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Avoid common pain points when migrating to Exchange Online

A migration from on-premises Exchange to Office 365 is more than just a matter of putting mailboxes into Microsoft’s cloud. There are several factors that can slow this type of project, and some issues won’t arise until you thought the project was done.

There are quite a few organizations still running an Exchange Server platform, but many of them are looking at migrating to Exchange Online and hand over some of the administrative burden to Microsoft. In my experience, I see four common problems for organizations that can be avoided. With a little preparation, you can avoid these stumbling blocks and make the experience a positive one for both IT and the end user.

Update on-premises software

Near the top of the list of common issues is not having the current versions of software running on premises.

Active Directory, on-premises Exchange, Outlook, Windows clients and servers all need to be up to date to give your organization the best possible migration experience. At one time, Microsoft’s organizational posture was more forgiving and would support older software, but today, the company wants all software that touches Exchange to be on the latest version. Some of the older Office suites will still work but only with basic functionality and end users will miss out on newer features, such as Focused Inbox.

That many enterprises struggle with keeping their software current isn’t a surprise, because it’s difficult to patch and deploy updates in a timely fashion. In some cases, organizations depend on third-party software that is rarely updated and may have compatibility issues with a frequent update schedule. There is no easy solution for these problems. But as IT pros, we need to sort through the updates and find a way to get all that software on the latest release.

Understand mail flow scenarios

The next area that hinders a lot of organizations migrating to Exchange Online is not understanding the different ways to set up mail flow into and out of Microsoft’s hosted email platform.

Only when you fully understand all the pieces in your organization’s transport stack can you set up a mail flow that meets your needs.

Microsoft designed Office 365 and Exchange Online to be very flexible with regards to the support of different mail flow scenarios. Email can go to on-premises Exchange first, then into Exchange Online. Mail can also go to Exchange Online first, then flow to the on-premises Exchange servers.

During a hybrid migration, the most common scenario is to leave the mail flow configuration to reach the on-premises Exchange Server first, then use hybrid configuration to forward email to mailboxes in the Microsoft cloud via the hybrid routing address. This hybrid routing address, which looks something like [email protected], is an attribute of the on-premises Active Directory account.

When you set up an Exchange hybrid deployment and move mailboxes properly, that address is automatically added to the user’s account. This mail flow arrangement tends to work very well, but if that address is not added to the users account, mail flow won’t work for that user.

Another popular option is to route email through Office 365 first, then to your on-premises mailboxes. This option puts Exchange Online Protection as the gatekeeper in front of all your organization’s mailboxes.

Ultimately, your decision comes down to what other services your organization has in that mail flow path. Some organizations use third-party antivirus products, some use a vendor’s encryption services, while others depend on a particular discovery application. Any of those third-party services may be cloud-based or installed on premises. Some of the services need to be placed before your end-user mailboxes in the transport flow, while others need to be at the end of the transport flow. There is no one-size fits-all configuration. Only when you fully understand all the pieces in your organization’s transport stack can you set up a mail flow that meets your needs.

Understand authentication

A move to the cloud means added complexity to your end-user authentication process. Microsoft provides a wide range of authentication options for Office 365 and Exchange Online, but that flexibility also means there are many choices to make during your migration.

Active Directory Federation Services, password hash sync and pass-through authentication are where the authentication options start, but any of those options can be deployed with multifactor authentication, conditional access and a whole load of Azure Information Protection options. Add in some encryption and the migration process gets complicated quickly.

All these choices and security add-ons help protect the business, but it’s a complex undertaking. It takes some effort not only to settle on a particular authentication but to implement it properly and do thorough testing to avoid an avalanche of help desk calls.

Understand accepted domains

Over time, many on-premises Exchange organizations tend to collect multiple accepted domains. Accepted domains are the part of the email address after the @ symbol.

