Managing Office 365 Guest Users

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.

Org-Wide Teams Don’t Need Azure AD P1 Licenses

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.

Tip: Check Your Azure AD Accounts Before Adding Org-Wide Teams

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.

New Training and Adoption Resources for Microsoft Teams

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 …

Microsoft Makes Org-Wide Teams Available to Office 365 Tenants

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.

Org-Wide settings in the Teams & Skype Admin Center

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 …

How Microsoft IT Manages Office 365 Groups

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.

Managing Microsoft Teams Through the Teams Admin Center

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.

How to use Background Blur in Microsoft Teams Meetings

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.

Microsoft Releases Teams Administrative Roles

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.

Synchronizing AAD Security Groups with Office 365 Groups

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.

Preserving the Teams Data of Ex-Employees

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 …

Office 365 Audit Records Truncated for Azure Active Directory Events

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.

Enabling Access to Teams for Guest Users with PowerShell

During transitions, things sometimes don’t go so smoothly. Such is the case if you want to enable or disable guest user access to Teams and find that the setting to control the access is no longer available in the Office 365 Admin Center. But PowerShell can control the setting, so that’s the solution to the problem.

Eradicating Some Bad Email Habits Improves Your Office 365 Security

Hanging on to old email habits is a bad idea, especially if you use a cloud service like Office 365 where Microsoft introduces a steady stream of new features. The worst bad habit is password sharing. It’s time to stop this now.

Using Dynamic Office 365 Groups with Teams

Some say that Microsoft Teams doesn’t support dynamic Office 365 Groups. Well, I couldn’t find anything formal on the topic and the teams that I have configured to use dynamic groups work well, so what’s the real scene? As it turns out, Microsoft is still working on the feature.

Making sure that Office 365 Retention Policies process Teams

Microsoft Teams support Office 365 retention policies, but how do you know if policies you create are effective in removing items from Teams? Well, as it turns out, you must go poking under the covers to validate that removals happen as planned.

How Did Slack Justify That $7B Valuation?

Teams and Slack competitive data

Apparently, Slack is now worth $7.1 billion. That’s a lot of money for a company that faces huge competition from Microsoft Teams, especially with the ever-increasing size of the Office 365 installed base.

Microsoft to Support Google IDs for Azure B2B Collaboration

Microsoft has launched the preview of Google B2B Federation, which allows Google accounts to be used to access Azure AD apps. Quite how this will work out for apps that use guest user accounts is unknown at this point.

Microsoft Completes Work to Bring Skype for Business Functionality into Teams

On August 24, Microsoft announced that their roadmap to bring the functionality and features from Skype for Business Online to Teams was complete. It’s always good news when you see a plan coming together, but it’s also important to understand that a world of difference exists between an announcement and being able to move an organization’s communications workload.

How to Remove a Feature from an Office 365 Plan with PowerShell

Need a script to turn off sub-options in Office 365 plans like the one that controls Microsoft Teams? Here’s a Petri.com article that explains how to do it with the Microsoft Online Services PowerShell module.

Stopping Guest Users Getting Into Classified Office 365 Groups and Teams

This Petri.com article tells you how to set a policy on confidential Office 365 Groups to stop owners being able to add guest users to the group (or team).

Losing the Last Name, First Name Legacy

Office 365 Gravtar

A recent post by MVP Mark Vale describes how to use synchronization transformation rules in AADConnect to change the last name, first name format (for example, Smith, James) for display names to a more user-friendly first name last name format (our example becomes James Smith) for accounts as they synchronize to Azure Active Directory from an …

Teams Services Now Hosted in Canada

Location of Teams data services in Azure datacenters worldwide

On August 10, 2018, Microsoft announced that the Azure-based Teams data services are now hosted in Canadian datacenters in Toronto and Quebec City.  Teams services, which are what handle personal and channel messages and media (graphics), now run in the following Azure datacenters: Asia-Pacific: Singapore and Hong Kong. EMEA: Dublin and Amsterdam. Americas: Bay (California) …

Debugging Teams Clients When Something Goes Wrong

Making Teams Client Behave Most of the time, the Teams clients run along without a problem. But like all software, they have their moments. Here’s how to attack the problem if your Teams clients start to misbehave, including how to give the Microsoft developers some feedback. This article was posted on Petri.com on August 9, …