As 2013 comes to a close, we’re taking a look at our most popular blog posts of the year. It was a big year for the cloud, and specifically, Office 365, which officially launched in 2013. Here are the top five Office 365 posts, in no particular order:
Using System Center Automation to Manage Office 365 – Bryon Burkhardt
Are you looking for ways to manage Office 365 from an on premises location? PowerShell offers the most flexible on premises management abilities. Using PowerShell, combined with other Microsoft products, you can create management automation that is simple and secure. With Orchestrator, which comes with the purchase of System Center, Bryon explains a few different scenarios to make this happen.
Changing UPN for Office 365 Account Between 2 SSO Domains – Erik Enger
This post served as a reminder (or a heads up) about an issue many have run into when trying to change a user’s userPrincipalName in their local active directory while using DirSync. If you change the UPN (left side of @) and keep the user in the same domain, DirSync should correctly update it in the cloud account. However, when changing from one domain to another, and that domain is also configured as an SSO domain (i.e. federated), DirSync will show an error, “exported-change-not-reimported.” Erik explains how to resolve this problem.
How Yammer and Office 365 Will Make You a Better Jedi Knight – Rich Wood
Microsoft views cloud-based social business tools—through Office 365 and Yammer— as the way people interact, the place they come together with others, with data, and with mash-ups that enhance communication and collaboration on and with valuable information. If you’re looking to move forward with enterprise social, Microsoft and Yammer allow your users to be social wherever they are, on any device. As Rich puts it, it’s a pretty solid way to be sure the Force is always with you.
Attention Nonprofits: Microsoft is Donating Office 365 to You – Ryan Duclos
Is your organization a nonprofit that benefit could from Exchange and SharePoint, as well as Office applications? Wouldn’t it be great if you could simplify IT administration and work towards your goals as a nonprofit? If you qualify, Microsoft will donate Office 365 to your organization. The offering is available in 41 countries.
Explaining the Microsoft / Yammer Social Layer – Rich Wood
Microsoft has presented the social layer as a concept that spans some familiar places to get work done: Yammer, Office 365, SharePoint, Dynamics CRM, and line of business applications. Naturally, now people want to know what that “social layer” really means. You’ve likely read the posts, heard the presentations, maybe even seen the MTC sessions– but what exactly does Microsoft’s new strategy for Enterprise Social mean? Rich breaks it down in this post.