Configuring Skype Meeting Broadcast

Skype Meeting Broadcast was introduced to our multi-tenant Office 365 service for our Standalone, E1, E3, E4 and E5 Sku’s. As many of you know features are often delayed in the Government Community Cloud as Microsoft ensures all new features meet our strict compliance and security guidelines. While we are going through this process, you…


OneNote, Wait I can do what with OneNote?

I often get asked what my favorite Microsoft products are. I happily respond with expected Office 365, Microsoft Azure, and Xbox One. The product that always surprises my customers the most is that I list OneNote near the top of that list. In the last few years more government customers are becoming truly aware to…

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…Email Retention and Compliance

A common question many of my customers ask is how Exchange Online can be configured to comply with their retention requirements. Exchange has gone through many iterations of Legal Hold over the years to help organizations protect their data and make it available for legal discovery. A few years ago we took a major step…


Technical Training from the Source

One of the most common questions I get asked is about training for organization resources when a customer is moving to Office 365. One of the best sources of technical training is the Microsoft Ignite series. The sessions on the Ignite site are often more technical, but could be useful for a wide audience. There are…

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…DLP – Creating Custom Rules

Microsoft has provided multiple DLP Policy Templates to help Government customers protect their critical data quickly and efficiently. However, these rules may not meet your specific requirements and may require custom DLP rules. A great example of this is around Social Security Numbers and the built in classification rule. The rule itself is designed to…


…Data Loss Prevention

Large (and small) government agencies deal with very sensitive information, from social security numbers to credit card information to personally identifiable information (PII) on a daily basis. Many of these agencies use written policies to attempt to prevent users from purposefully or accidentally sending or sharing this information in an unauthorized way. However, most of…


…Identity

As more and more customers move to Office 365 and leverage the power of Windows Azure there is a growing need to understand identity management and how to properly link multiple online services to a single Azure AD instance. As a bit of a background, Windows Azure AD is the primary directory that provides access…


Info: Getting Started with Office 365

Often when we meet with customers around our cloud services, we review lots of information.  It might be high level conversations right down to the technical nuts and bolts.  What we always find though is customers looking for fairly consistent types of information to do their own research and comparison of Microsoft's technology compared to…

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Beginning: I got 99 problems and the cloud ain't one..........

Welcome to the inaugural post of the It’s Cloudy with a Chance of….. Blog.   This blog is going to be focused on using and deploying Microsoft’s cloud technology with State and Local Government customers in mind.  Every customer segment presents unique decision points around moving to the cloud.  State and Local Government customers often face…

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