Vol. 19, #9 - March 3, 2014 - Issue #969

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Extending Office 365

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Extending Office 365
    • Tip of the Week: Forcing Group Policy update using PowerShell
    • Recommended for Learning
    • Microsoft Virtual Academy
    • Quote of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Events Calendar
    • Americas
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
  4. Webcast Calendar
    • Last Chance to Register for the MSExchange.org Office 365 Online Conference
    • Register for Webcasts
  5. Tech Briefing
    • Cloud Computing
    • Enterprise IT
    • Security
    • SharePoint, Exchange, and Office
  6. Windows Server News
    • Improving governance, performance: Link users to enterprise hybrid cloud
    • Determining if cloud-hosted desktops are right for you
    • Five mistakes to avoid when developing a server consolidation plan
    • Windows XP death expected to resuscitate the PC industry
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • #1 Hyper-V Backup
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Running Hyper-V? FREE Hyper-V Backup for WServerNews subscribers

 

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Editor's Corner

This week's newsletter is all about extending the capabilities of Office 365 with third-party offerings. Of course, the important thing about third parties is whether or not you can trust them to remain in business over the long haul. For more insight into this important consideration, check out the following Dilbert comic:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423571196

HOT! Does your organization's service desk often have to deal with support issues involving Group Policy changes not getting pushed out to end-user computers? Check out our Tip of the Week for a possible solution for handling these kinds of problems.

Extending Office 365

We looked at Office 365 several times in this newsletter recently, see for example:

And I'm sure we'll look at Office 365 again in the future as the platform continues to evolve. But this time around instead of looking at Office 365 itself, we're going to briefly examine some third-party offerings for extending the platform's capabilities. The below is in no sense intended as a comprehensive listing of what's available, and if you're aware of any others and have tried them, let us know at [email protected] and we'll include them in the Mailbag section of a future issue.

DocAve Online

The latest version of this software-as-a-service platform for Microsoft Office 365 management from AvePoint now enables businesses to enforce SharePoint Online policies, backup and restore data at the item level, and generate configuration reports to understand individual usage for site planning purposes.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423583852

Office 365 Suite

This solution from MetaVis Technologies provides analytics and dashboards that let you quickly see key information about your environment including security and permissions, tools for simplifying migration of content while maintaining metadata, and functionality for backing up and archiving data either locally or in the cloud.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423588415

DocuSign eSignature

Coming soon in March from DocuSign, eSignature apps for Office 365 will let you submit and sign documents without leaving Office applications so you can quickly and easily transact your business with confidence. For more information see this press release from the Microsoft News Center:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423592602

Centrify for Office 365

This identity management solution from Centrify provides Directory-based single sign-on, user provisioning and mobile management that helps simplify the end-user experience through single sign-on and self-service functionality.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423596540

Virtual Identity Server for Office 365

This solution from Optimal IdM extends Office 365 with multi-forest and multi-platform two-factor authentication and Denial of Service (DoS) prevention/detection capabilities.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423601149

Send us feedback

Got feedback about anything in this issue? Let us know at [email protected]

Tip of the Week: Forcing Group Policy update using PowerShell

This week's tip has been contributed by Ashley McGlone, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer.

Forcing Group Policy update using PowerShell

In Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 you can now force an immediate, remote GPUPDATE using the cmdlet Invoke-GPUpdate like this:

Invoke-GPUpdate -RandomDelayInMinutes 0 -Computer workstation1

This requires the Group Policy PowerShell module, meaning that you need the GPMC installed to have the command locally. You should also run it from an elevated PowerShell console.

You can even target Windows 7 clients and Windows Server 2008 R2.

This new command can be a game changer for the service desk!

For more information see the TechNet article here:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423606837

About Ashley McGlone

Ashley McGlone is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft.

