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 My 8 Reasons to Get Excited about Dynamics 365

Microsoft Partners know that business is first and foremost about meeting their customer’s needs. Today’s digital tsunami of automated marketing, spam, telemarketers, and poorly targeted advertising has left customers disinterested and confused. In order to really engage with your customers, authenticity is key.The modern partner knows that to attract customers into the buyer’s journey, they must create a customer focused culture and service oriented sales process. That’s where products like Microsoft Dynamics 365 is revolutionizing the customer engagement and business processes experience. Here’s why you should be excited about our next generation of business apps in the cloud.

1. Seamless Integration with a Unified Platform

Dynamics 365 is all about access to end-to-end intelligent business applications. It gives partners everything they need to provide those intelligent business solutions to their customers, all from the convenience and power of the cloud.

The combination of CRM and ERP applications is of incredible value to businesses. The vision behind Dynamics 365 was born from the goal to make business applications easier to integrate into compelling processes quicker and more efficiently. This unified platform makes the development of partner solutions easier to build, test, demo, deploy, and manage. Now, all of Microsoft’s intelligent business apps will align to a common data model. That streamlined efficiency means you will be better able to connect with your customers consistently.

“The powerful ability to combine the business process data from Dynamics 365 with PowerBI, PowerApps, Flow, and Office 365 and deliver a creative solution that really delights the customer gets us all very excited. That’s what it is all about, creating something new that is truly better than anything our customers have ever experienced before!”

“Cloud business applications enables faster deployment for our Customers – delivering quicker time to value.“
– Sam Dharmasiri, Sales Director at eBECS Ltd.

6. Built-In Intelligence and Advanced Analytics

Dynamics 365 helps businesses connect with their customers by enabling them to start with the basics, then grow and automate their business capabilities at their own pace. It connects the structured workflow of business applications with unstructured processes and uses built-in intelligence and advanced analytics to guide employees to greater sales or marketing results.

The nimble and adaptable applications of Dynamics 365 allow business users to change and adapt to their customers’ needs in real time, without IT supervision. It allows organizations to reimaging their business processes at their own pace with a consistent yet flexible platform.

“The biggest change for companies like us is that all our solutions used to be add-ons. With Dynamics365 we now are able to take a much broader perspective on our products. We can now set up workflows across platforms, such as Powerapps and even Office 365. That is a big change for us. We now are looking beyond the products themselves and are focusing more on the customer needs and user expectations.”Microsoft Office 2010
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What’s todays difference between Office 365 and Office 2016?

What’s todays difference between Office 365 and Office 2016?


Applies To: Office for home,
Office 365 is a subscription service that includes the most recent version of Office, which currently is Office 2016. It comes with the applications you’re familiar with, like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, plus extra online storage, ongoing tech support at no extra cost, and more.You can choose to pay for an Office 365 subscription on a monthly or yearly basis, and the Office 365 Home plan lets you share your subscription with up to four members of your household. Different Office 365 plans are available for home and personal use, as well as for small and midsized businesses, enterprises, schools, and nonprofits.Office 2016 is also sold as a one-time purchase, which means you pay a single, up-front cost to get Office applications for one computer. One-time purchases are available for both PCs (such as Office Home & Student 2016) and Macs (such as Office Home & Student 2016 for Mac). One-time purchases don’t have an upgrade option, which means if you plan to upgrade to the next major release, you’ll have to buy it at full price.Office Online is the free version of Office that you can use in your web browser. Try the Office Online apps.

Ready to install Office? See Install Office on your PC or Mac.

