💻 What’s on my mind
A colleague of mine presented me with an interesting riddle. How to get a user to be able to access e-mail only from Outlook and from the phone, but not to be able to log in to office.com or anywhere else.
First, the user must be denied all the rights to use the services that he would otherwise get with a Microsoft 365 license. This is easy to do from the admin console. Practically everything must be switched off, except Exchange online. Then it is necessary to specify which applications are allowed to access e-mail, so we will only allow MAPI and ActiveSync access. And the job is done.
Okay, in this case, the user still can log in to office.com, but there’s nothing he can actually do there.
Have a really great day.
💻 Productivity & Modern Workplace
Screen recording tools 2022. Did you know you can also record a video in PowerPoint? Very handy when you want to record a lecture or video course. What about other options?
How to create an FAQ using collapsible sections in SharePoint Online. FAQs are a great way to help users efficiently and quickly. SharePoint has excellent support for building FAQs.
Microsoft Teams Gets Mute Meeting Notifications Feature & More. Teams has recently received some very cool new features that will make many users happy. Now you can hide your camera in the morning meeting so you don’t have to look at your own sleepy face.
Nonprofits can get Microsoft 365 Business Premium Free. Very short video. A teaser for free Business Premium in case you’re a non-profit or charity.
Microsoft Planner Quick Start Guide. Not using Planner? Honestly, it’s a useful tool. Find out how to use it. This quick start guide will help you uncover the cool features and give you all you need to start using it in short order.
The Teams meeting chat lifecycle is broken. This article articulates very accurately what I have felt for a very long time, but have never been able to articulate. Excellent! A must read.
💻 Sysadmin Stuff
Azure Cloud Shell: Getting Starting Guide. Did you know Azure provides a browser-based shell for managing Azure? Learn how to use the Azure Cloud Shell for fast Azure management!
Unsharing Orphaned Onedrive for Business sites with active sharing links. Few people know that as long as you keep a user’s onedrive service active (say, after the user has left the company), files and folders that have been shared remain shared and accessible to everyone with whom they have been shared, including external users.
How to Decide Between Azure AD Connect and Azure AD Connect Cloud Sync. The latter one is new and recently reached general availability. When to choose it over Azure AD Connect?
How to Manage External Access for Microsoft Teams Consumer Users. Microsoft Teams enterprise users can now communicate with Teams consumer users. That is, if the right settings are in place to allow communication.
6 SharePoint Migration Planning Tips For an Efficient Move. Migrating data to SharePoint Online is not an easy task.Especially if the data structure to be migrated is complex. What do you need to pay attention to in order to make the migration as stress-free as possible?
Cyber threat activity in Ukraine: analysis and resources – Microsoft Security Response Center. Even before the conventional war that broke out last week, there was a cyberwar. What did Microsoft’s security experts notice?
Enabling web filtering with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. Enable and configure web filtering you get with Defender for Endpoint the right way.
All the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint options. Somewhat short but still informative article about Defender for Endpoint with good links to Microsoft documentation and product descriptions.
Introducing MTA-STS for Exchange Online. When SMTP was introduced in the early 1980s, it was not conceived as inherently secure. And this flaw has been plaguing us for the last 20 years, if not more. MTA-STS is the answer to these shortcomings, making email more secure service.
💻 Noteworthy (long)reads
Digital technology and the war in Ukraine. A few thoughts about the ongoing war from Microsoft’s President and Vice Chair Brad Smith.
Cloud Migration – Options for virtual machines, databases, web apps and containers explained. If Microsoft 365 is SaaS (Software as a Service) then Azure is consumption based (IaaS, PaaS). What options you have to migrate on-prem workloads to Azure? Watch this short video to get an idea what is possible.
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😂 On a Less Serious Note
Last but not least …
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