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What to expect during upgrade

  • Office 365 customers will be notified approximately four weeks prior to their upgrade and will have the opportunity to postpone for a minimum of two months.
  • Review “What’s new in SharePoint Online–top 10” to start to plan how your company will take advantage of the new SharePoint Online capabilities soon to be at your fingertips.
  • Evaluate whether content and sites are “old” or “unused” – and if so, consider removing content or even whole site collections that are no longer necessary.
  • Review the ‘Known Issues and Design Changes’ section below.
  • Upgrade individual site collections as outlined below at your own pace – one at a time, or all at once to save time.

You can learn about all the Office 365 service upgrade options at the broader Office 365 Service Upgrade Center, including what you need to know about Exchange Online, Lync Online and Office client

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How to edit public facing web site in Office 365 and adding documents as a link from documents folder?
How to add documents to SharePoint Online site and link to site as a link?

1. Login to your Office 365 site and edit

Design and Edit your publich facing web site

2. Click All Site Contents in your left hand side of your site screen

All Site Contents SharePoint Online

3. When you go to All Site Contents, you may see several folders. Click on Documents folder to upload your documents (it can be MS office, PDF or any other format) to add this to your SharePoint online web site.

Adding documents to SharePoint Online Site

4. Once you click on document folder, SharePoint online will allow you to add single or multiple document. Click add document to upload your files to Office 365 web site. You need to browse and select the files

Add documents to Office 365 site

5. When you finished uploading your documents to SharePoint online site, this is what you will see.


6. If you want to find out about the URL for this document, Right click on the document and go to properties

Finding URL for Office 365 document

7. You want to copy the URL of the documents which you uploaded to SharePoint online site

document propertiy for office 365

8. If you want to insert documents to SharePoint online or Office 365 site, please follow see following instructions
Edit the page which you want to insert documents in Office 365 site

adding hyperlink to Office 365 document

9. In above example, I am adding a document called Testing Document to page in Office 365 site

- Highlight Testing Document
- Click Hyperlink to insert the document as a link
- Select Link to from my documents

Insert a link to Office 365 document

10. Select the documents which you want to link and click OK. This will insert the link for the title. When user click on this link in your Office 365 site, the document will open from this location.

11. Office 365/SharePoint online site allows you to upload multiple or single documents to folder and allows you to link each documents to your SharePoint online pages.

Silverlight application allow you to visually assemble commands and you can use these commands for SharePoint 2010 and Office 365 administration purpose.
Great tools for those who want to create Power Shell scripts fast.


Supported Products : SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010 and Office 365

Windows Power Shell Command Builder

Build your own Power Shell Scripts

Build Power Shell Scripts for SharePoint 2010

Hybrid SharePoint environments combine on-premises Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 with Office 365 — Microsoft SharePoint Online


Hybrid environments enable organizations to achieve a higher degree of flexibility than forcing a choice between either an on-premises or cloud model. Organizations can start to achieve the benefits associated with the use of cloud computing coupled with the customization flexibility and tight data governance of an on-premises system, while delivering a consistent experience to users.

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Office 365 Free eBook

September 1, 2011 — Leave a comment

Free eBook: Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime

Office 365 Free eBook

Free eBook: Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime

We are very excited to announce that we are able to offer Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime (ISBN 9780735656949), by Katherine Murray, as a free eBook.

For details on this book, including the Table of Contents, see our previous blog post here.

To download your free PDF eBook, click here. Updates to this eBook, as well as additional eBook formats, will become available in the future, so check this blog for updates.

SharePoint Online and Office 365 standard compared to SharePoint 2010 On-Premises

Area SharePoint 2010
SharePoint Online
Sandboxed Solutions (Partial-trust code) yes yes
Farm Level Solutions (Full Trust Code) yes no
Silverlight Web Part (.XAP files) yes yes
BCS (backend LOB integration) yes no
SharePoint Designer 2010 yes yes
Client Object Model yes yes
Web Services yes yes
OOB Browser Configuration (Web parts, Theming) yes yes
Visual Studio 2010 (SharePoint Tools) Yes (Farm and Sandbox) yes (sandbox only)
InfoPath forms Yes (Admin and Sandbox) yes (sandbox only)
Workflows yes (custom and declarative) yes (custom activities in sandbox and declarative)

Customizing Office 365 login page for your business.  By changing the url to your custom domain name, will take your customer customers to Office 365 Portal Page, SharePoint Online or MS Outlook page.