Compare Office 2016 as a one-time purchase to an Office 365 subscription


One-time purchase
(Example: Office Home & Student 2016)
Office 365 subscription
(Example: Office 365 Home)
Cost Pay a single, one-time cost Pay a small monthly fee, or save by paying for a full year
Office applications Included Get Office 2016 applications, like Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Your apps won’t be updated when new features are released. Included Get the latest version of Office applications, like Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Right now that’s Office 2016, but your version will continue to receive new feature updates. PC users also get Access and Publisher.
Feature updates Not included Security updates are included, but you won’t get new features that are added to Office 2016. Upgrades to major releases are not included. Included Your version of Office will always be improving. Get the latest features and updates from Microsoft. Major upgrades to future versions are included.
Install Office on more than one computer (Mac or PC) Not included One-time purchases are designed for a single operating system, so your copy of Office is good for either one Mac or one PC. Included With Office 365 Home, you can install Office desktop applications on up to 5 computers, which can be a combination of Macs and PCs. If you don’t need all of those installs, share them with members of your household.
Install Office and get advanced features on tablets and phones Not included Get basic editing features only on your tablet or phone. Included Get extra features when you sign in to Office apps on your device. With Office 365 Home, you’ll get these extra features on up to 5 tablets and 5 smartphones.
Extra online storage Not included Not included. Included Securely store your files in the cloud and access them from anywhere. Get 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage per user, for up to 5 users.
Technical support is included Not included Initial technical support is included for installing only. Included Contact us throughout your subscription at no extra cost for help with technical issues, or for subscription and billing support.
Microsoft Office 2010
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Focus on your Strengths

While I believe that strengthening your strengths is vitally important I’d like to also bring you some ideas for why strengthening a weakness may sometimes be worth your time and attention.Strengthening Your Strengths

Your strengths are usually innate abilities you’ve always found yourself good at performing.

When you grow up and begin a career or business you can often shorten the “success timeline” by using your core abilities. 

Working on improving what you’re already good at will usually keep you focused on that which makes you feel passionate.

It avoids feelings of frustration and feeling as though you’re “outside your element”. 

Focusing on your strengths will naturally keep you focused on that which you can excel at. Excelling at what you do is a great source for personal happiness. When we feel good about what we do we naturally feel a sense of fulfillment.

Know what you are good at and bring other to Benicia from the goals and achievements you have accomplished.

Strength others who have given up lost their focus, got side track. We need to work and apply our strength to bring confidence and vision back in our game.

We enjoy doing what we do best

“We do Chicken Right” focus where you excel above others and bring this to the forefront of your business and daily life.

Peter Coach www.mylifecoach.co

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Latest Upgrade to Windows 10 with System Center Configuration Manager

Upgrade to Windows 10 with System Center Configuration Manager
Special Summer Windows Upgrade service call now $59 for first hour. 4 hour min. Peter Coach Computer Systems Specialist 631-834-4796

Michael Niehaus|Last Updated: 5/27/2016

IN THIS ARTICLE

Applies to

Windows 10

The simplest path to upgrade PCs currently running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 is through an in-place upgrade. You can use a System Center Configuration Manager task sequence to completely automate the process.

Proof-of-concept environment

For the purposes of this topic, we will use four machines: DC01, CM01, and PC0003. DC01 is a domain controller and CM01 is a Windows Server 2012 R2 standard machine, fully patched with the latest security updates, and configured as a member server in the fictional contoso.com domain. PC0003 is a machine with Windows 7 SP1, targeted for the Windows 10 upgrade. For more details on the setup for this topic, please see Deploy Windows 10 with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.

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Figure 1. The machines used in this topic.
Upgrade to Windows 10 with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 adds support to manage and deploy Windows 10. Although it does not include built-in support to perform an in-place upgrade from Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, you can build a custom task sequence to perform the necessary tasks.

Create the task sequence
To help with this process, the Configuration Manager team has published a blog that provides a sample task sequence, as well as the original blog that includes the instructions for setting up the task sequence. To summarize, here are the tasks you need to perform:

Download the Windows10Upgrade1506.zip file that contains the sample task sequence and related scripts. Extract the contents onto a network share.

Copy the Windows 10 Enterprise RTM x64 media into the extracted but empty Windows vNext Upgrade Media folder.

Using the Configuration Manager Console, right-click the Task Sequences node, and then choose Import Task Sequence. Select the Windows-vNextUpgradeExport.zip file that you extracted in Step 1.

