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).
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.
The nice people at SurveyMonkey sent me a note about their blog post of 20 April titled “Office 365 vs. Google Apps: Microsoft struggles to compete on mobile” to outline the case that Google has outpaced Microsoft in every (mobile application) category. However, I’m not sure that the arguments they advance are on the mark.
Spam is the bane of all messaging administrators, as well as a major pain for all email users. Using email means a consistent battle against spam, malware, and unwanted nonsense flooding your inbox. There are a number of different tools and tactics we, as administrators, can use to reduce the impact of these attacks and recently Microsoft has added another one to the toolboxes of Office 365 customers. In this blog post I'm going to explain what DKIM is, and how you can use it to help make the world a safer place for legitimate email messages.
Modern authentication has been around for a while now, and it’s great. It brought support for the latest and greatest in authentication and authorization protocols and made new scenarios available. It gave us simple, unified experience across devices and platforms and improvements to the Alternate Login ID feature. On top of all that, it enabled proper support for two-factor authentication for all clients and put an end to the Office 2013 RTM fiasco (bye-bye rich clients, rest in peace app passwords!).
Active Directory Synchronization for Office 365 and Azure has been a vital, but fairly straight forward, part of Office 365 migrations for almost 5 years now. DirSync was updated to Azure Active Directory Sync, and AAD Sync was updated to Azure Active Directory Connect. In this blog post, I’m going to cover everything you need to know about deploying the newest version of AAD Connect.
A little over two years ago, I wrote about an issue I encountered with a KEMP load balancer and how Microsoft performs hybrid mailbox moves. More specifically, the issue evolved around a seemingly different interpretation between KEMP and Microsoft regarding the implementation of the expect 100-continue header. As I noted then, the workaround was to configure the KEMP load balancer to ignore the 100-Continue rules as described in RFC 2616.
A while ago, my good friend Bhargav Shukla reached out to me informing me that KEMP had tracked and solved the problem I described back then. As it turns out, Microsoft had based their interpretation of the expect 100-Continue header on RFC 7231 which superseded RFC 2616. I believe KEMP based itself on the latter, ultimately leading to the issue I described. This illustrates that it’s not always easy to keep up with the fast pace in the tech industry…
Imagine this scenario. You have in your hands a device that’s about five and a half inches from the top-left corner to the bottom right. It’s fairly thin, maybe a quarter of an inch. And it has a couple of ports and a decent battery life, yet it contains the entirety of your electronic world. You dock it when you need to get things done. You remove it from the dock and slip it in your pocket or handbag when you are ready to go out and about.
It might sound like I’m referring to a smartphone, but Microsoft’s vision of phones is morphing in concert with the release of Windows 10 to the point where a phone is not just a phone; it is a full-fledged computer, capable of everything your desktop or laptop could do with all the convenience and mobility of a smartphone. We got a preview of this at Microsoft Ignite and, frankly, I think it is the future of personal computing. It is called Continuum for Phones.