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Tuesday November 11

06:00
How Product Managers Feel When New Features Are Lo...

You get requests for features. Lots of requests. What do you pick? Why? Sure, vote up, vote down, statistics, choosing people you respect, looking at potential new customers, and tons of other attributes go into this, but at the end of the day, there’s a judgement call. And some people hate what you pick. But sometimes, everyone is into it. Yup.

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06:00
Introducing Skype for Business

Today’s post was written by Gurdeep Pall, corporate vice president for Skype.
Yesterday we kicked off a global conversation about how Microsoft is reinventing productivity—across the board—to create a world where people can truly make the most of their time and lead more fulfilling lives.  Connecting people across all of life’s moments—to talk, to share, to collaborate—is at the heart of helping people make the most of every moment.  To that end, and for our business customers, we are bringing together the familiar experience and user love of Skype with the enterprise security, compliance and control from Lync to create the most loved and trusted communications platform for doing things together.
A decade ago, Skype broke down the distance barrier by bringing people together from all over the world.  It forever changed the way people shared their lives by getting friends and family... | Read more »

Monday November 10

14:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (14B23) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (14B23) Now Available

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14:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (14B23) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (14B23) Now Available

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09:00
Leadership in telephony is about much more than te...

 BJ Haberkorn is the director of product marketing for the Lync team.
Last month Gartner published the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Corporate Telephony, and I am thrilled to see Lync’s placement this year in the Leader’s Quadrant for the first time. In the report, leaders are defined as “high-viability vendors with broad portfolios, significant market shares, broad geographic coverage, a clear vision of how telephony needs will evolve and a proven track record for delivering telephony solutions.” The report also notes that “companies are increasingly focusing their business strategies and acquisition decisions around unified communications and collaboration (UCC) technology; it is supplanting the historical domain of corporate telephony.”

This... | Read more »

05:00
qlmanage

QuickLook scans file contents before you open those files. Usually this just lets you view a file quickly. But you can also use this same technology from the command line to bring about a change to the Finder without actually opening a file. To access QuickLook from the command line, use qlmanage.
qlmanage -p ~/Desktop/MyTowel42.pdf
While open, click the space bar to go back to your Terminal session. The most notable use case here is that when you use qlmanage you don’t run the risk of changing the date/time stamp of the files.

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04:19
TA14-310A: Microsoft Ending Support for Windows Se...

Original release date: November 10, 2014
Systems Affected
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating system
Overview
Microsoft is ending support for the Windows Server 2003 operating system on July 14, 2015.[1] After this date, this product will no longer receive:

  • Security patches that help protect PCs from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software
  • Assisted technical support from Microsoft
  • Software and content updates

Description
All software products have a lifecycle. End of support refers to the date when Microsoft will no longer provide automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance.[2] As of July 2014, there were 12 million physical servers worldwide still running Windows Server 2003.... | Read more »

Saturday November 8

05:00
How Product Managers Think Users Will React To New...

Friday November 7

12:00
Office 365 news round-up

We forget sometimes how quickly and completely mobile technology has transformed the world of computing. Not so long ago, when you wanted to use a computer, you had to go to wherever it was located. Early mainframe computers were as big as a room, and early PCs were called desktop computers for a reason. Mobile technology changed everything. Today, we have smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers. They’re easy to carry around, they all have far more computing power than those early mainframe and desktop computers, and we can use them virtually anywhere.
To make your mobile devices and portable computers even more useful, Microsoft recently made Office available to more people in more ways. Just this week, we released new Office for iPhone and Office for iPad apps and updates, previewed the new Office for Android, and announced the upcoming touch-optimized Office apps for Windows. To make sure users... | Read more »

09:00
Tackle your next group project with Word for iPad...

Group projects in particular are an integral part of every student’s curriculum, but sharing the work and getting the project submitted on time is not always easy. This past spring we released Word for iPad and just yesterday Word for iPhone with some great tools to help you with your schoolwork!
To give you an idea of how Word on your mobile devices can help save the day, imagine the following situation:
A group of students are taking a course on digital media and have been tasked with writing a group report on the impact of social media on online fundraising. Emily, Anne and Josh are paired up by the professor and begin brainstorming ideas at the end of class. Emily opens Word on her iPhone and begins taking notes on areas the group would like to cover in the report. Before the end of class, the team already has an outline for the report.

