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  • Joe Wichowski 1:00 pm on September 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    SharePoint Online versus On-Premise (Costs) 

    Recently, we held a seminar for our customers helping them better understand the costs related to either SharePoint Online (via o365), or SharePoint On-Premise.  As such, we came up with this 50-user costing senario, and broke it back down into a “monthly per user, per month” charge.

    I think it gives our customers a good understanding of the costs involved, and the potential savings, when they move to Microsoft’s Cloud offering.  The slide below is our 50-user comparison.  The pricing model assumes you do not already “own” On-Premise licenses.

    As the slide above illustrates, on average we see savings for our clients of around 40% when implementing SharePoint in the cloud (versus Local).  What this calculation doesn’t include is the additional patching/system updates that a typical Administrator would have to handle for Local installation.

    Pretty strong statement from Microsoft – basically, they are giving you the hardware for free, and charging you the software costs monthly (instead of being hit with a larger up-front cost).

    In my next series of posts, I will be in focusing how we are leveraging SharePoint to help our customers manage vendors, contracts, work orders, and other “operational-based” workflow – by pulling it out of email, and tracking it in SharePoint.  Stay tuned.

  • Lisa 8:02 am on December 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Windows Server 2008 Task Scheduler 

    Recently I was trying to set up a scheduled task in Windows Server 2008. I set it up to run later in the day and everything seems self explanatory. The next morning I checked to see if the task ran fine or not and I found out that it “ran” but it technically didn’t.

    In the history of the scheduled task it shows that it executed the task, but when I checked nothing had changed. I double checked all of my settings and everything seemed fine. I even executed the batch file in the cmd prompt and it worked just dandy.

    I noticed a field under the action tab when you are editing or creating an action, it says ‘Start in (Optional)’ I decided to try it and put in the directory of where the batch file was located. I then ran the task and it magically started working. Now, I know this doesn’t make complete sense because you already have to browse and locate the batch file under ‘Programs/Scripts’  But hey, it wouldn’t be Microsoft if it was made easy.

  • Lisa 8:06 am on November 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Apache is tricky 

    I recently had to work on an Apache Web Server and had to bind a couple of IP Addresses to a site. There isn’t a UI for Apache. So for me to be able to bind an IP Address, it took some research. In IIS, there is an option to bind an internal and external IP Address to a site. So, going from IIS to Apache was definitely a challenging task. I would just get Apache to work and then it would break, but I have it this time.

    In order to bind an IP Address in Apache, you have to edit the httpd.conf file. From what I have gathered, if you have an internal and external IP Address for one site you have to create them as Virtual Host. In the middle of my research, I did find that you would create a Virtual Host if you were wanting multiple sites using the same Port.

    The picture below is an example of what I did to configure the Virtual host.. Let me explain it further. (This example configuration is for using Apache on a Windows machine)

    Let’s say I have an Internal and External IP Address that I have to bind to one site and they are both using port 81.

    You would start off with stating what the IP Addresses are and their port.

    NameVirtualHost (Pretend this is the internal IP Address)

    NameVirtualHost (Pretend this is the external IP Address)

    Then we need to state the IP Addresses/ports and tell it where to look for that sites index. html file.

    <VirtualHost> (This is your beginning statement. Doing this means you are telling Apache that you are referring to these Virtual Hosts)

    DocumentRoot “C:\Program Files (X86)\XX/htdocs/” (This is where you tell Apache where your index.html file is. If you have a space in the path, you must put quotes around it. Also, you will notice that I went from back slashes (\) to forward slashes (/). I am not sure why it is set like that, all I know is that Apache will not be able to find the index.html file if you do not put in forward slashes. If I am putting up a sharepoint site and using Apache Web Server. The path in Windows may be C:\Program Files (X86)\SharePoint\htdocs\index.html. You would start using forward slashes after SharePoint. Also, you do not need to put in index.html in the path, You can end with the directory right above it, but make sure you keep the / at the end.)

    ServerName SharePoint.apache.com (This is where you would put in the URL Name in for the site)

    ServerAlias SharePoint (This is just an alias for the server. This will show up in the tab of your web browser)

    </VirtualHost> (This is your ending statement)

    It will look like this without all of my comments.




    DocumentRoot “C:\Program Files (X86)\SharePoint/htdocs/”

    ServerName SharePoint.apache.com

    ServerAlias SharePoint


  • Lisa 7:47 am on November 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Outlook 2010 reminders not popping up 

    For our users that use Outlook 2010 and have the CRM 2011 Outlook Connector installed, have an issue with their calendar reminders popping up. After doing some research and testing possible solutions, I have came up with a work around until Microsoft comes out with a Solution.

