Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A gift for hackers

Here’s a great documentary on how technology is “protecting” us but compromising our “privacy”. It is another example of the tyranny of the default.  Basically, having so many devices freely connected to the Internet with effectively no security is a gift for those willing to look and exploit.

Here’s the brief:

For downloads and more information visit:http://www.journeyman.tv/?lid=64861
IT companies are failing to secure devices connected to the internet, leaving them open to hackers. This shocking report reveals how anything from your pins to your passport could now be accessed online.
"Is this your pin? Is this a letter you received from your bank? Do you have a HP e-Print scanner?" The young man answers yes to every question, stunned that all of his information was accessible on the internet for anyone who wanted to see it. And he's not alone: the wealth of information available is staggering. From shop owners whose security cameras can be watched and controlled remotely, to medical records and confidential documents for international companies like Unilever, Orange and KLM, it's a bonanza for any would-be hackers. While it would be simple for the IT firms who provide printers, scanners and software to make the system more secure, they don't see it as their problem and argue that attending to basic safety protocols is a bit of a marketing nightmare. "There are people who know all about how this works, security-wise, but it's too much trouble to explain all that." One company went so far as to call consumers who didn't know they had to change their passwords "idiots". As the rate of technological change continues at a frightening pace, do technology companies have a duty to prevent our privacy being eroded?

If you have an Internet connected device ensure the password is CHANGED. Do it now because insecure systems affect every Internet user. Watch the video and change those passwords.

Remote Desktop Services in Office 365

*** Update 9 September 2014 *****

*** Please see this update - http://blog.ciaops.com/2014/09/installing-office-365-pro-plus-on-rds.html ***

It has been brought to my attention that this post has figured in a recent APAC Google Enterprise newsletter. Having seen the newsletter and being disappointed in the negative approach it has taken to Office 365 I have decided to provide the following points to balance the attempt to insinuate in any way that Office 365 is inferior by what I detailed originally.

1. In no way does the issue below prevent Office 365 services (such as email and collaboration) from operating or reduce their functionality in any way.

2. The subset of customers who this applies to is extremely small when compared to the overall market.

3. Alternate solutions from Microsoft are available.

4. The inclusion of full desktop productivity applications is something that no other vendor provides, to my knowledge, with their cloud offerings.

5. Each qualifying user can install Office desktop software, for MAC or PC, from Office 365 on up to 5 devices.

6. This is the way the product has always been (since Office 365 was launched), so nothing has effectively changed.

7. I still firmly believe desktop software via Office 365 provides the most cost effective solution for customers looking to keep up to date with the latest products they are familiar with, want to use and will work with and without an Internet connection.

Let’s see all products compete on what benefits they provide to end users and not waste energy elsewhere.

I leave the original post unchanged below and also point out that at any time in the future this licensing can be changed. 

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Please note that this post supersedes any of the information I have posted previously on this topic. I also hope I have all this right (fingers crossed).

After further research and contact with Microsoft to get the ‘correct’ information on Remote Desktop Services with Office 2013 Professional Plus via Office 365, in summary I can tell you that:

Any Office 2013 Professional Plus product purchased via the Office 365 console is NOT licensed for Remote Desktop Services no matter what the SKU or plan.

The details are:

At this Office 365 link:

Enterprise value - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj900171.aspx

under the heading Desktop virtualization (user-dedicated VDI and RDS) it says:

Only Office 365 ProPlus customers with a volume license version of Office Professional Plus 2013 can use Remote Desktop Services (RDS).”

Thus, from the Service Descriptions table in my previous post:

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You see 2 subscript. That reads (my emphasis):

“Office 365 ProPlus is supported on user-dedicated virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). To use Remote Desktop Services (RDS), you must use a volume license version of Office Professional Plus 2013, which is available on the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center. For more information, see Microsoft Volume Licensing” Product Use Rights.

This therefore means that WITHOUT Office 2013 Professional Plus Volume Licensing you cannot run use an Office 365 version of Office 2013 for Remote Desktop Services via ANY license.

My previous post highlighted that the Product Use Rights (PUR) listed the M (Mid size business) plan is being available for Remote Desktop Services. Revisiting that more carefully  you find:

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Again, if you have Volume Licensing then the M SKU allows Remote Desktop Services.

