Announcing the 2013 PASS Business Analytics Conference

Is data your currency? Need analytics best practices and strategies you can put to work immediately? Then the  PASS Business Analytics Conference is the place to be between April 10th and 12th, 2013. You’ll return to your job armed with newfound expertise and connections required to make an immediate organizational impact.  Register now to: Access, mash-up, and analyze data from virtually any source and rapidly create compelling analytical models with PowerPivot in Excel 2013 and Office 365 Provide stunning data visualization to discover new insights with a highly interactive and familiar data exploration, visualization, and presentation experience with Power View in Excel 2013 and Office 365 Learn from top industry and Microsoft experts about real solutions and get practical guidance on capturing the value of business analytics for your business Be inspired by keynote speakers: Dr. Steven Levitt — co-author of Freakonomics; and Microsoft BI experts Kamal Hathi and Amir Netz . REGISTER NOW     Have questions?  Send mail to PASS , they have all the answers. Looking for sponsorship opportunities?  Contact Al Shuler , +1 614.532.5539

Understand Identities and Single Sign On with our Upcoming Ignite Webcast

To sign up for this webcast please download and save the attached calendar invite below where you will find the Webcast Meeting information.  We are excited to announce our next Ignite Webcast that will help you Understand Identities and Single Sign On. You can view the original blog post on the Ignite site here . Ignite Webcasts are online sessions led by Microsoft Office 365 Product Managers, Engineers and Support staff. The Ignite webcast series addresses Office 365 technical subjects and scenarios and is beneficial to anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the Office 365 suite. View the Ignite Site for more information about Ignite programs and webcasts. You can view past Ignite Webcast sessions and materials here and be sure to see upcoming Ignite Webcasts on the Ignite Events Page .     Our Ignite Webcast series is the best place to get technical Office 365 content, and our latest webcast does not disappoint. This session will cover the various Office 365 identity types, the requirements for Single Sign On and how different device types connect and authenticate to Office 365 endpoints. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and join a discussion with our Microsoft presenter. Bring your questions! Our webcast will be led by Daniel Kenyon-Smith. Daniel is an Office 365 Architect in Microsoft Consultancy Services in the UK. Daniel works with large enterprise customers to help them migrate to Office 365.   Remember, to sign up for this webcast please  download and save the attached calendar invite below . We are excited to see you there!    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Presenter :  Daniel Kenyon-Smith, Office 365 Architect in Microsoft Consultancy Services in the UK.   Date/Time:  Thursday February 14 th , at 9:00 AM Pacific Time . (1 Hour presentation) Live Meeting Information: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Join online meeting https://join.microsoft.com/meet/v-joshto/F00T8BQY Join by Phone  +14257063500        +18883203585          Find a local number   Conference ID: 27579341    Forgot your dial-in PIN?  |    First online meeting?      [1033])!]   Audience: Office 365 for professionals and small businesses Office 365 for enterprises

Requuirements and security considerations for SkyDrive Pro

Here’s some basic information you’ll want to have if you want to support SkyDrive Pro libraries and Sync services in your organization. If you just want to get your bearings around SkyDrive Pro, you can start here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint-server-help/what-is-skydrive-pro-HA102822076.aspx   Regarding SkyDrive Pro prerequisite software and services: To support SkyDrive Pro libraries in your organization, the latest SharePoint or Office 365 personal sites (also known as My Sites) need to be deployed in your organization, and the user profile service needs to be running. This is because social features, such as sharing documents, depend on personal sites and user profiles. To support Sync in SkyDrive Pro (the ability to synchronize SkyDrive Pro documents with local desktops), make sure that either Office 2013 (Standard or Professional) or an Office 365 subscription that includes the Office 2013 applications is running on Windows 7 or Windows 8 client devices.  Regarding security concerns: SkyDrive Pro client exchanges with SharePoint sites rely on synchronization protocol and external mechanisms for security, such as those provided by VPNs or Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. SkyDrive Pro data is not encrypted over the network when the SkyDrive Pro client talks to SharePoint (which is required to support SkyDrive Pro), unless the transport protocol is being used for server communication is through https (which uses SSL or Transport Layer Security – TLS). Server administrators can configure SSL encryption for data sent over the network between the SkyDrive Pro and the SharePoint servers. On-disk data can be encrypted using the Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption. For more information see ‘BitLocker Drive Encryption’ at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=163122 . Note: SSL is recommended for SharePoint connections from outside a corporate domain. If you’re using Active Directory, you can configure the following Group Policy setting: Sync Only On Domain Network: Requires a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) connection for SkyDrive Pro clients trying connect to SharePoint Server 2013 (or SharePoint 2010) from outside the organization’s intranet. In addition, you can secure the SharePoint site from unauthorized access by setting access control lists appropriately. For guidance about how to set access control for users to synchronize with SharePoint libraries and lists, see ‘Overview of site permissions in SharePoint 2013’ at  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219771.aspx .

