Fix: Constant credential prompts in Outlook ’07 using 365

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Today I have mostly been fighting with Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and our Office 365 setup, as we are still in the early stages of deployment we have not yet implemented our ADFS servers. Which means we have are experiencing some pretty frustrating issues with Office and authentication.

One machine in particular decided to really test my patience and blankly refused to authenticate, presenting the user with a constant reoccurrence of the “Welcome back to Outlook.Office365” login box.

As it happened the machine had seemed to avoid the installation of several service packs, including Office 2007 Service Pack 3, and also what turned out to be some pretty important KB hot fixes. Leaving me scratching my head for what seemed like a lifetime… That was until today! When I finally managed to find the relevant KB hot fixes and install them manually..

OFFICE VERSION NOTES
Latest version of Office System requirements for Office 2013 and Office 365 ProPlus
Office 2010 with Service Pack 1 Automatic updates:

  • Customers who sign up for Office 365 after February 27, 2013, must apply all automatic updates that were released before December 2012.
  • Customers who signed up for Office 365 before February 27, 2013, must complete the following:
    • By July 1, 2013, apply KB2553248.
    • By April 8, 2014, apply all automatic updates for Office 2010 that were released prior to December 2012.
Office 2007 with Service Pack 3 Automatic updates:

  • Customers who sign up for Office 365 after February 27, 2013, must apply all automatic updates that were released before December 2012.
  • Customers who signed up for Office 365 before February 27, 2013, must complete the following:
    • By October 1, 2013, apply KB2596598.
    • By April 8, 2014, apply all automatic updates for Office 2010 that were released before December 2012.
Office 2003 only through POP and IMAP For more information, see Office 365 will now support POP and IMAP connections to Outlook 2003.
Office for Mac 2011 with Service Pack 3 Mac OS X 10.6 or later is required.
Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.9 Support ends April 9, 2013.

The journey to 365 has been a long and winding one… This particular highlights the importance of ensuring all machines connecting to 365 are bang up to date with Windows and Office updates and service packs… Lesson learnt.

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Save 25% on Parallels Desktop 7 for a limited time

So.. You’ve got your shiny new Mac! You’re finally a Mac convert.. You no longer need your old slow Windows machine? Or is that not the case….?

Despite what we do sometimes there is truly no escaping the clutch of Microsoft’s ‘monopoly’. Many applications are yet to be ported over to OS X, and even more games besides. But wait.. When you find that one app that requires Windows, you do have to dump your mac, you don’t even have to bootcamp.. All you need to do is bag yourself a copy of Parallels Desktop 7 and you’ll be reunited with your windows applications in no time at all.

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So what is Parallels Desktop?

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You can download your copy with 25% off until the 19th using this link alternatively check out Parallels press release for more information by clicking the link below.

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Terminate a process – VBScript

Termiator

TermiatorUsing this very simple straight foreword vbscript, you can cycle through all currently running processes and kill the one you name below.

This can be handy if you have an application/instance which has become non responsive, such as IE when loading flash based pages maybe…

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Stop and Start Sophos services remotely

Sophos

SophosI was recently approached by one of my colleagues with a dilemma, he had to go round our 30+ servers and stop and start a couple of Sophos’s Windows Services.

Now, as you can imagine this was starting to look like a fairly large and mundane task. Which is when I came up with this little VBScript.

Using this script below, you can pass it a text file with a list of machines you would like it to perform the process on.

In the script below you will see a “” change this to your text file containing machines, full file path.

The format of the text file is one machine per line.

This script is by no means ‘bullet proof’ and could be enhanced easily with little time and effort. It could also be modfied to stopstart any services you like.

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