Here is a response from Microsoft (Partner Technical Consultant) in regards to the issues around the Office 365 M SKU and Remote Desktop Services mentioned in a previous post (my emphasis):

I just got confirmation from the license team.

Both service description and PUR are correct.

If customer purchases Midsize business plan from Office 365 portal, this M plan does not have rights for RDS.

However, if customer purchase Office 365 Midsize business through an Open Business agreement(Volume license), this M plan has rights for RDS.

That is why Office 365 service description lists M plan does not have RDS access permission (as it is for customers who purchase from O365 portal) and PUR lists Office 365 M plan has RDS access permission (as it is for customers who purchase via Volume licensing).

I hope this information address your question.

Now the issue here in Australia is slightly different as for purchases of <250 generally they are completed through the exclusive syndication partner, Telstra. This includes the M SKU. That being the case, the M SKU is therefore not available to be purchased in Australia via Volume Licensing. So, in Australia, the M plan is also excluded from Remote Desktop Services.

This is the response I received from Microsoft Australia Office 365 Product Manager to my previous posts:

I believe you have been blogging on the licensing construct for RDS in Office 365.  I wanted to make sure that you have the official response from Microsoft as it relates to Office 365 and specifically in Syndication in Australia.

With this update of Office 365, Microsoft has addressed the need for customers to run Office 365 ProPlus in virtualized environments using a combination of technical improvements and licensing terms. Functionally, Office 365 ProPlus supports dedicated Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments, but does not work in other configurations including Remote Desktop Service (RDS) and Windows To Go scenarios.

For virtualization situations where Office 365 ProPlus does not work, Microsoft has created a licensing-based workaround that allows customers with an Enterprise Agreement to install Office Professional Plus under the terms and conditions of the Office 365 ProPlus license Product Use Rights (PUR).  This work-around, unfortunately, does not apply to Office 365 procured via syndication, as described within the Reseller User Rights (RUR).

The current user rights allow for the following:

Program

SKUs

VDI

RDS

EA

ProPlus, E3, E4

Yes

Supported using Professional Plus download

Syndication

Midsize Business, ProPlus, E3, E4

Yes

No

We have heard the feedback around the need for an Office 365 RDS solution for all our customers and even though we are not able to resolve this within our current systems and licensing constraints, we will advise if there is a change to the RUR sometime in the future.

Please see the appropriate solutions as recommended by Microsoft in the case of a Remote Desktop requirement:

A.         Customer requires Remote Desktop and has 250+ seats.  Microsoft recommend that the customer consider signing an Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft, which will support the Volume Licensing work-around that is currently in place.  Please note that the M-SKU is not available on an Enterprise Agreement and will only allow for the E-SKU. 

B.         Customer requires Remote Desktop and has less than 250 seats.  Microsoft recommends that the customer purchase Office 365 E1/E2 SKU from Telstra and then purchase the required number of Office Pro licenses through your Volume License provider, as long as it is over 5 seats.

Summary

1. When you purchase any Office 365 plan from the portal or via a syndication partner Office 2013 Professional Plus DOES NOT include Remote Desktop rights.

2. To receive Remote Desktop right for Office 2013 Professional Plus via Office 365 you need to have an Office 2013 Professional Plus Volume License.

This means that Office 2013 Professional Plus via Office 365 basically has the same rights as the previous version of Office (2010 Professional Plus) had, that being no Remote Desktop or Terminal Server.

I’m sure that is going to disappoint many and I hope Microsoft does change this soon.

Desktop to Cloud Day agenda now available

The agenda for the upcoming Desktop to Cloud Day on Saturday the 18th of May at North Ryde RSL Club in Sydney is now available. You can download it here:

Desktop to Cloud Day 2013 Agenda

I’d appreciate if you could let others know who maybe interested in attending. You can register for the event at:

http://d2c13.eventbrite.com.au/

where early bird entry is still available for $44 which covers entry, refreshments, wifi and more.

The event features 2 tracks with experience presenters on cloud technologies including:

Jeff Alexander (Microsoft)

Ishai Sagi (SharePoint MVP)

Mark O’Shea (MVP)

Abi Vickram (Director, Kerio Technologies)

and more

You see presentations on Office 365, Windows 8, Private Cloud, Samepage and more.

