Monday, December 30, 2019

Office 365 Identity Posters

I have been getting tons of questions on Office 365 identity.  I definitely recommend people refresh themselves using these new posters.

Office 365 Tenancy Considerations

I have been receiving a lot of questions lately around Office 365 tenancy.

My simple answer is:
  • Multiple tenants are ok, and are completely necessary for complex organizations.
  • It is best to plan out tenancy as best as you can up front to avoid merging or divesting tenants only when necessary.
  • Microsoft is investing in building solutions for complex organizations such that multiple tenants can work with each other in a B2B relationship.
Here is a great video on the futures for cross tenant collaboration - 

Here is a poster on tenant-to-tenant migration scenarios you should be thinking about -

Friday, November 22, 2019

Zero Trust Architecture and Office 365

If you are not thinking about leveraging Zero Trust principles when connecting to the Office 365 cloud, you should be.

The industry and customer shift from traditional on-premises application delivery to the cloud as well as the rapidly growing consumption of SaaS services has inverted network and security paradigms, shifting the focal point to the identity, device, application and data, and away from relying solely on traditional network perimeters, which are becoming less effective in reasoning and securing rich and complex application scenarios. Extending legacy network perimeter architectures into the cloud is becoming impractical, requiring customers to transform network and security architectures for the needs of the cloud.  Such transformation is captured in the Zero Trust Architecture models that are being adopted by the private industry (Implementing a Zero Trust security model at Microsoft) and DoD (The Road to Zero Trust (Security)).

Office 365 incorporates Zero Trust principles in its internal service design and operations as well as allows customers to natively achieve Zero Trust outcomes in consuming the service by taking advantage of built-in features which apply continuous validations across identity, device, service, and data layers.  This allows customers to achieve the same or better security outcomes with Office 365 natively, compared to security outcomes that are achievable with legacy network perimeter controls.  Implementing Zero Trust principles allow customers to modernize and in many cases simplify their network perimeter dependencies, particular for Office 365 application experiences and use a more differentiated and scaled-out connectivity approach. This shortens the network distance between the user and Office 365, reduces processing overhead at the enterprise network perimeter, thus improving user experience.

Highly recommend reading the following.
The Road to Zero Trust (Security)
Implementing a Zero Trust security model at Microsoft

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Which Office 365 Gov Cloud Should I use???

I get lots of questions on which cloud is right for me?  Specifically there are Office 365 GCC, GCCH and DoD.  A colleague of mine wrote this really good article to help you with this -

It goes through all the standards and accreditations and will help you make the right decision on which cloud to go to.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Audio Conferencing via Direct Routing for Office 365 GCCH and DoD

We had several customers waiting for Audio Conferencing with direct routing to be released in Office 365 GCCH and DoD.  I was recently announced in our roadmap.

“Audio Conferencing via Direct Routing for GCC High and GCC DoD enables participants to join your organization’s meetings using a standard phone number. Participants choose to use a phone to join meetings for scenarios where Internet connectivity is limited, are in transit, or don't have access to a Teams application. Participants can join the meeting either by using the dial-in access numbers of your organization or by having the meeting dial out to a phone number. Configuring this feature requires your organization to use its own numbers for dial-in access and all meeting dial-outs to phones are via Direct Routing. To enable the service, organizations need to set up Direct Routing and configure phone numbers that can be used for dial-in access. GCC High and DoD customers should note that the requirement to use direct routing is different from the Audio Conferencing service that is offered to commercial organizations where the dial-in access numbers are provided by Microsoft. Please be sure to review the correct documentation for this offering. We expect the documentation to be available at the same time as General Availability for the feature.”

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Skype for Business Online Retirement

There was an important announcement that Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021.  The Skype consumer service and Skype for Business Server are no associated to this announcement.

Microsoft Teams will be the service moving forward that is replacing Skype for Business Online.  Customers should start planning now on this transition.  Please review the announcement for getting details for that planning.

Announcement -