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Nov 21
Office 365 – Azure AD Connect now support SQL 2016 and Windows Server 2016

The latest release of Azure AD Connect now officially supports SQL 2016 and Windows Server 2016, which also includes the ability to manage ADFS 4.0 (part of Windows Server 2016)

You can download the new release here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=47594&751be11f-ede8-5a0c-058c-2ee190a24fa6=True

Nov 21
Office 365 – Flows and PowerApps for Office 365 are now enabled

As you may know, Microsoft has announced some time ago the integration of 2 new services on Office 365: Microsoft Flow and Microsoft PowerApps (https://blogs.office.com/2016/10/31/sharepoint-welcomes-powerapps-and-microsoft-flow/)

If you manage the service(s) enabled to your Office 365 users (ie if you don’t automatically enable all services included in your license), you will need to update your process or script (my preferred option Smile)

The plans for these 2 new services are:

  • Microsoft Flow FLOW_O365_P2
  • Microsoft PowerApps POWERAPPS_O365_P2
Nov 17
Office 365 / Exchange Online – IMPORTANT – Connecting to your Exchange Online mailbox will require MAPI over HTTP

Starting October 31, 2017 (in about a year), accessing your Exchange Online mailbox with Outlook client on Windows will be made using MAPI over HTTP.

This means that all client which do not support MAPI over HTTP (Outlook 2007 [by the way you should already have moved on as this is not supported anymore]) will NOT be able to connect to Exchange Online, Outlook 2010 to 2016 must ensure their client is up to date:

  • 2010 to 2013 you should have the Office December 2015 update
  • 2016 this is already supported

Be prepared Smile

Nov 16
Office 365 Groups / SharePoint Online – You can define if an Office 365 and a classic SharePoint site is created

As you know, sometime ago Microsoft has introduced Office 365 Groups as new collaborative services.

You can now define on SharePoint Online Administration portal if an Office 365 or a classic SharePoint site can be created.

 

This administrative option is available from the SPO administration portal, below the Settings section under the Site Creation option

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  • A site with an Office 365 group or a classic site
  • A site with an Office 365 group – will work only if the user has the permission to create an Office 365 Groups
  • A classic site – Office 365 Groups can still be created from other location if the user has the permission to do so
Nov 16
SharePoint Online – You can now download multiple files/folders at once

It has been a long waited feature; being able to download multiple files/folders at once from SharePoint Online/OneDrive for Business.

The wait is now over Open-mouthed smile, Microsoft is deploying an update to make this functionality available.

Nothing to do to get it working.

Once your users will logon to SharePoint Online/OneDrive for Business using their favorite web browser, if they select multiple files/folders, they will be downloaded at once – the same way you can download multiple files from OneDrive (consumer).

The rollout is starting with First Release tenants and will be completed by the end of this year (end of December 2016).

Nov 09
Yammer – The network name (and default domain) will now be managed by Office 365

An update on Yammer will link the network name (company network) as well as the default domain with Office 365.

This means if the Office 365 tenant name (not the URL xxx.onmicrosoft.com) will be updated, it will be reflected automatically to Yammer.

image on Yammer will become image from Office 365

Also, when you change the default Office 365 domain to a verified domain (which should be already the case for most of you), this domain will automatically becomes the primary domain for Yammer

The update is scheduled to be effective on November 14.

Nov 08
Exchange – You can access delegated mailboxes when running in hybrid mode

UPDATE 09/11/2016

Delegated access applies only for full access; send-as, send on behalf or delegation from Outlook do not work. Cross-premises permissions do not work in OWA

Details https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj200581(v=exchg.150).aspx

 

This has been a major limitation of the Exchange Hybrid mode for quite long time.

I just noticed that you can now have access to a delegated mailbox hosted on premises if your mailbox is on Office 365, and the other way too.

I don’t know since then neither what is the prerequisites to get it working.

