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  1. Protected PDFs Now Generally Available with Azure Information Protection December 12, 2018 12:25 am - The Microsoft-Adobe initiative to support Azure Information Protection for PDF files has reached general availability. Things look good and the issues encountered in the preview are removed. You can store protected PDFs inside Office 365, but be prepared to download the files to be able to view them.
  2. Tracking the Managed Folder Assistant December 10, 2018 10:48 am - The Exchange Online Managed Folder Assistant (MFA) runs in the background on a workcycle basis to make sure that mailboxes are processed at least once a week. Most of the processing involves mailbox and Office 365 retention policies and runs smoothly, but how do you know what MFA has done?
  3. Report for Email Encryption in the Security and Compliance Center December 9, 2018 1:36 pm - The Office 365 Security and Compliance Center includes a report to detail encrypted email. The report is in preview. It's a nice insight into user activity, even if it has some glitches that need to be sorted out before it becomes generally available.
  4. What Office 365 Retention Policies Apply to SharePoint Online Sites? December 7, 2018 5:27 pm - Knowing how retention policies process Office 365 data can be hard to understand, especially if multiple policies are involved. Office 365 doesn't give a global view of how retention policies affect workloads, but here's how to use PowerShell to find out what policies process the sites in a tenant.
  5. Logos in Email – Another Way to Stop Spoofing December 6, 2018 11:59 am - Including a company's logo when listing or displaying email is another way to give users confidence that the email is in fact from that company. Business Indicators for Message Identification is a draft standard that might become generally used by all email clients. But for now. Microsoft has their own business profile "brand card" program, and that's where OWA gets its logos.
  6. Reporting the Connection Protocol Used by Outlook Mobile Clients December 5, 2018 11:02 am - Microsoft has refreshed the Outlook Mobile architecture. They suggest that you run some PowerShell to report clients connecting via the old and new architectures. Their code works, but we think ours is better.
  7. Including a Teams Channel in an Exchange Distribution List December 3, 2018 12:36 pm - Now that we know all about the different email addresses used by Office 365 Groups and Teams, the question arises of how to include a team channel as a member of a distribution group. As it turns out, there's a simple way and a more complicated way.
  8. Groups and Teams Have Different Email Addresses December 2, 2018 2:16 pm - Some recent questions in the Microsoft Technical Community show confusion about the email addresses used by Office 365 Groups and Teams. Here's our attempt to clarify.
  9. Azure Information Protection Client Supports S/MIME December 1, 2018 5:06 pm - The latest version of the Azure Information Protection (AIP) client supports the ability to associate S/MIME protection with an AIP label. Although interesting, it's a feature unlikely to be of much practical use to the majority of Office 365 tenants.
  10. Teams Upgrades PowerShell Module to 0.9.6 November 30, 2018 1:01 pm - Teams has released version 0.9.6 of its PowerShell module. You should upgrade to the new module because it fixes some bugs and allows administrators to manage any team, even when they're not a team owner.
  11. Phishing: Office 365 Retrieve Pending Messages for Domain November 29, 2018 3:29 pm - Another day, another phishing attempt, this time trying to make unwary Office 365 administrators click on a link to "Retrieve Pending Messages" for their domain. I'm surprised this one got through!
  12. Phishing: EFile Document Notification November 28, 2018 3:04 pm - A very exciting message arrived in my mailbox. So exciting that it was too good to be true. Some basic checks made me more suspicious and then Outlook's Message Header Analyzer gave more evidence to think the message was bad.
  13. How to Embed External Content in Modern SharePoint Online Pages November 28, 2018 2:15 pm - Embedding external content in modern SharePoint Online (SPO) pages is a really easy task using Microsoft’s out of the box Embed webpart. In the WebPart settings panel we can add the external content URL (such as a YouTube video) or by using the standard <iFrame> HTML tag: In the event we want to add a …
  14. Office 365 Sensitivity Labels Bring Rights Management to the Masses November 27, 2018 2:14 pm - Rights management and encryption are likely to be a much more common Office 365 feature in the future. Sensitivity labels makes protection easy for users to apply through Office apps. The downside is that protection makes content harder to access for some Office 365 and ISV functionality.