Emily... | Read more »

05:00
Yosemite and statshares in smbutil

The statshares option has an -m option to look at a mount path for showing the path to the mount (e.g. if the mount is called krypted this should be something like /Volumes/krypted):
smbutil statshares -m /Volumes/krypted
When run, you see a list of all the attributes OS X tracks for that mount path, including the name of the server, the user ID (octal), how SMB negotiated an authentication, what version of SMB is running (e.g. SMB_1), the type of share and whether signing, extended security, Unix and large files are supported.
Additionally, if you’d like to see the attributes for all shares, use the -a option after statshares:
smbutil statshares -a
Overall, this is a nice health check type of verb for the smbutil command that can be added to any monitoring or troubleshooting workflow. Other verbs for smbutil include lookup, status, view, and identity. All are very helpful in troubleshooting connections to smb targets.

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Thursday November 6

09:47
What’s new: October 2014

October featured updates pretty much across all Office 365 services. First was the launch of Office Sway, the first completely new Office experience in over a decade. Students and teachers can look forward to updates for OneNote, a new class notebook app, Office Mix and more. Office 365 small and midsize business customers have new subscription plan options, security and protection services released plans for tons of new innovation rolling out now and in the first half of 2015. And communication on Mac OS X got better with a new Outlook for Mac app, and an updated Lync for Mac. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s New: September 2014.
Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home and Office 365 University updates
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06:00
Bringing Office to everyone

Today is the next step in bringing Office to everyone and on every device with the start of Office for Android tablet Preview, new Office for iPhone apps, updated Office for iPad apps and more.
Check out the Official Microsoft Blog for details on how we’re continuing to help people use Office everywhere so they can do more and achieve more. For a sneak peek and links to download the apps, see below. And check back here on Office Blogs for ongoing updates on today’s news.
Office for iPhone
The new Office for iPhone apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint offer the same beautiful iPad experience, optimized for the iPhone. Customers can download the new apps today.
... | Read more »

05:00
Directory Utility in Yosemite. I’m not Dead Yet… M...

The Directory Utility application has moved to /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications. Once open, you can use it to bind to directory services, change search policies and even dink around with NIS if you still rock the flannel with your ripped up jeans. But, the thing that I tend to do in Directory Utility the most is look at user and group attributes. To do so, open Directory Utility and click on the Directory Editor tab. In the bar directly below, you’ll see Viewing and In Node. The Viewing option is what type of object you’re going to look at. The In Node option shows the directory domain you’re viewing. Below, we show the local users in /Local/Default. 
Click on a user and you will see all of the attributes that exist for that user. Not all users are created equal when it comes to attributes, so if you’re looking for a specific attribute then you... | Read more »

Wednesday November 5

09:00
From Inside the Cloud: What does Microsoft do to p...

Chang Kawaguchi is a group engineering manager for security for Office 365, Travis Rhodes is a lead security software engineer for Office 365 and Vijay Kumar is a senior product manager for Office 365.
If you have been following the From Inside the Cloud series, we regularly bring you an insider’s view on how we operate and manage the Office 365 service for security, privacy and compliance directly from the people behind the service.
Recently, there have been a number of cyber security related news articles about vulnerabilities and exploits. If you are wondering if the Cloud increases your data risk, in this week’s episode we focus on the measures that our engineering team has in place to prepare for emerging security threats to the Office 365 service.

As we explain in this short video, we operate under the assumption that no computer system is perfectly secure, so we invest heavily... | Read more »

08:00
Upgrade to OS X Yosemite

Installing OS X has never been easier than in Yosemite. In this article, we’ll look at upgrading a Mac from OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) to OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). The first thing you should do is clone your system. The second thing you should do is make sure you have a good backup. The third thing you should do is make sure you can swap back to the clone should you need to do so and that your data will remain functional on the backup. Once you’re sure that you have a fallback plan, let’s get started by downloading OS X Yosemite from the App Store. Once downloaded, you’ll see Install OS X Yosemite sitting in LaunchPad, as well as in the /Applications folder.

Open the app and click Continue (provided of course that you are ready to restart the computer and install OS X Yosemite).
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07:47
Garage Series: Office 365 identity just got easier...

