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Microsoft Exchange Connectivity Analyzer Tool – Client

The Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer Tool is a downloadable client program that is used to identify connectivity issues that occur between email clients and a server that is running Microsoft Exchange Server. The tool can also be used to identify connectivity issues between email clients and Office 365. The tool can be used both by email users, to identify common problems, and by IT Administrators, to troubleshoot issues that are affecting their Exchange Server deployments.

The Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer Tool simulates several client logon and mail flow scenarios. When a test fails, many of the errors message provide troubleshooting tips to help the user or IT Administrator to resolve the problem.

This tool is a companion tool to the Remote Connectivity Analyzer website. Whereas the Remote Connectivity Analyzer website enables IT Administrators to pinpoint connectivity issues by simulating connectivity from a location outside the customer environment, the Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer Tool lets both email users and IT administrators run the same tests within the user’s environment.

You must be running one of the following operating systems:

  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008
  • 64-bit edition of Windows Vista

Download the client tool (Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer (Beta) here.

Connectivity check as follows

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Select one of the option below to continue to next screen

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Enter the credential you want to check for connectivity issues

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Enjoy!!

December 13, 2012 Posted by | Exchange server 2010, Mails, Microsoft, Office 2010, Office 365, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, OWA, Phone, Protocols, Remote Connectivity Analyzer, Software | , , , | 1 Comment

Nokia Lumia 920 – The Phone that sets the standard

  • 8.7 megapixels Camera sensor (main camera resolution)
  • Nokia PureView Camera
  • 4.5 ” Display size
  • Snapdragon™ S4 Processor name
  • 10 h Talk time (3G)
  • 400 h Standby time (3G)
  • 67 h Maximum music playback time

Operating system and software

The Nokia Lumia 920 runs the Windows Phone 8 operating system. As with other Lumia devices, the 920 includes Nokia-exclusive apps, like Nokia City Lens, an augmented reality software that gives dynamic information about users’ surroundings. Click here for Specifications.

Inductive charging

The phone can be recharged either physically or inductively using the Qi technology. Rather than requiring the use of a physical connection to the phone, this requires the phone to be placed upon a charging pad which, unlike a physical connector, hinders use of the phone while charging. The charging pad requires a separate power supply.

Processors, memory, and storage

The Lumia 920 has a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Krait, and a Qualcomm Adreno 225 GPU, and has 1 GB of system RAM

Nokia Lumia 920 comes with an internal storage capacity of 32 GB. Although Windows Phone 8 supports storage expansion using microSD cards, Lumia 920 does not support them.

Screen

The Lumia 920 has a 4.5-inch curved glass display running at WXGA (1280 × 768) resolution with an aspect ratio of 15:9 using enhanced IPS screen technology which Nokia calls “PureMotion HD+”. It has less than 9 ms average transition times, where conventional IPS LCDs have an average of 23 ms, which reduces motion blur.

Camera

The Lumia 920 has Nokia’s PureView technology on the rear camera, which Nokia claims to be the best currently available on any smartphone, capturing “five to 10 times more light than competitor devices” via a “floating lens technology that surpasses the optical image stabilization system of most digital SLRs.

Click here for accessories list.

 

October 6, 2012 Posted by | Exchange Online, Lumia 920, Lync Online, Microsoft, Nokia, Office 2010, Office 365, Office for Mac, Phone, Software, Windows phone, Windows Phone 8 | , , , , | Leave a comment

Sky Drive – All you need to know!!!

If you have a Windows Live account (or an old Hotmail account), then you have 25GB of free storage on SkyDrive. If you don’t have one, go and grap it. SkyDrive is a great way to store lots of files in the cloud for easy access remotely. Windows 7  and now defenetely on windows 8 will let you map your SkyDrive folders as network drives, making access even simpler.

How to map SkyDrive to your computer?

Windows 7 will let you map your SkyDrive to your local machine. How to do it? Here is the step

  • Sign in to your Windows Live account.
  • Get your ID from the address bar (Below showing how to get it)
    • Click on the “Files” as shown below

    • Look at the address bar and you will find your “CID” number just copy that number
  • Now go to your Windows 7 computer
  • Open My Computer, then select “Map network drive” near the top bar.
  • Select the drive letter you want, then type the following  under the “Folder bar”
  • \\docs.live.net@SSL\ and then copy your CID number here \
  • Check mark “Reconnect at logon”
  • Click Finish
  • Once you click finish, system will automatically attempt to log on to your SkyDrive.
  • Next system will show you to enter SkyDrive credential.
  • Enter the username and password and clik PK

Thats it..your SkyDrive is now mapped to your local machine.

