New Office 365 public facing web site

Here is a great short video that demonstrates how easy it is to create really slick public facing web site in the upcoming version of Office 365.


The final product is still live on the web and you can visit it at:


I think that the improvements to this aspect of Office 365 are going to bring big dividends for Microsoft. I believe a significant amount of businesses are going to take advantage of all the options and features that are available in the public facing web site with the upcoming version of Office 365 when it becomes available soon. Also, if I was an IT reseller looking for an opportunity with Office 365, I’d suggest you look closely at what services you can offer around the new features Office 365 bring to the table with the public facing web site at the very least.

Desktop to Cloud Day 2013

I have mentioned the regular Desktop to Cloud group that meets monthly in North Sydney but what you might not realize is that there is also Desktop to Cloud Day scheduled for Saturday the 18th of May 2013.


This day will contains 12 sessions in 2 tracks (Consumer and IT Professional) conducted at North Ryde RSL Club in Sydney. Entry entitles you to attend all the sessions, refreshments, parking and free WiFi. You can register for the event at:


and if you do so before the 18th of February 2013 you can take advantage of the super early bird discount and only have to pay $22 for everything.


To get an idea what the event is all about you can take a look at the round up from last year’s event at:


So far this year we have lined up


Ishai Sagi, SharePoint MVP

Roger Lawrence, Chief Technologist for Strategic Enterprise Services at Hewlett Packard

Jeff Alexander, Microsoft Technology Evangelist

Mark O’Shea, Windows Intune expert and MVP

Dean Calvert, Small Business Server MVP

Robert Crane, Office 365 MVP 


with more to be announced very soon.


To stay up to date with the event keep an eye on


where session details and updates will be posted.


However, if you are interested in this event I urge you to reserve your place now as we expect the event to start filling quickly.


For further information on Desktop to Cloud in general see:

Need to Know Podcast–Episode 45
In this episode I speak with Susanne Dansey from Purple Cow Ideas and we share our favourite list of business publications.
Susanne’s picks:
1. The Prince, by Machiavelli
2. Steve Jobs, The Exclusive Biography, by Walter Isaacson
3. Willful Blindness, by Margaret Heffernan
4. What Everybody is saying, by Joe Navarro
5. Harvard Business Review
My picks
1. The Fastlane Millionaire, by MJ DeMarco
2. The Four Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferris
3. The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
4. Book Yourself Solid, by Michael Port
5. Fortune Magazine
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Determining SharePoint Foundation 2010 Version

There are times when you need to find out what version of SharePoint Foundation you are currently running. The easiest way to do this is to look in SharePoint Central Administration via the following procedure:




On the SharePoint Foundation Server select Start | Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products | SharePoint 2010 Central Administration.




When the SharePoint Central Administration appears select Manage Servers in Farm from under the System Settings in the top right.




In the middle of the page locate Configuration database version and compare the number you find here with:


You’ll then know whether you are running the latest version.

An Administrator’s Guide to Windows Server 2012 Essentials

SBS MVP Boon Tee has just released a new book – An Administrator’s Guide to Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

The book takes a pictorial guide through the various components and functionality of the operating system and provides the user with a comprehensive overview of the different options available in configuring and maintaining the server. Readers with a very basic understanding of networking may find some of the concepts challenging, but not overwhelming. Ideally, the reader should have a decent understanding of computer operations, and be able to perform standard computer tasks without much reference to manuals. Advanced readers will find this book a useful reference guide.

Find more details and ordering info at –

Free exam offer for 74-324 exam

Microsoft Australia have just announced a free exam offer for the 74-324: Administering Office 365 for Small Business on their blog:


Here’s the body:


Great opportunity!  The first 2,000 partners who take Exam 74-324: Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses will be able to take it for free at an Authorized Prometric Testing Centre (terms & conditions apply).  This meets one of the key requirements for the Small Business competency in the Microsoft Partner Network. Please act now, as the offer expires 6/30/13! ! Register for this exam using promo code MPNO365. (Note: code includes an upper-case “O” and not a zero.) Look for complete terms and conditions on the Training Spotlight blog, January 15th.

Desktop to Cloud User Group resumes


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You are invited to attend:

Desktop to Cloud User Group

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 from

Stanton Library, North Sydney, 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Learn what the ‘cloud’ really means for you and your business. At these events you’ll find answers to questions like: What is the ‘cloud’? What can it do for my business? In the sessions you’ll hear from many experts and you’ll also get the opportunity to network with them. These events are all about giving you the most current information about the latest in desktop, mobile and cloud technologies. Each event is designed to cater to all levels from beginners to IT Professional, business owner to the tech savvy. Beyond the sessions you’ll be able to rub shoulders with industry experts and others businesses to learn how to make the cloud really work for you.


You can find updates about the group either at the Meetup site – as well as group blog at


In person

Parking: Ridge St carpark. Flat rate parking after 6pm, 2 minutes walk to library.
Train: 10 minutes walk from North Sydney station


The meeting will be streamed live via Google Hangouts as well as broadcast live on YouTube ( The event will also be available as a recording via the same YouTube channel once the event has completed. Using Google Hangouts you can also use what to ask questions and provide feedback to presenters.
To join the meeting live with Google Hangouts please add to you Google Plus account.



Use the hashtag #d2cloud to stay in touch with what’s happening on the night and to ask questions and provide feedback.



Session 1: Windows InTune
Presenters: Mark O’Shea
Title: All the latest
Door prize:

Brief: Come and learn what is new with Windows Intune

Session 2: The best mobile
Presenters: Panel
Title: What is the best phone/plan on the market today?
Door prize:
Brief: Come and help us determine what is currently the best mobile phone on the market today. Is it Windows Phone? iPhone? Android? Nokia? HTC? Find out what other have to say about the device they use. If you are planning a buy a new mobile, don’t miss this session

Stanton Library

234 Miller St

North Sydney, New South Wales 2060

Attend Event


Lync Attendee certificate error

Lync is great tool for conducting webinars. It is even better in that people who don’t have Lync can download and install the free Lync Attendee client to have the full experience. You can download the Lync Attendee software from:

Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendee – User Level Install –

For information about using the software see:

or get my book:

Getting Started with Lync Online

Now it is always best to check that everything works first with Lync and to do that you can use the following:

which is a bit ‘techie’ but is very comprehensive. Some other troubleshooting links for Lync in general are:

Of course you can still get issues and if you get this one:
‘There was a problem verifying the certificate from the server’ then this article may help:

There is even a Mr Fixit button that will do the hard work for you.