Distribute the two created packages (one contains the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 media, the other contains the related scripts) to the Configuration Manager distribution point.

For full details and an explanation of the task sequence steps, review the full details of the two blogs that are referenced above.

Create a device collection

After you create the upgrade task sequence, you can create a collection to test a deployment. In this section, we assume you have the PC0003 machine running Windows 7 SP1, with the Configuration Manager client installed.

On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Asset and Compliance workspace, right-click Device Collections, and then select Create Device Collection. Use the following settings:

General

Name: Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade

Limited Collection: All Systems

Membership rules:

Direct rule

Resource Class: System Resource

Attribute Name: Name

Value: PC0003

Select Resources

Select PC0003

Review the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade collection. Do not continue until you see the PC0003 machine in the collection.

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Upgrade to Windows 10 with System Center Configuration Manager
Michael Niehaus|Last Updated: 5/27/2016

IN THIS ARTICLE

Applies to
Windows 10

The simplest path to upgrade PCs currently running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 is through an in-place upgrade. You can use a System Center Configuration Manager task sequence to completely automate the process.
Proof-of-concept environment
For the purposes of this topic, we will use four machines: DC01, CM01, and PC0003. DC01 is a domain controller and CM01 is a Windows Server 2012 R2 standard machine, fully patched with the latest security updates, and configured as a member server in the fictional contoso.com domain. PC0003 is a machine with Windows 7 SP1, targeted for the Windows 10 upgrade. For more details on the setup for this topic, please see Deploy Windows 10 with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.
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Figure 1. The machines used in this topic.
Upgrade to Windows 10 with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1 adds support to manage and deploy Windows 10. Although it does not include built-in support to perform an in-place upgrade from Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, you can build a custom task sequence to perform the necessary tasks.
Create the task sequence
To help with this process, the Configuration Manager team has published a blog that provides a sample task sequence, as well as the original blog that includes the instructions for setting up the task sequence. To summarize, here are the tasks you need to perform:
Download the Windows10Upgrade1506.zip file that contains the sample task sequence and related scripts. Extract the contents onto a network share.

Copy the Windows 10 Enterprise RTM x64 media into the extracted but empty Windows vNext Upgrade Media folder.

Using the Configuration Manager Console, right-click the Task Sequences node, and then choose Import Task Sequence. Select the Windows-vNextUpgradeExport.zip file that you extracted in Step 1.

Distribute the two created packages (one contains the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 media, the other contains the related scripts) to the Configuration Manager distribution point.

For full details and an explanation of the task sequence steps, review the full details of the two blogs that are referenced above.
Create a device collection
After you create the upgrade task sequence, you can create a collection to test a deployment. In this section, we assume you have the PC0003 machine running Windows 7 SP1, with the Configuration Manager client installed.
On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Asset and Compliance workspace, right-click Device Collections, and then select Create Device Collection. Use the following settings:
General
Name: Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade
Limited Collection: All Systems
Membership rules:
Direct rule
Resource Class: System Resource
Attribute Name: Name
Value: PC0003
Select Resources
Select PC0003
Review the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade collection. Do not continue until you see the PC0003 machine in the collection.
Deploy the Windows 10 upgrade
In this section, you create a deployment for the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Update application.
On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Software Library workspace, right-click the Windows vNext Upgrade task sequence, and then select Deploy.

On the General page, select the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade collection, and then click Next.

On the Content page, click Next.

On the Deployment Settings page, select the following settings, and then click Next:
Action: Install
Purpose: Available
On the Scheduling page, accept the default settings, and then click Next.
On the User Experience page, accept the default settings, and then click Next.

On the Alerts page, accept the default settings, and then click Next.

On the Summary page, click Next, and then click Close.

Start the Windows 10 upgrade
In this section, you start the Windows 10 Upgrade task sequence on PC0003 (currently running Windows 7 SP1).
On PC0003, start the Software Center.

