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Friday October 31

16:53
VMware ESXi 5.5 on the Mac Pro (2013)

Five years ago, it was not uncommon to see many cabinets full of Xserves fulfilling serving roles in the enterprise.  Today those servers are on their last legs and warrant replacement by modern hardware and software design.Luckily there isn’t much of a need of OS X Server by IT anymore as almost everything can run on Linux or Windows these days.  Aside from Deploy Studio, management tools such as Munki, Reposado, Puppet and even the JSS are platform agnostic.  However, many organizations still need instances of OS X running in the datacenter, whether it be for testing of older operating systems, compiling apps, or running automated AutoPkg.VMware’s ESXi hypervisior has emerged to be the market leader, but until last week the only supported Mac was the Mac Pro 5,1.  This was a good machine, but took up a massive amount of rack space and while its processors were fast in 2010, they just can’t keep up today.  For those running vSphere, the licensing costs of dual CPUs providing just... | Read more »

12:21
Delete nvram

A nifty little new option that came in OS X 10.9 Mavericks and stays in Yosemite is the ability to delete all of the firmware variables you’ve created. This can get helpful if you’ve got a bunch of things that you’ve done to a system and want to remove them all. If you run nvkram followed by a -p option you’ll see all of the configured firmware variables:
nvram -p
If you run it with a -d you’ll delete the given variables that you define (e.g. boot-args):
nvram -d boot-args
But, if you run the -c you’ll wipe them all:
nvram -c

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05:00
Cascading Software Update Service Updates In Yosem...

The swupd.plist file used to daisy chain multiple servers so they act as a cascade of software update servers. The new path for the property list is /Library/Server/Software Update/Config/swupd.plist. Here, the metaIndexURL key is sill the location that points to an internal Software Update Server that the server you are editing should look to for updates.
The default server is http://swscan.apple.com/content/meta/mirror-config-1.plist. To set a server to look at another internal server for software updates, edit the metaIndexURL key in the /Library/Server/Software Update/Config/swupd.plist file to include the path to the new server. The path should always have /content/meta/mirror-config-1.plist after the FQDN of the host name. So if your internal software update server was called daneel.foundation.lan the command to set that as the... | Read more »

05:00
New Outlook for Mac available to Office 365 custom...

Today we are announcing the new Outlook for the Mac, which delivers improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel that is unmistakably Microsoft Office. This release offers a more familiar and consistent experience between Outlook on the PC, Outlook on the web and Outlook Web App (OWA) for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
The new Outlook for Mac includes:

  • Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements.
  • A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs.
  • Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail.
  • Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients.
  • Office 365 push email support for real-time email delivery.

Thursday October 30

08:14
When The Project Manager Realizes A Feature Can’t...
08:00
Apps for Outlook.com—extending the developer oppor...

Today’s post was written by Pretish Abraham, principal program manager lead for the Outlook team.
Yesterday, at Inbox Love, we announced an exciting new opportunity for developers: Apps for Outlook.com. Next spring, Outlook.com will support third-party apps that will allow users to be more productive than ever, and will allow developers to share their app with our 400 million active customers. The best part, you can start building your apps now—for Outlook Web App—and they’ll work with Outlook.com come spring 2015.
So what exactly do we mean by Apps for Outlook.com? Last March, we introduced Office 365 as a platform for developers, and spoke about our new APIs and tools that let developers build solutions directly into Office 365–making people more productive at work, at home, at school, and on the road. This time, we’re extending the... | Read more »

08:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 021 about ou...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake talks with Brian Jones about all the announcements we made this week at TechEd Europe.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP21_BrianJones.mp3
Download the podcast.

 Show Notes

05:00
Yosemite Server: Configure Clients In Xsan 4 Envir...