Learn More about Office 365 Deployment, Click-to-Run

We are excited to announce our next Ignite Webcast featuring more information on one of the most exciting Office 365 Deployment features called Click-to-Run. You can view the original blog post on the Ignite site here . To sign up for this webcast please download and save the attached calendar invite below where you will find the Webcast Meeting information.   Ignite Webcasts are online sessions led by Microsoft Office 365 Product Managers, Engineers and support staff. The Ignite webcast series addresses different Office 365 technical subjects and scenarios and is beneficial to anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the Office 365 suite. View the Ignite Site for more information about Ignite programs and webcasts. You can view past Ignite Webcast sessions and materials here .     In this session, we will be providing an overview of the new Office 365 ProPlus delivery technology, Click-to-Run. Come hear about how Click-to-Run works, how it enables “Side by Side” use of Office, and how it makes upgrading Office a lot easier, faster and cheaper. You will have a great opportunity to ask questions and discuss with our presenter. Bring your questions! Our webcast will be led by Curtis Sawin. Curtis Sawin is a Senior Consultant, specializing in Office Compatibility and Office Deployment issues. Further, he dabbles in Windows Installer and SQL Server Reporting Services development. Sawin has spoken at several industry conferences, including MMS (Microsoft Management Summit), TechEd, SPC (Microsoft SharePoint Conference), and TechReady. Sawin has been with Microsoft since 2007.   Remember, to sign up for this webcast please  download and save the attached calendar invite below . We are excited to see you there!    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Presenter :  Curtis Sawin , Senior Consultant specializing in Office Compatibility and Office Deployment Issues Date/Time:  Tuesday January 29 th , at 10:00 AM Pacific Time . (1 Hour presentation) Live Meeting Information: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Join online meeting https://join.microsoft.com/meet/v-joshto/F00T8BQY Join by Phone  +14257063500        +18883203585          Find a local number   Conference ID: 27579341    Forgot your dial-in PIN?  |    First online meeting?      [1033])!]   Audience: Office 365 for professionals and small businesses Office 365 for enterprises

Live@edu customers: New Year, New Service Capabilities with Office 365 for education

Audience: Live@edu; Office 365 for education Editor’s Note: Please be sure that the contact information for your institution is up to date to be alerted to key Live@edu to Office 365 upgrade information. Sign in to the Service Management Portal (SMP)  and update the critical notification field with all updated contacts for your institution.    Institutions using Live@edu are being upgrade to Office 365 for education. This upgrade builds on existing Live@edu deployments, meaning there’s no need to move mailboxes, calendars, or contacts, and no need to re-provision accounts. Furthermore, users can count on continued email access throughout the upgrade process.    If your institution is using Live@edu, here’s what you can expect: Your institution will be assigned an upgrade date in the next few months, and you can expect an email notification at least 30 days prior to the scheduled upgrade date. Once you receive your date, you have the option to start the upgrade any time before the upgrade date, knowing that this won’t disrupt your users throughout the upgrade process. You may also choose not to take any action, and we’ll take care of the upgrade to Office 365 for you, automatically, on your scheduled date. If you’re ready to start before receiving an upgrade date, you can contact Live@edu support and they will schedule the upgrade for you. After the upgrade, your primary domain (and any accepted domains) will be subscribed to Exchange Online Plan 1 for academic. You will then have the option to subscribe to any of the Office 365 for education plans to get SharePoint Online, Lync Online, and Office Web Apps. Since the upgrade builds on your existing Live@edu deployment, you may be ready to upgrade now. To get started: Make sure your contact information is up to date. Review the resources on the Upgrade Center and complete the before upgrade checklist . Start the upgrade to Office 365 or contact  Live@edu support to initiate the upgrade. We look forward to having your institution on Office 365 so you can extend your Live@edu investment and enable your students, faculty, and staff to communicate and collaborate easier.        