You can keep up to date with event happenings at:

http://www.ciaops.com/d2c13

and I hope to see you there on the day.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

CIAOPS Podcast–Episode 48


In this episode I speak with Jeet Banerjee about mobile app development. Jeet shares his experience and provides some tips about ensuring you get the most exposure for your app. You can listen to episode at:
http://ciaops.podbean.com/2013/03/19/episode-48-jeet-banerjee/ 
You can support this podcast via http://donation.ciaops.com
Don't forget all the other podcasts at http://ciaops.podbean.com and appreciate a like over at http://www.facebook.com/n2kpodcast.
Remember if you want to be a guest please contact me (director@ciaops.com).



Office 2013 requires Windows 7 or better


So you have gone out and bought the latest bright new shiny Office 365 package that includes Office 2013 for your business. You figure that one of the benefits of Office 365 is that you’ll be able to insure that all your machines will now have the same version of Office.
That is a GREAT idea but it over looks one VERY IMPORTANT point. Office 2013 requires Windows 7 or better to install. It WON’T install on Windows XP.
I am beginning to see so many people looking to Office 365 as a way to update their in house software which is fine and dandy provided they are still not running a 10+ year old operating system like Windows XP.
Sure, you may have saved some money by not upgrading to Windows Vista and 7 but guess what? To use the latest software you still have to make a jump to at least Windows 7 and that generally won’t be cheap.
So again, consider very carefully how long you elect to not upgrade the software that your business runs. The longer you wait, the further out of the supported window you become and when you have to upgrade you are going to need to jump a long way to catch up. That single jump generally is more expensive and disruptive than a number of smaller increments (but I’m sure some people will argue otherwise).
However, at the end of the day if you purchase Office 2013 in flavour make sure that all the machines you plan to install it on are running at least Windows 7.

Monday, March 18, 2013

More on Terminal Services and Office 365

*** Update 26 March 2013 *** Please read updated blog post on this:

http://blog.ciaops.com/2013/03/remote-desktop-services-in-office-365.html

A while back I wrote a post how Office 365 now allows Remote Desktop (Terminal Services) with the included Office version that comes with the plans. The gist of that post remains correct however what I have now determined is that not all Office 365 plans that include Office 2013 as part of their plan are entitled to be used in a remote environment.

The following table is from the Service Description for Office Pro Plus with Office 365 - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj819251.aspx

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Here you can see that Office 2013 is only licensed for Remote Desktop Services (RDP) with the stand alone Office Pro Plus, E3 and E4 plans. It is not available (according to this) for the Office 365 Small Business Premium or Midsize Business.

However, there is still a little bit of confusion around the entitlement for the Midsize Business Plan because the Produce Use Rights (P82) at:

http://www.microsoftvolumelicensing.com/DocumentSearch.aspx?Mode=3&DocumentTypeId=1

indicates that the Midsize plan does have Remote Desktop Rights.

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I expect that this confusion will be cleared up shortly and when I hear more I’ll post it here so stay tuned.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Best posts from March

Here are some post I think worth revisiting that I penned in the month of March in years gone by.

2012

Search Server Express on SBS 2011 – Gotcha’s and the release of my eBook on the subject.

Marketing to my mind – Some thoughts on basic marketing

2011

Another health warning – We all need to spend more time doing something about our health.

Getting Started With Companyweb 2010 – Some information and the release of my eBook on the topic.

2010

Cloud security – my thoughts on why the hysteria doesn’t match the reality.

I’m not the only one – The changing reseller landscape.

2009

Media hysteria – No wonder people are afraid of computers and the Internet.

Kakrafoon – Is Twitter something Douglas Adam foresaw?

2008

The Vista debacle – Interesting given the current debate over the slow adoption of Windows 8.

