OneDrive Storage U-Turn

OneDrive Storage U-Turn

Microsoft announced today that it’s basically blowing away most of OneDrive.

From the link above…

  • We’re no longer planning to offer unlimited storage to Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscribers. Starting now, those subscriptions will include 1 TB of OneDrive storage.
  • 100 GB and 200 GB paid plans are going away as an option for new users and will be replaced with a 50 GB plan for $1.99 per month in early 2016.
  • Free OneDrive storage will decrease from 15 GB to 5 GB for all users, current and new. The 15 GB camera roll storage bonus will also be discontinued. These changes will start rolling out in early 2016.

We’re taking the following steps to make this transition as easy as possible for customers:

  • If you are an Office 365 consumer subscriber and have stored in excess of 1 TB, you will be notified of this change and will be able to keep your increased storage for at least 12 months.
  • If you are an Office 365 consumer subscriber and find that Office 365 no longer meets your needs, a pro-rated refund will be given. To learn more visit the FAQ.
  • If you are using more than 5 GB of free storage, you will continue to have access to all files for at least 12 months after these changes go into effect in early 2016. In addition, you can redeem a free one-year Office 365 Personal subscription (credit card required), which includes 1 TB of OneDrive storage.
  • Current customers of standalone OneDrive storage plans (such as a 100 or 200 GB plans) are not affected by these changes.

I thought that Microsoft was beginning to change and not do dump moves like this any more!

When Microsoft first rolled out a Music Service called MSN Music, I joined up and then they killed it, I still have those files which I PAID for and can’t use.

There have been may initiatives from Microsoft over the yeas and time after time, the seem to release something get bored and drop it.   Where would iTunes be today if Apple kept dropping features, changes names, iTunes is a silly name today because it does a lot more than sell Music.

Look at Microsoft Music Offering over the last few years, it’s been Zune, Xbox Music and now Groove,  why can’t Microsoft just build something and iterate on it over time, why does it have to kill brands and cause confusion all of the time?

TechNet for IT Pros killed out of no where?  Did Microsoft really reply to the community (IT Pros) that recommends its services and software? No.  I can accept things are changing and the industry is moving to the cloud, so why hasn’t Microsoft replaced TechNet with the equivalent for Azure?

This is an issue over trust for me, if you want me to use your service, then don’t pull it so I lose out when I have invested time and money into it, because you will only ever lose customers. I have just signed up for DropBox as they seem to be consistent and their offering is faster.

Microsoft you should be able to get this right and at this time, you NEED to get this right.   How long can you continue punishing your follows before they (we) stop caring any more?  Once we stop caring then we shall stop pushing your services and products!

Windows Server 2012 with SSH Access

So a little while back Microsoft announced that they would be providing support for SSH, they have reached the first milestone and we have a working version.

There is still work to be done but it’s looking promising.  I’m not 100% sure of the benefits of having SSH support, if you want to share why this is really useful then please do so in the comments.

Printing Cause’s Error : 0x0000007a

When a user prints an error is thrown with the error code : 0x0000007a

The solution is to delete the driver and reinstall.   This won’t work if the printer has been deployed via Group Policy.   So if you are trying to fix this issue on a PC that the printers have been deployed by Group Policy, you can try the following.

Stop the Print Spooler.  You can do this via Services or using the command prompt,


Then open RegEdit, (Windows Key + R, type regedit)

Browse to the following path, replaing <DRIVERNAME> with the driver that you would like to delete, right click and delete it.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\ x86 or x64\Drivers\Version-3\DRIVERNAME

Start the Print Spooler.  You can do this via Services or using the command prompt,


Open a Command Prompt windows and type:


Log Off and Log back in and run a test print, it should now be resolved.

NetUSB Flaw

It appears that a new flaw has been found on popular routers, that port 20005 is open on the WAN side of the routers. If the router has a USB Port.

I have tested my Vigor 2830 router and it appears to be OK.  I have also emailed them for an official response.  I shall update this post when I receive a reply.

NB:, is Steve Gibson’s site, pleases see the below link for further information about Steve.

UPDATE: I had a reply from DrayTek, not much of one, confirming that this isn’t an issues on there devices.



Windows Working with Time

To find out the current time source:

w32tm /query /source

To resync a server or to force a server to update it’s time with the source:

w32tm /resync

Setting external time server:

w32tm /config / /syncfromflags:MANUAL
Stop-Service w32time
Start-Service w32time

A List of Time Servers: KB262860 

How to configure an authoritative time server in Windows Server: KB816042 

UK Time Server Pool can be found here.


I was receiving this error:-

“MapiExceptionMailboxInTransit: Unable to open message store. (hr=0x80004005, ec=1292)”

After much Googling and after reading various posts. It turned out that I had made the stupid error of not having the server in the correct subnet and the Exchange 2013 server was trying to get to the existing 2010 server via the firewall.  🙁

Thought I would post this for any other poor sole trying to fix this for an hour.