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Oct 11
Adding META tags, keywords and other SEO Functionality to a Sharepoint Web Site

Many businesses use Sharepoint for Intranet functionality but few use it as public facing Web sites. Sharepoint can be a GREAT public Web site due to it’s advanced features and content management. One of the problems with Sharepoint being used OOB for public Web is the SEO functionality. Sharepoint content does not index well with search engines out of the box, but this can be changed relatively easily.

Search engines give a lot of weight to the title of a site. In Sharepoint, the site title is found in the site settings –> title, descriptions and logo link.

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Set as ‘home’ by default, you edit edit the title of the site to something that will draw traffic to your site. Keep in mind that the title will also be the home page link of your navigation menu, so keep it simple.

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Sharepoint has SEO features that allow you to add keywords, but this feature is only available for publishing pages. You may find this feature greyed out (disabled).

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You can still add keyword using meta tags by navigating to site settings –> search engine optimization settings. Tick the radio button to include meta tags and add your keywords tag using the following syntax:

<meta name="keywords" content="keyword1, keyword2, etc"/>

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When Sharpoint renders the page code, you will see the tags.

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Oct 03
How to Expand Linux Univention Default Disk Partition–UCS

The UCS default disk partition when installed from an OVA image is a paltry 49GB. This should be expanded in order to avoid running out of disk space, especially if you have installed applications such as OXMail, NextCloud or other applications where large data can be stored.

In VMWARE, edit the virtual machine and add a secondary disk as shown below.

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Once the disk has been added, follow the instructions on the UCS/Scheinig KB below to expand the volume.

https://help.univention.com/t/resize-lvm-on-ucs/7491

Use the sudo lsblk command to locate the disk (in this case sdb)

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Use cfdisk  to partition the disk as a GPT volume.

sudo cfdisk /dev/sdb

Use vgextend to extend the volume

sudo vgextend vg_ucs /dev/sdb1
Use lvextend to resize the root
sudo lvextend -l +100%FREE /dev/mapper/vg_ucs-root
Use resize2fs to resize the disk
sudo resize2fs -p /dev/mapper/vg_ucs-root

Jul 27
Avaya IP Phones Add Scope Option for Sonicwall DHCP

DHCP Scope for Avaya 9608 Telephones Requires Option 242. This option tells the 9608 IP phones what the IP address of the IP Office is.

Configuring Option 242 in Sonicwall DHCP

Open Sonicwall DHCP

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Click to edit the DHCP scope

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In the advanced tab, click to create a generic DHCP scope option

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Give the option a frienly name and select option number 242 and option type String.

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MCIPADD=192.168.2.252, MCPORT=1719, HTTPSRVR=192.168.2.252

Obviously, replace the above IP address to that of the IP office on your LAN.

Jul 17
Setting up an RSS Feed as a Web Part in SharePoint

In this post I will show you how to

  • Set up an RSS Feed in SharePoint
  • Fix common error: “The requested RSS feed could not be displayed. Please verify the settings and URL for this feed.”
  • Import SSL certificates into SharePoint

Adding an RSS Feed into a SharePoint Page

To add an RSS feed to SharePoint, open a Sharepoint page, add an RSS Web part from Content Rollup category as shown below.

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Click to open the  tool pane and set the RSS URL.

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Enter the feed URL including the https:// prefix. Note: If you still have trouble viewing the feed, make sure there is no trailing white space before or after the URL if you have copied and pasted.

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Your RSS page  should now display properly.

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Fixing the Error: The requested RSS feed could not be displayed. Please Verify the Settings and URL for this Feed

If you have tried to set up an RSS feed in Sharepoint and have received the error: “The requested RSS feed could not be displayed. Please verify the settings and URL for this feed.” it may be caused by trailing URL whitespace or the lack of trailing forward slash.

  • Check  the RSS URL for trailing whitespace and remove it
  • Check that the HTTPS:// prefix is included in the RSS URL
  • Make sure there is a trailing forward slash at the ned of the URL

Move your cursor to the end of the URL and use the right arrow key to try to move to the right of the last letter. If you can move, then you have trailing whitespace in the URL from the copy/paste operation. Remove any whitespace and make sure that the RSS feed URL send with a forward slash “/” as shown below. Not having the slash in place can prevent the RSS for working.

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Importing and SSL Certiciate into SharePoint

If you got here because you were interested in importing an SSL certificate, you can find the information below. Please noe that as long as you are displaying an RSS feed that’s using a publicly trusted certificate, you do not need to import it into SharePoint.

To import an SSL certificate into SharePoint, open explorer as an administrator.

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Find the Web site feed you are interested in and navigate to the page.

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Click on the lock icon to view the certificate.

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Go to the certificate details tab and select copy to file.

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Export the certificate as DER encoded binary X.509.

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Give them a friendly name and make sure you have them saved where they are accessible from SP Central Administration.

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Open SharePoint Central Administration, navigate to Security –> Manage Trust.

Click new, then give your certificate a friendly name and use the browse button to locate the CER file.

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Click OK to import it. You can repeat this step for all your web site certificates.

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Jul 09
Move the DFS Namespace to Another Server

The process to move DFSR from one server to another is pretty straight forward: add another namespace server then remove DFS namespace from the original server.

A DFS namespace server is a server that allows clients to conenct to DFS shares via the DFS namespace. The DFS namespace is usually a UNS path that looks like this, assuming DFS was set up in a domain.

