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Office 365 feature comparison chart all plans

June 16, 2015 1 comment

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Office 365 feature comparison chart all plans
(All in one Place)

 

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This is an updated version of a popular blogpost that I posted in January 2013. It turned out to be one of the most visited posts and it still is (This one). This time I have updated the feature comparison list to show what is included in the different Office 365 plans and subscription levels that are available. It is not easy to find the information when you are looking to buy just the right plan for your organization.
My primary goal with this post is to again make it just a little bit easier to find what feature is included in what plan, what functionality is avaiable in which plan and most importantly, where is SharePoint Online included? ;-) 


The complete Office 365 subscription plan comparison list

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Office 365 Services SharePoint Online, Exchange…
Office Applications Word, Excel…
Enterprise Value Funtionality for the Enterprise
SharePoint Online
Developer features
Dev-stuff…
IT Professional features To-Be-Added
Content features To-Be-Added
Insights features (BI)  To-Be-Added
Search features To-Be-Added
Sites features To-Be-Added
Social features To-Be-Added
Credit and reference links  


Office 365 Services

Office 365 Service Office Professional Plus 2013 Office 365 ProPlus Office 365 Business Essentials Office 365 Business Premium Office 365 Enterprise E1 Office 365 Education E1 Office 365 Government E1 Office 365 Enterprise E3 Office 365 Education E3 Office 365 Government E3 Office 365 Enterprise E4 Office 365 Education E4 Office 365 Government E4 Office 365 Enterprise K1 Office 365 Government K1
Office 365 Platform No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Exchange Online No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SharePoint Online No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
OneDrive for Business No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Skype for Business Online No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Office Online No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Office 365 ProPlus No Yes No No No Yes Yes No
Office 365 Business No Yes No Yes No No No No
Project Online No No No 1 No 1 No 1 No 1 No 1 No 1
Yammer Enterprise No No Yes Yes Yes 2 Yes 2 Yes 2 Yes 2
Azure Rights Management (RMS)4 No No No 3 No 3 No 3 Yes Yes No 3
Office Delve No No Yes 5 Yes 5 Yes Yes Yes No
Office 365 Groups No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Office 365 Video No No No No Yes 6 Yes 6 Yes 6 No

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Note:
1   Project Online is not included, but can be purchased as a separate add-on service.
2   Yammer Enterprise is not a component of Office 365 Government, but may be acquired at no cost as a standalone offer for each user licensed for Office 365 Government Plan E1, E3 and E4. This offer is currently limited to customers which purchase Office 365 Government under Enterprise Agreement and Enterprise Subscription Agreements.
3   Azure RMS is not included, but can be purchased as a separate add-on service.
4    To learn more about which RMS features are included with Office 365 plans, see Comparison of Rights Management Services (RMS) Offerings
5    Office Delve will become available for the Office 365 Business Essentials and Office 365 Business Premium plans in early 2015.
6    Office 365 Video is not available with the following plans: Office 365 Government E1, Office 365 Government E3, Office 365 Government E4

Changing or mixing plans
As the needs of your organization change, you may need to change your Office 365 plan. You can switch from your current Office 365 subscription to another Office 365 subscription:
– In the same service family: For example, you can move from Office 365 Business Essentials to Office 365 Business Premium, or from Office 365 Enterprise E1 to Office 365 Enterprise E3.
– From a standalone plan: For example, you can move from Exchange Online Plan 1 to Office 365 Enterprise E1.
– To a different service family: For example, you can move from Office 365 Business Essentials to Office 365 Enterprise E3.
For information about how to change subscriptions, including how to move from a trial to a paid subscription, see Switch to a different Office 365 plan or subscription.

You can combine Enterprise, Business and standalone plans (e.g. Exchange Online Plan 1) within a single Office 365 account. However, existing limitations on the number of seats per plan do not change. For example, you can have up to 300 seats per plan on both Office 365 Business Essentials and Office 365 Business Premium, but an unlimited number of users on Exchange Online Plan 1. Education and Government plans cannot be combined with Enterprise, Business or standalone plans.

 

Office 365
Office Applications

Office Application Office Professional Plus 2013 Office 365 ProPlus Office 365 Business Office 365 Business Essentials Office 365 Business Premium Office 365 Enterprise E1Office 365 Education E1 Office 365 Government E1 Office 365 Enterprise E3Office 365 Education E3 Office 365 Government E3 Office 365 Enterprise E4Office 365 Education E4 Office 365 Government E4 Office 365 Enterprise K1Office 365 Government K1
Microsoft Word Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Microsoft Excel Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Microsoft PowerPoint Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Microsoft OneNote Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Microsoft Outlook Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Microsoft Publisher Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Microsoft Access Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes No
Skype for Business Yes Yes Yes 1 Yes 1 Yes 1 Yes 1 Yes Yes Yes 1
Microsoft InfoPath Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes No
Windows 8 Apps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Office for Mac for Office 365 No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Office Mobile for iPad/iPhone No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Office Mobile for Android No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Office Mobile for Windows Phone No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No

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Note:
1   Lync 2013 Basic is available for all customers. The Lync Basic desktop client is a locally installed application that provides presence, instant messaging and conferencing features for Office 365 plans that include Skype for Business Online. Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Enterprise E3 and Office 365 Enterprise E4 include the full Lync application, which include additional features including advanced telephony support, archiving & compliance features. A Skype for Business Online license must be assigned for each user. For more information on Lync Basic features, see Clients for Skype for Business Online.

