How to work out Azure Pricing

When you are first looking at taking the dive and using Microsoft Azure you will want to be able to figure out how much it is going to cost. There is the Azure Pricing Calculator that you can use to get pricing but this calculator is not 100% accurate.

The acutal price of Azure services changes depending on where you are going to store the servers(meaning which data center or data centers). If you want completely accurate pricing you can look at the Azure Pricing Pages for a more accurate picture of how much your cloud solution will cost.

Watch this video where I show you how to figure out how much azure actually costs.

When you are tying to figure out how much Azure costs make sure you have the solution you want to achieve clearly defined, you will need to know:

  • Where you want your services stored
  • What services you want to use(servers, web hosting, app services, storage, backup, etc)
  • How much data you are going to store
  • Estimate of the bandwidth requirments
  • How are you going to connect to these services(open ports, VPN, etc)
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Wipe Phone or Tablet From Office 365 Business or Enterprise

A good feature of Office 365 is that you can actually wipe a mobile device from it. This can be quite useful if a phone or tablet has been stolen or lost and you do not want people to access your enterprise data.

Microsoft Exchange Server also has this same feature and it is the same process in exchange to do this.

You can only clear the data from a device if it was set up to use Exchange ActiveSync. If the device was not setup with activesync then this will not work.

What you will need to do is:

  • login as the administrator to your office 365 portal.
  • Then navigate to the ADMIN section on the left hand side and select Exchange. This will then redirect you to the Exchange section of Office 365.
  • Inside the Exchange you will need to go to the recipients tab and select mailboxes(Mailboxes should be selected first anyway)
  • Then find the user that you want to wipe the mobile device for and select them
  • In the right hand side there will be a section saying mobile devices, click on that
  • Now it should have all the mobile devices that are associated
  • Select the mobile device that is lost or stolen
  • Up the top of the window you will be able to select wipe
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OST cannot be accessed because it is configured for a different mailbox error

ost file cannot be accessed because it has been configured for use with a different mailbox

I got this error after moving someone from a local Exchange 2003 server to Office 365.

When you open outlook you will get a message saying:

The file C:\Users\<username>\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\<emailaddress>.ost cannot be accessed because it has been configured for use with a different mailbox. 

From what I can figure out it is because it another exchange account with the same name but different credentials and on a different server but still using the same profile so outlook tries to use the same OST file.

How to fix the OST cannot be accessed error

To fix this issue what you need to do is configure a different email profile. To do this follow these steps:

  • Open Control Panel
  • Select Mail
  • Select Profiles
  • Add a new profile
  • Give the profile a name and hit OK
  • Then connect your email account using the correct credentials

Now when you open Outlook it should sync up with Exchange or Office 365.

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