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Q1 Release

Posted by Paul Robichaux on May 24, 2016 8:27:56 AM

One of my favorite parts of being ENow’s CTO is bragging on the work our technical team does. I’m delighted to announce the latest GA release of the ENow Management System, (Yes, that’s an odd version number—we purposely chose it in honor of Prince’s passing. Now we can, with a straight face, tell our customers to party like it’s 1999, as long as “party” means “upgrade” and “like it’s 1999” means “with our awesome new installer.”)

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Topics: Active Directory, ENow, Office 365, Mailscape365, Skype for business

Simplified forwarding settings in Office 365

Posted by Vasil Michev MVP on May 23, 2016 4:52:49 PM

Forwarding might not be one of the most used features when it comes to email, but it’s certainly common enough. I know I’ve had to deal with it in a lot of related cases back in my support days. While most of the issues you might run into are easy enough to solve, there are so many different ways to configure forwarding that oftentimes people get confused. In this article we will review (some of) the forwarding-related options and introduce you to a recent change in handling forwarding in Office 365/Exchange Online.

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Topics: exchange online, Office 365, forwarding settings in Office 365

Office 365 Security & Compliance Center – Part 1

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on May 17, 2016 8:40:44 AM

Office 365 is a collection of online services that allow organizations to use Exchange, Skype for Business, and SharePoint in the cloud. In the nearly five years that Office 365 has been available most of the organizations using Office 365 have used it just like that; for Exchange or Skype for Business or SharePoint in the cloud. Some organizations are using more than one of those services, but for the most part they are still using them separately.

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Topics: Office 365, Office 365 security, office 365 compliance, Office 365 security and compliance center

Auditing and Reporting for Office 365

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on May 10, 2016 12:30:38 PM

Moving to Office 365 means a pretty big adjustment. Administrators who were used to doing things one way are going to have to make adjustments as their organizations migrate their infrastructure into Office 365. One of the areas where new Office 365 administrators often feel most in the dark about is changes in their environment.

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Topics: Office 365, office 365 reporting, auditing and reporting for Office 365, office 365 auditing

Google beating Microsoft in mobile apps? Maybe for consumer, but not for business

Posted by Tony Redmond MVP on May 2, 2016 4:10:19 PM

The nice people at SurveyMonkey sent me a note about their blog post of 20 April titled “Office 365 vs. Google Apps: Microsoft struggles to compete on mobile” to outline the case that Google has outpaced Microsoft in every (mobile application) category. However, I’m not sure that the arguments they advance are on the mark.

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Topics: Microsoft, Google, Microsoft apps, Google apps, business apps, SurveyMonkey

Lies, damn lies, and statistics obfuscate Office 365 numbers

Posted by Tony Redmond MVP on Apr 27, 2016 9:30:34 AM

Microsoft Office 365 Usage Statistics

Only a statistician loves statistics and I am no statistician. However, it’s interesting to try to track the growth in Office 365 numbers based on the snippets of information released by Microsoft in their financial results and elsewhere. Last week Microsoft talked up their FY16 Q3 (to the end of March 2016) results and revealed that Office 365 had achieved 63% growth in constant currency over the previous year. That’s a pretty good result that demonstrates continuing interest by customers in moving from on-premises Office services to their cloud equivalents.
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Topics: Office 365, Microsoft 2016 quarterly results, Osterman Research report on Microsoft

New spoofing report available in Exchange Online

Posted by Vasil Michev MVP on Apr 26, 2016 9:27:34 AM

Spoofing has long been one of the biggest issues with email, and with the move to cloud services in the last few years it has become an ever hotter topic. Although a number of features designed to combat spoofing exist, many of which have been discussed on the blog, no perfect solution is available. To make matters even worse, configuring some of these features might require in-depth knowledge and prolonged involvement by the costumer. This in turn creates a situation where the expectations of small organizations, such as that everything should be configured by the cloud provider, are not met.

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Topics: exchange online, spoofing report Exchange Online

AAD Connect Advanced Deployments and Troubleshooting

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Apr 18, 2016 4:58:32 PM

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post here covering how to deploy Azure Active Directory Connect 1.1. Due to popular demand, today I'm going to circle back and review some of the advanced configurations of AAD Connect as well as some troubleshooting tips to cover you in case you run into a hitch with your AAD Connect deployment.

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Topics: Active Directory, Azure, AADConnect, Azure active directory, Active Directory deployment

VIDEO: Office 365 Groups - New SharePoint Document Library Features

Posted by Justin Harris MVP, MCSM, MCM on Apr 13, 2016 11:11:54 AM

Customers that have the First Release option turned on within their tenants were treated to a welcome surprise this weekend. Additional Groups features!

The file repository section within my Groups has been upgraded with new SharePoint document library functionality. In reviewing the updates, I found there are four distinct features that add tremendous value to the Groups value proposition.

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Topics: Office 365, SharePoint, Office 365 groups, SharePoint document library features

Preservation policies in Office 365

Posted by Vasil Michev MVP on Apr 6, 2016 10:25:19 AM


Preservation policies were introduced almost a year ago as part of the Compliance Center in Office 365 (which you might also know as the Protection center, or as Security & Compliance Center after the latest rebranding). In a nutshell, they allow you to preserve content across (almost) all Office 365 workloads. They also provide support for true immutability of the data, such that even the company administrators cannot override.

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Topics: exchange online, Office 365, SharePoint Online

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