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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Exchange Online – You can download a quarantined email

A new option has been deployed on the Security and Compliance portal for quarantined emails. You can now download a quarantined email to help you analyze it. As the email has been put in quarantine it is important to download it on a secure client (aka with an up to date antivirus protection and potential additional security configuration) to avoid spreading bad stuff within your network. This option may be…

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SharePoint Online – Connect existing SharePoint sites as Office 365 Groups

An update on SharePoint Online is currently being deployed to allow you to connect existing SharePoint Online sites as Office 365 Groups. This will allow your end-users to have their SharePoint Online available in their Outlook. When you connect to your SharePoint Online site, open the Gear menu and choose Connect to new Office 365 Groups, then a request to confirm the connection and explanation of what is going on…

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Exchange – You can now manage remote shared mailboxes from On-Premises Exchange

With Exchange 2013 CU 21 (https://support.microsoft.com/help/4099855) or Exchange 2016 CU 10 (https://support.microsoft.com/help/4099852) you can now directly create and manage remote shared mailboxes from your On-Premises Exchange with PowerShell. Before taking advantage of these new PowerShell commands (see below) you first must prepare you Active Directory (which from my point of view should be executed anyway for any CU you installed) setup.exe /PrepareAD /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms Then you will be able to create…

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Exchange Online–You can now exclude the dumpster from Public Folders migration

Just off the press, you can now exclude dumpster from your Public Folders migration from Exchange 2013/2016 to Exchange Online. Until then the PF dumpster was migrated along with the PF data, resulting in longer public folders migration. Without thinking neither with the potentials issue of data in the dumpster corrupted. To exclude the dumpster from your PF migration you need to use the new parameter –ExcludeDumpsters when creating the…

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Exchange Online – Exchange Hybrid Organization Transfer

You know already that you can integrate your Exchange On-Premises with Exchange Online in an Exchange Hybrid configuration, allowing a consistent user experience wherever the mailbox is hosted. But there was still few things missing. Few of them are (or were) the retention policies / retention tags, OWA / Mobile /ActiveSync policies which needed to be re-created on Exchange Online and maintain in both place. An updated Exchange Hybrid Configuration…

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Exchange Online – Update in Office 365 Message Encryption for attachments

An update is going to be rolled out (and disabled by default) for Office 365 Message Encryption. With this update administrators will be able to allow/deny the opening of an attachment outside of an Office 365 service (like Gmail or Outlook) were not able to open attachments send using Office 365 Message Encryption. As of today (and until your administrators enable it), attachments can not be opened when sent through…

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Teams – Support for eDiscovery for Teams users with on-premises mailbox

You can request, through a support request (see below for details), to get your Office 365 tenant enabled for eDiscovery for Teams when you are in Exchange Hybrid configuration. eDiscovery for Teams has been already deployed some time ago across Office 365 tenant; this update will cover the scenario when a user is still hosted on Exchange on-premises and is using Teams. Below a diagram explaining how the eDiscovery will…

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Exchange Online – Outlook on the Web is going to support third party storage

As you  may already know, Exchange (both on-prem 2016 and online) supports the use of OneDrive for Business for file storage (including attaching files from OneDrive for Business). An update is going to be deployed (as usual Targeted tenant first with a completion scheduled for end of September) to allow use of third party storage. IMPORTANT NOTE this updated feature is not enabled by default; which means if you want…

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Exchange Online – A better mail flow dashboard is coming out

Microsoft is deploying a better dashboard to have insight in mail flows. This dashboard will be available worldwide by the end of May from the Security and Compliance center (https://protection.office.com). Thanks to this dashboard you will have some insights for your mail flow, like: how many emails are stuck in queue (on Office 365) for more than 1 hour how many emails are going through specific connector alerts forwarded emails…

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Exchange Online – New Message Trace available in the Security and Compliance Portal

An updated Message Trace is now available from the Security and Compliance Portal on Office 365. The Message Trace on Exchange Online is very well known tool to help troubleshooting mail flow issues but had few glitches. With this new Message Trace, you will be able to create custom queries and save them, have a list of previous queries executed so you can reused them, increase to the last 10…

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Exchange Online – Meeting with more than 500 attendees can now be updated/cancelled

As you should be aware, Exchange Online has a 500 recipients limit per message (see https://technet.microsoft.com/en-au/library/exchange-online-limits.aspx#Receiving%20and%20sending%20limits). When sending request meeting to a distribution list, the DL count as 1 recipient but may contains more than 500 members. If each member respond to this request meeting, they are added automatically as 1 attendee, which ultimately may reach the 500 recipients limit. This then blocks the organizer to edit/cancel the meeting because…

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Office – An alert is displayed when BCC recipients reply to all

The Outlook version coming with the Office Click To Run is now showing a notification when a blind carbon copy (Bcc) recipient is reply to all. The notification alerts the user he receive the mail he is replying to as a blind copy and so if he replies to all, all other recipients will know he received the original email.  

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Exchange Online – You can now manage calendar delegation with PowerShell

The MailboxFolderPermission cmdlet for Exchange Online is getting improved with the adding of a new parameter (SharingPermissionFlags) to let you manage calendar delegation. With this parameter, which only applies to Calendar folder when using the Editor access right, you can set the user as a delegate (as you do when using the Delegate Access from Outlook client). Below 2 commands using this new parameter: Set the delegate to view private…

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Exchange Online – Get notified when users report Junk/Phishing emails

If you are using Exchange Online, you may already know the ‘Report message’ add-in to report junk or phishing emails But as an administrator, do you know where to get these reports, and do you know you can also get notified? I’m sure not, so here it is: Access Users Reported Message first, you can get all these reports and review them to take appropriate actions from the Security and…

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