Getting Through A Transitional Year

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Let’s gather up all the things that are on the verge of changes large and small. It covers just about every category.

The common thread is that not one of them is ready now.

Everything is in play. Anything that you buy now will seem like a poor decision in hindsight within a short time. […] continued

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The Auto-Complete Address List And Suggested Contacts In Outlook 2010

Outlook 2010 auto-complete address list

When you start to type an address in a new Outlook email message, a menu drops down listing addresses that you’ve sent a message to in the past – the “auto-complete” list. You can send most messages by typing a few letters of someone’s name and hitting the Enter key when the right choice appears. […] continued

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Outlook Web App For Office 365

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Small businesses and law firms are finding that Microsoft’s Exchange mailboxes hosted by Office 365 are secure and stable. One of the best features is the improved experience with Outlook Web App, webmail that has been designed to have as much of the look and functionality of Outlook as possible. […] continued

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Prompts for RED001 Password After Office 365 Migration

Outlook password prompt RED001 after Office 365 migration

Previously: Persistent Outlook Password Prompts For Office 365

This is a troubleshooting tip that only applies to a few people – but those few people are very glad to have an answer.

Microsoft began selling hosted Exchange mailboxes in 2008. It is now engaged in a year-long project to migrate all subscribers from Microsoft Online Services to Office 365. […] continued

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Persistent Outlook Password Prompts For Office 365

Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 has been tremendously successful so far, certainly from a sales perspective (millions of subscriptions, although the exact number is kept under wraps), but more importantly it’s also been successful from a technical perspective. There has been no downtime for the last few months. My clients are ecstatic that I can set passwords not to expire. […] continued

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Office 365 Integrated With Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

Small Business Server SBS 2011 Essentials - Office 365 Integration Module

A few days before Christmas, Microsoft delivered the “Office 365 Integration Module for Small Business Server 2011 Essentials,” a long awaited add-in that integrates Microsoft’s new server software for very small offices with its hosted Office 365 service.

In some respects this is what SBS 2011 Essentials should have included all along, and the combination is a compelling choice for many very small offices considering their first onsite server or a replacement for an aging Small Business Server 2003 tower. […] continued

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Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Part 2: Remote Access

SBS 2011 Essentials remote web access login screen

Previously:
Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Part 1: Overview

Microsoft has done more than anyone else to promote remote access to small business networks. Almost ten years ago, Small Business Server 2003 opened up Outlook Web Access and safe remote desktop access to small businesses for the first time. SBS 2008 and the various iterations of Windows Home Server refined that first portal to make it easier and cleaner and more likely to work properly. […] continued

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Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Part 1: Overview

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Small businesses are finally in a position to set up Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, the perfect server for many small businesses with fewer than 25 users. Today’s technology world does not offer any one-size-fits-all solutions but SBS 2011 Essentials should at least be closely evaluated by almost anyone with 2-25 users looking either for a first server or a replacement for a dusty server in the closet. […] continued

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Free Windows 7 And Office 365 eBooks From Microsoft Press

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Microsoft Press has two quite useful books for you to download, absolutely free. The books are in PDF format, fully searchable and easy to read onscreen. (Don’t print them. It misses the point.)

The Windows 7 Power Users Guide by Mike Halsey is packed with illustrations and diagrams and guides that cover all the important Windows 7 features. […] continued

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Outages Happen

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On August 10, the main data center for Exchange Defender suffered a catastrophic power failure. Clients using the spam filtering service had their incoming and outgoing mail interrupted or massively slowed for most of a day, and hosted mailboxes went offline for as long as two days.

On August 17, Microsoft Office 365 had an outage after an unspecified failure in a major North American server center. […] continued

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Microsoft’s Missing Small Business Servers

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In April, with little fanfare, Microsoft released three new server products to manufacturing and to the hardware vendors: Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Windows Home Server 2011, and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.

Small Business Server 2011 Essentials is so well-designed and fits its niche so perfectly that I expected that it would become the standard platform for many very small businesses, as ubiquitous as SBS 2003 was in its day. […] continued

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Office 365 Part 4 – Integrated Communications With Lync

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Previously:
Office 365 Part 1 – Overview
Office 365 Part 2 – The Evolution Of Exchange Online
Office 365 Part 3 – Collaboration With Sharepoint Online

The final piece of Office 365, Lync Online, is tough to summarize. The focus is on communications with co-workers as well as people outside the business. […] continued

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Office 365 Part 3 – Collaboration With Sharepoint Online

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Previously:
Office 365 Part 1 – Overview
Office 365 Part 2 – The Evolution Of Exchange Online

Sharepoint Online sets up an online portal that a business can use for a number of different things:

  • Documents can be stored online with rich controls for sharing files with colleagues and clients. It’s also easy to track versions of documents and search for information.
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Office 365 Part 2 – The Evolution Of Exchange Online

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Previously:
Office 365 Part 1 – Overview

Exchange Online is the compelling piece of Office 365 for small businesses and law firms. Even the smallest business should be considering the advantages of using Exchange to run its mail system, and Office 365 is now the most effective way to get the benefits of Exchange. […] continued

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Office 365 Part 1 – Overview

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Microsoft Office 365 is now available for small businesses. It is the most visible part of Microsoft’s efforts to migrate from shrink-wrapped software to services delivered online – “cloud” computing, in the current catchphrase.

There is something of interest in Office 365 for almost every small business. I expect this to occupy much of my time in 2011 and 2012. […] continued

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