How To: Weed out long paths easily ahead of a OneDrive for Business migration

You know exactly what’s happened as soon as you see it. That pesky error. One of your users has managed to create a directory structure so long courtesy of a sneaky mapped drive and now you’re unable to do anything with it; least of all get it synchronising with OneDrive for Business. If only there was a way to weed out those long paths in advance and fix them before people encounter the error?

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How To: Move Small Business Server to Microsoft Azure

Remember 2010? In technology terms, 2010 was a century ago. Yet, plenty of small businesses around the world still run applications and servers from that era today. Microsoft’s Small Business Server 2011 is just one example. 2010 also marks an important milestone in the development of the modern “cloud” we use today as it’s the year Microsoft launched Windows Azure and Office 365.

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Top 5 Office 365 Help Resources

It’s fair to say that there is a lot of online content to do with Office 365. Whether it’s direct from Microsoft, from a Microsoft partner, blogger, or customer there are endless pages about all aspects of the service. It’s sometimes hard to nail down some of the most useful, up to date, or trustworthy. This post pulls together my top 5 Office 365 help resources that will be useful whether you’re a customer or a partner.

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Office 365 ProPlus Upgrade

One of the biggest innovations Office 365 has to offer is the ability to deliver an always-up-to-date Office client experience to Windows and Mac desktops. In the past, we’ve always had versions of Office from version 1.0 in 1990, all the way up to 2016 (version 16.0) in 2015, and the responsibility for upgrading and patching has been with the system administrator. In this post, we’re going to talk about the Office 365 ProPlus upgrade. Continue reading “Office 365 ProPlus Upgrade”

How To: Configure Regional Settings For All Users In Live@edu

When students and teachers first login to their Live@edu accounts they are presented with a screen asking them to select their regional preferences. They’ll only see this screen once; however, many administrators do not want to give their students (and teachers!) the choice to pick the wrong locale! In fact, if they pick the wrong language it might make it practically impossible for them to use without getting some help from IT. Therefore, the question begs: how can I configure regional settings for all my users so that they don’t have to choose?

Happily, the solution is fairly simple. All you need is a few lines of PowerShell…

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What’s new in Microsoft Office 365 for education?

With Microsoft’s announcement yesterday that its Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) and Live@edu would eventually converge into the new Office 365 for enterprises and Office 365 for education offerings it also expanded on some of the benefits that will be available for education customers when it becomes available sometime next year.

Ray Fleming (@RayFleming), Microsoft’s education marketing manager, blogged last night about some of the changes over on the UK Schools Blog, but I’ve summarised some of the key benefits for education below.

Benefits:

  • Large 25GB mailboxes and the ability to send attachments up to 25 MB
  • Anywhere access to e-mail, important documents, contacts and calendar on nearly any device, including PC, Mac, Windows Phone, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry
  • Works with the programs students know and use most — Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote
  • Student access to Office Web Apps for viewing, sharing and light editing of documents
  • Team sites to share, manage and search for information and resources
  • Industry-leading, always-up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spam solutions
  • Optional student access to 25 GB of free online storage on Windows Live SkyDrive
  • Latest version of Microsoft Live@edu, which has thousands of schools and millions of student users today

I’m really excited to see the suite in action – Live@edu is already used by tens of millions of users in more than 100 countries. In my opinion Office 365 for education represents are real step forward in offering cloud-based solutions for schools, colleges and universities in the UK.