Select the Windows vNext Upgrade task sequence, and then click Install.

When the task sequence begins, it will automatically initiate the in-place upgrade process by invoking the Windows setup program (Setup.exe) with the necessary command-line parameters to perform an automated upgrade, which preserves all data, settings, apps, and drivers.
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Figure 2. Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 Enterprise x64 with a task sequence.
After the task sequence finishes, the computer will be fully upgraded to Windows 10.
Upgrade to Windows 10 with the next version of System Center Configuration Manager
With the next release of System Center Configuration Manager (currently planned for Q4 of 2015), new built-in functionality will be provided to make it even easier to upgrade existing Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 PCs to Windows 10.
Note

For more details about the next version of Configuration Manager, see the Configuration Manager Team blog. An evaluation version is currently available for you to try. The instructions below are specific to the Technical Preview 2 release and may change after the next version of Configuration Manager is released.
Create the OS upgrade package
First, you need to create an operating system upgrade package that contains the full Windows 10 Enterprise x64 installation media.
On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Software Library workspace, right-click the Operating System Upgrade Packages node, then select Add Operating System Upgrade Package.

On the Data Source page, specify the UNC path to the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 media, and then click Next.

On the General page, specify Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade, and then click Next.

On the Summary page, click Next, and then click Close.

Right-click the created Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Update package, and then select Distribute Content. Choose the CM01 distribution point.

Create the task sequence
To create an upgrade task sequence, perform the following steps:
On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Software Library workspace, right-click the Task Sequences node, and then select Create Task Sequence.

On the Create a new task sequence page, select Upgrade an operating system from upgrade package, and then click Next.

On the Task Sequence Information page, specify Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade, and then click Next.

On the Upgrade the Windows operating system page, select the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade operating system upgrade package, and then click Next.

Click Next through the remaining wizard pages, and then click Close.

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Figure 3. The Configuration Manager vNext upgrade task sequence.
Create a device collection
After you create the upgrade task sequence, you can create a collection to test a deployment. In this section, we assume you have the PC0003 machine running Windows 7 SP1, with the next version of System Center Configuration Manager client installed.
On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Asset and Compliance workspace, right-click Device Collections, and then select Create Device Collection. Use the following settings:
General
Name: Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade
Limited Collection: All Systems
Membership rules:
Direct rule
Resource Class: System Resource
Attribute Name: Name
Value: PC0003
Select Resources
Select PC0003
Review the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade collection. Do not continue until you see the PC0003 machine in the collection.
Deploy the Windows 10 upgrade
In this section, you create a deployment for the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Update application.
On CM01, using the Configuration Manager console, in the Software Library workspace, right-click the Windows vNext Upgrade task sequence, and then select Deploy.

On the General page, select the Windows 10 Enterprise x64 Upgrade collection, and then click Next.

On the Content page, click Next.

On the Deployment Settings page, select the following settings and click Next:
Action: Install
Purpose: Available
On the Scheduling page, accept the default settings, and then click Next.
On the User Experience page, accept the default settings, and then click Next.

On the Alerts page, accept the default settings, and then click Next.

On the Summary page, click Next, and then click Close.

Start the Windows 10 upgrade
In this section, you start the Windows 10 Upgrade task sequence on PC0003 (currently running Windows 7 SP1).
On PC0003, start the Software Center.

Select the Windows vNext Upgrade task sequence, and then click Install.

When the task sequence begins, it automatically initiates the in-place upgrade process by invoking the Windows setup program (Setup.exe) with the necessary command-line parameters to perform an automated upgrade, which preserves all data, settings, apps, and drivers.
After the task sequence completes, the computer will be fully upgraded to Windows 10.

