Office 365 – Shared status indicator in OneDrive for Business

An update is being deployed to add a shared status indication in OneDrive for Business. When the update will be deployed on your tenant, your end-users will see when a folder on their OneDrive for Business has been shared. The following icon will be shown in the navigation bar And when clicking on it, they will get more details with who the folder is shared, with the associated permission Off…

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SharePoint Online – Easily getting back to Modern Experience

As you may know, SharePoint Online now has 2 end-user experience: Modern Classic Until then it was easy to from Modern to Classic experience but it was a little bit less easy to get back from Classic to Modern Now, it is becoming easier; an update is being deployed to provided a shortcut to get back to the Modern experience;the same way we have the switch from Modern to Classic…

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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…

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SharePoint Online – A new tenant setting to block downloading infected file

I noticed a new setting available at the tenant level in SharePoint Online called “DisallowInfectedFileDownload”; you can check thanks to the Get-SPOTenant PS command The setting name is quite self explanatory – the idea is to block downloading any infected file from SharePoint Online. For once I disagree with the default value set by Microsoft to $false; which means the download button is available even if the file has been…

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OneDrive – Files on Demand is getting back

You may don’t know what means ‘files on demand’ with the OneDrive/OneDrive for Business client. This is the functionality which used to be available with the OneDrive client back in the Windows 8.x years. This feature allows you to not synchronize a folder/file in your client but was still displayed in the Windows Explorer. This feature (for some reasons) has since being retired which generates lot of requests/complaints. So good…

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SharePoint Online – Speed up the authentication process

When a user is accessing a SharePoint Online, he is first redirected to Azure AD for authentication. If the company is using ADFS to manage authentication, Azure AD then redirected to the ADFS server for authentication. This can lead to slow authentication process for end-user (external users when sharing content with them). With SharePoint Online you can speed up the process by activating the use Azure Active Directory home realm…

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SharePoint Online – Support for # and % characters is going to be rolled out

We all know (or should know) the restrictions with SharePoint and SharePoint Online when it comes to supported characters in folders or files name. Microsoft is releasing the pressure by rolling out an update which will allow the use of # and % characters in file and folder names – not yet for document library. All tenant created after June 2017 will automatically have this update while others will get…

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SharePoint Online – Conditional access “limited access” now in preview

The preview of limited access for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business is now available. This functionality will help you to limit data leaked from SPO or OneDrive for Business by restricting access to the service from unmanaged device using browser access only – meaning users accessing SPO and/or OneDrive for Business using a BYOD device not joined to the domain or Azure AD Joined – will be able to…

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SharePoint Online – Postpone the public website deletion

If you are an early customer of Office 365, you probably are using the public website. As you are (or should be) aware, public website are no longer offered with Office 365 and existing public sites are going to be deleted. That said you can postpone this deletion until March 31, 2018 – giving you one additional year to move from Office 365 public website to a different hosting service.…

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SharePoint Online – Download multiple files at once is finally here

Following the announcement of an incoming update for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business to allow multiple files download at once, I’m happy to announce this is finally here. As usual,First Release tenants are getting it first Nothing to do on your side – except may be some end users communication. Then you just need to select multiple files from the document library and hit the Download button to get…

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SharePoint 2016 – Site collection disappears during content database upgrade

While upgrading my SharePoint environment from 2013 to 2016, I ran into an interesting issue with content database upgrade. I have deployed a fresh new SharePoint 2016 running on Windows Server 2016 and then perform the classic detach/attach upgrade process to migrate the content from the SharePoint 2013 environment. One of this content DB is hosting only one site collection, but this site collection is NOT a root site collection.…

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Office 365 – OneDrive for Business administration console is coming

This has been a gap in Office 365 and SharePoint Online for quite some time: there was very few way and options to manage OneDrive for Business. Good news, this gap is going to be filled, maybe not yet with everything you may be looking for but at least an administration console for OneDrive for Business. If you want to start to take a look, go to https://admin.onedrive.com/ (yes, there…

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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 A site with an Office 365 group or a classic site A site with…

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