Office 365
Enterprise Value

Enterprise Value Office Professional Plus 2013 Office 365 ProPlus Office 365 Business Office 365 Business Essentials Office 365 Business Premium Office 365 Enterprise E1Office 365 Education E1 Office 365 Government E1 Office 365 Enterprise E3Office 365 Education E3 Office 365 Government E3 Office 365 Enterprise E4Office 365 Education E4 Office 365 Government E4 Office 365 Enterprise K1Office 365 Government K1
5 installs per user on PC or Mac No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Automated user account provisioning N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multilingual user interface Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Client push deployment Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Client support for on-premises Exchange Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Client support for on-premises SharePoint Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Control of software updates Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Database Compare Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes No
Desktop virtualization Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes No
Excel Spreadsheet Compare Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes No
Excel Spreadsheet Inquire Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes No
Exchange Online and SharePoint Online Archiving and Compliance Yes 1 Yes 1 No No No No Yes Yes No
Group Policy support Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes No
Information Rights Management using Azure RMS No 2 No 2 No 2 No 2 No 2 No 2 Yes Yes No 2
Information Rights Management using Windows Server AD RMS Yes 3 Yes 3 Yes 3 Yes 3 Yes 3 Yes 3 Yes 3 Yes 3 Yes 3
Office Add-in, ActiveX, and BHO support Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes No
OneNote client access to notebooks on SharePoint Server, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Office 365 No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Office Telemetry Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes No
Offline support for client applications Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Optimized side-by-side client installation No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Power Map for Excel No 4 Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Power Pivot for Excel Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes No
Power Query for Excel Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes No
Power View for Excel Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes No
Roaming settings Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shared computer activation No Yes No No No No Yes Yes No
Support for blocking cloud-based file storage Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes No
Version upgrades No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Volume activation (KMS/MAK) Yes No No No No No No No No

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Note:
1   Archiving and compliance features are supported with this version of Office, but the Exchange Online and SharePoint Online plans are not included and must be purchased separately or used with supported on-premises server equivalents.
2    Azure Rights Management (RMS) isn’t included but can be purchased as a separate add-on in order to enable the supported IRM features.
3   Windows Server AD RMS is an on-premises server that must be purchased and managed separately in order to enable the supported IRM features.
4   If you have Office Professional Plus 2013 or a standalone version of Excel 2013, you can download and use the Power Map Preview for Excel 2013 as an unsupported add-in.


SharePoint Online
Developer features

SharePoint Online
Developer feature
Office 365 Business Essentials Office 365 Business Premium Office 365 Enterprise E1Office 365 Education E1Office 365 Government E1 Office 365 Enterprise E3Office 365 Education E3Office 365 Government E3 Office 365 Enterprise E4Office 365 Education E4Office 365 Government E4 Office 365 Enterprise K1Office 365 Government K1
Access Services Yes Yes Yes 2 Yes 2 Yes 2 Yes 2
App Catalog (SharePoint) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
App Deployment: Cloud-Hosted Apps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
App Deployment: SharePoint-Hosted Apps Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
App Management Services Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
BCS: Alerts for External Lists No No No Yes Yes No
BCS: App Scoped External Content Types (ECTs) No No No Yes Yes No
BCS: Business Data Webparts No No No Yes Yes No
BCS: External List No No No Yes Yes No
BCS: OData connector No No No Yes Yes No
BCS: Profile Pages No No No No No No
BCS: Rich Client Integration No No No No No No
BCS: Secure Store Service No No No Yes Yes No
BCS: Tenant-level external data log No No No Yes Yes No
Browser-based customizations Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Client Object Model (OM) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Client-side rendering (CSR) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Custom Site Definitions No No No No No No
Custom Site Provisioning No No No No No No
Developer Site Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Forms Based Applications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Full-Trust Solutions No No No No No No
InfoPath Forms Services No No No Yes Yes Yes
JavaScript Object Model Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
List and Library APIs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Remote Event Receiver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
REST API Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sandboxed Solutions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SharePoint Design Manager Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SharePoint Designer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SharePoint Store Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Workflow 2010 (.NET 3.5) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Workflow 2010 (out of the box) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Workflow 2013 Yes Yes Yes 1 Yes 1 Yes 1 Yes
Workload API: ECM APIs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Workload API: Search APIs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Workload API: Social APIs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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Note:1   Workflow 2013 is not yet available in Office 365 Government E1, Office 365 Government E3, or Office 365 Government E4 plans.
2   Access Services is currently not available for the following plans: Office 365 Government E1, Office 365 Government E3, Office 365 Government E4, Office 365 Government K1