Re-thinking managed services – Thinking on the changing face of technology businesses.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

SkyDrive Pro desktop sync is part of Office 2013 Pro Plus

*** 22 May 2013 Update ***

SkyDrive Pro Windows client app is now available for free. See post:

http://blog.ciaops.com/2013/05/skydrive-pro-client-now-available-for.html

For details

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As more people start to use the new features of SharePoint Online from Office 365 I am seeing greater confusion around how to synchronize files from SkyDrive Pro to the desktop. If you haven’t already I suggest you have a look at my previous posts about SkyDrive Pro:

SkyDrive Pro Primer

A bit more on SkyDrive Pro

Even more on SkyDrive Pro

There is also a SkyDrive Pro video I did:

SkyDrive Pro Webinar – Preview

and of course there is a eBook I recent released:

Getting started with SkyDrive Pro

The synchronization of files from SharePoint Online 2013 to a Windows desktop can be achieved by what I call a SkyDrive Pro App. This is a small program that once installed, monitors for changes between the local Windows machine and SharePoint 2013. When it finds changes it does a sync.

What seems to be confusing many people is where you get this SkyDrive Pro app. At the moment this app is only part of Office 2013 Professional Plus as you can see from below:

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So if you don’t have Office 2013 Professional Plus you won’t get the SkyDrive Pro app and you won’t be able to perform synchronization to your local desktop.

As you can appreciate this is a major limitation for people using the new SharePoint Online. Much like the consumer version of SkyDrive they should have made this SkyDrive Pro app available for free so that you didn’t need Office 2013 Professional Plus to get it. There are however rumours that the SkyDrive Pro app will soon be available for free and I certainly hope this is the case for otherwise it is going to stymie the uptake of SharePoint Online, especially for those not currently having Office 2013 Professional Plus.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Office 365 vs Google Apps webcast

I’ve just participated in a Google Hangout with Richard Tubb, Owen Kane and James Kimberly discussing the merits of cloud solutions like Google Apps and Office 365.

The inspiration for this chat came about after Richard Tubb moved from Office 365 and particularly Outlook, to Google Apps. There he found additional functionality with a number of productivity plugins. This move garnered some strong reactions on Google Plus which tended to focus on the technology. Hopefully, this webcast proves that it is the information that is important to the customer. So if you are expecting fireworks then you’ll probably have to wait till we no another webcast.

Have a look and let me know what you think and how we can improve this. Also if you have some topics you’d like to see discussed then by all means send them along to me at director@ciaops.com.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Many outsourcers will disappear

Have been reading from some interesting research on infrastructure outsourcing (IO) (Managed Service Providers, MSPs, if you like) from Gartner. They are predicting a market consolidation of up to 20% but here some other interesting snippets:

“Gianluca Tramacere, research vice president at Gartner, said traditional IO providers are at serious risk of extinction.”

“In the past decade many outsourcers have procrastinated, failing to make the changes needed to transform challenges into opportunities. Many will disappear- some slowly, some rapidly.”

“Traditional infrastructure outsourcers can no longer survive in their current state. The market won't allow it and customers are demanding much more.”

Source - http://www.4-traders.com/GARTNER-INC-12710/news/Gartner-Inc-Many-Outsourcers-Will-Disappear-but-Which-Ones-and-How-Fast-16371739/

The report also has the following to say about small providers:

Small Managed service providers

The most immediate implication is for small outsourcing and managed services providers. The value-add they provide is eroded significantly when compared with cloud services. As larger organizations providing cloud-based solutions attract more small business customers, small IT shops will lose customers, margin and traditional service opportunities.

This is also an opportunity for those service providers that are agile enough to transform themselves into cloud partners. What I mean by this is that there are opportunities to help small businesses take advantage of cloud services and save money either through migration services or cloud service reselling. The sales pitch is easy but the margins are low. In order to have a viable business model, volume is key. This means that the small managed service provider will need to grow their customer base significantly to maintain sustainability.

So what does this mean for the IT pro at a small outsourcing shop? I would expect that there will be far less hands on technical work and much more menial administration across many more customers. There will also be an increase in network architecture and management requirements as connectivity to the cloud will increase in important compared to local connectivity.

This again simply reinforces what I have been writing about for a long while here. Just one example:

http://blog.ciaops.com/2012/04/valley-of-discontent.html

The Internet will force change on every business but only some will survive.

Adjusting license components in Office 365

Assigning a license to a user is pretty straight forward in Office 365, however if you ever need to change a license be careful of the following.

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When you view a users licenses you will see something like the above. Now let’s say that you want to reassign an Exchange license so you uncheck the option like so:

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Now, if you press the save button without assigning another Exchange license you’ll see the following:

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If you proceed all the users Lync contacts will be removed but what about the mailbox?

