January 2023

Azure AD – You can now set an Azure AD Application Proxy app in maintenance mode

If you use Microsoft Cloud services, you know that identity and access control is managed by Azure AD. Azure AD which comes with a feature called Azure AD Application Proxy to allow you publishing internal applications without configuring your firewall and can integrate with Azure AD for authentication and access control (see https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/app-proxy/application-proxy/ to know …

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Azure – You can now do virtual machine in-place upgrade

As Windows administrator, you know the importance of keeping up with Windows server versions to stay supported and receive updates. To do so, you usually have 2 options to upgrade your Windows server version: in-place upgrade deploy a new virtual machine running the targeted version and then migrate your workloads and data on this new …

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Teams – Window sharing is now generally available in Azure Virtual Desktop

  The Microsoft Teams product group has been working hard to deliver seamless user experience in Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) for Teams users to provide similar experience on both physical and virtualized (aka AVD) session.   The capability to share your windows in Azure Virtual Desktop session while using Teams is now generally available. That …

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Forms – You can now add background music to your Forms

By now, you probably already know Microsoft Forms, the form./quiz feature from Office 365. Since its introduction, Forms has evolved to provide more capabilities, including more customization options. Well, you can now also add background music to entertain users when filling up your form. To do so, just create or edit a Forms (https://forms.office.com/) and …

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Intune – Enable self-service password reset on Windows login screen new option

As you are now probably aware, Intune administrators were able to enable self-service password reset (SSPR) on the Windows login screen for quite some time This enablement required to create a custom Intune device configuration profile, as documented here https://blog.hametbenoit.info/2017/11/06/azure-ad-allow-end-users-to-reset-password-or-pin-from-the-login-screen/. Well, as Intune has been evolving quite quickly and some time you may miss updates, …

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Teams / Intune – Administrators can now control Teams notifications with more granularity

If you use Intune / Endpoint Configuration Manager, you are already aware that you can implement applications protection and configuration policies to secure your organizational data on mobile devices. As a mobile device user using Microsoft Teams, you also know you can get activity notifications from Teams (chat, channels…). Until now, Intune administrators had no …

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Teams – It is now easier to add somebody to a group chat

From time to time, when you are a chat with other participants you may realize that somebody is missing the conversation Well, while it has been possible to add participants to an existing chat, it was not so easy and involved few actions Good news, it is now easier to do such thing by using …

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Office 365 – You can now export your Office policy configurations

If you use Office 365, you are probably aware of the Cloud Policy Service for Office (aka Office App Configuration) portal (https://config.office.com/) you use to create your custom Office installation XML file and Office configuration (similar to the GPO). Well, you can now export your policy configuration in CSV to help you identify and review …

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