Microsoft 365 – How To Enable A Progressive Web Application

A Progressive Web Application (PWA) is an application that runs in a website which you can separately have an icon for on your desktop (Windows, Chromebook, Raspberry PI, Linux, Android and other operating systems). This icon can be pinned to the Start Menu (or equivalent) and starting it opens the web application in a separate… Continue reading Microsoft 365 – How To Enable A Progressive Web Application

Proxies and Firewalls and Installing Microsoft Office Subscription Software

Microsoft Office 365 client software (Word, Excel etc.) has been available as a subscription model for over ten years and using the Click-2-Run technology for all or most of that time, but I still see a lot of people who are unsure how it actually works, assuming its a standard installer they have used for… Continue reading Proxies and Firewalls and Installing Microsoft Office Subscription Software

Centrally Managing Microsoft 365 Apps Updates

It used to be the domain of 3rd party enterprise apps or Microsoft’s Configuration Manager to control the updates (or servicing) of your Microsoft Office apps (now called Microsoft 365 Apps). With recent additions to the Office Configuration Portal at https://config.office.com you can have central admin of updates including groups to deploy and in which… Continue reading Centrally Managing Microsoft 365 Apps Updates

Microsoft 365 From A Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer

So my new computer arrived today, its a keyboard and a few cables, and as my first computer was a ZX Spectrum when I was 14, this brings back a few memories. But, is it usable today with services such as Microsoft 365? Lets see… First, the actual computer is in the keyboard, but its… Continue reading Microsoft 365 From A Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer

Deploying Zoom Add-In To All Outlook Users

With the sudden change in working practices, a (large) number of companies has start to use Zoom as their video conferencing software. Though this software is not from Microsoft, that does not stop an Office 365 or Exchange Server administrator helping their users out in terms of scheduling Zoom meetings via an add-in in Outlook.… Continue reading Deploying Zoom Add-In To All Outlook Users

Azure Information Protection and SSL Inspection

I came across this issue the other day, so thought I would add it to my blog. We were trying to get Azure Information Protection operating in a client, and all we could see when checking the download of the templates in File > Info inside an Office application was the following: The sequence of… Continue reading Azure Information Protection and SSL Inspection

Enable Report Message Add-In For Office 365

There is a new add-in available for Outlook and OWA in Office 365 that can simplify spam and phishing reporting to Microsoft for content in your mailbox. I recommend rolling this add-in out to everyone in your Office 365 tenant and for Office 365 consultants to add this as part of the default steps in… Continue reading Enable Report Message Add-In For Office 365

Azure AD SSO and Disabled Computer Accounts

When you set up Azure AD SSO, the Azure AD Connect application creates a computer account called AZUREADSSOACC. Do not disable this account, or SSO stops working. I’ve had a few clients in the past week disable this when generally disabling all the computer accounts that have not logged in for X days. Therefore if… Continue reading Azure AD SSO and Disabled Computer Accounts

How To Run an Advanced Threat Protection Proof of Concept

I put the following post together as I was asked this question from Microsoft themselves! This post covers what you need to put in place, and how you can test some of it (as testing the blocking of malware involves sending malware first!) First, lets take a look at the Advanced Threat Protection steps for… Continue reading How To Run an Advanced Threat Protection Proof of Concept

Installing Office 365 ProPlus Click To Run Via Group Policy

Note: Article updated October 2018 to remove references to “Office 2016” and replace it with “Office 365 ProPlus” as the rollover to the 2019 release is seamless and does not change this products name. Note: Article updated April 2018 Mid 2020 to support the new Channel names and XML updates and the new name for… Continue reading Installing Office 365 ProPlus Click To Run Via Group Policy

Installing Office 365 ProPlus Click To Run via GPO Deployment

This article is now out of data, as Office 2013 is not released any more. Please see the steps for doing this with Office 365 ProPlus can be found at http://c7solutions.com/2015/10/installing-office-2016-click-to-run-via-group-policy Office 365 ProPlus can be deployed via Group Policy, but there are a few things that you need to know and do first. These… Continue reading Installing Office 365 ProPlus Click To Run via GPO Deployment

Office 365 ProPlus XML Config Files Are Case Sensitive

The XML file used for the configuration of Office 365 ProPlus is case sensitive. In a client I have been working with the UpdatePath value in the install XML file was accidently specified using “Updatepath” and not “UpdatePath” (case sensitive). This resulted in the UpdateUrl in the registry (HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\ClickToRun\Scenario\INSTALL\UpdateUrl) not being set correctly, and even… Continue reading Office 365 ProPlus XML Config Files Are Case Sensitive