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Thursday October 16

12:16
Configure An Open Directory Master In OS X Yosemit...

Open Directory has never been so easy to setup for a basic environment as it is in OS X Yosemite Server (OS X 10.10, Server app 4). It’s also never been so annoyingly simple to use that to do anything cool requires a bunch of command line foo. No offense to the developers, but this whole idea that the screens that were being continually refined for a decade just need to be thrown out and started fresh seems to have led to a few babies thrown out along with them. Not often as I’m kinda’ digging most of the new config screens in OS X Yosemite Server, but with Open Directory, it’s just too easy. Features mean buttons. Buttons make things a tad bit more complicated to use than an ON/OFF switch…
Anyway, rant over. Moving on. As with almost any previous version of OS X Server and Open Directory, once you’ve installed the Server app, run the changeip command along with the -checkhostname option to verify that the IP, DNS and hostname match. If (and only if as it will fail if you try... | Read more »

11:23
Setting Up An Open Directory Replica In Yosemite S...

Previously, we looked at setting up an Open Directory Master in OS X Server. An Open Directory Replica keeps a copy of the Open Directory database available for users even when the Master goes offline. But it can also take a part of the load from the Open Directory Master and when using the new Locales feature, balance network traffic. To get started with an Open Directory Replica, first enable SSH, now disabled by default.
Next, use the changeip to check the host name. While the Server app is cool, it caches stuff and I’ve seen it let things go threat shouldn’t be let go. Therefore, in order to make sure that the server has such an address, I still recommend using changeip, but I also recommend using the Server application. In OS X Server, I’ve seen each find things that other misses. Additionally, in Yosemite and above, OS X Server now requires to be able to lookup whatever the hostname is set to in order to actually promote either to a replica or a master. To use changeip... | Read more »

11:08
Casper 9.6 Released, Now With Yosemite Support

Now that Yosemite is out, there’s a lot of updates here and there. iOS 8.1 is destined to show on Monday, but in the meantime JAMF Software has released version 9.6 of the vaunted Casper Suite. To quote the most excellent marketing team:
We are excited to announce that version 9.6 of the Casper Suite is now available. This release can enable you and your organization to embrace new technologies from Apple. Please see the release notes for more information.
Casper Suite 9.6 includes features that can help you:

  • Ensure ease of adoption for your users and peace of mind for yourself with same-day support of OS X Yosemite.
  • Extend management capabilities with new settings and payloads in OS X and iOS configuration profiles.
  • Enhance DEP and Mac App Store distribution workflows.

Note: Version 9.6 of the Casper Suite does not include configuration changes or fixes for the... | Read more »

09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 020 about Op...
08:00
Throwback Thursday: If only I had OneNote when I w...

Today’s post was written by Jenny Hansen, a OneNote user and participant in the Microsoft Office Insider program. 
Students have returned to school in my Southern California neighborhood, which means my local Starbucks is filling up with the gadgetry of today’s college crowd. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, Livescribe smartpens…frankly, I’m jealous. The technology today is remarkable.
We didn’t have all this wizardry when I was in college. Studying would have been so much easier if I’d had the technology I take for granted today during my college years.
OneNote is my favorite tech tool. It allows me to keep all my notes, research and to-do lists in one place, neatly organized and easily accessible from wherever I am. I use OneNote to take meeting notes and action items, manage home improvement projects, track grocery lists and keep track of research for my writing projects. Whether I’m on my PC, Surface Pro or Android phone, everything I... | Read more »

08:00
Organize your Office 365 with the new app launcher

Nick Robinson is a senior product marketing manager on the Office 365 team.
American founding father Benjamin Franklin famously said, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” In order to yield your greatest results, organization and access to each tool you need to accomplish your goals is paramount. Getting organized. Some people are naturally great at this, some people drag their feet and kick their heels. But there is no doubt that organization can yield results—at home, at work or at school.
Today we are announcing the Office 365 app launcher and My apps. The features will enable a new level of organization, personalization and access to all of the services that make up your Office 365 and more.
   The app launcher nav experience
 

