Microsoft Education in the Cloud

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    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 Office...
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    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...
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    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...
  • Blog Post: How can I find out what enhancements/updates are made to Office 365 on an ongoing basis?

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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...
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    Check out this video explaining the two accounts users will have after their institution upgrades from Live@edu to Office 365 Education.
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    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...
  • Blog Post: Do you have any bandwidth calculators for Office 365?

      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 and some guidance for SharePoint bandwidth.   Exchange bandwidth calculator...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Curious Greg builds a Lab–Part III

      The yellow man in the hat has been breathing down on me lately to continue my exploits. Today I’ll cover how we setup trusts and start to configure a hybrid Exchange environment. In my lab I have a CAS/HT server and a MBX server both are Exchange 2010 SP1 RU5. From our previous discussion I also...
  • 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...
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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...