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  • The September update to the Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Guide for Enterprises has been released. This guide is referenced in the Office 365 courses on the Microsoft Virtual Academy and will build on the training material in those courses.

    In addition to the PDF version of the Deployment Guide, an updated web edition has been released. The web edition provides all of the same content of the document version, as well as the following:

    • Concise search and index features that filter search results to what you need from the Deployment Guide
    • Auto expanding table of contents guiding you to the information needed
    • Bookmark feature allowing you to reference back to a topic quickly
    • Microsoft Translate technology and is available in approximately 30 languages

    About the Deployment Guide

    The Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Guide for Enterprises presents important deployment planning concepts and deployment procedures. The deployment guide is organized into the sections that provide specific types of information for specific types of deployment personnel in your organization.

    Here is a quick overview of what you will find:

    • Deployment Overview section. This material provides the high-level look at the deployment and organizational requirements to deploy Office 365. It has valuable information for your IT decision-makers, program managers, and technical implementation leads.
    • Plan and Prepare sections. These sections describe the particular tasks and activities required to get ready and fully implement your Office 365 deployment. The tasks are generally presented in the order in which you address them during your deployment. Topics discussed in the Plan section generally reappear in the Prepare section with instructions for carrying out a task. The Plan and Prepare sections contain content that will interest specific types of technology experts in your organization.
    • Migrate section. This section describes the tasks for moving your users’ mailboxes to the Office 365 environment so you can begin using the Office 365 as part of your production environment.

    Please send feedback and suggestions about the Microsoft Office 365 Deployment Guide to

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  • There have been some recent releases of Azure materials. These two resources are great additional materials to the Windows Azure set of courses.

    Windows Azure Platform Training Kit - September Update.

    The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform, including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and the Windows Azure AppFabric.

    Windows Azure Platform PowerShell Cmdlets

    Designed to make deploying and managing your Windows Azure applications simpler, the new Windows Azure Platform PowerShell Cmdlets have been updated to improve consistency and ease deployment.

    Download these resource from.

    Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – September Update

    Windows Azure Platform PowerShell Cmdlets v2.0

  • The first of the monthly Radio shows we are recording about all things MVA is now live. Over the next few months we’ll have features about what’s happen in the Academy now and what is coming down the line.

    In the first show we celebrate the first 6 months of the global MVA, we’ll cover what we’ve done in the last 6 months and look ahead to the what is coming down the line.

    One feature we will include in future episodes is the chance to have your question answered on air. For the next episode you can send us your question via email and we will pick the best ones, going forward we will give you the option to send us your question in video form for inclusion in the show.

    Send you questions to October Episode Question

    September Episode: Happy 6 Month Anniversary MVA

  • We have received a number of reports about the Office 365 Overview for the IT Pro video within the Office 365 Platform course. The reports indicated that the video would often not play correctly, if at all. We passed these reports onto the TechNet Edge team, who investigated the issue.

    As a result of this investigation the video was modified and reloaded onto the site. We believe this update will address the issues being experienced. We hope these issues did not cause to much inconvenience in taking the Office 365 course.

    As you use the Academy. if you do experience issues with videos within the courses, please let us know through the Tell The Dean address. Also to help us we request that you include the following information in you report to us:-

    • Which video(s) within the course you are having issues with.
    • A description of the problem you experience.
    • The Operating System Version, Browser Version and Silverlight Version you are using.
    • The locale are you accessing from
    • The Internet connection type and speed, if available

    This information will help us determine the possible cause more quickly.

    Alan Le Marquand

    Dean of the Microsoft Virtual Academy