Convert a Managed Domain in Azure AD to a Federated Domain using ADFS for On-Premises Authentication – Step by Step

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Two Unusual Azure AD Connect Configuration Issues

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Preparing for exam 70-347 – Enabling Office 365 Services

If you’re looking to develop or certify your skills with Office 365, we’ve got a great guide to help you prepare for the Enabling Office 365 Services exam. From an overview of what’s covered in the exam to a list of all the best resources, training courses and videos, Ed covers everything you need to know.


DNS geolocation for Office 365, connecting you to your nearest Datacenter for the fastest connectivity

IMPORTANT UPDATE – This method of connectivity for Exchange Online is no longer in effect. Microsoft uses an Anycast DNS model for Exchange Online connectivity which I’ll describe in another post. This GeoDNS model is still relevant as it is available as a backup should it be required so I’ve left the post for reference…


Automatically Assign Licenses to your Office 365 Users

Depending on business needs, technical requirements, or both, directory synchronization (aka DirSync) is the most common provisioning choice for enterprise customers who are moving to Office 365. DirSync allows identities to be mastered on-premises and all updates to that identity are synchronized to the Office 365 AD. Currently DirSync syncs identities with Office 365 but…


Comparing features in SharePoint Online across Office 365 Service Plans

In my meetings with customers and partners I’m often asked which SharePoint Online features are found in which Office 365 Service Plans. Its possible to find a high-level comparison here (see screen shot below), but to provide a more granular view I’ve compiled six tables corresponding to each of the six capabilities in SharePoint; Sites, Communities, Content,…


How to Enable Recording in Lync Online

By default, the following features are available to all your Lync Online users: Sending files to another contact during a Lync instant messaging session Audio and video conferencing Recording of calls and meetings These features are not enabled by default. So how do you enable e.g. the “Recording of calls and meetings”? Typically you make…


Administrator roles in Office 365

As an Office 365 global administrator you can help yourself by delegating some of the administrative tasks to other users. To assign administration permissions to a user Log in to your tenant Click the “Admin” tab and select “Users” under “Management” in the left side of the portal Select a user or create a new user…