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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)

ImageLife made even simpler for the admins

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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Enjoy!

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Create a bootable Windows Server 2012 R2 installation USB flash drive

October 18, 2013 19 comments

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Hi Windows connoisseurs! (wiki)

(This is essentially a remake of my Create a bootable Windows 8.1 installation USB flash drive post.) The setps are the same so you can easily follow that post or use this slightly updated version.

In this guide I will help you find a way to install Windows Server 2012 R2 quick and easy, from a simple USB flash drive. It’s really easy, but you still need to Think about a few things.
I’ll list them here and if you want, you can follow the step by step guide below.

Quicksteps:

1. Get a USB Flash drive formatted with FAT32, it has to be AT LEAST 8GB! (The Windows Server 2012R2 installation bits will not fit on a 4GB USB drive…)
2. Download and install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool from Microsoft Store here or Codeplex here  (It is an official Microsoft tool, totally wierdly named from the Windows 7 release but still very much valid!)
3. Download or locate a ‘Windows Server 2012 R2’ .iso file and store it locally on your harddrive.
4. Start the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool (from startbutton or ‘windows 8/Metro’ style startmenu’?)
5. Complete the steps 1-4
6. Insert the USB flash drive into the powered off PC to install, Power on and boot from USB drive (F9 at HP logo on HP Machines).
7. Install Windows Server as you would normally.
8. Done!

This guide in its entirety works just as well if you replace the Windows Server 2012 R2 .iso file with Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012 or plain Windows 8 (Windows Server 2008 R2 not verified but willmost likely also work)

Step by step:

1. USB Flash Drive

Prepare a USB flash drive for installation, is has to be at least 8 GB in size and it has to be formatted with FAT32. It does not have to be erased, the tool will do that for you if needed.

USB

Before

2. Download and install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool from Microsoft Store or Codeplex. The Links are as follows:

http://images2.store.microsoft.com/prod/clustera/framework/w7udt/1.0/en-us/Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe
or
http://wudt.codeplex.com

Run the .exe file, you will have to be a local administrator on your machine for it to install properly.

1

Click Next

2

Click Install

3

Click Finish

3. Locate a Windows Server 2012 R2 .iso file. This file should be placed on a local harddrive. It does not matter where you put it, as long as it is on a local HD and it is accessable to you when running the tool, meaning that you have access to where the file is stored in the filesystem.

4. After the installation of the tool has completed, you will suddenly notice this tile:

MetroIcon

You can also just use the search function, in ‘metro mode’ simply type Windows 7 and you will see it and its uninstall app.
Start the tool
Click Ok at the User Account Control popup dialog
The first screen should now look like this:

ChooseISO

5. Hit the Browse button to locate your Windows Server 2012 R2 installation iso file.

Step1

In my test, I’m using an .iso file downloaded from TechNet Subscriber downloads (soon to be no more)
It does not have to be from TechNet, it can be MSDN or Volume Licensing or really any form of Windows Server 2012 R2 installation iso.

Click ‘Next’

Step2ChooseMedia

Click on ‘USB device’
If you see the window below, that means that the USB drive is either not plugged in properly, or it has the wrong formatting or insufficient storage or similar. Make sure that you have a USB flash drive that meets: 4GB minimum+FAT32.

Step2ChooseMediaNoUSB

Insert a USB drive that meets the requirements and press the refresh button
Now, click on the ‘Begin copying’ button.

If the USB drive was ok, the copying will begin, but if not, if it still had files still on it, you will see this dialog:

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Click Erase to continue

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Click Yes and the formatting and copying process will begin.

Step4

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Let it do its thing until it reaches 100%

When it has finished formatting and copying files, you are done.

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After!

6. Next step, is to insert the USB drive into the PC you want to install Windows Server 2012 R2 on, Power it off completely and Power on again.
Use BIOS settings to select ‘boot from USB’ or like on a HP machine, hit F9 at the HP logo screen to boot directly from USB.

7. Let the Installation begin! The Windows installation is pretty much standard. A Clean install is described here.  The setup of Windows 8, which is pretty much the same, is described here

8. Done!

References:

Install and Deploy Windows Server 2012 (R2)
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831620.aspx

Thanks to:

Herakles and Gutke!

