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  • Blog Post: 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 Office...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Education Exchange Online mailbox quotas are doubling to 50GB FREE

    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...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Sharing Free/Busy across the cloud

    Are you free? More and more institutions are beginning to realise the importance of connected, collaborative working, and the value of enterprise email and deciding whether 1, or many tenancies is the right option can be tough. Sometimes, for very good ...read more
  • 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...( read more )
  • 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 ...read more
  • 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...( read more )
  • 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 ...read more
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Address Book Policies

    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...( read more )
  • 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 ...read more
  • Blog Post: Read twice, send once… Delaying outgoing mail with rules.

    Measure twice, cut once… “Keep it as long as you can, as long as you can”, the 6 Ps* – whichever adage you use to prevent making a mistake there’ll always be that time when you let one little thing slip. Maybe it’s accidentally hitting send on a email ...read more
  • Blog Post: Service Update: Sender Photo Enabled by Default

    Here’s a preview of the new Sender Photo feature that is enabled by default for all Outlook Live and Exchange Online users after the December 2011 Service Update . We’ve included some guidance on how to configure Sender Photo and how to disable it (in ...read more
  • Blog Post: Resource mailboxes are the best way to handle room bookings!

    Wouldn’t it be great if you could get rid of that pile of paper, that book or binder, that holds all the bookings for a particular room or piece of equipment? Well, with Live@edu you can because resource mailboxes are the best way to handle room bookings ...read more
  • 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 ...read more
  • 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...( read more )
  • 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 ...read more
  • 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...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Managing Office 365 for education using PowerShell

    PowerShell is cool – at least I think it is! We’ve been talking about using PowerShell to manage Live@edu since the early days of Exchange Labs , and several times since. As more and more customers complete the upgrade from Live@edu to Office 365 for...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Configuring regional settings automatically

    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 ...read more
  • Blog Post: How do YOU pronounce FOPE? An Introduction

    Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) is the default messaging security solution for Exchange Online (Office 365) and Outlook Live (Live@edu)! The transition to FOPE for existing Outlook Live domains is nearly complete, and all new tenants are ...read more
  • Blog Post: Snow Day? Try Office 365 for education on for size!

    If you’re in the UK (other countries are available) you’ll probably look out of your window this morning and see something like this: Teachers and pupils up and down the country tune into their local radio stations eagerly awaiting news of school closures...( read more )
  • 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...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Education: Shared Calendars

    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...( read more )
  • 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 ...read more
  • Blog Post: How do YOU pronounce FOPE? Sign in for the first time

    If you are an Exchange Online or Outlook Live tenant administrator, then you can access the Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) Administration Center via a hyperlink in the Exchange Control Panel. And with a few additional steps, you can login ...read more
  • 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 ...read more