Control automatic updates of Office 2013, 2016, 365
article #1041, updated 56 days ago

This article states that it applies to click-to-run 2013 and later, which certainly includes 365. Its registry entries permit automatic updates to be turned off and on, and also, for the on-PC UI item to be turned off and on too.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2753538/automatic-updating-for-office-2013-and-office-2016-click-to-run-is-not-enabled

Categories:   Microsoft Office   Office 365

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Very interesting alternative to wsusoffline
article #1040, updated 64 days ago

Here it is:

http://www.portableupdate.com/

Categories:   Windows Installer and Updates   

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Great surge protectors, power conditioners, UPS
article #1039, updated 70 days ago

In my (J.E.B.) personal experiences, these are wonderful.

Power conditioner:
http://smartpowersystems.com/products/computer-grade-filters-tbf/pos-guardian/

UPS:
http://smartpowersystems.com/products/uninterruptible-power-supplies/

They can be a little tough to find, but persevere, it’s worth it. I learned about these seeing them protect registers at some large retail stores and other non-consumer situations where they really really don’t want things to get hit.

This is a personal recommendation by experience, I shall see no kickback for these words!

Categories:   UPS   Power Protection and UPS

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ISO to USB flash drive
article #1038, updated 85 days ago

Here is a very good tool for writing an ISO to USB flash drive in bootable mode, in Windows:

http://rufus.akeo.ie/

Categories:   Tools   

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Microsoft online services: FQDN firewall openings
article #947, updated 88 days ago

Some firewalls have FQDN capability (e.g., Watchguards), which makes careful rule creation practical for a behemoth like Microsoft Office 365 and all of its related services. The info below is condensed from here. I have omitted a very few items (e.g., ports 25, 465, and 993, and *.msn.com), for reasons which I hope are reasonably obvious.

Create one rule with these ports:

80, TCP
443, TCP
587, TCP
3478, UDP
5223, TCP
50000-59999, TCP and UDP

to the following list of locations, and it is done.

*.office365.com
*.office.com
*.office.net
*.microsoftonline.com
*.msocdn.com
*.microsoft.com
*.live.com
*.onmicrosoft.com
*.msedge.net
*.aadrm.com
*.azurerms.com
*.virtualearth.net
*.cloudapp.net
*.visualstudio.com
*.windowsazure.com
*.cloudappsecurity.com
*.microsoftonline-p.net
*.microsoftonline-p.com
*.msecnd.net
*.azure.com
*.msft.net
*.outlook.com
*.azurewebsites.net
*.lync.com
*.trafficmanager.net
*.skype.com
*.skypeforbusiness.com
*.sharepoint.com
*.sharepointonline.com
spoprod-a.akamaihd.net
*.aspnetcdn.com
*.onenote.com
*.onenote.net
*.yammer.com
*.yammerusercontent.com
ajax.googleapis.com
*.cloudfront.net
*.edgesuite.net
*.edgekey.net
*.sway.com
*.sway-cdn.com
*.sway-extensions.com
ms.tific.com
*.apple.com
auth.gfx.ms
view.atdmt.com
*.msecnd.net
m.webtrends.com
*.getmicrosoftkey.com

Categories:   Firewalls   Exchange and Exchange Online

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HP SoftPaq Download Manager for drivers and BIOS
article #1037, updated 89 days ago

On some HP desktop hardware, this is the only way to get drivers and BIOS:

http://ftp.hp.com/pub/caps-softpaq/cmit/HP_SDM.html

Categories:   Drivers   BIOS

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SPF and Email Flow Analysis Tools
article #998, updated 97 days ago

A very good SPF checker:

https://vamsoft.com/support/tools/spf-policy-tester

Here is possibly the original SPF checker:

http://www.kitterman.com/spf/validate.html

To do a deep study of a bounceback, the best tool this writer has ever seen is here:

https://testconnectivity.microsoft.com/

in the Message Analyzer tab. Just paste every header you have into there and submit, and then read. Lots and lots of excellent information comes up.

Categories:   Email   

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Upgrading Windows 10 Versions
article #1036, updated 97 days ago

When going to version 1607 of 10, it is reportedly supposed to be automatic:

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/08/02/how-to-get-the-windows-10-anniversary-update/

but can be done by ISO:

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki/windows_10-windows_install/how-to-upgrade-to-windows-10-anniversary-update/fab99802-4358-49d9-8278-e9664cd56311

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   Windows Installer and Updates

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A Great Alternative to Visio
article #1035, updated 98 days ago

This one is very good:
http://lucidchart.com

Categories:   Applications   

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The System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems
article #1034, updated 99 days ago

A 539-megabyte monster! Appears to be designed to solve lots of problems.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20858

Categories:   Windows Installer and Updates   Windows OS-Level Issues