[m365weekly] #104

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Issue #104

☁️What’s on my mind

Those of us who work in the Microsoft ecosystem in a partner support role know that we have been quite involved in the changes that Microsoft has introduced over the past year.

The OLP program has been discontinued, NCE has been introduced, the pricing of some products has changed as of 1 March, the partner program has changed radically, and the transition from DAP to GDAP is still ongoing.

But what will this year bring?

If I know anything for sure, we will certainly see a name change of some kind for one of Microsoft’s products. My money is on it.

Have a really great day.
Matic Z.

Many times it would be appropriate to simply shut down Teams when you need to take some time to concentrate. But heck, that’s when your boss will need you, and the first thing he’ll do is nag you about why you’re unavailable on Teams.

Sometimes the messages that rain down on my desktop drive me crazy. Some I simply have to read, others are completely irrelevant. But in any case, they distract me for a few minutes. I don’t know Slack, but it seems to me that we all have similar problems with message and notification inflation.

Noisy Microsoft Teams notifications? Are you tired of the constant notifications and noise in Microsoft Teams? Learn how to manage and control your notification settings to focus on what’s important and reduce stress.

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☁️Productivity & Modern Workplace

Use Microsoft Lists to track contacts throughout the year. You can use Lists to track communications and keep track of follow-ups and feedback. In Lists you can store contact information such as names, emails, phone numbers, events, and notes about conversations. The beauty of all this is that you can use this on the phone and on a computer.

Archive Folder vs Online Archive or In-Place Archive in Outlook. The default mailbox size in Exchange online is “only” 50 GB. For many, this is not enough. Archive your mail in the online archive.

Communication Channels in Microsoft 365. Many services are intended for better communication among coworkers. Discover all the available communication channels in Microsoft 365 and improve communication within your organization with tools such as SharePoint, Outlook, Teams, and Yammer.

Staying Organized with Microsoft Teams and OneNote. Keep your team organized and on track with Microsoft Teams and OneNote, two powerful tools that work seamlessly together to manage meetings, assign tasks, and access important information all in one place

☁️Sysadmin Stuff

How to Set Up Archive & Deletion Policies for Office 365 Mailboxes. Maximize your Office 365 mailbox performance and reduce cloud costs with these simple tips on how to apply deletion and archival policies in Microsoft 365.

Simplify Your GDAP Migration with Microsoft 365 Lighthouse. With GDAP, administrators can provide users with access to certain administrative functions without granting them full administrative privileges. Use Lighthouse to migrate your DAP connections to GDAP. Time is slowly running out.

Checking the Release of Quarantined Messages. With the use of the Microsoft 365 unified audit log, it is possible to track when an administrator releases a quarantined message and combine this information with data on the quarantined message itself to create a composite view for notification to end users.

Customize Undelivered Message Retry Period in Exchange Online. Microsoft has now allowed setting the value of message expiration in exchange online timeout interval between 12 to 24 hours.

☁️Security & Data Governance

Microsoft 365 Security Baseline. Get a security checklist for your Microsoft 365 setup with CISA’s SCuBA project. Link in the article.

How Security Researchers Could Do Better When Reporting Microsoft 365 Flaws. Security researchers need to consider the big picture when reporting flaws in Microsoft 365, according to this article. The author argues that some researchers rush to reveal flaws without considering their practical impact on Microsoft 365 operations, often in an attempt to grab attention or drive sales.

Practical Protection: Document Encryption in Microsoft 365. Microsoft provides various options for protecting the confidentiality of documents within Microsoft 365, like encryption at rest and in transit, permissions, and customer key encryption. These options give organizations the ability to choose the level of protection that best fits their needs and helps to prevent unauthorized access to their documents.

☁️Noteworthy (long)reads

Microsoft Intune: 5 endpoint management predictions for 2023. Get ready for increased cloud adoption, a continued focus on security, increased worker mobility, the importance of local regulations, and the rise of virtual and augmented reality in the workplace with these 5 predictions for endpoint management in 2023.

The New Chat GPT AI Chatbot: A Saviour for Microsoft 365 Sysadmins. Find out how ChatGPT, the revolutionary new AI chatbot from Open AI, is helping sysadmins streamline their Office 365 operations and get instant solutions to complex problems.


April 11, 2023 – Microsoft Office 2013 – End of support. You might experience performance or reliability issues if you continue to use Office 2013 with Microsoft 365 services because it will no longer be a supported client to connect to M365.

April 11, 2023 – Exchange Server 2013 – End of support.

November 15-16, 2023Microsoft Ignite 2023


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