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Evaluating #Office365 ‘Directions on Microsoft’ Webinar Registration #O365 #DirectionsOnMS

April 24, 2013 Comments off

Office 365 is a line of Microsoft offerings that combines cloud services such as Exchange Online e-mail with subscription licenses to the Office desktop software. This is the second major release of Office 365, and is now based upon Exchange 2013, Lync 2013, and SharePoint 2013. Office 365 strives to reduce IT costs and help free up personnel for business-specific tasks. Office 365 is also useful for IT organizations that want a single, predictable, per-user bill for their collaboration and communication software. However, Office 365 also requires organizations to trust Microsoft and their ISPs with critical infrastructure and data.
This TeleBriefing provides an overview of Office 365, summarizes the improvements that it delivers over the previous release of Office 365, and highlights some important transition considerations for customers.

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Visio Stencil Download for #Exchange2013 #Office365

April 13, 2013 Comments off

Creating visual representations of your on-premises, hybrid and Office 365 architectures, including Microsoft Exchange icons is helpful way to communicate your deployment. This Visio stencil provides icons — many depicting servers, server roles, services, and applications — that you can use in architecture diagrams, charts, and posters. These icons are primarily centered around on-premise deployments of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, as well as hybrid Office 365 deployments of Exchange 2013.

Can Windows servers consume untreated Internet traffic safely? #Exchange #Lync #ISA #TMG #RIP

April 13, 2013 Comments off

Courtesy of Tony Redmond’s Blog

Can Windows servers consume untreated Internet traffic safely?

Last September, Microsoft dropped a bombshell when they announced that they were dropping development of the Threat Management Gateway (TMG) product along with their decision to cease production of on-premises ant-virus products. The problem for the Exchange community was that TMG had become the de facto choice as a reverse proxy deployed alongside Internet-facing Client Access servers to handle inbound client traffic.

Since the original announcement, Microsoft has done its best to reassure customers and explain that TMG support remains in place until April 2015. In a nutshell, although no more TMG licenses can be bought, you can continue to run TMG alongside Exchange 2007, 2010, and 2013 until support expires.

But thinking about the situation after a thought-provoking discussion with Greg Taylor of Microsoft, I wonder whether the function served by TMG and ISA Server, its immediate predecessor, is focused on the needs of the past rather than the present. If you go back to a time when Outlook Anywhere started to popularize HTTPS connectivity instead of running MAPI RPCs over a VPN, the target infrastructure was Windows 2003 servers and Exchange 2003 SP2. External threats abounded as hackers attempted to penetrate past corporate firewalls to attack unhardened internal systems, including Exchange.

So it was logical to deploy multiple levels of protection, starting at the firewall and going through servers to perform tasks such as packet inspection before any traffic was allowed to go to an internal server. The approach worked and has served IT well as long as IT exerted strict control over networks, devices, and servers.

The same conditions do not exist today. On the plus side, the latest version of Windows and application servers like Exchange are more secure than they were in the past, thanks to customer pressure to drive improvement and changes in Microsoft’s engineering practices to enforce “secure by design”. On the downside, infrastructures have to cope with connections coming in from a multitude of device types, not all of which are “approved” because of the popularity of BYOD.

The latest versions of Exchange demand nothing more than TCP (port 443) to be open on corporate firewalls before clients can connect. The question then is what additional processing needs to happen before a sanitized traffic stream from the firewall hits an Exchange server. And as it turns out, the answer is “not much”, largely because Windows and Exchange have the capability to protect themselves against suspect packets and because the latest generation of firewall-cum-load balancer products are capable of doing much more than simply blocking inbound traffic. If this assertion is true, then what value does a product like TMG or UAG deliver? And is that additional product even required to maintain a secure environment?…. Read More

Exchange Server 2013 changing the way hotfixes and service packs are delivered #Exchange2013 #CU1

April 13, 2013 Comments off

Cumulative Updates for Exchange 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2013-04-02

With Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, we have changed the way we deliver hotfixes and service packs. Instead of the priority-driven hotfix release and rollup update model used by previous versions of Microsoft Exchange, Exchange Server 2013 now adheres to a scheduled delivery model. In this model, cumulative updates are released every three months.

