So, you’ve left your server in the office behind and you’re now connecting using Azure O365 Cloud by HDF. What now?
This article is designed to help you understand the new Azure O365 Cloud by HDF, a compilation of services provided by Microsoft. This article only applies to those who use this new network. If you are not sure what type of network or services you are using, please contact HDF.
Your new interface may appear quite similar to your previous local server setup, and that’s part of the point. You interact through your client computer in a similar fashion as before, but there are enough significant changes that you need to be aware of.
The top/primary article.
Description of an OnPrem Network:
How a typical non-Azure O365 Cloud by HDF network works.
Description of an Azure O365 Cloud by HDF Network:
How a the Azure O365 Cloud by HDF network works.
How to use a PIN or password to log into your computer.
Accessing shared files:
How to access shared files.
When things are not working the way they should.
Important terms you should know to get the most out of this article:
Azure Active Directory: This is the database that holds your credentials. In an OnPrem network, it is on your local server, in an Azure network it is in the cloud.
SharePoint: This is the service which holds your files in the cloud.
OneDrive: This is Microsoft’s file syncing service. It comes in two versions: OneDrive and OneDrive for Business. When we mention OneDrive, we will be referring to OneDrive for Business.
Credentials: Your username and password together are your credentials. They are needed to confirm your account and verify your level of permissions. Azure O365 Cloud by HDF also introduces a PIN which can be used to log in.
On premises Server: A physical server computer installed locally in your office, running a server based operating system.
Cloud Server: A virtual server hosted on Microsoft’s servers in the cloud.
The cloud: The term “cloud” is just a metaphor for the Internet. In the case of O365 services, it refers to virtual machines managed by Microsoft accessible through the Internet.
Microsoft services included in Azure O365 Cloud by HDF
Azure Active Directory (Credentialing), O365 (Email), SharePoint (File sharing), OneDrive for Business (Syncing files to your local computer)
Please read each of the sub-articles under the “Article Index” at the upper right to get a full understanding of the services that make up your new network and how they work. We recommend going through them in the order presented, unless you have a particular issue you are interested in.
If you have questions about this, please let us know and we will be happy to assist you.