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Office 365 News – First release for select users

May 31, 2015 Leave a comment

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First release can now be offered to a select group of users!

(Including a funny mistake by a Microsoft developer)

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First release has until now been something that you do not want to enable in a production tenant for the organization, because the impact can be to big with untested changes and additions made regularly.
The common option for the administrator thirsting for knowledge has been to create an evaluation tenant and enable First Release there.
Cumbersome and difficult…is what that was!
A drawback has also been that you could not test anything with the real users, real data or real life scenarios.

No more so, now, the option to enable First Release for only selected users are available.

This is how you do it:

1. Log into your tenants Admin portal: https://portal.office.com/admin/default.aspx
2. Go to Service Settings, Updates.
3. Under First Release, check Select People, you will get a popup asking if you are sure, click Yes.
4. Locate the users you want to set as first release users.
5. Select the users in the box below and click on save (It does not have to be administrators).
5.5 Bulk update (You can also create a list of UPN’s and sumbit it as a bulk update.)
6. Done!
7. Undo

In Pictures:

1. Log into your tenants Admin portal: https://portal.office.com/admin/default.aspx

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2. Go to Service Settings, Updates.

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3. Under First Release, check Select People, you will get a popup asking if you are sure, click Yes.
(Entire organization is the old choice, this affects everyone in the tenant)

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Like I said, select Yes in the popup dialog.

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4. In the dialog to your right, search for the user/users you want to set as First Release users.

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a. Start typing aname to search for the user…

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b. Located users are moved to the userslist.

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c. Select all users in the list.

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5. Select the users in the box below and click on save (It does not have to be administrators).
(You can also create a list of UPN’s and sumbit it as a bulk update.)

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You do not get any conformation that it is changed, but it is.

5.5 Bulk update

For a bulk update, do this:

a. Create a list of the users UPN’s, User Principle Names (i.e. Emailaddresses) and save it as a textfile (.txt)
The file can named anything and can be saved anywhere you like.

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b. In the Admin portal, Service Settings, Updates, Click on Bulk add people

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c. Browse to your userlist

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d. Select the file and click Open

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Note the path…(someone at Microsoft made a mistake…\fakepath\ ??). The path shown does not matter, it will work, trust me!

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e. Now click on Next to finish

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f. As you can see, the result is shown in the resultlist, success and fail are listed. You can also get a view of a very simple logfile.
Click on finish when you are ready.

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Bulk import Done!
6. All Done!

7. Undo

To reset the tenant and go back to noone having first release, do this:

In the Admin portal, Service Settings, Updates, Click on Standard

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Agree to the popup

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And you’re back to normal!

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Credits

Niklas Danell, Microsoft Sweden
Erik Fryksén, Xperta AB

References

Microsoft Support on the First Release options

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Office 365 News – Sway preview now available in your First Release tenant

May 23, 2015 Leave a comment

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Try out Sway in your First Release tenant now

Preview

Ok, if you want to try out Sway within your organization, here it is. It popped up on the App Launcher just the other day.

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(You can use this URL: https://sway.com/?o365=true and then sign in with your organizational account)

It is a preview, not fully operational yet but as many of you have seen, it works remarkably well!
Microsoft uses Sway in a lot of their presentations and they look great 🙂
I can give you a great example, at Ignite, Mark Kashman held a session the last day where he recapped all SharePoint content during the Conference in a Sway: http://aka.ms/sharepointUNPLUGGED

Try it out, remember that there are a few limitations though.
– I have found the ‘Import from PowerPoint’ to be really bad, it imports all objects one by one as a ‘slide’. Try it out and see for yourselves.
– Also, every time you press ‘Get started’ a new Sway is created, even you you do nothing more it will show up in the list.

In Sway preview you can set the permissions to be:
– Public
– People with the link
– My organization (Everyone)
– Just me
For now, this is fine, but eventually we will want to be able to add Groups of users or a select few.

You can add content easily be searching for it and just drag and drop it to the Sway Surface.

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If you don’t like the design and don’t feel like spending time on making it just right, use the ‘Remix’ button.

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Remix will apply a new design to the entire Sway, Headers, Colors, Formatting and all.

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Office 365 News – Office 365 Limited Admin Roles are here

May 11, 2015 Leave a comment

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Finally! Office 365 Limited Admin Roles are here!

(2015-05-22: In my tenant, this option has now gone away…)

SharePoint administrator
Exchange Administrator
Lync Administrator
User/AD Administrator
Helpdesk Administrator
Support Administrator

This has been one of the major missing features in Office 365, one that many has asked for, it has been on the roadmap and ‘In Development’ and ‘Rolling Out’ for a very long time as well. Now it is HERE! In a ‘First Release’ tenant. (Coming to all tenants in due time) To use the limited roles, do this:

1. Go to the Office 365 Admin Portal https://portal.office.com/admin/default.aspx

2. Select Users -> Active Users

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3. Locate a user using search

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4. On the Righthand side, Click on Edit User Roles

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5. Next, select Limited Admin Role and then check the roles you want the user to have, one or many.

Meg Ryan gets to be a SharePoint Admin only

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6. Enter an alternate email, same as you do/did for a Global Administrator account

It cannot be a email address that residen within the tenant

7. Save and you are done!

References and Credits

Myself, I get all the credit this time! 🙂 

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Enjoy!

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