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.

Fix for Active Directory Federation Services Security Hole Available

Microsoft has issued patch CVE-2018-8340 to fix a problem with Active Directory Federation Services. You should download and install this patch now.

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 History and Story Behind the Office 365 for IT Pros eBook

Office 365 for IT Pros is the world’s best book about Office 365 tenant management. Written by world-class experts, Office 365 for IT Pros teaches readers how and why the technology works the way that it does. Here’s the history of the book from its earliest days as an idea for a book about cloud Exchange right up to the latest edition.

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 …