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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Better manage PC refreshes using ImageConnect

As computers become more of the medium for content creation and consumption in education, the device count continues to increase every year.  Today’s education IT departments are challenged with procuring, managing, deploying, and securing those devices in exponentially increasing numbers each year.  ImageConnect was developed by Now Micro to alleviate the burden of provisioning PCs from deployment to delivery for medium to large school districts.

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Be Proactive in 2015: Three Significant Opportunities for Success or Failure

The three biggest IT challenges for 2015 are all things you can start today, so there’s no excuse when you get asked about them a year for now.

We know the pace of change is accelerating, and looking ahead at 2015 there is reason to expect that to stop.  As we start a new year we get an excellent opportunity to leave behind the business practices that have not served us well. It is time to seriously work to cut the boat anchors slowing us down and try to build a fast and capable ship that our customers are proud to be associated with. Sooner or later, the organizations whose IT shops look like junkers from last century will decide to bypass them entirely if they can’t provide useful services or respond to their changing business needs. IT will no longer be able get away being a boat anchor on the business.

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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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Now Micro’s Nash Pherson Awarded Microsoft MVP Award

Now Micro’s Nash Pherson has been honored with the 2014 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award.

Nash Pherson - Now Micro

Nash Pherson, Senior Systems Consultant at Now Micro, has been recognized as a Microsoft® Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Enterprise Client Management.

Microsoft’s annual award recognizes exceptional technology community leaders worldwide who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with users and Microsoft. Along with only 10 other awardees in the nation, Nash Pherson represents a highly select group of experts. Microsoft MVP’s are expert community leaders who share a passion for technology, a willingness to help others, and a commitment to the community. MVPs’ efforts contribute to the industry’s success by sharing their knowledge and experiences and providing objective feedback—they help people solve problems and discover new capabilities.

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How to Protect Your Business From the “XPocalypse”

Support and updates for Windows XP will no longer be available. Don’t let your PC go unprotected. Now Micro offers tips for protecting your organization’s security as Windows XP approaches end of life on April 8, 2014.

Microsoft Windows XPAs Windows XP approaches end of life on April 8, 2014, organizations throughout the world are feeling the effects. Technical assistance will no longer be available, including security updates that protect personal computers.

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