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Matt Scherocman

What Are the Differences Between the E3 Plan and the Midmarket Bundle?

When the Midmarket Bundle is purchased as a license:

    • Must be paid for one year upfront
    • Cannot add other products (archiving for example to the product).  Without this, a user would not be able to placed on legal hold – which I think it required functionality for most clients

When the Midmarket Bundle is purchased directly through the portal:

    • Can pay monthly and can add other products

  Differences between Midmarket bundled purchased via the portal and the E3 plans:

    • E3 adds the Data Loss Prevention
    • E3 adds unlimited archiving and legal hold
    • E3 Office can be deployed with push methods – like group policy deployment or system center, midmarket can only be downloaded by each individual client
    • Rights management – internal controls of what other users can do with the senders email is only available in E3
    • Support for midmarket is business hours only versus 24x7
    • Midmarket is limited to a maximum of 300 users
    • Midsize options do NOT qualify for the on-premise  use rights like E plans.  So, all workloads would need to be run in the cloud with the Midmarket licensing


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Matt Scherocman

How Do I Choose the Right Cloud Deployment Partner?

Start with these questions when deciding on the right Cloud Deployment Partner:

    • Do they have a documented assessment process?  Can they show you completed examples?
    • Can they use Microsoft funding to make the assessment process at no cost to you?
    • Are they a Microsoft managed partner?
    • How many deployments have they completed?  Are they reference able?
    • Can they connect you to Microsoft to discuss their experience?
    • Are they a Microsoft certified Cloud Deployment Partner and Cloud Accelerate Badged?
    • Do they know about Microsoft fast track funding, up to $20K to help customers deploy Office 365?
    • Can they describe the four different migration methods and their pros / cons?
    • Can they describe your single sign-on options?

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Matt Scherocman

What Are the Improvements to SharePoint Online?


Microsoft recently made improvements to the functionality of SharePoint cloud based version:

 

    • Improved file upload experience: increased file upload limit from 250MB to 2 GB and expanded support for a broader range of file types, specifically .exe and .dll.  These file types can be controlled from SharePoint central administration via the Blocked File Types pages.

 

    • Increased Site collection and list lookup limits: increased site collection limit from 3,000 to 10,000 and list lookup threshold from 8 to 12 lookups. (for Office 365 Enterprise plans only

 

    • Improved self-restoration: increasing recycle bin retention duration and turning versioning on by default for new SkyDrive Pro libraries.
        • Customers will now have 90 days to recover deleted documents, lists, list items, sites, etc. from the recycle bin (was emptied automatically every 30 days).


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Matt Scherocman

What Are the Updated Mailbox Sizes For Exchange Online?

There has been a recent increase in the Exchange Online default mailbox size.  All Office 365 customers will have their Exchange mailbox quota increased to 50GB from 25GB. There is no action required by a customer.
Click the image below to take you to the Microsoft blog for more info:

  

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Matt Scherocman

Can I Limit Access to Office 365 For Remote or Hourly Users?

Limiting Access to Office 365 Services Based on Location

 Office 365 and Exchange Online continue to use Outlook Web App, Outlook MAPI, Outlook Anywhere, and ActiveSync for client connections.  Customers have expressed concerns about data loss while outside of the network and would want policies in place that limit access to Office 365 services, depending on where the client resides.

 If using ADFS 2.0 for single sign on to Office 365 services, we can also enable built in client access policy features.

 Client Access Policy Scenarios

Block all external access to Office 365 Office 365 access is allowed from all clients on the internal corporate network, but requests from external clients are denied based on the IP address of the external client.
Block all external access to Office 365, except Exchange ActiveSync Office 365 access is allowed from all clients on the internal corporate network, as well as from any external client devices, such as smart phones, that make use of Exchange ActiveSync. All other external clients, such as those using Outlook, are blocked.
Block all external access to Office 365, except for browser-based applications such as Outlook Web Access or SharePoint Online Blocks external access to Office 365, except for passive (browser-based) applications such as Outlook Web Access or SharePoint Online.
Block all external access to Office 365 for members of designated Active Directory groups. This scenario is used for testing and validating client access policy deployment. It blocks external access to Office 365 only for members of one or more Active Directory group. It can also be used to provide external access only to members of a group.

Using ADFS Client Access policies in conjunction with disabling Outlook cached mode will give clients full control of where their data can be accessed in any given scenario.

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