Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Activate Office 365 for Internal User Rights (IUR)

Microsoft Partners are entitled for Office 365 E3 internal use:

If you wish activating your license, please follow the short introduction below and click the respective links:

How to earn Office 365 (E3) internal-use rights benefits through Microsoft Partner Network programs

How to activate and assign Office 365 (E3) internal-use rights licenses

New partners:
Please begin by signing up for a Microsoft Action Pack subscription or earning either a silver or gold competency. (You may also learn how to earn Office 365 (E3) internal-use rights benefits from the Microsoft Partner Network programs here.)Existing partners:
Use the following directions to help you get started:A. Activate Office 365 (E3) IUR on an online tenant:
  1. Go to the Microsoft Partner Digital Download Portal (http://aka.ms/ActivateIUR).
  2. Sign in with the Microsoft Account (formerly Windows Live account) currently assigned administrator rights.
  3. Select the Microsoft Online Services section.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

OneDrive Bulk Data Upload

Hi all,

just a side Skype for Business.
I upgrade my Office 365 Home account getting the 1TB HDD Storage.
Wow, what a nice opportunity have a valued backup in the Cloud.

Now I had the question in mind:
Damn, how should I get approx. 400GB into the cloud?

Microsoft tells you two option if you run Windows 10, assuming we all do so.
1a. Open EDGE Browser, navigate to OneDrive and drag&drop files and folder.
1b. Chose the upload feature in EDGE once you open OneDrive and choose the folder you like to sync
2.  Copy all your data on you local hard drive and let it sync

Super idea, 400GB didn't fit on any of my laptops anymore. So bad and stupid option
Second I tried use drap&drop. Perfect it failed, simply not working.
Ok, than lets chose the Folder Upload option.
And see here it goes, it took 1hr screen the files on my external disk. Than the upload started with approx. 35.000 files.

After two days, how wonders, it failed.

No intelligent option in the EDGE Browser giving me a way restarting the upload. -> Result totally useless

Even breaking it into smaller pieces resulted in a failure.

A side I don't know why there is no proper tool for upload, why IE is not working and why the Win8.1 option for online folder was removed. Also if you use EDGE, your RAM is utilized by 100% making this Laptop unusable for multiple days.
Yes, I'm totally frustrated with Microsoft here.


Thanks to some intelligent ideas, I decided splitting the folders in to smaller pieces and copy them into OneDrive.
What a hassle but using BITS is the best idea for syncing.

Once finished, I'm using OneDrive online and move the folder to its dedicated Backup Location.

This deletes the local HDD copy on my Laptop and I can proceed further.

I know this is not a very user friendly solution and I really hope Microsoft is developing some better tools and solutions.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Skype for Business Topology Support with Office 365, Cloud Connector Edition, Cloud PBX and PSTN Calling

Topology support in Office 365 with Skype for Business

A frequently asked question is the support for the different topologies. Later in this document I also provide a generic overview about a possible migration path towards one or the other topology.

The rudimentary described supported topologies are the ONLY possible setups.

There is not possible and supported way in combining any of those topologies!

On-Premise without any Office 365 connectivity

This is typically a solution, where you don’t own an Office 365 “E” Plan. Therefore, you are not entitled using any of the Office 365 features. Same is valid, if you own only an Exchange Online Plan, whereby none of the Skype for Business Online Services are subject to be used.

On-Premise with Office 365 connectivity (Federation to Office 365 and Cloud PBX and PSTN CALLING SERVICE)

This is the only scenario, where users are hosted either in Office 365 and some users stay SfB enabled On-Premise. Meaning you have a mixed environment.
This is the only mixed scenario, where local PSTN breakouts with your On-Premise Skype for Business enabled users and the other users enabled on Office 365 (which MUST use PSTN Calling Service or the local PSTN breakouts) are combined. It is not possible for Online user to be mixed for PSTN Calling Service and PSTN local breakout on-premise. This is technical limitation due to Voice Routes in the Office 365 environment.
A PSTN Calling Service is subject to the regional availability in the country where you required PSTN Calling.
PSTN breakout
Users enabled with SfB On-Premise
MUST be On-Premise with local PSTN Gateway
Users enabled with SfB Online in Office 365 (either or option)

PSTN Calling Service in Office 365 -> Calling Plan
On-Premise PSTN breakout with local Gateway -> CloudPBX

Advanced Voice Features (e.g. Response Group or Group Call Pickup)

In case any user requires Advanced Calling Feature, this user must be enabled for On-Premise Skype for Business.

In later updates, Microsoft will successively add more features to the Office 365 environment, making is obsolete running On-Premise installations.

Office 365 with CCE (Cloud PBX)

If e.g. the PSTN Calling Service isn’t available, or you required On-Premise PSTN connectivity (e.g. for Contact Centers) you can move all users into Office 365 and utilize the Cloud PBX feature in combination with Cloud Connector Edition.

With CCE you can mix online users with CCE On-Premise Voice PSTN breakout and Microsoft Calling Service.

Explicitly, CCE CANNOT be used with Skype for Business On-Premise Topology!

Office 365 with PSTN Calling Service (native Calling Plan)

If you don’t need either advanced calling features or any PSTN On-Premise connectivity, you can move all users into Office 365.