SharePoint Online
IT Professional features

SharePoint Online
IT Professional features
Office 365 Business Essentials Office 365 Business Premium Office 365 Enterprise E1
Office 365 Education E1
Office 365 Government E1
Office 365 Enterprise E3
Office 365 Education E3
Office 365 Government E3
Office 365 Enterprise E4
Office 365 Education E4
Office 365 Government E4
Office 365 Enterprise K1
Office 365 Government K1
Active Directory Synchronization Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Alternate Access Mapping (AAM) No No No No No No
Analytics Platform Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Anti-malware protection Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Claims-Based Authentication Support No No No No No No
Configuration Wizards No No No No No No
Deferred Site Collection upgrade Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Distributed Cache No No No No No No
Data loss prevention No No No Yes Yes No
Encryption at rest Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Host Header Site Collections No No No No No No
Improved Permissions Management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Improved Self-Service Site Creation No Yes No No No No
Managed Accounts No No No No No No
Minimal Download Strategy (MDS) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
OAuth Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Patch Management No No No No No No
Quota Templates No No No No No No
Read-Only Database Support No No No No No No
Remote BLOB Storage No No No No No No
Request Management No No No No No No
Request throttling No No No No No No
Resource throttling No No No No No No
Service Application Platform Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SharePoint Health Analyzer No No No No No No
SharePoint admin center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No 1
Shredded Storage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Site Collection Compliance Policies Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Site Collection Health Checks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
State Service No No No No No No
Streamlined Central Administration No No No No No No
System Status Notifications No No No No No No
Unattached Content Database Recovery No No No No No No
Upgrade evaluation site collections Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Usage Reporting and Logging No No No No No No
Windows PowerShell Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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Note:1   Because Kiosk users can’t be administrators, tenants with Kiosk users need at least one Enterprise user to access the admin center.



SharePoint Online
Content features
Office 365 Business Essentials Office 365 Business Premium Office 365 Enterprise E1

Office 365 Education E1

Office 365 Government E1

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Office 365 Education E3

Office 365 Government E3

Office 365 Enterprise E4

Office 365 Education E4

Office 365 Government E4

Office 365 Enterprise K1

Office 365 Government K1

Accessibility Standards Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Asset Library Enhancements/Video Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auditing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auditing & Reporting (e.g. doc edits, policy edits, deletes) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Content Organizer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Design Manager Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Document Sets Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Document Translation in Word Online Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
eDiscovery Search Yes 5 Yes 5 Yes 5 Yes 5 Yes 5 Yes 5
eDiscovery Hold No 5 No 5 No 5 Yes 5 Yes 5 No 5
eDiscovery Export No 5 No 5 No 5 Yes 5 Yes 5 No 5
Email enabled lists and libraries No No No No No No
External Sharing: External Access Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
External Sharing: Guest Link Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Folder Sync Yes1 Yes1 Yes1 Yes Yes Yes2
IRM using Azure Rights Management No3 No3 No3 Yes Yes No 3 4
IRM using Windows Server AD RMS No No No No No No
Managed Metadata Service Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Metadata-driven Navigation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multi-stage Disposition Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Office Online (create/edit) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Office Online (view) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Office Web Apps Server integration No No No No No No
PowerPoint Automation Services No No No No No No
Preservation hold library No No No Yes Yes No
Quick Edit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Records management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Recycle Bin (SharePoint admin center) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Recycle Bin (site collection) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Related Items Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rich Media Management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shared Content Types Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SharePoint Translation Services Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Site mailbox Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Surveys Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unique Document IDs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Video Search No No No Yes Yes No
WCM: Analytics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WCM: Catalog No No No Yes Yes No
WCM: Category page and catalog item page No No No Yes Yes No
WCM: Search web parts No No No Yes Yes No
WCM: Cross-Site Publishing No No No Yes Yes No
WCM: Designer Tools Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WCM: Faceted navigation No No No Yes 6 Yes 6 No
WCM: Image Renditions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WCM: Managed navigation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WCM: Mobile and Device Rendering Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WCM: Multiple Domains No No No No No No
WCM: Recommendations Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WCM: Search Engine Optimizations (SEO) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Word Automation Services No No No No No No

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Note:

1   To use folder sync, you must have Office 2013 (Standard or Professional edition) or an Office 365 subscription that includes Office applications. Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Enterprise E1, Office 365 Education E1, and Office 365 Government E1 plans don’t include subscriptions to Office 2013. However, you can use folder sync if you have Office 2013 installed and subscribe to one of these plans.
2   Kiosk accounts have limited OneDrive for Business functionality. Kiosk customers can use the OneDrive for Business folder sync client application to sync team site document libraries with a shared computer and access documents offline. But kiosk accounts do not include a OneDrive for Business Personal Site, so they do not benefit from a OneDrive for Business personal library with 1 TB of online storage.
3    Azure Rights Management (RMS) is not included, but can be purchased as a separate add-in order to enable supported IRM features.
4   Because Kiosk users can’t be administrators, tenants with Kiosk users need at least one Enterprise user to access the admin center.
5   When you use eDiscovery features, the licensing requirement for a plan that permits that feature applies to all end users that are part of the eDiscovery action (Search, Hold, Export).
6   Authenticated SharePoint Online users can access private site collections with faceted navigation.



