Using apps on mobile devices to access the Office 365 admin center

Microsoft has provided apps for mobile devices (iOS, Android and Windows flavors are all available), which Office 365 administrators can use to access the Office 365 admin center. A video tutorial available from Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA), over MSDN’s Channel 9, includes a demonstration of how the app can be used to check the health of Office 365 services from a smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1 and on an iOS iPad tablet. This a third post with comments on this video tutorial, which is titled Office 365 Troubleshooting: (01) Troubleshooting the Office 365 Service. We tested app performance on an…
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The Office 365 admin center provides tenants with a verbose log of activity

The Office 365 admin center also provides access to historical data about service health. The demonstration depicts the method of accessing these reports as simply a matter of clicking back to a prior screen. But I could only access the same reports for our Office 365 E3 tenant by returning to the home page for the admin center, and, subsequently, clicking on “Service Health” in the Quick Launch, and then “Service Health”, once again, in the drop down list served to me by the portal. The reports served went back 5 calendar days, in a horizontal depiction, like a spreadsheet….
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Visit the Office web site to access the Admin Portal for Office 365

It’s possible to access the Office 365 admin portal through Office.com. Just visit the site, click on the login button, authenticate and access your portal. When I tried the same approach, I was redirected to the Office 365 portal, and, subsequently, to the Office 365 Admin Center. As the first demonstration included with this webcast illustrates, the color coded symbol to the left of each tenant service in the example is meant to provide Office 365 administrators with rapid access to a health summary for the service. The three options are Green for healthy, Amber for a tenant with some…
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An Overview of Secure User Authentication for Office 365

On September 1, 2014, a successful hack of a celebrity’s iCloud account was heavily publicized. In the aftermath of this type of event, it is normal for consumers of similar services from other ISVs, most prominently, Office 365 from Microsoft, to look for assurance from their IT department of the comparative security of their online computing policies and procedures. Fortunately, a white paper is directly available from Microsoft which speaks to these concerns. This white paper was published in May, 2014, and is titled Security in Office 365. For readers who have not had an opportunity to review this white…
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Structure SharePoint Capabilities to Provide Users with a Platform they can Adopt

SharePoint, one can argue, falls into the category of a feature-rich office automation computing platform. Perhaps feature-rich is an understatement when one considers the panoramic range of functionality SharePoint is capable of supporting. But this expansive range of capabilities can, and often does run counter to stakeholder efforts to hasten user adoption, and with good reason. The following example should provide some of the rationale behind this conclusion: We recently had a series of conversations with one of our customers, a non profit organization with a group annual subscription to all of the content on SharePoint-Videos. Our customer expressed an…
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MSDN Channel 9 Offers an Office 365 Technical Primer in Video Format

Organizations planning to implement Office 365 need to provision resources for crucial components of a successful effort in this direction. In a video tutorial titled Managing Office 365 Identities and Services: (01) Preparing for Office 365, which is authored by Jeff Koch of Microsoft Learning Experiences. The training presentation is led by Anthony Steven, Principal Technologist, Content Master, and Martin Coetzer, Portfolio Architect of Microsoft Learning Experiences. The course was designed and written by Mr. Steven. This set of video training is offered within the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) framework. Readers should not be fooled by the complex title of…
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Several Improved Administrative Features Make SharePoint Server 2013 an Attractive Option for Communities of Users

In a 14 minute video tutorial titled What’s New in SharePoint 2013 for Administrators – Part 2, Michael Noel presents a number of administrative features of SharePoint 2013. Noel considers each of these to be important. SharePoint stakeholders considering either a first-time implementation of SharePoint, or a migration from an earlier version to the current server platform, will want to take the time to view this video tutorial. Noel’s list of features, and my thoughts as to why stakeholders should think about them, follow below: New Features for User Profile Sync: As long as the security of the overall SharePoint…
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SharePoint Site Collection Administration Becomes an Easier Process with Training

A lot of SharePoint functionality — regardless of the server version — is available at the site collection level. But site collection administrators are often selected at the department level, often will little attention to the level of technical understanding an individual may bring to the task. So training SharePoint site collection administrators makes sense. We offer a site collection administrator training set for SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2010 Site Collection Administrator Training Course. This course is authored by Asif Rehmani, a widely published author on SharePoint topics, Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and SharePoint Most Valuable Player (MVP). Perhaps it would…
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Organizations Supporting a Mix of SharePoint Versions Benefit from Online Video Training Options

For organizations with a mix of SharePoint® server versions, group subscriptions to online video training content are a sensible method of providing administrators, developers, and systems architects with the technical training content they require to successfully support all SharePoint users. One might ask “when does it make sense to support a mix of SharePoint server versions?” The best answer to this question is when a migration plan is still under consideration. In this scenario, the proof of concept still hasn’t been verified, so it doesn’t makes sense to move an entire organization over to a new server platform. Usually a…
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Why Use Power Shell to Create, Configure, and Manage Excel Services for SharePoint 2013?

SharePoint administrators will want to provide Business Intelligence (BI) stakeholders with as functional an interface to Excel Services from SharePoint Server 2013 as possible. Jason Himmelstein demonstrates some of the important steps required to enable and configure this service with SharePoint Management Shell (Power Shell) in a video tutorial titled Excel Services Configuration This video tutorial is intended for an audience of SharePoint administrators, developers, designers and architects. For those administrators who would rather not use Power Shell to set up this service, the alternative is to use Central Administration in SharePoint 2013. The next step is to select “Application…
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