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  • Blog Post: Office 365 Pro Plus Fails to Update, or Fails with Error Code: 30088-27

    [Update: this article was updated on 15 April 2014. As information about the second scenario has changed from an Office build issue, to a Office Deployment Tool issue] There are several reasons why your Office 365 Pro Plus might fail with the error, error code: 30088-27. However, in this article I point...
  • Blog Post: Get-FederationInformation Fails to onmicrosoft.com with Bad Gateway Error

    Usually the easy part of Exchange Online hybrid setup, stumped me recently. During the Exchange Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW), the wizard attempts to retrieve federation information from Exchange Online, and in our case this kept failing. There are many reasons why this could happen, so in this article...
  • Blog Post: Outlook takes several minutes to connect to Exchange Online (O365)

    In the last few weeks, I have come across a few companies which are having slow Outlook connection issues to Exchange Online. There are many reasons why this could occur, but I want to focus on one of them for now. This is a scenario where after opening Outlook 2010 / 2013, it takes about 2 minutes to...
  • Blog Post: Riverbed and Akamai to Accelerate Office 365 Traffic to South Africa

    Riverbed in conjunction with Akamai have announced a solution to reduce the required bandwidth for cloud services, including Office 365. Technically this model works in a similar fashion to how WAN accelerators reduce network traffic, but of course this will work between Microsoft’s Office 365 data centre...
  • Blog Post: Metro UI for SharePoint Online Sites–Master Page Solution from CodePlex

    Just downloaded the sandbox solution from CodePlex and it gave my SharePoint sites in Office 365 a funky new Metro look and feel. Give it a visit, I am convinced you will like it. Download here Oh, and yes, it will work with your on-premise SharePoint sites too.
  • Blog Post: Exchange Online Bandwidth Calculator Beta Released

    Thanks to some very hard working MS employees for working on this awesome tool for many months and now releasing to the web for testing. This tool is extremely useful to South African organisations, as it allows you to calculate how much bandwidth is required to run your organisation’s email requirements...
  • Blog Post: New free tool to import PSTs into O365 (Exchange Online)

    Exchange Online allows you to move mailboxes from your on-premise Exchange implementation into Exchange Online (and visa-versa), but it doesn't have a feature to import those PST files sitting on your user’s PCs into Exchange Online. Well, not until last week anyway, when Microsoft released a PST import...
  • Blog Post: Refocusing on Office 365 in South Africa

    As you may have noticed, my regular SharePoint articles, have not been regular at all. Over the past few months, I have been refocusing my time on Office 365 for South Africa. Going forward my posts will contain SharePoint content, but mostly for SharePoint Online (a service within Office 365) as well...
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