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How to fix the Telemetry Dashboard error message “Database connection failure. The database needs to be updated.” in Office 2013 SP1
If you’re using Telemetry Dashboard to monitor Office compatibility, you’ll have to update some Telemetry Dashboard components after you install Office 2013 SP1. If you don’t, you’ll see an error message when you try to connect Telemetry Dashboard to the telemetry database. You...
7 Mar 2014
New Training on Microsoft Virtual Academy – Office 365 ProPlus Deployment for IT Pros
Recently, Microsoft Virtual Academy released training specifically for Office 365 ProPlus Deployment topics. Interested in deploying Office 365 ProPlus? Check out the newest course, Office 365 ProPlus Deployment for IT Pros . This training is brought to you by Microsoft Virtual Academy and is delivered...
7 Jan 2014
Insider's guide to custom reporting in (and out of!) Telemetry Dashboard
Learn how to create custom PivotTable reports using Office Telemetry data in Excel 2013—without using Telemetry Dashboard. Customers often ask us if it’s possible to set up a separate Excel workbook for creating custom reports of Office Telemetry data. The answer is yes indeed! But it...
6 Aug 2013
Recent IT Pro questions about Office Telemetry
This post describes recent IT Pro questions about Office Telemetry, such as how the agents are licensed, installing agents on Windows XP and Windows Vista, and more. It’s been rewarding to see an increase in Office Telemetry questions come in through forums and internal discussion groups. More...
26 Mar 2013
Introducing the Telemetry Dashboard Administration Tool, Tdadm.exe, and two new TechNet articles about Telemetry Dashboard
Learn about the new Telemetry Dashboard Administration Tool (Tdadm.exe) and two new TechNet articles about Telemetry Dashboard. We are pleased to announce that the Telemetry Dashboard Administration Tool (Tdadm.exe) is now available in the Microsoft Download Center. You can use this tool to: ...
7 Feb 2013
Introducing content roadmaps for Office IT Pros
The Office Resource Kit team is rolling out a series of content roadmaps for subject areas like Office 2013 deployment and compatibility. We designed these roadmaps with several goals in mind: Give context and order to the articles so that you know what to read, when, and why. Act as a central...
13 Dec 2012
Deploy Telemetry Agent by using System Center Configuration Manager
This blog post was written by Shinobu Furuma, a Program Manager on the Office Solutions Management team. In our last blog post, we introduced how to Quickly set up Office Telemetry Dashboard on a workgroup or domain-joined computer . In this post, we’d like to explain how you can deploy Telemetry...
29 Nov 2012
Assess the status of your Office 2013 deployment in 1 minute using Telemetry Dashboard
This post is written by Makoto Yamagishi, a Program Manager with the Office Solutions Management team In this series of blog posts , we have introduced how you can use Office Telemetry Dashboard to facilitate your Office upgrade by identifying important Office solutions and monitoring how well your...
22 Aug 2012
Sample Office documents for testing Office telemetry
Hi again everyone. We hope you've had a chance to use the new telemetry features in Office 2013 . One easy way to see the power of Office telemetry is to open some legacy Office files in Office 2013. To help you out, we've created some samples files (attached to this blog in a .zip file) that contain...
20 Aug 2012
TechEd North America 2012: Office client deployment and Office 365 sessions
The TechEd North America 2012 conference , held June 11 - June 14 in Orlando, Florida, included several presentations on Office deployment and Office 365 that may be of interest to IT Pros. Learn about office deployment tools and methods, compatibility assessment and remediation, supporting Office, Office...
18 Jun 2012
Using OMPM Part 1 - Identifying Document Conversion Candidates and Estimating Storage Savings
Brought to you by our compatibility guru Curtis Sawin. Still using OMPM? Give Office Telemetry Dashboard a try! Overview Using Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) to identify “high-risk” binary format documents—that is, xls, doc, and ppt files that will have conversion...
9 Jan 2012
Experience from the Field: Resolving the OMPM issue “Type of column ‘WarningInfo’ in table ‘osWarning’ is too small to hold data”
My name is Anthony Cafarelli and I’m a Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services who recently compiled a list of useful advice that I gained while performing OMPM scans at client sites. In this blog post I would like to share some of that knowledge and I hope that anyone reading it finds it...