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When clienst conenct to the Namespace UNC path, the server will direct them to a shared folder across the DFS server, based on availability and cost. If you plan on removing the server that hosts the namespace, you will need to move the namespace service to another server or the DFS will stop referring clients.

To move the DFS namespace, install DFS Namespace service on the server that will be the new namespace server.

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Once it’s installed and functioning, right click on the namespace and add namespace server.

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Enter the NETBIOS name of the new namespace server.

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Click on the namespace tab and you should now have two namespace servers.

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Delete the original namespace server to complete the move.

Jul 05
How to Use the Falcon IT Services Trouble Ticket System

The easiest way to create a ticket is to send an email to helpdesk –@- falconitservices.com.

Once a ticket is created, you will receive an email confirmation and ticket number. You may reply to emails containing the ticket number to communicate with the technician that is working on your ticket. You can also log in to our trouble ticket system by visiting our Web site.

When you log in to the trouble ticket system, you can view current and past tickets, communicate with the technician and get updates on the work performed and/or ticket status.

Loggin in to the Trouble Ticket System

Vitis www.falconitservices.com, click on support, then click on the trouble ticket icon.

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1. To create a ticket, click on the + sign at the bottom of the screen.
2. Tickets shown in green have been completed
3. Tickets shown in yellow are in progress

Click on any ticket to view status, notes or to add information to it.

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Jun 24
FalconCloud Open XChange Server Settings for iPhone, Android & IMAP E-Mail Client

The settings below can be used to connect your IOS or Android SmartPhone as well as Outlook, Thunderbird or other Email client software.

To configure Falconcloud e-mail on your phone, you will need to know three things:

  • Your user name
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your password

You can test whether or not you have the correct info by loggin in to the Falconcloud Webmail portal. if you cannot log in successfully, please contact the helpdesk. If you know the correct user name and password, you can set up falconcloud E-mail on your device by using the information below. Please note that both the user name and password are case sensitive.

Iphone

  • Tap settings –> Mail/Contacts/Calendar –> Add Account –> Other –> Mail Account.
  • Enter your name, email address and password. Esure that IMAP is selected.
  • Enter the inbound server address, user name and password.
  • Enter the outbound server address, user name and password.
  • Tap next, then save.

Android

  • Tap settings –> Accounts –> Add Acocunts –> Email –> enter your email address and tap next.
  • Choose IMAP from the account type screen and tap next.
  • In the incoming settings, enter the IMAP server address, user name and password.
  • In the outbound settings, enter the SMTP server address, user name and password.
  • In the next screen, select your preferences for sync interval, storage limits and other settings.
Type Protocol Security Port Address/URL
Outbound/SMTP Server SMTP TLS 587 ox.cloud.falconitservices.com
Inbound/IMAP Server IMAP SSL 993 ox.cloud.falconitservices.com
CalDAV 443 https://ox.cloud.falconitservices.com
CardDAV 443 https://ox.cloud.falconitservices.com

Jun 24
How to Install and Configure Open XChange eM Client for Windows Desktop

Log in to Open Xchange and click on your user profile icon at the top right. From the drop down menu, select connect your device.

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Select Windows –> Laptop+PC and download the Mail+Calendar+Address Book app.  Run the setup file and read and agree to the license terms.

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Click install to begin the installation.

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After the program starts, you will be greeted by a new account setup page. You can also get to the account setup by clicking menu –> tools –> accounts.

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You will need to know 3 important pieces of information to set up the account.

1. Your user login
2. Your primary e-mail address
3. Your password

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In the new account setup screen, enter your email address and click start now.

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The eM client software will look for configuration parameters from the server.

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Click YES when prompted to send credentials for authentication.

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Enter your password when prompted.

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Make sure that teh settings are correct and click finish.

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If you need to make changes or add other accounts, click on menu –> tools –> accounts

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Jun 22
How to Change your UCS Password

Your UCS credentials can be used to access all the productivity applications. To change your UCS password, go to www.falconitservices.com, click on support and on the Application Panel tile.

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Click on the login button on the top right hand side of the window and log in using your current credentials.

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Once logged in, click on the menu option lines, then user settings –> change password.

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Enter the information requested. Remember that you cannot reuse passwords and your password must be minimum 10 characters and contain letters, numbers and at least one special character.

Jun 22
Sending Encrypted E-Mail using Open XChange

Open the OX user interface and click compose to create a new email. Enter the recipient name, subject field and attachment (if any).

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Click on the lock icon, it will turn green. If it’s the first time you use the encrypted service, you will be prompted to create a password that will be used to encrypt and decrypt messages as well as a password recover mailbox.

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Check that the lock is green and click on the send secure button.

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The recipient will receive a message with the subject but no content. If it’s the first time you communicate, you may want to call them and advise them you are sending an encrypted message since secure envelope messaging are often mimicked by spammers and largely ignored by users who fear being phished.

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When the recipient clicks on the link, they will be prompted to enter a password and recovery email address.

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After they set up a password, encrypted communications are now possible between the two mailboxes. You can send the recipient additional emails using the encrypted channel. The recipient receives a notification each time and has to click on a link to retrieve the email. The emails are never actually sent to the recipient, thay are always stored on the OX server.  The contents will not be compromised in the event that the recipients computer, phone or emails are access by an unauthorized entity. Without the password that was negociated in the initial exchange, there is no access to the emails.

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