Or you can add this link from your web site so that user can click on this go to Office 365 login page.

I used second second method to redirect users to Office 365 login page where they enter user name and password to login to Office 365 portal.


How to enable email forwarding  to other Email accounts in Microsoft Office 365?

Here is a Situations

Say that you have Office 365 accounts for your small business and your email address is starting from and you want to forward
these emails to your email address.

In this blog, I am going to provide all the steps you needed to forward your emails from Office 365 account to other email accounts.

1- Log into your Microsoft Office 365 account and under Outlook click on Option.


If you don’t see options beside below Outlook
Go to Admin | Manager | Users | Licenses | Make sure you have Exchange Online selected


2. In Outlook Options, Click on Forward your Email


This will open Connected Accounts.  If you scroll down, you will see Forwarding : Forward my e-mail to:  This is where you need to put your email address which you want to
forward all the emails from Office 365 accounts and click save.



To test your forwarding works for not from Office 365 accounts, just click on your Email and send a test mail to you.  This will forward  your office 365 emails to your business accounts.



I send a test email to my Office 365 accounts and it left a copy in Office 365 inbox and the other copy came to my business account.
This is how you can forward your office 365 emails to your business email address

How to setup custom domain for SharePoint online site if you have your domain name with Go Daddy?
In this blog, I will be showing you all the steps need to map your domain from Go Daddy to your SharePoint online site.

1. Log In to your Office 365 account and click on Domains and click on Add Domain


Specify Domain – Step 1


1. Type in your domain name in the filed and click on Check Domain


2. Check Domain will display your domain name, domain registrar and Registrant Name.  If all the information are correct, click next


Verify Domain  – Step 2

1. Use the table and instructions below to create a TXT record for a domain that is registered at Go Daddy.


  1. Sign in to your account at Go Daddy.
  2. Click the My Account tab.
  3. In the list of domain names, click the domain that you’re verifying.


  4. On the Domain Manager page, under DNS Manager, click Launch. The Zone File Editor page lists the DNS records associated with your domain.

    DNS Manager at Go Daddy

  5. Below the Text (TXT) list, click Quick Add.


  6. In the Host box, type or paste

    Adding TXT records for SharePoint Online in Go Daddy

  7. In the TXT Value box, type or paste v=verifydomain MS=ms17718044.
  8. In the TTL box, type or paste 1 Hour.
  9. On the Zone File Editor page, click Save Zone File.

    Save Zone File, Go Daddy

  10. In the confirmation dialog box, click OK.
  11. Sign out of the Go Daddy website. Wait at least 15 minutes for the changes to take effect.
  12. Return to Office 365 and click the Verify button below.

    Verify Domain for Office 365 for Go Daddy


Specify Services  – Step 3

The DNS record that you create to enable SharePoint Online for this domain by default restricts all other DNS records from working. You can configure DNS to work around this restriction so that you can use your domain with SharePoint Online together with other services. For more information, see Use SharePoint Online on a vanity domain together with other services.

Specify domain services for Office 365

Click next to continue

Office 365 Configure DNS has been added to your account . You can now use this domain with Microsoft Online Services.

Next step: configure domain

To configure your domain to work with Microsoft Online Services, click Configure DNS records below. To return to this step at a later time, click Close. Learn more

Next step: Configure DNS and set up your website

To create your website, and to learn about the DNS record you’ll need to configure to route traffic to your website, go to the SharePoint Online Administration Center


Now you can see your domain is active. Just click on the domain to see DNS properties


Configuring SharePoint Online URL to Custom Domain Name

1. Go to SharePoint Online Administration Center and Click on Site Collections

2. In site collections select your domain which you want to configure your custom domain and select DNS Information


When you use your own website domain, you must update its DNS settings so the site is visible on the Internet. To do this, sign in to your domain registrar’s site and create a CNAME record for the domain with the following target address:


It can take up to 72 hours for the new DNS settings to propagate throughout the Internet. During that time your site might not be visible to all users.

