Author: Tony Redmond

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Engineering Snafu Causes Mail Delays for Exchange Server

A version checking problem for malware engine signature files caused on-premises Exchange servers to fail to process inbound email. The issue appears to be due to a date validation problem caused when the checking routine couldn't deal with 2022 when the new year rolled around. Microsoft fixed the problem, but the issue poses questions about Microsoft's commitment to on-premises Exchange Server.

January 2, 2022

How to Use Cloud Shell from the Microsoft Teams Admin Center

Microsoft has updated the Teams PowerShell module to allow it to run in a Cloud Shell session. This is good news if you need to run one or two Teams cmdlets without access to your normal workstation, but it's not so good if you expect to run code which runs well in normal PowerShell sessions. The limitations which exist get in the way of getting work done, which is a pity.

December 14, 2021

Microsoft’s Bold Vision for Loop Might Crash Due to User Habits

Office 365 tenants are now getting to use Loop components in Teams chat. Some are very excited at the new technology; others are less so. It all depends on how you use current composition tools and how easily work habits can embrace ever-changing Loops. In this article, we look at some of the challenges facing user acceptance of dynamic composition as seen in Loops.

December 7, 2021

Comparing Functionality in Teams Essentials and Teams Free

On December 1, Microsoft launched Teams Essentials, a new product that isn't connected to Microsoft 365 or Office 365. Teams Essentials looks a lot like Teams Free (launched in 2018). We checked out the functionality available in Teams Free and compared what you can get for nothing against what Microsoft says is available in Teams Essentials for $48/user/year. Small organizations certainly have a choice, and for an extra $12/year, they can get Teams and Microsoft 365.

December 2, 2021

Use PowerShell to Create a Report About the Teams Policies Assigned to User Accounts

Like all the other Microsoft 365 administrative consoles, the Teams admin center doesn't have any print options. If you want to print off any kind of information about Teams settings, you need to write your own code. PowerShell makes it easy to create a report about the Microsoft Teams policy assignments for user accounts. In this article, we explain how to extract policy information and generate a HTML report.

November 29, 2021

Improve MFA Effectiveness in Your Microsoft 365 Tenant in 30 Minutes

Microsoft has released two new features to help Multi-factor authentication for Azure AD accounts work smarter and better. It's possible to implement number matching and additional context for MFA challenges in 30 minutes, and the two increase the security of MFA. It's something that every Microsoft 365 tenant administrator should consider, as we explain here.

November 22, 2021

Using Adaptive Scopes with Retention Policies for SharePoint Online Sites

Adaptive scopes are a new way to target locations for Microsoft 365 retention policies. Previously, we covered how to use scopes to find users and groups. Now, we move to describe how to use adaptive scopes to find SharePoint Online sites and OneDrive for Business accounts. The process is not quite as easy as it is to create scopes for users and groups, but once you understand how to add custom properties to sites, you're home free and easy. That is, if you have the necessary Office 365 E5 licenses to use adaptive scopes...

November 15, 2021

Using Adaptive Scopes with Microsoft 365 Retention Policies for Users and Groups

Adaptive scopes are a new way to dynamically target sets of locations (sites, users, and groups) for Microsoft 365 retention policies. In this article, we discuss the basics of adaptive scopes and how to build the filters used in the scopes, and then how to use adaptive scopes in retention policies. Adaptive scopes are well suited to the kind of processing needed by large enterprises, which is good because they required Office 365 E5 licenses.

November 11, 2021

Using Certificate-based Authentication with the Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK

Although it's easy to write scripts using cmdlets in the Microsoft Graph PowerShell, SDK you probably don't want to execute the scripts interactively. In this article, we explain how to use certificate-based (app-only) authentication to run scripts. This is very much an explanation about how to accomplish the task in a testing environment. If you want to run scripts in production, some extra work is needed.

November 9, 2021

Loop, Mesh, Connect IQ, and Lots of Teams Dominate Office at Microsoft Ignite 2021

The Office news at Microsoft's Fall Ignite event was dominated by Teams and technology associated with Teams. A new Microsoft 365 app called Loop will be available in 2022 and we'll have the chance to use Connect IQ to make our messages even more intelligent than they are now. And if you really get funky, you can join a Teams mesh meetings in a virtual environment. But the bad news is that Teams Shared Channels are delayed until preview in early 2022.

November 2, 2021