I see many customers have issues when they move mailboxes to the cloud because they forgot to verify all the accepted domains used on those mailboxes. This problem is simple to avoid: Review the accepted domains in your on-premises Exchange organization and make sure they are verified in your Office 365 tenant before migrating the mailboxes.

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For Sale – 4TB Red Pro | SOLD: 2 x 2TB WD Red HDDs, 8TB Red

Are you putting up any more of these reds in the coming days?

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For Sale – 4TB Red Pro | 2 x 2TB WD Red HDDs | SOLD: 8TB Red

Are you putting up any more of these reds in the coming days?

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For Sale – Gaming PC – 1080Ti | 2700X | 1TB SSD

Putting out a little feeler to see if there would be any interest in my gaming PC, it includes the following:

PC
GPU – GTX 1080Ti
CPU – Ryzen 2700X with Wraith Prism cooler
RAM – 32GB Corsair Vengeance 3000MHz
Mobo – Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra
Case – NZXT H500 Mid Tower ATX
SSD – Samsung 970 Pro 1TB
PSU – EVGA 750W GQ Gold
Fan – Fractal R3 140mm

Peripherals
Acer Predator XB271HK 4K IPS Monitor
Corsair K70 Mechanical Cherry Red Keyboard
Logitech G Wireless Mouse (I need to confirm model)
Logitech C920 1080P Webcam
WiFi and Bluetooth dongle

Would not split.

I have the boxes for most components.

Collection would be from Harrow, London.

Feel free to ask any questions. I’ll upload some photos tonight.

Asking price £1500.

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For Sale – 13″ MacBook Air 2017

Putting my MacBook air up for sale due to complete lack of use! It’s the 128GB 8GB RAM model. In pretty good condition except for the ding on the back. A few scratches here and there but generally decent – can’t see any scratches on the screen.

Comes boxed and with the charger – the battery cycle count is only 49!

Asking for £475 posted or £450 collected for it – collection definitely preferred.

Price and currency: 475
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT or Cash on collection
Location: Weston-super-Mare
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Microsoft 365 is the smartest place to store your content – Microsoft 365 Blog

In the modern workplace, rising expectations to innovate and improve productivity are putting pressure on employees to do more in less time. The world’s most successful organizations are addressing this by adopting new ways of working that leverage Microsoft 365 with OneDrive and SharePoint to manage and collaborate on content.

Today, we are announcing upcoming capabilities that, along with our recent investments, combine the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning with content stored in OneDrive and SharePoint to help you be more productive, make more informed decisions, and keep more secure.

Be more productive

A key to being productive is leveraging existing content so you’re not reinventing the wheel. Historically this has been challenging due to the exponential growth of digital content, particularly with image, video, and audio files. Until now, these rich file types have been cumbersome to manage and painful to sift through to find what you need, when you need it.

Video and audio transcription—Beginning later this year, automated transcription services will be natively available for video and audio files in OneDrive and SharePoint using the same AI technology available in Microsoft Stream. While viewing a video or listening to an audio file, a full transcript (improving both accessibility and search) will show directly in our industry-leading viewer, which supports over 320 different file types. This will help you utilize your personal video and audio assets, as well as collaborate with others to produce your best work.

A screenshot shows a video and a video transcript on the right sidebar.

Once you’re ready to make a video broadly available across the organization, you can upload and publish to Microsoft Stream. You’ll continue to get transcription services plus other AI driven capabilities, including in-video face detection and automatic captions. Importantly, your audio and video content never leaves the Microsoft Cloud; it is not passed through potentially costly and insecure third-party services.

Searching audio, video, and imagesAnnounced last September, we are unlocking the value of photos and images stored in OneDrive and SharePoint. Using native, secure AI, we determine where photos were taken, recognize objects, and extract text in photos. This recognition and text extraction allows you to search for images as easily as you search for documents. For example, you could search a folder of scanned receipts for the receipt that mentions “sushi.” Video and audio files also become fully searchable thanks to the transcription services described earlier.

