Upgrading your Office 365 tenancy to Wave 15: Part 5 – Upgrading MyProfile

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Office 365 tenancies are currently being upgraded once it is completed you Exchange, Lync and Admin Portal are in the new 2013 style however your SharePoint environment stays in 2010 mode.

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The following walk through will go through the process of upgrading the MyProfile Site Collection from 2010 to 2013 allowing you users use the newsfeed tab at the top in 2013 allowing them to see a consistent view.

My recommendation would be to upgrade this site collection first as it will be used a lot by users and is a key element of the new navigation of Office 365 with Sites, Newsfeed and SkyDrive.

If you are the site collection administrator you will be shown a red bar at the top of the page allowing you upgrade now or later

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Here is my current profile site collection

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Having clicked Start now you will be taken to a ‘Prepare for takeoff!’ screen allowing you to request a demo upgrade.  This will take a day or two but will allow you as the administrator to see what the experience will look like.

 

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Having clicked the Upgrade this Site Collection it will ask you whether you are sure or not

 

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And then its the waiting game to upgrade.  You can still cancel it but once the upgrade has got a certain point, you won’t be able to cancel it.

 

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When it has finished it will refresh and give you a small report on the upgrade process.

 

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By clicking on the newsfeed tab you will then be taken to the new 2013 looks and feel My Profile/Newsfeed Site Collection

 

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This article is part of a series of articles on the upgrade process for Office 365 to wave 15

Upgrading your Office 365 tenancy to Wave 15: Part 4 – SharePoint Online

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Late last week Microsoft released some information on the SharePoint Online Upgrade from 2010 to 2013.  This includes information on What to expect during upgrade, Site Collection Upgrades (including how to do it manually, testing and upgrade in bulk, testing and also information about Known Issues and Design Changes.  Ensure you take a look at this article as it will help you to under the upgrade process more and what to expect if you just leave your Office 365 tenancy.

http://community.office365.com/en-us/blogs/office_365_technical_blog/archive/2013/05/03/upgrading-to-the-new-sharepoint-online.aspx

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This article is part of a series of articles on the upgrade process for Office 365 to wave 15

Upgrading your Office 365 tenancy to Wave 15: Part 3 – Postponing

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Don’t want your #Office365 to be upgraded to the new 2013 wave yet?  Then you only have 1 chance to postpone it and that is during the first 3 weeks of your 4 week notice of upgrades.

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At the bottom of the email you get about your 4 week notice, you will get P.S. saying you can postpone it.

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To postpone it you need to log into your Office 365 portal site at http://portal.microsoftonline.com with Global Administrator rights where you will be presented with the following at the top of the page.

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Click on Service update options to start the postponement.

You are now presented with a bit of information telling you that you don’t have to worry about anything when the upgrade happens and that there will be no service interruption.

The second part allows you to postpone the upgrade process.  This might be for 30, 60 or 90 days depending on your tenancy.

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Click on Postpone upgrade if you want to and it will tell you that you can only postpone it once.

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This article is part of a series of articles on the upgrade process for Office 365 to wave 15

Migrating from live@edu to Office 365 for education: Part 2 Upgrading

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In part 1 we talked about a customer of BFC Networks who received an email around being ready and completing a survey before they could upgrade (they are still waiting for the next step).  Interestingly, another customer of ours has had an email to say they can upgrade now.  They didn’t received a readiness survey.

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The email below arrived during the night

Hello,
Customer is invited to upgrade from Live@edu to Office 365 for education now. You preserve and extend your investment in the world’s leading productivity suite while giving your faculty, staff, and students the features they already count on—and more—for free.

  • Once you complete the automated upgrade, Customer.com (and any accepted domains) will be subscribed to the free Exchange Online Plan 1 for academic. You don’t have to move email, calendars, or contacts; re-provision accounts, or retrain people on how to use email.
  • Once you’re on Exchange Online Plan 1, add Office 365 for education Plan A2 for free for students, faculty, and staff. Plan A2 includes everything in Exchange Online Plan 1, plus SharePoint Online, Lync Online, and the ability to create, view, and edit documents using the Office Web Apps: Word Web App, PowerPoint Web App, and OneNote Web App.

As part of this invitation, you initiate each stage of the upgrade, and have complete control over when you start. When a stage completes and you can start the next one, we’ll email the administrator and critical notifications contacts.
Here’s how to get started:

  1. Read the upgrade help. Start with the overview to learn what you and your users will experience during and after the upgrade.
  2. Get ready. Do the tasks in the before-upgrade checklist, including creating temporary passwords for all users, and making sure everyone knows what to do to enable email access after the upgrade.
  3. Start the upgrade. Go to the Live@edu Service Management Portal, sign in and follow the instructions.
    • You’ll receive an email sent from Microsoft Office 365 after you start the upgrade that provides a temporary Microsoft Online Services ID. Please ignore this email: the upgrade uses your current Live@edu admin account.

If your school has students aged 13 or younger and is located in the United States, consider how the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) applies to you.
Questions? Please see the
Live@edu upgrade wiki or contact Live@edu Support.
Regards,
The Live@edu Team

Live@edu Service Management Portal & Upgrade

So I’ve logged into the live@edu tenancy and have found an extra box has appeared on the front page.

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Click UPGRADE DOMAINS and you will notice that the first section now says IN PROGRESS.

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For this tenancy the IN PROGRESS stayed on the page for less than 25 minutes but you have to manually refresh the page to see if there are any differences.

Once it is completed the page will look like this.

Select UPGRADE USERS.  While the upgrade takes place, users will not be able to access their email.

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A popup box will appear.  Click OK if you are ready to upgrade your users

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You are asked to log in again and the upgrade of users will take place.

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This process took 10 minutes for my number of users and I had to refresh the screen to find out if it had completed or not.

Step 3 is to create a temporary password for the Office 365 Admin Account.

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You are now shown a upgrade complete page.

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If you want to read the after-upgrade checklist for administrators you can by clicking here.

You now need to log into Office 365 for education!

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