Copy and login into Go Daddy account and go to your DNS Manager

Go Daddy Says: Points to — Enter the host name you want the alias to point to. For example, type @ to map the alias directly to your domain name.
Reference: Add a CNAME Record

Configuring CNAME in Go Daddy for SharePoint Online

Click on Save and accept all the changes. 

Setting up custom domain to your SharePoint Online Site

1. Go back go SharePoint Online Site | Administration Control | Site Collections

2. Select your Domain and click on Web Site Domains

SharePoint Online Web Site Domains

Select a domain name from the list. To add new domain names to the list, go to Microsoft Online Services. Verified domains appear in the list when they are not in use by any other sites or services.

To rename your Website, select a new domain name from the list, and then click OK. After the name is changed, the DNS settings must be updated. To learn more about updating DNS settings, see DNS Basics .
Renaming the Website may change its functionality.

Select Domain Name for SharePoint Online SIte


Once your DNS changed from Go Daddy, your new domain will resolve your SharePoint Online Site.

How do I add my own custom domain  name to SharePoint Online site which I created?
If you have SharePoint online site and want to add a custom domain name to your site, the process is easy.

Under Management click on Domain
- Add a Domain



Specify domain

You can only add domain names that you own. If you don’t already own a domain name, you can purchase one from a domain registrar, and then return to add it to Microsoft Office 365.


Type your domain name in the filed and click on Check Domain


Verify domain

Before we can add your domain name to Microsoft Office 365, we must verify that you are the owner of the domain.

  1. Sign in to your domain registrar’s website, and then select the domain that you’re verifying.
  2. In the DNS management area for your account, choose the option to add a TXT record for your domain.  ( In this demo I am using eNom Central)


  3. In the TXT box for the domain, type or paste


  4. In the Fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or Points to box, type or paste v=verifydomain MS=ms95651193.
  5. Save your changes, and then sign out of your domain registrar’s website. Wait at least 15 minutes for this change to take effect.
  6. Return to Office 365 and click the Verify button below.


Step 2: Verify Domain

Once you make all the changes to your Domain name wait for 24 to 72 hours.  Go to Office 365 administration and verify click on verify your domain
Once verified your status will be Active



If you want to change your SharePoint address to your custom domain, click on Change Address. You should see your domain name listed in Select Domain.
Select your domain name and click OK



You will get a message saying Address Changes in Progress


Step 3: Edit Records

Click on your Custom Domain and go to Domain properties. In domain properties click on DNS Manager



You will see your DNS records for your domain. Take this information and added to your domain name.




In this demo, I my domain name is in eNom and this is how I changed the DNS settings



After all these changes, Whey I type in my custom domain, it takes me to SharePoint Online Site.
Here is the end result of all theses works


If you have Office 365 and SharePoint online, you have a option to create private site collections and Public Web Sites.
To create Public Web Site using SharePoint Online, just go to SharePoint Online Administration center and click on Site Collections

In Site Collections | Click New | Public Web Site


In create your web site window you need to enter following information


Type a descriptive title for your new site collection. The title will be displayed on each page in the site collection.
Website Address

To create your Website, select a domain name from the list. If you provided your own website domain on the Microsoft Office 365 website with the domain intent enabled for “SharePoint Online,” you can select the name from the list.

If you choose to use a verified domain name, you must modify your DNS settings as described in the DNS Information dialog box in order to make your site visible on the Internet.


Enter the primary administrator name for your site collection. Only one user name can be provided.

When you have all your information and click Ok to create SharePoint Online Public Site


Now your SharePoint Online Public site is ready.

