SCCM – Use Autopilot when deploying OS

Following the availability of the new SCCM Current Branch build (1810), it is now possible to use the built-in SCCM task sequence to use Autopilot when deploying OS. To use it, you need to create an SCCM package which will contains the Autopilot settings and use the SCCM tasks sequence (this is not available for MDT integrated task sequence) and choose the Deploy Windows Autopilot for existing devices To create…

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SCCM – System Center Configuration manager 1810 Current Branch is now available

The latest build, 1810, of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Current Branch is now available. As always it is currently being rolled out and may become available in your In-Console update within the next few weeks, and if you do not want to wait you can use the now famous script available here https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/ConfigMgr-1810-Enable-57a7c641 As part of the new capabilities: the high availability has been improved by allowing both Central…

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Azure – New Azure Information Protection Client available

The new Azure Information Protection (AIP) client (version 1.41.51.0) is now available for download here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53018 As part of the usual fixes, the new version includes support for central reporting, support for S/MIME or better handling for disconnected client (aka client which will not be able to connect to internet for a certain period of time). Also it no longer excludes MSG, ZIP or RAR files from the Windows Explorer…

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Azure – You can explore your Azure Resources using Graph

Azure Resource Graph is a new capability (currently in preview) which is helping you exploring all your Azure resources. This is already in use by Azure itself when you use the ‘Search resources, services, and docs’ search box To start using Azure Resource Graph, search for Resource Graph from the ‘All services’ From there you can launch the Cloud Shell to your query You can also use Resource Graph directly…

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Teams – Dynamic membership is now available for Microsoft Teams

An update has been deployed to make dynamic membership available for Microsoft Teams. With this update, you can now have your users added/removed dynamically from a Teams based on Azure AD user attribute(s). To take advantage of it, you need to: Create a dynamic group (either Security or Office 365) on your Azure AD To know the supported attributes, operators, values or how to use complex rules go to https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/users-groups-roles/groups-dynamic-membership#supported-properties…

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Teams – New administration roles are available

New administration roles are now available to delegate Teams administration. These roles are: Teams Service Administrator: Self explanatory. Teams SA has complete control and access to Microsoft Teams configuration and settings and has also the ability to manage and create Office 365 Groups. Management can be performed either through the Teams administration portal or PowerShell Teams Communication Administrator: A Teams Communication Administrator can manage meetings and calling functionality in Microsoft…

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Skype for Business – The SfB additional tools are now available

After getting Skype for Business 2019 being generally available few weeks ago, the additional tools are now also available. Debugging Tools for Skype for Business Server 2019: https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=57508 Capacity Calculator for Skype for Business Server 2019: https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=57509 Call Quality Dashboard for Skype for Business Server 2019: https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=57510 Real-Time Statistics Manager for Skype for Business Server 2019: https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=57518 Enjoy

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Office 365 / Azure – New CDN’s are going to be used for authentication

This is an important notification for customer managing access to internet (and cloud services) using Whitelist. New Content Delivery Networks (CDN’s) are going to be used for managing Office 365 (and potentially Azure services) authentication. If you are using whitelisting to allow Office 365/Azure services access to your end-user you have to be prepared ASAP. The new CDN’s will be: aadcdn.msauth.net aadcdn.msftauth.net ccscdn.msauth.net ccscdn.msftauth.net If you need the IP addresses…

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Office 365 – New administrative settings to manage trial services

Earlier in May 2018, Microsoft has announced the availability of 1 year trial for Microsoft Teams, even if the user is not yet licensed for it. This trial is now available to Office 365 commercial tenants (aka not Edu or Gov). In addition of this Microsoft Teams 1 year trial, a new administrative settings is made available to manage how trial services (as of today only Teams is available but…

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Windows – Windows 10 1809 and Windows Server 2019 are available again

After a little bit more than a month and half after quickly pulling out Windows 10 1809 and Windows Server 2019, they are now available again through the usual channels: MSDN (by the end of this week), VLC, Media Creation tool or WindowsUpdate (this one may take a little bit more time to be available to everyone). In addition, some additional complements: Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows…

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Exchange – An updated Hybrid Configuration Wizard adds additional configuration transfer settings

As you may be aware, the Exchange Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW) has been able to migrate some organization configuration settings (ActiveSync Mailbox Policy, Mobile Device Mailbox Policy, Retention Policy and Tag) to Exchange Online since June 2018. Now, an updated version is coming and will be able to add additional organization settings like: ActiveSync Device Access Rule ActiveSync Organization Settings DLP Policy Malware Policy Organization Config Policy Tip Policy In…

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Azure – Azure Policy now audits installed applications on VM’s

You may already know Azure Policy, introduced during Ignite 2018. If no, Azure Policy has the capability to apply audit settings on virtual machines (VM’s) running on Azure. The first policies can audit password security settings on both Windows and Linux VM’s or the encryption protocol used by IIS (aka TLS – in this case the VM is compliant if TLS 1.1 or 1.2 is enabled and other protocols disabled).…

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Intune – You can now get Windows 10 join an Active Directory Domain (preview)

It has been quite a limitation so far for Windows 10 managed with Intune; it was impossible to get them to join an Active Directory domain using Autopilot, making these devices Azure AD Hybrid joined devices. Now (currently in preview – so there could be some glitch and may change), you can assign an Intune profile to your Windows 10 devices to join your Active Directory domain. Off course, to…

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Azure AD Connect – A new version of the directory synchronization tool is available

A new version (1.2.65.0) of Azure AD Connect has been released. You can get it from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=615771 You need to know that this version is going to overwrite your setting for autoupgrade if you have it set to not automatically update. Before Update After Update If you want to keep the autoupgrade disabled you will need to run the following command after the upgrade is completed Set-ADSyncAutoUpgrade -AutoUpgradeState Disabled As…

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