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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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How-to set up Multi-factor Authentication for Office 365

Note that there are multiple layers to Microsoft's Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) service. In this post, we are only covering the MFA included with Office 365.  Additional Azure MFA features are available, for example, through a subscription to the Enterprise Mobility Suite. In order to begin setup for multi-factor authentication, go to the Office 365 Admin...
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Manage Office 365 Mailboxes using Directory Synchronization w/o Hybrid Exchange

When you have a hybrid environment configured between Exchange 2010 or 2013 and Office 365, then you will probably have noticed that mailbox creation and management happens on-premises. For example, to create a new mailbox, you would initiate this process from the local Exchange server instead of the Office 365...
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