Wednesday 13 June 2012

How can I get Right Plan, Office 365?

As office 365 is enough flexible for Clients, Means you can use plan according to you needs?
It can be simple but you can choose Office 365 advisor tool to get most appropriate/recommended plan for your organization.  
Simple save your money by choosing right plan for your organization/your needs

Where and how you can use this tool
Simple Click Below
Advisortool (Get your Right Plan)
You will find link at Right bottom of the page, just Click on it’s, another popup screen will Open there,

Monday 11 June 2012

Windows PowerShell cmdlets for Office 365 - Where to Start

What You Required:
Where to start:
Open Windows PowerShell and type import-module MSOnline ( Import Office 365 Module)
Click at start -> All Programs ->Microsoft Online Services -> Microsoft Online Services Module for Windows PowerShell
(Sign In Dialog Will Appear, Enter User name and Password to Connect.)  
Starting from Simple Commands
Get-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName                                                

Returns the Details of Given User

Getting Help
Get-Help <CommandName>
Example Get-Help Get-MsolUser
For More Detailed Help you can send Extra Parameter for it
  1. Get-Help Get-MsolUser -examples
  2. Get-Help Get-MsolUser -detailed
  3. Get-Help Get-MsolUser –full

Add User
New-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName -DisplayName "Majid Rehan" -FirstName "Majid" -LastName "Rehan"

To View all Parameter you can Type Get-Help New-MsolUser -Detailed

Remove User
Remove-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName

More Details will be posted in Next Blogs....

Want to earn a Certified Charter Status on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Exam 70-243?

If you are preparing or planning to pass newly released Microsoft System Center 2010 Configuration Manager Exam 70-243, you will feel limitations in availability of Learning Plans, Tools, Microsoft Official Courses, Study Guides, and Online Material as exam is pretty much new and released in last month.

Microsoft Official Courses for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (10747AB and 10748AB) are available in beta and these courses utilizes RC1 software in the virtual machine for the labs (which is not a good idea for now as product is in GA).

To be eligible for a charter member status (pass the exam within six months from the first date that the certification can be earned), you can start preparation of exam now and I found a very useful study guide published by Keith Mayer TechNet Blog.

This guide is organized and based on the “Skills Being Measured” specified in Exam 70-243 requirements.

Although this guide is NOT intended as a replacement for formal training on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager but it is a good starting point.

Start preparation and Happy Hunting!

Thursday 7 June 2012

Passed the Exam70-321: Deploying Office 365

I passed the Microsoft new released Office 365 deployment exam on May 31, 2012. I was fortunate enough to pass the exam in my first attempt as there is no Microsoft Official study guide, course and practice exam available to date.

The exam was difficult and different from other Microsoft exams and demand hands-on experience of Office365 planning and migration.

You can build your own lab with any internet domain to get hands-on if you didn’t get the chance of deployment and administration of Office 365. Here are the high level requirements to build your own lab.

Hardware & Network
  • A computer with minimum 8 GB RAM, 16 GB Recommended
  • Processor with support of virtualization with Hyper-v or VMware
  • Internet connection preferred with Static Public IP or use Dynamic DNS
  • Internet Domain Name e.g.
Software & Server Roles
  • Office 365 Trial Account
  • Internet Domain Name
  • PKI Certificates from Public Issuer for ADFS and Sigle Sign-on
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise R2 Media (Trial or TechNet)
  • Active Directory Domain Services (Domain Controller)
  • Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 (Federation Server and Proxy Server)
  • Exchange Server 2010 SP2 Servers (Mailbox, HUB, CAS, UM, Edge Roles)
  • Office 365 Directory Synchronization Tool
The exam was mixture of all technologies related to Microsoft Office 365 i.e. Exchange Server, Lync Server, SharePoint, ADFS, DNS Records, PKI Requirements, licensing, service plans etc. The skills being measured in exam can be found at:

Exam70-321: Deploying Office 365:

I used following material to prepare the exam and will be helpful if you are planning to appear in the exam:

Office 365 Deployment Guide for Enterprises:

Office 365 Price and Plans:

Office 365 Help:

Windows PowerShell in Office 365:

Windows PowerShell cmdlets for Office 365: