Self-Service Purchase Notifications for Tenant Administrators
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by Tony Redmond
3d ago
Disabling Self-Service Purchases of Microsoft 365 Licenses I dislike the mechanism which allows users to purchase licenses like Teams Premium without tenant administrator oversight or knowledge. I strongly believe that license management is a core competence of tenant administrators and that allowing users to purchase their own licenses is a guaranteed way to waste money on underused or unwanted licenses. Self-service licenses operate under the radar and can’t be detected by normal license reporting, even by the redoubtable Microsoft 365 tenant licensing report. Starting with Power BI Pro and ..read more
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Exchange Online Previews Inbound SMTP DANE with DNSSEC
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by Tony Redmond
4d ago
Focus on Improving Email Security Continues with Inbound DANE with DNSSEC To their credit, over the past few years, Microsoft has steadily increased the security of Exchange Online email services. Some of the measures taken, such as restricting the versions of on-premises servers that can send messages to Exchange Online via an inbound connector, didn’t get good press when announced or when the restriction came into effect. I haven’t heard much about the issue recently and guess that those running hybrid organizations have bought into the need to keep their on-premises Exchange servers update ..read more
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Team Owners Can Rename the General Channel
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by Tony Redmond
5d ago
Rename General Channel with a “Meaningful Name” Message Center notification MC814583 (July 16, 2024, Microsoft 365 roadmap item 395931) announces that team owners can soon rename the General channel (or the local language version of General when Teams isn’t run in English). For years, Microsoft resisted this request because the General channel is (in effect) the heart of a team. A team must have at least one channel and General is the default channel created in every team. In the early days of Teams, it seemed like the General channel had a protected status where only team owners could post me ..read more
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Monitoring Updates to Sensitivity Label Policies and Labels
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by Tony Redmond
6d ago
Keeping an Eye on Who’s Updating Sensitivity Label Policies A reader remarked that there doesn’t appear to be a way to monitor changes made to Microsoft Purview sensitivity label policies or retention label policies. Given that retention policies and labels dictate how long content remains within a tenant and sensitivity labels and policies dictate who can access content, this seems like an oversight. The expectation expressed was that the Purview compliance portal should show who last updated both policies and labels instead of just the last modified date (Figure 1) together with who created ..read more
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Upgrading the Teams and Groups Activity Report to 6.0
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by Tony Redmond
1w ago
Updating Old Code to Use the Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK The Teams and Groups Activity Report is a reasonably popular script which attempts to measure whether teams and groups are in active use based on criteria like the number of messages sent in a team. Processes like this are important because it’s all too easy for a Microsoft 365 tenant to fall into a state of digital rot where unused teams and groups mask where useful work is done. But like many scripts, the code has evolved over years (since 2016 in this case). The current version uses many Graph API calls and some Exchange Online cm ..read more
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Outlook Mobile Continues to Set the Standard for Microsoft 365 Email Mobility
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by Tony Redmond
1w ago
Choice Remains Between Outlook Mobile and Exchange ActiveSync Clients One of the most common questions I am asked concerns mobile email clients. Should Microsoft 365 tenants deploy and use Outlook Mobile or select a client based on the Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) API created by companies like Apple and Samsung instead? I’ve written about this topic before but it’s worth summarizing the current state of the art, so here goes. OWA for Devices Ten years ago, Microsoft jettisoned its focus on OWA as the premium client for mobile email connectivity. Trumpeted with some vigor at the 2014 Microsoft Exc ..read more
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The Right Way to Replace the Remove-SPOExternalUser Cmdlet
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by Tony Redmond
1w ago
Microsoft Will Remove-SPOExternalUser Between July 29 and August 9 Message center notification MC806103 (27 June 2024) reports the deprecation of the Remove-SPOExternalUser cmdlet from the SharePoint Online management PowerShell module. Microsoft suggests that administrators replace the cmdlet with the Remove-AzureADUser cmdlet, which is a perfectly reasonable strategy if only the cmdlet isn’t part of the retired and soon-to-be deprecated AzureAD module. Between July 29. 2024 and August 9, 2024, Microsoft will disable the Remove-SPOExternalUser cmdlet. When the block arrives in a tenant, attem ..read more
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Office Connectors Retirement for Teams
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by Tony Redmond
1w ago
Teams Joins SharePoint Online and Microsoft 365 Groups in Connector Retirement On June 11, I wrote about the retirement of Office Connectors for Microsoft 365 Groups and SharePoint Online and speculated that support for Connectors in Teams wouldn’t last. Well, Microsoft published message center notification MC808160 on 3 July 2024 to announce the retirement of Office Connectors from Teams starting on August 15, 2024. It looks as if the retirement involves some work for Microsoft to do because it’s not due to complete until January 1, 2025. A note in the Microsoft Developer Blog explains more a ..read more
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Configuring Outlook Pop-Ups for Sensitive Content
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by Tony Redmond
1w ago
Set a Delay for Outlook to Evaluate Sensitive Content I was asked about a Microsoft Technical Community post from July 2023 titled Oversharing Pop-up in Outlook– Customize experience via GPO settings. Some folks couldn’t get the pop-up windows to work with the newly branded Outlook (classic), so I decided to take a look. Outlook DLP Policy Tips and Pop-Up Windows When a tenant has configured Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policies to prevent sharing of sensitive data, Outlook and OWA evaluate message content and display policy tips if configured in DLP rules. Figure 1 shows how Outlook displays a ..read more
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New Policy to Disable Some In-Product Messages in Teams
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by Tony Redmond
2w ago
Stop Annoying In-Product Messages Promoting Events and What’s New Updates Just as Microsoft settled into the normal stupor surrounding the July 4 holiday, the Teams development group issued message center notification MC808161 (3 July 2024) to announce a new policy setting to disable some in-product messages displayed in Teams clients. The new setting is something that should have been in place when Microsoft started to push in-product messages to promote events like the Microsoft 365 conference (Figure 1) in April 2023, but it’s better later than never. Figure 1: In-product message for the Mi ..read more
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