From what I have been able to see is that if you do indeed make a mistake and fail to assign an Exchange license you can go back in and assign an Exchange mailbox to that user and all their mail will still be there. Now I can’t say for sure how long that will happen for but judging be the above message you would think 30 days, however I don’t I’d be willing to leave it that long.

So the moral here is, if you are adjusting Office 365 licenses between plan make sure you have assigned a license for everything that user required BEFORE proceeding and saving changes. If you don’t you run this risk of losing their data, however from the testing I have done it seems that if you correct your mistake quickly enough you should be ok.

Best advice is always to check before proceeding.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Office 365 Small Business Plans now have https

I was noodling away with a recently set up Office 365 Small Business Premium (P2) plan when I notice the following on the default team site:

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In the previous version of the P Plan all the SharePoint sites (internal and external) were http like so:

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I haven’t as yet tested all the new plans but I would have to assume that all new Office 365 internal SharePoint sites now run using https! (if not leave a comment on this post so I can check).

Yet another improvement over the old version.

Getting Started with SkyDrive Pro for Office 365

For people who follow along with blog you will know that I have done some posts on SkyDrive Pro including:

Even more SkyDrive Pro info

SkyDrive Pro Primer

A bit more SkyDrive Pro info

I have taken these, added more information and published my next e-Book – “Getting Started with SkyDrive Pro for Office 365”, which is the first title I have done on the new version of Office 365.

Abstract

This book helps users understand the basic usage and operation of SkyDrive Pro which is part of SharePoint 2013 in Office 365 so they can be more productive. SkyDrive Pro is a location with SharePoint that users can save and share files with others inside and outside their organization. It examines the following components of SkyDrive Pro: Uploading, Creating, Editing deleting and recovering files. It will show you how to edit, create and view documents as well as share files with contacts inside and outside your organization. It will show you how to synchronize these files to your desktop. If you are keen to find out how to make the most of SkyDrive Pro for Office 365 then this book is for you.

You can purchase the book at all the usual locations but I certainly would appreciate you purchasing it directly from my site at if it is of interest:

http://www.ciaops.com/publications

All purchases continue to support the work that I do in providing other free content like this blog and my YouTube channel. So if you find benefit from what I offer please support me and help me to create more. You can also assist by letting other know about this and my other publications.

Keep an eye out for more upcoming publications on the new Office 36 from me.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Some Office 365 training resources


With the plethora of material becoming available for Office 365 I thought I’d add a few links of some stuff I found recently that looks useful. Unfortunately, I haven’t as yet worked my way through it, but I will. In the meantime, it is not really worthwhile keeping all of that to myself so here it is:
Office 365 Ignite training
Cloud Sales Training – SMB Partners
Office 2013 / Office 365 – System Integrator
Office 365 – Business decision Maker/Sales and Marketing/IT Professional
SharePoint 2013 training for IT Professionals

CIAOPS Podcast–Episode 47


In this episode I speak with Justin Handley from Narasopa Media about marketing your business digitally. Justin shares with us some secrets that every business should implement when it comes to online marketing. Whether web sites or social media, have a listen and I’m sure you’ll find something.
You can listen to episode at:
http://ciaops.podbean.com/2013/03/07/episode-47-justin-handley/
You can support this podcast via http://donation.ciaops.com
Don't forget all the other podcasts at http://ciaops.podbean.comand appreciate a like over at http://www.facebook.com/n2kpodcast.
Remember if you want to be a guest please contact me (director@ciaops.com).

Office 2013 now transferable


One of the big changes Microsoft made in Office 2013 was to remove the ability for some licences to no longer be transferable. This caused a lot of confusion so I covered in a previous blog post:
Office 2013 transferability made easier
The biggest issues was that you couldn’t transfer Fully Packaged Product (FPP retail) from an old machine to a new machine as you could with Office 2010.
I know this has clearly been an issue and source of hostility for many who feel Microsoft is unfairly ‘forcing’ them to a cloud only option. However, Microsoft has just announced that it is changing the licensing agreement for the retail product to allow customers to transfer software from one computer to another. The details are in this blog post:
http://blogs.office.com/b/office-news/archive/2013/03/06/office-2013-retail-license-agreement-now-transferable.aspx
but it says in summary:
“this change is effective immediately and applies to Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013, Office Professional 2013 and the standalone Office 2013 applications. These transferability options are equivalent to those found in the Office 2010 retail license terms.”
So please give Microsoft some credit for making this change. Many are quick to criticize but neglect to praise Microsoft when they do something like this. I would suggest that if you want to make them more receptive to change you need to acknowledge when they do make changes like this.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Terminal Services and Office 365


*** Updated 26 March 2013 *** Please see the blog post Remote Desktop Services in Office 365 for details on the fact that Terminal Services with Office 365 is only available in conjunction with Office Volume Licensing.

