The next evolution of SBS

31. August 2017 Business, Opinion, Technical 2
In a previous article, I compared two alternative deployments for a new kind of “Small Business Server” (being defined in this case as a network of 25 users or less). Microsoft used to have a widely adopted product for this market called Small Business Server, but since it has been discontinued after SBS 2011, and that ...

FAQ: Office 365 Exchange Online Hybrid Migrations

19. January 2017 Technical 0
I think I get more traffic and questions about this topic than just about any other. A lot of people send in comments or contact requests asking about things that I know I have already written about. But, apparently I haven’t done a good job of capturing this information in one single place yet. This ...

How to: Express Migration to Office 365 Exchange Online

12. January 2017 Technical 52
For a long time, I have been advocating for hybrid style migrations from Exchange On-premises to Exchange Online with Office 365, regardless of whether you are a small, medium or larger-sized enterprise. The reason being, it is a much better end user experience, and does not require manual reconfiguration of Outlook clients. A seamless switch-over ...

How to migrate mailboxes from Office 365 to… Office 365?

05. January 2017 Technical 0
Mergers and acquisitions are probably the most common source of IT headaches in the world.  Whenever you have to deal with the complexities of merging two disparate information systems, you know you’re going to run into a number of obstacles. And when both organizations are already on Office 365, in separate tenancies… it’s either very ...

How OneDrive changed the way I work

17. November 2016 Opinion, Productivity 0
My Documents, on steroids I kind of think about OneDrive like the My Documents folder of yore. Back in the olden days, “My Docs”–as it was affectionately referred–would be redirected to a company file server and backed up there by your administrator. But it meant you had to physically (or via VPN) be connected back to the ...

How Skype for Business changed the way I work

10. November 2016 Opinion, Productivity 0
This platform can do way more than what I’m using it for right now (I don’t have the extra fancy features where you can get a phone number, call land lines, forward to your cell, etc.). My understanding is that Skype can do all that, but I mostly use it for two indispensable things as ...

How Office 365 has changed the way I work

03. November 2016 Business, Opinion, Productivity 0
Office 365 as a Gateway to Mobility Nothing is more intriguing to me right now in our industry than the concept of mobility (and to some extent, BYOD). I am an avid fan and believer: I think that Office 365 has, more than any other product, delivered on the promises of cloud and mobile technologies, and I believe ...

Step-by-Step: How to upgrade a Legacy Hybrid Exchange Server to 2016

27. October 2016 Technical 2
One of the most common frustrations I hear from readers and clients alike is the requirement for keeping a hybrid Exchange server around, even well after all of your mailboxes have been moved to the cloud. Microsoft’s official stance regarding hybrid is this: If you remove the last legacy Exchange server from your domain in a ...