    The work around is to uninstall Microsoft Office 2010 SP1. Once this was uninstalled, all of the reminders from the past couple of weeks popped up.

    When Microsoft comes out with a solution, I will update you on what that is.

  • Rayan Hanoudi 1:16 pm on October 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Part 2 of 3: Steps to finalize the upgrade to Office 365 

    After following the pre-migration steps, we followed these steps to finalize the upgrade:

    1. Verify that Office 365 is working correctly and we can send and receive emails.

    2. Create forward rules from Lotus Notes to Office 365. We still have many Lotus Notes applications that were not migrated at the time of the email migration. We setup a forward rule in Lotus Notes’ address book to forward to office 365 addresses.

    3. Import external contacts from Lotus Notes directory to Office 365 using PowerShell script. The external contacts are clients or vendors email addresses and phone numbers that we share between the team. Since there is no UI tool to allow us to do import the contacts in Office 365, we had to write a PowerShell script to import the contacts.

    4. Previous calendar entries had to be manually created in Outlook for each user.

    5. Configure the Outlook/mobile device client for each user

    6. Setup user signature in Outlook

    7. Setup rules in Outlook

    8. Import/manually enter personal contacts that were created in Lotus Notes.

  • Lisa 7:32 am on October 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    HP doesn’t have all the drivers for your computer 

    I was recently imaging some computers, in which I have done before. I was imaging them from Home Premium to Professional. Usually I can find drivers on their website with no problem. I went to go download them and found out that they are not available. I called HP to see if they can tell me where I can find the drivers, instead of me searching all day on the internet for them. I ended up being transferred a couple of times for a tech to be extremely rude to me.

    So my word of advise, before you image a machine look to see if you will be able to find the drivers. If you cannot find the drivers, upgrade the version of Windows instead of installing a fresh copy of Windows. It will save you a lot of time and frustration. After you upgrade the version of Windows and you have installed all of the software, create a new image. Then use that new image to re image the rest of the computers.

  • Ian Leu 3:03 pm on October 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    System Health Report 

    The “Health Report” I’m working on keeps a log of the current status of all scheduled Lotus Notes agents and ETL synchronization processes between Lotus Notes and SQL server. Every day the key users are sent a table where anything that is in Red Text needs to be reviewed and anything Green is running normally.

    By using the same tools we export data from Notes, I can update a notes document on failures or completions to keep track of the status of the jobs. This allows me to track scheduled jobs from the different technologies in a single location.

  • Ian Leu 8:35 am on September 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    We are proactively creating more advanced tools… to put your mind at ease 

    I’m In the process of building a more advanced form of error catching for a customer. When completed, they will be proactively notified of the current status of all scheduled processes (from multiple technologies) and will also have the ability to see the current status of all critical tasks in real time quickly and easily without having to search through any logs.

  • Lisa 3:47 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Just an FYI, if you are trying to put an existing VM in Virtual PC 2007 and the VM was created on your windows 7 machine using Virtual PC; you may get an error. I received this error anytime I tried attaching an existing virtual hard disk to a new VM in virtual pc 2007.

    “The parent virtual hard disk has been deleted or has been moved from its previous location.  Please, select the new location of the parent virtual hard disk”

    I found the solution to it. What it looks like is in windows 7 relies on a parent disk. It relies on Windows XP mode\Windows XP Mode base.vhd

    So, if you just copy that file from your windows7 machine and copy it to the machine using Virtual pc 2007, it will work.

    Also in virtual pc 2007, if you are trying to add a VM that is a .vhd file; you have to create a new VM and then add an existing virtual hard disk. It will let you use the .vhd file there.

    Happy Computing!

  • Lisa 2:30 pm on November 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Everyone here at Ebiz is excited to know that we are getting new PCs! BUT, before we can set them up at the workstations, I need to image them. Today I downloaded clonezilla, it’s free, which is a plus. They also have step by step documentation (with Pictures!) on how to clone an image of your pc. There is an option to take the image from your hard drive and put it on an external hard drive. No problem, right? Except for the fact that our external hard drive will not work. I keep on getting a redundancy error whenever I try to initialize it. I googled this issue and found out that it is because of corrupt data being on the hard drive. I also tried following their step by step process to fix the problem, with NO LUCK. As I was bummed out about the hard drive, I started looking further into clonezilla. To my surprise, it doesn’t look like you can even restore an image from an external hard drive to the local drive.

    Maybe I will try symantec ghost and see how that goes.

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