I believe it was also spoken about at one of the recent Office 365 Conferences... so it's been put out there but with no dedicated information at present but this will be coming soon enough!
We've been working with some customers on testing PCNS-style functionality with Office 365 but at the moment we have no more information to share publicly. As soon as, and if, I can, I will.
I'm just looking into 365 and SSO. I believe that I'm going to have a hard time. my users currently use their domain login locally 'dcc-sch-4505' domain their username '06thomph' and password. They currently use owa for email which can assume the domain name so its a simple domain username and password again. The issue is what happens if I move them to 365? Their email addresses are email@example.com not firstname.lastname@example.org?
What lies ahead for me?!
The current username can stay the same and will not need to be changed, when you implement office 365 with SSO you modify the users Universal Principal Name (UPN)... You will add: beaminster.dorset.sch.uk as an alternative UPN and then you will assign this to all users, the first part of the UPN will most likely currently match the username, but it is recommended to change this to match the Primary SMTP Address.
I hope that helps,
@EduTech how will my users login remotely? username@beaminster or firstlast@beaminster . I suppose is it possible to have a office365 account login be different from their 365 email?
Also I assume I can have multiple email addresses for my staff?
Should I create a new mailbox policy on my exchange 2007 to give every pupil a primary smtp of username@beaminster and get them using that... (dunno how to do that retrospectively but I'm sure you can)
I don't suppose it's possible to make a office 365 use local domain logins with a custom portal?
You can have multiple email address, if you have different domains just ensure that they are verified in office 366/
You can do that, If you want people's Primary SMTP Address to be the email@example.com then you can do this, normally people would prefer to keep their current email address as the primary SMTP address.
Nope, with SSO you need to use ADFS & DirSync and use the UPN to authenticate and it has to be a federated domain (public domain) not an internal domain.
Just touching on the SSO bit of information and the Single Point of Failure with ADFS - it might be worth considering RM Unify (Discover: RM Unify) which allows you single sign on to a multitude of Cloud Education Service Providers, but also Google Apps and/or Office365 Suite. It also integrates with your own AD (Vanilla etc)
Obviously not supported by Microsoft. But is that basically what you are doing with test customers?
I'm curious and want to go try this out now.