Apr 062017

Microsoft recently added a new feature that by default prevents the opening of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files sent as attachments in Outlook. When attempting to open, users may receive error messages like the one below.

These error messages usually do not define the problem.  For example, looking at the above error message it’s telling the user the document cannot be opened due to lack of disk space or memory, when it can’t open due to this new setting.

It is recommended to save the attachments to your computer before opening but if you would like to open within Outlook and disable this feature follow the steps below to do so.

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Select File –> Options
  3. After the options window appears select Trust Center –> Trust Center Settings.
  4. In the new windows select Protected View and uncheck the third box.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for Excel and PowerPoint.

Upon the completion of these steps close and reopen Outlook and you should be able to open all Word, Excel, and PowerPoint attachments with no issues.

 Posted by at 12:26 pm
Feb 242017

Recently we found a great tool to test network performance called JPerf. JPerf is a GUI that builds and run the IPerf network performance measurement tool command for you, all you have to do is input the required fields. Using JPerf is very simple. First, you will need two machines, one to act as a server and one to act as a client, both with JPerf installed. Then, select one machine to be the server and record the IP address. On the other machine configure it as the client and input the IP in the “Server Address” field. By default, JPerf will run for 10 seconds and send as many bits as possible. This default behavior can be changed using the options on the left hand side. After that, hit run and then JPerf will begin testing and outputting the results on a graph and in list view.


JPerf lets you test network performance through the LAN as well as VPN connections which can be very useful for troubleshooting making it a very useful tool. If someone complains that something is slow this is a great way to test the throughput of your wireless network, VPN, or LAN.

JPerf can be downloaded from the following link.


 Posted by at 4:22 pm