  15. Populating Team or Group Membership from Distribution Lists November 26, 2018 12:59 pm - Exchange Online distribution lists can be used to populate the membership of Office 365 Groups or Teams by applying a little PowerShell magic. Here's how.
  16. How to Remove Thousands of Items from an Exchange Online Mailbox November 25, 2018 3:29 pm - A question asks how to remove a bunch of emails from a shared mailbox. You can use OWA to do the job, especially with its Cleanup Mailbox option, but perhaps some administrative action is needed.
  17. Add Admins to Every Office 365 Group November 24, 2018 2:51 pm - A reader asked if it is possible to add an administrator account to every Office 365 Group. This feature doesn't exists OOTB, but it's an easy task to script with PowerShell.
  18. OneDrive for Business Launches the Recent View November 24, 2018 11:43 am - Microsoft is now rolling out the "Recent" view in OneDrive for Business to expose the set of recently-accessed documents for a user.
  19. Tip: Make Sure to Add Owners as Members When Creating New Teams November 23, 2018 2:04 pm - Teams offers a number of ways to create new teams, which is good. However, if you create a new team with PowerShell, make sure that you add the team owners to the members list as otherwise they won't be able to access Planner.
  20. Office 365 Data Governance at the European SharePoint Conference 2018 November 22, 2018 3:15 pm - On Wednesday, November 28, Tony's speaking about Office 365 Data Governance at the European SharePoint Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. The topic is interesting, if only because its source material changes all the time.
  21. Reporting MFA-Enabled Accounts November 21, 2018 9:57 am - When a problem arises, it's good to know what user accounts are affected. In the case of the recent MFA outage, the need existed to report the list of accounts that were MFA-enabled. Here's how to do the job with PowerShell.
  22. What Happens When MFA Fails? November 20, 2018 11:11 am - Microsoft's Azure-based multi-factor authentication (MFA) service experienced a service outage on November 19. Does this mean that we should disable MFA for accounts?
  23. Reporting Protected Files November 19, 2018 12:31 pm - The availability of Azure Information Protection and Office 365 sensitivity labels allow tenants to protect important and confidential files. That's nice, but it's even better when you know what files are protected. Here's how to use PowerShell to create a report about those files.
  24. Simple Site Scripts creation with SharePoint Site Designer November 18, 2018 11:06 am - Not everyone likes writing JSON files, so when the time comes to customize a site design or site script for SharePoint Online, it's a relief to find that a visual tool is available for the job.
  25. Move Personal Form to Group Forms November 17, 2018 2:57 pm - Microsoft has updated the Forms application with the ability for a form owner to move a a form from their personal space to an Office 365 Group. It's a small but good improvement.
  26. November Update Issued for Office 365 for IT Pros eBook November 16, 2018 1:33 pm - Roughly a month after our last update, we've issued update #8 for Office 365 for IT Pros (2019 Edition). It's a big update with changes for 14 chapters. Please download the updated content soon!
  27. Finding Inactive Distribution Lists November 15, 2018 12:15 pm - A recent correspondent asked how to find inactive distribution lists in Exchange Online. We didn't have a good answer in the book, so here's some PowerShell code to do the trick.
  28. Restricting the Flow of Audit Data for User Office 365 Activities to Microsoft November 14, 2018 11:06 pm - Following a Dutch report saying that Office 365 might violate GDPR, some thoughts about how to restrict some of the flows of information from an Office 365 tenant to Microsoft.
  29. Teams Now Formally Supports Dynamic Office 365 Groups November 13, 2018 1:32 pm - The latest version of the Teams desktop and browser clients support the creation of dynamic teams based on dynamic Office 365 Groups. The functionality is welcome, as long as you can pay for it as every member who comes within the scope of a query used for a dynamic team needs an Azure AD P1 license.
  30. Microsoft Working on G Suite to Office 365 Migration Tools November 12, 2018 1:13 pm - Microsoft is working on tools to move email, calendar, and contacts from G Suite to Exchange Online with availability in Q2 2019. It's hardly a surprise.
