Yammer – Improvements in file sharing, now integrated with OneDrive for Business and new document creation options

You can now browse your OneDrive for Business to share documents on Yammer as well as create new Office documents directly from Yammer.   Integration with OneDrive for Business When you want to share a document on Yammer, you used to have 2 options: either upload from your computer or browse an existing file on Yammer. Now, you can browse your OneDrive for Business to locate document you want to…

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Office 365 – Microsoft Team, the chat based workspace

Microsoft has introduced a new collaboration feature on Office 365 called Microsoft Team. Microsoft Team is built on top of Office 365 Groups, SharePoint, Exchange and OneNote (plus off course Azure AD for the identity/authentication) As part of this introduction, the whitelisted endpoints has been updated – so if you are filtering internet access from your corporate network you will need to update your configuration to include the new URL’s…

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Office 365 – Secure Score is now in preview

Security is a key point when moving / using a cloud service. Microsoft has made (and still making) lot of investment to ensure data and account security and help customers to get the most of it. A new step has just been done with the release in preview of Secure Score; a toolset integrated with Office 365 which is giving you an overview of your security level (like the credit…

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ADFS 4 – Enable device authentication method

With ADFS 4, you can easily enable device authentication as authentication method. This authentication method was already available in ADFS 3 but only as additional authentication method; with ADFS 4 this becomes also available as primary authentication method.   Upgrade Active Directory Federation schema This step is required if already have deployed a previous version of ADFS within your Active Directory and/or if your are not yet running Active Directory…

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ADFS 4 – Enable Azure MFA as authentication method and/or multi factor authentication for ADFS

One of the improvements with ADFS 4 (on Windows Server 2016) is the integration of Azure MFA as multi factor authentication method as well as primary authentication method; you can still use the certificate based or the Azure MFA Server (see http://blog.hametbenoit.info/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=618) for the multi factor methods. If you want to enable Azure MFA with ADFS 4, you need to follow these steps: generate a certificate for your Azure MFA…

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Windows Server 2016 – ADFS 4 idpinitiatedsignon is disabled by default

As you may know, a quick way to test your ADFS deployment is to access the idpinitiatedsignon sign page. As usual, I tried it after deploying my new ADFS 4.0 server and… got this error message The resource you are trying to access is not available. Contact your administrator for more information.   And the following event is logged Log Name:      AD FS/Admin Source:        AD FS Date:          2/10/2016 7:22:24 AM…

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Windows Server 2016 – ADFS 4.0 now support certificate authentication on port 443

You may already know that ADFS 3.0 (on Windows Server 2012 R2) already supports certificate authentication BUT using a different communication port than 443 (in fact 49443). With ADFS 4.0 (on Windows Server 2016), the certificate authentication can now use the 443 communication port, making thing easier to implement multi factor authentication using user certificate. To be take advantage of this new capability, you need to update your ADFS certificate…

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Office 365 – You can now see if OneDrive is provisioned for a user using the administration portal

You can now see if OneDrive for Business ‘personal’ space has been provisioned for user, including quota and size limits, from the Office 365 Administration portal. Just logon to the Office 365 Administration portal with a global administrator account, go to the Users\Active Users and select the user you want to check. On the right pane, you will see a new OneDrive section with the provisioning details  

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Skype for Business / Office 365 – Troubleshoot your Skype for Business Hybrid configuration

As you know you can setup your On Premises Lync/Skype for Business deployment to work in hybrid mode with Skype for Business Online (as you can do with Exchange). That said this configuration is not always as smooth and easy as it is for Exchange and you may ended with issues. Knowing that Microsoft has developed a PowerShell script to help you troubleshoot such situation; even off course a single…

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Office 365 – Preview of the new OneDrive for Business client

It has been announced at the Ignite Conference at Atlanta. A preview of the new OneDrive for Business client is now available. The following are part of the improvements coming with the new version – some have been long waited: Ability to sync SharePoint Online document libraries – until then you were still obliged to use the ‘old’ O4B client while you were using the (so called) NextGen client to…

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Office 365 – Be notified when peoples are sharing content with you on SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

A new feature is being rolled out (first tenant and then general availability – expected to be completed by the end of the year) which will notify end-user by mobile push notification (same than the one you get when a new email arrived in your inbox) when someone is sharing content with them using SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business. This settings is enabled by default and can be managed…

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Office 365 – Enable Office 365 CDN for your SharePoint Online tenant

With Office 365 CDN (Content Delivery Network) you can improve the performance when accessing your SharePoint Online tenant by using a geo-distributed caching proxy; only static content (like picture files) is cached. This CDN capability can be a great improvement when accessing content hosted on your tenant when connected from a location far away from your Office 365 hosting location. This capability can also be used by developer to improve…

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Windows 10 – BitLocker Recovery Key for Azure AD Joined devices

This procedure applies only for Windows 10 devices which have been configured as Azure AD Joined. From time to time, you may need to access advanced recovery options for your Windows 10 device but these options may failed to work because you are using BitLocker to encrypt your drive. You may already know the procedure to recover BitLocker keys when using your Microsoft Account or when your device is an…

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Azure / Office 365 – Azure AD Connect now support proxy authentication

If you are working with Office 365 and/or Azure services, you already know that you can synchronize your Active Directory to Azure Active Directory services with the directory synchronization tool Azure AD Connect. It has been a very long wait (since the first version of the MS cloud services, BPOS) to get the synchronization tool to support proxy authentication but this is finally here. To take advantage of this feature,…

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