Microsoft Sentinel is Microsoft’s log aggregator. Along with other data, Sentinel can ingest events from the Office 365 audit log. Once ingested, we can visualize the data through workbooks. If you have an Azure subscription, it’s surprisingly easy to take advantage of the 31-day trial to see if Sentinel can do a job for your organization. Follow our steps and you’ll be visualizing quickly.
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.
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.Read More
Microsoft has issued security updates for Exchange 2013, 2016, and 2019. The updates can only be applied to servers running up-to-date cumulative updates. Organizations running Exchange 2016 or 2019 should apply the updates as a matter of urgency because of a known vulnerability circulating in the wild.Read More
Although it’s easy to write scripts using cmdlets in the Microsoft Graph SDK for PowerShell, 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.Read More
Microsoft 365 Desired State Configuration (DSC), is a way to capture details of a tenant’s configuration using PowerShell in such a way that any changes made to the configuration can be easily detected. DSC allows administrators to understand when configurations change so that they can take action when necessary. In this article, Sean McAvinue explains how to use DSC to capture and report details of your Microsoft 365 tenant.Read More
In this week’s episode – we’re live from Microsoft Ignite 2021 (virtually, for once) talking through the biggest announcements. We’ll be updating the episode live as we broadcast too, so be sure to check back after the show to read the best bits.Read More
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.Read More
Microsoft has made end-to-end encryption available in preview for Teams 1:1 calls on Windows and Mac desktop clients. The full roll-out to tenants is due in November. End to end encryption means that the workstations involved in both sides of a conversation do extra work to secure the communications. Although E2EE results in extra protection, it means that some call features cannot be used.Read More
I promised to share my schedule for Microsoft Ignite 2021, this week 2nd-4th November, so read on to find out my thoughts when I checked out the schedule, and which sessions I chose. And join Paul Robichaux and myself for the Practical 365 Podcast – Live from Ignite. We’ll be covering the biggest announcements from the day with full commentary.Read More
Microsoft Ignite 2021 happens (virtually) on Nov 2-4. There are tons of sessions scheduled and in this post we consider some important Microsoft 365 topics that we hope Microsoft will cover to help technologists plan tenant development over the coming year. Above all, we’re looking forward to being able to attend conferences like Ignite in person so that we can learn from experts from inside and outside Microsoft.Read More