SharePoint Online
Insights features
Office 365 Business Essentials Office 365 Business Premium Office 365 Enterprise E1

Office 365 Education E1

Office 365 Government E1

Office 365 Enterprise E3

Office 365 Education E3

Office 365 Government E3

Office 365 Enterprise E4

Office 365 Education E4

Office 365 Government E4

Office 365 Enterprise K1

Office 365 Government K1

Business Intelligence Center No No No Yes Yes No
Calculated Measures and Members No No No Yes Yes No
Data Connection Library No No No Yes Yes No
Decoupled PivotTables and PivotCharts No No No Yes Yes No
Excel Services No No No Yes Yes No
Field list and Field Support No No No Yes Yes No
Filter Enhancements No No No Yes Yes No
Filter Search No No No Yes Yes No
PerformancePoint Services No No No No No No
PerformancePoint Services (PPS) Dashboard Migration No No No No No No
Power View for Excel in SharePoint No No No Yes Yes No
Power Pivot for Excel in SharePoint No No No Yes Yes No
Quick Explore No No No Yes Yes No
Scorecards & Dashboards Yes 1 Yes 1 Yes 1 Yes 1 Yes 1 Yes 1
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Integrated Mode No No No No No No
Timeline Slicer No No No Yes Yes No
Visio Services No No No Yes Yes No

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Note:

1 Scorecards & Dashboards are not available for the following plans: Office 365 Education E1, Office 365 Education E3, Office 365 Education E4, Office 365 Government E1, Office 365 Government E3, Office 365 Government E4, Office 365 Government K1



Credits

Myself, I get all the credit this time! :-)

References

Office 365 Plan Options
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office-365-plan-options.aspx
Office Applications Service Description
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office-applications-service-description.aspx
Comparison of Rights Management Services (RMS) Offerings
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/dn858608 Office365logo _________________________________________________________

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Office 365 – DTD is prohibited in this document issue

April 16, 2015 Leave a comment

 

 

 

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Got trouble Connection PowerShell to SharePoint online? This could be the resolution to your troubles.
I had this myself, or we had it in our Company tenant. This is what the issue was and this is how I fixed it:

When trying to connect to PowerShell for SharePoint Online, using the Connect-SPOService command, we got a error that did not tell us anything.

PS dtd error 1

The error is:
Connect-SPOService : For security reasons DTD is prohibited in this document. To enable DTD processing set DtdProcessing property on XmlReaderSettings to Parse and pass the settings into XmlReader.Create method.

Well, its almost a joke right…
When searching the web for information on this particular, I struck zero…all I could find related to the ISP and the default search provider something. I quickly dismissed them as unrelated.
Then after some time had passed, I found a similar issue, this seemed related and it was a connectivity issue same as mine (If I still had the link I would give credit to where credit is due). This fellow had resolved the issue by adding a missing DNS record.
This made me think, since our tenant has existed since way Before Office 365 existed (BPOS) perheps we were also missing some of the required DNS records?
I checked with my collegues, and apparently we were missing the record as well.

So, if you ever see or get the ‘DTD prohibited’ issue, remember to check the DNS for the following record:

Type: CNAME
Alias: MSOID
Target: clientconfig.microsoftonline-p.net
Info: Used by Office 365 to direct authentication to the correct identity platform More Information

After I added this to DNS, Connect-SPOService works just fine!

SPO-Connect

 

Microsoft’s official explaination on the DNS record:
What’s the purpose of the additional Office 365 CNAME record?
When you run a client application that works with Office 365 such as Lync, Outlook, Windows PowerShell or Microsoft Azure Active Directory Sync tool, your credentials must be authenticated. Office 365 uses a CNAME record to point to the correct authentication endpoint for your location, which ensures rapid authentication response times.If this CNAME record is missing for your domain, these applications will use a default authentication endpoint in the United States, which means authentication might be slower. If this CNAME record isn’t configured properly, for example, if you have a typo in the Points to address, these applications won’t be able to authenticate.

If Office 365 manages your domain’s DNS records,, Office 365 sets up this CNAME record for you.

If you are managing DNS records for your domain at your DNS host, to create this record, you create this record yourself by following the instructions for your DNS host.

 

References and Credits
Nope, not this time…Credits & many thanks to To all of you.

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Loopback Check configuration Tool released – free download

December 12, 2013 1 comment

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Hi All.

It is here! Free for all! DOWNLOAD

I am happy to announce that the Loopback Check Tool has finally been made available at Codeplex – https://loopbackchecktool.codeplex.com
No more last minute t-shooting the loopback check and ending up disabling it, trying to find the KB or a decent blog post on how to do it.

