How to get Insider Fast version Office 2016 (Commercial Customers)

First the Administrator of the Office 365 tenant has to opt in users to the First Release track. Go to the tenant admin portal, Settings , Organization Profile.

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The first release options can be set to selected users or entire organization. Now when the correct options are set we can continue to install the first release bits of Office 2016. Download the latest Office Deployment Tool (Office 2016 version) from the Microsoft Download Center and install it.

There are three possibilities of the channels as of below

Update channel Primary purpose How often updated with new features Default update channel for the following products
Current Channel Provide users with the newest features of Office as soon as they’re available. Monthly Visio Pro for Office 365

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Office 365 Business, which is the version of Office that comes with some Office 365 plans, such as Business Premium.

Deferred Channel Provide users with new features of Office only a few times a year. Every four months Office 365 ProPlus
First Release for Deferred Channel Provide pilot users and application compatibility testers the opportunity to test the next Deferred Channel. Every four months None

When the Deployment tool is installed in the directory of choosing, edit the configuration.xml and place something like below in the file :

<Configuration>

<Add OfficeClientEdition=”32″ Channel=”InsiderFast”>

<Product ID=”O365ProPlusRetail”>

<Language ID=”en-us” />

</Product>

</Add>

</Configuration>

When this done we can proceeding with installing the bits of Office 2016 32  bits. Please ensure there is no installation of Office present on the machine.

Go to the command prompt in elevated mode or powershell en type the following command:

Setup.exe /configure configuration.xml

Now the installation will start and when its done you will have the Fast Insider bits.

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New App Launcher coming soon to Office 365

Microsoft just announced that there will be a new app launcher available soon. First release tenants will be seeing it later this month.
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What is the new app launcher :

The app launcher is tabbed into Home, New and All. In the “HOME” section you will be provided with fast,
familiar access to your favorite apps from your Office 365 subscription, the Office Store, Azure apps,
SharePoint apps, Line of Business apps and even custom tiles added by organization administrators.
In the “NEW” section the new apps provided by organization administrators or new features from Office 365 will be shown here.
The “All” section will be all the apps presents and can be placed very easy to the “HOME” section by pinning it.

There is also an expanded functionality of the App Launcher to allow you to resize and organize tiles.
These features mirror the familiar look and feel of the Windows 10 Start menu to make switching between applications as seamless as possible.
To further enhance the speed at which users can multitask, you can continue to pin up to three applications to the right side of the navigation bar.

Applauncher

Security and Compliance in Office 365 for business – Admin Help

If your business has legal, regulatory, and technical standards to meet for content security and data use, you’re in the right place. You can also use Office 365 security and compliance features if your business has specific security requirements for controlling sensitive information. In this section, you can also find out how Office 365 uses encryption and other security technologies to protect your data.

 

Enable remote mailbox in a Hybrid config Office with 365

To enable a remote mailbox and still be able to migrate it between onpremises and office 365 you have to do the following steps :

Open a remote PowerShell connection to Office 365:

$UserCredential = Get-Credential

$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection

Import-PSSession $Session

And run the following command :

Get-Mailbox UPN | fl ExchangeGuid

You should now get the ExchangeGuid copy this because you are going to need this later.
Open the Exchange Management Shell on-premises Exchange Server and run the following cmdlets:

Enable-RemoteMailbox UPN -RemoteRoutingAddress Username@domain.mail.onmicrosoft.com

Set-RemoteMailbox UPN -ExchangeGuid ExchangeGuid

Mailbox Migration Performance Analysis

Source : http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2014/03/24/mailbox-migration-performance-analysis.aspx

 

When you’re migrating on-premises mailboxes to Office365, there are a lot of factors that can impact overall mailbox migration speed and performance. This post will help you investigate and correct the possible causes by using the AnalyzeMoveRequestStats.ps1 script to analyze the performance of a batch of move requests to identify reasons for slower performance.

The AnalyzeMoveRequestStatsscript provides important performance statistics from a given set of move request statistics. It also generates two files – one for the failure list, and one for individual move statistics.

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Office 365 service comparison

Compared Plans

Visit the Office 365 Service Descriptions in the TechNet library for detailed descriptions of the services and features that are available with Office 365. The feature tables in the Office 365 Service Descriptions also include footnotes that provide additional information about specific plans.

Note: Office 365 Nonprofit plans have the same features as their Business and Enterprise counterparts in the table below. To learn more, see Office 365 Nonprofit plans and pricing.

You may also want to view the full-size workbook.

Office 365 : Exchange Client Performance Analyzer

Exchange Client Performance Analyzer

Exchange Client Performance Analyzer (ECPA)

ECPA is a PII free and an extensible tool to collect network diagnostics from end user machine to O365 data centers. The tool is to be run from customer location to better understand the cause of latencies (if any) and to collect and upload all the diagnostic data to Microsoft (Client GUID is provided for reference). ECPA does not collect any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data but it does need to know the physical datacenter location of the user’s mailbox, which is running the test. Once the right location is identified, the tool runs a series of performance related tests. Any valid O365 credentials can be used to login.

