You may already be familiar with the catalog of Microsoft cloud IT architectures. I worked on the latest guide describing common scenarios for migrating between Office 365 tenants. This series of topics illustrates several architecture approaches for mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and other scenarios that might lead you to migrate to a new cloud tenant. These topics provide starting-point guidance for planning. This model contains: A … Continue reading Office 365: Tenant to Tenant Migrations
I’ve been working with a few customers lately on integration between Office 365 and on-premises Exchange. My goal in this post is to give a foundational understanding of the technologies that can be enabled for co-existence between Office 365 and on-premises, and new features that can be enabled for your on-premises mailboxes. In this post I will cover: Exchange Hybrid Hybrid Modern Authentication (HMA) Outlook Mobile … Continue reading HCW, HMA, OLM – Oh My!
One of the core activities performed on all projects we deliver is risk planning. This important exercise helps a project get ahead of potential pitfalls the could at worst completely stop a project. To facilitate risk planning, someone developed an Excel spreadsheet. I’ve had this for years – and unfortunately, I don’t know who the original author(s) are. Click project risk log template to get a copy … Continue reading Risks
I recently became interested in learning more about crypto currencies and how they work. There is no better way to learn than to build out a miner (aka rig) and try it out myself. I happen to have an old motherboard, power supply, and hard drive lying around (who doesn’t?) – the only thing I was missing, and most vital component is the GPU (a … Continue reading Crypto Miner
Everyone knows the ‘Most Valuable Player’ acronym, but you may not have heard the term ‘Minimally viable candidate’. At first, it doesn’t sound too good, but let’s explore. The Minimally Viable Candidate I was first introduced to this term a few years ago when I was asked to participate in creating some certification exams. There was a professional company helping us (the test creators) understand … Continue reading Who’s the real MVP? The MVC!
In one of my projects, the customer is planning on using Office 365 DLP. However, they have a third party company who manages the front-line investigation for violations. The customer needs a way to allow a non-employee enough access to do their initial discovery and track it. The first attempt was to use the out-of-box alerts in the Security & Compliance center. There were a … Continue reading Real World Solutions – The Case of DLP Event Tracking
Lately, I’ve been working with a lot of new hires – many are college hires with zero real world experience. I occasionally get an opportunity to mentor them, or sometimes it’s a consultant struggling on the job. Mentoring people is something I have done on and off during my almost 20 year career at Microsoft and I enjoy it. The good news is that I’ve … Continue reading Consulting 101
I decided to use some of my time off over the holiday break to catch up on training (check out MS Ignite on-demand). In particular, I’ve been working on a Power BI dashboard for a customer, and while I get the basics, wanted to start to learn some more advanced skills. I took some Power BI courses through Lynda (check out my playlist) but wanted … Continue reading Learning Power BI and Free Stuff
My daughter is currently applying to colleges and the experience has been interesting for the both of us. While doing recon on admissions processes, I came across this blog post “Position vs. Disposition“, by Rick Clark. While the message has been told many times in many ways – it’s the journey, not the destination – I though his version told through his experience was a … Continue reading The Journey
When it comes to Exchange, one of the confusing things for customers is the Exchange Archive feature – especially for customers coming from an existing 3rd party archiving solution. When I work with customers who are upgrading to a newer on-premises version, or Exchange Online, and have a current archiving system in place, the first thing I ask is what is the current solution used … Continue reading Exchange Archives