Microsoft Education in the Cloud

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    It’s turning out to be a bumper week for Office 365 Education updates. Earlier this week it was announced that SkyDrive Pro was increasing the default storage quota from 7 GB to 25 GB and starting from now Office 365 Education Exchange Online mailbox quotas are doubling to 50 GB FREE! When will I see...
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    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: Dynamic Distribution Groups–Part 1

    Hear, ye! Hear, ye! From secondary schools to universities there are lots of reasons why you’d want to send email to lots of users at once. Maybe it’s the meeting request for the weekly staff briefing, or a project deadline to your tutor group. Dynamic distribution groups are a great way to manage communication...
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    If your Exchange Online (Office 365) or Outlook Live (Live@edu) users are already using Room Mailboxes to schedule meetings in conference rooms, auditoriums, labs or other facilities, then why not enable Room Finder for your Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 clients by configuring Room List Distribution...
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    Good news! In the next round of updates to Office 365 (Exchange Online) we’ll be adding support for address book policies! The Exchange Team have detailed exactly what this means , but the headlines are: It’s an Exchange Online only feature. It is available for enterprise (E) and education (A) plans...
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    Guest post by Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the education series of blogs. Summer Term 2012, and your year eleven groups were on study leave. They were mainly a diligent, hard-working lot, and you smile when you think of them. So keen were they, in fact, that some of them couldn’t keep away...
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  • Blog Post: The Start of my Office 365 Education Journey

    Guest post from Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft Education series of blogs. One of the first things I did when I decided to learn more about the capabilities of Office 365 Education was to have a meeting with Alex Pearce of BFC Networks . Alex is always good value – generous with...
  • Blog Post: Using more than 1 Windows Live ID at a time…

    Hotmail users, rejoice! A comment that I get quite often is that it’s “not possible to user more than one Live ID at a time”; that is to say that you can’t be logged into Live@edu at the same time as being logged into Windows Live Hotmail. That’s half true. Let me explain… Live@edu can provide the great...
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    Hello! Hej! હેલ્લો Ciao! Tere! नमस्ते Hallo! No matter where you are in the world it seems there’s a word for “hello”. Of course, it’s not always spelled the same way!   The same can be said for many other words, so making sure that you’ve got the correct regional settings configured is important...
  • Blog Post: School’s OOF for summer!

    Most (if not all!) schools across the United Kingdom are now off for the summer break and won’t be back until the first week of September. Apart from the most committed students and teachers most people will probably be checking their email accounts less frequently than normal and for many students...
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    Mass Mail Dynamic distribution groups (DDGs) are a great way to manage groups in Live@edu, especially ones where the recipient list might change frequently or unpredictably. For example, you might want an “All Pupils” distribution group that sends a mail to every pupil in the school, but what about pupils...
  • 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: Calendar Publishing in Live@edu

    So, you want to publish your calendar? In my last post I talked about how you could set up sharing free/busy information between two Live@edu environments but what about sharing your whole calendar with someone? When you click share in the calendar screen, by default, the options to publish the calendar...
  • Blog Post: What type of migration throughput can I get when migrating to Office 365?

    This is a question I get asked quite often from customers.  There are certainly many variables that factor into your average throughput during a migration including data source, network, migration engine, service throttling, etc. We just released an excellent whitepaper called the Exchange Online...
  • Blog Post: Alumni Address Book Policy in Office 365 Education

    We recently took a look at one of the ways you can address the question of supporting alumni users in Office 365 Education, and I mentioned that you would need to look to the new Office 365 Education in order to provide custom address book policies in order to restrict access to your institution GAL...
  • Blog Post: Supervision Policies for Exchange Online in Office 365 for education

    Something I imagine a lot of you might be asking yourselves is whether or not there’ll be supervision policies for Exchange Online in Office 365 for education like there are in Live@edu? Policies like the bad word supervision policy, and the closed campus supervision policy. Out of the box, those policies...
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  • Blog Post: Top User Tips #1–Offline Access

    Over the next few days we’ll be posting up some bite-size tips about some of the cool features of Office 365 Education. If you’ve got any tips you’d like to share with us get in touch in the comments! One of the great enhancements of the new Office 365 Education is the offline access feature of the Outlook...
  • 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: Where can I learn and prepare for the new Office 365 Education?

    We just launched the new Office 365 Education suite last week so you might be asking where can I learn about the new offering from an Office 365 Administrator/IT perspective or where can I find new tools to help me onboard? We have just added some new readiness tools and training content which I have...