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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.

After awaiting too long we reset the machine and had to perform this to continue:


So where is my data? This is clouding my understanding

12. January 2016 10:25 by sirclesadmin in Popular Sites, The Cloud
Nowadays the Could doesn't really refer to anything physical in particular. It is not what BT used t

Nowadays the Cloud doesn't really refer to anything physical in particular. It is not what BT used to refer to as a cloud when they were actually talking about MPLS. The cloud is now a reference to a suitably uncertain and cloudy concept. The actual product that most companies push using the 'cloud' terminology is a collection of different facilities brought together to provide a service.

These facilities usually include:

  • Security in the shape of a site somewhere that is fenced off and protected by 24 hour staff and various access systems
  • Administration in the shape of automated systems that monitor temperature, electrical load and external power supply
  • Continuity in the form of multiple internet providers and diesel generators and battery backup. the batteries last until the diesel system comes online to keep all of the systems up and running.
  • Protection whereby the systems are protected by state-of-the-art fire systems and strengthened buildings to protect against external attack
  • Support provided by experienced staff onsite and by 2nd and 3rd line developers in an office somewhere else that may or may not work 24x7
  • A back-end set of systems to provide a service to the customer such as databases or email etc.
  • A front-end interface for the customers to log onto and use
  • An off-site backup system or mirrored (identical running copy) of the system and all of the data so that any disaster can be overcome by bringing the other copy online.

With all of the above the cloud becomes more than a computer at another location - it becomes a service which is extremely useful both to the end user and the provider. Mostly because it enables the provider to increase profits and the user to save money. This is because of a few simple reasons:

  • All of the providers servers and systems are in one place and so the site can be optimised to provide a service extremely efficiently
  • All of the connectivity and air-con etc. is at one site and so enables a single contract to be drawn up with the air-con providers that will be good value to the cloud providers.
  • The staff are onsite with all of the equipment that they support and so there are no travel costs to and from customer sites.
  • The system is set-up exactly as the cloud provider is expecting and so there is no time lag spent trying to unravel customer set-ups
  • No external forces are able to damage or interrupt services and so many of the issues which would normally plague customers are avoided.
  • Most of the support services traditionally provided by local IT firms are now provided directly by the cloud provider and so the cloud provider can keep a larger share of the profits.
  • All customers connect using the same security rules so these rules can be monitored and optimised by a large team and made very efficient and updated regularly - this reduces issues due to security breaches and user connectivity.

With all of the above taken into account we can see how the cloud (which is essentially HaaS, PaaS and SaaS all rolled into one) has become the sensible choice for the majority of companies large and small.

The added fact that all services are now available on the internet gives much more scope for portability and other forms of interaction which increases productivity for all concerned.

So the cloud is a bit confusing - because it is a misty explanation for a great many services that, as users, we really don't need to know about. Perhaps 'the cloud' really is the correct term...

Google's online advertising bubble bursting?

After last weeks Google share price crash (in which the Google giant had to have it's share suspende

After last weeks Google share price crash (in which the Google giant had to have it's share suspended from the stock market as people began to fear another dotcom bubble bursting) there is a new feeling in the SEO market this week. (SEO = Search Engine Optimisation.)

Now that Google have lost 20% of their profits in the web advertising world there is a question to ask: is this because the market has moved to cheaper and more effective or has the market realised that computer targeted advertising isn't targeted enough and the web-ad bubble HAS burst?! The massive network of websites that have been set up to climb the rankings and attract users (such as numerous and pointless device driver websites that try and install proprietary software for advertising gain) have more or less become considered virus sites and so AVG and similar steer you away from them, this means less adverts being seen.

Without the advertising revenue the number of malware/adware incidents has been seen to be on the climb again as money hungry cyber-criminals try and find new ways of grabbing our attention. The truth is though that at the moment you can still do well out of Google if you have the correct type of business and the correct set of keywords to succeed.

If you sell something locally without a lot of competition then you can manage your own advertising on Google adwords and succeed slowly and carefully if you keep a sensible budget. If you are keen to find out more about what can be done without breaking the bank and using Google tools and Adwords services then drop us a line at sircles on 0844 880 1618 and see if you can increase your revenue with our help!!!