Access the Exchange Client Performance Analyzer.

Lync 2013 Management Shell not working

I ran into a problem opening the Lync 2013 Management Shell. this happened on a fresh installation Windows 2012 R2. When started it didn’t come up with a prompt

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Solution :

Start Windows Powershell as Administrator

copy and past the correct target of the Management Shell :

powershell.exe -noexit -command “cd $env:UserProfile; Import-Module ‘C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Lync Server 2013\Modules\Lync\Lync.psd1′“

do a test like get-cscomputer.

now try and open the normal Lync Management Shell, everything should work.

 

 

Microsoft released a custom intranet site for Lync 2013

Microsoft released a custom intranet site for Lync 2013 it can be found here

The Lync 2013 Custom Intranet Site contains sample webpages to help you create a dedicated Lync intranet site for your organization. The sample site uses HTML source code for all pages. This download includes short how-to videos, help topics, Microsoft PowerPoint training presentations, links to instructor-led training, and other resources currently available online.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42539

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Cumulative update package for Lync 2013: April 2014

MSFT released a cumulative update for Lync 2013. it can be found http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880474

This cumulative update resolves the following issues:

  • 2941631  Cannot drag a distribution group to change position in your contact list in Lync 2013
  • 2941639  Call forwarding to the Response Group fails in Lync 2013
  • 2941640  Desktop sharing session stops in Lync 2013 when all screen data is updated
  • 2941643  Caller cannot close the window of a transferred call in Lync 2013
  • 2941654  Update sorts and searches contacts by Furigana in Lync 2013
  • 2941658  CTRL+TAB does not work when you switch between conversation windows in Lync 2013
  • 2941682  Instant message appears using incorrect text format when the DisableRTFIM setting is enabled in Lync 2013
  • 2941659  Callee’s name and detailed information is missing from the conversation history of a Lync 2013 outgoing call
  • 2941636  Search fails in Lync 2013 when non-Latin characters are used in a different case from the AD DS attributes
  • 2941635  Can’t sign in to Lync 2013 when Office 365 account UPN differs from domain account UPN
  • 2954951  Slow screen update in application sharing or desktop sharing session in Lync 2013
  • 2955577  Lync 2013 takes a long time to sign in after reconnect to the network
  • 2955579   Lync 2013 displays un-encoded texts in a toast notification or an instant message sent to another messaging client
  • 2955580  Update adds a button to show details about limited functionalities when Lync 2013 connects to a backup pool

Additionally, this cumulative update resolves the Lync 2013 issues that are described in the following KB articles:

  • 2863908  Description of the Lync 2013 update 2863908: March, 2014
  • 2817430  Description of Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • 2825630  Description of the Lync 2013 update 15.0.4551.1005: November 7, 2013
  • 2817465  MS13-054: Description of the security update for Lync 2013: July 9, 2013
  • 2768004  Description of the Lync 2013 update 15.0.4481.1004: May 2013
  • 2760556  Description of the Lync 2013 update 15.0.4481.1000: March 2013
  • 2760512  Description of the Lync 2013 update: February 2013

 

MSFT updates Windows PowerShell Module for Lync Online

MSFT updated the Powershell Module for Lync Online today, it can ben downloaded from the official MSFT download site: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39366

Windows PowerShell Module for Lync Online allows management of a Lync Online deployment and Lync Online user accounts through the use of Windows PowerShell.

If the original release of Windows PowerShell Module for Lync Online (version 5.0.8643.0) was previously installed, you will need to install this latest release (version 5.0.8892.0) of the module.  To receive future updates of the module, you must download and install the version 5.0.8892.0, found on this page. Installation will uninstall the old module and install the new one.

 

 

 

Office 2013 Pro Plus SP1 released with Updates for the Lync client

Microsoft just released SP1 for Office 2013 Pro Plus it can be downloaded here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=42017

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There are some changes for the Lync 2013 Client. This service package fixes the issues that are described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles:

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Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Stress Test Guide released

Microsoft released the Lync Server 2013 Stress test guide, it can be downloaded here.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41935

To validate the capacity planning requirements of a Lync Server 2013 deployment, we recommend that you perform a stress testing exercise using The Lync Server 2013 Stress and Performance Tool (LSS). This document will take you through the steps required to plan and conduct a Lync Server stress testing exercise.

