With the demise of Google Reader looming, i've turned to outlook, and Office 365 to replace some of the most basic functionality, and surprisingly it does pretty much everything I need... [More]
1. March 2013 00:32
by Daniel Harris
I recently signed up for a trial of the new 2013 version of Office 365. I signed up for the Small Business Premium Plan to decide whether I should migrate my personal content over and cancel my existing plan. Since trying it, I have decided that I will just wait for my existing service to be fully upgraded. Whilst using the trial I found the admin section to be lacking slightly compared to the ‘classic’ Office 365 admin pages I have in my P1 and E plans. I found myself asking the question… How do you access the Exchange admin section in the new Office 365 Small Business Plans. As far as I can tell there is no easy link to direct you straight to it, but you can follow the simple steps below to gain access to the Exchange Admin Center: Login to your service at https://portal.microsoftonline.com Open Outlook web access by clicking the link in the top bar Once the Outlook web app has loaded, modify the URL and substitute owa with ecp The new url should look similar to the below: https://pod9090.outlook.com/ecp/?realm=yourname.onmicrosoft.com&…. You will then be able to gain access to useful settings and tools such as Email Migration, Shared Mailboxes, Auditing and Retention policies amongst others. If anybody knows a way to access this from a simple link within the new admin area please let me know in the comments, as of now this is the only way i’ve been able to access it, which seems peculiar considering it was a clear option in the older Office 365 admin area, even in P1 plans. I’m not sure why it appears to be hidden as tools such as Email Migration are essential in my opinion.