Announcing the Fourth Edition of the Office 365 for IT Pros eBook

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Office 365: With over 485,000 words of rich content spread across 1,000 pages covering everything from Exchange Online to SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Microsoft Teams, Planner, and all points in between, the Fourth Edition of the Office 365 for IT Pros ebook is the definitive reference for tenant administrators.
https://thoughtsofanidlemind.com/2017/06/01/office-365-for-it-pros-fourth-edition/

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Appreciate the efforts you folks have put to write and release this Book. I have been regularly following 3rd edition and i was fully satisfied with the contents and chapters. I was very eagerly waiting on 4th Ed. I gave gone ahead and purchased without any second thought.

 

Thanks for whatever you been doing for O365 Community.

 

Good Luck

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Thanks. We appreciate all the support we receive from people across the Office 365 community. If people don't buy scubscriptions to the book, we will not be able to continue producing updates. It's kind of a vicious (but nice) cycle.

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Yup, already bought it. Excellent resource.
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I realized that I have not been keeping people updated as to the progress of the 4th edition. You can see what changes are made at http://wp.me/pSH8B-1sb. Suffice to say that we continue to push out updated books and have processed seven updates (one per week) since we published the 4th edition. The next update will appear on July 28.

 

I received a question on Facebook to ask whether we would publish a printed version. Well, we actually did do this a long time ago thanks to the sponsorship of Microsoft who paid for the production costs to edit, format, and print 500 copies of the first edition for Ignite 2015 in Chicago (May 2015). However, that was only the start of the journey and I believe that the book was around 550 pages at that time. Now it is 1,040 pages and growing (yes, I know, we could be called verbose - I prefer to say that Office 365 has changed a lot since 2015). Taking a massive book like that and printing it would take enormous effort and would be very expensive. We have looked at doing it with BookBaby.com and Amazon (they can't handle our size) and I guess a niggling desire still exists to see printed copies. However, that thought is soon stifled when we consider how many changes occur each week and the impossibility of getting those changes into a printed format.

 

So, we remain focused on an eBook - and I think the approach works because it seems like most readers use the book as a reference. It's certainly not something you'd read page-by-page from 1 to 1,040...

 

Thanks to all who support this work by buying copies. We really do appreciate the support and it does help us to push forward and generate those weekly updates.

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Ninth weekly update issued for Office 365 for IT Pros, 4th Ed. Files are now available online. See http://wp.me/pSH8B-1sb for details.

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10th update issued (August 11) for "Office 365 for IT Pros" Ebook released, including lots of details about the Group Expiration Policy and how to use the PowerShell cmdlets to manipulate the policy.
http://wp.me/pSH8B-1sb. We're now close to 1,050 pages, 500,000 words, and definitely have 857 PowerShell examples!

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I'm traveling tomorrow, so the August 18 version of "Office 365 for IT Pros" is now online. See
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Thank you, Sir :)

 

already downloaded.

 

I was just wondering how to easily identify the section which was updated in that week apart from change log?

 

Could you show the updated changes in some color? so that interested folks like me can hover on highlighted section?

 

some times very hard to read the entire chapter to understand what new contents have been added.

 

just my 2 cents.

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Unfortunately, given the number of changes we make (some are very small to make wording more accurate or to strengthen thoughts on a topic), I think it might be confusing to highlight changes. For instance, how long would you highlight text for? We update every week, but people don't necessarily download the updated book weekly. 

 

TR

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Nice, just purchased the book.:smiling_face_with_smiling_eyes:

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Thanks. Just out of idle curiosity, donyou prefer PDF, EPUB, or Kindle format?
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Don't have a kindle (and don't expect it to ever have it), not familiair with epub, so downloaded the pdf. Maybe I should try epub and see what happens :)

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As for me - I have Kindle, but prefer PDF for this book. Jumping from one part to another and returning back to recently read part to check details is more comfortable with PDF on desktop and/or laptop.

 

From that point of view printed book is even better, but not in this case - too many updates, and that is great!

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For me, PDF is probably the best format because we have most control over it. After that, the best is EPUB because it works for most eReaders, including the iPad. We can update these formats weekly. Kindle is more difficult because while we can (and do) update it weekly, we depend on Amazon to inform purchasers that a new version exists. They do not like doing this and have to be convinced that enough change exists in the book before they will. I normally ask them once monthly and they agree twice out of every three times.
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Just released the Sept 1 update for the Office 365 for IT Pros ebook. See change log http://wp.me/pSH8B-1sb for details. Sept1Updates.jpg

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Sept 8 Update for "Office 365 for IT Pros" ebook now online. http://wp.me/pSH8B-1sb Amazon, PDF, and EPUB.