A screenshot displays the search results of a search for a sushi receipt in Office 365.

Intelligent files recommendations—Later this year, we’ll introduce a new files view to OneDrive and the Office.com home page to recommend relevant files to you. Suggested files are based on the intelligence of the Microsoft Graph and its understanding of how you work, who you work with, and activity on content shared with you across Microsoft 365. This deep understanding of user behavior and relationships among coworkers is unique to Microsoft 365 and continues to be enriched as you collaborate on content in OneDrive and SharePoint.

A screenshot displays intelligent recommendations in search in Office 365.

AI also makes it easier to create new documents by reusing existing content. The Tap feature in Word 2016 and Outlook 2016 intelligently recommends content stored in OneDrive and SharePoint by understanding the context of what you are working on. This allows you to leverage and repurpose a paragraph, table, graphic, chart, or more from another file while working on a new document or email.

Make more informed decisions

OneDrive and SharePoint make your life easier thanks to innovative AI that helps you make more informed decisions while working with content.

File insights—Earlier this year, we rolled out an updated file card, providing access statistics for any file stored in OneDrive and SharePoint. This allows you to see who has looked at the file and what they have been doing, and it helps you decide your next action. Later this year, we’ll bring these valuable file statistics directly into the native Office application experience.

A screenshot shows Document Views in SharePoint.

Additionally, we’ll introduce additional insights to the file card with “Inside look,” giving you important information at a glance—including time to read and key points from the document, so you can choose to dive in deeper or save it for later.

A screenshot shows in Inside Look into a Word document, showing Key Points as well as time to read the document.

Intelligent sharing—Later this year, you’ll have the option to easily share relevant content with meeting attendees. For instance, if you just presented a PowerPoint presentation, you’ll be prompted to share it with the other attendees once the meeting is over. In the OneDrive mobile app, we’ll automatically prompt you to share photos taken during the same meeting, perhaps of a whiteboard where you brainstormed new ideas with your colleagues—all based on your Outlook calendar. This type of real-world intelligence allows you to quickly keep everyone informed and move on to your next task and is exclusively available when you store your content in OneDrive and SharePoint.

Side-by-side screenshots show how to intelligently share files in Outlook.

Data insights—Earlier this year at the SharePoint Virtual Summit, we showed you how you could immediately enrich your OneDrive and SharePoint content with intelligence by leveraging the flexibility of Microsoft Flow and the power of Azure Cognitive Services. Since these services are powered by Microsoft Azure, you can get sentiment analysis, key word extraction, and even custom image recognition—all while keeping your content secure in the Microsoft Cloud and away from potentially costly and insecure third-party services. Additionally, you can use information provided by these cognitive services to set up custom workflows to organize images, trigger notifications, or invoke more extensive business processes directly in OneDrive and SharePoint with deep integration to Microsoft Flow.

A screenshot shows Marketing analysis in Microsoft Flow.

Keep more secure

When your files are stored in OneDrive and SharePoint, AI also helps to protect your content, keep you compliant, and thwart malicious attacks.

OneDrive files restore—Earlier this year, we released OneDrive files restore including integration with Windows Defender Antivirus to protect you from ransomware attacks by identifying breaches and guiding you through remediation and file recovery. With a full 30 days of file history and sophisticated machine learning to help us spot potential attacks early, OneDrive gives you peace of mind for every file you store. Best of all, moving your files to OneDrive has never been easier thanks to Known Folder Move.

Intelligent compliance—In addition to being able to apply native data loss prevention (DLP) policies and conduct native eDiscovery searches on textual content stored in OneDrive and SharePoint, with the innovations discussed above, we’re making it even easier to use these key compliance capabilities with audio, video, and images later this year. Soon you’ll be able to leverage the text extracted from photos and audio/video transcriptions to automatically apply these policies and protect this content.

