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Apr 30
Microsoft Intune – Enrollment support change for iOS

In the coming months, Microsoft Intune will be updated to allow only iOS 8.x or later to be enrolled.

Existing enrolled devices will not be impacted and will continue to be managed for a limited time but it will not be possible to enroll new devices running older version of iOS.

As usual, this is always important to run the latest version to ensure you can continue to use the service.

Apr 26
Yammer – External Groups is coming

This update is being rolled out over the week.

Yammer is being updated to allow end-users to create Yammer groups with external users. This feature called External Groups does not impact existing groups; if you want to have external user added, you must create a new external group

Create an External Group

  • Logon to Yammer
  • Click on Create a new group


  • Select External Group


  • And complete the creation by naming the group and inviting peoples, including external users

NOTE if you administrator has blocked external groups creation, you will not see this option


Block External Groups

If you want to block such external group, you have the following options:

  • Block end-users to create external groups: This is the same control you use to block external messaging participants. Blocking users in this fashion ensures that content within your Yammer network will not be made visible to external users via external groups. This means that people in your network will not be able to create external groups
  • Allow inbound external groups only: This blocks external group creation BUT still allow end-users to be invited to other external groups (from external networks)

For these options, you need to contact the support

One last option (and which does not require support call) is to use Exchange Transport Rules (ETR).

To do so, you need to logon as a Yammer network admin and access the Security Settings and enforce the use of Exchange Transport Rule


Apr 18
Exchange Online – Additional safety tips in Outlook and Outlook on the Web

As you may know, Exchange Online is already protected with Exchange Online Protection (protection you can improve with the E5 license and Advanced Threats Management).

That said, the EOP security is already quite good and performing well, but even with this, sometime when a message is being put into the Junk Email folder, the end-user may be lost with what to do? is it really a junk or a false positive?

New safety tips are being displayed in both Outlook client and Outlook on the Web (formerly Outlook Web Access) to help the end-user to better understand:

  • Messages marked Suspicious have a red safety tip and are either a known phishing message, have failed sender authentication, are a suspected spoofing message or have met some other criteria that Exchange Online Protection has used to determine the message is fraudulent. You should not interact with suspicious messages and instead should delete them


  • A yellow bar at the top of the message indicates an Unknown safety level. Being marked as Unknown indicates that Exchange Online Protection has marked the message as spam. You can click the It’s not spam link in the yellow bar of a junk mail item to move the message to your inbox


  • Messages from a Trusted sender display a green bar at the top of the message. These are from domains identified by Microsoft as being safe


  • Messages marked with a gray safety tip indicates that the email was not filtered for spam because it is either considered Safe by the user’s organization, is on the user’s safe senders list or Exchange Online Protection marked the message as junk but the user moved it out of the junk folder to the inbox. The gray safety bar also appears when images within the message have been disabled


Apr 18
Yammer – Yammer User Profile is now using Azure Active Directory

Starting today, the Yammer User Profile feature is now using user’s details from Azure Active Directory to populate profile on Yammer.

This evolution follows the announcement of the depreciation of Yammer DirSync (see

If you were still using Yammer DirSync, you should stop using it and ensure you are using the latest version of Office 365 directory synchronization (Azure Active Directory Connect – you can check the latest version here and get the download link)

Apr 13
Office 365 / Exchange Online – Out of Office is becoming smarter

Office 365 has made Exchange Out Of Office smarter Smile

Now, when you set an Out Of Office with an end date, Exchange Online will be able to automatically decline request meetings which fall into this out of office period.

You only have to define an end date when you set your Out Of Office.


Apr 12
Skype for Business – Skype for Business Cloud Connector

It has been announced some time ago already but we have been waiting for the official release.

This is it, you can now download the Skype for Business Cloud Connector to connect your existing PSTN with Office 365 like this


Download link

Once you have downloaded and installed it, follow the steps detailed here for the configuration

Mar 24
Office 365 – Office 365 Groups become more connected

Microsoft has updated the Office 365 Groups functionality to include connectors with social networks like Twitter or web applications like Dynamics CRM.

By default this feature is turned on.

If you want to disable it, you must use PowerShell

$cred = Get-Credential

$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri -Credential $cred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection

Import-PSSession $Session

Set-OrganizationConfig -Identity -ConnectorsEnabled:$false

When enabled (as it is by default), the connectors are available using Outlook Web Access (or now called Outlook On the Web) and click on the Connector tab


Then you will be able to add connectors


Once you have added connector(s), this Connectors tabs will also be used to configure (use the My Accounts option when on the Connector page) or remove the connector



Mar 19
Azure - Azure AD Identity Protection is available in preview

Identity Protection is a new feature of Azure AD that gives organizations around the world a previously unavailable level of security for their cloud identities.

Azure AD Identity Protection helps prevent the use of compromised accounts using industry leading machine learning (ML) based real time detection and automated mitigation, helping protect all of the cloud and on-premises applications customers use with Azure AD. This kind of ML based system only works if you have access to huge amounts of relevant data to use in training adaptive ML algorithms, which are critical to success in today’s rapidly changing landscape of cybercrime.

To take advantage of this new feature (in preview), go to your Azure management portal ( and search for Azure AD Identity Protection in the marketplace


When you click the Create button you will be asked to select the tenant your want to protect


Then the activation/configuration will take few minutes


Once ready you can access the Azure AD Identity Protection portal


You will have a dashboard of user accounts in risk, be able to set admin notifications and define your security policy

Mar 19
Yammer – Domains management across Office 365

Finally this is it; you can now manage your Yammer domains from the Office 365.

This means if you already have additional domains associated with Office 365, they will be automatically added into your Yammer network.

If you are adding or removing domains from Office 365, this will be automatically added/removed from Yammer.

No more administration tasks to associate additional domains with your Yammer network.

If you want to check if this feature is already activated for your Office 365 tenant/Yammer network, logon to Yammer with your admin credentials and access to the Network Admin settings of your Yammer network


Then go to the Network Migration and check the list of domains associated with your network (you should see your primary domain used when creating your Yammer network, and the additional ones below)


Then you can migrate/consolidate the previous Yammer networks created for these associated domains


Mar 12
Office 365 – Administration App for Windows 10

The long waited “modern/universal” Office 365 Administration application for Windows 10 is now available.

You can install it on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile devices from or directly from the Store, search for Office 365 Admin Universal


If you are already using the Office 365 Admin app on a mobile device, you will not be lost as this universal app provides the same UI and same functionalities


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Benoit is specialized on Microsoft infrastructure (Active Directory, Azure, ForeFront products, Hyper-V, Identity Management, System Center, Windows) and collaboration (BPOS, Exchange, Office 365, SharePoint) technologies.

He has been awarded as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 2002 - on Windows, then SharePoint and finally Office 365. He has been recoginzed as Microsoft Community Contributor for his work on the Office 365 community in 2013 and 2014.

He has been involved in early stage of testing phase for many Microsoft products - from Windows to Office 365, including Exchange, SharePoint or Office client and WindowsUpdate.

He has participated as speaker or Ask The Expert (ATE) at many Microsoft or Quest events. He also participed in writing several books on SharePoint (2003 to 2010).

With more than 10 years of professional experience, he has a deep knowledge of the Microsoft market and his competitors.

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