Office 365

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: http://powershell.office.com/

 

Office 365: EX21073 – Investigating

Incident and Reported Details

Incident ID: EX21073

Details:

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: https://compliance.protection.outlook.com/

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

 

Office 365: EX20870 – Restoring service

Incident and Reported Details

Incident ID: EX20870

Details:

Current Status: Engineers have found that a portion of the affected infrastructure did not upgrade to the latest version as was intended. The remaining server capacity is now being updated. Once this is complete, engineers will run additional tests to confirm the update resolves the underlying root cause.

User Experience: Affected users are intermittently unable to connect to voicemail. When attempting to connect, users will hear silence and the call will disconnect.

Customer Impact: A few customers are reporting that they are experiencing this issue. This event is affecting customers with on-premises Edge server deployments utilizing the Exchange Online Unified Messaging (UM) feature.

Incident Start Time: Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 8:00 PM UTC

Preliminary Root Cause: As we continue to expand Office 365 services and onboard new customers, an issue with the way the infrastructure handles connections has been revealed. Under increased load, the service performed at a suboptimal level handing connection requests, which caused increased latency and disconnects.

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