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April, 2013

  • Ignite Webcast - Office 365 Midsize Business

    Ignite Webcast – Office 365 Midsize Business
    Download the Calendar Invite here

    Microsoft would like to extend to you an official invitation to the Exchange, Office & Office 365 Ignite Webcast for May 2nd.

    Ignite Webcast – Office 365 Midsize Business

    What: We are excited to announce our latest webcast targeted towards IT Administrators/generalists and Midsize Businesses (up to 250 employees) that want to learn about the recently launched Office 365 service aimed at this important customer space. We will be discussing how Office 365 gives you Anywhere Access, Collaboration Tools, Easy IT and Trusted Service.

    Our webcast will be led by Nick Caw. Nick has worked with Microsoft's Office 365 since its launch and will provide the offering details and insights into existing customer usage. This is a great opportunity to join a discussion with our Microsoft presenters. Bring your questions!

    When: Thursday, May 2nd at 9:00 AM (Pacific Time)

    Who: Nick Caw – Business Development Manager, Office 365 Partner Team.

    Webcast Blog Link

    Ignite Webcasts are online technical sessions led by Microsoft Office 365 Product Managers, Engineers and Support Staff. You can view all Ignite Webcast sessions here and upcoming sessions here. Ignite Webcasts will provide customers and partners with in-depth technical training for the NEW Exchange, Office and Office 365, launching in 2013. Topics of the training range from new capabilities, design, deployment and management considerations for these technologies. During the event, you will also have the opportunity to interact and learn from your industry peers and representatives from Microsoft.

    • There is no charge for this event and it is public and open to all.
    • For further details regarding this event and other Ignite Webcast, please visit the Ignite Site or the Office 365 Community forum.
    • The webcast recording and materials will be available on the Webcast blog post later in the week.

    Make sure to add the webcast events to your calendar today!

    · Ignite Webcast – Office 365 Midsize Business

    We look forward to having you participate in this exciting event! If you have questions regarding this Ignite Webcast, or would like to volunteer for an upcoming Webcast session, please contact Josh Topal.

  • Ignite Guided Labs

    The Ignite team has published a number of guided labs, that include recorded instruction on technical topics with guided labs that walk through configuring given scenarios. 

    Exploring the Office 365 Administration Center

    In this guide, you will become familiar with the Office 365 Administration Center and learn how to perform key administration tasks.

    Office 365 Overview for IT Administrators

    See how the new Office 365 Administration Center provides improved ease-of-management for IT professionals.

    Exploring the Inbox

    In this guide, you will experience some of the new features and user options in Outlook Web App. You will also become familiar with the new Outlook Web App mobile user experience.

    Identity Management (3-Part Series)

    1. Installing and Configuring Active Directory Federation Services

    Learn how to prepare for and install AD FS, which is a preliminary step for the Office 365 federation and hybrid scenarios.

    2. Configuring Active Directory Federation Services and Verifying Federation

    In this guide, you will learn how to add and verify federated domains in Office 365.

    3. Installing and Configuring Active Directory Synchronization

    Learn how to install and configure Active Directory Synchronization in Office 365, which is a preliminary step for the Office 365 federation and hybrid scenarios.

    Exchange 2010 Migration Scenarios

    1. Enabling Exchange Federation

    Learn about hybrid deployment with Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Exchange Online. This is the first part of a two-part guide.

    2. The Federated Client Experience

    Learn about hybrid deployment with Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange Online. This is the second part of a two-part guide.

    Performing a Cutover Exchange Migration

    Learn how to use Email Migration to migrate all the mailboxes and corresponding mailbox data from Microsoft Exchange to your cloud-based organization.

    There are similar guides available for deploying the new Office, Exchange, and Lync at the following links.

  • Office 365 Mailbox Migration Strategies

    In the first of a 3 part series… Gabor Szatmari (Partner Solution Consultant with our team in Hungary) discusses the options for migrating mailboxes to Office 365, considerations for choosing a particular migration strategy, and provides an overview of basic and advanced migration methods.

    Office 365 Mailbox Migration Strategies 1 

     

    Session PowerPoint Deck available on SkyDrive here: Microsoft Office 365 Mailbox Migration Strategies

    In the upcoming weeks, I will post the follow-up “Migrating Mailboxes to Office 365” and “Exchange Online: Designing Hybrid Environments” sessions that deep dive into the specifics of planning and carrying out specific migration types.

  • PowerShell for common Office 365 Operations

    In a new video from the Partner Technical Services team, Consultant Jon Horner shares tips and tricks for automating the management of Office 365 using Windows PowerShell. Jon discusses how to connect Windows PowerShell to Office 365, tours the Office 365 cmdlets, and demonstrates how to manage domains, users, and services including Exchange Online, and SharePoint Online. 

    Session PowerPoint Deck: Office 365: Common Office 365 PowerShell Tasks