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Patching and Changes to Office 365

By:Christine Fettinger

As CyberStreams migrates more of our customers to Office 365, it becomes increasingly vital that we help provide guidance on patching and maintaining these systems.

The purpose of this blog entry is to provide a one stop shop for questions relating to patching and changes in Office 365 as of this fall season. This includes patching software on the customer side and what Microsoft is doing on their back-end services.

Read below for a list of topics:


Topics:

Patching Desktop Applications for Office 365

Recent Updates for Office 365

Set up your desktop for Office 365


Patching Desktop Applications for Office 365

To manually install the updates to your users’ desktops, you need to:

1. Identify which updates are necessary for your different users: The following table lists all of the updates that are part of the Office 365 desktop setup. Before you manually install these updates, you need to confirm what software your company has been provisioned for use with Office 365 on the Licenses page of the Office 365 portal.

Note:To get to the Licenses page on the Office 365 portal, in the header, click Admin. In the left navigation pane of the Admin Overview page, under Subscriptions, click Licenses.

2. Obtain an update management system: For example, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

3. Install all applicable updates: When using an update management system to deploy updates to your users’ computers, you can preinstall some updates by using Microsoft Update to reduce download and installation times.

Required update

Applies to/Description

Download link

Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant (IDCRL7)

Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2.

User credentials are managed by Microsoft Online Services ID. To sign in to the services, users must install the Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant.

Download the 32 bit version

Download the 64 bit version

Microsoft Office 2007 Security Update

Microsoft Office 2007 on all versions of Windows

Download

Microsoft Office 2010 Update

Microsoft Office 2010 on Windows XP with Internet Explorer 7

Allows users to access Microsoft SharePoint Online from Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Excel 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, and Microsoft OneNote 2010.

Download the 32 bit version

Download the 64 bit version

Microsoft Outlook 2007 Update

Office Outlook 2007 on all versions of Windows

Configures Outlook to connect with Microsoft Exchange Online.

Download

Microsoft Outlook 2010 Update

Microsoft Office 2010 on all versions of Windows

Configures Outlook to connect with Microsoft Exchange Online.

ImportantIf you have Office 2010 SP1 Beta installed, you will first need to uninstall the SP1 Beta before installing this update

Download the 32 bit version

Download the 64 bit version

Microsoft OneNote 2010 Update

Microsoft OneNote 2010 on all versions of Windows

Allows OneNote 2010 to sync with shared notebooks on Microsoft SharePoint Online.

Download the 32 bit version

Download the 64 bit version

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Recent Updates for Office 365

Notes on the Update:

These updates will be rolled out between now and until the end of November.

Microsoft anticipates two periods where SharePoint will have read only functionality for 30 minutes. Other than this, customers will likely not notice the impact of the updates. Customers will receive 24-48 hours of notice before this occurs.

Details on the impact of the updates can be found below. For the most part the update increases compatibility of Office 365 with a variety of products. Also, the update introduces tremendous improvements for external site sharing via BCS.

What is BCS?

Feature

Description

Business Connectivity Services (BCS) *Enterprise plans only

Enables connecting to external systems via web service based endpoints

External Sharing: Windows LiveID support

Allows Office 365 tenant administrators to invite external users to a site collection. They sign in with a Windows Live ID-based user name and password.

Windows Phone 7 “Mango” (official support and http:// connectivity)

Windows Phone 7.5, codenamed “Mango,” now enables both small business and enterprise Office 365 customers to access SharePoint Online lists and document libraries from their Windows Phone.

Recycle Bin: deleted site self-recovery

Self-service ability to recover sites from a site collection’s recycle bin

Browser support: Internet Explorer 9

Adds official support for the Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) browser

Browser support: Chrome

Adds official support for the Chrome browser

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Set up your desktop for Office 365

To set up your desktop for Office 365, follow these steps:

1. Sign in to the Office 365 portal. In the right pane, under Resources, click Downloads.

2. If you have Microsoft Office Professional Plus, under Install Microsoft Office Professional Plus, select your desired language option and choose either the 32-bit or 64-bit version, and then click Install.

3. Under Install Microsoft Lync 2010, select your desired language option and choose either the 32-bit or 64-bit version, and then click Install.

4. Under Set up and configure your Office desktop apps, click Set up. The Microsoft Office 365 desktop setup tool starts.

5. Sign in using your Microsoft Online Services ID.

Office 365 desktop setup will check your system configuration. If the scan completes without detecting any problems, you’ll be presented with options to configure your desktop applications and learn more about the important updates Office 365 desktop setup will install.

6. After you have selected the applications you want to configure, click Continue, review the service agreements, and then click I accept to begin installing updates and configuring desktop applications.

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