Full Azure AD P1 is coming to M365 Premium

For our customers under 300 employees, Azure Active Directory Plan 1 is coming to M365 Business Premium.

Licensing Azure AD Premium Plans (Conditional Access, MFA, etc.)

Licensing for MFA, Conditional Access, and Risk-Based Conditional Access has been coming up in many of our conversations.

Validate Azure AD Device Dynamic Membership Rules in Preview

Previously when creating queries for dynamic membership rules in Azure AD, you would have to create the group, then provide the syntax, and then wait anywhere from 5-10 minutes while Azure AD evaluates the group members.  When first starting out, this can add up to hours of timing waiting for results. 

How to Add External Users to a Distribution Group in Microsoft Office 365

Scenario: Customer needs to receive email alerts from various alerting systems outside of their email system and go to multiple people that are not members of their company email system. The emails also do not need to be retained in a central location. Solution: There are several ways to set up a similar scenario, but […]

Disable Exchange/Outlook Clutter

At the end of 2014, Microsoft released a cool new feature in Office 365 called Clutter.Clutter learns from your actions to determine the messages you are likely to ignore. As less important messages arrive, they are automatically moved to the Clutter folder. Clutter does this by leveraging Office Graph’s sophisticated machine learning techniques to determine […]

Office Visio Stencils – Office 365, Exchange 2013, Lync 2013 and SharePoint 2013

Apparently, I was enjoying my birthday too much to notice that Microsoft released the New Office Visio Stencils. This stencil contains more than 300 icons to help you create visual representations of Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office 365 deployments including Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft Lync Server 2013, and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013. Continue Reading

Change Office 365 Password Expiration and Policy

In Office 365, the default password policy requires users to change their password every 90 days.  To some users this is a ridiculously short period of time, but to some administrators this is too long.  You can work it out between your users and your security team what the right time period is for password […]

Automapping Mailboxes in Exchange 2010 and Outlook

There is a nice new feature in Exchange 2010 with Outlook 2007/2010/2013, called automapping.  Autodiscover automatically maps all mailboxes in Outlook to which a user has Full Access Permission.  This can also cause issues. Continue Reading

The 2012 Microsoft Product Roadmap

The star of last year’s product roadmap was Office 365. Microsoft this year looks likely to pivot from the public cloud to the private cloud, while also shipping staples like SQL Server and releasing major betas — and possibly final versions — of blockbusters including Windows 8 tablet, client and server, and Office 15. Continue […]