Azure – Azure AD Domain Services now supports Azure Resource Manager virtual networks (preview)

It has just been announced: the Azure AD Domain Services now supports Azure Resource Manager virtual network (in preview) Until then, Azure AD DS was only supporting classic virtual network. During the preview both classic and ARM virtual network will still be available, so you will have to choose BUT the end target is to get all in ARM, so do not use classic virtual network if you are going…

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Azure – SMB v1 will be disabled by default

Microsoft has just announced that SMB v1 will be disabled by default on some virtual machines from the Marketplace. This follows the major situation some weeks ago with malwares/ransomwares taking advantage of flows in the SMB protocol (which were patched by not always deployed). You can read this post to get the list of virtual machine going to be ‘impacted’ https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuresecurity/2017/08/18/disabling-server-message-block-version-1-smb-v1-in-azure

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SCCM – Issue to deploy Hyper V Gen 2 VM with OSD

I recently faced an interesting issue to deploy Hyper V generation 2 virtual machines with SCCM OSD. The PXE boot was stuck in downloading the NBP boot file (smsboot\x64\pxeboot.n12). While Generation 1 was PXE booting successfully, and it used to work as most of the VM’s were deployed using OSD and are Generation 2. So after digging around and Microsoft Support request it ended with the following updates in the…

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Azure – Azure AD Administrators can get the full list of devices

As you know you can joined Windows devices to Azure AD; the feature is called Azure AD Joined. But from an administration perspective it can be a little bit challenging to get/see the list of all AAD Joined devices as each AAD Joined device is tight with the user account which did the operation (as shown below) So how to get the list of such AAD Joined/Workplace Joined devices without…

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Exchange Online – Reminder: RPC over HTTPS is being deprecated

It has been announced some time ago already but a reminder is worth it as the date is approaching. RPC over HTTP connectivity to Exchange Online is being deprecated and replaced by MAPI over HTTP on October 31, 2017. If you are using an old version of Office/Outlook (2007, 2010 or 2013) you need to ensure you have the appropriate updates installed to continue accessing your mailbox on Exchange Online.…

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Azure – Azure Network Watcher now has connectivity check (preview)

Following the availability of Azure Network Watcher in preview (see https://t.co/0oi3zxss2u), a new functionality has been introduced (in preview too) called Connectivity Check As indicated by his name this feature is aimed to validate connectivity status between a virtual machine and a target which can be another VM, a public or an on-premises endpoint. To use it, connect to your Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com) and search for/go to Network Watcher Then…

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Microsoft Teams – Integrate Yammer feed with Teams

While Microsoft Teams, the new collaborative tool coming with Office 365, evolves quickly, here is how to integrate Yammer with Teams to get the Yammer feed available. Teams comes with lot of out of the box connectors – or you can also develop you own For this one, I will use the out of the box Yammer connector. First you must have created a channel in your team – use…

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SharePoint Online – Excel Surveys is being replaced by Forms for Excel

As you know, sometime ago Microsoft has launched a new Office 365 to create forms simply called Forms. Now, Forms is taking over and is now replacing Excel Surveys on SharePoint Online, and more specifically on OneDrive for Business. Excel Surveys is now Forms for Excel and you will be redirected to the Forms page to create your survey after naming your form.   Then you can view the results…

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Office 365 – Office 365 Groups mailnickname uniqueness is being enforced

An update is being deployed to enforce uniqueness of mailnickname assigned to an Office 365 Groups and is scheduled to be completed by the end of August. Prior to this update, this was not enforced and then caused potential collisions when you were using AAD Connect groups writeback. Any Office 365 Groups created before this update will not be affected by the deployment. There is no change in the way…

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Azure – Just In Time Virtual Machine access (preview)

A new security feature has been made available in preview on Azure: Just In Time Access for virtual  machine. While access and behavior of resources hosted on Azure are monitored by Microsoft to avoid malicious activities, there is still risks to get your resources, and in this case your virtual machines, being vulnerable. The Just In Time VM Access functionality will help you to better protect your virtual machine hosted…

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Office 365 – You can now get your monthly invoice by email

An update has been deployed to Office 365 which allow you to get your invoice being sent by email. To enable this, just logon to your Office 365 administration portal and reach the Billing notifications section Then Turn on the functionality The next invoice will be automatically sent to all your Global Administrator and Billing accounts. As the recipients list is being displayed below the toggle, you can also review…

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Office 365 – Shared status indicator in OneDrive for Business

An update is being deployed to add a shared status indication in OneDrive for Business. When the update will be deployed on your tenant, your end-users will see when a folder on their OneDrive for Business has been shared. The following icon will be shown in the navigation bar And when clicking on it, they will get more details with who the folder is shared, with the associated permission Off…

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Office 365 – Make Office 365 Groups expiring (preview)

As you know Office 365 Groups is one of the various collaboration features available on Office 365; one available as self-service to end-users. This means you may ended after some time to have quite a lot Office 365 Groups while they are not used anymore as tied to a project or any other temporary need. Good new, you can now set an expiration time for Office 365 Groups, meaning they…

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Exchange Online – New functionality to clean up your mailbox

An update has been deployed on Exchange Online (Outlook on the Web [formerly Outlook Web Access]) to help users cleaning up their mailbox and have a view on their folders size (ordered by size – bigger to smaller). They also will be able to apply a retention policy to the folder while having an idea on how many items will be impacted by the application of the retention policy Go…

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