Microsoft Office 365 Jump Start

The Microsoft Office 365 Jumpstart series provides an excellent perspective of the overall value Office 365 provides to modern organizations in terms of productivity, access, familiarity, security, control and reliability.

Exchange Video’s from TechEd North America 2011

Some interesting video’s from TechEd North America 2011 about Exchange 2010 Smile

  • EXL302 Archiving and Discovery in Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP1 and Exchange Online | Krish Sundaresan
  • EXL306 Best Practices for Virtualization of Microsoft Exchange 2010 | Jim Lucey, Jeff Mealiffe
  • EXL307 Load Balancing with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 | Andrew Ehrensing
  • EXL309 Microsoft Exchange Online in Microsoft Office 365: Migration Case Study | John Logan, Danny Kim, Ann Vu
  • EXL310 Microsoft Exchange Online in Microsoft Office 365: Simple Migration Live! | Ram Poornalingam
  • EXL311 Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Office 365: How to Set Up a Hybrid Deployment | Jim Lucey
  • EXL312 Designing Microsoft Exchange 2010 Mailbox High Availability for Failure Domains | Ross Smith IV
  • EXL313 Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Tips and Tricks | Scott Schnoll
  • EXL322 Microsoft Exchange Online: Unified Messaging in Microsoft Office 365 | Michael Wilson
  • EXL324 Top 10 Insights on Development of Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 against Microsoft Office 365 | Albert Kooiman, Robin Thomas
  • EXL326 What’s New in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP2: Featuring GAL Segmentation | Greg Taylor
  • EXL327 Real-World Site Resilience Design in Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 | Robert Gillies
  • EXL401 Exchange Server 2010 High Availability Management and Operations | Scott Schnoll

Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) 6.0 Beta: Accelerate the adoption of Microsoft private and public cloud platforms

Planning your journey to the cloud just got a bit easier. The next release of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 6.0 Beta—includes assessment capabilities to evaluate workloads for both public and private cloud platforms. With MAP 6.0 Beta, you now have the ability to identify workloads and estimate the infrastructure size and resources needed for both Windows Azure and Hyper-V Fast Track. Also new to MAP 6.0 Beta is the Office 365 client assessment, enhanced VMware inventory, and Oracle schema discovery and reporting. Expanded assessment and discovery capabilities from MAP help you streamline planning for your next migration project. Plan what’s next with MAP.

New features and benefits from MAP 6.0 Beta release help you:

· Analyze your portfolio of applications for a move to the Windows Azure Platform

· Accelerate planning to private cloud with Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track onboarding

· Identify migration opportunities with enhanced heterogeneous server environment inventory

· Assess your client environment for Office 365 readiness

· Determine readiness for migration to Windows Internet Explorer 9

· Discover Oracle database schemas for migration to SQL Server

Download the beta materials on Connect:http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=219165

Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool

The Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool provides analysis of your on-premises environment in preparation for an Office 365 enterprise deployment. The readiness tool is integrated with the guidance provided in the web edition of the Microsoft Office 365 Beta Deployment Guide.

Download HERE

I run the tool in my test environment. See below the results

Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Readiness Tool

Beta

Office 365 Deployment Resource Kit build 01.00.00.00
modgClick here for the Microsoft Office 365 Beta Deployment Guide for Enterprises

Domains

modg Deployment Guide: Adding Your Domain(s) to Office 365
All email domains discovered in your environment:
Total: 3

All primary email domains discovered:
Total: 2

Primary email domain suffixes with greater than 50 users:
wardvissers.local
Total: 1


User Identity and Account Provisioning

Active Directory

Statistics

Total number of domains discovered in your forest: 1
Estimated total number of users: 59
Estimated total number of contacts: 0
Estimated total number of groups: 54
Estimated total number of mailboxes: 53
Estimated total number of objects for Directory Synchronization: 113
note
Note: Filters were applied to obtain the above object counts for an Office 365 deployment.

Forest and Domains

The following domains were discovered in your Active Directory forest:
wardvissers.local
Total: 1

Trusts

No forest trusts found
green
You may deploy AD FS 2.0 and Directory Synchronization without multi-forest constraints

Schema and Forest/Domain Functionality Levels

Active Directory forest schema level: Windows Server 2008 R2
Exchange schema level: Exchange Server 2010 SP1
Domain Functionality:Windows Server 2008 R2
Forest Functionality:Windows Server 2008 R2
Domain Controller Functionality:Windows Server 2008 R2
green
It appears that your Active Directory schema is prepared for Exchange Rich Coexistence
modg Deployment Guide: Exchange Rich Coexistence Requirements


Active Directory Cleanup

modg Deployment Guide: Active Directory Cleanup

samaccountname (user name) Attribute

green
Character length test passed
green
Unsupported character test passed

givenname (first name) Attribute

green
Character length test passed
green
Unsupported character test passed

sn (last name) Attribute

green
Character length test passed
green
Unsupported character test passed

displayname Attribute

green
Character length test passed
green
Unsupported character test passed

mail (email address) Attribute

green
Character length test passed
green
Unsupported character test passed
green
No duplicates found

mailnickname Attribute

green
Character length test passed
green
Unsupported character test passed

proxyaddresses (email addresses) Attribute

green
No duplicates found
green
Unsupported character test passed

Directory Synchronization

Object count assessment:
Estimated number of objects for Directory Synchronization (entire forest): 113
modg Deployment Guide: Object Count Considerations
Enterprise Admin rights:
green
It appears that you are an enterprise admin
Directory Synchronization admin requirement met!
modg Deployment Guide: Directory Synchronization Required Permissions
Active Directory recycle bin:
warning
Active Directory recycle bin is enabled in your forest this may impact your total object count quota for Directory Synchronization.


