Office 365 for IT Pros at the UK Evolve Event – Birmingham, September 10, 2018

The Office 365 for IT Pros team will be at the UK Evolve conference on September 10. Come along and hear us talk!

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) …

How to Assign Multiple Group Owners Using the New-UnifiedGroup Cmdlet

PowerShell error when New-UnifiedGroup runs

There’s a documentation bug for New-UnifiedGroup. You’re told that you can specify multiple owners when you create a new Microsoft 365 group, but you can’t. Fortunately, two easy workaround exist.

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 …