Office 2010 GPO Nincompoopery

Whilst configuring group policy for Office 2010, I came across an interesting bug. The “Options” option in the file menu of all Office programs will be grayed out if you set the following policy to “Enabled” and place a checkmark next to “Office Center”:

 User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office 2010\Disable Items in User Interface\Disable commands under File tab | Help

 Group Policy for Office 2010 causes Options in the file menu to be grayed out.


Exchange 2007 SP3 Rollup 3 – Unforseen Consequences

Did not see that coming.

If you have installed Rollup 3 on your Exchange 2007 SP3 email server then you might experience the following: When Mac users who send emails with .tiff or .pdf attachments to Windows users, the Windows users won’t be able to view the attachments! Sometimes Windows users who receive the attachment laden email, won’t even see the telltale paperclip symbol on these emails. It is only when the email is viewed from OWA or another Mac client that it’s attachments are made apparent.

Even though the rollup was released in April, Microsoft still hasn’t released a publicly available patch for it. At this time, you’ve got three things that you can do to try and resolve this issue:

  1. Uninstall Rollup3
  2. Call 1-800-microsoft and talk Microsoft support into giving you the hotfix
  3. Entering the following command in power shell on your Exchange server has reportedly helped some people: set-OrganizationConfig -ShowInlineAttachments:$true

Further Reading:

Outlook 2011 and the really low email attachment size limit

No. Not really.

Anyone with an Exchange 2007 email account who recently upgraded from Office 2008 to 2011 on the Mac might find themselves unable to send emails with attachments that are over 10MB in size.  While Entourage used WebDAV, Outlook 2011 uses Exchange Web Services (EWS) for email access. The default size limit for sending emails using EWS is 10MB. To fix this, you’ll need to edit a few files named “web.config” on the Exchange server, run a few commands and then reboot the sucker just because its a good time.

Here’s what you do:

  1. On your Exchange server go to “C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\ClientAccess\exchweb\ews”
  2. Make a copy the “web.config” file – just in case you break something.
  3. Open up the “web.config” file in notepad or Notepad++ (if you’re badass)
  4. Find the line with the following “httpRuntime maxRequestLength=”13280″”
  5. Change the 13280 value to whatever you want. Note that this value is in KB.
  6. Save and close the file
  7. Next, you’ll want to repeat steps 1-6 with the “web.config” files in the “\ClientAccess\owa” and “\ClientAccess\sync” folders.
  8. Open up the command prompt and enter “CD %windir%\system32\inetsrv”
  9. Enter the following commands:

    “appcmd set config “Default Web Site/ews” -section:requestFiltering -requestLimits.maxAllowedContentLength:#########”

    “appcmd set config “Default Web Site/owa” -section:requestFiltering -requestLimits.maxAllowedContentLength:#########”

    “appcmd set config “Default Web Site/Microsoft-Server-Activesync” -section:requestFiltering -requestLimits.maxAllowedContentLength:#########”

    Note: Replace the # with the values you entered in in the web.config files but this time in bytes. If you entered 100000 in the web.config file, enter 100000000 for the value in the command line.
  10. Enter the “iisreset” command
  11. Take a moment to reflect on how awesome you are for winning.
Further reading:

Let’s start off with an easy one…

Symbolism of evil!

Microsoft Office is showing strange symbols in Word or Outlook

When I worked at a help desk I used to run into this all the time. People would call up and describe how  they would be writing an email or working on a document when all of a sudden strange symbols like this ¶ would appear.

It turns out that these symbols are formatting marks which can be made invisible again by pressing the CTRL+SHIFT+8 keys at the same time. If it doesn’t work the first time, try again as it may take a couple of tries before you get it right.

For more reading on this “feature” see the Microsoft article: