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Nov 26
Office 365 / OneDrive for Business – Disable the new experience for everyone

As you may know, Microsoft has announced some improvements on OneDrive for Business – such as a new synchronization client and a new web UI (see

If you have enabled First Preview for your tenant (all organization or selected users) you may already have the new web UI available as per below


Each user with the new interface has the ability to switch back to the previous web UI using the Return to classic OneDrive link shown in the bottom left


However, if you – as administrator – want to disable the new UI for ALL users, you can do it from the SharePoint Administration center

Just go to the Settings section and locate the OneDrive for Business experience which should be at the top and switch the setting from New experience to Classic Experience


Nov 25
Yammer – Yammer SSO and Yammer DirSync are being deprecated and removed

Good news SmileSmile

It seems that Microsoft is finally making the long awaited move to consolidate all the identity management stuff for Yammer with Office 365.

imageThey already made on step by allowing the configuration to use Office 365 Identity, now it has been announced that the Yammer DirSync will be also (finally) removed.

Ok, we still have to wait before having Yammer SSO and Yammer DirSync fully removed (now officially announced for December 1st, 2016)

In details, this means there will be no more Yammer SSO or Yammer DirSync setup after April 1st, 2016. Then existing configuration will be deprecated on December 1st, 2016

Take a look at for all the required information

Nov 24
Yammer – Enforce Office 365 Identity in Yammer and Yammer DirSync stops working

As you may be aware, Microsoft has introduce a new security/identity feature on Yammer to enforce all users to use their Office 365 credentials.

It may be one step to get closer for the long waited unified directory synchronization tool for both Office 365 and Yammer, but this is the subject.


If you enable this new feature - Enforce Office 365 identity in Yammer – and are using Yammer Directory Synchronization tool, the synchronization may/will stop working soon after (and you should be notified with the following email)

The most recent active directory synchronization attempt failed. The following error(s) occurred:

Unable to authenticate to Yammer.


This could be because you have set on your Azure AD a User Password Reset Policy which requires them to register at least one secondary authentication method to allow them to reset their password.

Doing so, and because you may have use a service account to configure the Yammer Directory Sync, this settings will then automatically applied to this account, which obviously may not be registered for self service password reset.

If you got such notification email soon after activating the Enforce Office 365 Identity in Yammer setting, try to logon to Yammer using this service account and you should get the prompt to register for self service password. Just register the account for self service password reset and you should solve the  issue.


NOTE you may have to follow the following KB when you will try to re enable Yammer DirSync

Nov 24
Skype for Business – Standalone packages for Skype for Business

imageThe standalone packages for Skype for Business (32 and 64 bits) are available for download here:


Nov 23
Office 365 - Analyze the security settings for your tenant

UPDATE 24/11/2015 - The script has been already updated has some bugs have been found. So please ensure you are always using the latest version by downloading it from the website

Microsoft is currently testing (early beta stage) an Office 365 security analyzer to help administrators to understand their current security configuration and potential risks they may have missed.

As said this is an early beta, so this will be slightly changed when released.

So, to have an early view, you need to connect to the following site


As first action, you need to download a bunch of PowerShell scripts to gather the data; you will have to sign in with your Office 365 administrator account to download the files

To help you prepare the client on which you will run these scripts, you need to have:

Once you are ready, using a command prompt – as usual always use the run as administrator – run the securityscore.bat file you have extracted from the ZIP file downloaded earlier

You may also have a multiple security prompts to run the PowerShell


Then you will be asked to authenticate to your Office 365 tenant – if your admin account uses MFA, the script will fail.


Then the script is looking if you meet the prerequisites (PowerShell modules)


If you missed some the script is going to connect automatically to the related download page and stops


If everything is looking good, the script connects to Azure AD

You will be asked to confirm your participation as the script will gather data about how your end-users


If you have issue to connect to your tenant (ERROR:  FAILED To connect to MSO Service) – as per below, try to edit the CollectAndScoreSecurityData.ps1 and the SecurityScorer.psm1 files to:

  • Cut the following lines from the SecurityScorer file

Write-Log "Connecting to Azure Active Directory"
$connectMso = Connect-MsolService -Credential $userCredential

  • Remove the following lines from the SecurityScorer file (just after the previous lines you have cut)

if ($connectMso -eq $null) {
    Write-Error " FAILED To connect to MSO Service"
    Throw "Failed to Connect to MSO Service" }

  • Past the cut lines to the CollectAndScoreSecurityData file after the lines, and replace the $userCredential variable with $AdminCredential

Write-Log " Set up the Service Sessions" 2
Get-ServiceSessions $AdminCredential


Then the script is connecting to both Exchange Online, Skype for Business and SharePoint Online.

NOTE 1 it is recommended to assign all the license to the account used for the scoring


NOTE 2 you may got some errors for some accounts during the Exchange Online analysis as some of your accounts may not have an Exchange Online license

Then the script analyze the password policy for each users found


Continue with DLP and Admin roles


Checks for illicit logon against Azure AD, suspicious malware or suspicious activities on delegated mailbox


You may be asked to validate there is no suspicious activities from time to time.

Please note that some activity reports displayed in the console may be quite complicated to read Smile

At the end you will get a security scoring and upload the results onto the web site


Nov 22
Office 365 – Directory Synchronization Troubleshooting tool

With the preview of the new Office 365 administration portal, Microsoft is delivering new tools too.

The first one is related to the directory synchronization.

The first thing to know is to take advantage of this tool you should run the latest version of the directory synchronization tool: Azure AD Connect (or AAD Connect).

Then, from the server hosting the AAD Connect instance, connect to your preview administration portal and scroll down to the What’s new section to hit the link related to DirSync


Then, if any issue has been detected, you will get a Troubleshoot link displayed near the section which requires attention


This will redirect you to a new page where you can select a quick scan or a full scan. As explained for both options one is quicker and superficial (quick) than the other (full) which also analyze your On Premises Active Directory.

For the purpose of this post, I choose the full scan


This will download a tool which will have in charge of gathering all the information from both online and on premises



Once completed, you have the result with actions to resolve your issue(s)


Nov 20
Office 365 / Skype for Business - Cloud PSTN, PSTN calling and Skype Meeting available on December 1st

After some time in preview, these new features - Cloud PSTN, PSTN calling and Skype Meeting Broadcast - will be available on December 1st on Office 365.

More details to come :)

Get ready​

Nov 13
Office 365 / Azure – Azure Active Directory Dashboard

A new feature is now available on Azure Active Directory called Dashboard.

This feature gives you an eye bird view on the health, usage and configuration of your Azure Directory


Then starting this point you can reach reports and configuration pages for the different services/features you have enabled.

Nov 12
Office 365 – MFA support for PowerShell now available in preview

It has been a long wait since Microsoft has introduced MFA for Office 365 and Azure services.

Now, MFA support is currently available in preview for PowerShell, making Office 365/Azure administrator’s life easier Smile

You can enroll here


Nov 06
Windows 10 - Threshold 2 is now available

The Threshold 2 for Windows 10 is now available through Windows Update


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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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