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Azure AD Premium vs. Azure AD with Office 365

If you have an Office 365 subscription, then you already rely on Azure Active Directory. If you have DirSync or Azure AD Connect enabled, then that means your on-premises user identities and passwords are being synchronized to your Azure Active Directory tenancy in the cloud. I recommend this configuration, especially if you...
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Azure Rights Management with EMS vs. RMS with Office 365

The purpose of Azure Rights Management Services is to allow users to encrypt certain files and messages for sharing safely only with those colleagues and business associates whom they choose. You can obtain Azure RMS licensing separately or with an EMS subscription, but if you have an Office 365 E3 plan...
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My Top 5 Favorite Microsoft Cloud Solutions for the SMB

1. Office 365 (Even if you thought "I already use it") Office 365 is, to put it quite bluntly, the new gold standard in productivity at every level of the Enterprise. In the SMB space especially, this is so much the case that I cannot emphasize it strongly enough. If you aren't already using...
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How-to migrate Email from Small Business Server 2008/2011 or Exchange Server 2007/2010 to Office 365 with Zero Downtime

Update: Please refer to this newer article. Some of the details here are very dated--like there is no hybrid key anymore--and the activation only works on 2016, not 2019, plus we have minimal hybrid now, etc., etc. A "minimal hybrid" approach is preferred if you're just doing a quick migration...
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Key Differences between Essentials Dashboard Azure AD Integration and Azure AD Connect

Windows Server Essentials Dashboard allows you to connect your on-premises domain to Azure Active Directory and Office 365.  Arguably the best feature of this mechanism is similar to the primary benefit provided by Azure AD Connect or DirSync--the ability to sync local passwords into the Microsoft Cloud.* But we need to...
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Microsoft Intune vs. MDM for Office 365

I have previously written about configuring Mobile Device Management for Office 365.  The Office 365 Admin Center has a great subset of features lifted from Microsoft's cloud-based Intune service, which is admittedly a much more "full-blown" MDM solution. Whether you are using MDM for Office 365 or Microsoft Intune, the enrollment process works basically the...
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Azure Multi-factor Authentication vs. MFA included with Office 365

I have previously described MFA for Office 365. It's a great way to add an extra layer of security to your cloud-based applications. Here are the features included with MFA for Office 365: Administrators can protect accounts with MFA Mobile app as a second factor Phone call as a second factor SMS as a second...
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