  31. Creating a List of Teams for Processing in Power BI November 11, 2018 5:13 pm - Office 365 doesn't include a way to export a list of Teams in a form that can be imported by Power BI, but PowerShell makes it an easy task to accomplish. Here's a script to help solve the problem.
  32. Setting a Team Picture with PowerShell November 10, 2018 2:35 pm - Team owners can set the picture for their teams, but can tenant administrators do the same thing? As it turns out, no. But there's a reason why.
  33. Stream Adds Intelligent Features for All Office 365 Commercial Users November 9, 2018 12:27 pm - Microsoft has made the intelligent features of Stream available to all Office 365 commercial customers, meaning that you can now luxuriate in closed captions, automatic transcripts and deep search, and face recognition.
  34. Office 365 Privileged Access Management: Too Flawed and Too Exchange? November 8, 2018 3:55 pm - Microsoft has launched Privileged Access Management (PAM) for Office 365. The name's incorrect because PAM only works for Exchange Online right now. PAM is based on RBAC, which is good, but is the implementation too Exchange-centric?
  35. Office 365 Tenants to Microsoft: Send Training Tips to End Users – No Thanks! November 7, 2018 12:10 pm - Microsoft's grand plan to send helpful emails to Office 365 users hit a roadblock when customers said "No thanks" to the idea. Microsoft has now taken the plan back for mature reflection. Does this kind of initiative reflect a certain arrogance on the part of Microsoft?
  36. Teams Gets a PowerShell Refresh November 6, 2018 3:33 pm - The new version of the Teams PowerShell module (0.9.5) supports a Get-Team that's actually useful because it can return a full list of teams in the tenant. But there's still some work to do...
  37. Thirty Days of Microsoft Graph November 5, 2018 3:39 pm - The Microsoft Graph developers and some other folks inside Microsoft have launched a new series of short blog posts to help people become acquainted with the Graph. It's a nice idea, and one that's worthwhile to read.
  38. Blocking Guest Users from Office 365 Groups November 4, 2018 7:40 pm - By default, the Groups policy for an Office 365 tenant allows group owners to add guest users to group membership. You can block this access if necessary, but it's probably not what you want to do as blocking brings guest access to a complete halt across the tenant.
  39. Using the Office 365 Audit Log to Find SendAs Events November 3, 2018 3:26 pm - Exchange administrators are accustomed to looking through mailbox audit logs to find details of events. Those same events are in the Office 365 audit log, so that's the place to go look for information, like when you want to find out who sent a message from a shared mailbox using the SendAs permission.
  40. Any Authenticated Users Permission Now Generally Available November 2, 2018 1:36 pm - Azure Information Protection rights management templates now support the Any Authenticated Users permission to allow Office 365 users to share email and documents with anyone who can authenticate with Azure Active Directory or has an MSA account or uses a federated service.
  41. The Question of Office 365 Backups November 1, 2018 4:36 pm - Do Office 365 tenants need to take backups of Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Teams, Planner, Yammer, and the other data that they accumulate. I don't think they do in most cases, and the problem is exacerbated because most backup solutions sold for Office 365 can't deal with the full suite.
  42. Microsoft Cancels Windows S Client for Teams October 31, 2018 12:59 pm - Microsoft will retire the Windows S client for Teams on November 29, 2018. The decision to double-down on the Electron-based client is probably due to the fact that not many people use Windows S.
  43. Purging Bad Stuff from Teams October 30, 2018 2:26 pm - Do you need to remove some offensive or otherwise doubtful material from Teams? If the original author won't do the right thing, the team owner or an Office 365 administrator might have to step in to do the right thing.
  44. Existing Guest Accounts and the Azure B2B Collaboration Policy October 29, 2018 2:18 pm - When you impose a block on certain domains, you'd like to think that applications like Teams will respect that block. As it turns out, if you have some lingering guests in your Azure Active Directory, the B2B collaboration policy might not be as effective as you'd hope.
  45. Protecting Email Holding Sensitive Data October 28, 2018 2:14 pm - Office 365 offers different ways to apply encryption to important messages. When those messages hold sensitive data known to Office 365, like credit cards or passport numbers, we can define a transport rule or DLP policy to protect outbound email automatically. And while you can define rules and policies through the GUI, PowerShell is available too.
