I shared this with my parent company and they did an evaluation, but found that its not really useful for them. Initial feedback was " the application supports files only - no other objects (list items, etc.)"
Why aren't you just using one or the other system for students since they're both free?
Because he likes to overcomplicate things apparently.
Only some times.
No, this is a decision made before I ever got here... and as others have mentioned, I have no idea why it is like this, but I know of several schools who do so... It's mind boggling.
I pushed the school I worked at off of GApps pretty fast so I would only have to support one platform.
I wish I had that kind of clout here. At my last job, our students would have gone into open rebellion had we disabled Google. I actually wanted to push everybody to Google, but there was some political crap going on that I wasn't privy to.
Even pushing the students to GApps and staff on O365 is better than the bastardization you're fighting with.
lol. Yeah. The problem is that the students get licensed for O365 and local installs of Office... but... To get to them, they must have a MS-Account. /sigh.
@njbair Thanks for joining the community to share your appreciation. I'm glad I posted the steps I took to resolve the issue because if you would have asked me today how I fixed it I'm not sure I could have remembered.
Thanks to those of you that offered a suggestion. I built a second RDS server and applied my group policy and browsing was fine. I then started to think about what I needed to do to move it in to production and replace the one that had the browsing issue. Then it hit me.... I have load balancing on my SonicWall. RDS is mapped through the firewall on https. Therefore requests that went out over https could go out over either interface, but always came back on one. This is why it would sometimes work. This is also why most other sites would work, but https (in this case Office 365 which always goes over https) would only work once in a while. Adding a route to force all traffic from the RDS server out over the interface that traffic will come in on fixed the problem.
I created a shared mailbox and then I manually added the contacts (there are only 14 of them) to it. This makes the contacts visible to any user with access to the shared mailbox. However, I also wanted to used these "shared" contacts in some distribution groups, which doesn't appear to be possible. :-(
That is the only exception that I could think of, but is that really complex? I think the complexity is that people don't want to learn and/or admit what VDI is and make the complexity in understanding VDI, not in understanding VDI licensing.