Here you can rename the folder (If in case the language is not proper in you SkyDrive). What ever you do at the local “mapped” Skydrive, it will reflect in your SkyDrive as well.

Apps for SkyDrive?

Allmost all the device now support SkyDrive and it is free apps..you just name it..Windows, Mac, Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad…Click here to download it

Read the article from Mike Torres, and Omar Shahine, group program managers for SkyDrive.

Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

April 24, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Hotmail, HTML 5, iPhone, Mails, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 365, Personnel, Phone, SkyDrive, Software, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows phone | , , , , | Leave a comment

Import contacts into Outlook from Excel

Exporting from Excel

  1. If row 1 of your spreadsheet contains column descriptions, such as “Name,” “E-mail Address,” and so on, skip to step 3. If it does not, add one that does by right-clicking the 1 to the left of the first row, and then clicking Insert.
  2. In the new blank cells at the top of each column, type a description for that column, such as “Name,” “E-mail Address,” “Company,” “Phone Number,” and so on.
  3. On the File menu, click Save As.
  4. Choose a folder to save to from the Save in drop-down list, type a name for the file, such as “Contacts,” in the File name box, and in the Save as type drop-down list, click CSV (Comma delimited).
  5. Make a note of the folder location, and then click SAVE.

Importing into Outlook (older versions)

  1. If you are importing into an existing Contacts folder, skip to step 3. To create a new folder in Outlook, click Folder List on the View menu, unless the Folder List is open already.
  2. Right-click the Contacts folder, and then click New Folder, type a name for the new folder, and then click OK.
  3. On the File menu, click Import and Export, click Next, click Comma Separated Values (Windows), and then click Next.
  4. If the file that is displayed is not the correct file, click Browse, browse to the folder noted in step 3, and then double-click the file to select it.
  5. If you are importing into a new folder, the Options settings is irrelevant because there are no duplicates. If not, choose the most logical selection. Click Allow duplicates if you are not sure, and then click Next.
  6. Click the Contacts folder, or other contacts-type folder that you have created, to import into, and then click Next.
  7. If you are not sure that the column names in the first row of the spreadsheet will map correctly to the Outlook fields, click Map custom fields to verify them.

    NOTE: If Map custom fields is unavailable, you have chosen a non-contact-type folder to import into. Click Back, and then choose the correct folder. If you are satisfied with the mapping, click OK to close the Map Custom Fields dialog box, and then click Finish.

Importing into Outlook 2010

  1. If you are importing into an existing Contacts folder, skip to step 4.
  2. Create a new folder in Outlook 2010
  3. Right-click the Contacts folder, click New Folder, type a name for the new folder, and then click OK.
  4. Click the File tab in the Ribbon, and then click Open on the menu.
  5. Click on Import tab. The Import and Export Wizard opens.
  6. If the file that is displayed is not the correct file, click Browse , browse to the folder that is mentioned in step 3, and then double-click the file to select it.
  7. If you are importing into a new folder, the Options settings are irrelevant because there are no duplicates. If you are not importing to a new folder, choose the most logical selection. Click Allow duplicates if you are not sure, and then click Next .
  8. Click the Contacts folder or another contacts-type folder that you have created, and then click Next.
  9. If you are not sure that the column names in the first row of the spreadsheet will map correctly to the Outlook fields, click Map custom fields to verify them.

April 19, 2012 Posted by | Mails, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 365, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, Software | | Leave a comment

Office 365 System Requirements – Client side

If you ever look at all the migration that we do, we have to completed the biggest challenge; clients has been getting the system requirements ready for Office 365.

 Click here to know more from my dedicated blog for O365 users.

Enjoy!!!

March 18, 2012 Posted by | Active Sync, ADFS, Cloud Computing, DIR Sync, Exchange Online, Exchange server 2010, FOPE, Licensing cloud services, Lync Online, Microsoft, Microsoft Azure, Office, Office 2010, Office 365, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Sharepoint Online, Software | , | 5 Comments

Office 365 – Migration approach

This page has been move to a dedicated page..click here.