You can find more of Ashley's PowerShell tips on his TechNet blog here:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423611524

You can also follow Ashley on Twitter:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423616508

GOT TIPS you'd like to share with other readers? Email us at [email protected]

Recommended for Learning

Prolific author William Stanek has released two new Microsoft Press titles you should check out:

Windows Server 2012 R2 Pocket Consultant: Storage, Security, & Networking
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423621462

Windows 8.1 Administration Pocket Consultant: Essentials & Configuration
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423626477

Also be sure to pre-order these soon-to-be-released titles:

Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out: Configuration, Storage, & Essentials
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423630649

Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out: Services, Security, & Infrastructure
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423634587

Windows Server 2012 R2 Pocket Consultant: Essentials & Configuration
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423638477

Windows 8.1 Administration Pocket Consultant: Storage, Security, & Networking
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423642212

Microsoft Virtual Academy

MVA presents ALM Wednesdays starting March 5

If you're looking for creative problem-solving solutions to streamline the development pipeline and create a culture of continuous improvement, join us for this new series, "ALM Wednesdays." We start on March 5 with the "Using Kanban Jump Start" where you'll learn how Kanban can help focus your teams on the flow of value to your customers, help you identify and remove bottlenecks in your development pipeline, and most importantly, shift your organizational culture toward creative problem-solving at all levels. Find the ALM Wednesdays events, and register on our Live Events page:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423646837

On-demand from MVA: Windows Azure Week

 If you are considering moving your apps to the cloud, wondering how to leverage cloud platform features in your apps or your IT infrastructure, and wanting to hear from the experts about what's possible in Azure today (plus what's coming soon), these on-demand courses from the recent MVA "Windows Azure Week" are for you. Watch the courses here:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423650774

Quote of the Week

"I did think for many, many years that because of my ability I could beat the system. And I was wrong." --Mickey Rourke

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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Free Hyper-V backup tool for WServerNews subscribers that allows you to save offsite VM backup copies, manage multiple Hyper-V host backups remotely and support WinServ 2012 R2.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393425137180

Server performance problems? Find out why with FactFinder Express. See whether the issue is a slow app, slow SQL requests, or a CPU/Memory/Disk bottleneck. 30 day free trial.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393425170415

Free download! SolarWinds free Exchange Monitor continuously monitors Microsoft® Exchange to deliver real-time insight into Exchange services, mail queue sizes, and host server health.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393425182790

Exchange Bulk User Creation Tool v2.0 (EBUCT 2.0) is designed to allow for the bulk creation of mailboxes in Exchange 2013:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393425204805

The Office Configuration Analyzer Tool 1.1 (OffCAT) provides a quick and easy method to analyze several Microsoft Office programs for common configurations that may cause problems:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393425209337

 

Events Calendar

Americas

Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC 2014) on March 30-April 2, 2014 in Austin, Texas
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423656821

Microsoft Build Developer Conference (Build 2014) on April 2-4, 2014 in San Francisco, California
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423659196

TechEd North America on May 12-15, 2014 in Houston, Texas
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423661321

Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC 2014) in July, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423663383

Microsoft SQL Server PASS Summit 2014 on November 4-7, 2014 in Seattle, Washington
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423665633

Europe

European SharePoint Conference on May 5-8, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423668649

TechEd Europe on October 27-31, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423670587

Asia Pacific

TechEd New Zealand on September 9-12, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423672524

Add your event

PLANNING A CONFERENCE OR OTHER EVENT you'd like to tell our 95,000 subscribers about? Contact [email protected]

 

Webcast Calendar

Last Chance to Register for the MSExchange.org Office 365 Online Conference

Get your top questions on migrating, configuring and managing MS Exchange in Office 365 and Hybrid environments at this convenient online event on Thursday March 6, 2014.

Only three more days before the live online conference, so register today.

