[m365weekly] #125

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Issue #125

☁️What’s on my mind

For the first time in almost three years, I did not write an issue of the newsletter for 14 days. I’m sorry about that but I had a good reason.

I recently tore my Achilles tendon while hiking and I needed surgery. I am still recovering from this injury.

Anyway … the new issue of the newsletter is here. Enjoy.

Have a really nice rest of the week,
Matic Z.

Managing and understanding your Microsoft 365 environment can be tricky, but luckily, the Microsoft 365 admin center reports are here to help you. It’s vital to know what is happening within your Azure AD. Users are the weakest link. Let’s find out how to spot unusual behavior.

Top 10+ Built-in Azure AD Reports to Spot Anomalous User Activities.

☁️Productivity & Modern Workplace

Microsoft Tells Customers How to Prepare for Microsoft 365 Copilot. Microsoft 365 Copilot, a useful tool for enterprise users, remains shrouded in some mystery since its launch. Now it’s known what licenses you’ll need to use it, but the exact cost of deploying it remains unclear. Many questions remain unanswered.

Meeting Details in OneNote. Are you tired of scrambling to take notes during meetings? OneNote has your back with its improved Meeting Details feature, making it easier to add context to your notes in just a single click.

How to remove someone from appearing in your Junk Email folder in Outlook. No more missing crucial emails in Outlook’s Junk folder.

☁️ Sysadmin Stuff

Gerry Hampson Device Management: What do you mean, no GPOs? More traditionally oriented IT admins often ask about implementing a hybrid Azure AD join solution with Autopilot. Managing endpoint devices without an Active Directory domain is quite possible using cloud management with Intune. The key is to be creative and adapt to customer requirements. No more GPOs? Yes.

LAPS for Beginners. Ensuring that all your managed devices have a unique and frequently changed local admin password is essential for network security. Windows LAPS, available on Windows 10 and 11 with the March 2023 security update, can be turned on using two Intune settings.

Migration of Data from Stream Classic to Stream SharePoint. Microsoft 365’s main video hosting solution, Stream on SharePoint, allows users to create video pages, training sites, and portals with user media files. With the retirement of Stream Classic, it’s important to migrate essential files using Microsoft’s dedicated out-of-the-box tool.

☁️Security & Data Governance

Attack Simulation Training with Microsoft Defender. Microsoft Defender for Office 365 has improved, making it a competitive attack simulation training solution. It’s user-friendly, customizable, and seamlessly integrates with threat policies. 

Two Routes to Avoiding Malware in Teams. Security researchers at JumpSec labs discovered a vulnerability in Teams that allow malware delivery through chat. However, Microsoft offers ways to mitigate this and similar attacks.

Protect your Laptops with BitLocker. Using Bitlocker, available in Windows 10/11 Professional and Enterprise, you can secure sensitive data with encrypted hard drives and recovery keys. This feature prevents unauthorized access to your information, even if your laptop gets lost or stolen. Implementing Bitlocker boosts your business’s protection and safeguards crucial data.

☁️Noteworthy (long)reads

How to get a job in cybersecurity. This is an interesting take on job hunting in cyber security. It all starts with getting a white belt. And then moving on.

Microsoft 365 E3 vs Office 365 E3. Many, myself included, sometimes read sloppily and overlook the difference. Microsoft 365 E3 is not the same as Office 365 E3. They differ in advanced features, threat management, and Windows support. It costs 30% more but provides vital tools to protect your data and devices. Choose wisely and avoid leaving your business exposed.


July 18-19, 2023Microsoft Inspire 2023

August 15, 2023 – No more uploading to Stream (Classic). Part of Stream (Classic) retirement roadmap. Start migrating.

August 31, 2023 – Microsoft will retire Kaizala. After the retirement date, access to and support for Kaizala will be discontinued. 

October 10, 2023 – Office 2016 and Office 2019 will no longer be supported when connecting to Microsoft 365. While these versions may still be able to connect to Microsoft 365, their connections will not be supported and may experience performance or reliability issues in the future. Official documentation here.

November 15-16, 2023Microsoft Ignite 2023

February 15, 2024 – Microsoft Stream (Classic) retirement. Final stage. You can use Stream on Sharepoint.

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