares, but quickly ran into a problem with Microsoft Office Documents opening up in "Protected Mode". The reason given was that Word and Excel believed the files originated from the Internet, and therefore was warning users each time they opened a document from the DFS Share. I … Continue reading DFS Fileshare and Microsoft Office Protected Mode

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Office 365: Your Automatic Reply Settings Cannot Be Displayed

We recently decommissioned our aging Exchange 2007 Server and switched to using Office 365 for Email. One quirk of the new system was that some users were having difficulty accessing their Out Of Office (Automatic Reply) Settings when using Outlook 2010 or 2013. Your automatic reply settings cannot be displayed because the server is currently … Continue reading Office 365: Your Automatic Reply Settings Cannot Be Displayed

Creating Outlook Add-Ins with Visual Studio Express 2013

"Add-Ins” are small programs that add additional functionality to an existing piece of software. In the case of Microsoft Outlook, they are commonly written using Visual Basic or Visual C++ (now all part of Visual Studio). Writing a Microsoft Outlook Add-In has not always been possible with Microsoft Visual Studio Express (Free) Edition. Previously, software … Continue reading Creating Outlook Add-Ins with Visual Studio Express 2013

Creating a Shared Resource Calendar in Exchange 2007

It’s often handy to create a shared calendar within your organisation for booking rooms and other shared resources such as cars and laptops. Outlook / Exchange 2007 makes this easy to achieve. Firstly, create a shared Calendar (within Public Folders) using Outlook. For the purposes of this example, let’s call this “Pool Cars”.    The … Continue reading Creating a Shared Resource Calendar in Exchange 2007

Tracking Multiple Product Keys within the Office 2013 Portal

If you are running a small office network and managing multiple copies of Microsoft Office 2013, you will be aware of the difficulties of tracking the license keys within the Office 2013 Portal. Most network administrators (myself included) are using a single email address to activate all of the licenses, but this is problematical because … Continue reading Tracking Multiple Product Keys within the Office 2013 Portal

Outlook 2010: Additional Microsoft Exchange Accounts cannot be added

By default, the Maximum number of Exchange Accounts allowed per Outlook Profile is 10. A single Exchange account is normally adequate for most of us. However, it may not be if some users have gotten themselves an Office365 Email account in addition to their Corporate Email. Previously it was possible to use the Outlook Hotmail … Continue reading Outlook 2010: Additional Microsoft Exchange Accounts cannot be added