[m365weekly] #42

💻 What’s on my mind

I’m a big fan of Youtube content creators. There’s a lot of great channels covering Microsoft 365, certification examp prep courses, technology in general.

I think I will compile a list of the majority of the best resources I follow on a regular basis. Probably it will be enough for an extra issue of this newsletter.

Have a great week.
Matic Z.

FEATURED STORY: WINDOWS 365 – PART II.

If you don’t know already, Microsoft released Windows 365. What on Earth is W365?
Explained in a short sentence: it’s a streaming service for Windows OS. A kind of Netflix for streaming computers. Streaming movies seems natural but streaming Windows seems a bit strange. But that is what W365 is: streamed computer with crazy fast 10 Gbit/s connectivity, always up to date and always ready for you to continue where you left.

A few helpful resources that will help you understand why I think Windows 365 is probably going to be a huge story and success:

Windows 365 Deep Dive. Very detailed review of Windows 365 (Youtube video). If you’re into technical details and you’re familiar also with Azure infrastructure then go for it.

New “Windows 365” Cloud PCs – Testing & Benchmarks. Another great Youtube video. Covering pricing and benchmarks perspective.

Windows 365 Enterprise documentation. Official Microsoft documentation.

💻 Productivity & Modern Workplace

Microsoft will soon let Teams web users add background effects and share system audio. Web user experience for Teams was always behind the features of the native app. But some good features are coming also to the web version of Teams.

How to Enable Transcription in Microsoft Teams. Automated meeting notes are a reality in Teams with Transcription option. Read on the article if you want to learn how to enable them and how transcription is different from live captions.

The point of connecting Yammer and Viva is knowing who knows what. The same as Teams, Yammer also doubled its user base in the past year and a half. Yammer being “Facebook for business” has a very important role in the enterprise world as it makes the onboarding process of new employees more streamlined due to the engagement Yammer encourages. Bringing Viva into the mix gives a boost to the employee experience.

5 tips for effective task management using To Do and Planner. Want to improve your task management? In this article author shares some tips for improving your productivity.

Get started with Universal Print and Windows 365 Cloud PC. Printing is also going to the cloud – at least management of print queues and printers. The sheet made of dead trees still needs to be printed somewhere in the office or at an employee’s home.

💻 Sysadmin Stuff

How to reset an Active Directory password with PowerShell. Let’s optimize our password reset procedure with the help of Powershell.

Sender Rewriting Scheme Upcoming Changes. From the perspective of email deliverability, email forwarding (automatic) was never a simple procedure (mind the SPF checks, etc.). Microsoft is (as always) changing some bits. Read on if you dig mysteries of the Exchange Online environment.

How to Permanently Remove Deleted Microsoft 365 Users from Azure AD. Deleted Azure AD users enter a soft-deleted 30-day period. During this time, administrators can recover accounts. You might want to remove deleted accounts before this period ends.

💻 Security

For Heaven’s Sake, Just Turn on MFA Already. The need for MFA skyrocketed in the last few years. It’s simple and it’s very effective in securing identities. But I’ve noticed users are having problems with, for example, migrating those authorization apps to new devices. The process can be stressful. But still, this cannot be the reason not to enforce MFA where you can. MFA FTW!

Understanding Microsoft 365 Attack simulation training. Your enterprise Microsoft 365 licenses may already give you the ability to perform phishing attack simulations. It’s a very effective way of raising security awareness.

All the Guards–Part 1. Just as Microsoft has a lot of “Defenders”, it also has quite a few “Guards” with different roles in securing the IT environment. There is also Part 2 of the article accessible here (link).

💻 Noteworthy (long)reads

Microsoft Acquires Peer5 to Enhance Live Video Streaming in Microsoft Teams. Microsoft’s new acquisition gives hopes for the Teams calls with a lot of participants to become a little less crappy video-quality wise. Looking forward to see Peer5 technology in action.

💻 Upcoming Webinars

August 26, 2021 – What IT Pros Need to Know About Microsoft’s Windows 11. Free webinar.

😂 On a Less Serious Note


Last but not least …

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