So if you’re running into an issue where you need to flush DNS on your machine, there are a couple ways to do so… the two most common ways for me at least (long live the command line interface!) are to either pop open a run dialog in elevated permissions mode on a Windows box or open up a term shell on OSX.
For Windows, open an elevated permissions run dialog and then type:
For Mac OSX, open a term shell and then type:
sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder
Happy flushing and hope that your DNS records start resolving soon.
If you’re looking for a comparison of the SharePoint Online offering that’s a part of Office 365 broken down by product SKU with what is provided for with SharePoint 2013 Enterprise for your on-premise implementations, you can! Microsoft released this in the form of an Excel Web App as a link off of the SharePoint Online service description on TechNet located here:
But then you think to yourself, what if I need to be able to download a copy and work through it in Excel on my desktop machine, no problem, you can either click on the Excel looking icon on the bottom of the page aforementioned or you can click on the below link to pull down a local copy:
Much of the documentation out there for Microsoft Office 365 (books, blog articles, etc.) still seem to reference “Microsoft Online Services Module for Windows PowerShell”. If you try to go to this page to pull down such cmdlets, you’re going to be a little let down. They’ve been pushed into the Azure AD Cmdlets to allow for Exchange online operations that you might have to work on.
So save yourself a little time and head over to Manage Windows Azure AD using Windows PowerShell and click on the links below:
One of the caveats, outside of requiring the Microsoft Windows .NET 3.5.1 framework in place, you’ll get a nice pop up that states you need to install the Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant. If you go out and use your DuckDuckGo, Google or Bing, you’ll notice that you’re directed to a release that came out in 2012. You’re actually looking for the Beta version (which is in the Manage Windows Azure AD using Windows PowerShell article) which is available here:
Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant Beta