Office 365 – Reminder to move to TLS 1.2

A quick reminder as the date is fast approaching: you must have moved to TLS 1.2 before October 31, 2018 It has been announced about a year ago (October 2017), all client-server and browser based communication with Office 365 services will use TLS 1.2 After October 31, 2018, if you are still using older TLS version (1.0 or 1.1), you will not be able to access your Office 365 services…

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Azure AD / Office 365 – Integration with LinkedIn is finally here

It has been announced some time ago already, but now the integration is finally here. You can now enable the LinkedIn integration with your Office 365 (Azure AD) tenant. NOTE the integration is turned off by default. To enable the feature, you need to logon to your Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com/) or your Azure AD administration portal (https://aad.portal.azure.com) Then go to your Azure AD configuration blade Access the User settings configuration…

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Exchange Online – Mailbox Auditing will be enabled by default

A good news for compliance and security, Exchange Online Mailbox auditing will now be enabled by default. The schedule is all commercial tenant will be set by end of calendar year. All mailboxes already set for auditing will continue to be enabled, while all others will then be audited. A new parameter for the Set-OrganizationConfig cmdlet will also be introduce for Exchange administrator to override (not recommended) this new configuration.…

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Teams – Microsoft Teams goes free

It has just been announced, Microsoft Teams goes free… The free version allows users with no commercial Office 365 offers to collaborate with up to 300 people, using up to 10 Gb of file storage (with 2 Gb additional per user). Off course, this free version of Teams also integrates with Office Online Apps to open and edit Office documents. Start using it from here http://office.com/teams

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Azure / Office 365 – New registration experience coming for Azure MFA and Azure SSPR

You may already well know the Azure Multi Factor (MFA) and Azure Self Service Password Reset (SSPR) features; if not you are missing a very good piece of your Azure AD/Office 365 services. Well, a new registration experience for Azure MFA and Azure SSPR is currently being in preview to simply the end-user registration experience. With the current experience, end-users had to register twice their details (like phone number or…

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Office 365 – RSS and XML service for Office 365 endpoints management are going to be retired

This is an important announcement I already announced in April that Microsoft was introducing a new way to provide Office 365 endpoints details (IP addresses ranges for each services) using web services (see http://hametbenoit.info/2018/04/04/office-365-new-and-better-way-to-manage-office-365-services-ip-addresses-updates) Well, it has now be announced that the existing RSS and XML services providing the same information are going to be retired by October 2018 so you need to quickly start looking at the new web…

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Exchange Online – Exchange Web Services (EWS) So long and thanks for all the fish

Microsoft has announced that Exchange Web Services (EWS) on Exchange Online will no longer get any further updates and Basic Authentication for EWS will be decommissioned. NOTE This does not apply to Exchange On-Premises (for now ?) Microsoft has been heavily investing in the Graph technology and it is highly recommended to start using/migrating Graph for your interaction with Exchange Online, in lieu of EWS. In parallel, because we all…

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Exchange Online – Automatic events processing from email

You can now have your Exchange Online mailbox setting up for you new events based on emails you receive, which could be either flights or hotel reservations, live events like concert or package delivery. To manage the automatic event creation based on emails, you need to go to your mailbox settings (https://outlook.office.com/owa/) and turn on/off the feature and options. NOTE this feature is turned on by default Click the Gear…

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Teams – Live Events and Policy

As you may already know, Teams is going to replace Skype for Business (in a way or another) on Office 365. As part of the ongoing improvement of Teams, a new capability is now in preview called: Live Events. The idea of Teams Live Event is to setup and host Teams meeting with large audience; sound familiar? Yep, it used to be (or still be for some time anyway) Skype…

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Exchange Online – You can download a quarantined email

A new option has been deployed on the Security and Compliance portal for quarantined emails. You can now download a quarantined email to help you analyze it. As the email has been put in quarantine it is important to download it on a secure client (aka with an up to date antivirus protection and potential additional security configuration) to avoid spreading bad stuff within your network. This option may be…

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SharePoint Online – You can now use PowerShell for your migration

You may be already aware that Microsoft has provided a migration tool for SharePoint Online to help you migrate your SharePoint On-Premises or file servers to SharePoint Online (you can take a look there https://t.co/fiamXncZYo and https://t.co/j4dLOzS9De). Now, an updated version (2.0.99.0) of the migration tool now includes PowerShell command to help you in your migration. If already had a previous version of the SharePoint Migration tool installed, the updated…

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OneDrive for Business – Get your ‘well known’ folders moved to OneDrive for Business

An update is being pushed to OneDrive for Business client to help you (and your end-users) to move their well known folders (My Documents, My Pictures…) from the default location (the user profile) to OneDrive for Business; this new functionality is called Known Folder Move (KFM). This option comes with the OneDrive for Business client version 18.116.0610.0002 You can let your end-user do it themselves or use the update ADMX…

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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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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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