WAAS: Naming Structure Not-So-Secret Decoder Ring

In the past year we have had a lot of Nomenclature Changes for Windows As A Service (WAAS).  The following slide from Ignite 2017 really clears it up.  Just like designer MUD in a SPA.

WAAS Naming Alignment 01

How often Office and Windows updated?

WAAS Naming Alignment 02

What versions of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr / SCCM) supports 1709 next week.

WAAS Naming Alignment 03

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, 1709, Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.16299.15], Redstone 3, RS3 release is Oct 17th 2017.  I know a lot of names for the same piece of software.

I am excited for next week.

Slide Source: https://view.officeapps.live.com/op/embed.aspx?src=https%3A%2F%2F8gportalvhdsf9v440s15hrt.blob.core.windows.net%2Fignite2017%2Fsession-presentations%2FBRK3075.PPTX

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OneDrive for Business: Changing from legacy client to modern OneDrive client

 

I have had two annoying issues with OneDrive for Business O365 for a while now.  First it constantly says processing changes.  Other posts claim this is due to sharing documents with others.  I wonder if those changes can’t occur if the shared to AD account is disabled.  The second issue is the lack of little green check box sync status in Windows Explorer.  While playing around I found a solution.

Heads Up: Keep in mind if you have the modern OneDrive for Business or are happy you don’t need to do this.  There are also some technet articles about a reg hack to do the following.  Looks like this is the fix for the fix 🙂

  1. Go to Task Tray and right click OneDrive (NOT For Business) and open settings
  2. onedrive-for-business-settings
  3. Account Tab >> Add an Account
  4. onedrive-for-business-add-an-account
  5. Add your work account and sign in.
  6. onedrive-for-business-sign-in
  7. At this point you should be redirected to your corporate portal to sign in
  8. That’s it

This changed my OneDrive for Business client to the modern version.  Really much better for knowing your sync status.  However, I lost most of my right click options to share from Windows Explorer.

I also got a lot of errors about Explorer.exe file association missing  After like 20 popups it sorted itself out.

onedrive-for-business-explorer-exe-errorI find it interesting that the Sync Status of Processing is completed.  I do wonder if this change above fixed it or if one of the other things I tried with sharing permissions fixed the issue.

Solution: Outlook (2007, 2010, 2013, O365) prompts me for credentials each time I open

Background

When your IT administrators update their exchange server or you switch to a new DNS alias or up in the cloud windows adds these new Generic Credentials into the Credentials Vault of your user account.  When more than one exists for a single account Outlook gets confused and prompts you.

Solution

  1. Close Microsoft Office
  2. Windows 7 and before
    1. From the Windows Start button, select Control Panel
    2. Click User Accounts
    3. Click Credentials Manager
  3. Windows 8
    1. Start button
    2. Type in Windows Credentials Manager
    3. Select Settings on the left side
    4. Select  Windows Credentials Manager
  4. Windows 10
    1. Start Button
    2. Type in Credential Manager
    3. Select Windows Credentials
  5. In the Generic Credentials section (bottom)
    1. For local installs (not O365)
      1. You’re looking for credentials that begin MS.Outlook or something similar for your mail server (It will be obvious)
      2. For each credential that begins with MS.Outlook
        1. Click the details button drop down (circle with a downward arrow next to the Modified date)
        2. Click Remove
      3. Repeat steps for each credential that begins MS.Outlook
    2. O365
      1. You’re looking for MicrosoftOffice16_Data:SSPI:EMAIL@ADDRESS.COM
      2. This is your primary credentails this should be taken with great care upon removal as you will need to resync O365 again afterwards
  6. Close the Credentials Manager and Control Panel
  7. Launch Outlook
  8. You should be prompted for each account in Outlook
    1. You should only be prompted on this initial startup

 

Another fun tip to make outlook run better is to use the/CleanFreeBusy start up switch.

/cleanfreebusy Clears and regenerates free/busy information. This switch can only be used when you are able to connect to your Microsoft Exchange server. 2000, 2002/XP, 2003, 2007, 2010

The /CleanFreeBusy switch will reset all of your pending Outlook meeting invites.  This will clear any conflicts and again make Outlook faster.  This was deprecated for 2013.

For Office 2013, 2016, and O365 you use this: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2555008

Great Reference for Outlook Command Lines 

From a Post Mr.Brown

Make sure the time on all your servers is in sync. If the time on two of your domain controllers is off by more than 5 mins you will get this for some clients. It took me two days to narrow it down and once I fixed the time on one of my servers all the weirdness went away.

Resolved: Microsoft Office 2010 Copy and Paste Stopped Keeping Source Formatting if Skype Click to Call is Installed

Written in 2011 – http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/2012/06/19/resolved-microsoft-office-copy-and-paste-stopped-keeping-source-formatting-if-skype-click-to-call-is-installed/

 

I noticed recently that my copy and paste in Microsoft Office 2010 stopped keeping the source formatting.  It was only allowing the paste of text only.  If you were to check for paste special it would show only a capital A.

I noticed that if you closed all internet browsers except Firefox the issue would resolve.

Turns out SKYPE Click to Call Plug in is causing the issue

Uninstall SKYPE Click to Call.

Everything works well again!