If you want to customize your SharePoint Online Private Site, open your site using SharePoint designer and start customizing.
See my other blog about how you can connect SharePoint online sites using SharePoint Designer.

How to open SharePoint online site using SharePoint Designer? To open SharePoint online site using SharePoint designer 2010,


In this demo, I have created Office 365 account (Microsoft Office 365 Plan E3)

1. Login to your Office 365 Portal

2. Click on Manage for SharePoint Online


3. This will open SharePoint Online Administration Center

Click on Manage Site Collections
A SharePoint site collection is a group of related Web sites organized into a hierarchy. A site collection often shares common features, such as permissions, content types, and consistent navigation, which can be managed together.


4. This will display your site url 


5. Copy your URL and open your SharePoint Designer 2010 and click on open site


6. Past your url  and click on Open


7. You will get login office 365 login window


8. Enter your password and it will connect to SharePoint Online site. 


9.  Your SharePoint Designer 2010 is now connected to SharePoint online Site

connecting sharepoint designer to SharePoint online

Office 365 Pricing

July 29, 2011 — Leave a comment

Where I can find Office 365 pricing for enterprise plans and key features?

Office 365 Enterprise plans have four version. 
E1, E2, E3 and E4

Here is the list of Office 365 Pricing and plans


Office 365 Pricing Plan for Enterprise

Features E1

11.75$ CAD

Per user/month


18.75$ CAD

Per user/month


29.25$ CAD

Per user/month


33$ CAD

Per user/month

Advanced administration capabilities, Active Directory integration and 24/7 support

yes yes yes yes

Email, calendar, contacts, personal archive, and 25 GB mailbox storage with Exchange Online

yes yes yes yes

Sites to share documents and information with SharePoint Online

yes yes yes yes

stant messaging, presence and online meetings with Lync Online

yes yes yes yes

Premium antivirus and anti-spam filtering for email and sites with Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange

yes yes yes yes

License rights to access on-premises deployment of Exchange Server, SharePoint Server and Lync Server

yes yes yes yes

Online document viewing and basic editing capabilities with Office Web Apps

no yes yes yes

Complete and full-featured set of Office productivity applications with Office Professional Plus

no no yes yes

Sites with advanced capabilities for rich forms, enhanced data visualization with Visio Services, and publishing of simple databases through Access Services with SharePoint Online

no no yes yes

Sites with advanced capabilities for rich forms, enhanced data visualization with Visio Services, and publishing of simple databases through Access Services with SharePoint Online

no no yes yes

Advanced archive capabilities, unlimited email storage, and hosted voicemail with Exchange Online

no no yes yes

Enterprise voice capabilities to replace or enhance a PBX with Lync Server on-premises

no no no yes

Office 365 uses a DNS record that you create at eNom Central to confirm that you own the domain. Use the instructions below to create a TXT record (or, if you prefer, an MX record) for a domain that is registered at your registrar.

To add a TXT record to verify your domain in Office 365, do the following.

  1. Sign in to your account at

  2. In the header, under Domains, click My Domains.

  3. On the My Domain page, select the domain name that you’re verifying.


  4. In the Manage Domain drop-down list, choose Host Records.


  5. In the first empty row of the Edit Host Records section, in the Host Name box, type or paste the Alias or Hostname that you recorded in

  6. In the Record Type box, select TXT.

  7. In the Address box in the same row, type or paste your Destination or Points To Address that you recorded

  8. Click Save.


Verify your domain with Office 365

  • In Office 365, in the header, click Admin.

  • Under Management, click Domains.

  • In the Domains list, find the domain that you’re verifying, and then, in the Status column, click Pending verification.

  • On the Verify domain page, click Verify.


    If domain verification succeeds, a dialog box appears to let you know that your domain has been added to your account.

    If domain verification fails, then the changes that you made at the domain registrar might need more time to propagate. Cancel the verification in Office 365, and return later to try domain verification again.


    How to Add custom domain name to SharePoint online site. See complete steps of how you can add custom domain to SharePoint online site