This Tool takes care of it all for you. Download the exe, put it on your servers, run it to configure the Loopback Check feature simple and easy.

Its simple.
Its small (21kb zipped)
Only click and make it happen
No installation, one single exe that works on most Windows Servers (and clients)
Disable the Loopback check completely (Not recommended)
Enable or Disable the Loopback Check function
Enable it and add excluded URLs (Recommended, now easy to do)

This is a preview image of what the tool looks like

Form

The tool works fine on:

Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2008
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 8.1
And probably a few more…

References:

You receive error 401.1 when you browse a Web site that uses Integrated Authentication and is hosted on IIS 5.1 or a later version
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896861/en-us

A quick guide to configuring the Loopback check
http://blog.blksthl.com/2013/05/07/a-quick-guide-to-configuring-the-loopback-check/

DisableLoopbackCheck & SharePoint: What every admin and developer should know.
http://www.harbar.net/archive/2009/07/02/disableloopbackcheck-amp-sharepoint-what-every-admin-and-developer-should-know.aspx

Thanks to:

Herakles and Gutke!

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Create a bootable Windows Server 2012 R2 installation USB flash drive

October 18, 2013 17 comments

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Hi Windows connoisseurs! (wiki)

(This is essentially a remake of my Create a bootable Windows 8.1 installation USB flash drive post.) The setps are the same so you can easily follow that post or use this slightly updated version.

In this guide I will help you find a way to install Windows Server 2012 R2 quick and easy, from a simple USB flash drive. It’s really easy, but you still need to Think about a few things.
I’ll list them here and if you want, you can follow the step by step guide below.

Quicksteps:

1. Get a USB Flash drive formatted with FAT32, it has to be AT LEAST 8GB! (The Windows Server 2012R2 installation bits will not fit on a 4GB USB drive…)
2. Download and install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool from Microsoft Store here or Codeplex here  (It is an official Microsoft tool, totally wierdly named from the Windows 7 release but still very much valid!)
3. Download or locate a ‘Windows Server 2012 R2′ .iso file and store it locally on your harddrive.
4. Start the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool (from startbutton or ‘windows 8/Metro’ style startmenu’?)
5. Complete the steps 1-4
6. Insert the USB flash drive into the powered off PC to install, Power on and boot from USB drive (F9 at HP logo on HP Machines).
7. Install Windows Server as you would normally.
8. Done!

This guide in its entirety works just as well if you replace the Windows Server 2012 R2 .iso file with Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012 or plain Windows 8 (Windows Server 2008 R2 not verified but willmost likely also work)

Step by step:

1. USB Flash Drive

Prepare a USB flash drive for installation, is has to be at least 8 GB in size and it has to be formatted with FAT32. It does not have to be erased, the tool will do that for you if needed.

USB

Before

2. Download and install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool from Microsoft Store or Codeplex. The Links are as follows:

http://images2.store.microsoft.com/prod/clustera/framework/w7udt/1.0/en-us/Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe
or
http://wudt.codeplex.com

Run the .exe file, you will have to be a local administrator on your machine for it to install properly.

1

Click Next

2

Click Install

3

Click Finish

3. Locate a Windows Server 2012 R2 .iso file. This file should be placed on a local harddrive. It does not matter where you put it, as long as it is on a local HD and it is accessable to you when running the tool, meaning that you have access to where the file is stored in the filesystem.

4. After the installation of the tool has completed, you will suddenly notice this tile:

MetroIcon

You can also just use the search function, in ‘metro mode’ simply type Windows 7 and you will see it and its uninstall app.
Start the tool
Click Ok at the User Account Control popup dialog
The first screen should now look like this:

ChooseISO

5. Hit the Browse button to locate your Windows Server 2012 R2 installation iso file.

Step1

In my test, I’m using an .iso file downloaded from TechNet Subscriber downloads (soon to be no more)
It does not have to be from TechNet, it can be MSDN or Volume Licensing or really any form of Windows Server 2012 R2 installation iso.

Click ‘Next’

Step2ChooseMedia

Click on ‘USB device’
If you see the window below, that means that the USB drive is either not plugged in properly, or it has the wrong formatting or insufficient storage or similar. Make sure that you have a USB flash drive that meets: 4GB minimum+FAT32.

Step2ChooseMediaNoUSB

Insert a USB drive that meets the requirements and press the refresh button
Now, click on the ‘Begin copying’ button.

If the USB drive was ok, the copying will begin, but if not, if it still had files still on it, you will see this dialog:

Erase1

Click Erase to continue

Erase2

Click Yes and the formatting and copying process will begin.

Step4

Step42

Let it do its thing until it reaches 100%

When it has finished formatting and copying files, you are done.

USB

After!

6. Next step, is to insert the USB drive into the PC you want to install Windows Server 2012 R2 on, Power it off completely and Power on again.
Use BIOS settings to select ‘boot from USB’ or like on a HP machine, hit F9 at the HP logo screen to boot directly from USB.

