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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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 , 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 –…

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Office 365 – Preview of the new OneDrive for Business client

It has been announced at the Ignite Conference at Atlanta. A preview of the new OneDrive for Business client is now available. The following are part of the improvements coming with the new version – some have been long waited: Ability to sync SharePoint Online document libraries – until then you were still obliged to use the ‘old’ O4B client while you were using the (so called) NextGen client to…

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Office 365 – Be notified when peoples are sharing content with you on SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

A new feature is being rolled out (first tenant and then general availability – expected to be completed by the end of the year) which will notify end-user by mobile push notification (same than the one you get when a new email arrived in your inbox) when someone is sharing content with them using SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business. This settings is enabled by default and can be managed…

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