Get started

As you can see, by leveraging Microsoft’s industry-leading investments in AI we have made OneDrive and SharePoint in Microsoft 365 the smartest place to store your content. In fact, Microsoft is recognized as a leader by Gartner in both their Content Collaboration Platforms Magic Quadrant and Content Services Platforms Magic Quadrant reports, as well as Forrester in both their cloud and hybrid Forrester Wave™: Enterprise File Sync and Share Platforms Q4 2017 reports.

You can start realizing these benefits and more by moving your content to OneDrive and SharePoint today, just as Fortune 500 customers MGM Resorts International, Walmart, Johnson Controls International, and Textron are doing. You’ll automatically get more value as we continue to invest in these and other new AI capabilities to help you achieve more.

Microsoft has a bold vision to transform content collaboration for the modern workplace inclusive of files, dynamic web sites and portals, streaming video, AI, and mixed reality, while reducing costs and improving compliance and security. Be sure to join us at Microsoft Ignite from September 2428, 2018 in Orlando, Florida, or on-demand, where we’ll continue to unveil how AI will accelerate content collaboration in the modern workplace.

Wanted – HP Microserver

Okay, just checked and my N40L has 8GB RAM, it’s also fitted with a DVD writer.
HDD wise it’s got a 250GB drive and 3 x 3TB drives (although I know you’re not interested in them).

Only other thing is I don’t have the key for the door.

How about £40 for the N40L including the RAM and I’ll throw in the DVD writer (I don’t have a blanking plate if you didn’t want the drive).

For Trade – 2017 27” iMac 3.4Ghz i5 5k retina – 16GB RAM / 1TB FusionDrive

** Already posted this in desktop classifieds, but my brother is favouring an MBP; so putting this in here too **

Posting this on behalf of my brother. Feel free to communicate with me and if there’s serious interest, I can send you his details via PM

For trade or possible straight sale: 2017 27” iMac bought March 2018 with email receipt to show outright purchase

I’m seriously considering either selling this or swapping it out for a decent spec’d Mac mini (must have a min of 16GB RAM and either a 256GB SSD or above) OR a 15.4″ MBP with decent RAM and an SSD

Really would need them to have warranty (either normal Apple or AppleCare etc) ideally and they need to be in superb condition

We’ve just put pen to paper, so to speak, to get an extension done as we feel it’d be the right time now and before, if we’re lucky enough, to start a family…! So, my office needs to be small and fluid, rather than a huge office desk and 27″ iMac and hifi stuff, as it is currently, as it’s going to get knocked down, so I may end up working from the living room…!

iMac spec: 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display

Bought March 2018, so well within warranty and within the AppleCare addition period. In absolute pristine condition/as new, fully boxed with power cable (no mouse or keyboard though – can be picked up easy enough and I feel these are a personal preference too (ie. I use a trackpad and fully wired, full-size keyboard)

I paid full price for it and would be after £1450 with no offers

As for the swap; it’d be the Mac Mini plus cash my way, or the same with the MBP and cash on top to equate the value of my iMac

I’d consider an MBP with the value of £1k maximum, ideally less, or a Mac mini with the value of £500 or less. But feel free to drop me a line with what you’ve got if you’re interested in this

I’m in Preston, Lancs and would rather this be sorted in person. But happy to send the iMac at a 50/50 split of the cost. If the Mac mini/MBP seller isn’t local; I’d need to have that sent to me first, so I can shift everything across correctly and then fully wipe/reinstall the iMac, should take a day at max

Let me know if this could be of interest, or feel free to drop me a PM

Price and currency: 1450
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash preferably or transfer. No PayPal
Location: Higher Walton, near Preston
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Trade – 2017 27” iMac 3.4Ghz i5 5k retina – 16GB RAM / 1TB FusionDrive

** Already posted this in desktop classifieds, but my brother is favouring an MBP; so putting this in here too **

Posting this on behalf of my brother. Feel free to communicate with me and if there’s serious interest, I can send you his details via PM

For trade or possible straight sale: 2017 27” iMac bought March 2018 with email receipt to show outright purchase

