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Office 365–Yammer and Outlook Groups

November 30, 2015

I realized as I was writing my posts about Outlook Groups that some people might wonder if there would be a reason to use a Group in place of Yammer or vice versa.  So I thought a quick discussion about how the two pieces work and relate might be in order. The first thing to Read More

Office 365 – “Outlook” Groups, Part 2

November 28, 2015

In the first part of this series I looked at the basics of creating an Outlook Group in the Office 365 Mail client and I also highlighted the components of the created Group.  In this post I’m going to look at how the Group looks in and interacts with Outlook on a PC as well Read More

Office 365 – “Outlook” Groups, Part 1

November 24, 2015

One of my favourite features in O365 is Groups.  I think it is one of the most useful features that Microsoft has rolled into O365 over the past 12 – 14 months and one that all organization sizes can utilize.  Groups can be used for many tasks such as “light” project management, team collaboration, your Read More

Uncle Rob’s O365 Licensing Primer

November 21, 2015

O365 licensing seems to confuse a lot of people so I’m going to attempt to demystify it somewhat for all concerned.  Hopefully, my explanations will help dispel confusion! The first thing to understand is that O365 is a subscription service; you purchase a subscription that is valid for a certain period of time then you Read More

A (Non) Profitable Journey – Part 5

November 12, 2015

One BIG feature of Server 2012 R2 Essentials (either the full on Essentials install or the Essentials role) is the built-in ability to integrate your local Windows user accounts with your Office 365 accounts.  To be clear, this is not exactly the same as the full on “DirSync” abilities that Microsoft offers admins who want Read More

Office365, Office 2016 and Windows 10 – notes from the field

October 16, 2015

You will undoubtedly be aware that Windows10 and Office 2016 are live and ready for you unless, of course,  you have been hiding away somewhere with zero access to the outside world.  We (itgroove) have pretty well completed the move internally and I have a customer that has made the leap for a number of Read More

Office 2016–The New Office

September 22, 2015

Microsoft will be rolling out Office 2016 today and with it they will also be rolling out a change of focus.  Yes, Office 2016 will build on past releases of Office just as new builds of Office have always done but, with Office 2016, the focus will move away from Office just being “Office” to Read More

The Cloud and Trust

September 19, 2015

We were having a discussion in the office yesterday that was triggered by a discovery we made about our Office365 backup solution (we use SkyKick).  In a nutshell we discovered that the backup vendor has to make a few manipulations with provided credentials in order to back up site collections inside SharePoint Online.  The provided Read More

Exchange almost gone KABOOM?

August 27, 2015

There is an old Bugs Bunny cartoon where Marvin the Martian is working with his illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator and it doesn’t work.  “Where’s the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!”, says Marvin when nothing happens.  For Marvin this wasn’t good, for you with what looks to be a dead Exchange Read More

A (Non) Profitable Journey–Part 3

August 26, 2015

I migrated Swan Lake out of their Small Business 2011 environment into a new Server 2012 R2 environment built on top of Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V.  Swan Lake had purchased the server licenses and CAL’s through Tech Soup and it only made sense to make use of that licensing as we move forward.  I migrated Read More

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