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    Office 365 and Student Advantage

    Afternoon All,

    Has anyone got any experience with this at all? Basically we want to take advantage of the Student Advantage scheme to enable students to download and install office off site at home.

    * We want to keep e-mails onsite using our exchange server and just use O365 to enable them to access Office from home.

    * We have already signed up for O365 online with A3 licenses and associated our domain (DNS side is done and it's been verified however it's currently in the process of being validated as an educational domain and we will move to the free A2 licensing when the trial period is up)

    * We've got 1500 MS O365 Pro Plus Licenses added to our EES from our reseller (have the Open Value Order Confirmation e-mail but nothing else).

    So basically... for want of a better way to explain it... Now What?

    * How do we for want of a better word "activate" Student Advantage on our O365 set up?
    * How do we get student accounts in O365 in the first place?
    * How do we make sure these accounts have access to Office via SA to download for home use?
    * Assume there's some kind of tool that enables Office to grab user accounts from AD - (Is this is fabled ADFS I've heard so much about)?

    Any tips of advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks in advance,

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    I think you will want to use dirsync to get your accounts pushed to the cloud. Here is some info on deploying student advantage: Student Advantage Deployment Guide - The UK Higher Education Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

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    Yep, setup DirSync to create your students in 365, assign them the Student Advantage license once you have gotten that processed via your EES licencing scheme.

    You do not need to configure any of the other components of Office 365.

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    All sorted. Thanks guys. Was nice and easy in the end.

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