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Microsoft Plans to Disable SMTP Authenticated Submissions in Exchange Online

Microsoft is doing its level best to remove SMTP basic authentication from Exchange Online as quickly as possible. Basic auth for SMTP connections will disappear gradually as time goes by. Tenants can make accounts more secure by removing SMTP authentication from accounts, something that Microsoft will do in the future when these connections are not used. An exception exists (for now) for SMTP client submissions, but these might also be affected in the future.

Dec 30, 2019 | Tony Redmond

Speedy PowerShell Access to Office 365 Groups with Get-ExoRecipient

The new Exchange Online Management PowerShell module has cmdlets that are faster than their older Remote PowerShell equivalents. Converting scripts to make the new cmdlets work takes some effort because the REST-based cmdlets have their own little quirks that need to be understood and mastered before scripts work properly. This example explains some of the issues met when converting code to report the Inbox sizes and items for Office 365 groups.

Dec 26, 2019 | Tony Redmond

Identifying Obsolete Guest User Accounts in an Office 365 Tenant

Many Office 365 applications now create Azure Active Directory guest accounts. What's the best way to discover if the accounts are active and in use? This PowerShell script uses the Office 365 audit log and message trace data to figure out what guest accounts are active and outputs a CSV file for your review and analysis. Like any other PowerShell script, it can be adapted to suit your purposes.

Dec 23, 2019 | Tony Redmond

Using Office 365 Online Apps with the Brave Browser

The Brave Browser offers the prospect of speed and security. But how well does it work with the Office 365 browser apps? As it happens, pretty well, with some exceptions. Here's what I discovered when I test-drove Brave with OWA, Teams, SharePoint Online, Yammer, Planner, and Stream.

Dec 17, 2019 | Tony Redmond

Microsoft Forms Gets File Upload Capability

Designers working with Microsoft Forms can now include a file upload question type in their questionnaires, surveys, and other forms. It's a small but valuable change to Forms. Depending on the form type, the uploaded files are stored in OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online.

Dec 12, 2019 | Tony Redmond

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