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Microsoft Office 365 Rebranding 101: Email Address Changes

Rebranding Office 365 Email addresses is often the final and most visible milestone in an Office 365 tenant to tenant migration (See Office 365 Tenant to Tenant Migration Series –  The Challenge Defined). You’ve successfully executed the project plan, informed your users, migrated the data, and even modified your MX records. Both organizations are now officially under one roof. So how do we take that final leap and rebrand your users? First, we’ll need to identify where we’ll be performing the work. The location the work is performed in depends on your identity management solution and your source of truth….Read the Rest of Article

SharePoint Migration Best Practices – Part 1: Helping End Users with Content Clean up File Shares and Legacy SharePoint Sites

When planning a SharePoint Migration, helping a department or team review their existing content so that they can determine what content can be removed, archived, or migrated is usually a time intensive process. The business users for a given department or team likely have daily responsibilities and job duties that make it hard for them to stop what they’re doing to review and make decisions about their existing content for the migration to SharePoint or Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint Online.   Here are some high-level recommendations: Use 3rd Party Tools to Speed Up Analysis – Tools such as ShareGate  or FolderSizes for…Read the Rest of Article

Migrations from SharePoint Online to SharePoint Online? 4 Myths of Microsoft Office 365 Tenant Mergers

Over the years, many companies have attempted content migrations from their older on-premise content sources to SharePoint Online and One Drive for Business in their Office 365 tenant.  But these same companies are now facing a new challenge with their content through mergers, divestitures, and acquisitions.  That challenge is how to manage migrations from SharePoint Online to SharePoint online from an existing Office 365 tenant to another tenant.  And while this new challenge may seem straightforward to solve, companies should be aware of some common myths and misconceptions about tenant-to-tenant migrations:  Myth 1 – “Let’s run a backup of our…Read the Rest of Article

Microsoft Office 365 Tenant to Tenant Migration Series – Part 2

In part one of the Microsoft Office 365 Tenant to Tenant series, Chris King, a Senior Consultant with Strategic SaaS, defined the terms of a Tenant to Tenant migration.   For that background information please see this blog: We often see two scenarios in Office 365 tenant to tenant or also known as Office 365 to Office 365 migrations.   In the first scenario, the acquired company is adopting the name, and domain, of the acquirer.  This scenario reduces some of the challenges in the project, mostly timing of the transition, as all users are not required to be migrated at one…Read the Rest of Article

Get on Microsoft Teams with Microsoft Office 365

Why I love Microsoft Teams.  I have been a SharePoint evangelist for 17 years.  I am the first in line to beta test new releases both on-premise and on-line. I get excited when my customers have that moment when it all clicks together in one piece, and they realize that a system can really help them improve very manual processes and they can organize their documents and files. I have made SharePoint the hub of operations for countless companies because it just worked.  It was the only place to really start your work, get your information, and link you to…Read the Rest of Article

Microsoft Office 365 Tenant to Tenant Migration Series – Part 1

In this series we cover a unique Office 365 migration scenario known as “Microsoft Office 365 Tenant to Tenant” migration.  Also known as a Office 365 to Office 365 migration often part of a merger & acquisition. Our goal with this series is to educate stakeholders so they can make educated decisions regarding this type of migration, as there are potential risks to be avoided as well as opportunities to save money in the process. We do so by defining key factors, providing example scenarios, and outlining cutover strategies. In Part 1 below, we provide background information on Office 365…Read the Rest of Article

True Collaboration with Strategic SaaS’s Connect Intranet Solution

September 20, 2017 Improve Collaboration, Engagement and Productivity with an Office 365 Intranet An intranet is a private, internal network for an enterprise designed to be accessed by employees. Virtually every business with more than a handful of employees needs an intranet. With an intranet, employees in all departments can get access to the tools and documents they need to get their jobs done quickly and efficiently. The intranet of a typical small- or mid-sized business will at a minimum include: Company calendar Internal/External news (press releases) Key performance indicators (KPIs) Training resources HR and other forms A well-designed company…Read the Rest of Article

How to make your Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint Online migration as easy as possible

Whether you are migrating from another cloud service or an on-premises email and file share configuration, the task of migrating to Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint Online can seem daunting.  There are, however, a few things you can do in advance to make the transition less painful and more efficient. Flatten your file share folder structures.  I have spent countless hours trying to fix file structures that are simply too deep and complex. These structures often contain duplicate files, obsolete files, and garbage files. Just making an effort to organize your current file structure will cut down on the overall migration…Read the Rest of Article

Azure AD Connect Updates Causing Password Synchronization To Fail – Solved!

By Chris King – Senior Technical Engineer August 1, 2017 Office 365 administrators should be aware that the latest Azure AD Connect in-place updates may not automatically copy over the setting to sync passwords to Office 365 Azure AD. If AD Connect is configured to upgrade automatically or if manual upgrades are performed, the configuration wizard may need to be run again and password sync re-enabled if password sync failures are encountered. Also covered are instructions to disable Azure AD Connect automatic updates and best practices for future-proofing AD connect from unexpected failures due to credentials issues. Skip the next…Read the Rest of Article

Drilling Down into Document Management Best Practices at Top Law Firms

The term document management has achieved buzzword status over the last couple of years. Not surprisingly, having a document management system in place has also become de rigueur in the modern business world. Document management is especially important for legal practices, as documentation is literally the lifeblood of the profession. That’s also why a growing number of top law firms across the country are choosing to manage their documents using Microsoft Office 365.  Many due to the advanced compliance and security options. Office 365 includes a suite of cloud-based document management tools, such as Microsoft OneDrive for Business and Microsoft…Read the Rest of Article