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Microsoft Public Cloud Services: Setting up your business in the cloud

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  • Copyright 2015
  • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9"
  • Pages: 320
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-7356-9707-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7356-9707-2

Use Microsoft cloud services to help build a more competitive, agile business
Grow your business with Microsoft public cloud services--without costly new hardware or IT staff. Discover high-value services including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Intune, Azure, OneDrive for Business, and Windows Server 2012 R2 in the cloud. Set up your work environment, build websites, customize apps, market online, and more!

This Microsoft book:

  • Walks you through setting up your business in the cloud
  • Presents easy instructions to help you get started fast
  • Links online demos, hands-on labs, and additional free training through the Microsoft Virtual Academy
  • Covers all types of Microsoft public cloud services: software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS)

Get the benefits of new technology without the hassles
  • Deliver powerful Office 365 productivity tools on smartphones, tablets, and PCs
  • Store files by using the built-in security features of Microsoft OneDrive for Business
  • Collaborate via Skype for Business and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
  • Manage all your Windows, iOS, and Android devices with Microsoft Intune
  • Create virtual servers to handle your workload tasks
  • Quickly extend business software to new users by using Microsoft Azure RemoteApp
  • Access and use cloud applications from within the Azure Application Gallery
  • Build new websites by using Azure Websites
  • Develop mobile apps by using Windows App Studio

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Table of Contents

Foreword     xiii
Introduction     xv
Chapter 1: What the cloud can do for your business     1

What is the cloud?      1
What kinds of Microsoft public cloud services are available?      2
What can Microsoft public cloud services do for your business?      3
Sidebar: Preparing your plan     4
Putting it all together     4
Summary     5
Chapter 2: Get started with Office 365     7
Introduction to Office 365     7
Sidebar: Skype for Business     9
Under the hood of Office 365     9
Find the right subscription     10
Office 365 Business subscription options for small and medium organizations     10
Sidebar: Office Online web apps     11
Using the 30-day trial     11
Sign in for the first time     12
Explore the Office 365 Admin Center     14
Configure a custom domain     14
Add, edit, and delete user accounts     22
Work with files     27
Use Office Mobile on all your devices     30
Summary     32
Chapter 3: Store your files in the cloud by using OneDrive for Business     35
Introduction to OneDrive for Business     35
Sidebar: It’s not personal...it’s business     36
Find the right subscription     36
Explore OneDrive for Business     37
Copy files to OneDrive for Business     38
Save and open files within OneDrive for Business     39
Manage files     39
Create a new file or folder     41
Sidebar: Create a new document from OneDrive for Business     42
Share a file or folder     42
Sidebar: Follow shared files     44
Work on shared files     44
Check out a file     44
View a file’s version history     45
Sync OneDrive for Business to your computer     46
Use OneDrive for Business on the go     47
Access OneDrive for Business on an Internet browser     47
Use the OneDrive for Business app     50
Summary     50
Chapter 4: Keep track of customers by using Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online     53
What is Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online?      54
Find the right subscription     55
Explore the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online work areas and dashboards     55
Work with contacts, accounts, leads, and opportunities     58
Work with contacts     58
Work with accounts     63
Work with leads and opportunities     66
Create and manage cases     70
Create a case     70
View and edit a case     72
Mark a case as resolved     73
Track activities     74
Add a customer-related activity     74
Sidebar: Explore the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online ready-to-use business processes     76
Add an activity for yourself     78
View and edit activities     78
Microsoft Dynamics Marketing     79
Microsoft Social Listening     80
Go mobile with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online     82
Summary     83
Chapter 5: Manage devices in the cloud by using Microsoft Intune     85
Introduction to Microsoft Intune     85
Set up your Microsoft Intune subscription     86
Sidebar: System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune     87
Explore the Account Portal    . 88
Configure a custom domain     90
Add, edit, and delete users     90
Explore the Admin Console     94
Sidebar: What is Endpoint Protection?      95
Create device and user groups     96
Set up alerts     98
Create policies     101
Install the Microsoft Intune client software on client computers     103
Set up Microsoft Intune to work with mobile devices     108
Prepare software for distribution     116
Explore the Company Portal      120
Create your Company Portal     121
Install the Company Portal app on your mobile device     121
Sidebar: Terms and conditions     122
Enroll a device in the Company Portal     122
Install software on a computer or device from the Company Portal     122
Summary     126
Chapter 6: Build and run servers without using hardware     129
What is IaaS?      129
Sidebar: Azure in Action     131
Set up your Azure subscription     131
Get started with Azure     133
Create a storage account     133
Sidebar: How many storage accounts can you have?      134
Sidebar: What is geo-redundancy?      136
Set up a virtual network     137
Sidebar: What’s an IP address?      137
Understand virtual machine templates     139
Sidebar: Open source and third-party software     140
Build your first virtual machine     141
Define a data disk within the virtual machine     145
Install Active Directory Domain Services on the virtual machine     148
Azure monitoring and alerts     155
Back up your files with Azure Recovery Services     157
Sidebar: Azure Site Recovery as a disaster recovery solution     158
Create a backup vault     159
Download the vault credentials, install the Azure Backup Agent, and register your server     159
Configure and schedule backup options     164
Run a manual backup     168
Recover data     168
Summary     174
Chapter 7: Understand Server Manager     175
What is Server Manager?      175
Get started with Server Manager     175
Add roles and features     176
The Windows Server Essentials Experience role     181
Set up the Windows Server Essentials Experience role     182
Sidebar: Why Learn Windows PowerShell?      186
Summary     188
Chapter 8: Run Windows apps remotely     189
Introduction to Azure RemoteApp     189
Set up your RemoteApp subscription     190
Create a RemoteApp service     191
Add users to your RemoteApp service     192
Publish an app     196
Sidebar: Remove an app     198
Configure user access     198
Set up RemoteApp on a client computer or mobile device     199
Summary     203
Chapter 9: Give users access to third-party apps     205
Share third-party apps in the cloud     205
Set up your directory     205
Sidebar: Start out in the cloud with just a directory     209
Share the Intuit QuickBooks Online app     210
Set up the Access Panel Extension     213
Allow users access to the third-party app     215
Access the third-party app     216
Summary     220
Chapter 10: Build a website for your business     221
Azure websites     221
Plan your website     222
Create your website     223
Sidebar: What is open-source software?      223
Customize your website     228
Explore WordPress settings     229
Add content to your site     233
Add pages to your site     235
Apply a WordPress theme to your site     237
Summary     239
Chapter 11: Build a Windows app by using Windows App Studio     241
Why build a mobile app?      241
Prepare to build your mobile app     241
Sidebar: Use the Lean Startup approach     242
Tools for building mobile apps     243
Sidebar: What is Microsoft BizSpark?      244
Create an empty app     244
Add data sources     246
Add an RSS feed     246
Sidebar: What is the emulator?      248
Add a static HTML page     248
Add a YouTube video page     249
Add a Flickr photo stream     250
Add a Bing news page     251
Add your Facebook page     252
Add your Instagram feed     253
Add a collection     253
Add a menu     255
Create a visually rich app     256
Apply a theme     256
Set the tile     258
Choose the splash screen     259
Enable ads     259
Create an About page     262
Test and export your app     263
Test your app     263
Export the package     264
Submit your app to the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store     265
Summary     275
Index     277
About the author     291
About the contributors     293
About the technical reviewer     297


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