For more information about cumulative updates as they relate to Exchange 2013, including an extensive FAQ, see Servicing Exchange 2013. For more information about Exchange 2013 CU1, see “New Functionality Included in Cumulative Update 1” in Released: Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 1



Categories: Exchange Server

Exchange 2013 CU1 ….the missing Jigsaw Piece #Exchange2013 #CU1

April 13, 2013 Comments off

Exchange 2013 CU1: The software that RTM could have been

Courtesy of Tony Redmond

Six months after RTM, Microsoft has shipped the first cumulative update for Exchange 2013 (CU1) on April 2, 2013 to complete the software line-up required to start deployments alongside previous versions of Exchange. Many good changes are made in CU1 to address some of the problems noted in the RTM version, so now’s the time to really become interested in Exchange 2013. …Read More

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Hosting Exchange 2013 Webinar Nov28th #Parallels #ServiceProviders #Hosters #HostedExchange2013 #HSP #MSP #HMC-RIP

November 27, 2012 Comments off

Description: Microsoft recently launched Exchange 2013 and its hosted version. Join us to learn how to offer hosted Exchange 2013 so your custo mers can have the latest applications and services.
During this webinar, you will learn the new features of Exchange 2013 and how you can take advantage of these features with the next version of the Exchange Hosting module for Parallels Automation.

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#Office365 for Enterprise Service Descriptions – Updates for March #O365 #Lync Online

March 18, 2012 Comments off

Download Link below for latest updates published 14/03/2012

Office 365 is a suite of Internet-based services that are designed to help meet your needs for robust security, 24/7 reliability, and user productivity. This set of documents provides service descriptions for the components of the suite.

Files in this Download…

Microsoft Exchange Online for Enterprises Service Description – Microsoft® Exchange Online is a hosted messaging solution that delivers the capabilities of Microsoft Exchange Server as a cloud-based service. It gives users rich and familiar access to email, calendar, contacts, and tasks across PCs, the web, and mobile devices.

Microsoft SharePoint Online for Enterprises Service Description – Microsoft SharePoint Online is a Microsoft Office 365 service for businesses of all sizes. Instead of installing and deploying Microsoft SharePoint Server on-premises, any business can now simply subscribe to SharePoint Online to provide their employees with an enterprise grade solution for creating sites to share documents and information with colleagues and customers.

Microsoft Lync Online for Enterprises Service Description – Microsoft® Lync™ Online is a next-generation cloud communications service that connects people in new ways, anytime, from virtually anywhere. Lync Online provides intuitive communications capabilities across presence, instant messaging, audio/video calling and a rich online meeting experience including PC-audio, video and web conferencing. Transform your interactions with colleagues, customers and partners from today’s hit-and-miss communication to a more collaborative, engaging, and effective experience.

Microsoft Office Professional Plus Service Description – With Office Professional Plus, users get the latest version of the Microsoft Office applications, seamlessly connected and delivered with cloud services, so they can access their documents, email, and calendars from virtually any device. Office Professional Plus includes the new Office Web Apps—online companions to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel®, Microsoft PowerPoint®, and Microsoft OneNote®—which let users review and make minor edits to documents directly from a browser.

Microsoft Office 365 Apple Devices Service Description – The Microsoft Office 365 Apple Devices Service Description provides customers with an overview of Office 365 capabilities on the Mac and iOS (iPhone and iPad) devices.

Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving Service Description – Microsoft Exchange Online Archiving is a cloud-based archiving solution for organizations that have deployed Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 on-premises. Exchange Online Archiving is an enterprise-class service that assists these organizations with their archiving, compliance, regulatory, and e-discovery challenges while simplifying their on-premises infrastructure, thereby saving costs and easing the information technology (IT) burden.

Microsoft Office 365 for Enterprises Support Service Description – Microsoft® Office 365 for enterprises Support Service Description provides information to customers about the technical and nontechnical support included in their subscription fee to Microsoft Office 365 for enterprises.

Microsoft Office 365 Mobility Services Description – The Microsoft Office 365 Mobility Services Description provides customers with information on mobility solutions—access to services from phones and devices—that are available for two online services in this current release namely, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft SharePoint® Online.

Microsoft Office Web Apps Service Description– – Microsoft® Office Web Apps is the online companion to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel®, Microsoft PowerPoint®, and Microsoft OneNote® applications that helps users access documents from almost anywhere. Users can view, share, and work on documents online with other users across personal computers, mobile devices, and the web.

Office 365 Security and Service Continuity Service Description– – This service description describes the security, continuity, privacy, and compliance policies and controls for the Office 365 for enterprises service offerings. It is intended to provide Office 365 customers with an overview of how each of the Office 365 services is designed to provide a high degree of security, privacy, continuity, and compliance—service goals that are derived from the Microsoft Risk Management program.

Office 365 Identity Service Description – This document discusses the design, policies, and best practices related to Office 365 identity, including the creation of user accounts, password policy, co-existence, directory synchronization, and single sign-on ( identity federation). Users can gain access to Office 365 by authenticating to their Office 365 user accounts—either through a prompt to provide valid credentials or through a single sign-on process. Once authenticated, users’ identities refer to the user names associated with the Office 365 accounts.

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