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Major refresh for Office 365 for IT Pros because Teams support external access. New files online. http://wp.me/pSH8B-1sb

 

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16th weekly update for Office 365 for IT Pros, 4th ed. issued, just in time for Ignite. http://wp.me/pSH8B-1sb for details. 

 

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17th update issued for Office 365 for IT Pros eBook. Lots of updates from #MSIgnite2017. See change log at http://wp.me/pSH8B-1sb

 

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Oct 13 update now online. See http://wp.me/pSH8B-1sb for details.

 

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19th update for Office 365 for IT Pros issued (20 October). See http://wp.me/pSH8B-1sb for details. #LivingEBook #Office365

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October 27 Update is now online. See http://wp.me/pSH8B-1sb for details.

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Nov 3 update now online.

 

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Nov 10 update now available... 

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thanks for the heads-up.

 

 

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Nov. 17 update for "Office 365 for IT Pros (4th ed.)" issued and now available. We have updated the book 23 times since the original release - all needs to keep pace with developments in #Office365. See https://wp.me/pSH8B-1sb for change details.

 

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24th Update for Office 365 for IT Pros eBook (4th. ed) now available.  Someone has to work when the U.S. is focused on turkeys... See https://wp.me/pSH8B-1sb for details.Nov24Updates.jpg

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25th update released for the "Office 365 for IT Pros, 4th Ed" eBook. See change log at https://wp.me/pSH8B-1sb for details. Major updates for chapters 14, 16, and 24 - some nice new info available in MyAnalytics and clarifications and better content for Groups and Teams.

 

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Update 28 issued for "Office 365 for IT Pros, 4th Ed" (eBook). If you bought your copy from please download the new files. Updates also available for Kindle. See for change log. Office365 CloudKeepsChanging

 

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Update 30 now released and available for download...

 

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@Tony Redmond Just wondering not updated since 01/26. Too Busy with other project or anything wrong?

 

https://thoughtsofanidlemind.com/2017/06/01/office-365-itpros-4thedition-change-log/ 

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He is on holiday so that probably explains it! Sure we will see some activity soon.

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Aha! thanks, @Cian Allner for the heads-up.

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Simple. I have been on vacation. An update is coming on February 10 that includes refreshes for the content about Planner, Teams, and other material.

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Thanks! Who is the email coming from for existing subscribers so I can be on the look out for it?

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Hi Tony. I very much enjoy your book, as it is a very complete source of information how to handle Office 365. As it is 1000+ pages, I didn't get the chance yet to read it cover to cover. :)

 

From what I have read, I think it is written from the perspective of a dedicated admin user account in the tenant, which has access to all the admin centers. 

 

I manage several tenants with Delegated Access (via Microsoft Partner Center), so I'm not really a dedicated user inside the tenant. When I access te Admin Center this way, I'm missing several options a dedicated admin user does have. Some are expected (I can't do payments, add other partners, etc.), but I'm also missing links to other admin centers. I only see the Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business Admin Center in my customers O365 Admin Center. But in my own Admin Center I have links to OneDrive, PowerApps, Flow, Security and Compliance, AzureAD, and more.

 

I was wondering if you could add information (a new chapter) for Delegated Admins like me. How can we best manage tenants that are not our own? 

 

Things like:

- What additional actions do we need to take after we are granted Delegated Access? Maybe add our own AzureAD-account to the Azure Directory of our customers?  

- How do we connect with PowerShell? 

- What works different?

- Are there other best practices?

 

Thanks!

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Hi,

 

Anything is possible, but a chapter like that would be of interest to a limited number of people. Also, there are different approaches in use to manage multiple tenants on behalf of customers, so writing about this topic is more difficult than it seems. We'll have to think about it. I'll add it to the long list I have...

 

TR

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Update 33 issued for #Office365 for IT Pros ebook. All the news that's fit to print, and some PowerShell to boot. See https://wp.me/pSH8B-1sb for the change details. Updated files available for download at @Practical365 and Amazon.

 

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Update 35 for Office 365 for IT Pros (4th ed.) now available, including updated coverage of #MicrosoftTeams guest access. See change log at https://wp.me/pSH8B-1sb for details. #Office365 keeps on changing...

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Update #44 for the Office 365 for IT Pros eBook (4th edition) published. Updates available for download (Amazon Kindle soon). We are working on the 5th edition now but that's no reason not to update our current book. #Office365 doesn't pause for writers!  See change log for details https://wp.me/pSH8B-1sb

 

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Update #45 issued for #Office365 for IT Pros ebook. See https://wp.me/pSH8B-1sb for details of changes. Updated content now available for download in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle formats. The cloud doesn't stop changing and neither do we...

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Update 47 issued. Updated files available for EPUB, PDF, and Kindle.

 

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