Sunday, June 7, 2020

Microsoft Teams May 2020 Releases

Teams is releasing capabilities at a fast and furious pace; here is what released in May 2020.

What’s New: Meetings, Calling, and Devices
  • Improved meeting join launcher experience
  • Easily access meeting options during a Teams meeting
  • Download a participant report in a Teams meeting
  • Set tenant-wide default selection for "Who Can Present" in meetings
  • Set background effects policy at a user-level
  • Better policy controls over screen sharing from chats
  • Teams and Skype Interoperability
  • Reverse Number Lookup (RNL) Enhancements
  • Microsoft Teams Rooms, app version 4.4.41.0 now available
  • Poly announces new solution for Microsoft Teams Rooms
  • Jabra PanaCast now certified for Microsoft Teams
  • Yealink, EPOS, and Jabra announce new Teams peripherals
  • Limited time partner offers available for Teams Devices: Creston, Poly, Yealink
What’s New: Chat & Collaboration
  • Templates in Teams
  • Microsoft Lists in Teams
  • Bring more people together in group chats and teams
  • Pop out chats into separate windows
What’s New: Onboarding your organization to Teams
  • New Skype for Business to Teams Upgrade Advisor
What’s New: Developer, Platform, and App management
  • Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code Extension for Teams
  • Bringing low-code bots to Teams, with Power Virtual Agents
  • Simplified Power Apps and Power Virtual Agents “Add to Teams”
  • Enhanced workflow automation with Power Automate + Teams
  • Improved Power BI sharing to Teams
What’s New: Education
  • Change in meeting join experience for our education customers
  • Keeping distance learning engaging and secure
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/what-s-new-in-microsoft-teams-may-2020/ba-p/1423015

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Office 365 Split Tunneling

With COVID-19 many organizations are dealing VPNs that are stressed and saturated.  One solution many organizations have been considering is using Split-tunneling for Office 365 traffic.  If you have not looked at it, please do.  There are several good articles that you should read up on.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/enterprise/office-365-vpn-split-tunnel


New Microsoft Teams Features

I take it for granted because I get access to all the Office 365 features before they get on the market because I sit in Microsoft’s internal “dog food” deployment rings.  Now I can finally talk about some features of Teams that were released in April 2020.

Here is a reference: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/what-s-new-in-microsoft-teams-april-2020/ba-p/1347929

Features I love are:

  • We can now see 9 streaming videos vs. the previous of 4.  The Brady bunch view.
  • Raising Hands – Yes try using it.  Helps you to control a room so you do not have people trying to talk over here.
  • Background Effects – When you do a video, instead of just blur, have a nice picture in the background.
  • Live Events Increased – will be raised from 10,000 to 20,000 through July 1, 2020.
  • End the Meeting for all participants
  • There is a new meeting dashboard.
  • New Teams App Usage reporting
  • New lobby controls


Sunday, May 3, 2020

Office 365 Records Management

A few days ago, it was announced that a new Records Management solutions went GA for Office 365.  I was super excited to see this because I have done a lot of Records Management work in the early days of SharePoint 2007 and 2010.  Back then, the SharePoint Server Records Management records collection was pretty basic.  However after reading what we are now doing with Records Management with Office 365, I can see some huge steps forward.  This is much more sophisticated than in-place records management using the content organizer.

Here are the key takeaways I had.

  • New and advanced capabilities to classify, retain and dispose data.
  • Advancements leverage cloud machine learning capabilities to identity and classify records.
  • New capability for event based retention policies.
  • Works for SPO and EXO plus documents stored in Teams (which uses SPO).
  • Requires you to purchase of E5 because it is leveraging advanced cloud features inside of data governance, labeling, etc.  Minimally you need the Office 365 Advanced Compliance SKU.  Apparently not everyone in the tenant needs to be licensed, only users with edit access where records management features are used must be licensed.

Announcement - https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/security-privacy-and-compliance/announcing-general-availability-of-records-management/ba-p/1347879
Announcement - https://www.microsoft.com/security/blog/?p=90980
Service Description - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/compliance/records-management?view=o365-worldwide
Licensing - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/servicedescriptions/microsoft-365-service-descriptions/microsoft-365-tenantlevel-services-licensing-guidance/microsoft-365-security-compliance-licensing-guidance#records-management

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Office 365 and Azure Sentinel

I have been working with some customers on how to do analysis on their Office 365 audit logs.  Here are some quick things to think about.

