SharePoint Online – New settings available through the administration portal

With the new SharePoint Online administration portal comes new settings being available through the administration portal; some where already available but only through PowerShell. All these settings are only available through the new SharePoint Online administration portal. Define a default time zone You can now define a default time zone, different from the ‘Microsoft default’ (Pacific Time). To set your default time zone (which then will be applied by default…

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Office 365 – The new SharePoint Online administration portal is becoming the default experience

As you may already know, a new SharePoint Online administration portal has been underway for quite some time now. This new administration portal is now becoming the default SharePoint Online administration experience over the next few months, with tenant with 50 users or less being targeted first (expected roll out start schedule for March 2019). That being said, you can: block the new administration portal being the default experience or…

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Exchange – New Exchange Hybrid Configuration Wizard in preview

A new Exchange Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW) is now available in preview. This new Hybrid Configuration Wizard is called either Hybrid Agent or Modern Hybrid to differentiate it from the current HCW version. This new HCW has a lower inbound/outbound connectivity requirements and use an agent, making it more appropriate for install in DMZ. The Hybrid Agent is built on the Azure Application Proxy, helping to reduce the connectivity requirements…

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OneDrive for Business – Files mass deletion notification is coming in OneDrive for Business client

You may already know that you can have notification when a files mass deletion occurs (thanks to the Security & Compliance alert). Well, this is going to get better as this alert is being sent only after the mass deletion has been executed and is being sent to administrators. OneDrive for Business client is going to get an update to notify end-users when a files mass deletion (more than 200…

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Office 365 – A new network performance tool is coming

Office 365 services can have a significant impact on network. Since Office 365 has been in the market, Microsoft has been provided guidance and tool (formerly known as SpeedTest or Office 365 Client Performance Analyzer more recently) to analyse the network impact of the various services offered by Office 365. A new tool is underway (currently in preview / proof of concept) to help identifying connectivity and performance issues. The…

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Flow – You can use Flow to automate actions based on Cloud App Security event

If you are using the Cloud App Security (CAS) service, you can connect Microsoft Flow to it in order to automate actions like generating ticket in SIEM system, send notification to user and/or manager, disable account… To do so you must, off course, have an active Cloud App Security and Flow subscription. Then you need to generate a token to allow Flow to connect to CAS Connect to your Cloud…

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Office 365 – New cloud-based management options for Office 365 Pro Plus

A new configuration tool (in preview) is available for Office 365 Pro Plus (Office Click to Run) to help administrator to define and apply configuration policy. This new capability helps to manage Office C2R installation on Windows without the ‘classic’ management infrastructure or MDM service. The defined Office configuration will apply to both managed and unmanaged devices as it uses Azure Active DIrectory. It does not replace group policy objects…

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Exchange Online – Item read and access is going to be audited

You may be already aware that you can have audit on any Office 365 activities, including Exchange Online mailboxes. In February 2019, Exchange Online mailbox audit is going to be improved by adding audit for item read and access by mailbox owners, administrators and delegates. This new implementation is replacing the previous MessageBind action, which will be deprecated when the update will be available on your tenant. You have nothing…

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Office 365 – The default installation option for Office Click to Run is switching to 64 bits

Starting mid January 2019, the default installation setting for Office Click To Run is switching from 32 bits to 64 bits. If you (and your end-users) are using the Office 365 portal (https://portal.office.com/OLS/MySoftware.aspx) to install Office Click to Run check the version before starting to install if you are planning to use the 32 bits install (as it used to be the default install option).

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OneDrive for Business – Files On-Demand is getting available on Mac

The Files On-Demand capability is now coming on Mac devices with the incoming OneDrive for Business client update for Mac. The Files On-Demand allows you to synchronize your OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online content without having to download the complete content. To take advantage of this new capability for Mac users, you need to run macOS 10.14.2 or later and have the update OneDrive client (version 18.240.1202.0001 or higher).…

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OneDrive for Business – An update is on his way to improve UPN change impact

As you may be already aware, OneDrive for Business is using the user principal name (UPN) to provision the personal space, and as such the UPN is also used in the URL for accessing it (like https://mytenant-my.sharepoint.com/personal/user_upndomain) As such, any change of the UPN’s user has an impact on OneDrive for Business and can broke synchronization. An updated OneDrive for Business client (starting with build 18.212.1021.0008) is being pushed to…

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Office 365 – 3DES cipher support is being retired by Feb 28, 2019

As Microsoft has announced it was moving to TLS 1.2, the 3DES cipher support is going to be removed by February 28, 2019. If you are not sure if this cipher is still being used by your organization to connect and access Office 365 services you can go to the Secure Score website (http://securescore.microsoft.com) and use the “Remove TLS 1.0/1.1 and 3DES Dependencies” option By clicking the Learn More button…

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Office 365 / Azure – New CDN’s are going to be used for authentication

This is an important notification for customer managing access to internet (and cloud services) using Whitelist. New Content Delivery Networks (CDN’s) are going to be used for managing Office 365 (and potentially Azure services) authentication. If you are using whitelisting to allow Office 365/Azure services access to your end-user you have to be prepared ASAP. The new CDN’s will be: aadcdn.msauth.net aadcdn.msftauth.net ccscdn.msauth.net ccscdn.msftauth.net If you need the IP addresses…

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Office 365 – New administrative settings to manage trial services

Earlier in May 2018, Microsoft has announced the availability of 1 year trial for Microsoft Teams, even if the user is not yet licensed for it. This trial is now available to Office 365 commercial tenants (aka not Edu or Gov). In addition of this Microsoft Teams 1 year trial, a new administrative settings is made available to manage how trial services (as of today only Teams is available but…

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Azure AD Connect – A new version of the directory synchronization tool is available

A new version (1.2.65.0) of Azure AD Connect has been released. You can get it from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=615771 You need to know that this version is going to overwrite your setting for autoupgrade if you have it set to not automatically update. Before Update After Update If you want to keep the autoupgrade disabled you will need to run the following command after the upgrade is completed Set-ADSyncAutoUpgrade -AutoUpgradeState Disabled As…

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