Category Archives: Office 365

Catch me at WPC2014 for a Windows Intune and Office 365 session

If you are going to be at WPC this year, swing by this session if you want an autograph, to shake my hand, or to yell random things at me. Intune – The Future Opportunity for Your Office 365 Managed Service Speaker(s): Aileen Hannah, Mark O’Shea Increasingly, businesses are looking to IT partners to “take the problem away.” The public cloud makes it so much easier for partners to do just that by offering comprehensive managed services without having to

Office 365 For Consumers Gets Stickier

Over the last month much of what my working life has involved has included discussions around the benefits of Office 365 suite subscriptions for business and consumers. Today’s announcement that OneDrive is moving to 1TB per Office 365 Home Premium subscription for each of the 5 accounts, effectively giving 5TB of online storage per subscription. This number does seem crazy, and there’s the whole issue of getting all that data into the cloud, but I’m not going to complain about

Office 365 ProPLUS Deployment update

The May update to Office 365 ProPlus included a few changes, but from the deployment side the biggest change is that you have more control over the components that get installed for the user. If you aren’t familiar with benefits of Office 365 ProPlus take a look at this previous post. To get started you need to download the latest Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run from Microsoft, which is only a small download. Once downloaded, the installation is a simple

Office 365 ProPlus and Remote Desktop Services – Downloaded, Deployed and Dissected

The belated launch of Office 365 via Open in Australia has brought a great deal of attention to Office 365 ProPlus subscriptions, and how they compare to Office 2013 SKUs acquired via other license types. What makes things more complicated this time round is that depending on who you subscribe through – a syndication partner, Microsoft’s portal or through Open, you can end up with different usage rights, and you also end up with different levels of functionality depending on

Windows 8.1 And Metered Networks 21/81

One of the things I’ve been curious about for a while, but didn’t spend much time investigating was how Windows 8 and 8.1 could detect that you were connected to a network with an associated cost – usually the case with 3G and 4G networks. Was there a secret database of all the telcos access points? Was it based on the MAC address of the Wi-Fi chip in mobile phones and mobile hotspots? No, it is something much simpler –

Office 365 Beta Exams 71-346 and 71-347

The site has been a bit quiet over the past month as I’ve been doing the groundwork to complete the last two exams of my MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification. I lost momentum when my source of exam vouchers dried up, and that thing called life got in the way. With some renewed free exam voucher offers and some discounted exam packs, I was gently prodded back into action and am happy to report that I got through the two post

Ahead of the Game Technical Series

For those of you in the eastern states of Australia – make sure you register for this. Why? Well, the content will be great, and I’ll be delivering it, and there will free lunch. Talk about a winning trifecta!   You’re invited to the Ahead of the Game Technical Series The Ahead of the Game Technical Series is a Server and Cloud technical training for Microsoft Partners delivering value-added services to small and midsize businesses. Attend this three days of

The MAP Toolkit 9.0 Beta is now available

I just got notification that MAP Toolkit 9 Beta is now available, I wish this happened last week, I had a customer that I could have tried this out on. Oh well, next time… The words as typed by Microsoft… We are pleased to announce the beta availability of version 9.0 of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit. This beta release of the MAP Toolkit helps increase the agility and cost effectiveness of deploying the latest Microsoft technologies. It

Opening Up Office 365 Distribution In Australia

One of the models that Microsoft uses globally to help drive its online services out to a broader SMB customer base is syndication. In some markets this model is offered alongside the direct and more recently launched Open subscriptions, which means an informed customer or partner can choose the right license for the customer’s long term goals. There has also the option of the syndication partner being the exclusive provider for that geography, which is what SMB partners and customers

Adding Windows Intune To The CIE

With last week’s update from CIE 4.1 to 4.5, the Office 365 based version added support for Yammer and CRM Online, moving into a position of having scenario elements that the VM based version doesn’t offer just yet. One of the elements that is still missing though is the incorporating of Windows Intune into the scenarios. This is something that isn’t all that difficult to do, depending on how complex you want to make it, but for the sake of


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