Outlook Calendar OVERLAY , search and you will find ..

From the birth of collaboration tools there has been the question … HOW DO I GET ALL MEETINGS IN MY CALENDAR.  In the early  days some tools had  synchronization between group calendars and private calendars. Resulting in dramatic consequences for all when something failed.

Most of us have solved this by tiling different calendars next to each other … But then comes teams around , and it’s not any longer one calendar , but it can be a large number of calendars due to beeing a member of a large number of teams. So you buy a bigger screen ? Nope . Solution is simple .

As with all Microsoft tools , when you feel left alone and the tools are just so unusable , ask yourself: are you using the tools correctly ? And my finding was that I didn’t.   I selected view… in calendar … and the overlay .

Every team calendar is then given a colour , and appointments are … well yes overlayed. …. so you have one old fashioned calendar , week , workweek or whatever , and all different teams , and different accounts , show up in one view… as overlayed .

Functionality isn’t new. It has been around for 6 years. But for me it hasn’t been required to manage 2 digit numbers of calendars . Teams has  made that a necessity, and sure Outlook managed it .

So  this is really not about overlays,  its about always looking for alternative solutions within the tool. Thinking , this must be a problem not only for me. And the googleit , search for it , look for it , OR hire someone to do that for you . So feel welcome to come forward with your pain points, where you feel tool sis strangling you … there might be a way out of pain for you …

Nett meeting, sametime , webex ,Skype eller TEAMS?

TEAMS sier nå jeg. Alltid vært gøy å dra på tjeneste reise for å møte partnere og kunder ?  Muligens ikke så mye nå.

En lisens på Office365 , årlig kost 1200 – 3000 pr år for 3-5 brukere ,  gir deg anledning til å ha møter med ca 5-10 eksterne personer i TEAMs. (Samt office lisens , samt lagring i skya og MYE mer, men det er en annen historie.)

Office lisensene kommer for så lite som 99 kroner pr mnd pr bruker. Da er alle verktøy wen verktøy, og en ChromeBook til 3000 kroner er helt god nok for å gjøre det meste.


For øyeblikket er Teams lisenser i markedsførings fase … så de koster ikke noe.

Jeg har lang erfaring med alle disse verktøyene , og har det siste året innført TEAMS i  flere stor Europeiske organisasjoner.

Du er klar over at Skype ikke lengre er supportert etter 2021 Q1 ? Så du kan like gjerne bytte nå.

Om du har office eller ei , tak kontakt for å diskutere hvordan jeg kan bidra for å løse dine behov , raskt og enkelt .

Kurs i hvordan å holde nettmøter , TEAMS 101 , 102 , 201 …

Alle kurs tilpasses dine behov.

Konfigurere Teams for eksternt samarbeide på din løsning .

Og mere til !




ps :

OG : Skal hilse fra MICROSOFT SUPPORT Washington , de har så mange henvendelser på hjelp nå , fra folk som vil ha hjelp med teams at de aldri har opplevd tilsvarende…







Microsoft FLOW , best practice?

having used FLOW for some period now , I would like to share my experience , to save others my frustrations !!

Before I start creating flows, I create a FLOW user. flow@domain.xxx  . All updates done to data , is then clearly stamped with : UPDATED by flow. Not all users like to see names of users they feel are outside the process.  It also only have permissions required for objects to be included in flow.

The first step, is a trigger as it has to be, it can be a scheduled trigger , or an event .

MY FIRST MANDATORY STEP , is a check to see who triggered the flow .  You might want to do different things , based on who triggered. Also in some cases with multiple updates in one flow (NO NO !!) You might by accident trigger the flow from the flow…

Strangely it seems to work without re triggers on short flows, but as they take longer time, they re trigger.. So if  Modified by eq flow@domain.xxx  , then terminate. 

MY SECOND MANDATORY STEP , is to define the variables  for what we would call arguments in old fashion procedures.

Each  variable is set to their default value, it is the unchanged input value from the trigger. This means that if code to come can change , or leave as if ased on logic in that code.

MY  THIRD MANDATORY STEP , is the SWITCH. In each item in SharePoint eg. , I have a SWITCH variable that  normally  is «Ok» , but that end user can set to other values to trigger actions from the flow.

