Exchange Online – Item read and access is going to be audited

You may be already aware that you can have audit on any Office 365 activities, including Exchange Online mailboxes. In February 2019, Exchange Online mailbox audit is going to be improved by adding audit for item read and access by mailbox owners, administrators and delegates. This new implementation is replacing the previous MessageBind action, which will be deprecated when the update will be available on your tenant. You have nothing…

Read More

Office 365 – The default installation option for Office Click to Run is switching to 64 bits

Starting mid January 2019, the default installation setting for Office Click To Run is switching from 32 bits to 64 bits. If you (and your end-users) are using the Office 365 portal (https://portal.office.com/OLS/MySoftware.aspx) to install Office Click to Run check the version before starting to install if you are planning to use the 32 bits install (as it used to be the default install option).

Read More

OneDrive for Business – Files On-Demand is getting available on Mac

The Files On-Demand capability is now coming on Mac devices with the incoming OneDrive for Business client update for Mac. The Files On-Demand allows you to synchronize your OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online content without having to download the complete content. To take advantage of this new capability for Mac users, you need to run macOS 10.14.2 or later and have the update OneDrive client (version 18.240.1202.0001 or higher).…

Read More

OneDrive for Business – An update is on his way to improve UPN change impact

As you may be already aware, OneDrive for Business is using the user principal name (UPN) to provision the personal space, and as such the UPN is also used in the URL for accessing it (like https://mytenant-my.sharepoint.com/personal/user_upndomain) As such, any change of the UPN’s user has an impact on OneDrive for Business and can broke synchronization. An updated OneDrive for Business client (starting with build 18.212.1021.0008) is being pushed to…

Read More

Office 365 – 3DES cipher support is being retired by Feb 28, 2019

As Microsoft has announced it was moving to TLS 1.2, the 3DES cipher support is going to be removed by February 28, 2019. If you are not sure if this cipher is still being used by your organization to connect and access Office 365 services you can go to the Secure Score website (http://securescore.microsoft.com) and use the “Remove TLS 1.0/1.1 and 3DES Dependencies” option By clicking the Learn More button…

Read More

Office 365 / Azure – New CDN’s are going to be used for authentication

This is an important notification for customer managing access to internet (and cloud services) using Whitelist. New Content Delivery Networks (CDN’s) are going to be used for managing Office 365 (and potentially Azure services) authentication. If you are using whitelisting to allow Office 365/Azure services access to your end-user you have to be prepared ASAP. The new CDN’s will be: aadcdn.msauth.net aadcdn.msftauth.net ccscdn.msauth.net ccscdn.msftauth.net If you need the IP addresses…

Read More

Office 365 – New administrative settings to manage trial services

Earlier in May 2018, Microsoft has announced the availability of 1 year trial for Microsoft Teams, even if the user is not yet licensed for it. This trial is now available to Office 365 commercial tenants (aka not Edu or Gov). In addition of this Microsoft Teams 1 year trial, a new administrative settings is made available to manage how trial services (as of today only Teams is available but…

Read More

Azure AD Connect – A new version of the directory synchronization tool is available

A new version (1.2.65.0) of Azure AD Connect has been released. You can get it from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=615771 You need to know that this version is going to overwrite your setting for autoupgrade if you have it set to not automatically update. Before Update After Update If you want to keep the autoupgrade disabled you will need to run the following command after the upgrade is completed Set-ADSyncAutoUpgrade -AutoUpgradeState Disabled As…

Read More

Office 365 – Your end-users will received communications from Microsoft with trainings and tips

An update is being deployed on Office 365 which will send notifications to your end-users with trainings and tips for using Office 365 services. While this comes from a good intention, it is clear this will obsessed some end-users, administrators and/or training person as it is going to bypass the ‘traditional’ training path. End-users will receive trainings and tips information only for the service they have been enabled/licensed for. Thankfully…

Read More

Office 365 – Microsoft is NO LONGER enforcing TLS 1.2

As you may have been aware as there has been quite lot of communication, Microsoft was planning to disable TLS 1.0 and 1.1 support for Office 365 services. Well, it seems this is longer the plan as per the updated KB 4057306 (https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4057306/preparing-for-tls-1-2-in-office-365) – as per the extract below: Note This doesn’t mean Office 365 will block TLS 1.0 and 1.1 connections. There is no official date for disabling or…

Read More

Office 365 – Privileged Access Management is available to Office 365

As announced at the Ignite 2018 conference, a new access management capability is now available to Office 365. This new feature, called Privileged Access Management (PAM), will help you granting on a ‘just in time’ basis high level privileges to Office 365 services. PAM is currently limited to Exchange Online scope. To set it up, you will need to use a security group for the PAM access (if you are…

Read More

Office 365 – A new administration portal is on his way and you can try it

A new Office 365 administration portal is on his way and you can enable the preview to start using it. When you logon to your Office 365 administration portal (https://admin.microsoft.com/) you will see a a “Try the preview” toggle on the top right After turning on the preview, the administration portal will switch to the preview mode As always, this is a preview which means there will probably few glitches…

Read More

Office 365 – Microsoft Search is now available

A new service has appear in Office 365 called Microsoft Search. Microsoft Search is going to use Bing and Windows Search to provide search results to end-users on Office 365. The service is turned off by default and if you want to experiment/enable it you need to logon to your Office 365 admin portal (https://admin.microsoft.com) and reach out the Settings\Services & add-ins to enable Microsoft Search Then search for Microsoft…

Read More

Office 365 – StaffHub is being retired and replaced with Teams

Microsoft is going to retired Office 365 StaffHub, which was designed for firstline/deskless workers, and replace it with Microsoft Teams. Starting April 1st, 2019 StaffHub will be unavailable for new tenants and remove for the mobile app stores. For existing customers using StaffHub, the service will be removed by October 1st, 2019. At this date, any access to StaffHub will be removed and a message inviting to download Microsoft Teams…

Read More

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…

Read More