Live@edu customers: New Year, New Service Capabilities with Office 365 for education

Audience: Live@edu; Office 365 for education Editor’s Note: Please be sure that the contact information for your institution is up to date to be alerted to key Live@edu to Office 365 upgrade information. Sign in to the Service Management Portal (SMP)  and update the critical notification field with all updated contacts for your institution.    Institutions using Live@edu are being upgrade to Office 365 for education. This upgrade builds on existing Live@edu deployments, meaning there’s no need to move mailboxes, calendars, or contacts, and no need to re-provision accounts. Furthermore, users can count on continued email access throughout the upgrade process.    If your institution is using Live@edu, here’s what you can expect: Your institution will be assigned an upgrade date in the next few months, and you can expect an email notification at least 30 days prior to the scheduled upgrade date. Once you receive your date, you have the option to start the upgrade any time before the upgrade date, knowing that this won’t disrupt your users throughout the upgrade process. You may also choose not to take any action, and we’ll take care of the upgrade to Office 365 for you, automatically, on your scheduled date. If you’re ready to start before receiving an upgrade date, you can contact Live@edu support and they will schedule the upgrade for you. After the upgrade, your primary domain (and any accepted domains) will be subscribed to Exchange Online Plan 1 for academic. You will then have the option to subscribe to any of the Office 365 for education plans to get SharePoint Online, Lync Online, and Office Web Apps. Since the upgrade builds on your existing Live@edu deployment, you may be ready to upgrade now. To get started: Make sure your contact information is up to date. Review the resources on the Upgrade Center and complete the before upgrade checklist . Start the upgrade to Office 365 or contact  Live@edu support to initiate the upgrade. We look forward to having your institution on Office 365 so you can extend your Live@edu investment and enable your students, faculty, and staff to communicate and collaborate easier.        

Preparing for the Next SharePoint Online Service Update

Microsoft is preparing to roll out the new SharePoint Online as a part of Office 365. As a result of this initial phase of the SharePoint Online service update, you may be affected by some of the design changes. Below is a consolidated list of items with pointers to documented fixes and posted workarounds: Install SharePoint Designer 2013 (free download here ). Previous versions of SharePoint Designer are not compatible with the new SharePoint Online. Apply the Hotfix for SharePoint Designer 2013 to work properly with InfoPath 2010 – start here . Apply the Hotfix for SharePoint Workspace 2010 to work properly with the new SharePoint Online – start here. In addition to the above items, there are several known issues previously posted here that Microsoft is working on to resolve in real-time. These issues are not broadly impactful and most have a corresponding knowledge base (KB) article with posted manual solution steps.     Note that you will not yet have access to the new SharePoint features or the new user interface. Rather, during this preparation phase, you will only see the new enhancements to the Office Web Apps as we previous communicated here . In addition, we’d like to reiterate Office 365 no longer supports Internet Explorer 7 (IE7).   Some CRM Online customers are also impacted within this phase of the SharePoint Online service update. Please review the in-depth blog post that articulates the recommended “list component” fix here .   Thank you, The SharePoint Online Team    * The Office 365 ProPlus Preview can run side-by-side with previous versions of Office. Users who have use rights to Office as a subscription will have the use rights to final Office 2013 RTM once available and no longer need the Preview version.

Ignite Webcast – Telemetry

To sign up for this webcast please download and save the attached calendar invite below where you will find the Webcast Meeting information.  Ignite Webcasts are online sessions led by Microsoft Office 365 Product Managers, Engineers and support staff. The Ignite webcast series addresses different Office 365 technical subjects and scenarios and is beneficial to anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the Office 365 suite. View the Ignite Site for more information about Ignite programs and webcasts. You can view past Ignite Webcast sessions and materials here .     We are excited to deliver new Office Telemetry features in Office 2013. We built this to make the Office upgrade experience easier by helping IT Professionals identify what documents and solutions are most important in an organization, and pinpoint any issues with those documents and solutions that are currently being experienced by end-users. During this webcast, we will discuss the rationale for this new methodology in the context of streamlining the overall Office upgrade process, as well as discuss how to get the most out of using the new Telemetry features built into Office 2013. Our webcast will be led by David Matsumoto. David is a Program Manager for Microsoft on the Office Solutions Management Team in Tokyo, Japan. This is a unique opportunity to interact and learn from your industry peers and representatives from Microsoft. Remember, to sign up for this webcast please  download and save the attached calendar invite below . We are excited to see you there!  —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Presenter :  David Matsumoto , Program Manager for Microsoft on the Office Solutions Management Team in Tokyo, Japan Date/Time:  Tuesday January 22 nd , at 5:00 PM Pacific Time . (1 Hour presentation) Live Meeting Information: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Join online meeting https://join.microsoft.com/meet/v-joshto/F00T8BQY Join by Phone  +14257063500        +18883203585          Find a local number   Conference ID: 27579341    Forgot your dial-in PIN?  |    First online meeting?      [1033])!]   Audience: Office 365 for professionals and small businesses Office 365 for enterprises

