Exchange Online – A new Tasks pane is becoming available

A new feature is currently being deployed on Exchange Online (first to Targeted Release organization) to simplify your task management. This new feature will be/is only available when using Outlook Web Access (or Outlook on the Web as they call it now) and when having turn on the option Try the new Outlook The new Tasks pane is available directly from your Mail or Calendar section and allows you to…

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Teams – Data Loss Prevention is now available for Teams

The data loss prevention (DLP) on Office 365 has been updated to allow you enable DLP for Microsoft Teams Chat and Channels. To enable it, go to your Office 365 Compliance portal (https://protection.office.com) and reach out the Data Loss Prevention\Policy blade to create a new policy or edit existing one Then access the Locations configuration options and enable the Teams chat and channel messages

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Azure / SCVMM – Use Azure for the update management on SCVMM 2019

As System Center 2019 has just been released, let see how to use Azure for the update management in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2019. Off course as prerequisites you must have an Azure tenant and have an running SCVMM 2019; in addition of these obvious requirements, you will also need to have an automation account and a Log Analytics workspace with the Update Management solution.   Enable SCVMM…

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Azure – New PowerShell module for Azure Blueprint

After delivering Azure Blueprint to help setting up Azure governance, a new PowerShell module is now available to manage these blueprints. You can get it by running the command (as always use the Run As Administrator when starting the PowerShell prompt) Install-Module -Name Az.Blueprint With this first release you can get existing blueprints, create/delete one(s) and update it Get-AzBlueprint Get-AzBlueprintAssignment New-AzBlueprintAssignment Remove-AzBlueprintAssignment Set-AzBlueprintAssignment Hopefully this will be included soon in…

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Azure – Azure Storage Explorer now integrates AzCopy (preview)

If you work with Azure Storage feature, you already know (and probably also use) Azure Storage Explorer and/or AzCopy. Well, good news, AzCopy is now integrated (in preview) with Azure Storage Explorer (starting with version 1.7.0 available for download here https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=708343&clcid=0x409 for Windows) – as there is no version displayed anywhere you can check the version of the download files in the Details\Product version This integration will provide better performance/higher…

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Azure Information Protection – New advanced settings for AIP

There has been few new advanced settings made available for Azure Information Protection (AIP): Report an issue from the AIP client Pop-up in Outlook to warm, justify or block sending emails To implement these advanced settings you need to the Advanced Settings option available in the contextual menu of the policy   Report an issue To add the option to report an issue when end-user is using the Azure Information…

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Teams – You can set a free text status message

Microsoft Teams now allows you to set a free text status message; from both the Teams client and the web interface. Just open your Teams client and click to your picture (top right) and select Set status message Then  type your free text status message – up to 280 characters – and choose for how long you want to display it – up to 5 days The free text will…

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System Center – System Center 2019 will be available later this month

It has been announced that the next version of the System Center suite (System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), System Center Data Protection (DPM), System Center Operation Manager (SCOM), System Center Orchestrator (SCO) and System Center Service Manager (SCSM)) will be available later this month, March 2019. System Center 2019 is the Long Term Servicing Channel (LTS) release of the suite and roll up updates are expected to be delivered…

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Azure – Blueprints now has built-in samples

UPDATED March 8 – 10:50 AM: blueprints for shared services and ASE/SQL workloads will be released next week. Blueprints for PCI compliance is in the roadmap Azure Blueprints – the Azure feature allowing you to define policies for managing your Azure environment – has been updated and now propose built-in samples to help you quickly start with it. When you create a new Blueprint you now have the choice between…

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Teams – You can now add a tab to a Yammer group

Microsoft Teams is now allowing you to add a new tab to a Yammer group. To do so, just hit the + (plus) sign to add a new tab and search for Yammer Then ensure the ‘Add to a Team’ option is set to Yes (default) – if set to No, you will not be able to install it – and click Install Then define which Yammer content type (Yammer…

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Azure – Azure Premium Blog Storage now available in preview

The public preview of Azure Premium Blog Storage is now available. Premium Blob Storage is providing quicker data access by using SSD (solid-state drive) than with ‘classic’ Blob Storage (about 10 times quicker). This new storage capability on Azure can be helpful for workloads with high transaction rates, like IoT or Telemetry. Premium Blog Storage is available in US East, US East 2, US Central, US West, US West 2,…

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Azure – Instant restore is now available for virtual machine

Instant restore of virtual machine is now available in Azure. With this new capability, there is no more wait time for the snapshot to be copied into the Recovery Vault before being able to perform a restore operation. In addition, you can also overwrite the original disk instead of creating a copy when performing in-place restore. The rollout is starting today – currently available in West Central US, India South…

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Intune – You can now rename Windows 10 devices from the Intune portal

The latest Intune updates introduce the ability to rename Windows 10 devices (1809 [aka RS4] and later). When using the feature, the next time the Windows 10 client connects to Intune his name will be changed. To start using it, logon to your Intune tenant either from the Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com) or your Devices Management portal (https://devicemanagement.microsoft.com/) and go to the Devices blade Then select All Devices and locate the…

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Azure – A new security capability is now available in preview: Azure Sentinel

Azure Sentinel is a cloud-based  security information event management (SIEM) and security orchestrator automated response (SOAR)  providing you security analytics and threats intelligence from a single point. During the preview, Azure Sentinel is free of charge. Final pricing will be announced at a later stage; data import from Office 365 is free. To start using it and evaluate it, connect to  https://aka.ms/microsoftazuresentinel with your Azure administrator account start the creation…

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