  46. Migrating On-Premises Distribution Lists to Exchange Online October 27, 2018 12:32 pm - If you run a hybrid Exchange deployment, you probably have some on-premises distribution lists that you'd like to move to the cloud. Office 365 offers no way to do this, so it's up to PowerShell. Instead of starting from scratch, you can use a script created by Tim McMichael of Microsoft and amend it to meet your needs. PowerShell is just great.
  47. Protecting PDFs the Native Way October 26, 2018 1:26 pm - On October 12, Microsoft and Adobe launched the public preview of the native integration of Azure Information Protection for PDF files. Knowledge about protection is built into the latest version of the Acrobat reader, meaning that third-party tools are no longer needed to process protected PDFs.
  48. Office 365 Now Has 155 Million Active Users October 25, 2018 2:45 pm - Office 365 continues to grow and has now reached the lofty heights of 155 million monthly active users. Just how long Microsoft can keep growing its cloud services is the question that no one can answer!
  49. Disabling Basic Authentication for Exchange Online (Preview) October 24, 2018 11:49 am - Microsoft has released a preview of the cmdlet set to allow tenants to create and manage protocol authentication policies for Exchange Online. It's a great chance to disable basic authentication and reduce the attack surface for password spraying.
  50. Can Teams Replace Email October 23, 2018 11:39 am - Tony spoke about "Can Teams Replace Email" at the Modern Workplace Conference in Paris on October 17. Here's a sketch note about what he said and a copy of the slides.
  51. Network performance and connectivity evaluation with Network Testing Companion October 22, 2018 1:00 pm - Microsoft has released a nifty Network Testing Companion to help Office 365 admins validate that their network can support the deployment of Teams and Skype for Business Online.
  52. Microsoft Increases Audit Storage Period for Office 365 E5 (But Still Struggling with a Truncation Problem) October 22, 2018 10:27 am - Microsoft has updated its retention period for Office audit records from 90 to 365 days, but only for accounts with Office 365 E5 licenses. On another front, the problem with truncated audit records for Azure Active Directory events still persists.
  53. T-Bot Gets a Bullet October 21, 2018 11:21 am - The Teams T-Bot is no more and has been replaced by a snazzy new help "experience." No doubt this is good news for those who consult help on a regular basis, but it won't help Office 365 tenant admins much.
  54. Enhancing Public Folder Scalability October 20, 2018 1:50 pm - A recent update for Exchange Online gives extra control over who can access public folders. The change is intended to help with scalability, but it can be used to turn public folders off for any mailbox for which you care to disable access.
  55. October 2018 Update Available for Office 365 for IT Pros eBook October 19, 2018 12:26 pm - The writing team is pleased to announce the availability of the seventh update for the Office 365 for IT Pros eBook. Sixteen of the 24 chapters are updated in this release, which is the most we have ever changed in a single update. Please be sure to download the new files at your earliest convenience.
  56. AutoUpdate versus AutoAccept October 18, 2018 8:37 pm - Microsoft issued Message Center update MC151582 to tell Exchange Online administrators about a new default value for automatic processing of events sent to room mailboxes. Unfortunately, the PowerShell code in the update contains an error, so here's some fixed code to check existing values and to set them to the new default, if you want to do that.
  57. Managing Office 365 Guest Users October 18, 2018 7:03 pm - How many guest users does your Office 365 tenant have? And how many of those accounts are actually used? Given that many Office 365 applications now generate guest user accounts to facilitate external access to content, managing these accounts is a growing concern.
  58. Org-Wide Teams Don’t Need Azure AD P1 Licenses October 17, 2018 9:09 am - The prospect of having to pay for many Azure AD Premium P1 licenses just because you use an org-wide team is horrible to contemplate. But don't worry. You don't have to because the Teams developers look after membership updates for you.
  59. A Primer for Microsoft Forms October 16, 2018 2:26 pm - Everyone's got a question to ask, and if you have an Office 365 business subscription, you can use Forms to do the asking. It's quick and easy to build a simple questionnaire and not much more trouble to build something more complex.