Yosemite brings Xsan 4, which brings a new way to add clients to an Xsan. Xsan Admin is gone. From now on, instead of scanning the network using Xsan Admin. we’ll be adding clients using a Configuration Profile. This is actually a much more similar process to adding Xsan clients to a StorNext environment than it is to adding clients to Metadata Controllers running Xsan 3 and below. But instead of making a fsnameservers file, we’re plugging that information into a profile, which will do that work on the client on our behalf. To make the Xsan configuration profile, we’re going to use Profile Manager.
To get started, open the Profile Manager web interface and click on a device or device group (note, these are scoped to systems so cannot be used with users and user groups). Then click on the Settings tab for the object you’re configuring Xsan for.
... | Read more »

Wednesday October 29

11:00
New Lync for Mac adds Media Resiliency, Conversati...

Barak Manor is a product manager for the Lync team
I’m pleased to say that we’ve just released our latest update to Lync for Mac, and it is available for download on Microsoft Support. This release adds new two features; Media Resiliency and Conversation History, and support for Apple OS X Yosemite.
Media Resiliency
No network is perfect, of course, and we all want the best possible experience when hiccups happen. This update adds Media Resiliency for peer-to-peer calls and Lync Meetings, which does two important things. First, if a network disconnect occurs, Lync for Mac will now automatically rejoin a meeting or reconnect a peer-to-peer call as long as network connectivity is re-established within 30 seconds.
(Try it for yourself. Setup a Lync video call on your Mac. Quickly disconnect and reconnect your network cable, or disable and re-enable your wireless connection. You’ll see the video... | Read more »

09:00
Protecting you against the SSL 3.0 vulnerability

As we announced yesterday, driving innovations in security capabilities of Office 365 is a top priority. We understand that the security of your data is important and we’ll continue to be transparent about our approach. To that end, we wanted to share details around Security Advisory 3009008. This advisory provides guidance related to a vulnerability in Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 3.0 which could allow information disclosure. This is an industry-wide vulnerability that affects the protocol itself and is not specific to Microsoft’s implementation. To help protect our customers further, we will be disabling fallback to SSL 3.0 in IE, disabling SSL 3.0 by default in IE, and across Microsoft online services, over the coming months.
Starting on December 1, 2014, Office 365 will begin disabling support for... | Read more »

08:00
Visio webcast November 4—Automating business proce...

One of the powerful features in SharePoint is the ability to implement workflows. Workflows can streamline the cost and time required to coordinate common business processes.
In this webcast we will learn how Visio 2013 and SharePoint 2013 make it easier to model and implement workflows. The webcast will focus on how to leverage the SharePoint 2013. Workflow template included in Visio 2013 to design workflows and SharePoint Designer 2013 enhancements to facilitate implementing and publishing these workflows.
Presented by Reddy Kadasani, Tallan
Register now for this session, a few sessions, or the entire series!
The post Visio webcast November 4—Automating business process using Visio and... | Read more »

08:00
Office 365 Search is now smarter about spreadsheet...

Steve Kraynak is program manager for Excel Spreadsheet Management.
Businesses use spreadsheets for many critical functions, such as financial reporting and investment modeling, and they need to minimize the risks that using these spreadsheets introduce. The need for strong spreadsheet management is emphasized in these stories compiled by the European Spreadsheet Risk Interest Group (EuSpRIG). Office responded to this need by introducing new features in Office 2013 to help manage the use of spreadsheets for important business functions, and now it has enabled a similar capability in Office 365.
Now you can manage spreadsheets in Office 365
One of the tools introduced in Office 2013 is Discovery and Risk Assessment, a server (on-premises) that helps you find spreadsheets in your organization and determine which present the greatest risk, so you can take steps to reduce your risks. It does this by... | Read more »

08:00
Client library for Office 365 admin reporting web...

Julien Pierre is a program manager and Toney Sui is a software engineer with the Office big data team in Beijing, China.
If your company has deployed Office 365 and it has a central monitoring solution that enables you to continually look at the health of your IT services in one unified place—such as a help desk, reporting dashboard or other solution—there’s good news. Developers and independent software vendors (ISV) with a central monitoring solution like this can now use that solution to monitor Office 365 along with your other IT services, using the OData API. This new client library, the Office 365 Reporting Web Service Client Library, is available in .NET and makes it easier to export reporting data.
The library is available on nuget.org.

