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Office 365 Service Health Dashboard Limitations

Posted by Paul Robichaux on Jun 21, 2017 2:51:36 PM

If you’re reading this, the odds are good that at some point in your life you’ve seen a Disney movie of some sort. Many of these movies feature some sort of magic device, such as a magic mirror or a pool of water, that let the characters see things they otherwise couldn’t. Think of the wicked queen in Snow White chanting “Mirror, mirror, on the wall…” and you’ll get the idea. Microsoft offers something very similar in the form of the service health dashboard (SHD) in Office 365.

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Topics: Office 365

The Collaboration Landscape in Office 365 – Part 2

Posted by Gary Cooper on Jun 20, 2017 7:44:44 PM

In Part 1 of this series, we covered the basics of the Collaboration choices available in Office 365. Before you say it, I know I didn’t include SharePoint Online in Part 1, and I won’t cover it in Part 2 either. Although Microsoft lists it as a collaboration tool, I don’t really agree. I see SharePoint Online as a method or landscape to store data that has rich features for document management, such as versioning, views, check in/out, etc. For me, collaboration requires more than document management. I know many of you reading this will disagree with me, and that is okay. If it works for you, then use it! 

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Topics: Office 365, Distribution Lists, Office 365 groups, Yammer, Office 365 Teams

The Collaboration Landscape in Office 365

Posted by Gary Cooper on Jun 13, 2017 3:07:25 PM

More than likely, you are an email admin, with deep experience in Exchange. Maybe you have recently migrated to Exchange Online, and are thinking “Hey, I know how to collaborate in Exchange, so what’s the big fuss about.” Let review where we have been and where Office 365 is headed.

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Topics: Office 365, Distribution Lists, Office 365 groups, Yammer, Office 365 Teams, Teams, Collaboration Tools

2017 Office 365 Outages Recap: Ducks vs Horses

Posted by Paul Robichaux on Jun 8, 2017 11:42:50 AM

Reddit, a popular online discussion site, has a running joke: people are often asked whether they would rather fight a horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses. This question has surprising relevance to Office 365, because while Microsoft customers often worry about the threat of a widespread large outage (the horse-sized duck), they’re actually getting beat up by a larger number of smaller, less damaging but still annoying outages (the herd of duck-sized horses). There are a couple of deeper issues here that warrant a closer look to understand what the real risk is, and what you can do about it.

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Topics: Mailscape, exchange online, Office 365, Mailscape365, exchange online outage

Advanced Security Management in Office 365 – One Year After Launch

Posted by Vasil Michev MVP on Jun 7, 2017 12:46:46 PM

A few months back, we did a short two-article introduction to Advanced Security Management (ASM), a stripped-down version of the Cloud App Security suite, tailored to the needs of Office 365 administrators. As it is now a year since the product was officially launched, I thought it’s a good idea to take it for another spin and compare it to its big brother, in terms of Office 365 related functionalities that is.

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Topics: Office 365, Office 365 security

Conditional Access to Exchange Online and Office 365

Posted by Steve Goodman on Jun 1, 2017 1:07:03 PM

Traditionally, restricting where and from which device users could access their Mailbox in Office 365 required substantial configuration within Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), or more recently, relied heavily on registration of compatible devices within Intune.

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Topics: exchange online, Office 365, Azure

Managing Mailbox Plans for Exchange Online

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on May 25, 2017 1:08:21 PM

When you create a new mailbox in Exchange Online, that mailbox comes with specific settings, features, and protocols enabled. As an Office 365 administrator, you have the ability to go back and modify these settings later iffor instanceyou don't want users to have their default mailbox size limit set at 100 GB, or if you want a specific retention policy applied to that mailbox.

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Topics: exchange online, Office 365, Powershell, Exchange, Office 365 Customization

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for Office 365 Redux

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on May 16, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Back in September of last year, I wrote an article about Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365. Since the cloud refuses to stand still, it looks like it’s time to update that post with some new information.

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Topics: Office 365

Restricting Access to Security and Compliance Center Functionalities

Posted by Vasil Michev MVP on May 9, 2017 6:00:00 AM

About a year ago, we published an article on how to manage preservation policies in the new Security and Compliance Center in Office 365 via PowerShell. Over the course of the last year, a great number of new features have been added to the SCC, which is now the central place for data governance in Office 365. With some minor exceptions, all of the functionalities exposed in the SCC are very sensitive and controlling access to them is vital. In this article, we will cover some methods to restrict access to the SCC features. By using PowerShell, of course!

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Topics: Security and Compliance, Powershell

Collaboration with Email

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on May 2, 2017 11:52:57 AM

For most the last 25 years or so, most people with “office” jobs have relied on email as their primary communications tool at work. During that time, Microsoft has added many ways for groups of people to collaborate within their email clients. Distribution lists, public folders, shared mailboxes, resource mailboxes, site mailboxes, and now Groups each give end-users different functionalities. How does an organization decide which of these options to use? When are shared mailboxes the best choice?

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Topics: Email Management, Office 365 groups, Outlook

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