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Explaining Conditional Access and Azure Pass-Through Authentication

Posted by Jeff Guillet on Jan 3, 2017 3:51:33 PM

I recently wrote an article about the new Azure AD pass-through authentication feature introduced in the latest version of Azure Active Directory Connect (build 1.1.371.0).
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Topics: Azure active directory, azure ad, azure active directory premium, Azure pass-through authentication

New Exchange Online Migration Options

Posted by Nathan O'Bryan MVP, MCSM on Dec 28, 2016 1:58:23 PM

Microsoft is constantly updating and improving services; it’s a hallmark of Office 365. The constant Office 365 updates are great for me, providing new content and tips to share with you on a regular basis.

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Topics: Exchange Migration, exchange online, Office 365, Exchange, Office 365 groups

Our Top Exchange & Office 365 Blog Posts of 2016

Posted by ENow Software on Dec 20, 2016 9:35:16 AM

Another year, another slew of exciting Exchange and Office 365-related news. To give you a glance at top events, insights and conversations of 2016, we've compiled a list of our favorite blog posts of the year. Browse through these posts, and let us know others you'd add to the list!

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Topics: exchange online, Office 365, Exchange, Azure, ADFS, Office 365 groups, Azure active directory

Microsoft Releases Azure AD Pass-Through Authentication and Seamless Single Sign-on

Posted by Jeff Guillet on Dec 9, 2016 12:39:43 PM

One of the most important aspects of moving to a cloud solution like Office 365 is to provide a way for users to authenticate to their cloud resources. Organizations typically want to reduce administrative overhead and user confusion by managing only one directory, be it the on-premises directory (AD) or the cloud directory (Azure AD).

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Topics: Azure, Microsoft, azure ad, azure active directory premium, single sign-on

Do More Via Actionable Email Messages in Exchange Online

Posted by Vasil Michev MVP on Dec 6, 2016 12:42:09 PM

Email has long been the primary communication channel for organizations of all sizes, and this is unlikely to change in the near future. Although headlines often spell doom for email and appoint its successor, email usage is actually increasing at a global scale. That's not to say email is without its problems. Lately we have seen a lot of focus on reducing the amount of time spent in Outlook, with features such as Clutter, Focused Inbox, sweep rules/actions and My Analytics.

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Topics: exchange online, Office 365, actionable email messages

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

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