... | Read more »

05:00
Tune and optimize performance of your Office 365 c...

We are pleased to announce new resources to help Office 365 customers receive optimal performance when connecting to Office 365. As a software as a service (SaaS) offering, Office 365 has a number of layers between the servers that Microsoft manages and the end user.

Microsoft runs Office 365 in datacenters around the world; these datacenters are connected by a network to over 1,500 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) at over 50 network peering points on the Internet. This network is one of the three largest networks in the world and provides a substantial benefit to Office 365 customers. Between the Microsoft infrastructure and end users there is the public Internet, the customer on-premises network and Internet connection, and important client application configuration steps. The two new content areas we have focused on are:

  1. Capacity and other planning... | Read more »
05:00
Encrypt OS X Yosemite Server

Encrypting a volume in OS X Yosemite couldn’t be easier. In this article, we will look at three ways to encrypt OS X Yosemite volumes. The reason there are three ways is that booted volumes and non-booted volumes have different methods for enabling encryption.
Encrypting Attached Storage
For non-boot volumes, just control-click or right-click on them and then click on Encrypt “VOLUMENAME” where the name of the volume is in quotes.

When prompted, provide an encryption password for the volume, verify that password and if you so choose, provide a hint.

Once the encryption process has begun, the entry previously clicked on says Encrypting “VOLUMENAME” where the name of the volume is in quotes.
Before you can encrypt a volume from the... | Read more »

Tuesday October 28

10:00
Promote your apps and products in new countries w...

iAd is now available in 70 additional countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia, expanding global reach to 95 countries. Ad campaigns can be created in minutes using iAd Workbench. Learn More.

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10:00
Promote your apps and products in new countries w...

iAd is now available in 70 additional countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia, expanding global reach to 95 countries. Ad campaigns can be created in minutes using iAd Workbench. Learn More.

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08:15
OneNote gets even better on Mac and iOS

Today’s post was written by Omeed Chandra, program manager on the OneNote team.
Fall is here—at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere—and the days are getting shorter. That means you’ll have to finish your work more quickly if you want to get outside and catch a few rays of sunshine before it gets dark. We want to help, so today we’re releasing an update for OneNote on iPhone, iPad and Mac with new features that make it even easier for you to get organized and be productive!
Add files from your favorite cloud storage service to OneNote on your iPhone or iPad
OneNote is perfect for storing everything you need to remember about a project, class, or upcoming trip—including PDFs and Office files. Now... | Read more »

05:00
Yosemite Server And Logs

OS X Yosemite running the Server app has a lot of scripts used for enabling services, setting states, changing hostnames and the like. Once upon a time there was a script for OS X Server called server setup. It was a beautiful but too simplistic kind of script. Today, much of that logic has been moved out into more granular scripts, kept in /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/System/Library/ServerSetup, used by the server to perform all kinds of tasks. These scripts are, like a lot of other things in Yosemite Server. Some of these include the configuration of amavisd, docecot and alerts. These scripts can also be used for migrating services and data. Sometimes the scripts are in bash, sometimes ruby, sometimes perl and other times even python. And the scripts tend to change year over year/release over release.
One of the things that can can be useful about the scripts scattered throughout the Server app is to learn how the developers of OS X Server intend for certain... | Read more »

Monday October 27

23:30
Expanding data loss prevention (DLP) to SharePoint...

