Everipedia: Replacement for Wikipedia
article #1075, updated 5 days ago

I imagine some readers are aware, and probably many suspect, that Wikipedia editorship has been taking large numbers of valuable articles out of commission in the last year or two, and refusing publication of many others, for widely questioned reasons. Happily, well-equipped others have noticed, and have set up a replacement:

http://everipedia.org

It has everything Wikipedia does (Wikipedia licensing requires permission to copy), plus more and more.

Categories:   Web Sites   

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QoS within Windows
article #637, updated 5 days ago

There are QoS settings which can be made within Windows! They work with desktop and server OSes, to set priorities on either network traffic of specific binaries, or by port and type. Here is a basic guide in PDF:

http://notes.ponderworthy.com/file_download/12/Basic_PC_QoS.pdf

Categories:   Performance   

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Override Autodiscover for One Outlook Setup
article #1074, updated 10 days ago

Here is a way, using an XML file and a registry hack:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kristinw/2013/04/19/controlling-outlook-autodiscover-behavior/

Categories:   Outlook   

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Increase Maximum Size of PST and OST for Microsoft Outlook
article #1073, updated 15 days ago

For a very long time, it was thought gospel that Outlook had hard caps on size of PST and OST files, which equals a hard cap on the size of a mailbox that Outlook can see. This has, apparently, changed. 100-gigabyte OSTs are possible, and presumably larger. It is thought that very fast hard drives primarily, and certainly also good CPU and lots of RAM, are needed to reliably handle huge mailboxes and PSTs without corruption. It’s done by registry entries.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/832925/how-to-configure-the-size-limit-for-both—pst-and—ost-files-in-outloo

https://www.msoutlook.info/question/increase-pst-file-size-limit

Categories:   Outlook   

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Enable Active Directory Recycle Bin
article #1069, updated 17 days ago

Always nice for recoverability in case of.

GUI on Server 2012:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/canitpro/2014/04/30/step-by-step-enabling-active-directory-recycle-bin-in-windows-server-2012-r2/

Other:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd379481(v=ws.10).aspx

Categories:   Active Directory   

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Excellent vector graphics designer and editor, free of charge
article #1072, updated 18 days ago

I just tried several, including my old friend Inkscape. Gradient editing is broken partly or completely, and/or far arcane and undocumented, in everything I tried, except one new one:

http://designer.io

Gravit Designer. Install it as a program on major platforms, or use it online, or both. Amazingly good.

Categories:   Tools   

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Canon MFP User Code Printing Requires a Service
article #1071, updated 19 days ago

If there is a Canon MFP, and the desire is to implement user codes, you need more than just a driver. You need the current UFR II sort of driver, and very significantly, you need something called the “Canon Driver Information Assist Service”. This is in the “misc” folder in the driver package, it’s called DIAS for short. This is a service which makes network user codes flow from desktop to server to MFP. Without it, you will get errors as user code lookup attempts fail.

Categories:   Printers & Printing   

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PowerShell and Web Console Won't Connect to On-Prem Exchange 2013
article #1070, updated 21 days ago

Set of steps here, worked very well just now:

https://evotec.xyz/exchange-2013-powershell-errors-out-and-exchange-2013-ecp-doesnt-work-correctly/

Categories:   Exchange and Exchange Online   

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Fix Outlook and Office 365 problems with Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365
article #1058, updated 22 days ago

Here is a very powerful tool, very automatic:

https://diagnostics.office.com/#/Download?env=SOC&theme=setup

It has many functions, one of which is to automatically fix Office 365 licensing issues, reinstalling if it detects a need. It’s a 36M download, but during the install it may download twice that or more to get libraries it needs.

Categories:   Office 365   

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Eliminate Hesitations in Microsoft Services with Better DNS
article #1067, updated 23 days ago

Microsoft is heavily using something called GeoIP, to optimize Internet data routing for its services, including Skype, Office 365, and all of the others.

All of the code below is within ‘nslookup’, running in CMD on Windows.

The way this works, basically, is different IP sets are reported by DNS lookups, depending on the upstream DNS server being polled. So if, like many right now, you were using Google’s DNS (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4) on your LAN, and did nslookup on the recommended test hostname, outlook.office365.com, you would see this:

> outlook.office365.com
Server:  google-public-dns-a.google.com
Address:  8.8.8.8

Non-authoritative answer:
Name:    outlook-namsouth2.office365.com
Addresses:  2603:1036:0:26::2
          2603:1036:102:90::2
          2603:1036:404:a4::2
          2603:1036:102:107::2
          2603:1036:102:b8::2
          2603:1036:404:11b::2
          2603:1036:404:3f::2
          2603:1036:3:12e::2
          2603:1036:102:3e::2
          2603:1036:404:11c::2
          40.97.170.162
          40.97.30.130
          40.97.170.178
          40.97.142.18
          40.97.41.98
          40.97.162.130
          40.97.154.66
          40.97.166.178
          40.97.117.242
          40.97.119.178
Aliases:  outlook.office365.com
          outlook.ha.office365.com
          outlook.office365.com.g.office365.com

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But on the other hand, if you were using OpenDNS (208.67.220.220/222.222), you would see this:

> outlook.office365.com
Server:  resolver1.opendns.com
Address:  208.67.222.222

Non-authoritative answer:
Name:    outlook-namsouth4.office365.com
Addresses:  2603:1036:d01:2::2
          2603:1036:101:2::2
          2a01:111:f400:31ab::2
          2603:1036:902:a3::2
          2603:1036:906:4d::2
          2603:1036:405:2::2
          2603:1036:405:15::2
          2603:1036:404:67::2
          2603:1036:100::2
          40.97.142.18
          40.97.41.98
          40.97.162.130
          40.97.154.66
          40.97.166.178
          40.97.117.242
          40.97.119.178
          40.97.170.162
          40.97.30.130
          40.97.170.178
Aliases:  outlook.office365.com
          outlook.ha.office365.com
          outlook.office365.com.g.office365.com

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The most important thing to observe in the above, is that the IP set is different. And if you try pings from your test PC to each of the above IPs, you will notice major differences. In recent testing, most of Google’s results ping much slower (higher, in milliseconds) than OpenDNS’s. But we found OpenDNS’s pings noticeably slower than our current known best of breed, Level3 (209.244.0.3/4):

> outlook.office365.com
Server:  resolver1.level3.net
Address:  209.244.0.3

Non-authoritative answer:
Name:    outlook-namsouth.office365.com
Addresses:  2603:1036:404:16::2
          2603:1036:404:b6::2
          2603:1036:102:16::2
          2603:1036:405:29::2
          2603:1036:906:4f::2
          2603:1036:d00::2
          2603:1036:102:8f::2
          2603:1036:405:4a::2
          2603:1036:4:4c::2
          40.97.133.130
          40.97.132.194
          40.97.125.114
          40.97.132.226
          40.97.126.50
          40.97.31.50
          40.97.164.146
          40.97.136.194
          40.97.166.34
Aliases:  outlook.office365.com
          outlook.ha.office365.com
          outlook.office365.com.g.office365.com

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We have also noticed that the lists of IPs do not correspond to names, i.e., outlook-namsouth3 does not return the same IP list each time. So there is a lot of highly complex geographically-centered IP routing by DNS, going on, by Microsoft, and Level3 seems to cooperate best.

The upshot is, if you see any Microsoft cloud-based services being slow, hesitating, freezing up, or losing connection regularly, switch your LAN’s DNS forwarders to Level 3, and you may well knock the problem out most easily.

Categories:   DNS   Internet Networking