7. Let the Installation begin! The Windows installation is pretty much standard. A Clean install is described here.  The setup of Windows 8, which is pretty much the same, is described here

8. Done!

References:

Install and Deploy Windows Server 2012 (R2)
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831620.aspx

Thanks to:

Herakles and Gutke!

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Enjoy!

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Create a bootable Windows 8.1 installation USB flash drive

October 8, 2013 14 comments

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Hi Windows Lovers!?

(Looking to install Windows Server? The same steps apply, but for a server specific guide, go here Create a bootable Windows Server 2012 R2 installation USB flash drive)

This time I’ll help you find a way to install Windows 8.1 quick and easy, from a simple USB flash drive. It’s a piece of cake really, but a few things you need to know about.
I’ll list them here and if you want, you can follow the step by step guide below.

Quicksteps:

1. Get a USB Flash drive formatted with FAT32, it has to be AT LEAST 4GB!
2. Download and install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool from Microsoft Store HERE or Codeplex HERE  (It is an official Microsoft tool, totally wierdly named from the Windows 7 release but still very much valid!)
3. Download or locate a ‘Windows 8.1′ .iso file and store it locally on your harddrive.
4. Start the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool (from startbutton or ‘windows 8 style startmenu’?)
5. Complete the steps 1-4
6. Insert the USB flash drive into the powered off PC to install, Power on and boot from USB drive (F9 at HP logo on HP Machines).
7. Install Windows as you would normally.
8. Done!

This guide in its entirety works just as well if you replace the Windows 8.1 .iso file with Windows 7, Windows Server 2012 or plain Windows 8 (Windows Server 2008 R2 not verified but willmost likely also work)

Step by step:

1. USB Flash Drive

Prepare a USB flash drive for installation, is has to be at least 4 GB in size and it has to be formatted with FAT32. It does not have to be erased, the tool will do that for you if needed.

USB

Before

2. Download and install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool from Microsoft Store or Codeplex. The Links are as follows:

http://images2.store.microsoft.com/prod/clustera/framework/w7udt/1.0/en-us/Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe
or
http://wudt.codeplex.com

Run the .exe file, you will have to be a local administrator on your machine for it to install properly.

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Click Next

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Click Install

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Click Finish

3. Locate a Windows 8.1 .iso file. This file should be placed on a local harddrive. It does not matter where you put it, as long as it is on a local HD and it is accessable to you when running the tool, meaning that you have access to where the file is stored in the filesystem.

4. After the installation of the tool has completed, you will suddenly notice this tile:

MetroIcon

You can also just use the search function, in ‘metro mode’ simply type Windows 7 and you will see it and its uninstall app.
Start the tool
Click Ok at the User Account Control popup dialog
The first screen should now look like this:

ChooseISO

5. Hit the Browse button to locate your Windows 8.1 installation iso file.

ChooseISO2

In my test, I’m using an .iso file downloaded from TechNet Subscriber downloads (soon to be no more)
It does not have to be from TechNet, it can be MSDN or Volume Licensing or really any form of Windows 8.1 installation iso.

Click ‘Next’

Step2ChooseMedia

Click on ‘USB device’
If you see the window below, that means that the USB drive is either not plugged in properly, or it has the wrong formatting or insufficient storage or similar. Make sure that you have a USB flash drive that meets: 4GB minimum+FAT32.

Step2ChooseMediaNoUSB

Insert a USB drive that meets the requirements and press the refresh button
Now, click on the ‘Begin copying’ button.

If the USB drive was ok, the copying will begin, but if not, if it still had files still on it, you will see this dialog:

Erase1

Click Erase to continue

Erase2

Click Yes and the formatting and copying process will begin.

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Step42

Let it do its thing until it reaches 100%

When it has finished formatting and copying files, you are done.

USB

After!

6. Next step, is to insert the USB drive into the PC you want to install Windows 8.1 on, Power it off completely and Power on again.
Use BIOS settings to select ‘boot from USB’ or like on a HP machine, hit F9 at tghe HP logo screen to boot directly from USB.

7. Let the Installation begin! The Windows installation is pretty much standard. A Clean install is described here.  The setup of Windows 8, which is the same, is described here

8. Done!

References:

Thanks to:

As Always, Mattias Gutke! At CAG for some strange reason….Always a friend, a great help and a second opinion!

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Move your SharePoint IIS sites from the systemdrive(C:)

August 31, 2013 3 comments

Move your SharePoint IIS sites from the systemdrive(C:)
or avoid putting them there in the first Place.

Lionx

Do you see the lion that is totally in the wrong Place…or is it the Jeeps that are…?

Deal fellow SharePointlovers!

This time, I’ll try to show you how to avoid the messed up situation most SharePoint installations are in, with everything on the systemdrive, or C:
Now, us people have over time been better and better at one thing, we understand that the logfiles should not be located on the systemdrive, so we have learned over time to move the ULS log and the Usage and Health log from C:, some have even been clever enough to move even the IIS log from C:

But, what do we still always, always, always, find installed on C:?… … …yes, C:\inetpub!

