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Azure AD Connect Hybrid writeback & permissions

Posted by Michael Van Horenbeeck MVP, MCSM on Mar 21, 2017 1:08:52 PM

In the world of hybrid headaches, directory synchronization is the root of all evil. While there's nothing wrong with using directory synchronization (I'm a big fan), most of the issues and questions I encounter when dealing with hybrid issues are a direct result of not understanding directory synchronization and how the process works. 

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Topics: Azure active directory

Exploring Azure Stack

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Mar 14, 2017 1:08:11 PM

The cloud! We get it. Specialization has been the way of the world since the industrial revolution, and IT isn't immune from that trend. 

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Topics: Azure Stack

Using custom policies with Skype for Business Online

Posted by Vasil Michev MVP on Mar 7, 2017 12:54:51 PM

Another feature introduced at Ignite 2016 has now been released to the public, including the ability to create and modify Skype for Business Online Policies. Before diving into the details, here’s a short introduction of SfB policies and what they are used for.

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Topics: Skype for business

The New OneDrive Admin Center

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Mar 1, 2017 10:47:50 AM

I once read an interview with a NASCAR driver who said, "When there is a wreck on the track ahead of you, all you can do is aim right at it and hope for the best." The interviewer was taken aback. They asked why they would drive straight at the wreck. 

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Topics: OneDrive

The Case Against the Cloud

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Feb 21, 2017 12:51:30 PM

It's safe to assume if you're reading this you're very aware of "the cloud." Unless you've been under a rock for the last five or six years, you know Microsoft has gone all in on their cloud services. You've heard a thousand reasons why you should move your organizations IT services to the cloud. But that doesn't mean every organization should. Here are some reasons not to move to the cloud. 

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Topics: Cloud, Office 365

Using smart links to improve the login process to Office 365 applications

Posted by Vasil Michev MVP on Feb 15, 2017 2:46:48 PM

Just a few years ago identity federation such as AD FS was the de facto standard for managing authentication in Office 365 for every large organization. It gives you better control over the process, and the convenience of seamless single sign-on (SSO) for your users. With the introduction of password sync and now pass-through authentication, an argument can be made for replacing AD FS for some Office 365 customers. Nevertheless, AD FS remains a viable, highly customizable option and offers a simple way to ensure seamless SSO for your users using smart links.

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Encrypting email in Office 365 with PGP

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Feb 6, 2017 3:16:26 PM

I had an interesting discussion recently with a customer about email encryption in Office 365.

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Topics: Managing encryption, email safety tips

Office 365 Migration — Exploring Tenant to Tenant Migrations

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Jan 24, 2017 1:46:19 PM

Since June 2011, Office 365 has been the destination for many Exchange, Skype for Business and SharePoint migration projects. Depending on the range of estimates, somewhere between 20-50% of all Exchange mailboxes are currently run from Exchange Online in Office 365.

Moving your organization’s Exchange, Skype for Business and SharePoint services to Office 365 solves a lot of problems, but it can also create complications. One problem that Office 365 makes more difficult is getting your data out of the service, or re-configuring your data to another tenant within Office 365.

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Topics: Office 365

User Access and External Sharing Improvements in SharePoint Online

Posted by Vasil Michev MVP on Jan 16, 2017 4:30:39 PM

It’s been a while since we covered SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, and some major improvements have arrived. The new group-backed team sites are now available, including a preview of the ODFB admin portal and conditional access. Here are important additions to restricting user access and securing external collaboration.

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Topics: Microsoft Ignite, OneDrive, SharePoint Online

New Calendar Sharing Experience in Office 365

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Jan 11, 2017 10:46:58 AM

Microsoft is rolling out a new calendar sharing experience in Office 365. The change is intended to make sharing calendars between users easier and more reliable, although there are some unintended consequences for some Office 365 customers.

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Topics: Office 365, Office 365 calendar sharing

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