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Skype for Business Hybrid Options

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Apr 12, 2017 1:06:17 PM

I have spent most of the last six years of my professional life configuring Exchange hybrid deployments for organizations looking to move their email into Office 365. Speaking from the perspective of someone who has set it up repeatedly, Exchange hybrid is straight forward. You take your on-premises Exchange organization’s and run the Hybrid Connectivity Wizard (HCW) to connect to Office 365. I suppose there is more to it than that, but this blog post is not the place to go into those details.

In this blog post, I want to talk about the hybrid options for Skype for Business. Hybrid for Skype for Business is a much newer offering from Microsoft, and in my opinion (as someone who has not set it up for hundreds of customers) much more complex.

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud, Skype, Skype for business

What Does “Supported” Mean to Microsoft?

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Mar 27, 2017 2:16:17 PM

There are a few words Microsoft likes to use in several different situations. “Federated” is a great example of this. Federated can mean several different things in the Microsoft world, and it can sometimes be hard to tell what sort of “federation” you’re talking about.

“Supported” is another word Microsoft uses to mean different things in different situations, and what I’d like to talk about in this blog post.

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Topics: Cloud, Exchange Support, Office 365, Microsoft, Office 2013

Exploring Azure Stack

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Mar 14, 2017 1:08:11 PM

The cloud! We get it. Specialization has been the way of the world since the industrial revolution, and IT isn't immune from that trend. 

The financial model makes sense for software companies and their customers. The support model makes sense for IT departments. Cloud makes sense for everyone…except when it doesn’t. 

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Topics: Azure Stack

The New OneDrive Admin Center

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Mar 1, 2017 10:47:50 AM

I once read an interview with a NASCAR driver who said, "When there is a wreck on the track ahead of you, all you can do is aim right at it and hope for the best." The interviewer was taken aback. They asked why they would drive straight at the wreck. 

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Topics: OneDrive

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

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

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

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

New Features in Office Pro Plus

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Nov 28, 2016 5:40:57 PM

This is a blog post I never thought I'd write, and just a short time ago, I couldn’t have imagined it would be something that you'd want to spend 10 minutes reading. Turns out “the cloud” really does keep us on our toes.

Recently I’ve seen some new features in Office Pro Plus, and they are pretty cool. I’m just as surprised as anyone to be interested in PowerPoint and Word updates, but stranger things have happened I guess. In this blog post, I will go into detail on recent Office Pro Plus updates. I’ll talk about some new features I discovered and how they're improving the Office product.

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Topics: Cloud, Cloud Management, Office 2016

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