Office 365

Enabling First Release in Office 365

“First Release” update for Office 365 allows you to get access to updates faster than GA (General Availability).
For more info check out Office 365 release options.

With the first release option users receive a select set of  service updates as early as one week after the official release announcements.

To enable First Release in Office 365 do the following

Log into your Office 365 Portal (

Select Admin from the apps menu; this takes you to the Office 365 admin center

Expand the “Server Settings” menu

Select “Updates” located under the Server Settings menu.

Here we have several options to choose from.

  • Standard release: Get updates when Office 365 releases them broadly.
  • First release:
    Entire organization – Get updates early for your entire Office 365 organization
    Select people – Allows you to hand pick person in your organization to be on the cutting edge of the updates. This is a good idea if you need to have users such as support staff evaluate the new features pushed out from Office 365 as become available weeks ahead of others.


I hope you enjoyed this techshort, thanks for visiting – jermal

OneDrive & OneDrive for Business

Many of us have used OneDrive for several years now.  Now with the big boom in cloud adoption and the great success of Microsoft’s Office 365. Introducing the buzz around implementing OneDrive for Business. I for one have had my share of thoughts around this.

Sure its OneDrive and you just drop in files which sync to the cloud.  However there are some things I have noticed in my first use of OneDrive for Business.  That was I couldn’t just share a file to anyone online, which is what I was accustom to doing for the OneDrive.

Rather than me rehash what I found to be a good write up by Cory Peter. I will share with a link to his post titled Lessons Learned: Implementing OneDrive for Business. I hope you find it as informative as I have.

One thing I will share as I have preached about it for a while now.  That is to understand the following key items:

  • Network bandwidth considerations – What happens when all your users start taking large libraries offline? Can your network handle it?
  • Drive encryption – Do you encrypt laptops with BitLocker? What happens when someone takes something offline? Is it still secure?
  • Expect Common Sync Problems – Such as file size limits, folder length limits, invalid characters to name a few.
  • Prepare your technical team – How to migrate files to Office 365, how to disable OneDrive if needed, how to track the version installed, how to configure OneDrive administrators

I underline the “prepare your technical team” portion here as IT mangers may have jumped into the cloud with not so much consideration of retooling of their staff to support the company; creating a gap in knowledge.

If he your staff is lacking the tooling needed; then what is the over all perception from the customers they need to support.

Be sure to check out Cory’s post: Lessons Learned: Implementing OneDrive for Business

What is Sway

What is Sway?

That was the question I had asked this morning when I logged into my Office 365 account.

Sway is a free app from Microsoft Office. It lets you create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, newsletters, vacation memories, school and work projects, and more. In this video, you’ll see an example of getting started creating your first Sway!




Cool, lets give it a try

PowerShell for Office 365

Hiya; Have you moved into Office 365? Oh you did!

Then you are already aware of all the fun things you can do and some of the ones you can’t without the use of powershell commands

Thankfully Microsoft and the Office 365 team have released a new site titled PowerShell for Office 365 which targets Office 365 IT administrator who is new to PowerShell.

They get you started by having you download the right tools to your local computer. Here is a list for starters.

  • Download Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant to sign into Office 365.
  • Download Azure Active Directory (AD) Module so that you can perform administrative tasks in Office 365.
  • Download SharePoint Online Module so that you can manage SharePoint Online.
  • Download Skype for Business Online Module so that you can manage Skype for Business Online.

So go have a look and happy learning and Administration of Office 365

For more info:


Office 365: EX21073 – Investigating

Incident and Reported Details

Incident ID: EX21073


Current Status: Engineers have completed developing a fix for the issue and are now testing it prior to deployment across the affected environment.

User Experience: This issue does not affect end users.

Customer Impact: Customer impact appears to be limited at this time. Affected tenant administrators are unable to view the Compliance Center page when navigating from the main Office 365 portal when using Chrome or Firefox internet browsers. As a workaround, upon encountering this issue, users may attempt to access the affected portals directly by cutting and pasting the resulting URL into a new tab or window. The affected URL is:

Incident Start Time: Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 3:00 PM UTC