Special Summer Windows Upgrade service call now $59 for first hour. 4 hour min.  Peter Coach Computer Systems Specialist 631-834-4796

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How to Migrate users and Data from Windows To Windows 10 using Microsoft Tool

Step-By-Step How To Migrate users and user Data from XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8 TO Windows 10 Using Microsoft Tool USMT User State Migration Toolkit tagged Deployment / How To / Step-By-Step / Windows 10

Thought Leadership & Events

Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10 provides new and improved deployment tools for automating large-scale deployments of Windows 10. What you collect with USMT ScanState is customizable through modifying the XML configuration files. For more information on the defaults, see What Does USMT Migrate?. The USMT tools can be used to migrate data from a 32bit machine (x86) to a 64bit (x64) machine thought there are some minor limitations for this scenario. The User State Migration Tool (USMT) Technical Reference can be found at: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh825256.aspx.
Migrating data from your old computer (source) to your new computer (destination) is basically a four step process which includes:

Step 1: Download and Install USMT tools

Step 2: Gather (Backup) data using the USMT ScanState tool

Step 3: Install Windows 10 or Unpack New computer with OS already loaded

Step 4: Apply (Restore) data using the USMT LoadState too

– See more at: http://itproguru.com/expert/2016/01/step-by-step-how-to-migrate-users-and-user-data-from-xp-vista-windows-7-or-8-to-windows-10-using-microsoft-tool-usmt-user-state-migration-toolkit/#sthash.wikByYiQ.dpuf

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Configuring Your Desktop/Mobile Email Client for Office 365

 

Configuring Your Desktop/Mobile Email Client for Office 365

This page provides links to documentation on how to configure your email client to access Office 365. You can set your email client to access your Office 365 account using either Exchange or Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) settings.

Exchange Versus IMAP

There are several advantages to setting up your email client to use Exchange rather than IMAP settings. Exchange only requires that you provide your email address and password for set up; IMAP, however, requires additional server information. Exchange also provides direct access to the USC calendar that is a part of your Office 365 account.

At this time, ITS supports both methods of setting up your account.

Setting Up an Office 365 Account Using Exchange

For documentation on setting up your Office 365 account on an email client using Exchange, please see the links in the side navigation to the right of this page.

NOTE: The versions of Outlook that are listed below are the only versions that are supported by Microsoft for use with Office 365.

Outlook 2010 SP2, version 14.0.7015.1000 (and greater)
Outlook 2013 SP1, version 15.0.4569.1506 (and greater)
Outlook 2016
Outlook 2016 for Mac

To determine which version of Outlook you are using, please see Microsoft’s How to determine Outlook version information page.

Setting Up an Office 365 Account Using IMAP

Below you will find information on configuring ITS-supported email clients to access your Office 365 account using IMAP. You will need to know your Office 365 email address, password, and the Office 365 server settings in order to successfully set up your email client.

IMAP Server Settings

The following are the incoming and outgoing IMAP server settings for Office 365.

Setting IMAP (incoming) SMTP (outgoing)
Server Name outlook.office365.com smtp.office365.com
Port Number 993 587
Encryption Method SSL TLS

The following Microsoft links provide step-by-step information on how to connect your email client to Office 365 using the IMAP protocol.

NOTE: The versions of Outlook that are listed below are the only versions that are supported by Microsoft for use with Office 365.

Outlook 2010 SP2, version 14.0.7015.1000 (and greater)
Outlook 2013 SP1, version 15.0.4569.1506 (and greater)
Outlook 2016
Outlook 2016 for Mac

To determine which version of Outlook you are using, please see Microsoft’s How to determine Outlook version information page.

Getting Help

For assistance configuring your email client for Office 365, please contact the ITS Customer Support Center.

Outlook email works great with iphone 6s device

I get my work office 365 email directly on my cell phone saves trips to the office

Share your Outlook calendar with other people Outlook

Share an Outlook calendar with other people
Enterprise we use public folder to Contact  List… Work share calendar to coordinate projects and appointments 

APPLIES TO: Outlook 2010

What version of Office am I using?

