The Exploding World of Office365

Posted on 5/22/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in office 365, in training

No longer simply a suite, Microsoft Office365 has become an ever-expanding platform for organizational productivity, communication, and collaboration. Those focusing their careers on supporting Office365 environments need to ramp up on the roadmap and get ready for an exciting ride. With greater power comes greater responsibility.


They say things die when they stop changing. Latin, as a language, is considered dead because it hasn’t changed in centuries.

That being the case, Office 365 is alive and well.

Get Your Software Sneakers On

Those who remember way back to the introduction of the original Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) from Microsoft will immediately list Work, Excel, PowerPoint, Lync, Exchange, SharePoint, and some may even forget Outlook as the components of the suite. That was seven years ago in 2011, the year that Dynamics CRM was introduced online before it was released onprem, an historic event.

Looking at the user apps console today one will find all of the above plus Admin, Calendar, Delve, Dynamics 365, Flow, Forms, Newsfeed, OneDrive, OneNote, Partner, People, Planner, PowerApps, Security & Compliance, StaffHub, Store, Stream, Sway, Tasks, Teams, To-Do, Video, Yammer, Alignable, and Calendly.

But Wait, There’s More!

For those wishing to constantly keep up with all things Office 365, the Technet Blogs offer Office 365 Weekly, a constant flow of news about new features, functions, capacities, capabilities, and more value that is being added to Office 365 on a constant basis. Just in the past few weeks, headlines in the weekly blog have included:

And, yes, that’s just the last two weeks.

Office 365 Appreciation

Remember back in high school when you were encouraged to take “Music Appreciation” but couldn’t really figure out what it was?

They basically taught you everything you needed to know to better understand and appreciate what the musicians had to be able to do to perform the music you were listening to. You actually did appreciate the hard work that went into playing various types of music, or you slept through the course.

Now, if you want to achieve growth in your career and that career involves supporting Office 365, you’ll need to learn the fundamentals of managing such an environment. This will give you a fuller appreciation of the value of each new addition and how to counsel your users about them.

The good news is that all the fundamental courses, plus the intermediate and advanced ones that will accelerate the speed at which you can help your user community adopt each new Office 365 addition, are available at New Horizons Learning Centers. Call your New Horizons counsellor today to get moving on the foundation of your Office 365 education.  The list of new capabilities isn’t getting any shorter, so get moving!

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The IT Information Library (ITIL) – Changes in 2018

Posted on 5/15/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in best it certifications, in certification training, in new certifications, in Technical Training and Certification, in ITIL

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What’s the Difference Between CompTIA A+ Part 1 & Part 2?

Posted on 5/8/18 8:35 AM by Get Schooled in certification classes, in certification training, in Certifications, in CompTIA, in new certifications, in Technical Training and Certification

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Select your dataset without all that clicking and dragging (Excel 2016/2013)

Posted on 4/19/18 2:04 PM by Get Schooled in Excel, in excel tips & tricks, in Microsoft Excel, in dataset

To select your entire dataset, do you always click and drag? For small groups of cells, this method works just fine, but as your dataset grows, you may find it awkward to drag outside the visible window. Sometimes the scrolling speeds up unexpectedly, and you have to really work to select your entire dataset and nothing more. Consider a faster approach: simply press [Ctrl][Shift][*] to select your entire dataset.

Once you click on a cell, you can select the remainder of that column by pressing [Ctrl][Shift][Down Arrow], or you can select the remainder of that row by pressing [Ctrl][Shift][Right Arrow]. Similarly, [Ctrl][Shift][Up Arrow] and [Ctrl][Shift][Left Arrow] select the dataset’s entire column above and to the left of the selected cell, respectively. Combine the arrows for even more options. For example, press [Ctrl][Shift][Up Arrow][Right Arrow] to select everything in the dataset above and to the right of the selected cell, and so on.

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Microsoft CSP is a Great Place to Start, and Here’s How to Make it Better

Posted on 4/19/18 9:00 AM by Get Schooled in Azure, in cloud computing, in Microsoft, in Microsoft Certified, in scalable, in saleable

Microsoft CSP is a Great Place to Start, and Here’s How to Make it Better

The Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program offers a great foundation for cloud solutions, but there’s much more to integrate around it to enhance the services, increase the value proposition, and complete the solution.

Microsoft created the Cloud Solution Provider program to focus its partner community on the two things Satya Nadella identified in his first address to Microsoft after becoming CEO, in which he said, “Microsoft will be the platform and productivity company.”

By “platform” he meant Azure. By “productivity” he meant Office 365, and now Microsoft 365.

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Use echo to confirm malicious activity without execution (PHP)

Posted on 4/18/18 2:02 PM by Get Schooled in PHP, in php code, in Tips & Tricks, in echo

Hackers have all kinds of ways to infiltrate servers and access files unauthorized. If you find PHP code with a suspect source, it’s worthwhile to investigate it further and in great detail. Hackers frequently employ a method called obfuscation to hide their malicious code in plain sight. The best preliminary way to begin evaluating the code is to highlight everything differently so the unusual code, such as string declarations and concatenations, begin to stand out. Once those are identified, use echo to follow the suspect functions down their rabbit hole.

For example, for a suspect ‘$ItemName’, add ‘echo $ItemName’ and note its revealed function. Continue following the breadcrumbs with an echo function, even if the result is a huge mass of concatenations, until you reach the heart of the infiltration. This will reveal the depth of hack and confirm the malicious activity without executing it.

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Create a series of same-sized shapes with the Convert Shape command (InDesign CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017/CC 2018)

Posted on 4/17/18 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in Illustrator, in Adobe, in Adobe Illustrator, in Tips & Tricks

The Convert Shape command comes in handy when you decide mid-stream to change an existing shape, such as a rectangle, to something else, such as an ellipse. Just select the shape, choose Object > Convert Shape, and select your shape option from the pop-up menu.

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Posted on 4/12/18 9:00 AM by Get Schooled in Big Data, in virtual data center, in Technical Training and Certification, in data research

Big Data, Big Career, Big Income, Start Small

Data Scientist is the hottest career choice available in the tech industry. To earn the big income these professionals pull down you need a multi-disciplinary education that takes time to complete. Here’s a brief look at that curriculum with great suggestions as to where you can enter the Big Data business easily to begin your growth plan.

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Virtualize Has Many Meanings

Posted on 4/2/18 9:00 AM by Get Schooled in cloud computing, in Virtual Servers, in virtualization, in Private Cloud, in technology, in future

Virtualize, Virtualize, Virtualize

There’s much to virtualize! Servers, storage, desktops, and all of it reduces costs, increases control, and facilitates cloud. The more you can virtualize the more valuable you become, so learning how to virtualize everything is a great strategy for maximum professional growth.

Saying “virtualization” to a technology expert is like saying “white” to an Eskimo. Everything in an Eskimo’s world is white, so they’ve developed many different words to describe many different kinds of white.

The same is true in IT. There are many kinds of virtualization, and all of them work together to create tremendous gains in efficiency, effectiveness, and cost-control.

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Cisco - Quickly Remove Settings with a Config Command

Posted on 3/2/18 2:00 PM by Get Schooled in Cisco, in Information Technology, in Tips & Tricks

Modifying an interface configuration can be as tedious as picking white cat hair off a black cashmere sweater.
Typically, in order to remove unwanted items you have to go through each individual line and put “no” in front. If you need to completely re-do the configuration or are faced with a laundry list of changes, it is simpler and faster to restore the default configuration. Furthermore, it will reduce potential oversight errors.

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