Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Office 365


Office 365 Connector for SBS Released (Beta)

by Brett

There is some big news today with the release of the Office 365 service connector for SBS essentials.

The SBS team has been busy creating some tools for SBS Essentials that include features like bulk user creation and get this - Password synchronization.  I just wish that password synchronization was a service available to all users of AD. Why it's not is a complete mystery to me as Microsoft knows how to do this, but just doesn't. (AD-FS is a good answer for enterprises, but not for the massive small business market).

The connector also includes (quoted from the blog entry below)

  • Subscribe to Office 365 or configure the server to use an existing subscription.
  • Perform the following Office 365 account management tasks from the Dashboard:
    • Bulk create Office 365 accounts for network user accounts.
    • Assign new or existing Office 365 accounts to network user accounts.
    • Manage the Office 365 account assigned to a user account throughout the lifecycle of the user account. For example, deactivating a network user account also deactivates the Office 365 account that is assigned to the user account.
  • Synchronize passwords for network user accounts and Office 365 accounts. This allows network users to sign in to Office 365 using their Windows password.
  • Link a professional Internet domain that you have set up on Window SBS to Office 365.
  • View information about your Office 365 subscription.
  • Access your Office 365 management portal from the Office 365 page of the server Dashboard.

    Kudos to the SBS team. Hopefully they'll extend the reach futher with more integrations in the future.
  • by Brett

    In working on some content related to SharePoint Online, I ran across this very useful reference for what does and does not work with SharePoint 2010 (and therefore SharePoint Online) using different browsers. The browser you use makes a difference in terms of the SharePoint Online features that work. For example, mutliple file uploads is generally not available in any browser other than IE, and even then, not when using the 64 bit version.

    This can make a significant different when planning to deploy Office 365 and the SharePoint Online service description does not cover the details of specifically which features are and are not functional in different browsers.

    So I was happy to find this reference called "Plan browser support (SharePoint Server 2010).

    In short, according to this article the only browsers with no known limitations are 32 bit and IE 8 and IE 9, but the SharePoint Online Service Description does not list IE9 as supported browser. 
    Additionally, the document is a bit dated as the last version listed for Firefox is 3.6 and the latest (as of this writing) is 7.0.1.

    So the SharePoint Service description is vauge about what does and doesn't work with different browsers, and technet article seems dated. 

    Microsoft needs to do better than this. We need a better reference for browser support for SharePoint Online.

    by Brett

    Office 365 SharePoint Online - Architectural Considerations paper released.

    Written by Jereman Thanks of AvePoint and Danny Burlage, CTO of Wortel and Office 365 MVP, this paper has really useful, straigtforward assesements of the capabilites and limiations of SharePoint Online. 

    Add it your resources list right away!

    by Brett

    I dont have an authoritative source that this came from Microsoft, but it's funny nontheless.

    by Brett

    Microsoft announced the release of the the Lync client to manufacturing for availability in Oct. 2011. This fills a gap in Office 365 that has kept MAC users from participating having presence, IM, and on line meetings as provided by Office 365. The client will integrate with Lync Server and Lync Online.
    There is a note that says "Some features will not be fully functional with Lync Online including Voice options." but details are not provided. Hopefully, this information will be forthcoming.

    Brett Hill

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