It not very strange though, the developers of Windows Server have made a point out of not giving us an option to install inetpub on a different path, not unless you do an unattended installation or otherwise script or Control your installation. The ‘Add/Remove roles’ wizards in Server 2008, 2008R2 and 2012 all lack this option (for a reason).

BUT! This is intentially, the default inetpub location should and must be in the systemdrive, IIS is considered an operating system Component and has to be there for a number of reasons. At the end you will find a link to a KB article that explains this in more detail. Leave inetpub and its subfolders where it is!

So, why would we want to do this anyway
why move the inetpub and all of its content, or at least the separate site catalogs to a different drive?
– Separation (Performance and Security)
– Compartmentalization (Performance and Security)
Having averything on the same drive is bad for a few reasons, primarily performance and security. Perfomance since the OS is on the C drive and security because if an attacker by some means gets access to a different less secure applications sitecatalog, they also get access to the systemdrive and possible also all other webapplication sitecatalogs. Moving them to other drives, same or different, helps mitigate both possible issues.
I therefore recommend doing this:

Do your regular installation, add the Web Server role and let the inetpub folder end up on C:, like I said, no worries. Whats important for us will not be located there anyway.
Next, edit the registry to make the default location of inetpub be for example D: (unless this is were you will be putting all of your logfiles, then select a third or fourth drive)
Install the SharePoint as you would normally do, Central administration will now end up were you pointed the default location.
Create your Web Applications using the GUI or PowerShell and leave out the path, the IIS sites will be were you wanted them.

So, how do we do this in more detail? A Guide…

Configure the Web Server(s)

1. Configure the default location

On all of your web servers in the farm, and on your Central Administration server(s), edit the registry key that Controls the default location:

Start regedit by, Right clicking in the very lower left corner and you will get a list of actions, click on Run.

Reg1x

Type Regedit and click Ok.

Reg2x

Click Yes in the UAC dialog.

Reg3

In Registry Editor, we locate the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\InetStp

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Reg5x

Under ‘InetStp’ we have a number of keys.

Reg6x

Locate and Edit the key PathWWWRoot from the default: (%systemdrive%)

Regbeforex

to: (D: or where you prefer to locate it, E: F: G: H:…)

Regafterx

There you go! All set, no IIS reset or restarts of any kind required.
Like said before, go on and do this on all servers that will host a webserver (WFE or CA). If you don’t, then you will have an inconsistent setup making Everything very hard to setup and t-shoot.

2. Add SharePoint
After this has been changed on all of you r web servers, you can go ahead and install the SharePoint binaries and configure your farm, The Central Administration site will now be located on the drive you have specified, it will be in the exact same path as it normally would but on a different drive. For example: ‘D:\inetpub\wwwroot\wss\VirtualDirectories\20000\’

Note that the Central Administration UI will now be default suggest a different path:

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If you create a new site using PowerShell, it will also by default put it in D: even if you don’t specify any path:

New-SPWebApplication -Name TheVeryFirst -ApplicationPool SharePoint -HostHeader theveryfirst.corp.balkestahl.se -Port 80 -Url theveryfirst.corp.balkestahl.se -DatabaseServer blksthl-sql -DatabaseName SP11_Content_TheVeryFirst

As you can see, were done! :-)

Donex

For the logfiles, I’ll make a separate post, they should also be moved, more so even than the sitefolders. Logfiles will fill up the disks, they will slow performance and maybe most importantly, they contain delicate information that you want to keep separated from the OS and IIS.

References:

Guidance for relocation of IIS 7.0 and IIS 7.5 content directories
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2752331

Configure ULS log and Usage and Health log location
http://blog.blksthl.com/2013/06/05/configure-uls-log-and-usage-and-health-log-location/

Thanks to:

Mikael Nyström (The Deployment Bunny) – Truesec
Mattias Gutke – CAG


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Hardware requirements for all SharePoint 2013 components summarized

November 19, 2012 2 comments


Update 2013-01-28 – New note added : Certain Installation Scenarios not supported


Listed below are all of the Hardware requirements that have been announced for SharePoint 2013 and it’s connected services and products.
Covered in the list are, in this order:

 SharePoint_logo_small  SharePoint Forundation 2013
 SharePoint_logo_small  SharePoint Server 2013
 Office_logo_small  Office Web Applications 2013
 Project_logo_small  Project Server 2013
 SQL_logo_small  SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services in Integrated mode
 SQL_logo_small  SQL Server 2012 PowerPivot
 SQL_logo_small  SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services Server
 blksthl_B_small  Reference links




Note: In addition to the listed HW requirements below, note that certain Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 installation scenarios are not supported
Not supported are: Dynamic Memory, ReFS(Resilient File system), Install on a DC, Install in a Workgroup, Install on Windows Web Server.

