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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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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Office 365 – New user deletion process for cloud user objects

If you do not use the directory synchronization (Azure AD Connect) to manage your user accounts in Office 365 (creation, update, deletion), this is for you. The user account deletion process has been updated in Office 365 to give the opportunity to define what to do with licenses and data. The next time (please keep in mind this update may not yet be deployed and available in your tenant), you…

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Office 365 – A multi blog posts to read about Office 365 ATP and the phishing protection

A very good multi-part / multi-post reading about Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and the anti-phishing capabilities https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/cloudready/2018/07/31/introduction-email-phishing-protection-guide-enhancing-your-organizations-security-posture/

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Office 365 – New anti-phishing capabilities added to Advanced Threat Protection

A new default policy is being deployed for Office 365 ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) to protect you against phishing. The new policy is/will be available through the Security and Compliance administration portal (https://protection.office.com/) From there, reach out the Threat Management\Policy section and then click on ATP anti-phishing option Then the Default policy is not displayed in the list of policy; it is displayed using the button Default policy By clicking…

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Office 365 – Reminder to move to TLS 1.2

A quick reminder as the date is fast approaching: you must have moved to TLS 1.2 before October 31, 2018 It has been announced about a year ago (October 2017), all client-server and browser based communication with Office 365 services will use TLS 1.2 After October 31, 2018, if you are still using older TLS version (1.0 or 1.1), you will not be able to access your Office 365 services…

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Exchange Online – Mailbox Auditing will be enabled by default

A good news for compliance and security, Exchange Online Mailbox auditing will now be enabled by default. The schedule is all commercial tenant will be set by end of calendar year. All mailboxes already set for auditing will continue to be enabled, while all others will then be audited. A new parameter for the Set-OrganizationConfig cmdlet will also be introduce for Exchange administrator to override (not recommended) this new configuration.…

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Exchange Online – Exchange Web Services (EWS) So long and thanks for all the fish

Microsoft has announced that Exchange Web Services (EWS) on Exchange Online will no longer get any further updates and Basic Authentication for EWS will be decommissioned. NOTE This does not apply to Exchange On-Premises (for now ?) Microsoft has been heavily investing in the Graph technology and it is highly recommended to start using/migrating Graph for your interaction with Exchange Online, in lieu of EWS. In parallel, because we all…

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Exchange Online – Automatic events processing from email

You can now have your Exchange Online mailbox setting up for you new events based on emails you receive, which could be either flights or hotel reservations, live events like concert or package delivery. To manage the automatic event creation based on emails, you need to go to your mailbox settings (https://outlook.office.com/owa/) and turn on/off the feature and options. NOTE this feature is turned on by default Click the Gear…

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Exchange Online – You can download a quarantined email

A new option has been deployed on the Security and Compliance portal for quarantined emails. You can now download a quarantined email to help you analyze it. As the email has been put in quarantine it is important to download it on a secure client (aka with an up to date antivirus protection and potential additional security configuration) to avoid spreading bad stuff within your network. This option may be…

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Exchange – You can now manage remote shared mailboxes from On-Premises Exchange

With Exchange 2013 CU 21 (https://support.microsoft.com/help/4099855) or Exchange 2016 CU 10 (https://support.microsoft.com/help/4099852) you can now directly create and manage remote shared mailboxes from your On-Premises Exchange with PowerShell. Before taking advantage of these new PowerShell commands (see below) you first must prepare you Active Directory (which from my point of view should be executed anyway for any CU you installed) setup.exe /PrepareAD /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms Then you will be able to create…

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Exchange Online–You can now exclude the dumpster from Public Folders migration

Just off the press, you can now exclude dumpster from your Public Folders migration from Exchange 2013/2016 to Exchange Online. Until then the PF dumpster was migrated along with the PF data, resulting in longer public folders migration. Without thinking neither with the potentials issue of data in the dumpster corrupted. To exclude the dumpster from your PF migration you need to use the new parameter –ExcludeDumpsters when creating the…

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Exchange Online – Exchange Hybrid Organization Transfer

You know already that you can integrate your Exchange On-Premises with Exchange Online in an Exchange Hybrid configuration, allowing a consistent user experience wherever the mailbox is hosted. But there was still few things missing. Few of them are (or were) the retention policies / retention tags, OWA / Mobile /ActiveSync policies which needed to be re-created on Exchange Online and maintain in both place. An updated Exchange Hybrid Configuration…

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