The final CIAOPS Virtual Technology meeting 2013 will be held on Wednesday December the 4th at 4pm Sydney time. You can register for free now at: https://ciaops1213.eventbrite.com.au This meeting will feature a presentation by Windows Server MVP Boon Tee focused on connecting on premise servers to Office 365. Here, in broad strokes is what Boon will be covering: 1. Integrating Office 365 into the network.
a. WS2012E R2 features b. How it fits together c. Using ProPlus d. Migration
– i. From SBS – ii. From POP3/iMAP – iii. MigrationWiz
2. Bug check
a. Essentials only DC or integration will break. b. Unscheduled Server Backup after reboot c. GPO setup d. Licensing
The meeting will the usual swag of news, information and discussion so I hope that you’ll come along and join with us for this last meeting before Christmas and let me know what you’d like to see in the coming year. I hope to see you there.
A while back Microsoft bought Yammer and since then has been working hard to integrate it into Office 365. If you have an Enterprise Office 365 plan you should now have the ability to enable this integration.
Here’s a brief outline of how to complete this integration.
Login to your Office 365 portal as an administrator. At the bottom of the second column on this page you should see Included services. Select this.
That will now display the above option to the right. Select the link – Yes, activate Yammer Enterprise for my network.
You’ll then be taken to a screen where you can select which domain you wish to activate that on from the pull down list at the top of the screen.
Then select the Activate Yammer Enterprise button below.
The configuration will now commence. As noted this process could take 1 to 30 minutes to complete.
Look out for future post of the Yammer integration with Office 365 as I think this is another HUGE opportunity with the product.
No matter how small a business they can benefit from improved data analysis. Great thing is most already have the tools like Excel and Office365.
What really impressed me in the first video is the natural language queries that were performed towards the end of the video. Honestly, take a look at that and tell me that isn’t firstly really cool and really handy, especially for those no-IT type business owners.
There is so much opportunity around BI in the market and so few resellers seeming to grab it. Even down at the SMB level, BI is huge so if you are wondering how to make money as a reseller in the cloud look at getting into BI for your clients. In simple terms, BI helps customer understand their business by allowing them to quickly analyse their data. You won’t regret it I’ll bet.
Although the app is pretty basic at the moment I see it maturing into being so much more. What it does indicate is Microsoft’s commitment not only to mobile devices but also to the range of mobile operating systems. if you have an Office 365 tenant download it to your device today and see what it does. Remember, I think that it is only going to improve.
A very common request I see out there is people wanting to ensure that a person who receives an email does so securely and can’t forward it to others. That is a little tough given the way the standard email protocol was designed and implemented. To provide an enhanced level of security with its Office 365 service Microsoft has recently announced that it will be shortly introducing email message encryption. if you want to see how it will work then check out this blog post. http://blogs.office.com/b/office365tech/archive/2013/11/21/introducing-office-365-message-encryption-send-encrypted-emails-to-anyone.aspx The great thing about this is that you’ll be able to send encrypted mail to anyone! That is certainly going to fill a major need these days as well as make a real point of differentiation for Office 365. We’ll have to wait until early next year until it becomes available and the good news is that E3 and E4 plans will automatically receive it. It will also be available as an option with other plans but in the long run I see it becoming part of the standard Office 365 offering for all plans.