  60. Tip: Getting Information About Click to Run Configuration from the System Registry October 15, 2018 10:22 am - Microsoft would like Office 365 tenants to use the Click to Run (C2R) version of the Office desktop applications because C2R is automatically updated with new features. We like C2R, but we also like knowing what's installed on user workstations. Here's how to check the Click to Run configuration with PowerShell.
  61. Tip: Check Your Azure AD Accounts Before Adding Org-Wide Teams October 14, 2018 9:55 am - Org-Wide Teams are a nice feature, but calculating their membership can be puzzling, as in the case of some perfectly valid accounts that were not added to a team. As it turns out, the error lies in Azure Active Directory.
  62. Licensing Exchange 2019 Hybrid October 13, 2018 11:00 am - Microsoft has confirmed that they will not release a free hybrid license for Exchange 2019. That's OK, because if you want to use Exchange 2019 as the HCW host, you simply assign the server one of your licenses. After all, the server won't simply be running hybrid connectivity, will it?
  63. New Training and Adoption Resources for Microsoft Teams October 12, 2018 7:15 am - Microsoft is releasing new training resources and materials as part of its continuous commitment to help in the adoption and usage of Microsoft Teams. In the “Instructor-led training for Microsoft Teams” web site, anyone using or interested in using Microsoft Teams will find a series of free, live, online training classes designed to get you …
  64. Event-Based Retention in Office 365 October 11, 2018 2:33 pm - Everyone knows how simple date-based retention works, but what happens when you want to tie retention to a specific event, like the signing of a contract or the completion of a project? That's when you need event-based retention.
  65. Org-Wide Teams Now Available October 10, 2018 9:30 am - The latest version of Teams supports the ability to create org-wide teams, but only if your tenant has fewer than 1,000 accounts. It's a neat idea, if you can use it, but if you have more than 1,000 accounts, there are other ways to foster company-wide communications.
  66. Org-Wide settings in the Teams & Skype Admin Center October 10, 2018 6:56 am - Microsoft designed the Teams & Skype Admin Center to make it easy to manage settings for both platforms. In the case of the organization wide settings, the latest updates in the Teams & Skype Admin Center provide the following features: Manage External access, Guest access, Teams settings and Teams upgrade options for the organization. This …
  67. The New OWA October 9, 2018 3:19 pm - Microsoft has a new OWA user interface in targeted release. So far it all looks good even if some features are still missing, Expect to see the new UI generally available in late 2018 or early 2019.
  68. Teams and Slack By the Numbers October 8, 2018 11:16 am - Slack is the most obvious competitor for Microsoft Teams. The question is how many users does each platform have? Here is our best guess.
  69. Want to Write About Technology October 7, 2018 2:43 pm - Tony spoke at the recent Ignite conference about the knotty subject of writing about technology. Have a listen and see if you're attracted to become a writer.
  70. Using the Alias Parameter with the New-Team Cmdlet October 6, 2018 4:37 pm - A quirky side of the New-Team cmdlet is that it creates some interesting values for the properties of the underlying Office 365 group that you might like to control better. As it turns out, the Alias parameter is what you need to set.
  71. Inside the Teams Wiki October 5, 2018 12:36 pm - A simple question asked where Teams stores its Wiki content. A search found that the Wiki is stored in a SharePoint document library, while some further investigation discovered some interesting facts about the Teams wiki.
  72. LinkedIn Connects to Office 365 October 4, 2018 4:00 pm - You can now connect Office 365 accounts to LinkedIn accounts (or block the connection at a tenant level). It's a nice way to keep tabs on your LinkedIn contacts and find out what they're doing with a simple click in an Office 365 people card.
  73. Office 365 Exposed Episode #12 October 3, 2018 1:34 pm - Paul Robichaux and Tony Redmond took the chance to tape an episode of Office 365 Exposed at the Ignite 2018 conference. After uploading the video to Stream, it was interesting to see what Stream's intelligent voice recognition technology made of the soundtrack when it came to creating an automatic transcript.
