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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Office 365 – Microsoft is NO LONGER enforcing TLS 1.2

As you may have been aware as there has been quite lot of communication, Microsoft was planning to disable TLS 1.0 and 1.1 support for Office 365 services. Well, it seems this is longer the plan as per the updated KB 4057306 (https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4057306/preparing-for-tls-1-2-in-office-365) – as per the extract below: Note This doesn’t mean Office 365 will block TLS 1.0 and 1.1 connections. There is no official date for disabling or…

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Exchange – The latest Exchange version is now available

Good news, today Microsoft has released the latest Exchange version – Exchange 2019. It is being available through the Volume License or MSDN. That said, you can deploy Exchange on Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019, but it is highly recommended to deploy Exchange 2019 with Windows Server 2019. Exchange 2019 also supports installation on Windows Server 2019 Core. To know more about what’s new and what’s removed with…

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Exchange Online – Implement ‘Limited Access’ Conditional Access

You may already know that you can implement a ‘limited access’ conditional access for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, allowing end-users to access content on SharePoint Online but not authorizing to download anything while accessing using non compliant devices. Now, you can do the same for Exchange Online to allow your end-users accessing their mailbox using Outlook on the Web (aka Outlook Web Access) while the device they are…

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Office 365 – Get a sneak peek of what’s coming on Outlook on the Web

End-users accessing their mailbox on Exchange Online with Outlook on the Web (aka Outlook Web Access) will start seeing a toggle to invite them to try the new Outlook on the Web interface. The toggle will be available on the top right As administrator you may want to disable this capability; to do so you need to update your OWA mailbox policy to turn off this capability using the following…

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Exchange Online – The end-user quarantine now has a new home

As you may know, your end-users can access and manage their own quarantine on Exchange Online by accessing the URL https://admin.protection.outlook.com/quarantine Ok, so you need to update them and let them know to start using the new URL, now hosted within the Security and Compliance center, https://protection.office.com/#/quarantine Don’t worry, they will have access only to their quarantine mailbox, nothing more (unless off course you have granted them additional permissions on…

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Office 365 – New user deletion process for cloud user objects

If you do not use the directory synchronization (Azure AD Connect) to manage your user accounts in Office 365 (creation, update, deletion), this is for you. The user account deletion process has been updated in Office 365 to give the opportunity to define what to do with licenses and data. The next time (please keep in mind this update may not yet be deployed and available in your tenant), you…

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Office 365 – A multi blog posts to read about Office 365 ATP and the phishing protection

A very good multi-part / multi-post reading about Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and the anti-phishing capabilities https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/cloudready/2018/07/31/introduction-email-phishing-protection-guide-enhancing-your-organizations-security-posture/

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Office 365 – New anti-phishing capabilities added to Advanced Threat Protection

A new default policy is being deployed for Office 365 ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) to protect you against phishing. The new policy is/will be available through the Security and Compliance administration portal (https://protection.office.com/) From there, reach out the Threat Management\Policy section and then click on ATP anti-phishing option Then the Default policy is not displayed in the list of policy; it is displayed using the button Default policy By clicking…

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Office Server – The previews for Exchange and Skype for Business 2019 is now available

This is it, it has just been announced: the preview of the next major version of Exchange and Skype for Business is now available (SharePoint will come later). You can get the bits here: Exchange 2019: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=57167 Skype for Business 2019: http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/0/9/209372AB-F64F-4F04-8BDA-FBAB1C685BA3/W17_2044.76_Eval.iso As part the new features/capabilities: Exchange 2019 Exchange 2019 can be deployed on Windows Server Core (2016 or 2019), off course deploying on Windows Server with Desktop Experience…

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Office 365 – Reminder to move to TLS 1.2

UPDATE Oct 26th, 2018 – Microsoft is delaying the enforcement http://bit.ly/2D5uv3p A quick reminder as the date is fast approaching: you must have moved to TLS 1.2 before October 31, 2018 It has been announced about a year ago (October 2017), all client-server and browser based communication with Office 365 services will use TLS 1.2 After October 31, 2018, if you are still using older TLS version (1.0 or 1.1),…

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Exchange Online – Mailbox Auditing will be enabled by default

A good news for compliance and security, Exchange Online Mailbox auditing will now be enabled by default. The schedule is all commercial tenant will be set by end of calendar year. All mailboxes already set for auditing will continue to be enabled, while all others will then be audited. A new parameter for the Set-OrganizationConfig cmdlet will also be introduce for Exchange administrator to override (not recommended) this new configuration.…

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Exchange Online – Exchange Web Services (EWS) So long and thanks for all the fish

Microsoft has announced that Exchange Web Services (EWS) on Exchange Online will no longer get any further updates and Basic Authentication for EWS will be decommissioned. NOTE This does not apply to Exchange On-Premises (for now ?) Microsoft has been heavily investing in the Graph technology and it is highly recommended to start using/migrating Graph for your interaction with Exchange Online, in lieu of EWS. In parallel, because we all…

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Exchange Online – Automatic events processing from email

You can now have your Exchange Online mailbox setting up for you new events based on emails you receive, which could be either flights or hotel reservations, live events like concert or package delivery. To manage the automatic event creation based on emails, you need to go to your mailbox settings (https://outlook.office.com/owa/) and turn on/off the feature and options. NOTE this feature is turned on by default Click the Gear…

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