25 Aug 2011
How to resolve issues loading OCCI where “Microsoft.Office.Interop.Application” appears in the event log
One of our premier field engineers, David Craig, recently helped a customer troubleshoot why OCCI was failing to load after installation. For Excel, they were seeing this error in the Event Viewer: Microsoft.VisualStudio.Tools.Applications.Runtime.CannotCreateCustomizationDomainException: Customization...
18 Feb 2011
Office 2010 document compatibility information at your fingertips (in a OneNote notebook)
I put together a OneNote notebook that contains all the Access 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, and Word 2010 compatibility details that I could find on Office.com and TechNet, such as: Formatting and functionality changes that occur when a 2010 file is opened in a previous version of the application...
9 Feb 2011
OMPM, OEAT, and OCCI frequently asked questions
We get a lot of questions about our Office 2010 compatibility tools here on the blog and in our forum . We've assembled the ones we hear most often and provided answers below. Not familiar with our compatibility tools? You can find links to downloads, documentation, and more on our Compatibility Resource...
19 Jan 2011
Troubleshooting issues with loading Office Code Compatibility Inspector (OCCI)
We've had a couple people report recently that they are trying to use OCCI but the Inspect VBA Project option never shows up in the Developer ribbon. When installed correctly, OCCI will add the following buttons to the Developer ribbon, like this: If you have installed OCCI but it's not showing...
3 Dec 2010
Video: Assessing Office 2010 readiness by using the Microsoft Assessment Planning Toolkit
TechNet Edge has posted a series of videos on using the Microsoft Assessment Planning Toolkit 5.0. They even created a ~7-minute video specifically for assessing Office 2010 readiness. From their landing page: "In this screencast we take a look on how MAP can help streamline your migration to Office...
6 Oct 2010
Getting started with OMPM 2010
Still using OMPM? Give Office Telemetry Dashboard a try! ___________________________________________________________ To celebrate the release of the Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) for Office 2010, I will be creating a series of blog posts that describe OMPM installation, basic and advanced...
17 Aug 2010
Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) 2010 is released!
The much-anticipated 2010 version of Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) is now available for download on the Microsoft Download Center . OMPM helps IT Pros discover and assess the compatibility of existing Office documents for conversion from the binary document formats (Office 97-2003: .doc...
4 Aug 2010
Microsoft Office 2010 Deployment Tools Availability
If you haven’t already, check out the Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering blog post that highlights the four new tools that can help IT Professionals expedite an Office 2010 deployment. Tools covered are: Microsoft Assessment & Planning Toolkit 5.0 (MAP) Office Environment Assessment...
20 Jul 2010
Office 2010 Application Compatibility Tools Bug Hunt Sweepstakes
Hi, I’m Jill Maguire, a new writer on the Office Resource Kit responsible for writing documentation for the Office 2010 compatibility program . I just got word that the AppCompat team is hosting a public bug hunt with two excellent prices—an XBOX360 Elite and 8GB Zune. To win the prizes, all you need...
11 Feb 2010
Office 2010 application compatibility tools
Administrators can use the following tools for Office 2010 to evaluate application compatibility issues: · Office 2010 Office Environment Assessment Tool (OEAT) helps you determine the kinds of add-ins that are installed on users’ computers and the extent to which the add-ins are used in Office 2000...
22 Jan 2010
What’s new for IT professionals in Office 2010
Office 2010 provides new features and improvements that help IT administrators configure, validate, deploy, and protect their Office installations. The following sections discuss changes in these areas and provide links to resources: Licensing and volume activation Office 2010 64-bit...
30 Nov 2009
Register Office 2007 file format MIME types on servers
Andrea Bichsel - MSFT
In order for servers to recognize the new file formats in the 2007 Office system, you will need to register the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) types for each new file type. If the MIME types are not registered, servers will detect the new file formats as ZIP archives. MIME types are automatically...
1 Jul 2009
New download: Open XML Format SDK
Andrea Bichsel - MSFT
For all of you who cross the line into developer territory, the Open XML Format SDK is now available for download here . As you probably already know, Office 2007 introduces new file formats built on ZIP and XML technologies. The Open XML formats are useful for developers because they are an open standard...
12 Jun 2008
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