M365 Weekly Newsletter
💻 What’s on my mind
Sometimes I feel like I live in a professionally insulated bubble. I deal with the basic concepts of cloud computing on a daily basis, things like Azure AD, tenant, and Microsoft 365 admin console. I particularly like the acronyms SPF, DKIM, and DMARC.
Why? Because I know that for a lot of people who have been working in IT for 15 years or more, things are still not clear. I know that I can help them with a piece of advice, a useful link, or something similar.
I still get surprised every now and then when I have to explain the basics to someone. At the same time, I am also aware that nobody is born with knowledge.
I was there once myself. I didn’t know what tenant was, I didn’t know what Office 365 was. And I asked those who knew more. And now I know more.
Have a really great day.
💻 Productivity & Modern Workplace
6 Microsoft Teams Tips and Tricks. 6 great tricks packed into one minute of video. Did you know you can set the “do not disturb” status simply by entering /dnd in the search bar?
Microsoft Launches Teams Premium at Ignite 2022. Microsoft will launch a new Teams Premium product in early 2023. Want to know how it will differ from what is available now? Read on.
Microsoft Designer – Stunning designs in a flash. Sometimes I feel like I’m a teenager again. Back in the good old days, I was serially trying out a multitude of free, shareware, open-source software. Today I feel the same way about various SaaS products. Will Microsoft try to compete with Canva with its new Designer product? I have already joined the waiting list. I am really interested to see what will emerge.
Microsoft Edge Workspaces. I need to try this out because it is a great idea. I think the Edge Workspaces feature is one less reason for me to use Chrome. If it works as described, it really is a great productivity tool.
Taking screen sharing to the next level – Excel Live is rolling out worldwide. Speaking of productivity. This is already live in Microsoft Teams. If by chance you don’t have this option yet, just wait patiently for a few more days or weeks. Excel Live is allowing you to co-edit Excel files right from Teams meeting.
💻 Sysadmin Stuff
Azure AD Open Source Intelligence. This tool will save you a lot of torment. James Bond would gladly use it as this is real intelligence-gathering stuff. As the graphic on the page tries to suggest, it’s a Swiss Army knife for discovering details about Azure AD tenants. Very useful when your customer doesn’t know if they happen to already have a tenant created (yes, this happens a lot).
How to enable Teams “request control” feature for external users? I was actually asked this by my friend. Did some digging and here’s the answer you may find helpful, too.
Enabling Internal and External Microsoft Whiteboard Access. Finally, Whiteboard can be shared with external users.
🔐 Security & Data Governance
Built-in virus protection in SharePoint Online, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams. Learn about how SharePoint Online detects viruses in files that users upload and prevents users from downloading or syncing the files.
Password protection in Azure Active Directory. A great piece of official MS documentation detailing how to properly configure your password policy in Azure AD and ban the most common passwords from your environment. A must-read.
Protect Your Organization from Outlook Phishing Attack using External Email Tagging. Have you ever wondered how it is possible that other companies mark external messages automatically, but not your company? It has to be turned on.
📖 Noteworthy (long)reads
SharePoint Intranet Examples available out of the box. Setting up an intranet site in SharePoint can be a very tedious and time-consuming task. To shorten the process, you can use what is already available in the product itself.
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😂 On a Less Serious Note
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