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 :


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

<Product ID=”O365ProPlusRetail”>

<Language ID=”en-us” />




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.







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.
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.


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 -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

Set-RemoteMailbox UPN -ExchangeGuid ExchangeGuid

Mailbox Migration Performance Analysis

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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.