Microsoft's Remote Connectivity Analyzer is a tool for system administrators to verify that the Internet connectivity of specific Microsoft services is setup and configured properly. The online tool has been initially released under the name Exchange Server Remote Connectivity Analyzer back in 2010. It has now been rebranded to take into account the availability of Office 365, Microsoft's new cloud based Office collaboration suite on the Internet.
The tool allows system administrators, actually all users, to remotely test the following client types and services:
Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync Connectivity Tests
Microsoft Exchange Web Services Connectivity Tests
Microsoft Office Outlook Connectivity Tests
Internet E-Mail Tests
The online tool displays the available connectivity tests in a tabbed interface. Selectable are Exchange Server, with the tests listed above, or Office 365, which includes all the tests from above plus the following test.
Microsoft Single Sign-On (BETA)
The sign-on test basically checks if it is possible to log on to Office 365 from the computer it is executed on.
Admins can only select one test at a time. A click on the Next button in the interface loads a page where credentials, email addresses or other data that is relevant for the tests need to be entered by the admin.
The online tool runs the connectivity tests afterwards and displays any connectivity issues directly on screen.
Here is a video by a young lady explaining the basics of the Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer.
Windows administrators and interested users can access the online tool to test the remote connectivity of Office 365 and Microsoft's Exchange server right here.
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