Office 365, Project Online, SharePoint

Project Online – a compelling case for moving Project Management forward

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Following the trend over the last few years away from native installations, Microsoft have now made their project management solutions available in the cloud in the form of Project Online. It’s a compelling option for Project Managers; more than simply moving MS Project onto the cloud, it offers full compatibility with SharePoint and integration with the whole Office 365 suite. With a facelift, a raft of new features and increased flexibility, it sits well with the all inclusive philosophy Microsoft envisage for the modern workplace.

While Project Online will be a logical choice for new subscribers, users with established project management software would be right to ask whether investing in the newest outing of MS Project offers any significant improvements for them and their business. In this post we’ll be looking at the most exciting features of the solution and explore what it can offer to different sets of users. Continue reading >>

Project Online, Project Server, SharePoint, SharePoint Online

Wow! You can now use your Deployment Planning Days to plan a Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) solution!

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If you have an Enterprise Agreement for licensing software from Microsoft, you may not be aware that there is a benefit that comes with it, which allows a number of days free of charge for a partner to help plan a solution for you.

The number of days depends on the size of your Enterprise Agreement, but those free days can be used in a number of ways, and one of those ways is SharePoint Deployment Planning. Continue reading >>

SharePoint, SharePoint Online

SharePoint Online: The future of social?

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Enterprise Social Networking, a.k.a. “Social” has become an important part of enterprise collaboration. With Gartner estimating that “by 2016, 50 percent of large organisations will have internal Facebook-like social networks”, and that “30 percent of these will be considered as essential as email and telephones are today”. Social can yield great benefits to organisations that use it correctly, but as with any technology project there are considerations and risks to mitigate. One of those is the choice of platform. Continue reading >>

Office 365

Office 365 | Configure Permanent Passwords

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Office 365 doesn’t allow you to set passwords that do not expire through the GUI – the maximum you can configure here is 730 days. However, if you would like to set passwords to not expire, you can do so via PowerShell:

To set passwords for an individual 365 user to never expire:

Import-Module msonline

$cred = Get-Credential

Connect-MsolService -cred $cred

Get-MsolUser | Where { $_.PasswordNeverExpires –ne $true } | Format-Table DisplayName, PasswordNeverExpires, UserPrincipalName

[the above command shows all the user accounts with passwords set to expire]

Set-MsolUser –UserPrincipalName [UPN name, usually the main email address of the target user] –PasswordNeverExpires $true

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