On new item typically it would be «new-fix» or something.  The switch then  routes to code required .

In each block in the switch I save files , update in other tables etc etc , but never updates in the item that triggered the flow. Procedure is to  the variables from the second step.

The fourth step, is the to update record in trigger item .  it might not bee needed , but at least it should rewrite SWITCH variable back to ok .

So… some last word : I insert send mail statements, as I would have done with break points. I use create CSV table to send myself a full  csv file of input data . I might even include a «DEBUG» variable, so that I can turn debug on or off without having to modify code.

Flow is not for the inexperience.. but 80% of functionality that you would use flow to create , is type of reminders. When is the certificate no longer valid, when should the HMS report be completed …  and so on..

For simplicity there is a fourth (first of fourth)   selection on the flow button… IF your list , or library contains a date field .  Its «SET A REMINDER» . You are asked for which variable to use, who to remind (email) , and the flow is then generated. EASY entry point , and nice .





Why is Microsoft Flow combined with FTP so SLOW !!

A very simple flow. Get some items , create a csv file Send as an email, and use standard FTP to post to a publishing server running LAMP. This is part of my attempt to make simple integrations between Office365 and both Joomle, WordPress and other web solutions using simple methods and old NETSCAPE portal thinking.. sort of …

Took me 10 minutes to get flow up and running, and 3 days to make it work… To transfear 2 Kb of updates , it used more than 38 minutes ! When I looked at the file it was oscillating between 0 and 2 KB . Sometimes it was almost ok, mostly not.

Connectors in Flow , can be configured as connectors under settings on flow dashboard, what took me so long was that the specific settings used on each operation are stored in that operation itself .

«Large messages may be split up into many smaller requests to the connector to allow large message upload and download. Details can be found at http://aka.ms/logicapps-chunk.»

And the limit before this should trigger is 50 MB , but that is not true…

It chunked my file all the time, and crashed transfer, and restartet … again… and again…

Turning CHUNKING of , reduced upload time from 38 minutes o 12 seconds…



Announcing Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365


Good news : «Support and Recovery Assistant is a new tool that helps users troubleshoot and fix issues with various Office 365 apps and services. The app diagnoses common Outlook issues like account setup, connectivity issues, password issues, or Outlook stops responding or crashes. To identify the root cause of these issues, the app runs checks such as:

  • Checks licenses
  • Verifying users’ credentials and that Office 365 servers are reachable
  • Checks for updates to Outlook clients
  • Checks authentication
  • Network checks
  • Protocol checks»

Kjør testen, og når den sier at den ikke finner eg _sipfederationtls._tcp.msky.okbase.com  kopier det inn i din lokale DNS . Svinaktig vanskelig å få det der helt rett første gang

Tar også tid fra en gjør endring i DNS , til den er ute … så dette krever tålmodighet. Gå gjerne i ett DOS prompt ..

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.17134.471]
(c) 2018 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Default Server:  UnKnown

> set type=al <enter>
unknown query type: al

Okbase.com <enter>

okbase.com      nameserver = ns1.cpanel.guru
okbase.com      nameserver = ns2.cpanel.guru

> sip.msky.okbase.com <enter>
Server:  UnKnown

ja etc etc …

Det er fed som i federation … ikke feed som feed me..

Det er LYNC ikke LYNCH…

Hvor er den kunstige inteligensen , når en trenger den…


Men ok… sånn går no dagane…

Completely uninstall Office with the easy fix tool

When you have 2007 2013 , and more , and residuals of old embeded home versions…  your computer can be rather «dirty» .. To get rid of all office aps to start with a clean slate https://support.office.com/en-us/article/uninstall-office-from-a-pc-9dd49b83-264a-477a-8fcc-2fdf5dbf61d8?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US gives you a nice remove all tool…

And best off all… after removing everything … old 2013 versions, and 5 different skype versions… of course it was strange to not be able to open an email… or not even excel… notepad worked…

Then I just went to my SharePoint.com .. and installer office pro , and in less time than it took me to make a cup of coffe … Evrything was back in place.

The most impressive was outlook… my outlook reads two msky.okbase.com account on exchange .. an old online.no , an old gmail.com  mailboxs.

After install ..  everything Ok… PUUUUhhhhhha