If you are an IT Pro deploying Office 365, or a Microsoft Partner studying for the 70-323 Administering Office 365 exam,  check out the new Administering Office 365 Jump Start series. This six-part series focuses on the skills you’ll need to successfully deploy Office 365 or pass the 70-323 exam. Note that Lync Online is covered in session six.

Authors: Ajinkya Pinto, Fulvio Salanitro, and  Stefan Schmitt

Publication date: June 11, 2012

Administering Office 365 Jump Start (01): Office 365 Overview

Ajinkya Pinto and Stefan Schmitt kick off the course with an overview of Office 365 that provides an overall Service Overview, including Microsoft datacenters and approach to security, Office 365 offerings, new features, new software requirements, and options for signing up for an Office 365 Trial.

Administering Office 365 Jump Start (02): Basic User Management

In this module, Fulvio Salanitro leads a discussion with Stefan Schmitt about the all-important subject of basic user management. Topics include Understanding Identities, Adding a New Domain to Office 365, Managing Users using the Office 365 Admin Portal and Desktop Configuration.

Administering Office 365 Jump Start (03): DirSync, SSO and ADFS

Fulvio Salanitro and Stefan Schmitt cover Directory Synchronization, Single SIgn-on and ADFS in this module. Discussion and demonstrations focus on Partner-Delegated Administrators, Security Groups, Understanding Single Sign-on and SSO requirements, ADFS 2.0 Deployment Options, as well as Understanding DirSync and DirSync requirements.

Administering Office 365 Jump Start (04): Exchange Online

During this session, Ajinkya Pinto and Stefan Schmitt focus on administering Exchange Online. After providing an overview of the service, Ajinkya discusses important topics such as Visibility and Control, Protection and Compliance, Deployment Flexibility, and Licensing Plans.

Administering Office 365 Jump Start (05): SharePoint Online

Fulvio Salanitro joins Stefan Schmitt during this session to cover SharePoint Online administration. After a brief overview overview, Fulvio demonstrates the features of SharePoint Online and discusses what features are NOT included currently with Office 365. Next, Fulvio provides overviews of Customization and Extensibility, Storage and External Sharing. Finally, he discusses Subscription Plans and important Deployment Considerations.

Administering Office 365 Jump Start (06): Lync Online

In this module, Ajinkya Pinto leads Stefan Schmitt through a discussion about Lync Online. After an overview of the product and its System Requirements, Ajinkya focuses on DNS & Network Settings, Lync Online Configuration and key setup topics like Domain Federation, Public IM Connectivity, and Dial In Conferencing.

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