Lync 2013 Server January 2014 updates

Updates that are released for Lync Server 2013

  • Update for Central Management Server
    2910244

          (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2910244/            )

    Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.577 for Lync Server 2013 Central Management Server: January 2014

  • Update for Backup Service
    2910243

          (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2910243/            )

    Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.577 for Lync Server 2013 Backup Service: January 2014

  • Update for Standard or Enterprise Edition server (Front End Servers and Edge Servers)
    2905048

          (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2905048/            )

    Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.577 for Lync Server 2013 Front End Server and Edge Server: January 2014

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November Update Lync 2013 Client

Description of the Lync 2013 update 15.0.4551.1005: November 7, 2013

 

  • 2907820

          (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2907820/            )

    Inconsistent format and duplicate telephone numbers are displayed in a contact card in Lync 2013

  • 2898888

          (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2898888/            )

    Lync 2013 crashes when an RCC-enabled user signs in

  • 2898886

          (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2898886/            )

    “Presence unknown” status for a contact in a federated environment or a different front-end pool is displayed in Lync 2013

  • 2898887

          (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2898887/            )

    User cannot call another user by clicking a telephone number hyperlink in a contact card in Lync 2013

  • 2883716

          (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2883716/            )

    Presence status isn’t updated based on Exchange calendar in Lync 2013

  • 2880161

          (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880161 /            )

    You can’t drag a contact from Lync 2013 to another application

  • 2880163

          (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880163/            )

    Proxy authentication dialog box appears when you sign in to Lync 2013

  • 2880164

          (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880164/            )

    Instant message sent from Lync Web App displays wrong symbols in Lync 2013

  • 2880167

          (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2880167/            )

    Can’t sign in to Lync 2013 when a user logs on to a computer by using an account from a different AD forest

  • 2882812

          (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2882812/            )

    A proxy authentication dialog box appears when you upload a PowerPoint presentation in Lync 2013

  • 2882813

          (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2882813/            )

    Can’t sign in to Lync 2013 on a computer that is running Windows 7

  • 2882814

          (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2882814/            )

    Extended character is displayed incorrectly in a disclaimer in Lync 2013

  • 2854650

          (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2854650/            )

    You cannot start a collaboration application that is integrated with Lync 2013

  • Some components in the contextual Mini toolbar and ribbon appear blurry.
  • When you use a UIA-based screen reader (such as Microsoft Narrator) to read a message, the shapes and images are not read by the UIA-based screen reader.
  • The inline attachment is read as “image” instead of as “attachment” by UIA-based screen reader such as Narrator.

 

Update can be installed from :

32-bit

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Download the 32-bit Lyncloc update package now.

      (http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/5/D/55DF9DA4-77D8-443A-8A23-AF1B31769371/lyncloc2013-kb2825630-fullfile-x86-glb.exe)

64-bit

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Download the 64-bit Lyncloc update package now.

      (http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/C/4/4C4DC152-96F8-4121-8A8D-5B7D711A0B5A/lyncloc2013-kb2825630-fullfile-x64-glb.exe)

Lync 2013 October Update released

 

Microsoft released the October Update yesterday, this updates enables the “operator assistance” feature during a PSTN dial-in conference in a Lync Server 2013 environment. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2882802

The update enables administrators to provide support for the *0 Dual Tone Multi Frequency (DTMF) command in a public switched telephone network (PSTN) dial-in conference in a Microsoft Lync Server 2013 environment. After the update is installed, a PSTN caller is able to be transferred to an operator number that the administrator defines.

the CU also fixes

  • Update for Core Components

2881682

             (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2881682/ )

Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.556 for Lync Server 2013, Core Components: October 2013

  • Update for Conferencing server

    2835434

    (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2835434/ )

    Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Conferencing Server: July 2013

  • Update for Web Components server

    2881688

    (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2881688/ )

    Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.556 for Lync Server 2013, Web Components: October 2013

  • Update for Standard or Enterprise Edition server (Front End Servers and Edge Servers)

    2881684

    (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2881684/ )

    Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.556 for Lync Server 2013 (Front End Server and Edge Server) : October 2013

  • Update for Web Conferencing server

    2835507

    (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2835507/ )

    Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Web Conferencing Server: July 2013

  • Update for Mediation server

    2881699

    (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2881699 / )

    Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.556 for Lync Server 2013, Mediation Server: October 2013

  • Update for Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit

    2881685

    (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2881685 / )

    Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.556 for Lync Server 2013, Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 Runtime: October 2013

  • Update for Call Park Service

    2881703

    (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2881703 / )

    Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.556 for the Lync Server 2013, Call Park service: October 2013

  • Update for Persistent Chat server

    2835433

    (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2835433/ )

    Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Persistent Chat: July 2013

  • Update for Unified Communications Managed API 3.0 Workflow APIs

    2835438

    (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2835438/ )

    Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, UCMA 3.0 Workflow APIs: July 2013

  • Update for Administrative Tools

    2837510

    (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2837510/ )

    Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.420 for Lync Server 2013, Administrative Tools: July 2013

  • Update for Conferencing Attendant

    2881700

    (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2881700/ )

    Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.556 for Lync Server 2013, Conferencing Attendant: October 2013

  • Update for Conferencing Announcement

    2881701

    (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2881701/ )

    Description of the cumulative update 5.0.8308.556 for Lync Server 2013, Conferencing Announcement: October 2013

     

    The LyncInstaller is available here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2809243