Office 365 – Azure Active Directory Connect Installation

Following my previous post about the upgrade process from DirSync to AAD Connect (which failed), I decided to go ahead and uninstall DirSync to do a fresh install of AAD Connect. So let start a fresh install by accepting the license agreement   Then you have the choice to do an Express configuration – which synchronize identities, password and all attributes from the current directory (based on the domain membership…

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Office 365 – Upgrade from DirSync to Azure AD Connect

Following the announcement of the new AAD Connect (Azure Active Directory Connect), I decided to upgrade my DirSync instance (version 1.0.7020). So the first thing is off course to get the AAD Connect tool either from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=615771 Then let start the upgrade…. Some details about my current DirSync configuration: Use OU’s filtering to define where the objects to synchronize are located Device objects are also synchronized Password synch and write…

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Office 365 / SharePoint Online – External Sharing can now be accepted only by the original email address which invited

An update is currently being deployed on SharePoint which will allows IT administrator to restrict external sharing to be validated only by the original email which sent the invitation. To enable this, you must connect to your SharePoint tenant using PowerShell and set the RequireAcceptingAccountMatchInvitedAccount to TRUE (by default this is set to FALSE) To check if your tenant is already updated, run the Get-SPOTenant and check if the parameter…

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Office 365 – New “about me” page (Office 365 Profile)

You may be already aware – if not this now the case – every user on Office 365 has a profile page (different from the SharePoint Profile) accessible from the Gear\Office 365 Settings\Me menu. This page provide user details like your contact details or allows you to know more about the license assigned to your account This page has been updated to deliver a nicer interface This updated page is/will…

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Office 365 / Azure – Azure AD Connect is now available

The long waited new version (and unique tool) to synchronize your On Premises Active Directory with Azure Active Directory (and so Office 365 too) is now available This new version offers more options for the synchronization such as multi AD Forest support, simpler attributes selection for synchronization, richer identity scenario… And the icing on the cake, you can upgrade from the “old” DirSync To know more go to http://blogs.technet.com/b/ad/archive/2015/06/23/azure-ad-connect-amp-connect-health-is-now-ga.aspx By…

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Office 365 – New workload specific admin roles

It has been also a long requested and waited improvement: being able to granularly grant administration permission on Office 365 services (SharePoint, Lync/Skype for Business, Exchange) without granting global administrator. Microsoft has announced this major improvement is going to be rolled out as part of the monthly update process. For those with the First Release option enabled, this should be already deployed (or will be very soon) To know more…

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Office 365 / Exchange Online – A new version of ActiveSync is coming

Microsoft has announced that a new version of ActiveSync is coming. This v16 is introducing a long waited feature request: synching the draft folder Also part of this new version, calendar items with attachment will be synched with the attachment. At this time, this new version is being rolled out only on Exchange Online on a per user basic, not per tenant. This means you may have a user already…

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Yammer – Yammer Directory Synch stopped working and service account is unable to authenticate

Recently I had an issue with the Yammer Directory Synchronization tool. It has been setup and working for a while now but few days ago, it stopped working and the error was quite strange: unable to authenticate Off course I have validated that the account was administration on my Yammer network and it was the case – so it was not a permission issue neither a wrong credentials. After digging,…

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Office 365 / Exchange Online – Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection is now available

Microsoft has announced a new/improved Exchange Online Protection feature called Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). ATP will delivers the following services: Improved protection against unknown malware and viruses: this extends the existing Exchange Online Protection service by providing a zero-day protection against virus and malware. All message with attachments with an unknown virus/malware signature are routed to a dedicated environment (like a sandbox). If not suspicious activity is detected,…

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