GSX Blog

Top 5 Office 365 solutions to look at to support your Cloud journey

Posted by Tim Book on Mon, Nov 23, 2015

We all know there is a huge shift to the cloud as more and more companies are realizing the potential of cloud based solutions.
However, we here at the GSX Solutions Professional Services team recently came across a number of potential concerns that many of our customers and partners have had regarding their planned or in process migrations.
Today, I’d like to highlight and address some of those concerns as well as discuss the phases of an Office 365 migration.
I’ll also talk about some available tools from Microsoft that can help before, during and after an Office 365 migration.

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Tags: Office 365, cloud migration

Product Tips: Manage Office 365 Inactive Users and Mailboxes

Posted by Meryll Moreau on Wed, Nov 18, 2015

When it comes to managing Office 365, there’s an easy way for organizations to save money: having clear visibility into license usage and allocation.

For instance, when an employee leaves your company, there are a number of administrative to-dos such as returning equipment and updating payroll. From an IT perspective, you’ll also want to make sure to disable that person’s account and reallocate the user license, so that you’re not spending money on unused resources or paying more for additional ones.

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Tags: Usage Metrics, office 365 reporting, Inactive Users

All the tools you need to drive your cloud deployments efficiently

Posted by Juliette Ollagnier on Mon, Nov 16, 2015

GSX to Lead Presentation on Proactive Office 365 Monitoring Strategies at Cloud Admin Conference 2015

When your organization makes the move to Office 365, the business-critical part of your IT is outsourced and lives on its own, independently from the rest of your IT. Managing your infrastructure can thus become more challenging and complex, as you’ll need to monitor and track additional indicators to gain insight into the performance status and availability of your applications. This isn’t always easy to do, and it can be easy to feel like you’ve lost some control over monitoring and tracking your IT environments.

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Tags: Cloud, Tips and Tricks PowerShell, Office 365, Cloud Admin Conf

Why Reporting on Office 365 Matters?

Posted by Meryll Moreau on Thu, Nov 12, 2015

Office 365 is a powerful enterprise solution, with an impressive lineup of fully integrated communication, collaboration, and productivity features. And with different plans to suit different company sizes and needs, it’s no wonder that businesses large and small are taking advantage of Office 365.
The ability to deploy any number of mailboxes and other objects into the cloud confers a great deal of flexibility and scalability, but it also means that you relinquish a lot of control over these objects to Microsoft, and have very little insight into what’s going on under the hood.

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Tags: Cloud, Office365, Reporting

Showcasing DevOps Migration Solutions at Microsoft Ignite Australia Conference

Posted by Meryll Moreau on Wed, Nov 11, 2015

We’re excited to share with you that we will be showcasing our solutions for DevOps at the
Microsoft Ignite Australia Conference in Sydney, November 17-20.

We’ll be joining BinaryTree, another major player in the migration world, at booth 17.

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Tags: Microsoft Ignite, Migration to Office 365

Mission critical Mobility demands advanced EMM monitoring

Posted by Meryll Moreau on Fri, Oct 23, 2015

BlackBerry recently teamed up with us and issued a whitepaper explaining the importance of delivering advanced proactive monitoring to their Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions. The main problem they identified was most common EMM solutions provide some monitoring capabilities, but these tools are not advanced enough to identify issues before they happen.

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Tags: Enterprise Mobility Management, BES12, bes monitor, EMM, Security

Preventing Glitches in between Active Directory and Office 365 using DirSync

Posted by Olivier Raynaut on Wed, Oct 21, 2015

If you have been working with an Office 365 deployment, then you are probably already accustomed to the headaches that accompany Active Directory synchronization. Sure, you have the Directory Synchronization (DirSync), Azure Active Directory Sync (AADSync) or Azure AD Connect but there are complications that can occur while synchronizing users and passwords with your on-premises Active Directory.

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Tags: hybrid cloud, Cloud, Office 365, DirSync Performance, DirSync

Why monitoring security is a must

Posted by Meryll Moreau on Mon, Oct 19, 2015

Imagine driving a car today without a dashboard. You’d have a relative sense of your speed based on other vehicles around you, but you wouldn’t actually know your precise speed until you encountered a problem — for instance, if you were pulled over by a policeman for speeding. You’d have very little warning if your engine was overheating, your tire pressure was dropping, or you were about to run out of oil. In short, you wouldn’t know the what, when, or where of a problem until your car was already broken down and leaving you stranded on the side of a street.

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Tags: Monitoring BES, MDM, Enterprise Mobility, EMM

Disclose & Respond to the Top 5 Security Breaches for Mobile Devices

Posted by Juliette Ollagnier on Wed, Sep 30, 2015

Most organizations understand that breach response and vulnerability disclosure are a huge part of the security process. However, despite the disclosed breaches, organizations continue to miscalculate or underestimate the risk caused by mobile.

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Tags: MDM, Blackberry monitoring, BES12, EMM, Security

Prevent cloud outages with EUE monitoring

Posted by Jean-Francois Piot on Tue, Sep 29, 2015

The business world is quickly embracing the concept of cloud computing.
A recent study forecasts that “spending on cloud computing infrastructure and platforms is expected to grow at a 30 percent compound annual growth rate from 2013 through 2018, compared with 5 percent growth for the overall enterprise IT.” This is in part because of the cost savings it brings.
For instance, why shell out big bucks for an in-house IT department when you can simply rely on the technicians at the remote server location at half the cost?

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Tags: Cloud, Office365, Cloudification, APM, Monitoring cloud, Government, Cloud Outages, EUE