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Enjoy!

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Create a bootable Windows 8.1 installation USB flash drive

October 8, 2013 14 comments

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Hi Windows Lovers!?

(Looking to install Windows Server? The same steps apply, but for a server specific guide, go here Create a bootable Windows Server 2012 R2 installation USB flash drive)

This time I’ll help you find a way to install Windows 8.1 quick and easy, from a simple USB flash drive. It’s a piece of cake really, but a few things you need to know about.
I’ll list them here and if you want, you can follow the step by step guide below.

Quicksteps:

1. Get a USB Flash drive formatted with FAT32, it has to be AT LEAST 4GB!
2. Download and install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool from Microsoft Store HERE or Codeplex HERE  (It is an official Microsoft tool, totally wierdly named from the Windows 7 release but still very much valid!)
3. Download or locate a ‘Windows 8.1’ .iso file and store it locally on your harddrive.
4. Start the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool (from startbutton or ‘windows 8 style startmenu’?)
5. Complete the steps 1-4
6. Insert the USB flash drive into the powered off PC to install, Power on and boot from USB drive (F9 at HP logo on HP Machines).
7. Install Windows as you would normally.
8. Done!

This guide in its entirety works just as well if you replace the Windows 8.1 .iso file with Windows 7, Windows Server 2012 or plain Windows 8 (Windows Server 2008 R2 not verified but willmost likely also work)

Step by step:

1. USB Flash Drive

Prepare a USB flash drive for installation, is has to be at least 4 GB in size and it has to be formatted with FAT32. It does not have to be erased, the tool will do that for you if needed.

USB

Before

2. Download and install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool from Microsoft Store or Codeplex. The Links are as follows:

http://images2.store.microsoft.com/prod/clustera/framework/w7udt/1.0/en-us/Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe
or
http://wudt.codeplex.com

Run the .exe file, you will have to be a local administrator on your machine for it to install properly.

1

Click Next

2

Click Install

3

Click Finish

3. Locate a Windows 8.1 .iso file. This file should be placed on a local harddrive. It does not matter where you put it, as long as it is on a local HD and it is accessable to you when running the tool, meaning that you have access to where the file is stored in the filesystem.

4. After the installation of the tool has completed, you will suddenly notice this tile:

MetroIcon

You can also just use the search function, in ‘metro mode’ simply type Windows 7 and you will see it and its uninstall app.
Start the tool
Click Ok at the User Account Control popup dialog
The first screen should now look like this:

ChooseISO

5. Hit the Browse button to locate your Windows 8.1 installation iso file.

ChooseISO2

In my test, I’m using an .iso file downloaded from TechNet Subscriber downloads (soon to be no more)
It does not have to be from TechNet, it can be MSDN or Volume Licensing or really any form of Windows 8.1 installation iso.

Click ‘Next’

Step2ChooseMedia

Click on ‘USB device’
If you see the window below, that means that the USB drive is either not plugged in properly, or it has the wrong formatting or insufficient storage or similar. Make sure that you have a USB flash drive that meets: 4GB minimum+FAT32.

Step2ChooseMediaNoUSB

Insert a USB drive that meets the requirements and press the refresh button
Now, click on the ‘Begin copying’ button.

If the USB drive was ok, the copying will begin, but if not, if it still had files still on it, you will see this dialog:

Erase1

Click Erase to continue

Erase2

Click Yes and the formatting and copying process will begin.

Step4

Step42

Let it do its thing until it reaches 100%

When it has finished formatting and copying files, you are done.

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After!

6. Next step, is to insert the USB drive into the PC you want to install Windows 8.1 on, Power it off completely and Power on again.
Use BIOS settings to select ‘boot from USB’ or like on a HP machine, hit F9 at tghe HP logo screen to boot directly from USB.

7. Let the Installation begin! The Windows installation is pretty much standard. A Clean install is described here.  The setup of Windows 8, which is the same, is described here

8. Done!

References:

Thanks to:

As Always, Mattias Gutke! At CAG for some strange reason….Always a friend, a great help and a second opinion!

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Enjoy!

Regards

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