What are my options to deploy Office 365 ProPlus?

This is becoming a popular question in education now that Student Advantage is coming very soon.  I put together a quick FAQ to answer some of these common questions. What is Office 365 ProPlus Click-to-Run and how does it differ from MSI/ISO installations? There are several differences including: License assigned to a person not a…

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Is there a way users can self-migrate from Google Apps Gmail into Office 365?

  I get asked about how to migrate from Google Apps for Education to Office 365 Education every day from my education customers. There are several ways to do this: native Office 365 IMAP migration tools, 3rd party IMAP migration tools, 3rd party cloud based migration tools (if you also want to migrate Google calendar…

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Decommissioning Exchange 2010 servers in a Hybrid Deployment

Often customers I speak to like the idea of a hybrid deployment in order to keep their staff users on their local Exchange servers, while taking advantage of Exchange Online in Office 365 for education for their students and maintaining a rich co-existence between the two environments. With the continued push for cost savings and…

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Office 365 for education Deployment Resources

Over the last few months I’ve come across some fantastic resources to help customers deploy Office 365 more easily and more efficiently. I decided it was finally time to put a post together to bring all of those resources onto one page – I’ll keep adding to this as I find more useful or up…

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Webcast series: Office 365 Education

Do you wish to move your institution to the cloud with Office 365 Education or try out the services,  but you’re not sure what to do?   Join the webcast series presented by experts from the Microsoft Office 365 US Education team that have helped academic institutions across the US deploy Office 365 Education.    These provide an…

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Top Ways to prepare for an Office 365 deployment

If you’re looking at deploying Office 365 for education at your institution, but you’re wondering what the best way to prepare is, then look no further! Over on the phenomenally useful Office 365 community there is a wiki page that steps through all the things you need to think about when preparing for an Office…

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Office 365 Shared Mailbox Tool

In Office 365 for education, as it stands today, creating shared mailboxes involves using Windows PowerShell which, to the uninitiated, can be complex task. As an aside, it’s worth getting to grips with PowerShell as it’s a great way to aid managing the service! Shared mailboxes are useful for generic aliases, for example “reception@myschool.sch.uk” or…

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What desktop updates do I need for Office 365 for Education?

This was a question from a university in northern California deploying Office 365 for Education for faculty, staff and students.   Step 1 – Ensure your workstations meet the minimum Office 365 requirements The first thing you need to do is assess what current state your workstations are in relative to the minimum requirements for…

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Live@edu Upgrade: Are your details up to date?

If you’re anything like me then you’re excitedly waiting to find about when you’ll be able to get your Live@edu tenant upgraded to Office 365 for education. Hot on the heels of the upgrade portal I talked about recently, I have some more information to share. In order to make the upgrade process smooth, and…

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