In a December 24 announcement, Microsoft says that the roll-out of DNSSEC and DANE support in Exchange Online will start in mid-January 2022. Because this is a big change for the Exchange Online infrastructure, Microsoft is using a phased deployment which won’t complete until mid-May. Support for DNSSEC and DANE has been coming for a long time, but it’s good that the extra security which these standards bring will be available to Exchange Online tenants.
11 Unmissable Practical 365 Posts from 2021
To finish up 2021, we wanted to share 11 articles that you can't miss and are worth a read (or even a re-read) as you break for the holiday season and get ready for 2022.
Governance and Compliance can be a complex subject, especially in the context of modern collaboration. While cloud services and mobility have improved productivity and collaboration, it has also become essential to secure and monitor that data and protect sensitive information on-premises, across devices, SaaS applications, and cloud services. Kat Greenan provides more context around retention policies, specifically for Microsoft Teams, to remain compliant.Read More
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.Read More
Teams Connect is coming in early 2022 and there’s a lot of buzz about how this will help people work together seamlessly. For larger organizations who need to work together, but can’t migrate to a single tenant, could this new functionality enable their plans to migrate?Read More
On the show this week, Steve’s having a major case of FOMO whilst Paul’s at the European Collaboration Summit, joining us live from the expo floor via Teams. And as well as the news from #CollabSummit, we discuss the latest improvements to Microsoft Lists, Azure AD and Authenticator, Information Barriers, Teams, Compliance and SharePoint.Read More
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.Read More
Continuing our review of practices to protect cloud infrastructures from weaknesses that can be introduced from on-premises accounts, we consider admin rights, authentication, and conditional access policies. Plus the need to collect and analyze the log data available in cloud environments to make sure that nothing nasty is slipping through.Read More
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.Read More
Nicolas Blank provides step-by-step instructions on configuring Exchange 2019 as an anonymous relay within your own network.Read More
According to a Microsoft presentation at TEC 2021, organizations moving to the cloud from on-premises infrastructures should pay attention to security weaknesses that could be introduced from on-premises accounts. It’s all too easy to allow a highly-permissioned on-premises account to evolve into one that has full access across a Microsoft 365 infrastructure, and that can lead to terrible consequences if attackers penetrate the on-premises infrastructure and compromise the accounts.Read More
In this week’s Practical 365 podcast it’s a bumper show – covering everything post-Microsoft Ignite including what’s arrived in Microsoft 365 for you to use right now – plus we firm up some of the dates for new features and changes coming to the suite.Read More