You can share calendar information with other people by using Microsoft Outlook 2010 in three ways:
By email
With Microsoft Exchange Server accounts
By publishing a calendar online
What do you want to do?
Share calendars by email
Share calendars using a Microsoft Exchange Server account
Share a calendar by publishing it online
Share calendars by email
Calendars shared by email arrive in the recipient’s Inbox as email message attachments, with a Calendar Snapshot in the message body. You can edit the Calendar Snapshot before sending. For example, you can change fonts or highlight days or appointments.
To send a calendar by email:
On the Home tab, in the Share group, click E-mail Calendar.
In the Calendar box, click the calendar that you want to send.
In the Date Range box, click the time period that you want the calendar to show.
Enter or select any other options that you want, and then click OK.
An Outlook 2010 user who receives the Calendar by email can choose to open the Calendar Snapshot in Outlook. Doing so can display the Calendar Snapshot and the recipient’s current calendar in side-by-side mode or calendar overlay mode.
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Share calendars using a Microsoft Exchange Server account
Microsoft Exchange Server enables calendar sharing with others who have Exchange accounts. Your calendars can be viewed only by others to whom you have granted permissions. If the other person whose calendar you want to open has not granted you permission to view it, Outlook prompts you to ask the person for the permission that you need.
After you access a shared calendar for the first time, the calendar is added to the Shared Calendars list in the Navigation Pane, where you can access it the next time that you want to view it.
To share your calendar with another Exchange user:
On the Home tab, in the Share group, click Share Calendar.
In the Sharing Invitation that appears, enter the person who you want to share with in the To box.
Enter or select any other options that you want, just as if you were sending an email message.
The recipient sees an email notification that you have shared your calendar. You can also request that the recipient share his or her Exchange Calendar with you.
TIP: If you want to share a calendar that you created that is not your default Calendar, in the Navigation Pane, right-click the calendar name, and then click Share calendar name.
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Office 365 Account Management
Office 365 Account Management

Account, Group, and Resource Management

Overview

  • NYP Active Directory is synchronized with Office 365
    • This permits for management of users, groups, and resources through tools like ADUC/ADAC
  • Synchronization will push changes from NYP Active Directory to Office 365
  • Processes are being put in place to aid in account and resource provisioning

Synchronization

A process called DirSync copies information to Office 365 roughly every 10 minutes (varies based on workload)

  • Most account changes need to be made in NYP Active Directory and then allow DirSync to push them up to Office 365
  • Changes to the global address list are only processed once a day at 3am, and therefore may not show up to end users until the next day.
  • This is a process controlled by Microsoft across their customer base and is not a process DoT can manually kick off

General Account Changes

  • NYP Active Directory is synchronized with Office 365
  • This permits for management of users, groups, and resources through tools like ADUC/ADAC
  • Synchronization will push changes from NYP Active Directory to Office 365
  • When the following fields are changed in Active Directory the changes will later appear in Office 365
  • First Name (under an automated process)
  • Last Name (under an automated process)
  • Display Name
  • Username
  • Job Title
  • Department
  • Office Phone
  • Mobile Number
  • Fax Number
  • Street Address
  • City
  • State
  • ZIP

Distribution Group Management

  • Distribution Groups are created and managed in Active Directory
  • There are two types of distribution groups
  • A native distribution group which is designed solely for emailing groups of individuals
  • A security group can also be mail enabled allowing emailing of the group members
  • This can reduce need for duplicate group creation if members are the same
  • Distribution Groups can be hidden from the address book (GAL), which DoT can assist in configuring
  • Mail aliases can be created for distribution groups, which DoT can assist in configuring
  • Currently Distribution Groups need to be managed using tools such as ADUC/ADAC

Note Regarding Migration

  • The tools indicated for user and resource provisioning and conversion are designed primarily for new accounts
  • Unless directed by DoT, do not utilize these accounts to assist in the migration process
  • DoT may utilize these tools to rectify account issues with the migration, but only after checking on other settings with the account beforehand
  • Many times accounts that are having problems during migration require specific issue resolution

