Blog Update - OUTLOOK ISSUE – New Microsoft Direct Connect feature may prematurely connect Outlook to Office 365

Updated: December 6, 2018

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The SkyKick billing and insights portal: Simple and powerful insights and reports for your Backup and Migration business

By Doug Handler on Jan 8, 2018

At SkyKick, our unrelenting mission is to help our partners succeed in creating and scaling vibrant cloud management practices. To achieve this, we constantly listen to and innovate on behalf of our partners. In response to partner feedback, we are excited to launch the SkyKick Billing & Insights Portal as another enabler for your business success. 

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On-Demand Webinar Library - Learn how other Partners are using Office 365 Cloud Migration & Backup to grow their business

By Courtney Gold on Jan 3, 2018

Here at SkyKick we strive to provide relevant and helpful content that empowers IT solution providers to build  more successful cloud businesses. Not only do we offer extensive technical content in our Help Center, we now host more live webinars on topics requested by you, our partners. Many of these live webinars include SkyKick Partners who share their insights and success in growing their cloud business with SkyKick.

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Top tips for your first SkyKick migration project

By Lee Ramse on Dec 29, 2017

If you’re new to SkyKick, we’re glad you’re here and look forward to helping you build and scale your cloud business. As a Senior Technical Account Manager, I have had the opportunity to help lots of partners successfully plan and complete their first migration projects. I have also helped many partners get their projects back on track. In most of those cases, following a few simple tips upfront could have saved the partner time and effort during their first project.

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5 essential elements to running a successful Cloud solutions company

By Ken Jackson on Dec 18, 2017

It was exciting for SkyKick to see one of its great partners, OnPar Technologies, win Microsoft’s 2017 US SMB East Region Partner of the Year at this year’s Inspire. OnPar Technologies, founded in 2007, is a cloud first, full service Microsoft partner who is dedicated to delivering transformative technology solutions that help businesses prosper in the digital age. We sat down with Donna Hall, the Director of Business Development at OnPar Technologies, to create a webinar focused on learning how they’ve streamlined their business both internally and to customers to achieve such success. 

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Best practices for deploying the SkyKick Outlook Assistant

By Joshua Dowdy on Nov 28, 2017

SkyKick regularly updates the Outlook Assistant client and MSIs to work most effectively with Office 365 as it evolves. It is therefore best practice to download and use the most current version for each migration project (rather than using an MSI file saved from a previous migration). This optimizes performance and significantly reduces the potential for issues as the Outlook Assistant performs its various actions across a migration project.

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How far are you willing to go to prove to your customers that you are protecting them?  Would you infect your computer with Ransomware?

By Ken Jackson on Nov 27, 2017

Founded in 2013, Finchloom is a Microsoft Certified Partner (as well as a SkyKick partner) specializing in helping businesses make the most of Microsoft Cloud Services. What makes Finchloom a unique—and powerful—solutions Partner is their focus and expertise. Since day one Finchloom’s business has been completely focused on supporting Microsoft cloud services for end users. This includes bringing in best-of-breed products and services (such as SkyKick Cloud Backup) to compliment the Microsoft Office 365 and Azure solution. Clients love how Finchloom training, management, and support...

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New Features - More Action Buttons, Settings, Views and Shortcuts in the Migration Dashboard provide even more control

By Bernard Clark on Oct 31, 2017

Our recent Migration Dashboard redesign, launched in July, featured more visibility, focus, and control for improved project management. However, that was just the beginning. A primary facet of the redesign was its overall structure which now allows us to expose more data and more controls.

In the three months since the release, we have accelerated the delivery of features that partners have been requesting, and we continue to expand the actions that partners can take to control their migration projects.

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New Features - Updated Password Reception and Automated Email Controls

By Lee Ramse on Oct 31, 2017

Over my years working with thousands of partners and their projects, I’ve learned that migrations are like snowflakes.  No two are quite alike. We are continuing to enhance and develop Migration Manager features that give you more control of the migration automation experience.

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[UPDATE] Microsoft changing how Outlook connects to Office 365

By Bernard Clark on Oct 11, 2017

UPDATE POSTED 10/10/2017 based on new Microsoft information. Changes to the original SkyKick blog, posted on 21 August, are noted below in ITALICS.

Microsoft has updated their recent announcement about the protocol previously used by Outlook 2007, 2010, and 2013 to connect with Office 365 (RPC over HTTP aka Outlook Anywhere). The updated announcement indicates that the protocol will NOT be removed on October 31, but confirms that RPC over HTTP will reach end of support in Office 365 at that time, and that MAPI-over-HTTP will be the only supported protocol. The update also emphasizes that...

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