*** Update 18 March 2013 *** Please see the blog post More on Terminal Services and Office 365 for details on how Terminal Services is only available for certain plans.
One of the most asked questions I see around Office 365 by resellers is ‘Can I run Office Professional Plus that comes with Office 365 on a Terminal Server?’. At the moment there are two answers.
For Wave 14 (older version of Office 365 – prior to Feb 27th 2013) Office Professional Plus 2010 was only available with the E3 and E4 SKUs. However, even if you purchased these plans, the version of Office Professional Plus 2010 that came with them was not licensed to run on a Terminal Server. What many people don’t realize is that this version of Office Professional Plus 2010 is not licensed to run under ANY remote condition according to:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/D/4/3D42BDC2-6725-4B29-B75A-A5B04179958B/Licensing_Microsoft_Office_Professional_Plus_for_Office_365.docx
where it says the following:
"Contrary to the software licensed under desktop application licenses for Microsoft Office, Office Professional Plus for Office 365 may not be deployed on a server or desktop and accessed remotely from another desktop. Customers may only use Office Professional Plus for Office 365 locally. Remote Use Rights are not available under Office Professional Plus for Office 365 licenses."
Reading that says to me that not only can’t Office Professional Plus 2010 from Office 365 (Wave 14) be installed on a Terminal Server but you can also NOT access it remotely if you have it installed on your desktop. You can ONLY use Office Professional Plus 2010 from Office 365 if you are physically at the keyboard.
For the recently released version of Office 365 (Wave 15) that now includes Office Professional Plus 2013 via a number of plans (P2, M, E3 and E4) remote access rights are very different.
As Aidan Finn points out at:
http://www.aidanfinn.com/?p=14147
Great news for customers of Office 365.  When you get your free bundled Office 2013, you’ll be entitled to use it on Remote Desktop Services (aka Terminal Services).  In other words, if your company is into server-based computing, you’re going to save money.
You can find out the specifics in the Microsoft Product Usage Rights (PUR) document.  Under Office 365ProPlus:
  1. Each user to whom you assign a User SL may activate the software for local or remote use on up to five concurrent OSEs.
  2. The Licensed User may also use the software activated by another user under a different User SL.
  3. Each user may also use one of the five activations on a network server with the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) role enabled.
  4. You may allow other users to remotely access the software solely to provide support services.
Now this solves the issue about whether an Office 365 Office Professional Plus users is licensed for Remote Desktop Services (they are) but it still leaves an issue with actually installing Office 2013 Professional Plus on a Terminal Server.
If you attempt to install Office 2013 ‘click to run’ on a Terminal Server you will get an error as outlined in this KB Article:
http://support.microsoft.akadns.net/kb/2810023
The article outlines how the ‘click to run’ version of Office 2013 is designed this way. So, if you only have Office 2013 Professional Plus from Office 365 (which are ‘click to run’ versions) how you actually get Office 2013 installed on a Terminal Server?
From what I can determine, if you want to do the installation of Office 2013 software on a Terminal Server you’ll need to shell out for an additional version of Office 2013 that allows installation on a Terminal Server. The available versions that support this are either Full Packaged Product (FPP) or Volume Licensing (VL).
You should also consider that Volume Licensing (VL) is not that difficult to purchase as all you need is a total of 5 licenses of any eligible Microsoft products I believe (and there are lots of cheap ones), one of which could be Office 2013 Professional Plus.
Now, it would be nice if you could obtain a version of Office Professional Plus 2013 via Office 365 that WOULD install on a Terminal Server and that may still come (fingers crossed) but for now the whole remote desktop scenario is so much better with this new version of Office 365. Still some minor additional cost and hassle but again SO MUCH better that what it used to be. Kudos to Microsoft for listening and making the change.














