Teams – Customize group chat with avatar

As you know, with Teams you can chat with peoples, including multiple one at the same (also called group chat), outside of meeting or Teams channel. By default, and until now, the group chat profile picture was showing a mosaic of the people’s pictures involved in the chat. Well, good news as you can now […]

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Office 365 – Transitioning to cloud.microsoft domain

  Few months ago (in April 2023), Microsoft has announced that all Office 365 related services will use a unified cloud.microsoft domain (see https://blog.hametbenoit.info/2023/11/16/azure-virtual-desktop-a-new-application-preview/).   Well, these services have started to be transitioned to this new unified domain: Microsoft Service Health Status is now https://status.cloud.microsoft/ M365/Office 365 Setup is now https://setup.cloud.microsoft/ M365/Office 365 Administration Center

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Azure – You can now use agentless crash consistent backup (preview)

Agentless multi-disk crash consistent backups for Azure VM backup allows taking VM backups without installing additional software like the VM agent or snapshot extension in your VM. If the workload running on the virtual machine is performance sensitive and can recover from crash consistent backups, this feature can help reduce the quiesce time during backup.

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Teams – You can now archive a channel

After sometime of working with Teams, you may ended to have quite a few Teams and channels. You probably already know that you can archive a Teams but many time you just want to archive a channel. Until now, it was not possible to archive a channel. Well good news as it is now possible.

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Entra ID – You can now have a better change tracking experience for Conditional Access policies (preview)

As you probably already know, you can track activities on Entra ID, from authentication to configuration changes. For some of these changes – such as conditional access policy updates – you can also get the old and new value in JSON format. As reading a JSON formatted information is not always easy, especially to identify

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Azure – The new version – 11.4.0 – of Azure PowerShell helps protecting against secrets leaking (preview)

If you use Azure PowerShell  module to manage your Azure environment, it is recommended to update to the latest available version 11.4.0 to take advantage of a new sensitive information – such as secret – leak protection. x64: https://github.com/Azure/azure-powershell/releases/download/v11.4.0-March2024/Az-Cmdlets-11.4.0.38336-x64.msi x86: https://github.com/Azure/azure-powershell/releases/download/v11.4.0-March2024/Az-Cmdlets-11.4.0.38336-x86.msi PowerShell command: Update-Module -Name Az This new “protect secrets” feature helps protecting against sensitive

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Intune – Update your scripts to use a registered Entra ID application ID

If you use PowerShell to manage your Intune tenant, you are most probably using the Intune PowerShell application (d1ddf0e4-d672-4dae-b554-9d5bdfd93547). Well, as the global Microsoft Intune PowerShell application authentication is being deprecated, you need to create a new Entra ID Application and update your scripts using the application ID d1ddf0e4-d672-4dae-b554-9d5bdfd93547 to use your new custom application

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Intune – New Cloud PKI feature

  As you know, certificates are now widely used from securing network traffic (HTTPS) to authentication (certificate based authentication, VPN or WiFi authentication).   Until now, if you wanted to use certificates for authenticating devices or users, you had to deploy and use your own certificate authority, usually requiring an Active Directory domain and multiple

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Azure – You can now configure automatic shutdown with the Azure mobile application

If you are using Microsoft Azure, you probably already know you can perform some management operations while on the go with the Azure mobile application. iOS https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-azure/id1219013620?ls=1&mt=8 Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.azure If you are running virtual machines in Azure, running cost management is an important part and you already know that you can automatically shutdown virtual machines

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Microsoft Forms – You can now synchronize Forms answers in Excel (preview)

With Office 365, you have access to Microsoft Forms to create surveys. Survey’s answers are save as CSV file you can download. Well, until then this was the only way to gather Forms’ answers. Not anymore, you can now have a live synchronization with Excel. To do so, access your Form to get the Responses,

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