Office 365 – Now available for production

After few months in beta, Office 365 is now available as Gold – ie ready for production. Office 365 is providing all collaborative Microsoft products in the latest version (Exchange 2010, Lync, SharePoint 2010) and will evolved with the time to provide additional services. Go to www.office365.com to start a 30 days evaluation period or buy.

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Office 365 / SharePoint – My Site management disappears from the SharePoint administration page

Since few days, My Site site collection management options have disappear from the SharePoint administration page. According to Microsoft Office 365 support, this decision has been made due to the high number of customer deleting their My Site and because My Site is related to many user SharePoint features.

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Office 365 / Lync – Take part of a usage survey

Are you a Lync Online administrator? If you are, we’d like your help to improve our Office 365 Lync Online administrative experience. If you are a Lync Online administrator for your company, and you’re interested in participating in a 1.5 hour research session, please complete this nomination survey, which will include your contact information. If you meet our selection criteria, we will contact you to schedule the research session.

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Exchange / Office 365 – Exchange Server Deployment Assistant updated

Microsoft has updated the ESDA (Exchange Server Deployment Assistant) to include support for rich-coexistence scenario between On Premise Exchange Server 2010 and Office 365. This scenario was missing since the begin of the Office 365 beta (only coexistence with Exchange 2003 and 2007 was provided). Rich coexistence (“hybrid deployment”) offers organizations the ability to extend the feature-rich experience and administrative control they have with their existing on-premises Microsoft Exchange organization…

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Exchange 2010 – Rollup Update 3v3 installation issues

As you may already know, Microsoft had some trouble with the initial release of the Rollup Update 3 for Exchange 2010 SP1. So, I tried to install the new release of this RU on my Exchange server, which is also protected by ForeFront Protection for Exchange. A first known issue is with ForeFront which has to be disabled: run the fscutility /disable command from the ForeFront Protection directory. NOTE you…

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Office 365 / Exchange Online – Remote Connectivity tool checker will be updated

As you may already know, with Exchange 2010, Microsoft proposed an online tool to check the configuration of the remote connectivity configuration (Outlook Anywhere, Active Sync, Autodiscover…) – https://www.testexchangeconnectivity.com/ With the coming Office 365 and Exchange Online 2010, this tool will be updated to include specific function from Office 365, such as Single Sign On. You can already try this at https://exrcastg.hughesonline.us/; please note that a certificate error may appears.

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Exchange / Windows Phone – OAB downloads, synchronization failure and Windows Phone update failed to install

Recently, I had an issue with the Windows Phone 7 to install the latest available update (the one related to certificates stolen). The installation always failed with the error code 8018119C, meaning the system was unable to download the update. I finally took some time to resolve the issue and found the MS KB related for troubleshooting Windows Phone update issues http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2484484 The solution for this error code was to…

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