DirSync (WAAD Sync) For Office 365 – Facts

There is lot of confusion regarding DirSync (the new Windows Azure Active Directory Sync) tool. Following are the points to note when setting up & configuring the tool. Yes, you can install DirSync on a domain controller now. The DC should be running Windows 2008+ as the base operating system. Do use the latest binaries [...]

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Network Analysis For Office 365 Deployment

A tool to help you out in Office 365 planning & deployment. One of the steps to be carried out while planning an Office 365 migration or hybrid deployment is to analyze the network between your Exchange servers and Office 365 datacentres in your region. Luckily, Microsoft has a web based tool to analyze the [...]

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Switch Office 365 Plans

Office 365 is getting better & better. You can now switch plans very easily from the portal. One of the pain points for admins who were getting familiarized with Office 365 was the lack of option to move from one plan to another seamlessly. Most of the time, admins started on the wrong plan or [...]

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Exchange 2013 SP1 Architecture Poster

The Exchange team has released the architecture poster for Exchange 2013 SP1 as the first service pack is released to public. The tradition continues and the new poster which brings in SP1 features is available for download. A must have on the desk of a messaging admin ;) Download it here

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Exchange Hybrid Server License For Office 365

Many are still confused about the licensing around the Exchange hybrid server required for co-existing with Office 365. Hybrid server is not a “special” version of Exchange, but one with CAS and Hub roles in the case of Exchange 2010 and CAS and Mailbox role in the case of 2013. You are not allowed to [...]

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Office 365 Admin App

Microsoft has made it easy to check the service status of your O365 subscription with the release of the Office 365 Admin App. The application is available for Windows, Android & Apple phones and is free to use. All you need is to download the app from the respective app store and sign in using [...]

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Connect To Office 365 Using PowerShell

How can you connect to an Office 365 tenant and run O365 specific cmdlets from your workstation? This is a question that often gets asked in forums. Let’s assume that you have a tenant in Office 365 and you would like to manage it fully using PowerShell. The O365 GUI (portal) doesn’t give you all [...]

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Lync Conference 2014 Sessions Online

The sessions from Lync Conference 2014 are online. Lync Conference is the premier worldwide gathering of the entire Lync community, coming together to learn, share and connect. With speakers drawn from the world's top Lync and UC experts, including engineers from Microsoft, consultants from the MVP, and Partner communities. Download the sessions here.

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MEC 2014 Recordings Online

The Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) 2014 recordings are now online MEC is the premier global event for Exchange and Office 365 professionals to enhance their skills. The MEC sessions will help you understand the future of Exchange for all customers and learn from people who build and maintain the product. Download all the sessions from [...]

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Exchange Server 2013 SP1

The Exchange team has released Exchange 2013 SP1 and it’s time for all the testing! The much awaited SP1 is here with a lot of features and bug fixes. I would encourage you to test it thoroughly before deploying in production. The following are some of the features which SP1 brings to the table. You [...]

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