Exchange 2013 / SharePoint 2013 – Use Exchange Autodiscover to automatically configure My Site URL

As you may already know Exchange is providing an autoconfiguration feature to automatically configure Outlook and ActiveSync devices. If you have already deployed and configured SharePoint 2013 – at least for evaluation, you may have seen a new settings on the User Profile service application – called My Site Host URL in Active Directory. This field is not writable and you may wonder how to configure and manage this field.…

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Office 365 – IdFix DirSync Error Remediation Tool

Microsoft is providing a tool to assist Office 365 administrators and support team to troubleshoot and solve directory synchronization issue. As reminder, you can find the list of attributes that are synchronized with Office 365 here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2256198 This tool, called IdFix DirSync, is available from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36832 EDIT this tool can be run ONLY on Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2; I can confirm this is not working on Windows 8 client.…

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SharePoint 2013 – Office Web Apps 2013 Technical Library available in compiled CHM file

For those who are running the 2013 Office server wave (Exchange, Lync or SharePoint), you may have to deploy Office Web Apps 2013 to get full functionality (such as with Lync for online meeting and media sharing) Good news, Microsoft has published the technical library in compiled CHM file for offline use ( as it has been done for SharePoint 2013). You can download it from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30387 As reminder, the…

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Office 365 – Free app to migrate old public web site to new public web site

If your Office 365 tenant has been migrated, you may have noticed that there is 2 public web site: the new one and the old one. If you used the previous public web site, you may don’t want to re do the work on the new public one. Don’t worry, Microsoft is offering a free migration tool to move from the old public site (from SharePoint Online 2010) to the…

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TechNet – Petition to get back TechNet or good alternative from Microsoft

As you  may already know, if not this is it – and you can read the announcement here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-au/subscriptions/ms772428.aspx, Microsoft is retiring TechNet subscriptions. With this retirement, Microsoft is pushing to get products eval version or to move to the cloud (Azure or Office 365), or more expensive to get MSDN subscription. As many IT Pro, I liked TechNet subscription has it provided access to ALL Microsoft products (except Development…

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Office 365 – Power BI availability announced

Microsoft has announced at the WorldWide Partners Conference the availability of Power BI for Office 365. With this announcement, Office 365 is now able to provide business intelligence services such as: Power Query to search and access data within Excel (formerly called Data Explorer) Power Map to map data on a map (formerly called Geoflow) Power Pivot to create and customize data models with Excel Power View to interact with…

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Office 365 – Official SpeedTest replacement

Following a previous post about the SpeedTest tool which has been deprecated (see http://blog.hametbenoit.info/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=518), Microsoft has now published an official replacement called Office 365 Network Analysis tool. As for the previous version, Office 365 Network Analysis tool is using a Java applet. This tool can be reached using the following URL’s: North America: http://na.deployoffice365.com http://na1-fasttrack.cloudapp.net http://137.117.73.108 EMEA: http://emea.deployoffice365.com http://em1-fasttrack.cloudapp.net http://137.117.182.107 APAC: http://apac.deployoffice365.com http://ap1-fasttrack.cloudapp.net http://137.116.128.60 NOTE At this time, only North…

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SharePoint 2013 – Integrates Yammer with SharePoint 2013 On Premises

As you may already know Yammer – the enterprise social network – is starting to be integrated with SharePoint; this integration is already available to SharePoint Online (see http://blog.hametbenoit.info/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=523). So what about customers with SharePoint 2013 On Premises? The answer is here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39357

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