The Office 365 app launcher provides a new navigation experience... | Read more »

07:05
Introducing Microsoft Ignite

This morning on The Official Microsoft Blog, we revealed more details about our enterprise technology conference in May—Microsoft Ignite. If you attended the SharePoint Conference, Exchange Conference, Lync Conference or Project Conference, this is the conference for you. And, if you’re interested in or already using Office 365, this is the conference for you. Register now to reserve your spot and we will see you in Chicago on May 4, 2015.
Join the YamJam:
We are committed to making Microsoft Ignite an incredible and valuable event for all of us who are passionate about Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project and Visio. We want your feedback to help shape plans for this event. Join us for a YamJam on the Office 365 Technical Network on Tuesday, October 21st 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PDT to ask questions about... | Read more »

Wednesday October 15

09:57
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08:54
Garage Series for Office 365: PowerShell basics an...

On this week’s show Jeremy Chapman is joined by scripting guy, Greg Stemp, to introduce PowerShell for managing Office 365. Jeremy and Greg explain when PowerShell makes sense compared to the user interface and describe the basics of how PowerShell works. Then Jeremy puts PowerShell to the test at NASA in Houston by attempting to add 150 users into Office 365 within the 8 minutes it took the space shuttle to reach orbit.

Today we kick off a two-part series to introduce PowerShell for Office 365 management. When we were developing show ideas for the Garage Series, the number one requested topic in the Office 365 technical community in Yammer and among our Microsoft MVPs was PowerShell. That wasn’t a huge surprise for us because as we’ve been... | Read more »

08:00
Evolving Exchange Online Protection (EOP) to prote...

Shobhit Sahay (@ShobhitSahay88), Levon Esibov and Terry Zink are on the Exchange Online Protection team.
Ten million spam messages blocked every minute. That’s the average number of spam messages that are blocked by Microsoft every minute. However, every day attackers around the world find new techniques to attack your email. The threats take different forms, such as an unidentified spam campaign, an unknown malware, or a completely new virus. The ever-expanding world of such attacks keeps changing and, to better protect your email against these malicious threats, we keep changing Exchange Online Protection, too. 
The world of spam is constantly changing
Spam has evolved over the years in a variety of ways and companies around the world are worried about different types of spam, because it impacts productivity. Spamming techniques have evolved in order to penetrate several filtering programs designed to stop the attacks. As soon as new... | Read more »

Tuesday October 14

17:14
The Day That Macworld Died

If you go to the official Macworld Expo site, you’ll notice that the conference has, like the Blues Brothers before the movie, been disbanded. MacIT lives on, but Macworld Expo does not, for now. Shouldn’t be a surprise at this point, given the fact that the Macworld magazine has gone through some substantial changes as well, recently. But it is a surprise nonetheless.

I have many great memories from Macworld, including striking up friendships with young gurus named Bartosh, Dreyer, Regan, Wisenbaker, Rennich, Welch and many, many others back when Apple was an afterthought. Special thanks to Paul, Kathy and many others for their massive contributions towards making the Apple community what it is today. Much respect. Dedication:

And Macworld, hopefully I’ll be dedicating this one to you in 2016 when you get the band back together!

| Read more »
08:00
Simpler, better instant messaging options in Lync...

