INFOGRAPHIC A Day in the Live: IT Professional can use Office 365 to create winning solutions

by Arman Obosyan 21. March 2014 09:00

The infographic below shows how IT Pros can work more effectively using Office 365 versus Google Apps —and get the competitive advantage they need to help their organization develop a winning strategyINFOGRAPHIC A Day in the Live: IT Professional can use Office 365 to create winning solutions

Click here to download the infographic



Office Configuration Analyzer Tool 1.2

by Arman Obosyan 18. March 2014 23:54

The Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT) is a program that provides a detailed report of your installed Office programs. This report includes many parameters about your Office program configuration and highlights known problems found when OffCAT scans your computer. For any problems that are listed in the report, you are provided with a link to a public-facing article (usually a Microsoft Knowledge Base article) on the issue so you can read about possible fixes for the problem. If you are a Help Desk professional, you can also save the report to file so that the report can be viewed in the Office Configuration Analyzer Tool on another client where the tool is installed. The Office Configuration Analyzer Tool also includes a command-line version that can be used to collect an OffCAT scan without user intervention.


Download Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool 1.2

Version: 1.2
Date Published: 3/13/2014

File name: OffCAT.msi
File size: 10.3 MB
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File size: 10.8 MB
File name: OffCATv12.adm
File size: 21 KB
File name: ReadMe_OffCATv1.2.docx
File size: 4.9 MB

For more information visit The Exchange Team Blog, Upgrade to Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT) version 1.2


Azure Active Directory, Success with Hybrid Cloud

by Arman Obosyan 11. March 2014 23:40

Azure Active Directory

In recent years, a number of companies have spent massive amounts of money developing on-prem identity and access management solutions without actually solving the SSO problem. Every help center and IT department on earth can confirm this. The result is a lot of unhappy end users and a lot of over-worked IT teams – and all of that means huge pressures placed on IT Pros to find a simpler solution. The solution needs to understand what apps are being used within an infrastructure, how they are being used, and how to manage them.

One possible solution is a federation with each and every one of those cloud-based applications. The challenge with that approach is that not all apps use the same protocols or standards when it comes to identity management. This can make federation really difficult.

What organizations really need is a hub that can do four key things:

  • Sync with their on-prem Active Directory.
  • Seamlessly connect with a variety of cloud applications.
  • Integrate with various web protocols.
  • Scale around the globe to authenticate users in any location, from any device, in a way that integrates simply with their existing identities.

With more than 95% of Fortune 1000 organizations using Windows Server Active Directory on-prem, the industry would likely prefer not to reinvent the wheel or recreate all of their identities. The good news is that they don’t have to because this is exactly what AAD provides in a secure and comprehensive way. AAD combines directory services, advanced identity governance, application access management, and a developer’s identity management platform.

Let’s look at 4 key scenarios for AAD that organizations of all sizes will likely face as they manage identities in the public cloud:

  • Many applications, one identity repository.
  • Managing identities and access to cloud applications.
  • Monitoring and protecting access to enterprise applications.
  • Personalizing access and self-service capabilities.

Continue at source…


Integration Guide: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Office 365

by Arman Obosyan 10. March 2014 08:21

This guide is intended for administrators and technical decision makers in your company who want to gain experience with Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Office 365 to evaluate better their benefits for your company. The unified offering of Microsoft Office 365 with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online combines familiar Microsoft Office applications with a powerful customer relationship management solution accessed over the Internet to rapidly improve marketing effectiveness, boost sales productivity, and enrich customer service interactions.

Version: 6.0
Date Published: 2/25/2014
File name: CRMO365Integration.pdf
File size: 2.4 MB
Download Integration Guide: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Office 365


Office 365 Platform New Opportunities for developers

by Arman Obosyan 4. March 2014 08:46

Build contextual solutions for any device

Productivity apps should be available everywhere and anywhere users want them. The average information worker spends hours each day in the Office user experience across Office apps, web browsers, and mobile devices. We’re committed to enabling developers to easily and securely build solutions that integrate across the entire Office 365 user experience, including core productivity, mail, social collaboration, and communication powered by Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Yammer, and Lync.

Continue at source…


Open Source SDK for Android Brings Office 365 Apps to Life

by Arman Obosyan 3. March 2014 21:48

Your Android app can now reach millions of Office365 users. It’s now possible to use data stored in Microsoft Office 365 from your Android Apps. You can access lists, folders or Exchange contacts and emails, among other useful productivity features.

Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech) is announcing today a new open source project from the MS Open Tech Hub to help Android developers access Office 365 data from their apps. The Office 365 SDK for Android Preview, provides access to:

• Microsoft SharePoint Lists
• Microsoft SharePoint Files
• Microsoft Exchange Calendar
• Microsoft Exchange Contacts
• Microsoft Exchange Mail

The SDK is modular, containing three independent packages to manage files, lists and mail/calendar/contacts, letting app developers select only the module(s) they need.

The SDK is compatible with the following Android versions: 4.0.3 (API15),4.1.2 (API16),4.2.2 (API 17), 4.3 (API18),4.4.2 (API19). Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat.

Office365 has a strong focus on security, and this SDK is no exception. Access is secured using Windows Azure Active Directory (AAD) so apps will need to obtain an access token before they can operate with Office365 objects. That is easy enough to do by downloading and installing the ‘AAD Android library Preview’ in addition to the Office 365 SDK for Android.

More at source…


Office 365 Education in the Classroom eBook

by Arman Obosyan 27. February 2014 22:15

This new eBook, Office 365 Education in the Classroom, concentrates almost exclusively on how Office 365 Education can help the teacher and the student in their day to day work.

We look at a whole list of teaching and learning scenarios, describing some of the ways in which hard- working teachers might be dealing with them now and going on to show how one or more of the functions within Office 365 Education can make things easier and better.

Download Office 365 Education in the Classroom eBook

Office 365 Education in the Classroom eBook



Hierarchical Address Book in Office 365

by Arman Obosyan 21. February 2014 09:32

A long time ago, I wrote about Hierarchical Address Book in Exchange Server 2010so and what about new products (current)? 

This TechNet Article applies to Exchange Server 2013 Hierarchical Address Books
And announcement that Hierarchical Address Book now available in Office 365 too.

Office 365 Message Encryption

by Arman Obosyan 20. February 2014 17:32

Office 365 Message Encryption, a new easy-to-set-up-and-use email service that allows you to send encrypted mail to anyone. Today, we’re announcing the general availability of Office 365  Message Encryption.

learn more about the new Office 365 Message Encryption at


Support for Office 365 technical problems and troubleshooting

by Arman Obosyan 19. February 2014 09:56

Support for Office 365 technical problems and troubleshooting


Microsoft Office 365 Cash Back Program is BACK!

by Arman Obosyan 15. February 2014 18:19

Cash Back Office 365 promotion valid till 31st of March 2014. Cash Back is available to all Microsoft resellers (partners) who are registered with Cash Back and selling legitimate Microsoft licenses in eligible territories.

To qualify for reimbursement, your sales should meet the eligibility criteria for any selected Cash Back offer. The criteria typically include, but are not limited to:

  • sales date for Open Licenses
  • Microsoft product
  • License type
  • Customer segment

Please note that there is a minimum and a maximum number of Licenses per customer for each Cash Back offer.

Cash Back is paid to resellers in the form of a credit note through an authorized Microsoft Distributor. The credit notes are paid within 90 days after the reseller claim has been validated and approved for payment.

To apply for Cash Back:

To make a Cash Back claim, you must register for the Cash Back program (or sign in if you are already registered) and submit a reimbursement request (claim), along with all required documents.

Cash Back claims must be submitted during the open claiming period for a selected Cash Back offer. All you have to do, is provide the Open Agreement number, customer and distributor names for this Open Agreement and attach a copy of the customer invoice for the submitted claim. Please don’t forget to attach a copy of the customer invoice. Otherwise it won’t be possible to finalize the claim submission.

Important notice: Before submitting your claim, make sure you review all eligibility criteria outlined for the selected Cash Back offer.

For more info visit Microsoft Office 365 Cash Back program


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Arman Obosyan have more than 20+ years’ work experience in Information Technologies sector.

Last few years he working on a position Technology Strategist at Microsoft Corporation, In the past Arman was Head of IT Infrastructure in Governmental Central Bank of Georgia (National Bank of Georgia).

Nowadays Arman is supporting C-Level and enabling business, visionary with a passion of technology, trends.


Certified since 2003 year, passed following certifications MCP, MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, Exin ITIL and VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

Founder / Lead of Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP) Club Tbilisi and Community GE project 

In 2010 Was awarded a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)

2017 MVP Reconnect


The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent anyone else's view in any way, including those of my employer.

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