Teams Channel Information Pane Displays System Messages

The new information pane available in Teams desktop and browser clients gives information about recent contributors and is the relocated home for system messages. You can certainly debate what makes someone a recent contributor as some of those listed don’t seem to be too active. Maybe it’s one of those AI algorithms that will be tweaked over time…

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Reporting Deleted Stream Videos

Microsoft Stream doesn’t support Office 365 retention policies, so you can’t make sure that videos are kept for eDiscovery or compliance purposes. But a little lateral thinking and some PowerShell code quickly gives us a solution based on events from the Office 365 audit log, including emailing the report to someone designated to review videos before final deletion.

Teams is the Most Difficult Office 365 Application to Backup

Because it sits on top of so many Microsoft 365 components, Teams is easily the hardest Office 365 workload to backup. You can try to backup Teams by copying its compliance records stored in Exchange Online, but that’s only a partial (and bad) solution that utterly fails to take the full spectrum of Teams data into account.

Microsoft Automates Easing of EWS Throttling for Migrations

Many migration projects use Exchange Web Services (EWS) to move data to Exchange Online. EWS is using throttled to preserve resources. Here’s how to lift the restrictions for up to 90 days, all without going near a support call.

Find Guests in Office 365 Groups and Teams Where Guests are Prohibited

You can apply an Office 365 Sensitivity Label to control different aspects of Groups, Teams, and Sites. One of the settings controls whether guest users are allowed in group membership. We explain how to use PowerShell to search groups assigned a label to block guest access for existing guests, just in case you want to remove them.

Teams Removes System Messages from the General Channel

Teams is removing system messages from the General channel in teams. System messages tell users about events like new members, but they’re really not that interesting, unless you’re fond of tracking the comings and goings of members, much like a noisy neighbor behind a curtain. Uncluttering the General channel is no reason to let it degrade, so keep it for important stuff and force conversations into other channels.

Why I’m Returning My Surface Earbuds

A few days after buying the Surface Earbuds, I am returning them to Microsoft. Poor sound and an uncomfortable fit in my ear mean that I’m reverting to my old Bose QC20 headphones, even though they have their own problems. The promised integration with Microsoft 365 applications isn’t worth the paper it’s written on, which is another reason for the Earbuds to go back.

Upgrading PowerShell Scripts that Use Exchange Online to Send Email

The combination of Exchange Online and PowerShell allows Office 365 admins to send messages for all manner of reasons. These scripts depend on SMTP AUTH connections and change is coming in this area with the deprecation of basic authentication. It’s a good idea to take an inventory of scripts that send email, including those that use the .NET classes to do the job.

June 2020 Offer for Office 365 for IT Pros

People who subscribe to the Office 365 for IT Pros eBook in June 2020 will receive a free update to the 2021 edition when it is released in July. Go ahead and buy a book as normal from Gumroad.com and we’ll send you a code in July for a free upgrade.