How-to Configure MDM for Office 365

28. January 2016 Technical 0
Hello world! Today we’re going to take a deep dive with the Mobile Device Management (MDM) features available through Office 365, powered by Microsoft’s Intune cloud service. Note: This is not the same as enabling a full Microsoft Intune subscription. Think of an Office 365 MDM solution as a “lite” offering of the Intune service. For many SMB ...

How-to Complete your Office 365 Setup and Exchange E-Mail Migration

21. January 2016 Technical 0
When setting up a new Office 365 tenancy or migrating from an on-premises or hosted Email system to Office 365, one last step will be to add all the necessary DNS records to your DNS zone file, and then make the appropriate changes to your on-premises Active Directory and Exchange environments. This “cut-over” will require three ...

Certification vs. Qualification

18. January 2016 Opinion 0
I hold several certifications in my field of expertise: a number of Microsoft certifications, as well as Cisco, WatchGuard, IBM and other technologies.  Before all of that happened, I also earned my bachelor’s in mathematics and philosophy from University, as well as a shiny Master’s degree from a private college. My education on its own ...

Exchange Hybrid Licensing

14. January 2016 Technical 0
I have mentioned previously on this site that hybrid Exchange is the best way to migrate to Office 365. Hybrid enables rich co-existence between your on-premises Exchange server and Office 365 / Exchange Online in the cloud. Hybrid is emphatically NOT a “special” version of Exchange Server, nor does it require special licensing. You can ...

Comparing Office 365 Migration Methods

14. January 2016 Technical 0
At the time of this writing, Microsoft offers three primary migration paths from on-premises Exchange servers into Office 365: Cut-over, Staged and Remote Move.*  In this series I would like to discuss each of them, and highlight the differences. Cut-over migration The first option is the cut-over migration. Cut-over can be used with any version of ...

Why a “Hybrid” or Remote Move Migration is Always the Right Choice

11. January 2016 Opinion, Technical 20
True, hybrid does require more up-front configuration, and of course there are those pesky pre-requisite requirements of having Exchange 2010 or 2013, as well as Azure AD Connect for Directory Synchronization. But the benefits do outweigh these concerns—trust me. The overall time commitment to your migration project will plummet with a hybrid server, and it will be ...

How-to Verify Your Domain with Office 365

07. January 2016 Technical 0
So this is a very common task when provisioning new Office 365 accounts.  You can obtain a free trial here. I recommend the E3 trial, even if you only plan to buy the Exchange Online plan ultimately.  The licensing can be changed out seamlessly, and in the meantime you can try out some of the other ...

How to be great at your job

04. January 2016 Philosophy 0
What makes me good at my job? People sometimes ask how I can “keep it all together” in my head—they want to know how I can juggle so much simultaneously.  They ask how am I “so smart,” or how do I make my job look so easy? Well, the job isn’t easy. “Keeping it all ...