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Why Use Skype for Business instead of Skype

An Office 365 subscription comprises 4 different components; a desktop installation of Microsoft Office, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Skype for Business. Everybody already has some kind of IM client, probably Skype, so why would a company choose to move communication with their clients to using Skype for Business instead of Skype? The answers are all to do with integration and corporate control.

Office 365 Migration Pre-requiste Tasks

Without a doubt, building an Exchange hybrid environment to migrate your Exchange mailboxes to Office 365 is a significant undertaking, which is all the more difficult when small tasks need doing as they stop you moving to the next step.  There are a number of pre-planning tasks you can complete prior to starting an Office 365 migration that will make the hybrid environment build smoother and reduce the pressure on your deployment team.  So before you jump in to configuring Exchange Server and all the other major steps required to allow you to migrate, consider the following smaller tasks.

Why Use Microsoft Lync Online instead of Skype

An Office 365 subscription comprises 4 different components; a desktop installation of Microsoft Office, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online. Everybody already has some kind of IM client, probably Skype, so why would a company choose to move communication with their clients to using Lync Online instead of Skype? The answers are all to do with integration and corporate control.

September 19, 2014 Post Comment Office 365

Configuring DNS for Office 365

This might seem like a simple topic for those of us who use well known DNS hosting providers such GoDaddy, Network Solutions or Register.com. They provide us with a web interface to our zone files and more importantly support for SRV records. SRV records are essential parts of every Office 365 deployment, in particular when you are configuring Skype for Business. So lets go through the process for configuring DNS and look at how we get around some of the common problems faced by unlucky people who have a domain hosted with DNS hosting providers who don’t allow you to completely create the DNS records required for Office 365.

September 11, 2014 Post Comment DNS, Technical

Adding SRV Records

You might think adding SRV records to your DNS zone is a simple task, which is of course correct when your DNS provider gives you a simple management portal for adding the SRV record’s priority, weight and port, but sometimes that’s not the case.  But what do you do if your DNS provider doesn’t give you a portal that allows you to enter the SRV record’s priority, weight and port into boxes into the portal, or even more worse when you are expected to manually edit the zone file?  In these case you’ll need to know how to construct an SRV record.  If you want to know more, read on.

September 11, 2014 Post Comment DNS, Technical

Graham Watkins Talks Office 365 for Small Business

Auric Consulting’s Bruce Fennessy and Anton Marshall chat to Auric’s Chief Technical Officer Graham Watkins about Microsoft Office 365, an all-round business office solution. Graham discusses some of the various options available through the licensing system, and why Exchange Online is better than traditional POP3 or IMAP options. We also chat about the impact on the business cost-wise, and the why a 99.9% up-time guarantee from Microsoft makes sense for customers.