New Office 365 bootcamp in Sydney


The latest version of Office 365 (Wave 15) is now available and there are some big changes. You’ll find not only new features and capabilities but also new plans and offerings.
If you use or resell Office 365 then this bootcamp is for you. After attending you’ll be clear on not only exactly what is available but also how to make the most from all the new features.
This bootcamp will take you beyond just Exchange, SharePoint, Lync and Office and will introduce you to new Office 365 offerings like Project Online. if you have never used Office 365 in depth before, this bootcamp is for you. If you resell Office 365 this bootcamp is for you. If you thought you knew Office 365 then this bootcamp is for you.
Sign up today at:
http://ciaops090513.eventbrite.com.au/
If you use the promotional code EARLYBIRD before April 1 you’ll receive a $50 discount off the standard entry of $299 inc. Further discounts are available to CIAOPS SharePoint and Office 365 Guide subscribers, see the latest newsletter for details.
More information and testimonials of previous bootcamps can be found at:
http://www.ciaops.com/bootcamp
I hope to see you there on the day.
Image - http://www.utsa.edu/today/images/graphics/bootcamp.jpg

Monday, March 4, 2013

Adjustable local cache size in Outlook 2013

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One of the good and sometimes bad things about Outlook is that it maintains a local copy (cache) of your inbox. Obviously, as your mailbox grows so too does the cache. Where you typically see a problem is when you go to migrate Exchange servers, because generally the cache had to be recreated and all the items downloaded. Thus, if you have a 20GB inbox and you migrated it to Office 365 you’d need to generally get that 20GB to the ‘cloud’ and then allow the 20GB to synchronize to your local cache. Not much fun with very large mailboxes and very poor bandwidth.

As you can see from the above screen shot, Outlook 2013 actually allows you to set how much data will be cached. The minimum you can select is 1 month while the maximum is all (the only option previously available with Outlook). This is really handy in a shared environment like on a Terminal Server where you want to keep the local profile small.

Yet another great reason to upgrade to Office 2013!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

New SharePoint Online features in Office 365


Now that the new version of Office 365 has been released and I have had a chance to look through what is on offer I thought I’d do quick round up of what I’ve found so far when it comes to the new SharePoint Online.
1. The first major point is that from what I can see EVERY new SharePoint Online plan includes SkyDrive Pro. This means that EVERY SharePoint Online users will receive 7GB of personal storage space.
There is still plenty of confusion about what SkyDrive Pro actually is. If you haven’t already I’d suggest you take a look at my previous blog post about SkyDrive Pro for clarification. Also remember that SkyDrive Pro space DOES NOT count against other shared space in SharePoint.
2. The default amount of SharePoint storage remains the same. All plans basically get 10GB of shared storage with an additional 500MB of shared space per user. This have 2 users your shared space = 10 + 2 x 0.5 = 11GB.
3. On the storage side, one thing that has changed is that ALL SharePoint Online plans can now purchase additional space! Yes, even P plans can purchase additional space (previously, they couldn’t).
4. P plans (P1 and P2) limited to one private site collection and one public web site. This is the same as the old P plan.
5. The new M plan has a limit of 20 site collections and one public web site.
6. The E plans have a limit of 3,000 site collections and one public web site.
7. Public website storage limit on all plans is 5GB.
8. The file upload limit is still 250MB per file for all plans.
9. The P plans (P1 and P2) allow 500 unique external users per month. The M plan allows 10,000 and the E plans allow 10,000.
10. Limits on syncing content in SkyDrive Pro and other SharePoint libraries. Note the following limitations related to syncing libraries to your computer with SkyDrive Pro:
• You can sync up to 20,000 items in your SkyDrive Pro library, including folders and files.
• You can sync up to 5,000 items in other SharePoint libraries, including folders and files.

• In any library, you can download files up to 2 GB.

So basically happy days!

References:
SharePoint Online: Software boundaries and limits - http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/office365-sharepoint-online-enterprise-help/sharepoint-online-software-boundaries-and-limits-HA102694293.aspx
Sync a library to your computer - http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/support/sync-a-library-to-your-computer-HA102832401.aspx?CTT=5&origin=HA102822076