Microsoft Education in the Cloud

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  • Blog Post: Office 365 Shared Mailbox Tool

    In Office 365 for education, as it stands today, creating shared mailboxes involves using Windows PowerShell which, to the uninitiated, can be complex task. As an aside, it’s worth getting to grips with PowerShell as it’s a great way to aid managing the service! Shared mailboxes are useful for generic...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for education Deployment Resources

    Over the last few months I’ve come across some fantastic resources to help customers deploy Office 365 more easily and more efficiently. I decided it was finally time to put a post together to bring all of those resources onto one page – I’ll keep adding to this as I find more useful or up to date material...
  • Blog Post: What type of hardware do I need for a Dirsync server?

    This was a question asked by a community college customer deploying Office 365 for Education near Seattle. Dirsync server syncs AD user objects, groups, contacts to Office 365. User objects are synced as MSO IDs and all mail enabled objects are synced to Exchange Online. What server hardware...
  • Blog Post: Customer Story: Achieving consistent SSO with AD FS 2.0 and Office 365 for education

    AD FS 2.0 offers institutions who are deploying Office 365 for education a really rich and effective way to provide a single sign-on experience to users. With just one set of credentials teachers and pupils can access the full range of resources that Office 365 for education has to offer. For some...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Migrating to Live@edu and Office 365 for education

    This Thursday, 1st March (St. David’s day, if you’re Welsh!), and again on the 6th of March, we’ll be running a webcast where you can learn about some of the different methods and tools there are to aid your migration to the cloud! The webcast will cover both services at a high level and there’ll be...
  • Blog Post: What are the system requirements for Office 365 for education?

    An important part of preparing to deploy Office 365 for education services is making sure that all the system requirements are met for the machines used by administrators and users to connect. There are minimum levels supported and recommended for client operating systems (PC or Mac), browser versions...
  • Blog Post: 64-bit Directory Synchronization tool available for download from Office 365 Portal

    If you are planning to deploy the Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization tool (DirSync) for synchronization from Active Directory to Office 365, then we have some important news for you. There’s a 32-bit DirSync client AND a 64-bit DirSync client available for download at the Office 365...
  • Blog Post: Is your IT environment ready for Office 365 for education?

    If you’re looking at deploying Office 365 for education this summer a question you need to ask yourself is: is your IT environment ready for Office 365 for education? Are you running compatible operating systems, or versions of Microsoft Office? The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) toolkit can...
  • Blog Post: Top Ways to prepare for an Office 365 deployment

    If you’re looking at deploying Office 365 for education at your institution, but you’re wondering what the best way to prepare is, then look no further! Over on the phenomenally useful Office 365 community there is a wiki page that steps through all the things you need to think about when preparing for...
  • Blog Post: FREE Webcast Series

    Between now and Christmas 2011 we’ll be running a free webcast series that we’d like you to be a part of! Over three sessions we’ll be talking about what Microsoft Live@edu is, how you can deploy and migrate to it, and how you can promote it at your institution. There will be lots of opportunities to...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell–THE best way to manage Live@edu

    All the leaves are brown… Ok, so maybe they’re still a little green. Either way the busy summer holidays are now over and the long march to Christmas begins. Naturally this means that network managers have nothing to do for 3 months, right? For those who have just deployed Live@edu, or for those who...
  • Blog Post: Is there a way users can self-migrate from Google Apps Gmail into Office 365?

    I get asked about how to migrate from Google Apps for Education to Office 365 Education every day from my education customers. There are several ways to do this: native Office 365 IMAP migration tools, 3rd party IMAP migration tools, 3rd party cloud based migration tools (if you also want to migrate...
  • Blog Post: What are my options to deploy Office 365 ProPlus?

    This is becoming a popular question in education now that Student Advantage is coming very soon.  I put together a quick FAQ to answer some of these common questions. What is Office 365 ProPlus Click-to-Run and how does it differ from MSI/ISO installations? There are several differences including...
  • Blog Post: Live@edu Deployment and Marketing Kits

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas… Can you believe it’s nearly Christmas already? It’s been a whole year since I started writing for this blog and what an exciting year we’ve had! As many of you break up for the holidays you’ll probably be looking forward to mince pies, roast turkey and the ubiquitous...
  • Blog Post: Decommissioning Exchange 2010 servers in a Hybrid Deployment

    Often customers I speak to like the idea of a hybrid deployment in order to keep their staff users on their local Exchange servers, while taking advantage of Exchange Online in Office 365 for education for their students and maintaining a rich co-existence between the two environments. With the continued...
  • Blog Post: What desktop updates do I need for Office 365 for Education?

    This was a question from a university in northern California deploying Office 365 for Education for faculty, staff and students.   Step 1 – Ensure your workstations meet the minimum Office 365 requirements The first thing you need to do is assess what current state your workstations are in relative...
  • Blog Post: Live@edu Upgrade: Are your details up to date?

    If you’re anything like me then you’re excitedly waiting to find about when you’ll be able to get your Live@edu tenant upgraded to Office 365 for education. Hot on the heels of the upgrade portal I talked about recently , I have some more information to share. In order to make the upgrade process smooth...
  • Blog Post: What firewall ports do I need open to connect to Office 365 for Education?

    This was a question for a large university in Arizona moving faculty, staff and students to Office 365. Here are the ports from the deployment guide (note: these are subject to change so refer here to the latest Port and IP list):   * SMTP Relay with Exchange Online requires TCP port 587 and requires...
  • Blog Post: FREE Live@edu Deployment Webcast

    Who likes free stuff? I know I do! Well, I’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to join our FREE deployment webcast where you can hear about some of the many ways in which you can get the most value from the service. There’ll also be lots of time for Q&A with our UK deployment specialist;...
  • Blog Post: What do you get with Exchange Hybrid?

      This was a question from a university in Utah looking to deploy students on Office 365 and keep their faculty staff with on prem Exchange 2010. What does Exchange Hybrid deployment mean? Exchange Hybrid deployment means you want to maintain rich coexistence with Exchange Online and an Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Distribution Groups–Part 2

    Now you see me… Now you don’t! In part one of this blog-couplet I talked about how you can very simply create a dynamic distribution group using a little bit of PowerShell. We also looked at how you can test to make sure that the right people will get an email when you send a mail to that DDG. In this...
  • Blog Post: Updated: Webcast: Migrating to Live@edu and Office 365 for education

    This Thursday, 1st March (St. David’s day, if you’re Welsh!), and again on the 6th of March, we’ll be running a webcast where you can learn about some of the different methods and tools there are to aid your migration to the cloud! The webcast will cover both services at a high level and there’ll be...
  • Blog Post: Webcast series: Office 365 Education

    Do you wish to move your institution to the cloud with Office 365 Education or try out the services, but you’re not sure what to do? Join the webcast series presented by experts from the Microsoft Office 365 US Education team that have helped academic institutions across the US deploy Office 365...
  • Blog Post: Action required: Changes to Live@edu SSO Toolkit

    Important Changes As per the recent posting on Outlook Live Answers , there are some changes that will need to be made if you are using SSO. The URL used to validate a Windows Live ID is changing, so any single sign-on solutions that are built using the Microsoft Live@edu SSO Toolkit must be modified...
  • Blog Post: What do I need to do to prepare for Office 365 for Education?

    Welcome to our new blog! My name is Mark Garcia and I have been blogging on the Three UC Amigos blog for the past 3 years with some great customer reach. I have recently moved to the Office 365 for Education team as a Cloud Architect. I look forward to sharing some great technical information with you...