Over the last year or so we have seen a lot of our customer base move away from internally hosting their own email servers to cloud based giants like Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps.
Cloud hosted email is not for everyone, and I hope to share my thoughts and experiences about this over the coming months along with some ideas, how-tos, and other useful tips and advice.
Perhaps the Mac Admins out there could share some of your own experiences with us by commenting below!
Regarding Microsoft Office 365 email, contacts, calendars, apps services (or SAAS, software-as-a-service), and the administration of this service, I have put together an “Office 365 Resources for Mac Admins” matrix of useful information and links as a quick reference for all you Mac Admins out there.
I look forward to adding more related articles regarding this service soon, so sign up to the blog so that you don’t miss out!
Office 365 Portal URLs:
|https://login.microsoftonline.com||Main Office 365 Portal Login|
|https://outlook.office365.com||Direct Portal Login to OWA (Outlook Web App)|
Office 365 Email Settings:
Note: Although you can configure your email client to use POP3 or IMAP protocols this would only support the email services provided by Office 365. To provide full support for Office 365 (inc. Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks) configure your email client to use Exchange rather than POP3 or IMAP.
Below is a list of compatible email clients with support for EWS (Exchange Web Service).
Recommended Email Clients that support EWS (Exchange Web Services):
|Apple||5.0 (and above)||iOS|
|Apple||4.0 (and above)||Macintosh|| Mail 4.0
bundled with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard gained support for Exchange Server
2007 with EWS
|Microsoft||Entourage||13.1.6 (Entourage 2008 Web Services Edition)||Macintosh||For EWS (Exchange Web Services) support download the Entourage Web Services Edition
|Microsoft||Windows 8 Mail||Windows 8 Mail||Windows|
Official Microsoft Resources:
|Microsoft Office Support||http://office.microsoft.com/support/|
|Microsoft Office 365 Admin Resource Centre||http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/support/office-365-administrator-resource-center-FX103995410.aspx|
|Microsoft Office 365 Community||http://blogs.office.com|
|Microsoft Office Blog||http://office.microsoft.com|
|Microsoft Office 365 for Business Blog||http://blogs.office.com/office365forbusiness/|
|Microsoft Office for Mac||http://www.microsoft.com/mac|
Testing, Tools, other Resources:
|Microsoft Office 365 Admin App||Mobile device App for Office 365 Admins that has the ability to connect to your organisations Office 365 status page. This App is available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone platforms.||Available via your mobile devices app store. Search for keywords
“Office 365 Admin”. More info…http://community.office365.com/en-us/wikis/manage/office-365-admin-app-faq.aspx
|Microsoft’s web tool for testing for Office 365, Exchange, ActiveSync, Autodiscover, and more.||https://testconnectivity.microsoft.com|
|MX Toobox||Web based tool for testing and querying DNS, Domain Reputation, and much more.||http://mxtoolbox.com/|
|Office 365 Answers||Great Office 365 resource run by Microsoft MVP Brett Hill who was formerly the Technical
Readiness Manager for Online Services at Microsoft.