I’m seriously considering either selling this or swapping it out for a decent spec’d Mac mini (must have a min of 16GB RAM and either a 256GB SSD or above) OR a 15.4″ MBP with decent RAM and an SSD

Really would need them to have warranty (either normal Apple or AppleCare etc) ideally and they need to be in superb condition

We’ve just put pen to paper, so to speak, to get an extension done as we feel it’d be the right time now and before, if we’re lucky enough, to start a family…! So, my office needs to be small and fluid, rather than a huge office desk and 27″ iMac and hifi stuff, as it is currently, as it’s going to get knocked down, so I may end up working from the living room…!

iMac spec: 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display

Bought March 2018, so well within warranty and within the AppleCare addition period. In absolute pristine condition/as new, fully boxed with power cable (no mouse or keyboard though – can be picked up easy enough and I feel these are a personal preference too (ie. I use a trackpad and fully wired, full-size keyboard)

I paid full price for it and would be after £1450 with no offers

As for the swap; it’d be the Mac Mini plus cash my way, or the same with the MBP and cash on top to equate the value of my iMac

I’d consider an MBP with the value of £1k maximum, ideally less, or a Mac mini with the value of £500 or less. But feel free to drop me a line with what you’ve got if you’re interested in this

I’m in Preston, Lancs and would rather this be sorted in person. But happy to send the iMac at a 50/50 split of the cost. If the Mac mini/MBP seller isn’t local; I’d need to have that sent to me first, so I can shift everything across correctly and then fully wipe/reinstall the iMac, should take a day at max

Let me know if this could be of interest, or feel free to drop me a PM

Price and currency: 1450
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash preferably or transfer. No PayPal
Location: Higher Walton, near Preston
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Trade – 2017 27” iMac 3.4Ghz i5 5k retina – 16GB RAM / 1TB FusionDrive

** Already posted this in desktop classifieds, but my brother is favouring an MBP; so putting this in here too **

Posting this on behalf of my brother. Feel free to communicate with me and if there’s serious interest, I can send you his details via PM

For trade or possible straight sale: 2017 27” iMac bought March 2018 with email receipt to show outright purchase

I’m seriously considering either selling this or swapping it out for a decent spec’d Mac mini (must have a min of 16GB RAM and either a 256GB SSD or above) OR a 15.4″ MBP with decent RAM and an SSD

Really would need them to have warranty (either normal Apple or AppleCare etc) ideally and they need to be in superb condition

We’ve just put pen to paper, so to speak, to get an extension done as we feel it’d be the right time now and before, if we’re lucky enough, to start a family…! So, my office needs to be small and fluid, rather than a huge office desk and 27″ iMac and hifi stuff, as it is currently, as it’s going to get knocked down, so I may end up working from the living room…!

iMac spec: 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display

Bought March 2018, so well within warranty and within the AppleCare addition period. In absolute pristine condition/as new, fully boxed with power cable (no mouse or keyboard though – can be picked up easy enough and I feel these are a personal preference too (ie. I use a trackpad and fully wired, full-size keyboard)

I paid full price for it and would be after £1450 with no offers

As for the swap; it’d be the Mac Mini plus cash my way, or the same with the MBP and cash on top to equate the value of my iMac

I’d consider an MBP with the value of £1k maximum, ideally less, or a Mac mini with the value of £500 or less. But feel free to drop me a line with what you’ve got if you’re interested in this

I’m in Preston, Lancs and would rather this be sorted in person. But happy to send the iMac at a 50/50 split of the cost. If the Mac mini/MBP seller isn’t local; I’d need to have that sent to me first, so I can shift everything across correctly and then fully wipe/reinstall the iMac, should take a day at max

Let me know if this could be of interest, or feel free to drop me a PM

Price and currency: 1450
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash preferably or transfer. No PayPal
Location: Higher Walton, near Preston
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

______________________________________________________
This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.