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5Mar/121

Article – Microsoft Office 365 Desktop Setup

Posted by Joy

With the introduction of Office 365, I see lot of customers are very interested on moving to the Cloud. If we look at the industry today, majority of customers have any form of Cloud presence – Public, Private or Hybrid.

Some customers have gone completely into either public or private cloud and some are still use both on-premise and online with Hybrid model. No matter which deployment it is, it support content access and collaboration using any devices including Mobile, Tab, Laptop and Desktop.

When we use any platform, first we need to make sure that we meet minimum software requirements for the particular platform in order to unlock full feature set and  there no excuse for Office 365 as well. Office 365 team simplifies our process of getting your desktop configured with minimum software requirements with an automated installation process called Office 365 Desktop Setup.

Office 365 Desktop Setup is an installer that checks for and provides important software updates to keep your system synchronized with Office 365. These updates provide seamless integration and better user experience with Office 365.

Office 365 Desktop Setup helps you to meet following software requirements:

  • Client Operating System – Windows XP SP3 with IE 7 or Windows Visa SP2 or Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Client Office version – 2007 Office system SP2 or Office 2010

After you have signed in to the Office 365 portal for the first time, you should run the Desktop Setup on your computer. If you are working on multiple devices, make sure run Desktop Setup on all those devices.

How to run Microsoft Office 365 Desktop Setup?

  1. Sign in to the Office 365 portal using your Microsoft Online Services ID. URL for Office 365 portal is https://portal.microsoftonline.com/Default.aspx?lc=1033
  2. In the right side pane, under Resources, click Downloads.
    Resources
  3. Downloads page provides 3 steps for Installing Office Professional Plus, Installing Lync and Running Office 365 Desktop Setup.
    SetupStep1
    SetupStep2
    SetupStep
  4. Got to Step 3 - Set up and configure your Office desktop apps, and click Setup.
    SetupStep3
  5. It prompts you for asking privileges to download and run Desktop Setup, and click Run.
    SetupStart
  6. Desktop Setup will be downloaded.
    SetupDownload
  7. Once Office 365 Desktop Setup started, you need to sign in using your Microsoft Online Services ID.
    SignIn
  8. Once you are logged in, Desktop Setup will start checking the configuration of your desktop against minimum software requirements for Office 365.
    CheckingConfig
  9. It then prompts you with the updated required and you can select which updates you need to install depending on the services your organization has subscribed for. Select the updates you wish to install, and click Continue.
    SetupOptions
  10. You are then prompted to accept license agreement. click I accept.
    AcceptLA
  11. Microsoft Office 365 Desktop Setup will start installing and configuring the updates based on your selection. This may take a few minutes. Get some rest Smile.
    SetupInProgress
  12. Once installation and configuration is finished, it shows following screen with the name of the component installed/ configured and the status. And if there are any additional manual configuration required, following screen also will provide links to TechNet or MSDN articles.
    FinishedSetup

Now you have installed and configured your desktop with minimum software requirements to enjoy Office 365.

Enjoy Office 365 Smile.

4Feb/120

Article – What are the Service Applications that can be partitioned?

Posted by Joy

SharePoint 2010 provides number of enhancements and new features compared to previous version – MOSS 2007. One of the enhancement is Multitenancy. Multitenancy has been greatly enhanced with the SharePoint 2010 release. One of the new features which backups so many other enhancements and new features is Service Application Framework which is the new face of Shared Services Provides in MOSS 2007. Multitenancy in SharePoint 2010 has been greatly enhanced with the introduction of Service Application Framework.

Services Application Framework allows different Web Application to utilize different Service Applications depending on the need. It also provides Service Application partitioning which helps organizations to implement Multitenancy so that each tenant can have it’s own set of Service Applications and tenants will be able to manage the information boundary.

Having said that, the first question come to our mind (rather my mind) is that which Service Applications support this partitioning and storing tenant specific data? Not only me, lot of organizations who are planning to implement Multitenancy will have the same question trying to figure it out which Service Applications provide partitioning and storing tenant specific data.

Here is the answer…

Service Application Name

Can be Partitioned?

Can store Tenant data?

Access Services

No

No

Business Connectivity Services

Yes

Yes

Excel Calculation Service

No

No

FAST Search for SharePoint

No

No

Managed Metadata Service

Yes

Yes

PerformancePoint Services

No

No

PowerPoint Service

No

No

Project Server Service

Yes

Yes

Usage and Health Data Service

No

No

User Profiles Synchronization Service

Yes

Yes

Search Service

Yes

Yes

Subscriptions Settings Service

Yes

Yes

State Service

Yes

No

Web Analytics Service

No

Yes

Word Conversions Service

Yes

No

Word Viewing Service

Yes

No

Visio Graphics Service

Yes

No

Hope this helps you a lot..?