Office 365 Groups in Education

Office 365 Groups are a powerful new tool to enable contextual collaboration across Office 365 products. Groups can be pre-provisioned or created as-needed by users in Exchange Online. Office 365 Groups have seen a high degree of adoption in Education since there is an immense need for ad-hoc collaboration. We have also received a lot of great…

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What are my SKU names for Office 365 Education and how can I automate the licensing?

I was asked by several customers what are some of the new SKU names they can use and where can they find some licensing sample PowerShell scripts. I put together a few matrices covering these along with links to several sample scripts. You also need to create a session to connect to Office 365 PowerShell….

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Managing Office 365 for education using PowerShell

PowerShell is cool – at least I think it is! We’ve been talking about using PowerShell to manage Live@edu since the early days of Exchange Labs, and several times since. As more and more customers complete the upgrade from Live@edu to Office 365 for education I thought it would be a good time to talk…

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Turn Off Password Expiry In Office 365 for education

If you’re using non-federated identities with Office 365 for education you will find that by default password expiry is enabled, meaning every 90 days you’ll be required to pick a new password. While the duration of this is not configurable, it is possible to disable the feature for some or all of your users. Remote…

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Full Directory Synchronisation… Suits You…

Guest post by Office 365 Consultant, Tony Ison. If you have just jumped on-board with Office 365, or are looking to migrate over once general availability has been announced, then here is a little gem that you might find useful. Currently under Live@edu if your tenancy requires a full directory synchronisation after you have initiated…

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Service Update: Sender Photo Enabled by Default

Here’s a preview of the new Sender Photo feature that is enabled by default for all Outlook Live and Exchange Online users after the December 2011 Service Update. We’ve included some guidance on how to configure Sender Photo and how to disable it (in case a school requires that it be disabled). In the screenshots…

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Useful PowerShell Command Builder tool to help you design PowerShell scripts for your Office 365 tenant

  If you are new to PowerShell or the Office 365 specific tenant cmdlets in PowerShell, here is a nice tool called the PowerShell Command Builder. It allows you to visually build your Office 365 tenant PowerShell scripts.  It doesn’t have Exchange Online PowerShell but is a great start to learning tenant scripts.   Pick…

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Dynamic Distribution Groups–Part 2

Now you see me… Now you don’t! In part one of this blog-couplet I talked about how you can very simply create a dynamic distribution group using a little bit of PowerShell. We also looked at how you can test to make sure that the right people will get an email when you send a…

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What are all the Office 365 for Education PowerShell command options?

  This was a question from a university in New Orleans looking to move to Office 365 for Education.  There are two PowerShell scenarios applicable to Office 365 for Education. The first scenario is leveraging PowerShell for overall management of your Office 365 tenant and the other PowerShell scenario is for leveraging PowerShell to manage…

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