SharePoint Online – New settings available through the administration portal

With the new SharePoint Online administration portal comes new settings being available through the administration portal; some where already available but only through PowerShell. All these settings are only available through the new SharePoint Online administration portal. Define a default time zone You can now define a default time zone, different from the ‘Microsoft default’ (Pacific Time). To set your default time zone (which then will be applied by default…

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Office 365 – The new SharePoint Online administration portal is becoming the default experience

As you may already know, a new SharePoint Online administration portal has been underway for quite some time now. This new administration portal is now becoming the default SharePoint Online administration experience over the next few months, with tenant with 50 users or less being targeted first (expected roll out start schedule for March 2019). That being said, you can: block the new administration portal being the default experience or…

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OneDrive for Business – Files mass deletion notification is coming in OneDrive for Business client

You may already know that you can have notification when a files mass deletion occurs (thanks to the Security & Compliance alert). Well, this is going to get better as this alert is being sent only after the mass deletion has been executed and is being sent to administrators. OneDrive for Business client is going to get an update to notify end-users when a files mass deletion (more than 200…

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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…

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SharePoint Online – Sharing link with download blocked

An update is currently being deployed (complete roll out schedule for end of January 2019)  to allow SharePoint Online users to share link to document while blocking the download. This feature will let you share content stored on SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business while blocking the download; the shared content will be only accessible through the web browser using Office Online.

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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…

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Office 365 – Reminder to move to TLS 1.2

UPDATE Oct 26th, 2018 – Microsoft is delaying the enforcement http://bit.ly/2D5uv3p A quick reminder as the date is fast approaching: you must have moved to TLS 1.2 before October 31, 2018 It has been announced about a year ago (October 2017), all client-server and browser based communication with Office 365 services will use TLS 1.2 After October 31, 2018, if you are still using older TLS version (1.0 or 1.1),…

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SharePoint Online – You can now use PowerShell for your migration

You may be already aware that Microsoft has provided a migration tool for SharePoint Online to help you migrate your SharePoint On-Premises or file servers to SharePoint Online (you can take a look there https://t.co/fiamXncZYo and https://t.co/j4dLOzS9De). Now, an updated version (2.0.99.0) of the migration tool now includes PowerShell command to help you in your migration. If already had a previous version of the SharePoint Migration tool installed, the updated…

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SharePoint Online – Page Diagnostics Tool Chrome Extension

A new diagnostic component for Office 365 and SharePoint Online administrators is now available. This tool is a Chrome Extension – which can be installed from here or from the Chrome web store. The Page Diagnostics Tool is going to help you potential issues with ‘classic’ SharePoint Online pages, like latency, page load time… You can also run a network trace from there NOTE you need to have Publishing enabled…

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SharePoint Online – Connect existing SharePoint sites as Office 365 Groups

An update on SharePoint Online is currently being deployed to allow you to connect existing SharePoint Online sites as Office 365 Groups. This will allow your end-users to have their SharePoint Online available in their Outlook. When you connect to your SharePoint Online site, open the Gear menu and choose Connect to new Office 365 Groups, then a request to confirm the connection and explanation of what is going on…

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SharePoint Online–Update in external sharing

To keep SharePoint external files (or folders) sharing secure while improving the end-user experience, an update is being deployed (roll out completion scheduled for end of June) to change the ‘one-time password’ functionality for external users which are also hosted on another Office 365 tenant. With this update, they will no longer need a one-time password but will logon using their current Office 365 credentials when accessing shared files/folders. This…

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