Avanan’s PhishPoint – FUD or a Real Problem?

The security company Avanan says that 10% of Office 365 users are affected by “PhishPoint.” That estimate seems pretty high to me.

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).

One Hundred Version Minimum for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business sites will soon boast 100 minimum versions, which they need to power features like AutoSave and OneDrive Restore. But if you work for an organization that doesn’t want to use so many versions for files, you can update your SharePoint tenant configuration to disable minimum versioning. That is, provided you do so by September 30, 2018.

Removing Email Addresses from Office 365 Groups

Like all mail-enabled objects, Office 365 Groups can have multiple proxy addresses. Microsoft has fixed a bug in the Set-UnifiedGroup cmdlet so that you can remove proxy addresses from groups, but take care before you do.

Losing the Last Name, First Name Legacy

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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) …

The Story Behind Office 365 for IT Pros

An Idea Grows The story began in August 2014, when Tony Redmond started to write about Office 365 while on vacation in the South of France. Microsoft Press had published my Exchange 2013 book in September 2013, and I wanted a new book project. However, the problem with Office 365 was that everything changed all …

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, …

The Ups and Downs of the Deleting Microsoft 365 Users Wizard

Microsoft issued a new wizard to delete Office 365 accounts last week. It has the normal quota of cute graphics and some glitches to boot, but the wizard gets the job done in terms of converting a user mailbox into a shared mailbox and reassigning access to their OneDrive for Business account.

Why We Publish a New Edition of Office 365 for IT Pros Every Year

One of the most common questions we get is why we generate a new edition every year. The answer is pretty simple. It’s reflects the pace of the cloud and the need for books to change to cover what’s happening inside Office 365. The Old Days of On-Premises Software In the “old days” of on-premises …