Want to know the most efficient way to get your users and co-workers into the cloud? This week Jeremy Chapman is joined by Paul Andrew to explain identity options and demonstrate a few tools to make it easier to synchronize your directory services with Office 365 and Azure Active Directory.

A few weeks back we used PowerShell and a CSV file to try and get 150 users into Office 365 in the 8.5 minutes it took the space shuttle to reach orbit. From an identity perspective, that was just showing one of several ways to get users into Azure Active Directory and Office 365. This week identity expert, Paul Andrew, joins me to discuss the options for managing user accounts and passwords. There are three primary options and a few new tools to get users into Office 365 and other Microsoft cloud services:

  1. Cloud ID –  where user accounts and... | Read more »
05:00
Yosemite Server Guide/Page Live

A blog is a great way to communicate information. But pedagogy, yo… Blogs are not great ways to teach in a guided manner. But they can be. So with a little Table of Contents, or a Guide of sorts, you can easily communicate in a fashion similar to a book. And this makes the third annual OS X Server Guide that I’m publishing in this manner; the guides for Mavericks and Mountain Lion are  still available. I doubt I’ll ever actually bother to take them down.
I’ve been working on getting the annual guide up for a few weeks and while there are still some posts remaining, but it’s basically done (some articles just haven’t gone up yet, but they’re basically written). So, if you’re fighting the good fight (and I do think it’s a good fight) and rolling Yosemite Server, click over on http://krypted.com/guides/yosemite-server for the latest guide, covering OS X Server... | Read more »

Tuesday November 4

17:32
Upgrading To OS X Server (4.0) on Yosemite

Setting up OS X Server has never been easier. Neither has upgrading OS X Server. In this article, we’ll look at upgrading a Mac from OS X 10.8 or 10.9 running Server 2 or Server 3 to OS X 10.10 (Mavericks) running Server 4.
The first thing you should do is clone your system. The second thing you should do is make sure you have a good backup. The third thing you should do is make sure you can swap back to the clone should you need to do so and that your data will remain functional on the backup. The fourth thing you should do is repeat all that and triple check that your data is there!
Once you’re sure that you have a fallback plan, let’s get started by downloading OS X Yosemite from the App Store. I would also purchase the Server app first while Yosemite is downloading.  Once downloaded, you’ll see Install OS X Yosemite sitting in LaunchPad. Once... | Read more »

07:30
Office and Dropbox to work together on phones, tab...

Today we announced a partnership with Dropbox to provide more choice in how you work together and collaborate. You can do more with your Office documents when they are stored online. You can easily share your documents with others, and you can access those files from anywhere, on all your devices. If you use OneDrive and Office together, you already know how easy it is to work online with Office.
Over the coming weeks, we’re updating Office apps so that they work with Dropbox, too. With the next updates to Word, Excel and PowerPoint on iPhone, iPad and Android Phone you’ll be able to connect to your Dropbox account, so you can access, edit and share your Dropbox files right from your Office apps. Once you’ve added your Dropbox account to Word, Excel or PowerPoint, you can navigate folders and files on Dropbox for viewing and... | Read more »

05:00
Yosemite Server SMB and Windows

A few people have hit me up about issues getting Windows machines to play nice with the SMB built into Yosemite Server and Windows. Basically, the authentication dialog keeps coming up even when a Mac can connect. So there are two potential issues that you might run into here. The first is that the authentication method is not supported. Here, you want to enable only the one(s) required. NTLMv2 should be enabled by default, so try ntlm:
sudo serveradmin settings smb:ntlm auth = "yes"
If that doesn’t work (older and by older I mean old as hell versions of Windows), try Lanman:
sudo serveradmin settings smb:lanman auth = “yes"
The second is that the authentication string (can be seen in wireshark) doesn’t include the workgroup/domain. To resolve this, simply include the Server name or workgroup in the beginning of the username followed by a backslash(\). So you might do this as a username if your NetBios name were kryptedserver:
kryptedserver\charles... | Read more »

Monday November 3

20:00
iOS 8.1.1 beta Now Available

iOS 8.1.1 beta Now Available

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20:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (14B17) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (14B17) Now Available

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20:00
iOS 8.1.1 beta Now Available

iOS 8.1.1 beta Now Available

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20:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (14B17) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (14B17) Now Available

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