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Thursday November 6

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.
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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).
... | Read more »

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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09:00
Office 365—now available in 140 markets

In 2010, the idea was simple—bring together the Microsoft productivity suite, including Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online, in an always-up-to-date cloud service and charge a predictable monthly subscription. From that simple idea Office 365 was born.
In the past five years, that vision has expanded across the globe—from 40 markets in 2011 to 88 markets in 2012 to 127 markets in 2013. And today that number grows to 140. We are proud to announce that O365 is now available commercially to customers in the following nine new markets:

  • Afghanistan
  • Botswana
  • Ethiopia
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda... | Read more »
06:47
Create a Yosemite Installation Drive

A bootable installer is one of the fastest ways to install Yosemite. Rather than copy the installer to a local drive you can run it right off a USB disk (or Thunderbolt if you dare). Such a little USB drive would be similar to the sticks that came with the older MacBook Air, when we were all still sitting around wondering how you would ever install the OS on a computer with no optical media or Ethernet otherwise. Luckily, Apple loves us.
To make a bootable USB/flash drive of Yosemite like the one that used to come with the MacBook Air, first name the USB drive. I’ll use yosinstall for the purposes of this article. The format should be Mac OS Extended Journaled. The installer is called Install OS X Yosemite.app and is by default located in the /Applications directory. Inside the app bundle, there’s a new binary called createinstallmedia (nested in Contents/Resources).
Using this binary you can create an installation drive (similar to what we used to do with InstallESD).... | Read more »

05:00
Using the Help Options in OS X Server

OS X Yosemite, running the Server app comes complete with lots of awesome features to help you get up and running, started and owning the configuration of Apple Servers. One such is the built-in options to help manage your servers. Open Server, click Help, then click Server Help. You can then search and browse for information about things you’d like to accomplish using the Help Center.

Now, click the arrow for each service for information about configuring that service. You will see an arrow for each service.
Click the arrow for more information on that specific service.
And just like that, simple and easy-to-use documentation, available live on OS X Server. You will, of course, need to be online to use it effectively.

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Sunday November 2

05:00
Consolidate VMware Snapshots

Each snapshot of a virtual machine in VMware creates files. You can consolidate these files when they’re no longer needed. This can let you save space and improve the performance of virtual machines (not to mention operations like moving virtual machines through the vMotion or manually). Consolidating snapshots is also a typical troubleshooting step for a number of problems you can encounter in ESX.
The Consolidation command searches for delta data to combine and reorganizes so as not to corrupt any necessary dependencies. When a virtual machine needs to be consolidated, you can see this in the vSphere client under the Summary tab; however, in my experience it doesn’t always think I need to consolidate when I think I do. To consolidate, first open the vSphere Client.
Once open, right click on a virtual machine and select the Snapshot option in the... | Read more »

Saturday November 1

06:00
Integrate Nike Running App With Apple’s Health App

The new Health app from Apple provides a conduit to run all of your health data through on an iOS device in order to then provide you with a single pane of glass to see all of your health related data. This can include diet, workouts, weight, blood pressure, etc, provided that the vendors of such devices or apps you may use support those features. The Nike Running app (not yet for the Fuelband) is one such app. And if you track runs with Nike Running then you’ll want to setup the integration asap, as the Health app only looks at runs that are configured after you setup the integration.
To integrate the app into Health (and therefore showcase what Health can do) we’ll simply upgrade it and do so real quick. The first step is to upgrade the Nike+ Running app. To do so, open the App Store, tap on Updates and find the Nike+ Running app. Here, tap Update and provide your password.
... | Read more »

Friday October 31

16:53
VMware ESXi 5.5 on the Mac Pro (2013)

Five years ago, it was not uncommon to see many cabinets full of Xserves fulfilling serving roles in the enterprise.  Today those servers are on their last legs and warrant replacement by modern hardware and software design.Luckily there isn’t much of a need of OS X Server by IT anymore as almost everything can run on Linux or Windows these days.  Aside from Deploy Studio, management tools such as Munki, Reposado, Puppet and even the JSS are platform agnostic.  However, many organizations still need instances of OS X running in the datacenter, whether it be for testing of older operating systems, compiling apps, or running automated AutoPkg.VMware’s ESXi hypervisior has emerged to be the market leader, but until last week the only supported Mac was the Mac Pro 5,1.  This was a good machine, but took up a massive amount of rack space and while its processors were fast in 2010, they just can’t keep up today.  For those running vSphere, the licensing costs of dual CPUs providing just... | Read more »

12:21
Delete nvram

A nifty little new option that came in OS X 10.9 Mavericks and stays in Yosemite is the ability to delete all of the firmware variables you’ve created. This can get helpful if you’ve got a bunch of things that you’ve done to a system and want to remove them all. If you run nvkram followed by a -p option you’ll see all of the configured firmware variables:
nvram -p
If you run it with a -d you’ll delete the given variables that you define (e.g. boot-args):
nvram -d boot-args
But, if you run the -c you’ll wipe them all:
nvram -c

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05:00
Cascading Software Update Service Updates In Yosem...

The swupd.plist file used to daisy chain multiple servers so they act as a cascade of software update servers. The new path for the property list is /Library/Server/Software Update/Config/swupd.plist. Here, the metaIndexURL key is sill the location that points to an internal Software Update Server that the server you are editing should look to for updates.
The default server is http://swscan.apple.com/content/meta/mirror-config-1.plist. To set a server to look at another internal server for software updates, edit the metaIndexURL key in the /Library/Server/Software Update/Config/swupd.plist file to include the path to the new server. The path should always have /content/meta/mirror-config-1.plist after the FQDN of the host name. So if your internal software update server was called daneel.foundation.lan the command to set that as the... | Read more »

05:00
New Outlook for Mac available to Office 365 custom...

Today we are announcing the new Outlook for the Mac, which delivers improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel that is unmistakably Microsoft Office. This release offers a more familiar and consistent experience between Outlook on the PC, Outlook on the web and Outlook Web App (OWA) for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
The new Outlook for Mac includes:

  • Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements.
  • A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs.
  • Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail.
  • Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients.
  • Office 365 push email support for real-time email delivery.

Thursday October 30

08:14
When The Project Manager Realizes A Feature Can’t...
08:00
Apps for Outlook.com—extending the developer oppor...

Today’s post was written by Pretish Abraham, principal program manager lead for the Outlook team.
Yesterday, at Inbox Love, we announced an exciting new opportunity for developers: Apps for Outlook.com. Next spring, Outlook.com will support third-party apps that will allow users to be more productive than ever, and will allow developers to share their app with our 400 million active customers. The best part, you can start building your apps now—for Outlook Web App—and they’ll work with Outlook.com come spring 2015.
So what exactly do we mean by Apps for Outlook.com? Last March, we introduced Office 365 as a platform for developers, and spoke about our new APIs and tools that let developers build solutions directly into Office 365–making people more productive at work, at home, at school, and on the road. This time, we’re extending the... | Read more »

08:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 021 about ou...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake talks with Brian Jones about all the announcements we made this week at TechEd Europe.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP21_BrianJones.mp3
Download the podcast.

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