To give you a starting point, I’m running Exchange 2016 CU3 with Azure AD Connect version 1.1.281 (off course configured with the Exchange Hybrid option enabled)

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The main mailbox is hosted on premises and the delegated is hosted on Exchange Online

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The main mailbox is hosted on Exchange Online and the delegated is hosted on premises

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Nov 04
Yammer – Improvements in file sharing, now integrated with OneDrive for Business and new document creation options

You can now browse your OneDrive for Business to share documents on Yammer as well as create new Office documents directly from Yammer.

 

Integration with OneDrive for Business

When you want to share a document on Yammer, you used to have 2 options: either upload from your computer or browse an existing file on Yammer.

Now, you can browse your OneDrive for Business to locate document you want to share; in the same way you were already sharing your OneDrive for Business documents, permissions will be automatically set on

To share a OneDrive for Business document on Yammer, just select the Select a file on OneDrive option

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It will then let you browse your OneDrive for Business space

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Also, as you can see in the screenshot, you can browse your Office 365 Groups too

However, this integration is only working if you want to share a document when posting; it is not working if you go to the Files section on Yammer where you can only upload from your computer

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New Document Creation

In addition of this integration, you will be able to create new Office document directly from Yammer

Just browse the Files section of your group and hit the New button

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Nov 03
Office 365 – Microsoft Team, the chat based workspace

Microsoft has introduced a new collaboration feature on Office 365 called Microsoft Team.

Microsoft Team is built on top of Office 365 Groups, SharePoint, Exchange and OneNote (plus off course Azure AD for the identity/authentication)

As part of this introduction, the whitelisted endpoints has been updated – so if you are filtering internet access from your corporate network you will need to update your configuration to include the new URL’s used by Microsoft Team

Microsoft Team is available for the following SKU’s:

  • Business Essentials
  • Business Premium
  • Enterprise E1, E3, E4 (for those still with this retired SKU) and E5

Whitelisted Endpoints

Purpose Source Destination Port
Microsoft Team Web Access Client *.teams.microsoft.com TCP 443`
Email notification service Client emails.teams.skype.com TCP 443
Calling Media Relay Service Client 13.107.8.0/24 TCP 443
UDP 3478-3481
Chat Service Client *msg.skype.com TCP 443
1:1 Calling Client *cc.skype.com TCP 443
Azure Media Service Client *asm.skype.com TCP 443
Global Traffic Manager Client s-0001.s-msedge.net
s-0002.s-msedge.net
TCP 443
Global Configuration Manager Client *.config.skype.com TCP 443

Enable Microsoft Team

To enable Microsoft Team preview on your tenant, logon to the Office 365 Admin portal and go to the Settings\Apps section and enable Microsoft Team service

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Then you can enable/disable the additional services – by default all services are enabled except the Bots one

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Client Requirements

To take advantage of Microsoft Team, the following clients are supported:

  • OS
    • Windows 7 to 10
    • MacOS 10.10 and later
    • Windows 10 Mobile – 10.0.10586 and later
    • Android 4.4 and later
    • iOS 9 and later (iPhone and iPad0
  • Browser
    • Chrome 51.0 and later
    • FireFox 47.0 and later
    • Microsoft Edge 12 and later
    • Internet Explorer 11 and later

Safari is not yet supported

A desktop client is also available to support real time communication; the client can be downloaded from https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

The mobile device client can NOT be deployed with any software deployment solution.

 

Real Time Communication Client

The client is automatically installed without any user intervention. Once completed, the client loads himself; it will be available on the systray

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Then you just need to authenticate against your Office 365 tenant

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The real time communication client has access to your Exchange Online mailbox as well as your SharePoint Online / OneDrive for Business sites.

This will allow you to collaborate with your peers without having to exit and use Outlook to check your calendar availability for example

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To create a team, just access the Teams section and create a new one; if you are already using Office 365 Groups, you can reuse them to create a team

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Web Client

To access Microsoft Team with your browser, just go to https://teams.microsoft.com

Same as for the real time communication client, you will be asked to authenticate (depending of your browser configuration and authentication method used, this may be automatic)

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You have the same functionalities than with the real time client

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Oct 21
SharePoint – SharePoint Mobile app is now available

It has been a long wait but a new SharePoint mobile app is now available for Windows Mobile 10, Android and iOS.

Download links:

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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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