  74. Will Yammer Move Forward? October 2, 2018 4:26 pm - The "Yammer Vision" session at last week's Ignite conference was interesting. At least, I thought it was because it showed signs of a new willingness and direction to make Yammer a better citizen of the Office 365 ecosystem. Time will tell whether the grand plans succeed.
  75. How Microsoft IT Manages Office 365 Groups October 1, 2018 6:16 pm - Details of how Microsoft IT manages its deployment of Office 365 Groups were discussed at the recent Ignite 2018 conference. It's a good idea to write down the basic framework of your Office 365 Groups deployment, if only to understand how all the different policies and features fit together.
  76. Tip: Export Microsoft 365 Roadmap for Analysis September 30, 2018 4:29 pm - The new Microsoft 365 roadmap features the ability to download items (filtered or the entire roadmap) to a CSV file. You can then open the file with Excel or pour its contents into Power BI to analyze the roadmap to your heart's content. That seems like a good thing.
  77. Ignite 2018 Finishes: Ignite 2019 Pre-Registration Opens September 29, 2018 3:53 pm - Ignite 2018 is over and the countdown to the 2019 event has begun. Ignite 2019 is back in Orlando again, but in November, so we have about 13 months to go. In that time you'll want to catch up on what happened at Ignite 2018, which is exactly what the Office 365 for IT Pros team has started to do. Our next update is due on October 19 and we have lots to do.
  78. Exchange 2019 and that 128 GB Minimum September 28, 2018 10:35 am - Exchange 2019 has a recommended minimum of 128 GB of memory. Just what does that recommendation mean?
  79. Managing Teams Through the Teams and Skype for Business Online Admin Center September 27, 2018 12:55 pm - If you read yesterday's article about the new team management functionality in the Teams and Skype for Business Online Admin Center, you might be interested to hear what Microsoft has to say on the topic. Head over to Ignite, in person or virtually, and you'll find out.
  80. New Search Experiences Coming to Office 365 September 27, 2018 12:39 pm - In the same way Microsoft is introducing a new modern search experience in modern SharePoint Online (SPO) sites, the same strategy is being applied to search in Office 365. In this article we take a look at the modern search features you can find in Office 365. This article was published on Petri.com on September 27, 2018. …
  81. Getting Stuff Done: Solving Real Problems with PowerShell September 26, 2018 12:23 pm - If you attended Tony's session at the Ignite conference about how to use PowerShell to get real stuff done inside Office 365, you might like a list of where to get the code examples, So here it is.
  82. The unified Microsoft 365 Roadmap is here September 26, 2018 7:08 am - As expected, Microsoft has announced the unified Microsoft 365 Roadmap that includes all the technologies that are part of Microsoft 365: Office 365, Enterprise Mobility + Security and Windows 10. The new roadmap comes also with a new web site and a new URL (Note: the Old Office 365 Roadmap Url is still live, but …
  83. Background Blur in Teams Meetings September 25, 2018 12:56 pm - Would background blurring make a real difference to your video meetings? If it does, then try it out in Teams meetings, but only if you have a recent PC that supports AVX2.
  84. No Skype for Business Online for Small Office 365 Tenants September 24, 2018 12:14 pm - The news has emerged that Microsoft won't provision new Office 365 tenants with Skype for Business Online unless they have more than 500 users. Any smaller and the tenant gets no choice but Teams.
  85. Who Deleted That Message? September 23, 2018 6:59 pm - Exchange Online sends its mailbox audit records to the Office 365 audit log. You can search the log to discover who deleted messages from mailboxes, normally only an issue when delegates are involved.
  86. Upgrade from Teams Free to Full Office 365 September 22, 2018 9:10 am - Microsoft has documented how organizations using the free version of Teams can upgrade to the full enterprise version (and Office 365). It all seems pretty easy, which is good. Paying those Office 365 licenses mightn't be as nice.
  87. Microsoft Releases Teams Administrative Roles September 21, 2018 9:11 am - Microsoft has released four new administrative roles to help Office 365 tenants manage Teams. It's a good thing and we were able to include the news in the September 20 update for Office 365 for IT Pros.