Shobhit Sahay is a technical product manager and Jack Kabat is a principal program manager on the Office 365 team.
One of the key tenets of our approach to security with Office 365 is to give you the right set of tools and services to address your organization’s specific security and compliance needs. Data loss prevention (DLP) is a critical part of the security capabilities we’ve built right into Office 365. We first rolled out DLP  in Exchange and Outlook and then expanded into Outlook Web App (OWA), adding new features along the way, such as policy tips in OWA and document fingerprinting.
But people collaborate and share sensitive information in many ways beyond email. For example, they might have sensitive content in Word documents or Excel spreadsheets created in client applications, and then share those documents with others in SharePoint or OneDrive for Business. As we enhance the collaboration capabilities within Office... | Read more »

23:30
New Office 365 extensibility for Windows, iOS, And...

In a world where people move between multiple devices and numerous apps to get things done, today we’re announcing new ways for developers to create applications that build on, and securely tap into the Office 365 platform. With millions of consumers and over 70 percent of the Fortune 500 companies using Office 365, it presents developers an opportunity to reach an audience that’s not only vast, but highly engaged given the number of hours people spend in Office every day.
Today, at TechEd Europe, we announced three new capabilities for developers:

  • General availability of new Office 365 APIs for mail, files, calendar and contacts
  • New mobile SDKs for native app development, and
  • Visibility for developers’ apps through the new Office 365 app launcher. 

Availability of Office 365 APIs open new mobile opportunities
Just a few weeks ago at the Gartner Symposium, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella... | Read more »

23:30
Introducing built-in mobile device management for...

Today’s post was written by Zohaib Haider Ali, senior product manager for the Office 365 team.
As more and more businesses adopt a bring your own device (BYOD) approach to phones and tablets, keeping corporate data secure on mobile devices is becoming a top challenge. As part of our commitment to making Office 365 the business productivity service suite with the most advanced security and compliance capabilities, we’re excited to announce new mobile device management (MDM) features built in to Office 365 that will help you meet this challenge.
These new MDM capabilities, set to roll out in the first quarter of 2015, will help you manage access to Office 365 data across a diverse range of phones and tablets, including iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices, so you can:

  • Help secure and manage corporate resources—Apply security policies on devices that connect to Office 365 to ensure that Office 365 corporate email and documents are... | Read more »
23:30
Office 365—Our latest innovations in security and...

Vijay Kumar is the senior product manager for the Office 365 team.
Today, at TechEd Europe, we are pleased to announce the next set of innovations in security, privacy and compliance capabilities of Office 365, including mobile device management capabilities for Office 365, expansion of data loss prevention (DLP) technologies and the availability of per-file encryption in our productivity services.
As a global provider of productivity services that includes Office, the most familiar productivity suite in the world, we understand that the security of your data is imperative to continually earn and maintain your trust. We are committed to driving rapid innovation in how we operate the service, how we protect your data and the controls we provide you to manage and protect information.
Mobile device management for Office 365
As more and more... | Read more »

08:10
TA14-300A: Phishing Campaign Linked with “Dyre” Ba...

Original release date: October 27, 2014
Systems Affected
Microsoft Windows
Overview
Since mid-October 2014, a phishing campaign has targeted a wide variety of recipients while employing the Dyre/Dyreza banking malware. Elements of this phishing campaign vary from target to target including senders, attachments, exploits, themes, and payload(s).[1][2] Although this campaign uses various tactics, the actor’s intent is to entice recipients into opening attachments and downloading malware.
Description
The Dyre banking malware specifically targets sensitive user account credentials. The malware has the ability to capture user login information and send the captured data to malicious actors.... | Read more »

08:00
OneDrive now with unlimited storage for Office 365...

Today’s post was written by Julia White, general manager of Office 365 Technical Product Management.
Today, storage limits just became a thing of the past with Office 365.  OneDrive and OneDrive for Business will now offer unlimited storage—at no additional cost—to our Office 365 consumer and business customers.
OneDrive makes sure you always have all your important content on all your devices and enables multiple people to collaborate and co-author a single document at the same time. Gone are the days of not having that document right when you need it or managing multiple versions of the same document. With OneDrive there is always just one source of truth available across all your devices. What’s more, with Office Delve, that important document your co-... | Read more »

 
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