Today’s post was written by Nikolay Muravlyannikov, program manager on the Lync Team.
You asked, we listened.  Today, we released an update to the Lync 2013 Windows client, which gives users the option to eliminate the images of senders and receivers in IM conversations without disabling them in the contact list.  We also grouped all of the IM options in the Options dialog to make them easier to find and made a number of other improvements to our media stack to improve call quality wherever you are.
Turn off the images of senders and receivers in the IM conversation window
Roughly a year ago, we added a feature that displays the pictures of participants in Lync IM conversations.  The goal was to make it easier to visually identify who had just sent an IM, which is particularly useful in the context of group conversations.  The downside is that including pictures takes space and as a result, a number of people asked us to provide and option to... | Read more »

08:00
Improving Outlook Web App options and settings

Will Holmes is a senior program manager on the Exchange engineering team.
We offer you lots of options and settings so you can manage Outlook Web App (OWA) the way you want to.  But what good are all of these controls if it takes too much time to find them? The OWA engineering team is always looking for ways to make features and settings more discoverable and intuitive. With that in mind, we’re excited to announce that, beginning this month, you’ll see that OWA options and settings have moved into a new navigation tree.
Early feedback overwhelmingly indicates that the new view improves discoverability, provides a cleaner user interface, enhances the experience for tablet users and delivers a scalable framework to let us add future OWA settings with minimal disruption.
What’s changing?
As has always been the case, to find the options and settings you need to customize your OWA experience, you click the gear icon in the upper corner... | Read more »

06:14
Product Management :: Using Azure for Mobile Proto...

I’m not going to lie to you, I’m a really crappy developer. And I have traditionally used OmniGraffle for prototyping web and mobile apps. But I recently found a cool little tool called Axure. The process of learning Azure was going pretty well. But there were a few things I couldn’t nail down exactly; so I got this handy little book called “Mobile Prototyping with Axure 7“.
Designing for mobile apps is different than web apps or even something like FileMaker, which is why prototyping instead of just building flat diagrams with a tool like OmniGraffle is so important. This book took me through Axure with an example-led, hands-on approach that basically did a lot of the work for me, allowing me to really quickly provide a team of developers with a vision of what something should look like and how it should behave. Especially since I’ve... | Read more »

Friday October 10

09:00
Office 365 news round-up

Whether you use Office 365 at work, at school, or just as part of your everyday life, there is a growing array of features and capabilities that can help you be more productive and creative while protecting your privacy and personal data.
We recently introduced three new Office 365 plans for small and medium-sized businesses, so that they can get exactly what they need. We also launched the Office 365 Customer Success Center, to help our customers drive Office 365 adoption and business value in their organizations. In addition, we introduced the Enterprise Social Resource Center, to help organizations learn more about working... | Read more »

Thursday October 9

15:00
OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 3 Now Available

OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 3 Now Available

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15:00
OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 3 Now Available

OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 3 Now Available

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09:51
From Inside the Cloud: What controls do we provide...

Asaf Kashi is the group program manager in the Office 365 Information Protection team.
In our last few posts in our From Inside the Cloud series, my colleagues and lead engineers, Perry Clarke, Vivek Sharma and Kamal Janardhan shared insider overviews on how we design and run various aspects of security, privacy and compliance in Office 365.  Today, I would like to share an overview of the controls you have within Office 365 to protect your data in transit.
As I explain in today’s three-minute video—we protect your data in transit on two levels. First  by encrypting all data in transit at the service level and second, by providing solutions you can use for detection and proactive prevention of the data going out to unintended recipients in the first place. Let me explain.

How your data is protected in transit
At the service level, we encrypt all data between your users and the Office 365 service using Transport Layer Security (TLS) that leverages... | Read more »

08:00
Register now for upcoming Access events

Are you a developer or user of Microsoft Access or know someone who is? Interested in expanding your knowledge about the new web capabilities in Access 2013 or how to improve Access desktop applications? There are two upcoming events that you might consider attending to gain knowledge on Microsoft Access and Access Services from seasoned professionals.
J Street Technology is organizing another one-day conference on Access.
Join us Thursday, November 6th in Redmond, WA for another Access Day event. The conference will be held on Microsoft’s main campus this year.
This upcoming Access Day event will once again feature internationally-respected presenters, including Access MVPs, book authors, professional Access developers, and even a member of the Access development team at Microsoft.
Access Day will include sessions by Luke Chung, Andy Tabisz, Tim Getsch, Jeff Conrad and Armen Stein... | Read more »

08:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 019 with Wal...

