Outlook.com – Windows 10 Shared Calendar Time Out


So I have been having a couple of issues with shared calendars on Outlook.com using Windows 10.

The first issue is the regular reminders I get telling me that  I need to ‘fix my account’ settings for my wife’s shared calendar. When I try to fix this, and provide her password and PIN, I am told that the PIN is incorrect – despite resetting her PIN.

The second issue is that (all of a sudden) my wife can no longer see my shared calendar – so time to fix this!

Simply sharing my calendar again did not work – I just got a spinning circle next to the “Adding calendar …” status and nothing happened.

To resolve the issue I had to remove my wife’s PIN from all of her computers. After rebooting them I re-shared my calendar and it worked.

Refer to the steps below to see how to reset your PIN and share your Calendar.

How to reset your PIN


To remove your PIN click Start, then type Settings and open the Settings app. Navigate to Accounts, Sign-in options and then under the PIN heading click the Remove button.


How to Share your Calendar

First access your Calendar here: https://outlook.live.com/owa/

Click Share from the toolbar and then select the calendar you want to share.

Share Calendar

Note: If you are already sharing this calendar with the intended recipient click the trash can icon next to their name to revoke their permissions.

Next, enter the email address of the person you want to share your calendar with then click the Share button and then Done.

Share Calendar 2

Hope that this helps someone else out there!

Ubuntu Server – Mounting a Windows Share Using the Command Line

When I started writing this post I wanted to mount a Windows share in Ubuntu and backup files from Ubuntu  onto my Windows Home Server (WHS).

Since then I have begun looking at other options like TimeDicer and rdiff-backup – so I have not decided yet on which path I will take to backup /var/www directories and different MySQL databases.

Nevertheless I did succesfully get a share on my Windows Home Server (WHS) mounted, as follows.

First I chose to create a new user on WHS called vmbackup and this process created the vmbackup user share //WHS/Users/vmbackup.

Now on to the steps that we need to complete on Ubuntu Server.

I like to use nano to edit files on Ubuntu Server – and you can install nano as follows:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nano

Because I want to backup to a Windows share I also need to install the Samba filesystem:

sudo apt-get install smbfs

The next step is to edit the /etc/hosts file and add a reference that points to my Windows PC:

sudo nano /etc/hosts

The IP address of my WHS is so I added the following line to my /etc/hosts file: whs

In nano press Ctrl + O and then Enter to save and then Ctrl + X to exit.

Now create a local directory that we will use to map our WHS share to:

sudo mkdir /mnt/whs-backup

To mount the Windows share we need to edit /etc/fstab with the path to the Windows share and the local mount point as follows:

sudo nano /etc/fstab

Add the following line to /etc/fstab:

//whs/users/vmbackup  /mnt/whs-backup  cifs exec,credentials=
/etc/cifspw,rw,uid=ubuntu-username 0 0

Note that the above line points to /etc/cifspw for credentials for mouting the Windows share. Also note that the uid refers to your Ubuntu Server username. If you do not include a uid and username then only the root user will have write permissions to the Windows share.

Create the /etc/cifspw file:

sudo nano /etc/cifspw

Enter your credentials to the Windows share:


Obviously you will need to specify your own username and password.

Secure /etc/cifspw as follows:

sudo chmod 600 /etc/cifspw

Mount the Windows share with the following command:

sudo mount -a

At this point reboot Ubuntu Server so that it can pick up permissions for the Windows share:

sudo reboot

Quickly check that you have write permissions as follows:

cd /mnt/whs-backup
touch text.txt

You should be able to create the test.txt file without any issues.

Hopefully this will help you is you are having issues mounting a Windows Share in Ubuntu.

Sources: industriousone and the Ubuntu Forum,