see Microsoft KB: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2764086

SharePoint Foundation 2013                 Deployment type and scale                 RAM                 Processor                 Hard disk space
Single server with a built-in database or single server that uses SQL Server Development or evaluation installation of SharePoint Foundation 2013 8 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Web and application server in a two-tier farm Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of SharePoint Foundation 2013 8 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
database servers in a two-tier farm Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of SharePoint Foundation 2013 8 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive

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SharePoint Server 2013 Deployment type and scale RAM Processor Hard disk space
Single server with a built-in database or single server that uses SQL Server Development or evaluation installation of SharePoint Server 2013 24 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Web server or application server in a three-tier farm Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of SharePoint Server 2013 12 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
database servers in environments that have multiple servers in the farm/multi tier Small deployments 8 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
database servers in environments that have multiple servers in the farm/multi tier Medium deployments 16 GB 64-bit, 8 cores 80 GB for system drive
database servers in environments that have multiple servers in the farm/multi tier Large deployments See link See link See link

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Office Web Applications 2013 Deployment type and scale RAM Processor Hard disk space
Office Web Apps server Development or evaluation installation of Office Web Apps 8 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Office Web Apps server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Office Web Apps 12 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive

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Project Server 2013, Small dataset scenario Deployment type and scale RAM Processor Hard disk space
Minimum requirement, single–server deployment Development or evaluation installation of Project Server 2013 24 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Front-end web and Application server hardware Development or evaluation installation of Project Server 2013 8 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Front-end web and Application server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Project Server 2013 16 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Database server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Project Server 2013 16 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive

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Project Server 2013, Medium dataset scenario Deployment type and scale RAM Processor Hard disk space
Minimum requirement, front-end web server Development or evaluation installation of Project Server 2013 8 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Minimum requirement, application server Development or evaluation installation of Project Server 2013 8 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Minimum requirement, database server Development or evaluation installation of Project Server 2013 16 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 100 GB for system drive
Recommended, front-end web server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Project Server 2013 16 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Recommended, application server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Project Server 2013 16 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 100 GB for system drive
Recommended, database server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Project Server 2013 32 GB 64-bit, 8 cores 160 GB for system drive
Note: Ideally, you should separate and prioritize data among disks. Place your data files and your SQL Server transaction logs on separate physical hard disks. RAID 5 should provide a good compromise between reliability, and throughput.

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Project Server 2013, Large dataset scenario Deployment type and scale RAM Processor Hard disk space
Recommended, front-end web server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Project Server 2013 16 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Recommended, application server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Project Server 2013 16 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 100 GB for system drive
Minimum requirement, database server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Project Server 2013 32 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 250 GB for system drive
Recommended, database server Pilot, user acceptance test, or production deployment of Project Server 2013 64 GB 64-bit, 8 cores 300 GB or more
Note: Ideally, you should separate and prioritize data among disks. Place your data files and your SQL Server transaction logs on separate physical hard disks. RAID 5 should provide a good compromise between reliability, and throughput.

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SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services, SharePoint Integrated mode Deployment type and scale RAM Processor Hard disk space
Reporting Services 2012 Add-on Must be Installed on a SharePoint Server 2013 Web Server 12 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive
Reporting Services 2012 Service Application Must be Installed on a SharePoint Server 2013 Application Server 12 GB 64-bit, 4 cores 80 GB for system drive

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PowerPivot in SharePoint Mode Deployment type and scale RAM Processor Hard disk space
Standalone PowerPivot for SharePoint 2013 server that is not part of the SharePoint farm Minimum requirement 8 GB 64-bit, 2 cores 80 GB or more
Standalone PowerPivot for SharePoint 2013 server that is not part of the SharePoint farm Recommended 64 GB 64-bit, 16 cores 80 GB or more

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SQL Server 2012 SP1 Analysis Server in SharePoint mode Deployment type and scale RAM Processor Hard disk space
SQL Server 2012 SP1 Analysis Server in SharePoint mode Runs outside a SharePoint 2013 farm SQL, see link SQL, see link SQL, see link

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References:

Software, hardware, and configuration requirements for Office Web Apps Server
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219435.aspx#software

Hardware and software requirements for SharePoint 2013
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262485(v=office.15)#hwforwebserver

Hardware and software requirements for Project Server 2013
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee683978

Hardware and Software Requirements for Reporting Services Server in SharePoint Mode for SharePoint 2013
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj714188.aspx

Hardware and Software Requirements for Analysis Services Server in SharePoint Mode (SQL Server 2012 SP1)
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/fb86ca0a-518c-4c61-ae78-7680c57fae1f

Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2012
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/09bcf20b-0a40-4131-907f-b61479d5e4d8

Certain Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 installation scenarios are not supported
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2764086

Use best practice configurations for the SharePoint 2013 virtual machines and Hyper-V Environment
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff621103.aspx

I know I will use this to make my life easier until I get it all memorized…I hope that it may help you as well. Any feedback or recommended additions to the tables will be appreciated.
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