User Provisioning

  • Provisioning is the process of creating an account in Office 365
  • A SharePoint form allows for LAN staff to provision accounts to Office 365
  • https://collaboration.nyplace.org/sites/resourcecenter/sys/Lists/Account%20Provisioning
  • Enter the username from Active Directory, and select the account type of User
  • Choose whether they should have a G1 or G3 license
  • Select whether their email should forward back to GroupWise/Gmail/Lotus Notes when provisioned
  • If your site HAS NOT been migrated to Outlook, you should select Yes
  • If your site HAS been migrated to Outlook, you should select No
  • Due to dependency on several subsystems the provisioning process can take up to an hour to fully provision an account
  • You can only provision a user account you have rights over in Active Directory
  • An email will be sent to you when an account has been provisioned

Resource Provisioning

  • A resource is a Room, Equipment, or Shared Mailbox
  • Prior to provisioning a resource, an account should be created in Active Directory that represents the resource
  • Resources are provisioned through the same form indicated prior
  • Select the resource account in the form
  • Select whether their email should forward back to GroupWise when provisioned
  • After a resource is provisioned groups are created in Active Directory that provide various access levels to the resource
  • A Room or Equipment Mailbox will have a FC (Full Control) group created
  • A Shared Mailbox will also have a SA (Send As) and SOB (Send On Behalf) group created
  • Populating these groups in Active Directory will provide users the above required permissions
  • Because resource accounts are considered a ‘place holder’ object in Active Directory, the account is disabled by the provisioning process

Account Conversion

  • You can use the provisioning system to perform some forms of account conversion in Office 365
  • You can convert which license is assigned to a user in Office 365
  • You can convert a user mailbox to a shared mailbox
  • To convert you submit them for provisioning
  • The conversion process can still take up to an hour to complete

Troubleshooting

 

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Tips for Launching Skype for Business

Tips for Launching Skype for Business

In April, Microsoft rebranded its Lync unified communications product as Skype for Business. Here are four things businesses should know about the product change.

It’s Still Enterprise-Grade

The Lync user interface becomes more Skype-like, which leverages the familiarity that many employees have with the consumer version. That could reduce help desk calls. Under the hood, though, it’s still a business tool.

“The most important thing to know is that it’s not consumer Skype. It’s Lync 2015 if you boil it down,” says Patrick Borka, a Microsoft solutions architect, who helps businesses implement UC and other collaboration technologies. “The Skype moniker is a very powerful brand: a noun that became a verb.”

skype for business communications
skype for business communications

•Planning, deployment, support & best practices
•AVAYA/Cisco/Mitel/PBX integration
•Office 365 and SharePoint integration
•SBC/SBA Gateway overview
•Lync endpoint device fundamentals
•Hybrid deployments
•Video Conferencing

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Cloud-based productivity with Office 365

 

Windows 10 includes a new app called Get Office which lets you download Office 365 from its website. Now, the app seems to offer a free trial for Office 365 as well. According to a new user report, the app lets you get a free 1-month trial for Office 365 — without any credit card. Keep in mind that this offer is for Office Mobile apps that’s only available on Windows 10.

This is indeed a great offer which will let you try out Office 365 apps for free. Keep in mind that this offer will only appear if you don’t have any kind of Office 365 subscription. I’ve tried to get the offer, but it doesn’t appear for me as I’m subscribed to Office 365. Nonetheless, if you also see this offer, make sure to let us know in the comment section below.

Offer flexible solutions that help customers grow and adapt to changing business environments while improving efficiency and getting the most out of their IT investments.
This solution area is about helping customers grow and adapt to changing business environments – and at the same time improving efficiency and getting the most out of their IT investments.
This includes solutions like:
• Consolidating servers with virtualization in Windows Server 2012 R2
• Hosting workloads in the cloud with Microsoft Azure
• Cloud-based productivity with Office 365
• Getting faster database performance for business applications with SQL Server 2014
• And enabling easier, less costly management of PCs and mobile devices with Windows 8 Pro and Windows Intune

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