  88. September 20 Update Available for Office 365 for IT Pros September 20, 2018 12:11 am - Subscribers to the Office 365 for IT Pros eBook can now download the September 20 update from Gumroad.com or Amazon, depending on in which format they bought the book.
  89. Using Special Characters in Office 365 Labels September 19, 2018 10:31 am - A little known fact is that you can use graphic symbols and characters in Office 365 labels. It might bring a splash of color to your compliance and retention efforts, especially in a world where emojis are everywhere. After all, the symbols are just character codes that computers can process and Office 365 is designed to be multilingual and cope with different character sets (like the way Teams deals with Hebrew and Arabic).
  90. Understanding the Life of an Office 365 Admin September 18, 2018 10:56 pm - Help Quadrotech understand the life of an Office 365 Admin and receive a $100 Amazon gift card.
  91. Looking Forward to Ignite 2018 September 18, 2018 3:09 pm - The Microsoft Ignite 2018 conference takes place in Orlando next week. The Office 365 for IT Pros team will be there to keep an eye on the announcements Microsoft and other vendors make about new technology. We'll have a blast, and then come back to update the book.
  92. Using Search-Mailbox to Remove Mailbox Items September 17, 2018 2:09 pm - Search-Mailbox is a very useful cmdlet but running the cmdlet can be very dangerous as you might end up permanently removing some data that you'd prefer to keep. And in the cloud, there's no backups...
  93. Synchronizing AAD Security Groups with Office 365 Groups September 16, 2018 12:30 pm - Security groups are often used to protect access to resources, but they can't be used to control membership for Office 365 Groups or Teams. If you want to use AAD security groups to control membership for Groups and Teams, you need to come up with a way to synchronize. PowerShell is available to do the job, and as it turns out, it's not too difficult.
  94. Office 365 Groups and the ProvisioningOption property September 15, 2018 3:33 pm - Some will tell you that you can figure out what resources an Office 365 Group is connected to by checking the ProvisioningOption property with the Get-UnifiedGroup cmdlet. Well, you can't. If you want to do something like check for team-enabled groups, you'll need a different approach.
  95. Microsoft Rolls Out Block for Calendar Forwarding September 14, 2018 4:00 pm - A new Exchange feature rolling out inside Office 365 allows meeting organizers to block people forwarding their meetings to all and sundry. The latest versions of OWA and Outlook 2016 click to run support the UI for the feature and blocks are built into Exchange Online and Exchange on-premises servers to stop blocked meetings sneaking through.
  96. Preserving the Teams Data of Ex-Employees September 13, 2018 3:02 pm - Content Searches Find Teams Compliance Items When someone leaves your company, you might need to preserve their Office 365 data. The steps needed to preserve user information stored in Email, OneDrive, and SharePoint are straightforward, but what about the messages the employee sent using Teams? As it turns out, an Office 365 content search or …
  97. Office 365 Audit Records Truncated for Azure Active Directory Events September 12, 2018 10:32 am - A demo to show how easy it is to use PowerShell to manage Office 365 Groups and Teams was progressing nicely at the UK Evolve conference when a problem happened with code that used to run perfectly. Sounds like a normal programming situation, but in this case, Microsoft had changed the format of Office 365 audit records for Azure Active Directory operations. That's not so good. What's worse is that some essential data is now missing from the audit records.
  98. Publishing SharePoint News to Teams September 11, 2018 2:31 pm - A Petri.com article explains how to publish news items generated in SharePoint Online sites to Teams channels. It's the way to spread those important announcements as widely as possible.
  99. What that BOXServiceAccount Does in Office 365 September 10, 2018 1:04 pm - Records featuring an account called BOXServiceAccount appear in the Office 365 audit log. Not much information is available about the account, but it's all OK because it's used to assign administrative roles to Office 365 accounts.
  100. Accelerating Exchange 2019 at Ignite 2018 September 9, 2018 4:25 pm - Have you ever tried to use SSDs with Exchange Server only to be told that it's a really bad idea and that you should concentrate on JBOD. Well, Microsoft has made some changes in Exchange 2019 and will talk about them at Ignite, and you can learn about it on Wednesday, Sept 26 in-person, online, or afterwards.

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