Office 365 Enterprise E3 Trial

Microsoft offers a very powerful trial using “Office 365 Enterprise E3 Trial

Registering for the account requires you include an email account and phone number you have access to. Email is used for obvious reasons. Make sure to include a phone number. Microsoft will provide the option to either call you for verification or send a code to your phone.

Once registered you will see something similar to the image below.

Clicking "Admin" takes you to the following page.

Select your "Time zone" then click "Save"

You can install native Microsoft Office 2016 applications on your computer (PC or Mac) including mobile devices (Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile).

One of the first pages you are  provided is "Outlook". This is the web application of Outlook. Clicking the 4 X 4 to the right of "Office 365" will display the apps that are available. Notice how many are offered with this trial. 

It may take up to 30 minutes for services such as "SharePoint" and "OneDrive" to become available as circled above.

Follow the prompts "The Office 365 admin center assistant" to begin learning how to administer Office 365.

Learn The Cloud Race For Free Using These Methods

There is a ongoing race. The race consists of several high-profile contestants that are looking to rule the cloud-based eco-center. As of this writing, mostly analyst agree that Amazon Web Services is in first place with a large lead over Microsoft, whom has established it’s dominance in second place. However, Google and Salesforce are investing to ensure they are legitimate players.

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I’m going to briefly describe the different platforms:

  • Platform as a service (PaaS): cloud computing model that delivers applications over the Internet.
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): cloud computing that provides virtualized computing resources over the Internet.
  • Managed Private Cloud refers to a principle in software architecture where a single instance of the software runs on a server, serving a single client organization (tenant), and managed by a third-party.

This is important information to me because I offer training and professional services to clients. I’m a small operator that is establishing diverse skill sets in the overwhelming hurricane of information. I have provided services for Microsoft, Google, and Amazon. I am often asked how do I keep up with the evolution of these services. My answer is I continue to play in the platforms environments. This means trials of the services. Having a relationship with the providers allows me to have more extensive access to services and time allotted for a trial. However, what if you want to get started by learning the services? All of these providers have very attractive trials that are available to those who want to learn. This is one of the many advantages of having these platforms compete for market-share. 

  • Microsoft
  • Amazon
  • Google

In my next post, I will walk you through how to get access to the numerous services that Office 365 has to offer.

Learning about OpenStack - LFS152x

Keeping up with the pace of technology can be brutal. If you are not able to re-invent your skill-set then staying in a competitive salaried job becomes more difficult. I remember when job descriptions came with the statement "Must be familiar with Microsoft Office". No longer. The statement has become an expectation for a job.

The Linux Foundation is a non-profit organization that guessed it; Linux. Part of the Linux Foundation's mission statement is "The Linux Foundation has taken its experience and expertise supporting the Linux community to help establish, build, and sustain some of the most critical open source technologies".

EdX is an online learning environment with course material to improve familiarizations in numerous topics. The Linux Foundation has worked with EdX to offer "LFS152x" Introduction to OpenStack. The course offers the user to setup their own lab environment and deploy OpenStack on Ubuntu and CentOS with DevStack and Packstack. Find out more about OpenStack.

To take advantage of this free online course you will need to create an account with EdX if you have not done so. Once you log-in type into the search menu bar "OpenStack".

OpenStack course offered by EdX and The Linux Foundation

OpenStack course offered by EdX and The Linux Foundation

You will be prompted with the option to "Upgrade to Verified". This allows you to receive official certification for $99. Essentially, you take an exam at the end of the course. I intend to pay for this because official Linux certifications are not common.

I am looking forward to the course so I can continue to broaden my technical knowledge into this brave new world.