SharePoint Online – Page Diagnostics Tool Chrome Extension

A new diagnostic component for Office 365 and SharePoint Online administrators is now available. This tool is a Chrome Extension – which can be installed from here or from the Chrome web store. The Page Diagnostics Tool is going to help you potential issues with ‘classic’ SharePoint Online pages, like latency, page load time… You can also run a network trace from there NOTE you need to have Publishing enabled…

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SharePoint Online – Connect existing SharePoint sites as Office 365 Groups

An update on SharePoint Online is currently being deployed to allow you to connect existing SharePoint Online sites as Office 365 Groups. This will allow your end-users to have their SharePoint Online available in their Outlook. When you connect to your SharePoint Online site, open the Gear menu and choose Connect to new Office 365 Groups, then a request to confirm the connection and explanation of what is going on…

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SCCM – In Console update stuck installing or incorrect status

I got my System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Current Branch with an In Console update stuck installing and/or with incorrect status reported. The latest update for SCCM Current Branch (KB4339794) was incorrectly reporting an installed status on both Update and Servicing workspace and on Update and Servicing Status while it was in fact stuck installing (as shown in the screenshots below) If you search on the Internet for solution for…

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Office 365 – Important requirements changes coming

As announced in April 2017, important changes are coming for accessing Office 365 services with Office client. In October 2020 all Office clients which are NOT either Office Pro Plus (aka Office Click to Run) or Office in Mainstream support will blocked when accessing Office 365 services (Exchange, SharePoint, Skype….) So start your Office client assessment to prepare your migration to Office Pro Plus (best option) or engage your favourite…

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Office 365 – Threat Intelligence trackers

A new Office 365 Threat Intelligence feature is making his way to your Office 365 tenant if you are using Advanced Threat Management. This new feature, called Threat Intelligence Tracker, which is going to help you getting insights about security threats you may face. You can access the trackers from your Security & Compliance portal (https://protection.office.com/) within the Threat Management section

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Azure – Access Control Service is being retired

It has been announced sometime ago and now this is there the official timeline. Azure Access Control Service (ACS) is going to be retired on November 7th, 2018. It has been already removed from the Azure ARM portal earlier in April. If you are still using the service you must migrate your ACS to one of the other authentication services like Azure AD, Azure AD B2C or other. Microsoft has…

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Azure – Important change is coming for ExpressRoute

I’m just reposting it here as I did not saw it anywhere else (direct copy/paste from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/fundamentals/whats-new#may-2018) This is an important announcement about Azure ExpressRoute Software as a Service offering, like Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) are designed to work best by going directly through the Internet, without requiring ExpressRoute or any other private VPN tunnels. Because of this, on August 1, 2018, we will stop supporting ExpressRoute for Azure…

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Exchange – You can now manage remote shared mailboxes from On-Premises Exchange

With Exchange 2013 CU 21 (https://support.microsoft.com/help/4099855) or Exchange 2016 CU 10 (https://support.microsoft.com/help/4099852) you can now directly create and manage remote shared mailboxes from your On-Premises Exchange with PowerShell. Before taking advantage of these new PowerShell commands (see below) you first must prepare you Active Directory (which from my point of view should be executed anyway for any CU you installed) setup.exe /PrepareAD /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms Then you will be able to create…

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Azure – Define a security baseline for Azure AD Administrators

A new security feature has been delivered in preview for Azure AD; a security baseline for any Azure AD Administrator. This baseline will be enabled by default (during the preview you HAVE to enable it) and is going to request multi-factor authentication (MFA) for any privileged account like: Global Administrator Service Administrator SharePoint Administrator Exchange Administrator Conditional Access Administrator Security Administrator To enable/disable (while not recommended) the security baseline go…

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Exchange Online–You can now exclude the dumpster from Public Folders migration

Just off the press, you can now exclude dumpster from your Public Folders migration from Exchange 2013/2016 to Exchange Online. Until then the PF dumpster was migrated along with the PF data, resulting in longer public folders migration. Without thinking neither with the potentials issue of data in the dumpster corrupted. To exclude the dumpster from your PF migration you need to use the new parameter –ExcludeDumpsters when creating the…

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Azure – Windows Server 2019 Preview is available as VM image

Windows Server 2019 Preview (the next major release of Windows Server) is now available for Azure Virtual Machine. Just search for Windows Server 2019 when you create a new virtual machine Search the marketplace (https://azuremarketplace.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/apps/) for Windows Server 2019 Or access the marketplace directly from this URL https://azuremarketplace.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/apps/microsoft-hyperv.rs5_preview Enjoy

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Azure – Manage Azure AD Password Protection

So, you have deployed and registered your Azure AD Password Protection agents on your on-premises environment (see https://t.co/PnWZiWbWic). Now you can manage this feature by controlling how it is going to work – aka manage your own banned passwords list, enforce the feature or enable the Smart Lookout (to restrict the risk of getting your AD account locked because somebody is trying to guess your password). To manage Azure AD…

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Azure – Use Azure AD Password Protection with your on-premises Active Directory

You may already know that Azure AD is using advanced technologies to protect your credentials, especially your password. It even detects if the password you are trying to use (when you have to change it due to expiration) has been used too much or has been compromised (or banned). This is a huge security feature but until now this was only available if you use Azure AD for authentication. Starting…

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SharePoint Online–Update in external sharing

To keep SharePoint external files (or folders) sharing secure while improving the end-user experience, an update is being deployed (roll out completion scheduled for end of June) to change the ‘one-time password’ functionality for external users which are also hosted on another Office 365 tenant. With this update, they will no longer need a one-time password but will logon using their current Office 365 credentials when accessing shared files/folders. This…

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WordPress – Few details about my migration from SharePoint blog to WordPress

As announced few days ago, I have decided to move on from SharePoint 2016 for hosting my blog. Now, my blog is running on WordPress using SQL Server as database server, and not MySQL (even if this is still installed anyway). As promised when I have announced the migration, here are few details about my migration which went quite smoothly, despite few issues: I’m using the ProjectNami to run WordPress…

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