Office 365 Single Sign On and Identity

AD FS 2.0 Directory Cleanup Check:

UserPrincipalName (logon ID for Office 365) Attribute

fyi
Update values once you have verified your organization does not have any other application dependencies on the UserPrincipalName attribute.
modg Deployment Guide: Active Directory Cleanup
green
Unsupported characters test passed
green
Spaces in logon value test passed
green
Unicode character test passed
note
Note: All Unicode characters will be converted to underscores (_) in the UserPrincipalName field.
green
No UserPrincipalName duplicates found
warning
Discovered users without a user logon name (blank value) for UserPrincipalName
You will need to provide each user a UserPrincipalName in order for these users to sign into Office 365.
fyi
Below is a list of your UserPrincipalName domain suffixes in use:
wardvissers.local
Total: 1
note
Note: During the Office 365 Beta only one namespace (root and child domains) per AD FS 2.0 farm
Example contoso.com and root.contoso.com would require 1 AD FS 2.0 farm and fabrikam.com would require an additional AD FS 2.0 farm

fyi
Password length per domain:

wardvissers.local = 7

Exchange Online

Discovered Exchange Server(s) on-premises:
Estimated total number of Exchange Servers: 1

Statistics:

Estimated total number of users with default mailbox size (True): 53
Estimated total number of users with larger than default mailbox size (False): 0
Estimated total number of objects with Exchange organization level quota: 6


Lync Online

Lync user assessment:
Estimated total number of users leveraging Office Communications/Lync on-premises: 2
Sip domains:
fyi
The following sip domains were discovered:
wardvissers.local
Total: 1

SharePoint Online

User object count assessment:
green
The number of user objects in your forest is supported.
modg Deployment Guide: Object Count Considerations

Client and End User Experience

modg Deployment Guide: Rich Experience Client Requirements

Summary of client computer readiness (Office 365 single sign-on and rich client checks):

warning
Below is an estimate of computer operating systems NOT ready for Office 365 rich client experience:
Total: 0
green
Below is an estimate of computer operating systems ready for Office 365 rich client experience:
Windows XP Service Pack 3: 3
Windows 7 Service Pack 1: 3
Total: 6

Network


fyi
IP Configuration:

IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.150.60
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.150.1
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.150.254

fyi
Trace route to your default gateway:

Tracing route to 192.168.150.254 over a maximum of 30 hops
1 1 ms 2 ms 2 ms 192.168.150.254

fyi
Trace Route test to Exchange Online:

Tracing route to outlook.com [65.55.94.40]
over a maximum of 30 hops:
1 3 ms 2 ms 1 ms 192.168.150.254
2 * 24 ms 25 ms 82.169.11.254
3 25 ms 26 ms 26 ms 195.69.145.20
4 145 ms 146 ms 144 ms 10.14.234.234
5 * * * Request timed out.
6 * * * Request timed out.
7 10.14.234.234 reports: Destination net unreachable.
Trace complete.
fyi

For additional tests utilize the Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer

Port Query Tests:

modg Deployment Guide: Ports and Protocols
green
portal.microsoft.com
Made a TCP 443 connection to portal.microsoftonline.com
green
Outlook.com
Made a TCP 443 connection to outlook.com
green
Outlook.com IMAP
Made a TCP 993 IMAP connection to outlook.com
green
Outlook.com POP
Made a TCP 995 POP connection to outlook.com
green
Outlook.com SMTP
Made a SMTP TCP 587 connection to outlook.com
green
Active Directory Federation Services End Point
Made a TCP 443 connection to nexus.microsoftonline.com
green
Directory Synchronization End Point
Made a TCP 443 connection to adminwebservice.microsoftonline.com
green
Office 365 PowerShell End Point
Made a TCP 443 connection to ps.microsoftonline.com
green
Outlook.com PowerShell End Point
Made a TCP 443 connection to ps.outlook.com
green
Office 365 Community End Point
Made a TCP 80 connection to community.office365.com
green
Lync Online SIP Connection
Made a TCP 443 connection to sipdir.online.lync.com
green
Lync Online Federation
Made a TCP 5061 connection to sipfed.online.lync.com
Domain Name System (DNS) name records checks:
fyi
Found the following MX DNS record(s):
Server: localhost
Address: 127.0.0.1
wardvissers.local
primary name server = ward-dc01.wardvissers.local
responsible mail addr = hostmaster.wardvissers.local
serial = 761
refresh = 900 (15 mins)
retry = 600 (10 mins)
expire = 86400 (1 day)
default TTL = 3600 (1 hour)
Information Gathered On:
WARD-DC01
Date: za 07-05-2011
Start Time: 18:19
End Time: 18:21

Add a MSN user to Lync Online & Office 365

Today I have a relax day working from home . I have some time to play with Office 365 & Lync Online Open-mouthed smile

I wonderd if there was a way to add a msn user to my Lync while using Lync Online.

I added my own msn account on lync. On MSN Messenger I get the qwestion if I want to add a new contact. Yes off course… Smile

Tada…. You can add all your MSN friends to Office 365 or Lync Online Open-mouthed smile

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How Should Your Organization Deploy Microsoft® Exchange?

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Microsoft released a white paper how to deploy Microsoft Exchange: as Exchange Server 2010 on-premises, Exchange Online with Microsoft Office 365 in the cloud, or using both in a temporary or permanent hybrid scenario.

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Knowing the benefits and limitations of each deployment option can help you make the right decision for your organization. Whatever you decide, the deployment flexibility that Microsoft provides with Exchange makes it easier for you to get the right solution for your business.

Download HERE the whitepaper