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The Case Against the Cloud

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Feb 21, 2017 12:51:30 PM

It's safe to assume if you're reading this you're very aware of "the cloud." Unless you've been under a rock for the last five or six years, you know Microsoft has gone all in on their cloud services. You've heard a thousand reasons why you should move your organizations IT services to the cloud. But that doesn't mean every organization should. Here are some reasons not to move to the cloud. 

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Topics: Cloud, Office 365

Using smart links to improve the login process to Office 365 applications

Posted by Vasil Michev MVP on Feb 15, 2017 2:46:48 PM

Just a few years ago identity federation such as AD FS was the de facto standard for managing authentication in Office 365 for every large organization. It gives you better control over the process, and the convenience of seamless single sign-on (SSO) for your users. With the introduction of password sync and now pass-through authentication, an argument can be made for replacing AD FS for some Office 365 customers. Nevertheless, AD FS remains a viable, highly customizable option and offers a simple way to ensure seamless SSO for your users using smart links.

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Encrypting email in Office 365 with PGP

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Feb 6, 2017 3:16:26 PM

I had an interesting discussion recently with a customer about email encryption in Office 365.

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Topics: Managing encryption, email safety tips

Office 365 Migration — Exploring Tenant to Tenant Migrations

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Jan 24, 2017 1:46:19 PM

Since June 2011, Office 365 has been the destination for many Exchange, Skype for Business and SharePoint migration projects. Depending on the range of estimates, somewhere between 20-50% of all Exchange mailboxes are currently run from Exchange Online in Office 365.

Moving your organization’s Exchange, Skype for Business and SharePoint services to Office 365 solves a lot of problems, but it can also create complications. One problem that Office 365 makes more difficult is getting your data out of the service, or re-configuring your data to another tenant within Office 365.

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Topics: Office 365

User Access and External Sharing Improvements in SharePoint Online

Posted by Vasil Michev MVP on Jan 16, 2017 4:30:39 PM

It’s been a while since we covered SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, and some major improvements have arrived. The new group-backed team sites are now available, including a preview of the ODFB admin portal and conditional access. Here are important additions to restricting user access and securing external collaboration.

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Topics: Microsoft Ignite, OneDrive, SharePoint Online

New Calendar Sharing Experience in Office 365

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Jan 11, 2017 10:46:58 AM

Microsoft is rolling out a new calendar sharing experience in Office 365. The change is intended to make sharing calendars between users easier and more reliable, although there are some unintended consequences for some Office 365 customers.

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Topics: Office 365, Office 365 calendar sharing

Explaining Conditional Access and Azure Pass-Through Authentication

Posted by Jeff Guillet on Jan 3, 2017 3:51:33 PM

I recently wrote an article about the new Azure AD pass-through authentication feature introduced in the latest version of Azure Active Directory Connect (build 1.1.371.0).
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Topics: Azure active directory, azure ad, azure active directory premium, Azure pass-through authentication

New Exchange Online Migration Options

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Dec 28, 2016 1:58:23 PM

Microsoft is constantly updating and improving services; it’s a hallmark of Office 365. The constant Office 365 updates are great for me, providing new content and tips to share with you on a regular basis.

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Topics: Exchange Migration, exchange online, Office 365, Exchange, Office 365 groups

Our Top Exchange & Office 365 Blog Posts of 2016

Posted by ENow Software on Dec 20, 2016 9:35:16 AM

Another year, another slew of exciting Exchange and Office 365-related news. To give you a glance at top events, insights and conversations of 2016, we've compiled a list of our favorite blog posts of the year. Browse through these posts, and let us know others you'd add to the list!

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Topics: exchange online, Office 365, Exchange, Azure, ADFS, Office 365 groups, Azure active directory

Microsoft Releases Azure AD Pass-Through Authentication and Seamless Single Sign-on

Posted by Jeff Guillet on Dec 9, 2016 12:39:43 PM

One of the most important aspects of moving to a cloud solution like Office 365 is to provide a way for users to authenticate to their cloud resources. Organizations typically want to reduce administrative overhead and user confusion by managing only one directory, be it the on-premises directory (AD) or the cloud directory (Azure AD).

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Topics: Azure, Microsoft, azure ad, azure active directory premium, single sign-on

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