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Upcoming MVA Course: Preparing Your Enterprise for Windows 10 as a Service

If you’re looking at enterprise mobility and Windows 10, join the experts on July 16, 2015 and a July 17, 2015 rebroadcast for “Preparing Your Enterprise for Windows 10 as a Service.” Hosted by Simon May, this is the fifth course in the popular Enterprise Mobility Core Skills series. Get answers to your tough technical questions about Windows 10, and hear details about under-the-hood improvements that can improve your team’s productivity. Register today   Don’t forget to take a look

Microsoft Intune End User Enrolment Guide Published

Last week the Enterprise Content Management Team published the Microsoft Intune Enrolment Guide in PDF and Word formats. The guide is customisable and provides high level instructions for users to be able to enrol their own Windows, iOS and Android devices .

More details emerging of the Office 365 and CRM Online migration to Australian Datacenters

Phil Goldie from Microsoft sent the following information through to partners in Australia… I don’t see anything listed around Intune being migrated to Australian datacenters, maybe I need to poke around a bit and find out what is happening. Dear Mark, In December 2014, we announced plans to start delivering Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from Australian datacentres by the end of March 2015. As these plans come to fruition, I wanted to give you an early sense of

Adding Online Services To Your Windows Server Essentials Install–Introduction

Shortly after the release of Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Microsoft released the Microsoft Online Services Integration Module as an optional download that allowed easy integration between Office 365 and your on-premises Active Directory environment. With the Essentials roles and editions of Windows Server 2012 and R2, it’s an out of box component, and offers some flexibility and features that really help with the initial integration, but also the ongoing maintenance of the user accounts and licenses. Over the next

Nokia Lumia 1520 with Here Drive+ As My Car navigation System – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Last week I decided to use my Lumia 1520 as my sole GPS while driving from Sydney to the Gold Coast and back, I wanted to see how well Here Drive+ would work as my primary navigation system, which would also be putting the Windows Phone 8.1 updates with Cyan to the test, and it was also the first serious workout that my recently purchased Nokia CR-201 wireless charging car holder. Rather than breaking this post into a section on

The Windows 8.1 Update User Experience Part 2

In the first part of this series I discussed some of the ways you can start customising Windows 8.1 to suit your personal needs, including making the Start Screen more relevant and booting straight to the desktop. Other interface enhancements that have been introduced with previous versions of Windows have also moved into the Windows 8 family of products, including Jump Lists and Snap. If you are a Windows 7 user, you have probably already used Jump Lists, which allows

More Fun WIth Office Click To Run Deployments

Okay, maybe fun isn’t quite the right word, but sometimes that’s really the only way to explain the attraction to dig a little deeper. After the last post where I covered how to take advantage of some of the lesser documented product IDs that work with Office Click To Run, it’s time to see how including a product ID versus ExcludeApp affect what gets deployed. Let’s start with the Lync client, because the one I had to work with most

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

Storage Spaces in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 18/81

With Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, Microsoft introduced Storage Spaces, their way of introducing a more manageable, scalable storage platform into Windows. For those of us who mourned the loss of Drive Extender and then the Windows Home Server products, this caught our attention, but it turned out to be much more. This is the first part of a three part series on Storage Spaces, where I will cover creating Storage Spaces on Windows Server 2012 R2, while introducing

Free Skype and SkyDrive offers from Microsoft

I received a couple of unexpected emails from Microsoft over the weekend, giving me some free upgrades to my SkyDrive storage, as well as a free Skype Premium subscription. One of the SkyDrive redemptions shows up as Enthusiast bonus, while the other shows up as Windows bonus, and both include 20GB of storage for a year. I haven’t activated the 200GB of additional storage that came with my MVP Summit Surface 2, I guess I should do that soon. Just


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