Restrictions and limitations related to syncing SharePoint libraries to your computer with SkyDrive Pro

If you work with a lot of SharePoint documents, you can probably appreciate the appeal of syncing your SharePoint library content to your computer. Doing so brings the following benefits: 24/7 access to your documents. Read and edit while you’re offline. Everything syncs with SharePoint whenever you go back online. Browser-free interaction with your documents. Opening your documents in a Web browser is fine, but working directly in your file system is usually more convenient. To sync a library: Go to the library > click Sync at the top of the page > click Sync Now in the SkyDrive Pro wizard. Keep in mind the following restrictions and limitations related to syncing SharePoint libraries. How many items can I sync? You can sync up to 20,000 items in your SkyDrive Pro library, including folders and files. You can sync up to 5,000 items in other SharePoint libraries, including folders and files. These are the libraries you find in various SharePoint sites, such as team sites and community sites. What’s the size limit for downloading files? In any SharePoint library, you can download files of up to 2 GB. What’s the character limit for files and folders? These limits apply to files and folders that you add to a synced library folder for uploading to SharePoint. In normal practice, you’re unlikely to hit these limits. But I’ll mention them here, just in case: File names can have up to 128 characters Folder names can have up to 256 characters Folder name/file name combinations can have up to 260 characters If you have a file, folder, or combination that exceeds the limit, the item will remain in the synced library folder, and an error icon will appear on the item to tell you that there’s a sync problem. Invalid characters You cannot upload files with names that contain any of the following characters: /:* ? ” | # { } % ~ & Invalid file types You cannot upload OneNote files, or files with a *.tmp or *.ds_store extension. Additionally, you cannot upload desktop.ini, thumbs.db, or ehthumbs.db.

Ignite Webcast – What’s New in Exchange 2013?

To sign up for this webcast please download and save the attached calendar invite below where you will find the Webcast Meeting information.  Ignite Webcasts are online sessions led by Microsoft Office 365 Product Managers, Engineers and support staff. The Ignite webcast series addresses different Office 365 technical subjects and scenarios and is beneficial to anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the Office 365 suite. View the Ignite Site for more information about Ignite programs and webcasts. You can view past Ignite Webcast sessions and materials here .     Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 brings a new rich set of technologies, features, and services to the Exchange Server product line. Its goal is to support people and organizations as their work habits evolve from a communication focus to a collaboration focus. At the same time, Exchange Server 2013 helps lower the total cost of ownership whether you deploy Exchange 2013 on-premises or provision your mailboxes in the cloud . In this Webcast, Scott Schnoll discusses the new architecture for Exchange Server 2013 and the new features and functionality in Exchange 2013 that enable organizations to support a multigenerational workforce, provide an engaging experience for users, integrate Exchange 2013 with SharePoint and Lync, meet evolving compliance needs and provide a more resilient messaging solution. This webcast will be led by Scott Schnoll, a Principal Technical Writer on the Exchange User Education team at Microsoft where he authors content on a variety of content related to Exchange Server, including high-availability, site resilience, virtualization, and more. He is a frequent speaker at major industry conferences, such as Microsoft TechEd, Microsoft TechDays, Microsoft WinDays, The Experts Conference and more. Prior to joining Microsoft, Scott authored Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled (Addison-Wesley, 2004) and he was the lead author of Exchange 2000 Server: The Complete Reference (Osborne McGraw-Hill, 2000). Scott is a former long-time Microsoft MVP for Exchange Server, Windows and Rights Management Services. Follow Scott on Twitter @ schnoll and check out his personal blog at http://blogs.technet.com/scottschnoll . This is a unique opportunity to interact and learn from your industry peers and representatives from Microsoft. Be sure to attend this session to learn more about what’s coming in Exchange 2013 and to participate in a Q&A session with Scott Schnoll.   Remember, to sign up for this webcast please  download and save the attached calendar invite below . We are excited to see you there!    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Presenter :  Scott Schnoll , Microsoft Principal Technical Writer on the Exchange User Education team Date/Time:  Thursday January 17 th , at 10:00 AM Pacific Time . (1 Hour presentation) Live Meeting Information: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Join online meeting https://join.microsoft.com/meet/v-joshto/F00T8BQY Join by Phone  +14257063500        +18883203585          Find a local number   Conference ID: 27579341    Forgot your dial-in PIN?  |    First online meeting?      [1033])!] Audience: Office 365 for professionals and small businesses Office 365 for enterprises