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You need to upgrade now - Office 365 Spam - Watch out!

31. October 2017 08:44 by sirclesadmin in SPAM, Office 365
You need to upgrade now - Office 365 Spam - Watch out! This email is dangerous just because so many

You need to upgrade now - Office 365 Spam - Watch out!

This email is dangerous just because so many of us have an Office 365 account. We are constantly having to take over various company 365 accounts and subsequently move them on to someone else and so fake notifications like this can be enticing.

 

 

If we take a look at the link by hovering over with the mouse arrow - which you should do with any email link before clicking - we see the following:

 

This link is pointing at:

http://office365.com-email-live-common-oauth2.authorize.thegrindtennis.com/

Which is obviously not a Microsoft link.

The website you are taken to is definitely close to the normal login page, with a truly impressive hostname in the address bar to fool you:

 

http://www.login.office365.com-code-b6159368de39251d7a-login.id-107sbtd9cbhsbtd5d80a13c0db1f546757jnq9j5754675732273456.thegrindtennis.com/2017/authorizez9/login.php?sslchannel=true&sessionid=GWuEWXKL6rAe6TKAiGfPvLAyAojwMlishM6eKRZQjA4qtP0MvfC11czCBS9nerQveWKZOJQ7kVxOKyBf

Which we can see here:

 

 

Notice also that there is no padlock to show that this is a secure site and that the site is running on HTTP instead of HTTPS indicating a secure connection

thegrindtennis.com has been fully compromised and is in bad shape but is not currently being recognised by Chrome or Internet Explorer as a pirate site so be vey careful.

If you are not the admin of your Office 365 site then you will never be asked to upgrade - Office 365 upgrades occur constantly in the background without the requirement of your intervention - that is what The Cloud is all about.

If you have any queries, please feel free to drop us a line on the contact form or by chat.

How to be 100% sure you are not opening a dangerous attachment

  If you are in the market for some new employees then you may be receiving quite a few emails

How to be 100% sure you are not opening a dangerous attachment

 

If you are in the market for some new employees then you may be receiving quite a few emails daily on the subject, but here is one to avoid:

 

In this case the user is viewing email using Microsoft Outlook. If we have a closer look by clicking the attachment ONCE we can see that the document suggests us opening the document fully and enabling editing:

 

Anything that asks you to enable content or enable editing is likely containing trouble. Microsoft Office Word and other Office documents can contain code that can harm your computer and that should be avoided. The above is not a function of Microsoft Word it is simply the page they have created to try and persuade you to enable their code.

Let's go over a few quick checks that we can use to decide if we like this or not anyway:

1. Before even thinking about the attachment, look at the sender address: Karen Baltzley <Dempsey@crediblesons.com> These addresses do not make any sense, as the spammer has not thought to align the email address with the display name of the sender - this is spam. We can also see that the attachment author is someone called ojeawlbgnpbgmob which is unlikely to be a real name.

2. Look at the signing of the email - because these spammers send email by volume they do not want to enter any text by which your IT team can filter their messages out, and so they only want to use generic words. As a result they have not signed the email Karen Baltzley, they have just left it blank - this is spam.

3. Reply to the message instead of opening the attachment if you are in any doubt - this is a great way of being 100% sure. Spammers do not send email from proper addresses, this would open them to the risk of being traced or tracked down. So if they are a spammer, the email will just bounce back an error message. If you have any doubt at all reply to the email.

4. Lastly, the risk inherent in Microsoft Office documents, what with macros and other code, means that very few legitimate businesses send them unsolicited. Any invoice or quote in a Microsoft Office document format is questionable and you should reply to them asking for a PDF copy that cannot be so easily tampered with.

If you have satisfied yourself with all of the above then you can open an attachment feeling pretty safe, and believe me, it is worth the trouble. You do not want to find yourself buying Bitcoins in the middle of the night trying to decrypt yesterdays work before the boss gets back from their holiday.

CRM 2016 for Outlook - Cannot display the folder Path does not exist Verify the path is correct

If you are seeing the following in CRM 2016 using Outlook 2016: Then you should check the registry

CRM 2016 for Outlook

Cannot display the folder Path does not exist Verify the path is correct

 

If you are seeing the following in CRM 2016 using Outlook 2016:

Then you should check the registry - this commonly occurs when the user has migrated or upgraded office and the system has used the incorrect 32 or 64 bit registry settings.

Start registry editor as your normal logon user - i.e. the one that you use for Outlook rather than an Admin user - and under HK_Current_User go to software>Microsoft>MSCRM and have a look under these keys:

Make sure that the CRM_Client_InstallDir and InstallPath keys point to either program files (x86) or program files as befits your Microsoft Office install.

CRM_Client_InstallPath should be:    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Dynamics CRM\ or C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics CRM\ for 32 and 64 bit respectively.

InstallPath should be:    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Dynamics CRM\Client\ or C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics CRM\Client\ for 32 and 64 bit respectively

 

 

Microsoft Office Word Keyboard Shortcuts

3. January 2017 22:32 by sirclesadmin in Windows 10, Office 365, Copy Writing
Select text--- Press Shift+ Arrow Key to highlight text. To select one word at a time, press Shift+C

Microsoft Office Word Keyboard Shortcuts

Select text--- Press Shift+ Arrow Key to highlight text.

