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Microsoft Education in the Cloud
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New Outlook for Mac version available from Office 365 portal
Where do I grab the new Outlook for Mac? From your Mac, grab the new Outlook for Mac bits here . (note: PCs will show PC Office versions) What are some new features? Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements. A new modern user interface with...
4 Nov 2014
Changing Your Password with Office 365 FAQ
I get asked by a lot of customers around what I can do with changing the password in the cloud via Office 365. It is pretty confusing with all the different variables and it took me a bit to parse through the scenarios myself. I wrote a quick FAQ to help with your understanding: Can I change my...
23 Oct 2014
Top 5 tips for a successful back to school on a budget
It's school time again! A time of mixed emotion – exciting to be back in the thick of things but maybe a little sad that summer is over. Your first day of school might be full of all or many new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school!? Whether a fresher in school or in college...
18 Aug 2014
Synchronize passwords for federated users to reduce downtime in case of an emergency
Office 365 now supports Password Synchronization as a temporary backup for Single Sign-On (federation). From the TechNet Wiki, "At General Availability, the Password Synchronization feature did not support the synchronization of passwords for users in a Federated namespace. We have recently updated...
31 May 2014
Can I create a single PowerShell session for Lync Online, SharePoint Online, Azure AD, and Exchange Online?
The answer is yes you can however I couldn’t find this documented so I decided to write a post on how to create a Super Office 365 PowerShell script to get connected to all four PowerShell services in a single PowerShell session with Office 365 Education. What PowerShell options do I have for...
8 May 2014
Where can I go to find Office 365 help documentation?
I was asked by a university in northern California evaluating Office 365 where they could find help reference files: Where is the main Office 365 help site? There is a main Office 365 help main page where you can search and drill into various Office 365 topics. Visit the main Office 365 help site here...
6 Apr 2012
The Service Upgrade
Over the course of the year until the end of September 2013, we are going to be rolling out the new Office 365 Education service to existing customers who are on the “ pre-upgrade Office 365 ”. The service upgrade for Office 365 will deliver exciting new features, including: The new Office If you...
9 Jul 2013
How can I find out what enhancements/updates are made to Office 365 on an ongoing basis?
We just added a new ‘Service Update’ website to the Office 365 Wiki where you can see all the updates added to the service in chronological order. This is useful to learn what new features and capabilities are being added to Office 365 service and when they were added. What are some of the new...
24 Jan 2012
Curious Greg builds a Lab–Part I
I remember as a kid those days I would read Curious George and wonder how did he end up there. Well usually the man in the yellow hat had something to do with that. I don’t have a man in the yellow hat but I starting thinking about helping customers (not starting mischief) and I thought it best to start...
2 Oct 2011
Where can I get some Office 365 deployment training?
Step by step ADFS training video The folks at TechNet have just released a new Office 365 Jumpstart video training series which can greatly assist you with your Office 365 for Education deployment in areas including ADFS, Dirsync, UM, Exchange Hybrid, archiving, and SharePoint Online. The sessions...
3 Jul 2012
Where can I find end user training for Office 365?
This was a question from a university in Nebraska moving to Office 365 for Education for faculty and staff. Here are some links you can provide to your end users or you can download the recorded sessions and host them on an intranet site: Office 365 Training materials Office 365...
4 Jan 2012
Is there any new Office 365 training for my end users?
This is a common question I get from customers deploying Office 365 Education. There are several training resources available for end user’s to learn Office 365 Education. This site has excellent Office 365 end user video and text training resources here : The videos are on Office 365 common usage...
26 Oct 2013
How can I troubleshoot ADFS issues with Office 365?
This was asked by a university in Southern California. Here are some new tools to help you troubleshoot your ADFS and your Office 365 setup: ADFS Connectivity Analyzer tool You can also use the Remote Connectivity Analyzer to help you troubleshoot your ADFS configuration or other coexistence settings...
12 Oct 2011
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...
8 Sep 2011
How much bandwidth do I need for my users connecting to Exchange Online?
This question was from a university in Chicago adopting Office 365 for faculty, staff, and students. Prerequisites The first data point you need to gather before you can determine client bandwidth required for Exchange Online is what is your mailbox usage profile? Are your users light, medium...
14 Feb 2012
Questions about ADFS and Single Sign On (SSO) with Office 365 for Education
I had several ADFS and Single Sign On (SSO) questions from a large university in northern California proceeding with Office 365 for Education for faculty, staff and students. What servers do I need to accommodate single sign on (SSO) aka Federated ID? The following on premises servers are needed...
23 Sep 2011
Two Accounts after Live@edu to Office 365 Upgrade
Check out this video explaining the two accounts users will have after their institution upgrades from Live@edu to Office 365 Education.
18 Mar 2013
Curious Greg builds a lab Part IV
Today Curious Greg is going to Houston to visit the Johnson Space Center. Before he leaves he wanted to share the final configuration pieces to the hybrid lab. When we last left the lab we configured our virtual directories. Today we will start with address policy. From the on-premises hybrid server...
11 Oct 2011
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...
21 Oct 2011
BES integration with Exchange Online in Education
We have had a lot of interest from our education customers on integration with BES in Exchange Online in Office 365. This is something that has not been available in Live@EDU in the past. RIM is making their BlackBerry Could Services for Microsoft Office 365 available at no cost. While the general availability...
14 Oct 2011
What is the difference between Exchange Online Unified Messaging and Exchange 2010 on prem Unified Messaging?
This was a question asked by a large university in Ohio moving towards Office 365. Diagram showing non-SIP based PBX connecting to Exchange Online Unified Messaging The good news is Exchange Online UM is almost the same in functionality to the Exchange 2010 on premises UM offering. It offers...
23 Mar 2012
Partner Webcast: Cloud Services Prep for EDU Providers
Oxford Computer Group has scheduled a webinar that will touch on the Identity Management issues that need to be addressed for cloud services, including Live@edu and Office365. Friday, November 11th, 2012, 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Duration 30 minutes. Registration Link : http://www.oxfordcomputergroup...
28 Oct 2011
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...
18 Nov 2011
The new Office 365 Education is here!
Yesterday Microsoft launched the next generation of Office 365 , but did you know this included Office 365 Education as well? We first launched Office 365 for education last June and since then we’ve heard inspiring stories from our customers including Kilmarnock College and the University of West London...
28 Feb 2013
Do you have any bandwidth calculators for Office 365?
Update 3-24-15: Latest Office 365 bandwidth guidance is here: http://aka.ms/tune This is a pretty common question I get with my education customers. The answer is there is not one tool that can calculate everything for your Office 365 bandwidth but there is an Exchange calculator, Lync calculator...
20 Aug 2013
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