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

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Certificate Planning in Exchange 2013

by Arman Obosyan 19. March 2014 23:10

Now that we understand the load balancing and namespace planning principles and how clients connect in an Exchange 2013 environment that has Exchange 2007 and/or Exchange 2010 deployed, the proper certificates can be constructed and deployed as part of the upgrade process.

Of course it goes without saying that there are a few rules you should follow in crafting your certificates:

  1. Use as few certificates as possible.
  2. Use as few host names as possible.
  3. Utilize the Subject Alternative Name (SAN) attribute on the certificate.
  4. Use the Exchange Certificate Wizard within the Exchange Admin Center to request certificates.
  5. Deploy the same certificate across all CAS in the datacenter pair.
  6. Deploy Vista SP1 or later clients so that you do not have to worry about the certificate principal name value.

Wildcard certificates are an option as well. A wildcard certificate for * results in a certificate that will work for,, and namespaces.

To understand what host names should be included in the certificate request, three scenarios will be considered that leverage the architecture principles discussed in the prior articles.

Certificate Planning in Exchange 2013

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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


Outlook 2013 with SP1 and associated data files (PST or OST)

by Arman Obosyan 15. March 2014 21:57

Note that one of the update included with the Office 2013 SP1 is when you delete an email account from Outlook 2013 SP1, the associated data files (PST or OST) are automatically deleted.

Previously, the data files were still available on the user profile.

Outlook 2013 with SP1 and associated data files (PST or OST)

For more information how to backup your data visit support article at Introduction to Outlook Data Files (.pst and .ost)


Client Connectivity in an Exchange 2013 Coexistence Environment

by Arman Obosyan 13. March 2014 10:43

This article is part 3 in a series that discusses namespace planning, load balancing principles, client connectivity, and certificate planning.

Over the last several months, we have routinely fielded questions on how various clients connect to the infrastructure once Exchange 2013 is deployed. Our goal with this article is to articulate the various connectivity scenarios you may encounter in your designs. To that end, this article will begin with a walk through of a deployment that consists of Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 in a multi-site architecture and show how the connectivity changes with the introduction of Exchange 2013.

Pre-E15 Environment

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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



Lync Server 2013 On-Premises Architectures Poster

by Arman Obosyan 26. February 2014 16:10

Technical diagram for Lync Server 2013 On-Premises architectures. Provides architectural design guidance for planning and deployment of Lync Server 2013. Includes sections on the components of a Lync Server 2013 deployment, example architectures for increasing high availability and disaster recovery, example architectures for small, medium and large organizations, installation overview, server roles descriptions, and what’s new in Lync Server 2013.

Lync Server 2013 On-Premises Architectures Poster

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Version: Feb2014
Date Published: 2/21/2014

File name: Lync2013_Architectures.pdf 816 KB
File size: Lync2013_Architectures.vsdx 1.8 MB

For more information and other poster visit NextHope Blog

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About the author

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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