Exchange Online keeps message trace data online for 10 days. If you want an email traffic report covering longer periods, you need to retrieve historical message data (for up to 90 days) and report that data. That's the easy description. This article explains some of the complexities involved in generating a 90-day email traffic report for a Microsoft 365 tenant.
Room mailboxes are a well-known part of Exchange Online. With a little planning, it's easy to add automated bookings for room mailboxes. In this example, we create a room mailbox and configure it to allow salespeople to book customer meetings during a conference.
As is the norm for any Microsoft conference, the Microsoft Ignite 2023 announcements came thick and fast. Most of the announcements featured a heavy emphasis on some form of Copilot. Quite how useful all this AI-powered assistance will be in real life remains to be seen. Here's the Practical365 take on the important Microsoft 365 announcements at Ignite.
A Teams external access whitelist controls the domains that users can connect to for federated chats. Organizations often limit federation using a whitelist to reduce the possibility of attacks through chat communications. This article explains how administrators can discover the set of domains users chat with by analyzing chat information using the Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK.
Despite making a commitment to generate MailItemsAccessed events for customers with Microsoft Purview Audit (Standard) licenses in July 2023, Microsoft won't ship the necessary updates until June 2024.
Microsoft 365 user accounts have user principal names (for sign in) and primary SMTP addresses (to receive email). Is it a good idea to reuse user principal names or SMTP addresses that become available when an employee leaves the organization. It might seem like a good idea, but it's really not and should be avoided. We explain why here.
Group-based licensing is a simple way to automate the distribution of licenses to members of security groups. In this article, we review how the mechanism works and show how to automate operations with PowerShell. Finally, we update the tenant licensing report to include group-based licensing and to highlight duplicate license assignments.
On October 5, 2023, Microsoft announced the general availability of the new Teams 2.1 client. Based on a new architecture and promising better performance and lower system resource usage, Teams 2.1 is available for Windows and macOS desktops and browsers. The signs are good as the client has been in public preview since March, but we'll only really know how successful the client is after several months of use.
Years ago, we worried about ex-employees taking PSTs full of email away when they left an organization. OneDrive for Business is a more current concern because of its ability to synchronize large quantities of information to local workstations.
A previous article explains how to delete Teams chats using an interactive Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK session. This article builds on that information and explains how to use an Azure Automation runbook to find and remove specified chat threads by scanning all user accounts. The results of the scan and any removed chat threads are emailed to a nominated address at the end of processing.