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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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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Office 365 – Your end-users will received communications from Microsoft with trainings and tips

An update is being deployed on Office 365 which will send notifications to your end-users with trainings and tips for using Office 365 services. While this comes from a good intention, it is clear this will obsessed some end-users, administrators and/or training person as it is going to bypass the ‘traditional’ training path. End-users will receive trainings and tips information only for the service they have been enabled/licensed for. Thankfully…

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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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Office 365 – Privileged Access Management is available to Office 365

As announced at the Ignite 2018 conference, a new access management capability is now available to Office 365. This new feature, called Privileged Access Management (PAM), will help you granting on a ‘just in time’ basis high level privileges to Office 365 services. PAM is currently limited to Exchange Online scope. To set it up, you will need to use a security group for the PAM access (if you are…

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Office 365 – A new administration portal is on his way and you can try it

A new Office 365 administration portal is on his way and you can enable the preview to start using it. When you logon to your Office 365 administration portal (https://admin.microsoft.com/) you will see a a “Try the preview” toggle on the top right After turning on the preview, the administration portal will switch to the preview mode As always, this is a preview which means there will probably few glitches…

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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 – Microsoft Search is now available

A new service has appear in Office 365 called Microsoft Search. Microsoft Search is going to use Bing and Windows Search to provide search results to end-users on Office 365. The service is turned off by default and if you want to experiment/enable it you need to logon to your Office 365 admin portal (https://admin.microsoft.com) and reach out the Settings\Services & add-ins to enable Microsoft Search Then search for Microsoft…

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Office 365 – StaffHub is being retired and replaced with Teams

Microsoft is going to retired Office 365 StaffHub, which was designed for firstline/deskless workers, and replace it with Microsoft Teams. Starting April 1st, 2019 StaffHub will be unavailable for new tenants and remove for the mobile app stores. For existing customers using StaffHub, the service will be removed by October 1st, 2019. At this date, any access to StaffHub will be removed and a message inviting to download Microsoft Teams…

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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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Azure – New Azure information Protection Client available

A new version (1.37.19.0) of the Azure Information Protection Client has been released. You can download it from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53018 This version includes few updates and changes: Support for the ISO standard for PDF encryption. You need to configure the below advanced configuration to enable it and then keep the PDF format for encrypted PDF files instead of using the PPDF Labels applying protection are now displayed on Office 2016 clients…

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Visio – You can now create a Word document from your Visio drawing

Office 365 Pro Click to Run has been updated and now you can generate a Word document when exporting your Visio drawing. This is going to simplify document generation Open your Vision drawing and choose the Export menu (from the File menu) This will then open a new Action pane to let you define the export settings and review the document generated before exporting it

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

A new feature is coming up to Outlook for Windows allowing you to get sneak peek of what is coming on. The feature is currently being deployed/enabled for Office 365 First Release tenant and will be available to Outlook client deployed with Office Click to Run. When the feature is available, your Outlook client will show a toggle to enable the ‘Coming soon’ feature – showing up at the top…

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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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