Provisioning an Office 365 Tenant

During most Office 365 IT Pro sessions related to getting started with Office 365, a tenant is needed for demonstration purposes.  This usually only lasts about 5 minutes of the overarching presentation, but I’ve found it helpful for when an individual needs to see exactly how it’s completed.

As such, I’ve started a new series of sorts on the topic of IT Pro related topics and basic walk throughs.  For provisioning an Office 365 E3 / E5 tenant, there’s a quick walkthrough available here:

https://danusher.com/how-do-i-cloud/how-to-create-an-e3-e5-trial-tenant/

If you’ve got questions, don’t hesitate to add a comment or send a note via Twitter (@binarybrewery) and I’ll do my best to update or offer information.

ARM Template Reference Now Available

If you’ve been tracking Microsoft’s Azure cloud offering over the past few years you’ve probably noticed that there have been a few (hundred) changes during that time period. And by hundred, I mean multiple hundreds. . .

One of those changes was to transition from the Azure Service Management interfaces to the Azure Resource Management template model. This methodology has made the development of complete environments through Infrastructure as Code significantly more manageable through resource groups using templates that can be spun up and torn down on demand.

Recently Microsoft released their Azure Resource Manager template reference which guides you from nothing to environment in a pretty rapid fashion. If you’re familiar with Infrastructure as Code using JSON notation then this will be incredibly familiar to you and you may even find yourself liking it.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-resource-manager-template-reference-now-available/

Global Azure Bootcamp 2017

Interested in learning more about Microsoft Azure? Looking for a starting point and you’ve already read all the documentation over at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/? Have a Saturday afternoon free in the latter part of April? Check out the Global Azure Bootcamp community event taking place on 22 April 2017 around the world. There are locations everywhere as the world simultaneously learns about Azure, details here:

https://global.azurebootcamp.net/locations/

Each event is unique, the speakers and organizers put together the content and determine what the talks will be as well as what their focus will be. Come learn about Azure and the ability to host nearly anything on it.

If you’re new to Azure, you’re bound to learn a ton about the platform by attending one of these events.

Renaming your LiveID

If you’ve found yourself running into a problem of having an Organization ID and a EASID (LiveID with an e-mail address) with the same name – you may find yourself frustrated when working with Microsoft Services, whether that’s MSDN, Office.com or something else that has a Microsoft login.

Further, you might find yourself wondering, “what’s a Work ID versus a Microsoft Account”? Admittedly I find a lot of individuals slightly confused about this. But – Microsoft realized this and that they needed to make a change.

Nevertheless, there’s a fix for that – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/11545/microsoft-account-rename-your-personal-account

So if you’re tired of dealing with your username and figuring out which you need to choose, you can always change your user account to something else. There are some caveats to that though… you may not want to rename your Microsoft account if you fall into either of these situations

  • You use a Windows phone running Windows 8.
  • You are part of our Xbox Developer community.
    • You could lose access to some developer tools.

But for everyone else out there, give it a whirl and try it out if you want clear delineation.

Office 365 Developer Tenants

Are you a Developer? Do you write JavaScript code? Did you recently hear about the SharePoint Framework and you’re intrigued and you’re looking to learn more? Are you looking for somewhere to work on your code without necessarily having to consume resources from your Production tenant that you’re running Office 365 within?

Consider heading over to http://dev.office.com and setting up a development tenant. The tenant is limited to a small number of user licenses and is meant to allow you to develop in an environment where you don’t have to be worried about anything happening to your production environment.

Give it a try… and then head over to http://dev.office.com/sharepoint

SharePoint Saturday New York 2016 – Getting Started with Office 365

It’s been nearly a year since I’ve been up to the Big Apple for a conference or technology show and once more the SPSNYC team without fail has pulled off a terrific show with a solid group of speakers and sponsors. This go round I had the privilege of presenting on a topic near and dear to my heart, good ole Office 365. The attendees of the session were incredible and engaging – nothing more as a speaker that I could have asked for (except perhaps more time)…

The Office 365 adoption story is one of continued evolution as new experiences come to be through Groups and Delve. What’s more interesting is when you begin to peal back the layers and begin working with capabilities such as the Office 365 Connectors within Groups to begin fostering information sharing with colleagues and team members that you might be working with.

In addition to presenting it was great to catch up with fellow technologists, speakers, MVPs and long time friends. Thanks to the SharePoint Saturday community for continuing to thrive and to Microsoft for continuing to support the community and its events! Look forward to seeing you all next year!

Nevertheless, if you’re here and you’re looking for the slides, look no further, they’re available here:

Whoa… Office 2016 is coming…

So just when you got used to Office 2013, boom, Office 2016 is hitting the streets as of 22 September 2015. This was announced yonder on the Microsoft Office blog – pretty darn cool.

https://blogs.office.com/2015/09/10/admins-get-ready-for-office-2016-rollout-begins-september-22/

Be sure to check out the Microsoft Cloud Roadshow taking place in November…

https://microsoftcloudroadshow.com/cities