Here is a reference to the Office 365 audit logs.  Remember, Office 365 logs are generally only stored for 90 days.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/compliance/search-the-audit-log-in-security-and-compliance?view=o365-worldwide

You can additionally purchase Advanced Audit logging, which gives you the ability to retina logs for a year.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/compliance/advanced-audit?view=o365-worldwide

The Office 365 Management API provides rest services you can use to download data.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office/office-365-management-api/office-365-management-apis-overview

It is possible to sent the Office 365 Management API logs to a SIEM solution.  This allows you to retain the logs for longer.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office/office-365-management-api/office-365-management-activity-api-reference

Here is the schema to all the data in the Office 365 Management API.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office/office-365-management-api/office-365-management-activity-api-schema

Here is information on Azure AD Audit logs.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security/fundamentals/log-audit

Also there is Azure Sentinel; it is a SEIM solution in the cloud.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sentinel/overview

Here is how to connect Office 365 to Sentinel.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sentinel/connect-office-365

Here is how to connect Azure AD to Sentinel.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/sentinel/connect-azure-activity

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Office 365 Advanced Audit

Another announcement which customers have asked a lot about.  There is a new E5 feature called Advanced Audit.

First - Depending on your license level, audit log retention can be increased from 90 days to 1 year.  Prior to this, if customers needed retain logs for longer, customers would have to export logs to another location for retention.

Second - Previously customers will get throttled when pulling logs off the Office 365 Management Activity API.  Now, there are options for bandwidth allocation if they are pulling large volumes of logs.

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/security-privacy-and-compliance/power-faster-and-more-effective-forensic-and-compliance/ba-p/1183488 

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Office 365 Insider Risk Management going GA


There was a recent announcement that the Office 365 Insider Risk Management is transitioning out of “preview” to “generally available”.


This is a really interesting solution that brings several Office 365 offerings for data protection and monitoring against risky end-user behavior.  Insider Risk Management introduces the ability to create policy, create alerts, and then utilize a case management solution that will allow you to triage, investigate and action on events that you deem to be an issue.  This can help you with monitoring every day challenges with departing employee data theft, data leaks and offensive/abusive behavior by individuals.


Announcement - https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/security-privacy-and-compliance/announcing-the-general-availability-of-insider-risk-management/ba-p/1180914


Overview - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/compliance/insider-risk-management


Getting Started - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/compliance/insider-risk-management-configure


Saturday, February 15, 2020

Microsoft To Do


Some of you know I am an advanced user of Wunderlist.  It the only way to stay on top of the things.  As you know, Wunderlist is end of life on May 6, 2020.  Microsoft To Do is really awesome.  Some features to think about:
  • In Microsoft To Doy ou get tons of additional features integrated with O365.  Any email flagged or task in Exchange Online appears in Microsoft To Do.  Awesome!
  • In Microsoft To Do when you create sub steps, it shows you a count of how many you completed.
  • Create groups and then lists in each group around work areas.
  • I live and die by the My Day and Planned views.
  • In Microsoft To Do tasks assigned to you from Planner are shown.
  • Use both the mobile and desktop app.
If you have not become a power user of Microsoft To Do, you are missing out.


Microsoft To Do- https://todo.microsoft.com/tasks/en-us/

Import Wunderlist to Microsoft To Do- https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Import-your-Wunderlist-account-to-Microsoft-To-Do-1ccb85b5-32d7-4623-87ef-99764699ac0e

Monday, January 20, 2020

Microsoft Teams Linux Desktop App Now Available


If you have not heard, Microsoft Teams is now available in public preview for Linux users and is the first Microsoft Office 365 app that actually runs on a Linux desktop.  There is a separate down for this build using the link below.


https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/microsoft-teams-is-now-available-on-linux/ba-p/1056267

Microsoft Teams Now Deploying with Office 365 ProPlus


We have received a lot of feedback to have the Microsoft Teams client to be incorporated with Office 365 ProPlus such that organizations can deploy Teams and ProPlus in a single process.


Starting in Jan 2020, you will have the ability to start receiving Teams through ProPlus through the semi-annual channel.


More information can be found here.

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/office-365-blog/streamline-deployment-and-management-of-microsoft-teams-with/ba-p/1100293

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-365-blog/teams-is-coming-to-office-365-business-amp-office-365-proplus/ba-p/725481