My colleague, James Marshall, writes the UK Live@edu blog. There isn’t an Australian equivalent, but almost everything that he writes is relevant to Australia too. If you’re a Live@edu user in Australia, or you’re interested in learning more about the service (which is the Microsoft free hosted email and collaboration service for schools, TAFEs and universities), then it’s worth keeping an eye on it, or adding it to your RSS feeds.
Some of the recent posts that have caught my eye include:
- Live@edu deployment webcasts
Download links for his two recent Live@edu deployment webcasts, covering domain ownership; user provisioning in Live@edu; migrating data and automating Live@edu management
- Configuring regional settings and setting UK English dictionaries in Live@edu
Contains the answer to the golden question: “How do I set the dictionary for all of my Live@edu mail users”
- Why and how to delete and de-provision users in Live@edu
After explaining why you may or may not want to delete users once they’ve left your institution (ease user management, remove the risk of abuse of your email domain versus continuing contact with alumni and giving students a continuing email address they can use for university/employment applications), James then lets you know how you can delete mailboxes and still keep the Live ID going (so that students don’t lose their SkyDrive, Xbox ID etc)
There are lots of other good blog posts there too, so keep an eye on it.