[m365weekly] #62

💻 What’s on my mind

I am in almost daily contact with both IT service providers and Microsoft 365 end-users. I often find that both the former and the latter have little or no clue about how to effectively manage this ecosystem.

Although the Microsoft Cloud has been with us for more than 10 years, we certainly can only applaud those whose New Year’s resolution is to learn something new about Microsoft 365 and start using or (re)selling it this year.

And for those of you who want to learn the basics so you can manage your Aure AD tenant on your own, I’ve prepared a special 2-hour cohort-based course that I’ll be running live on 7 February 2022. Hurry and signup, because there is a place only for 15 participants.

Have a really great week.

Matic Z.

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💻 Productivity & Modern Workplace

Microsoft Teams — Perfectly Polished Posts. Advanced tips for making your posts in teams more engaging. I’m sure there are some you’ve never heard of before.

How to Preserve Microsoft 365 Data When Offboarding Employees. Do you want to ensure that the Microsoft 365 data you need is preserved when someone leaves? Here are 3 questions to ask when offboarding.

How to share Word documents from SharePoint and OneDrive in the Review mode. Are you looking for your colleagues to share comments on a document you shared with them? You can do so easily by sharing in Review mode.

Top 10 Power Apps Examples (Showcase). Do you want a showcase of what Power Apps can do with real-world examples? Then this video is for you.

How to share a Microsoft Form via a QR Code. If you need to share a survey you developed with others, one of the options could be to share a Microsoft Form via a QR Code.


💻 Sysadmin Stuff

How to Determine the Age of a Microsoft 365 Tenant. Finding the age of a Microsoft 365 tenant isn’t an important administrative operation. However, understanding how to retrieve this information (if asked) is an interesting question. But nevertheless, the age of a tenant can be important info if you’re involved in a pissing contest with another sysadmin fellow.

Five New Year Resolutions for Microsoft 365 Tenant Administrators. The Microsoft 365 ecosystem is a big place and it’s hard to keep on top of everything. But to start 2022 off with a bang, here are five areas for tenant administrators to consider.

2022 End-of-Support Milestone in Microsoft 365. Every year a number of Microsoft products and services fall out of MS support’s grace. This year’s winners are …


💻 Security

Planner Uses Exchange Online for Microsoft 365 eDiscovery and Compliance. Planner creates digital twins (copies) of tasks in user mailboxes in Exchange Online to make data available for eDiscovery and compliance.

Identifying Potential Unwanted Access by Your MSP/CSP Reseller. Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center reported seeing a significant rise in the number of attacks targeting Microsoft partners with delegated admin permissions (DAP). Here’s what you need to know about that problem.

Best Practice: Create a break-glass admin account. It is a good practice to make one an emergency entrance to a tenant that you could use as a last resort.


💻 Noteworthy (long)reads

Secure your social media accounts with multifactor authentication. Not exactly an M365 topic, but nevertheless, MFA is important everywhere.

How we work and collaborate in the future: Workshops in the Metaverse. I’m far from being a metaverse fan. Quite contrary. But I’m open to hearing about how metaverse could improve our lives.

Doing Crimes in Microsoft 365. Many organizations have regulatory compliance requirements, so naturally, they want to meet them, so they spend money. Does spending that money on compliance tools stop your employees from doing crimes and getting you in trouble? Maybe not so much if this prominent case is any evidence.


DATES TO KEEP IN MIND

From 1 January 2022, there’s no more transacting in the OLP program. Perpetual licenses are available in CSP.

January 2022 – Microsoft launches “New Commerce Experience”, a new way of transacting in CSP. Important for Microsoft partners (resellers) and MS distributors.

1 March 2022 – First Microsoft 365 price increase since 2011 (source). It’s going to be a substantial price increase.


💻 Classifieds

Manage Microsoft 365 like a PRO. For those who would like to learn the basics of managing a Microsoft 365 environment, I am organizing a special course for beginners. Mind the date: my first cohort-based virtual course will be on 7 February 2022 @ 7 PM CET / 1 PM EST. Early-bird price until 31 January.


😂 On a Less Serious Note

Metaverse in 2022


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