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New Features in Office Pro Plus

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Nov 28, 2016 5:40:57 PM

This is a blog post I never thought I'd write, and just a short time ago, I couldn’t have imagined it would be something that you'd want to spend 10 minutes reading. Turns out “the cloud” really does keep us on our toes.

Recently I’ve seen some new features in Office Pro Plus, and they are pretty cool. I’m just as surprised as anyone to be interested in PowerPoint and Word updates, but stranger things have happened I guess. In this blog post, I will go into detail on recent Office Pro Plus updates. I’ll talk about some new features I discovered and how they're improving the Office product.

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Topics: Cloud, Cloud Management, Office 2016

Introducing Microsoft Teams

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Nov 7, 2016 9:19:02 AM

On November 2 Microsoft introduced “Microsoft Teams,” a new collaboration suite within Office 365. Office 365 already has several different “collaboration” tools available, so what’s new about Teams and why do you need another way to collaborate?

In this blog post, I’m going to break down what I know about Teams so far by addressing common questions and what the future holds for Teams and other collaboration tools in and out of Office 365.

What is “Microsoft Teams”?

Teams is a team-based collaboration tool that is part of Office 365. Teams puts pre-existing Office 365 services into one package that enables corporate teams to work together in a new way.

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Topics: Office 365, Powershell, Microsoft, Office 365 groups, Azure active directory

Introduction to Azure Information Protection

Posted by Vasil Michev MVP on Nov 1, 2016 4:10:13 PM

Ignite ended about a month ago, and it’s time to start exploring some of the new features and services that were introduced in Atlanta. In this article, we will take a look at Azure Information Protection, the next chapter in Microsoft’s data protection story.

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Topics: Azure, Azure RMS

New and Advanced Features for Azure Active Directory Connect

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Oct 25, 2016 5:16:32 PM

Identity management is a huge part of any organization's migration into “the cloud.” Sure, you can move your email, your IM and presence, your document libraries, maybe even your voice and video services into Office 365. But unless your organization is very small, identity management will still take place in your own on-premises Active Directory.

Since the introduction of Office 365, and even before that with the ironically named “BPOS,” Microsoft has had several different solutions for cloud identity management. These solutions have ranged from bad to confusing. The solutions that have been easy to use have lacked good functionality, and the solutions with enterprise functionality have been difficult and costly to deploy.

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Topics: Azure, Azure AD Connect

Manage Office 365 Groups with PowerShell

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Oct 18, 2016 10:27:38 AM

There are a few very compelling reasons to move to Office 365, and in my opinion, Office 365 Groups are at or near the top of that list. Office 365 Groups combine resources from across Office 365 in ways that are not possible on-premises to give end users interesting new functionality.

Originally, Microsoft envisioned Office 365 Groups as resources that did not need much, if anything, in the way of administrative control. The idea was that end users should be able to control their collaborative experience without pesky admins getting in their way. This, of course, is a ridiculous concept that Microsoft has since corrected. Now Office 365 administrators have the controls necessary to ensure Groups are being used in accordance with organizational data usage policies within their Office 365 tenants.

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Topics: Office 365, Powershell, Office 365 groups

AD FS in Windows Server 2016

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Oct 11, 2016 9:55:03 AM

With the impending release of Windows Server 2016, we will soon have a new version of AD FS available to use with our various cloud deployments. I thought this would be a good time to start looking at the new features and functionality of Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) in the new version of Windows Server.

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Topics: Windows Server, ADFS, Windows Server 2016

Ignite 2016 Wrap-Up

Posted by Paul Robichaux on Oct 4, 2016 5:52:33 PM

I just flew back from Microsoft Ignite, and boy are my arms tired. (Not really; I got to fly myself there and back.) It was a tremendous conference, with lots of announcements, product changes, attendee chatter, and various other happenings. I wanted to write a quick recap of some Ignite highlights, but first: a quick book review. (I promise it’s relevant.)

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Topics: Office 365, Ignite, Microsoft Ignite

Office 365 Exposed, episode 5

Posted by Paul Robichaux on Sep 29, 2016 10:38:03 AM

I hear you now: “Wait! You and Tony record new episodes quarterly! InCalifornia! Why are you posting a new episode already?”

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Topics: Office 365

Using Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Sep 27, 2016 6:05:00 AM

Multi-factor authentication has been available, at least for users with administrator roles assigned, in Office 365 since June 2013. The problem is that there is a confusing warren of options and configurations that greatly affect the MFA experience an Office 365 user will, or will not, see. In this blog post, I will explain what configurations you need and what MFA experience you will get based on those configurations.

The Problem With Office 365 MFA

I find when my customers think about MFA, they are thinking about the experience they have on a VPN, or maybe the experience when using MFA to sign into their workstations in the morning. They are thinking of protecting a “single sign-on” experience with two factor authentication.

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Topics: Office 365, MULTI-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION, Office 365 security

Advanced Security Management in Office 365 — Part 2

Posted by Vasil Michev MVP on Sep 20, 2016 3:15:08 PM

In the previous part of this series, we did a short overview of the Advanced Security Management (ASM) feature, we discussed how to enable and access it and then did a quick tour of the ASM Management portal. Now, let’s focus on working with Policies, Alerts and the Activity log.

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Topics: Security and Compliance, Office 365, Office 365 security, Office 365 security and compliance center

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