Decommission ADFS: How to switch from ADFS to Password Sync for Office 365

Recently, two new methods for Office 365 SSO have become available: Azure AD Seamless SSO, and Azure AD Domain Join. Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) had (and still has) its place within Office 365 environments, but it is not nearly as attractive and easy to use as the new methods. Continue reading “Decommission ADFS: How to switch from ADFS to Password Sync for Office 365”

How to Use Office 365 First Release

What is first release?

First release is a selective program that any administrator can enroll in to try out new Office 365 features before they roll out to everyone else. This is a part of all Microsoft’s Office 365 plans (with the exception of consumer plans). The features that you receive will be fully functional as they are tested by Microsoft internally before they reach your doorstep. Continue reading “How to Use Office 365 First Release”

Maintaining Your Office 2016 Installation Source

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Deploying an updated Office installation has always been an annoyance of mine.  It is ideal to be able to deploy a fully updated Office installation so you don’t have to run a software update scan and then wait for all the office patches to download and install.  Having to install less software updates can reduce your deployment or build and capture times significantly.

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Office 365 Pro Plus Not Activating on Windows 10 1511 update

As of the recent Windows 10 1511 update Office 365 Pro Plus 2016 no longer activates, in fact when you try to activate it you end up with a cryptic Http Bad Request error after logging in. These few fixes can help get your users back up and running like it did for us.

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Power BI: Big Data, Big Improvements

With Microsoft’s announcement of the new E5 plans, Micah Linehan, Now Micros’ Cloud Sherpa evaluates what this gives us with Power BI

Being able to visualize and manage your data as soon as it’s reported is every organizations dream. In this brief overview, let’s take a look at a few of the things in Power BI on Office365.

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Skype for Business Voice and PSTN Calling

With Microsoft’s announcement of the new E5 plans, Micah Linehan, Now Micros’ Cloud Sherpa evaluates what this gives us.

I have had the pleasure over the past several of months to be a part of the Skype for Business closed preview, and there are a few things that I am excited to share about the experience I have had so far. There are a bunch of great features but more importantly the refresh of Skype Voice in the office environment.

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Off Boarding and Linking User Identities From Office 365

During a recent Microsoft Office 365 migration, Now Micro’s Cloud Sherpa, Micah Linehan, encountered a tenancy migration where he had to work through reinstalling Exchange on premise. In this particular case, a vase majority of users had previously been created without Exchange. As Micah moved forward and installed Exchanges, the users were directory synchronized; however, a remote user in Exchange was not. He put together the following recommendations and best practices for working through these issues, as he found there were few technical resources (articles, blogs, etc.) out there. Hopefully this post will alleviate some of the confusion and ease any off boarding or tenancy conversion issues within Office 365.

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Managing User Identities in ADFS

Windows Active Directory - Now MicroNow Micro’s Micah Linehan identifies common issues with identities in an ADFS environment and provides insight on how ADFS and directory synchronization actually work.

User Creations and Troubleshooting
User management after deploying ADFS can be more confusing to the direct staff and those who support it. For example,

  • Are the addresses stuck as .onmicrosoft.com and not switching?
  • Are staff unable to add in alternate email addresses?
  • What about directory synchronization errors?

It is amazing how simple process and workflow user account provisioning can remediate most of those issues. Here are a few things that can ease a lot of issues with user identities:

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Microsoft Office 365: Down to Basics

Wondering if Office 365 is Right For Your Organization? Now Micro’s Micah Linehan Lays Out the Basics to Get You Started.

Microsoft Office 365 - Now MicroWhat is Office 365?
Microsoft Office 365 is a high availability hosted environment for Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint. They are all nested under a single environment that can be managed almost identically to an on premise environment without the headaches of patching, server maintenance, storage management, database corruption, and all others that can arise in an internal environment.

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