Office 365 FAQs: Part 2 – Security and deployment

In this article I will continue list the frequently asked questions I started in Office 365 FAQs: Part 1 – Customisation and development techniques post. The answers are from Microsoft MSDN and TechNet.

1. Can I have Exchange Hyper deployment (On primes and online)?

Yes, you can have users using Office 365 exchange and others using on primes deployment.

The full-featured deployment of a cross-premises Exchange messaging solution with Office 365 for enterprises and Exchange Online. Features include:

  • Mail routing between on-premises and cloud-based organizations logo-office-365
  • Mail routing with a shared domain namespace. For example, both on-premises and cloud-based organizations use the @contoso.com SMTP domain.
  • A unified global address list, also called a “shared address book”
  • Free/busy and calendar sharing between on-premises and cloud-based organizations
  • Centralized control of mail flow. The on-premises organization can control mail flow for the on-premises and cloud-based organizations.
  • A single Outlook Web App URL for both the on-premises and cloud-based organizations
  • The ability to move existing on-premises mailboxes to the cloud-based organization
  • Centralized mailbox management using the on-premises Exchange Management Console (EMC)
  • Message tracking, MailTips, and multi-mailbox search between on-premises and cloud-based organizations

Source: Exchange Hybrid Deployment and Migration with Office 365

2. Is it possible to authenticate my Active directory users to SharePoint Online?

Yes, you can configure single sign on between the corporate active directory and Office 365. The setup of single sign-on requires Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 2.0 (AD FS 2.0). If the user is connecting from outside your company’s network, you must deploy an AD FS 2.0 proxy.

Source: Prepare for single sign-on

3. Where are Microsoft Online Service data-centres located?

As a standard policy, Microsoft does not disclose the location of its data centres. Microsoft operates between 10 and 100 data centres located around the world. The following are locations Microsoft has elected to disclose to the general public:

For customers with a Ship-To Address in the Americas:

  • Quincy, Washington,
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • and other United States-based Data Centres

For customers with a European Union Ship-To Address:

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • United States

For customers with an Asia-Pacific Ship-To Address:

  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • United States

Source: Geographic Boundaries

4. Is my data secured in SharePoint Online?

We have implemented and will maintain appropriate technical and organizational measures, internal controls, and information security routines intended to protect customer data against accidental loss, destruction, or alteration; unauthorized disclosure or access; or unlawful destruction. Each year, we undergo third-party audits by internationally recognized auditors to validate that we have independent attestation of compliance with our policies and procedures for security, privacy, continuity and compliance.

MS Online Certification and Compliance Finder for Office 365

Office 365 Data Centres and Physical Infrastructure (Provided by Microsoft Global Foundation Services)

Source: Security, Audits, and Certifications

5. Where I can find more information about Office 365?

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New Service Applications introduced in SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 continues to adapt service applications model which started with SharePoint 2010.

In a previous article I have illustrated the service applications deprecated in SharePoint 2013, in this article we are going to discuss new service applications introduced in SharePoint 2013.

App Management Service Application

Apps for SharePoint are self-contained pieces of functionality that extend the capabilities of a SharePoint website. The App management service is a new service application that enables you to purchase apps from Microsoft marketplace and to create your internal enterprise apps catalogue for hosting internally developed apps.

App management service allows the SharePoint Administrator to manage the Apps available in their farm, permissions and the licenses for these Apps.

Machine Translation Service Application

The translation service provides an automated translation for SharePoint content through the integration with the available cloud-based translation services or it can create translation package to be delivered to a translation vendor and import back the translated content.

Work Management Service Application

One of the brilliant features in SharePoint 2013 personal site is providing the user with a single view of all the tasks assigned to him in all the SharePoint sites (projects, teams…etc.). The Work Management service application is responsible for collecting this information and not only from SharePoint sites, the Work Management service application can aggregate the tasks from Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Project server and a custom provider model can be integrated.

The following screen shot illustrates My tasks in personal site

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Related Resources

How to: Set up an on-premises development environment for apps for SharePoint

Machine Translation Services in SharePoint 2013

Create and configure Machine Translation services in SharePoint Server 2013

Walkthrough SharePoint 2013 features in the work management service application

The Brilliance of SharePoint 2013’s new Work Management service application!!

Keep track of your work

Office 365 FAQs: Part 1 – Customisation and development techniques

In this article we are answering the frequently asked questions we get from our customers regarding Office 365. The answers are from Microsoft MSDN and TechNet.

1. What are the customisation and development techniques?

Configuration by using the browser Customizations that you can perform by using the SharePoint Online user interface in your browser. For example, you can edit page layouts, add and customize the default Web Parts, add lightweight Microsoft Silverlight widgets to a page, or embed jQuery code in a Content Editor Web Part.

Because in-browser configurations are primarily performed by end users, they are outside the scope of this article. For more information for enterprises, see the SharePoint Online Planning Guide for Office 365 Beta for Enterprises. For more information for small businesses, see SharePoint Online Planning Guide for Office 365 Beta for Small Businesses.

Customization by using SharePoint Designer Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 is a Web and application design program you can use to design, build, and customize your websites within SharePoint Online. With SharePoint Designer 2010, you can create data-rich webpages, build powerful no-code workflow-enabled solutions, and design the appearance and behaviour (look and feel) of your site. Customizations that you can perform in SharePoint Designer are generally declarative, and can also employ client-side scripting.

Developing SharePoint Online solutions that contain custom code To enable more technically complex solutions, SharePoint Online provides both server and client object models for developers. Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 provides a range of specialized templates for creating sandboxed solutions that contain a variety of SharePoint items, such as site and list definitions, workflows, Web Parts, event receivers, and content types, to include in your SharePoint solutions.

2. What I can do with Sandboxed solutions?

You can include the following programmatic or declarative items in your sandboxed solutions:

  • Code components:
  • Declarative components:
    • Declarative workflows
    • Content types, site columns
    • Lists and list definitions
    • Visual and nonvisual Web Parts
    • Custom actions, ribbon extensions
    • Client-side technologies
    • Web templates, site pages, page layouts, and master pages

3. What I cannot do with Sandboxed solutions?

  • Access to the Internet to make web service calls
  • Access to a hard disk to read or write files
  • Web application-scoped or farm-scoped Features
  • Adding assemblies to the global assembly cache
  • Running security-related functionality; for example, RunWithElevatedPrivileges or other SPSecurity methods
  • Custom Action groups
  • HideCustomAction element
  • Content type binding
  • Web Part connections

Additional Solution Restrictions in SharePoint Online

4. Can I access data from SharePoint Online?

You can access some of SharePoint web services through Client Object Model. SharePoint Online also includes a Representational State Transfer (REST) interface that provides access to lists and libraries as a relational data service. A core concept of any RESTful interface is the resource, and in SharePoint Online, lists and items are represented as HTTP resources that can be addressed by remote URLs.

5. What are the differences between SharePoint server features and SharePoint Online features?

Microsoft updates Office 365 frequently and adds new features in almost cycles of 3 months; you have to updates with Microsoft releases.

These are comparisons between on primes and online platforms

Comparison of SharePoint Online Features and SharePoint Server Features – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg317460.aspx#bk_compare

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