Office 365 / SharePoint Online – Behavior change for the New button in the quick action bar with content type management allowed

Recently, I discover a behavior change for the New button in the quick action bar for SharePoint Online library. Indeed, instead of having the new document option (with the list of available templates for this document library); I got the upload a file dialog box. After investigating, I discovered this change appears when you enable the content type management feature on the document library settings; you don’t even have to…

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Microsoft Azure – Azure Active Directory Device registration in preview

Another new coming feature on Azure Active Directory service: Device registration. You may be already aware that with Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8 and ADFS 3.0, Microsoft has introduced a new feature to allow/simplify the BYOD – Bring Your Own Device – and access corporate resources (and corporate Windows App) WITHOUT being obliged to join the domain, called Workplace Join Now, this feature is in preview on Azure too.…

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Microsoft Azure – Use Azure Active Directory Application Proxy (AADAP)

In this post, I will cover implementation of a new feature on Microsoft Azure called Azure AD Application Proxy. This mainly consist of the Web Application Proxy role introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2 but on Azure. Currently in preview, this feature will be available to Azure Active Directory Premium – take a look here for details between Azure Active Directory free and Premium http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/active-directory/ Idea behind this feature is…

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Microsoft Azure – A new administration portal available in preview

As part of the continuous improvement and evolution of the Microsoft Azure services, Microsoft is proposing a new administration and simplified administration portal for Azure in preview. To use this incoming new portal, just go to https://portal.azure.com/   NOTE not all Azure services are available through the preview portal. When not available, you will get a link to redirect you to the current portal Off course, the current “classic” administration…

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Windows Phone – Synchronize your Wi-Fi connection settings between Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1

Recently I discovered a pretty nice new feature in Windows Phone 8.1 Developer preview – meaning this should be available to everyone when the GA for this update will be reached in about few weeks or months. So, here is the situation: I’m running Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 Dev Preview, both using my Microsoft account (to logon on my Windows client [workgroup mode]). I was on a customer…

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Exchange / Office 365 – You can select which folder to sync for offline use with OWA

With Exchange 2013, and so Exchange Online too, a new feature has been introduced with OWA (Outlook Web Access) called Offline Access – if you don’t how to use it, take a look at my post here http://blog.hametbenoit.info/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=393 That said, this feature has been improved as now you can select WHICH folders to synchronize when you are using the offline access for OWA. This is great as until then (and…

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Office 365 / Exchange / SharePoint – Solution if your site mailbox is being stuck in provisioning

As you may already know, one of the new major feature of Exchange and SharePoint 2013 (which is also available on Office 365 with Exchange Online and SharePoint Online) is the Site Mailbox. As reminder – in case of you don’t know anything about it, a site mailbox is a central email and document sharing account that is accessed from a SharePoint site. In some way, we could say this…

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Office 365 – Change to manually force a directory synchronization

With the latest version of the Windows Azure Directory Synchronization tool (DirSync) – version 1.0.6862.0000, available from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=278924, there has been a change in the way to manually start a directory synchronization with your Office 365 tenant. Previously, you had to launch the DirSyncConfigShell.psc1 and then run Start-OnlineCoexistenceSync. Now, you have to open a PowerShell command prompt and import the module (Import-Module DirSync) before running the command Start-OnlineCoexistenceSync NOTE don’t…

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Office 365 – Five good white papers on Azure RMS

Microsoft has recently published 5 new white papers about Azure RMS. Bring-Your-Own-Key-with-Azure-RMS.DOCX: This document provides information about the Bring-Your-Own-Key (BYOK) capability and its various related options. By following the steps outlined in this document you should be able to successfully prepare your environment to leverage this BYOK capability, enable it and manage your key over the time, and thus start using the Azure Rights Management service within your organization to…

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Office 365 – SharePoint Online allows you to use your mobile device to open a document

While Microsoft is currently deploying across all Office 365 customers the update to integrate Yammer and SharePoint Online – see http://blogs.office.com/2014/06/03/yammer-brings-conversations-to-your-onedrive-and-sharepoint-online-files/, an additional feature is also appearing. This feature is a little bit complicated to get/see as it is ONLY shown as a small icon showing a cell phone when a document is displayed on top of the document library When you hit this icon, this open a new window/tab…

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Azure / Office 365 – IMPORTANT – IP addresses used are changing

For those who want/have already set a restriction from your internal network to Microsoft cloud services based on IP addresses, you must be aware that IP addresses used by these services (Office 365 and Microsoft Azure) are changing on June 6th. As this is always difficult to follow these changes – the recommendation if you want to set a restriction is to use DNS filtering instead of IP filtering, you…

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Office 365 – You can now manage the Top Navigation bar

With the release of the Office 365 May updates, a new setting has appear on SharePoint Online administration center. This settings – called Top Navigation Bar User Experience – is available through the SharePoint Online administration center at the top of the Settings left section. This settings allows you to display/hide links to OneDrive for Business, Yammer/Newsfeed and Sites. You can not add additional links or hide Exchange Online link…

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Office 365 – DirSync now includes feature to avoid mass deletion

With the Office 365 May update, one improvement is related to the Directory Synchronization tool which now include a feature to avoid mass deletion. This feature can be important to limit the impact of administration mistakes, such as deleting the OU hosting all the user accounts. To take advantage of this new feature, you must run the DirSync tool in version 6765.0006 or later. Once you are running the correct…

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