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 Planning and Deploying Office 365 Jump Start series. This twelve-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 five.

Authors: Ajinkya Pinto, Fulvio Salanitro, and Stefan Schmitt

Publication date: June 11, 2012

Deploying Office 365 Jump Start (01): Infrastructure Planning

Fulvio Salanitro and Stefan Schmitt kick off the course with an important module covering Infrastructure Planning for Office 365. The primary topics include DNS Preparation, Active Directory Preparation, the Deployment Readiness Tool, and the Office 365 Deployment Guide.

Deploying Office 365 Jump Start (02): Deploying SSO | Part 1

This is the first of a two-part session covering Single Sign-on. Fulvio Salanitro leads this demo-rich session with Stefan Schmitt focused on the all-important subjects of Understanding "Cloud Identity" vs. "Federated Identity" and ADFS 2.0 and Federation Server Farms.

Deploying Office 365 Jump Start (03): Deploying SSO | Part 2

This is the second of a two-part session covering Single Sign-on. Fulvio Salanitro and Stefan Schmitt continue demonstrating Federation Server and Single Sign-on Functionality, Active Directory Federation Server Proxy, accessing Office 365 using AD FS 2.0 from outside the organization and Deployment Considerations.

Deploying Office 365 Jump Start (04): Planning & Deploying DirSync

During this session, Fulvio Salanitro and Stefan Schmitt focus on understanding DirSync from a scenario-based perspective. This session focuses on lots of key DirSync Requirements as well as the concepts essential to truly understanding Synchronization.

Deploying Office 365 Jump Start (05): Planning Lync Online

Ajinkya Pinto joins Stefan Schmitt during this session to cover the keys to planning and designing Lync Online. After a discussion of Lync Online's features, Ajinkya covers Lync Deployment Planning, Lync Deployment Preparation, Lync Migration and Known Issues.

Deploying Office 365 Jump Start (06): Planning Exchange Online—UM

In this module, Ajinkya Pinto leads Stefan Schmitt through a demo-rich learning experience covering the planning and deploying unified messaging with Exchange Online. After a UM feature discussion, Ajinkya focuses on important concepts such as Unified Messaging Deployment Architecture, User configuration, Call Answering Rules, UM Admin roles, and UM Fax Interop.

Deploying Office 365 Jump Start (07): Exchange Online Mail and Routing

Ajinkya Pinto joins Stefan Schmitt through a demo-rich learning experience covering the planning and deploying of Exchange Online Mail and Routing. During this session, Ajinkya focuses on important concepts such as Email Flow Scenarios, Resources, Attendee information such as Administration, Reporting, Auditing, and Tracing, Exchange Hosted Encryption, SLA and Support.

Deploying Office 365 Jump Start (08): Exchange Online -- Hybrid Scenarios | Part 1

During session one of a two-part module, Ajinkya Pinto leads Stefan Schmitt through a key discussion covering the planning and deploying of hybrid scenarios with Exchange Online. During this session, Ajinkya covers the Migration Options Decision Framework and Migration Tools.

Deploying Office 365 Jump Start (09): Exchange Online -- Hybrid Scenarios | Part 2

During session two of a two-part module, Ajinkya Pinto leads Stefan Schmitt through a demo-rich learning experience covering the planning and deploying of hybrid scenarios with Exchange Online. Ajinkya covers Simple Migrations (capabilities, limitations), Available tools for Simple Migrations, Simple IMAP migrations, Simple Exchange migrations, Cutover Exchange migration (CEM), Staged Exchange migration (SEM), Migration Tools from Third-Party Vendors, and Hybrid Migration.

Deploying Office 365 Jump Start (10): Planning Exchange Online Archiving

Ajinkya Pinto and Stefan Schmitt focus on the subject of archiving with Exchange Online during this important module. Topics include an important Compliance Overview section, then moves into Personal Archive, Discovery, Retention & Hold Policies, Information Rights Management, and Transport Rules.

Deploying Office 365 Jump Start (11): Planning SharePoint Online

In this module, Fulvio Salanitro and Stefan Schmitt demonstrate important aspects of planning and designing SharePoint Online with Office 365. Topics include a re-cap of SharePoint Online Deployment Phases, Activities in Planning Phase, the Planning Framework and Planning Topics (Authentication / URLs / Desktop, Storage and number of site collections, Information architecture, Public facing site / External sharing, Customization Deployment), Plan for Cloud vs. On-premises workloads, and Planning for Hybrid (or co-existence).

Deploying Office 365 Jump Start (12): Using & Deploying SharePoint Online

In this module, Fulvio Salanitro leads Stefan Schmitt through a demo-rich learning experience focused on deploying SharePoint Online effectively depending on various use case scenarios. Topics include Managing SharePoint Online using the Administration Center, Team Sites, Extranet Sites, Recovery, Office Web Apps (OWA), and Configuring Site Settings and Working with SharePoint Online.

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