Register for Webcasts


Add your Webcast

PLANNING A WEBCAST you'd like to tell our subscribers about? Contact [email protected]

 

Tech Briefing

Cloud computing

An introduction to designing reliable cloud services (whitepaper) (Microsoft Download Center)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423692743

Red Hat Launches Open Shift Enterprise 2 PaaS Platform (Data Center Knowledge)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423696993

Government Clouds: What is FedRAMP? (Data Center Knowledge)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423700633

 

Enterprise IT

Tips to Maximize Your Virtualization Effectiveness (VirtualizationAdmin.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423705915

An introduction to the world of storage (Part 1) (WindowsNetworking.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423709508

Microsoft Operations Readiness Toolkit (Readiness App) (Microsoft Download Center)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423714008

 

Security

February 2014 Security Release ISO Image (Microsoft Download Center)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423717977

The Hardening of the Core (Part 1) - Security information and event management (WindowSecurity.com)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423725712

The Security Realm – A Microsoft Map of the Known World (Microsoft Download Center)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423730008

 

SharePoint, Exchange and Office

Applying Service Pack and Rollup Updates on Exchange Server 2010 (Part 1) (MSExchange.org)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423734946

Product Review: SysTools Exchange Recovery (MSExchange.org)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423739415

Product Review: CodeTwo Exchange Migration and Office 365 Migration (MSExchange.org)
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423743415


 

Windows Server News

Improving governance, performance: Link users to enterprise hybrid cloud

It may seem like a security risk to link your users’ devices to your hybrid cloud, but research shows it can actually improve governance. Inside this exclusive tip, learn how this strategy can improve performance, security and end-user experience and uncover key tips for implementing it in your organization.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423748071

Determining if cloud-hosted desktops are right for you

When it comes to choosing a platform to run VDI on, is the cloud really the best option? Check out this exclusive guide to learn about the growing trend towards cloud-hosted desktops and discover key questions to consider when evaluating this strategy for your organization.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393423751993

Five mistakes to avoid when developing a server consolidation plan

Consolidating your server environment can simplify management, reduce hardware costs and more – but it’s not always a straightforward task. Access this tip to explore the five most common mistakes to avoid when developing a server consolidation plan.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393424023024

Windows XP death expected to resuscitate the PC industry

The end of Windows XP’s life may be just what the dying PC industry needs to get back on track. Find out what industry experts are expecting from the PC industry as organizations invest in new systems for Windows 7 or Windows 8 upgrades.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393424027102

 

WServerNews FAVE Links

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

GOT FUN VIDEOS or other fun links to suggest you'd like to recommend? Email us at [email protected]

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We'll begin this week with this link from reader Mark Thorndyke to a video of AC/DC being played on two cellos:
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393424031977

Try bowing that! Now on to some videos from Flixxy...

Italian High Fashion Base Jumping

Italian supermodels jumping off Monte Brento for a 'high fashion' show in the sky.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393424044321

Super Mario / Seinfeld - Parody

A parody with Jerry Seinfeld as Mario, Kramer as Luigi and George Costanza as Toad.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393424048337

Squirrel Taking A Joy-Ride In A Model Airplane

We all have seen squirrels 'fly' from tree to tree, but have you ever seen a squirrel go on a joy-ride in a model airplane?
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393424052899

The Great Escape - Squirrel and Hawk

A breathtaking video of a day in the life of a squirrel, beautifully captured and edited in HD 1080p.
http://www.wservernews.com/go/1393424058227


WServerNews - Product of the Week

Running Hyper-V? FREE Hyper-V Backup for WServerNews subscribers

Altaro Hyper-V Backup is a powerful Hyper-V backup solution that makes it easy for you to back up Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Machines. Manage VM backup/restore jobs remotely, replicate backups offsite boosted by WAN Acceleration, restore individual emails from Exchange VM backups, support for Windows/Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 and more! Built for Hyper-V by Hyper-V users, you wont find an easier to use or quicker to configure solution for Hyper-V. Above all Its free for WServerNews subscribers, forever. No catch.

Download your copy now!

 

WServerNews - Editors

Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press and has published hundreds of articles for IT pros. Mitch is also a seven-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see www.mtit.com

Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also Head of Research for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.