Monthly Archives: August 2018


How to fix slow opening Downloads directory

For some time I noticed that it took like forever to open my Windows Downloads folder. Even on an i7 32 GB SSD device it took about 10 seconds (!) for me to view the files in my Downloads directory.  The slow loading Downloads (or other folder!) folder problem occurs, because, by default, Windows is trying to create thumbnails.

This is how to solve this problem :

Open File Explorer. You can get there by hitting Windows key & E, go to your downloads folder and select properties :

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Select General items (or Diverse bestanden in Dutch :-))

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Make sure to select the check box below to enable inheritance.

Your downloads folder is now instantly available!


How to update Onedrive (for Business) to the latest version

In this blogpost I describe how you can easily update your Onedrive 4 B version to the latest version.

Go to the following directory : %appdata%\Local\Microsoft\Onedrive

There you will find the following files and folders :

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Double click OneDriveStandaloneUpdater.. this automatically downloads the latest version of OneDrive into the Update folder.

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Now execute OneDriveSetup to update to the latest version. It’s as easy as that!


How to backup QNAP NAS data to Microsoft Azure storage

It’s very easy to backup all your data on your QNAP NAS to the public Cloud from Azure. In this blogpost I’m describing all the necessary steps.

Create A Storage account

First make sure you have an active Azure account with a subscription. You can easily sign up for a one month free trial period. Go to portal.azure.com and create a Storage account. Go to the big plus, and select Storage/Storage account.

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Ok, let’s create a storage account :

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Give it a name, Storage v1 is alright. Local redundancy is cheaper then Global Redundancy.  Default performance is more then enough, choose your subscription and give your new resourcegroup a fancy name 🙂

It takes a couple of seconds for this account to be created. Now go to your storage account and copy the Access Keys (Toegangssleutels in Dutch), You will need that later on.

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Ok… step 2

Download the Azure Storage APP

Go to your QNAP interface and download the QNAP Azure Storage APP.

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(Choose App Center)

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Choose Backup / Sync and then Azure Storage

After downloading & installing, open the App:

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Go to Account, to configure your Storage Account.

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The first name can be anything, the second name is the name of your storage account (without the UPN..) and the last is the secret key your copied earlier. Make sure you select the SSL option.

You now can create a new Backup Job. It’s very easily and doesn’t need any explanation. The App has all the necessary options you wish for :

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Take notice : it’s recommended to encrypt all your data on Azure. So that no one has access to your data. Even when they have access to your storage account! Don’t forget your password, no one else can recover it!

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You can tune these options when you wish.

It can take some time when you back-up your entire NAS to Azure. It’s recommended create multiple tasks. A task for each folder.

Costs

Wat about pricing? Check out the costs here : https://azure.microsoft.com/nl-nl/pricing/details/backup/

In my case I use 2 TB for approx € 40 monthly.


How to migrate from Evernote to OneNote

For the last couple of years I’m using Evernote. And frankly.. I’m quite happy with Evernote. But besides Evernote, I’m also using EverNote for Business purposes and why not use EverNote for both of them?

Evernote Premium costs $ 49,99 or $ 59,99 yearly and when you are already using Microsoft Office 365 ($69,99 yearly) that seems a bit unnecessary.

I never investigated how to migrate from EverNote to another solution but found out that’s be very easy. Microsoft developed a migration tool which is very easily to use.

Download the Migration tool here:

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Make sure you have the Evernote tool installed on your device. Alright let’s start the migration tool:

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Click to accept the License terms. 🙂

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Choose the Evernote content you wish to migrate.

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Sign in with your Microsoft OneNote account and the migration starts off! Depending on your number of notes it can take some time.

The migration tool creates a new tab for every 100 notes :

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How to download Windows Server 2019 Insider Preview

In this blogpost I’m going to describe the steps to Download Windows Server 2019 Insider Preview.

First subscribe to the Windows Insider Program : https://insider.windows.com/en-us

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After answering a couple of questions you have an account on Windows Insider.

Now go to the Windows Server Insider Preview : www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windowsinsiderpreviewserver

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Now select the version (ISO, VHDX format etc), language etc to download and Microsoft will you provide you with a download link to download your Windows Server 2019 Insider Preview!