Jul 24
Yammer – The Yammer application is now available

The new Yammer application for Windows is now available

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The next time you logon to your Yammer network, check the bottom right of the window to get the application (you can also go directly here https://aka.ms/yammer_desktop_ia32)

Once installed the application will start automatically and may ask you to logon; a desktop shortcut and in the systray are available

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This new Yammer app is more like an embedded browser

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Jul 24
Microsoft Team – Recover a deleted Team

As you may know Microsoft Team is “chat-based” collaboration tool part of Office 365.

So if you are using Microsoft Teams, you may have as an administrator to recover a deleted Team. As for many recovery process with Office 365, this all start with PowerShell.

Prerequisites

  • First you need to have the preview of AzureAD PowerShell (version 2.0.0.129), to install it just run a PowerShell command prompt as administrator and run the command Install-Module -Name AzureADPreview

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  • Then you will have to confirm you want to install the AzureADPreview module from the repository; unless you already have set this repository as trusted

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NOTE: if you already had a previous version of the AzureADPreview module installed, use the –Force parameter (Install-Module -Name AzureADPreview –Force)

  • Only then the AzureADPreview module is downloaded and installed

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Recover the deleted Team

  • Once you have the AzureADPreview module installed, connect to your tenant using the command Connect-AzureAD

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  • List the deleted Microsoft Teams using the command Get-AzureADMSDeletedGroup

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  • Identify the delete Team you want to recover and copy the Id; then use the command Restore-AzureADMSDeletedDirectoryObject –Id <Team ID>

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  • Your team has been recovered. NOTE it may take up to 24 hours to get it available to end-users after the recovery
Jul 21
SharePoint Online – The ‘Sync’ button will now use the new OneDrive sync client

Starting mi-August, the synchronization option available on SharePoint Online library will be updated to use the new OneDrive sync client.

Currently the ‘Sync’ button is still pointing to the previous OneDrive for Business sync client.

If your users are still using the old sync client at this time, the next time they will be upgraded to the latest sync client.

In addition of this change the administration option in SharePoint Online administration portal to define which sync client will be removed.

Jul 20
Skype for Business – Cloud Connector Edition 2.0 is now available in GA

The new release (version 2.0) of the Skype for Business Cloud Connector Edition is now available in general availability.

For those who do not know what is CCE, this is a virtual appliance to connect your on-premises PBX with your users hosted in the cloud.

So if you are already using CCE, the auto update will go live soon (within 60 days); but if you want to upgrade immediately you can still do it manually thanks to this procedure https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt740656.aspx

If you plan to start using it, you can download the updated installation files here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=52963

A webcast will be hosted on Friday 21st at 9:00 AM Pacific time – register here http://aka.ms/sfbcast

And there is lot of video available here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH5ElbTc1hWTvqa_CaVedTcqQQWQpdYmu

Jul 19
Exchange Online – New options available to schedule a migration

An update has been deployed on Exchange Online which introduces 2 new options for the migration to Office 365 / Exchange Online using ECP

These options allow you to schedule when the synchronization will start and when to autocomplete the migration.

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The corresponding PowerShell parameters are –StartAfter and –CompleteAfter; to be honest, I’m not sure if these parameters did not already exist anyway.

Jul 17
Office 365 – Workplace Analytics, get more insights on how your collaborate

Microsoft Workplace Analytics has been delivered in GA (general availability) on July 6th.

Workplace Analytics is available with Office 365 E5 subscriptions and as an add-on for some other subscriptions.

Workplace Analytics use the power of Delve (and other services) to gather data and metadata on how your organization collaborates to highlight potential collaboration improvements.

You can think ‘Big Brother is watching you’ but privacy an important part of Workplace Analytics.

In this post I’m going through some of the functionalities of Workplace Analytics.

Enable Workplace Analytics

As I’m using a E3 subscriptions, I’m going to use a trial.

  • Logon as a global administrator to your Office 365 administration portal and go to the Billing\Purchase services

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  • Scroll down the offers to search for “Microsoft MyAnalytics”; you will have 30 days to test it – I think it is a little bit too short as we are already loosing some time to gather the data (see later)

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  • Once activated, you need to assign to your users the license 

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The corresponding SKU reference (for use with PowerShell) is EXCHANGE_ANALYTICS

  • That’s it, you are ready to use… humm, wait

Data gathering

Yes, as I started to prepare you, you are going to wait a week while WA is gathering/analyzing the data; and my tenant is ‘small’ – I mean 2-3 active users, few test ones… so the analysis should be quicker than for a large organization but no

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The Results

After waiting for a week to get data analyzed, here are the results:

  • once Workplace Analytics has been enabled and is ready to use the end-users will receive an automatic email like below

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  • a first overall report telling how long you were on meetings, writing/reading email… this can be helpful to identify where you are loosing some time

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  • If you click on the section, you will be redirected to the details (in fact located at the bottom of the page)

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  • You can also get with who you are getting the most interaction, either by email or meeting; if you hit the + '(plus) sign shown you can add this person in your report and get more insights

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In addition of the Analytics web page, you are also getting an Outlook add-on Delve Analytics automatically.

The add-on opens a new blade in your Outlook and let you to keep up with what you have to do

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Jul 16
Windows Server 2016 – First Windows Server Insider build available

After announcing last June that Windows Server 2016 will also have his own Insider program and builds, Microsoft has released the first Windows Insider build (build 16237).

As for Windows 10, Preview builds are not aimed to be production ready, so you may expect some glitch.

To start running your own Windows Server preview you need first to register to the Windows Insider for Business program here or to the Windows Insider program one here.

As part of this first Insider build, you have:

  • New and optimized Container images
  • Nano Server optimized for Containers
  • Core OS optimization
  • and much more…

Details are available here https://blogs-windows-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/07/13/announcing-windows-server-insider-preview-build-16237/amp/

Jul 14
Azure – Public preview of Network Watcher

New feature is now available in public preview on Azure called Azure Network Watcher.

This feature will help you troubleshooting/validating network connectivity.

To start using it logon to your Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com) and search for Network Watcher

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Then you can start using Network Watcher to troubleshoot/validate your network.

You can get the network topology, try TCP connection, do network capture…

Network Topology

To get the network topology of you deployment open the Topology blade

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Then select the subscription, resource group and virtual network to get the associated network topology – quite interesting; just one thing missing, there is no ability to export to Visio (may be a good feature request)

Another thing is the name of each resource involved may be a little bit hard to read as it may overlap

This sample is very simple as this concerns only one Azure VM

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IP Flow

To use this functionality, you need to have an Azure virtual machine up and running. This tests if your network rules/nsg are configured correctly

On the Network Watcher, open the IP flow verify blade and then select the subscription and resource group associated with the virtual machine you want to test; then you can select the VM (if you have multiple ones) and the network interface

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Then the Local IP address is automatically filled with the value of the local IP address associated with the network interface

You then define the protocol (TCP or UDP), the direction (inbound or outbound), local port (to be used if you try inbound) and the remote IP and port to test connectivity with

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And then you got the result: success or failed

For this post I tried to connect outbound to remote website; all the results were successful , even if the remote communication port is closed on the remote server – not sure if this is some sort of bug or not, I was expecting to get a failed result telling me the VM is able to try to connect using Telnet port but the remote host denied it.

On the other side, trying an inbound connection I got the expected result as there is no rule to allow inbound connections, except remote desktop

You can check which rule has been applied to get the result

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Next Hop

If you need to check the network route being used to access a remote host from your VM, just open the Next Hop blade

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As for the previous test, you then have to select the subscription, resource group and VM and enter the remote host

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Security Group View

This blade is listing all NSG applicable to a VM; you can then download it in a CSV file

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VPN Diagnostics

This blade is quite self explanatory; if you have connectivity issues while trying to access your Azure VPN through VPN (site to site or point to site), this is where you need to go.

As I do not have the configuration in place, I’m not able to provide you additional details.

Packet Capture

 

Network limits

You can view the network subscription limit defined for a subscription and region and the corresponding current usage; this can be quite helpful to understand/troubleshoot why you getting trouble to create/configure new network resources

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NSG flow logs and Diagnostic Logs

And finally you can get the log files related to NSG or diagnostic to help you analyze it offline; you can also see if these log functionalities are enabled or not

If not you will get the appropriate link to enable it

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Jul 13
Office 365 – Visio Online is now in public preview

After being in private preview for few weeks/months, Visio Online is now available in public preview.

After getting GA later this year, Visio Online will require a paid license to create new Visio file; the viewing experience will be free.

This will be available on per user basis.

To start using Visio Online preview you need to ensure your SharePoint tenant is configured to enable preview feature (located within the Settings section of the SharePoint Administration portal) as shown below

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Once enabled it may take some time to get it.

Once available, your user will be able to create Visio file directly from the SharePoint document library

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Jul 12
Office – Presentation Translator is now available for download

Screenshot of a PowerPoint slide with a Translator interface displayed

It has been presented during the Build conference, and now this is available for download: the Presentation Translator

You can download it from https://aka.ms/translatorpowerpoint and if you want to know more about it go aka.ms/PresentationTranslatorLearnMore

 

 

Once installed the add-on is available in the Slide Show tab

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If you hit the Translate slide or Start subtitles you will be able to define from which language to which language you want to translate

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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, Lync/Skype for Business) 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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