March 17, 2012 Posted by | ADFS, Cloud Computing, DIR Sync, Exchange server 2010, Forefront Endpoint protection 2010, Licensing cloud services, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 365, Outlook, Power Shell, Software | | Leave a comment

Office 365 – Cloud configuration – Step by step

In my previous post…ADFS…Active Directory Federation Service i was talking about the ADFS architecture and promise for the deployment or migration to O365 from Microsoft.

Here i’m dedicating a page for Office 365 live migration …Click here to divert to the page

Enjoy..!!!

March 13, 2012 Posted by | ADFS, Cloud Computing, DIR Sync, Exchange Online, Exchange server 2010, FOPE, Internet Information Services (IIS), Licensing cloud services, Lync Online, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 365, Office Professional Plus, Power Shell, Sharepoint Online, Software | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

OAB…long time to download?

An offline address book (OAB) is a copy of a collection of address lists that has been downloaded so that a Microsoft Outlook user can access the information it contains while disconnected from the server. Microsoft Exchange generates the new OAB files, compresses the files, and then places the files on a local share. Exchange administrators can choose which address lists are made available to users who work offline, and they can also configure the method by which the address books are distributed.

Pretty straight forward explanation of OAB replication on Exchange 2010 SP2 Rollup Update…Thanks to Greg Taylor, Principal Program Manager @ Exchange Customer Experience, who explained on EHLO…click here to read more of this article

One important thing to share :

Important:
OAB data is produced by the Microsoft Exchange System Attendant service running as Local System. If an administrator uses the security descriptor to prevent users from viewing certain recipients in Active Directory, users who download the OAB will be able to view those hidden recipients. Therefore, to hide a recipient from an address list, you set the HiddenFromAddressListsEnabled parameter on the Set-PublicFolder, Set-MailContact, Set-MailUser, Set-DynamicDistributionGroup, Set-Mailbox, and Set-DistributionGroups cmdlets. Alternatively, you can create a new default OAB that doesn’t contain the hidden recipients.

Click here to understand more on offline Address Book

 

March 4, 2012 Posted by | Exchange server 2010, Mails, Microsoft, OAB, Office, Office 2010, Outlook | , , | Leave a comment

Experiencing O365 platform with Microsoft online service

We are now experiencing the O365 environment to our domain…i should tell you that “beauty lies beneath the platform”…more to explore

Built to deliver the enterprise-grade security and reliability that businesses require, Microsoft Exchange Online provides hosted email, calendar and contacts on your PC, phone and web browser.

  • Built-in anti-virus and antispam filters protect your information and help you focus on what’s most important
  • Mobile sync to hundreds of devices means you can access and update your info while on the go
  • 99.9% uptime commitment with financially-backed SLA
  • For a total of $5 per user per month, you control a rich hosted Exchangeenvironment with 25 GB mailboxes for every user without having to manage a server.
    • Data is hosted in geographically-distributed datacenters with continuous data backup and premiere disaster recovery capabilities
    • A team of security experts monitors Exchange Online around the clock and updates anti-virus and spam filters to address new threats as soon as they appear
    • Automatic patching eliminates the time and effort of maintaining and servicing your email system
    • An easy-to-use Web interface lets you manage your online environment from anywhere
  • Live phone support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • Large, 25 GB mailboxes are standard for every user so they can access all essential information in one place
  • Seamless integration with Outlook so your users can enjoy a rich, familiar email experience and offline access
  • Calendar sharing allows users to see free/busy information with colleagues, even if they work at another company
  • Email archiving, eDiscovery Search, retention policies, and optional legal hold help preserve and discover data
  • Security policies let you create approved mobile device lists, enforce PIN lock, and remotely wipe data from lost phones
  • Free tools for migrating IMAP and Exchange Server mailbox data to Exchange Online
  • Beauty of FOPE..Forefront Online Protection for Exchange integration and management through browser.

Here is the plan…and if you need more, go to O365 Home Site and for UAE users, go to O365 UAE plan

Enjoy!!!

February 2, 2012 Posted by | Cloud Computing, Exchange Online, Exchange server 2010, FOPE, Forefront, Forefront Endpoint protection 2010, Internet Explorer, Licensing cloud services, Lync Online, Malware Protection Center, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Office 365, Office Professional Plus, Sharepoint Online, Software, Windows 7 phone, Windows phone | , , , , , | 1 Comment

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