Friday, April 20, 2018

Entries for January 2011

by Brett’s leaderin the cloud Kamesh Pemmaraju publishes a blog post on Leader’s in the cloud featuring key comments about Microsoft’s Azure and cloud strategy. Interesting read that is short and informative.

“I spoke with Doug Hauger, General Manager for Microsoft's Azure business to get the company's perspective about on the build out of the cloud stack, and details about their cloud strategy for 2011 and beyond.


by Brett

technetwebcast I’m presenting a webcast on BPOS Best Practices on 1/27. This will be a very practical presentation rather than marketing pitch.  If you’re working with BPOS, there is likely to be some useful info in it.

The presentation will focus on how to get up and running with BPOS quickly while avoiding common mistakes.

Hope to see you there.

by Brett

O365TeamBlogMicrosoft has announced updates to the BPOS service that will be deployed by the end of this month. Microsoft doesn’t announce specific dates as to when the updates will be online as it will vary depending on what data center you are in and possibly even more granular than that – what cluster your servers are on – so it starts to get complicated to say reliably that a specific feature will be updated on a specific date for a specific person.

That said, I think it’s pretty remarkable they are getting any updates at all pushed out since they are more or less fully occupied with Office 365. As a result, if there are updates released, you can bet that they are focused on relieving support calls that require escalation events.  Prior to these PowerShell commands, that’s what happened – you had to call support to enable POP on a per user basis.  Yikes.

Where do you get these powershell updates? It is entirely unobvious that theses administrative commands are packaged with the Microsoft Online Migration Tool. At least, to date – that’s the way all the administrative powershell commands have been packaged. So, when the commands are function, you will need to download and install the tool in order to updated your commands.

Awkard. But the backstory helps to clarify a bit.  When BPOS was first released, there were no administrative PowerShell commands at all. When they did release them, they needed a vehicle for shipping them and the Migration Tool had a ready made PowerShell environment that was perfect in many ways for adding the admin commands to. This made it quite a bit easier for the team to get the commands out faster.  So now, even if you don’t want to migrate mail, you have to download the Migration Tool in order to get the administrative PowerShell commands.

Updates include:

  • Microsoft Online Services Blackberry Administration Console Enhancements
  • PowerShell Self-Service Administration for Forwarding Rules and POP Access
  • Updated Versions of Live Meeting Client and Outlook Add-In
  • Messaging Records Management – new policies applied to mailbox capacity metrics

by Brett

 O365 Learning Paths

Microsoft has released several on line training for Partners on their website.

These courses are the first to appear as a consolidated group and will undoubtedly grow over time.

I’ll add these to the Office 365 Resources page for future reference, but Partners that are looking for the latest and greatest details would be well advised to care about some time to review the content. You must be a Microsoft Partner to view this content.

The classes are (Below is from

Microsoft Office 365 Partner Overview

Explore your opportunity with Microsoft Office 365. Session covers what’s included with Office 365 and pricing and licensing-structure details. (Online, 30 minutes)


Overview of Online and On-Premises Functional Comparison for Microsoft Office 365

Many customers want to know: What’s the difference between on-premises and online offerings found in Office 365? Explore the features and functionality of Office 365 to prepare to answer customer questions. (Online, 30 minutes)


Getting to Microsoft Office 365

Prepare to help transition current Business Productivity Online Suite customers transition to Office 365. Learn about scheduling transitions, Office 365 prerequisites, and Microsoft and customer roles and responsibilities. (Online, 30 minutes)


Microsoft Office 365 Pricing and Licensing and Updated EA

Get details about pricing and licensing for Office 365 to help you close more deals. Includes information about product offerings and SKUs for different customer segments, and provides updates to Microsoft Enterprise Agreement to help customers move to the cloud. (Online, 30 minutes

by Brett

On of the most interesting features of Exchange Online for Office 365 is the Personal Archive feature. Details on exactly how to do this are not easy to find so I’m happy to see this recent post from the Exchange Team.


Book mark this blog entry for future reference for those of you interested in or that are in the Office365 beta

“ With Office 365 beta, we also enabled organizations to store archive mailboxes in the cloud, while maintaining the primary mailbox on your on-premises Mailbox servers running Exchange 2010 SP1. Users can seamlessly access their primary on-premises mailbox and their archive in the cloud using Outlook 2010, Outlook 2007 and Outlook Web App (OWA). “

For the full article see the blog post.

Brett Hill

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