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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

What’s New in Windows 8.1 Upgrades and Deployment Part 1 (15/81)

Some history While many people focus on the market reaction and perception to Windows Vista, there was another area where it also had a major impact, and that was the change in deployment tools. From Windows XP to Windows Vista the deployment tools changed dramatically, and forced OEMs and IT Pro audiences to learn new tools and methods, many of their old tips and tricks not being compatible with the new toolset and operating system. The good news is that

Why Use Work Folders With Windows 8.1? (14/81)

Back in the last Windows 8.1 focused post I discussed the client side experience for setting up Work Folders on Windows 8.1, but didn’t dig into any real details as to why. Today I’ll cover this off as to how it relates to Windows 8.1 and Windows 8..1 RT clients, but keep in mind that there are Windows 7 and iOS clients in development, so much of what follows will extend out to those environments as well. I’ve already mentioned

Setting Up Work Folders On A Windows 8.1 Device (13/81)

With the introduction of Work Folders on Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft has delivered a secure way of providing an encrypted storage area to users across multiple devices, with Windows 8.1 clients being the first to receive the capability. It’s available from within Control Panel, and depending on how it has it has been deployed in your organisation you get two choices of how to enable it. The first step is the same for either approach – you need to

More Windows To Go (4/81)

In the last post I covered some of the basics of Windows To Go, now it’s time to jump in a little deeper… Creating A Windows To Go Disk Even though you can script the creation of Windows To Go drives, today I will just focus on using the inbuilt UI in Windows 8.1 Enterprise to deliver this. If you need to provision several drives at once, scripting will be your best option as you could have multiple drives plugged

Windows To Go Basics (3/81)

This week’s posts kick off Windows To Go, which was introduced with Windows 8, and provides the ability for Windows Enterprise to boot from a USB drive – with choices of using a flash drive or a hard drive, depending on storage and portability requirements. It’s only available through the Enterprise editions of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, even though we’ve all got scenarios outside of enterprise usage where it would be incredibly handy. Certified Devices The certification process for

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

Windows 8.1 release message continues to get driven through channel

Microsoft advised it’s OEM reseller channel of the recently announced dates for Windows 8.1 to start hitting Windows Update. The contents of the message are as follows… Dear Microsoft OEM Reseller, Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store 12:00 A.M on October 18 in New Zealand (that’s 4:00 A.M October 17 in Redmond). Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail on October 18. So mark your

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