In episode 19, Jeremy Thake chats to Waldek Mastykarz, a SharePoint MVP, about the new Office Graph API Preview and the Graph Query language.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP19_WaldekMastykarz.mp3
Download the podcast.
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Wednesday October 8

08:11
Garage Series for Office 365: Delivering custom Of...

On today’s show, Jeremy is joined by Klaas Langhout from the Azure team to discuss the pros and cons of delivering Office desktop experiences via RemoteApp. They balance the user experiences of native apps versus remote desktop architectures. Then Klaas demonstrates how quickly an Azure RemoteApp environment running Office can be set up. 

In our last two shows we covered how eligible students can get Office for free and introduced Sway. This week we return to our IT pro roots and explain what a lot of people naturally think of when the words “cloud” and “desktop software” are brought together, Remote Desktop Services (RDS or Terminal Services as it was called 5+ years ago). While native Office experiences are optimized for most common mobile and desktop platforms with roaming settings capabilities to deliver the things you’re working on directly from Office 365, SharePoint and... | Read more »

08:00
Introducing a new way to share files with Outlook...

Today’s post was written by Rebecca Lawler, program manager on the Outlook Web App team.
We’re thrilled to announce two new ways to share files with Outlook Web App (OWA) and OneDrive for Business that make it much simpler to share and collaborate:

  • When you send an email in OWA, you can easily insert a link to a file on your OneDrive for Business cloud drive instead of attaching the file itself.
  • When you send an attachment from your computer or device you can now automatically upload the file to your OneDrive for Business cloud drive and share the file as a link to that location.

Now when you send files to others, instead of having to open the attachment, make edits and then send the document back to you, everyone can simply open the document directly from the link and make edits in a single draft. This means the people you’re working with will always see the latest changes, and you can avoid confusion over multiple versions. It... | Read more »

08:00
Outlook.com now supports sharing your larger files...

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that OneDrive now supports up to 10 GB files. With OneDrive built right into Outlook.com, you can take full advantage of this by storing your large photos, documents and videos in OneDrive, and then share them securely with Outlook.com using the Share from OneDrive feature.
Sending large files as email attachments has always been tricky: They can take a long time to upload and send, and may bounce back, never reaching the recipient. We had this in mind when we created the Share from OneDrive feature—we wanted to provide customers with a way to easily avoid these problems, while still being able to share their files. With the increase in OneDrive file size limits, you can now use this feature to easily share your larger files over email without having to worry about typical attachment problems.
You can learn how to share... | Read more »

08:00
Improved spell check for PowerPoint Online

With the new school year underway, the PowerPoint Online team has been working hard to create features to help you ace all of your presentations. We know there is nothing worse than finding a misspelling on your slide when you are the middle of a presentation—especially when the presentation is 20 percent of your final grade. To help you avoid this situation and deliver great, error-free, presentations we added spell check to the PowerPoint Online editor. We previously utilized the browser spell check for PowerPoint Online, but we switched to the high quality Office spell checker. When you are editing text in PowerPoint Online, misspelled words are flagged with a red underline, so you can correct them before you finalize your presentation.

You can try out spell check right now by going to Office.com and selecting... | Read more »

08:00
6 cool ways to use Custom Maps

Today’s post was written by James Marshall, a developer on the Excel Power Map team.
If you haven’t noticed, Excel Power Map got a whole lot richer in September with the introduction of a new feature called Custom Maps. This feature allows you to create amazing 3-D visualizations that showcase your data on top of any map image … literally. To prove this point, we’d like to show you six different ways that you can use Custom Maps to visualize your data in new and creative ways. Check out the video to see these suggestions in action.

Hiking map
The first example in the video shows how you can plot geographical data on a USGS Historical Topographic Map. The map shows the GPS coordinates from a hiking trip up Mount Pilchuck in Washington.  Further analysis could be done on the data,... | Read more »

 
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