To select one word at a time, press Shift+Ctrl+Arrow.

To select to the end of the line, press Shift+End.

Copy selected text--- Press Ctrl+C.

Cut selected text--- Press Ctrl+X.

Paste copined text--- Press Ctrl+V.

Bold text--- Press Ctrl+B.

Search for text in a document--- Press Ctrl+F.

Find and replace text in a document--- Press Ctrl+H.

Got to a page, line, or bookmark in a document--- Press Ctrl+G.

Italicise text--- Press Ctrl+I.

Underline text--- Press Ctrl+U.

Subscript text--- Press Ctrl+equal sign (=).

Superscript text--- Press Ctrl+plus sign (+).

Centre text--- Press Ctrl+E.

Align text left--- Press Ctrl+L.

Align text right--- Press Ctrl+R.

Justify text--- Press Ctrl+J.

Decrease the font size--- Press Ctrl+Shift+less than sign (<). If your mouse has a scroll wheel,
you can also press Ctrl and scroll down.

Increase the font size--- Press Ctrl+Shift+greater than sign (>). If your mouse has a scroll
wheel, you can also press Ctrl and scroll up.

Change the font--- Press CTRL+SHIFT+F, and then use the arrow keys to reach the new
font.

Change font size--- Press Ctrl+Shift+P, and then use the arrow keys to reach the new font
size. If your mouse has a scroll wheel, you can also press Ctrl and
scroll up or down.

Create a page break--- Press Ctrl+Enter.

Create a new document--- Press Ctrl+N.

Open the My Documents window--- Press Ctrl+O.

Close a document--- Press Ctrl+W.

Save a document--- Press Ctrl+S.

Print a document--- Press CTRL+P.

Preview what you're about to print--- Press ALT+Ctrl+I. In Windows 7, this keyboard shortcut opens the integrated Print and Preview window, which you can also access by pressing Ctrl+P.

Resize a shape (Office 2010)--- Select the shape, and then press Shift+Arrow.

Rotate a shape (Office 2010)--- Select the shape, and then hold the Alt key while you press the Left Arrow key or the Right Arrow key.

Windows 2012 R2 New Install Stuck After Installing Office 365 for Remote Desktop VM

After installing Office 365 as per the post below the Windows 2012 R2 Remote Desktop on my VM the in

Windows 2012 R2 New Install Stuck After Installing Office 365 for Remote Desktop VM

 

After installing Office 365 as per the post below the Windows 2012 R2 Remote Desktop VM the system indicated that it had to restart to activate office 365 and so this is what I did.

The system then decided it had to perform updates during the restart which was fine and it continued to get to 30% where it stayed for 24hrs. Assuming that there was no choice the machine was restarted again and this time the whole system got to configuring updates at 6% and stayed there for 3 days.

Every time the server was reset this was the outcome. 

Having looked through a few suggestions I performed the following:

1. Amended the 'Automatic Start action' on virtual machine settings so that secure boot was disabled

2. Started up the troubleshooting option from the startup repair and chose the command prompt whereupon I performed the following:

3. Renamed the softwaredistribution folder to softwaredistribution.old on the assumption that a new folder will be created when the windowsupdate service next tries a download.

4. Searched for all pending.xml.* files in Windows\WinSXS and deleted them

5. Ran 'dism /image:C:\ /cleanup-image /revertpendingactions' to clear any awaiting updates.

6. Created a blank pending.xml file in WinSXS (not sure if this made a difference but it was a piece of advice seen here: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/7364c2ff-1d52-4767-bfec-d97d42921d5c/interrupted-vm-stuck?forum=winserverhyperv) which they did using 'echo > pending.xml' whilst in Windows\WinSXS\ and then rebooted.

The VM undid all of the updates and started up and the Office 365 on Remote Desktop Virtual Machine asked for an email address with which to activate - only took 6 days then!!!

 

Office 365 Enterprise E4 on Windows 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Installation

22. March 2016 11:44 by sirclesadmin in The Cloud, Office 365
When you install Office 365 version 2016 on the Windows 2012 R2 platform Remote Desktop Server there

When you install Office 365 version 2016 on the Windows 2012 R2 platform Remote Desktop Server there are a few issues you may find yourself encountering.

Firstly the download takes an age...

And when I say an age it took our last server ALL NIGHT to download the Office 365 package on a 200 MG dedicated fibre connection.

Also there do not seem to be that many languages available

If you try downloading the en-gb version you may receive errors to the effect of 30029-4 or 30174-4 or 30088-4 with a 404 error on the end to tell you the file is not found. We stuck to downloading the en-us version and changing the language later.

After running the

setup /download configurationfile.xml

the data eventually downloaded and returned control of the CMD window to us. We then ran the

setup /configure configurationfile.xml

whereupon the install started well but eventually seemed to stall at 90% (for hours and hours):

Office 365 install stuck at 90%

And although we are being told we can run the apps they are prevented from running by the same set-up program. Either way the system does appear to be stuck but we are currently assuming that the situation as it was last night and that the system will eventually move on after 10-12 hours.