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Patch Tuesday November 2019

This month sees Microsoft patch a zero-day in IE, a security advisory for TPMs, and release the Windows 10 November 2019 Update for seekers.

Nov 14, 2019|Russell Smith

Office 365

Exchange Online PowerShell Goes RESTful – But Only for Some Cmdlets

At Microsoft Ignite 2019, the Exchange product group announced the public preview of a set of REST-based PowerShell cmdlets to replace some of the most popular (and in performance terms, most painful) traditional cmdlets. The new cmdlets are more reliable and robust and run 2-4 times faster than the older Remote PowerShell-based cmdlets (your mileage will vary). All good stuff.

Nov 7, 2019|Tony Redmond

Office 365

G Suite Gets an Executive Reboot to Revamp Office 365 Foe

Javier Soltero, ex-boss of Outlook, is now running G Suite for Google. The appointment is an opportunity to reboot G Suite to take on Office 365 and make up some of the ground that's been lost in the last five years using the "new brush sweeps clean" principle. In other news, Microsoft bought Mover to acquire its migration connectors that move files into SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, including files from Google Drive.

Oct 22, 2019|Tony Redmond

Mobile

Microsoft Intune Support for Android Enterprise Fully Managed Devices Now Generally Available

Microsoft now officially supports management of Android Enterprise fully managed devices using Intune.

Oct 8, 2019|Russell Smith

Office 365

Change in Management Philosophy Needed to Accelerate Teams Growth

Microsoft Teams is very successful at present, but a nagging doubt exists that some of the approaches taken by Microsoft towards Teams management and administration are less than optimum. It's great to introduce a mass of new features on an ongoing basis and it's better when policies exist to control the use of the features. But do new features always need to be enabled out-of-the-box?

Oct 3, 2019|Tony Redmond

Office 365

Adoption and Change Management: Two Sides of the Office 365 Card

Adoption and Change Management are often discussed when companies move to cloud services, including Office 365. How quickly can we adopt the new services and how can we manage change? As it happens, Microsoft is extremely interested in driving customer adoption, so much so that this can cause problems with change management simply because so much change happens so quickly insist Office 365. As we discuss here, a structured approach to change management helps.

Sep 26, 2019|Tony Redmond

Microsoft Azure

How to Provision a Windows Virtual Desktop Host Pool

How to configure a Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) host pool.

Sep 24, 2019|Russell Smith

Office 365

Microsoft Gives Exchange 2010 Nine More Months

In a surprising but welcome announcement, Microsoft moved the end of extended support for Exchange 2010 to October 2020. This version of Exchange was the most technology-rich and significant in the product's history, which might be the reason why so many organizations still depend on Exchange 2010 for email. Better options exist, and Exchange Online is the natural place to go... if your network and applications allow the move.

Sep 19, 2019|Tony Redmond

Microsoft Azure

How to Connect to a Windows Virtual Desktop VM or App

In the final part of this series, I’ll show you how to connect to a virtual machine or app in a Windows Virtual Desktop host pool.

Sep 9, 2019|Russell Smith

Office 365

Exploiting the Graph When PowerShell Can’t Do Enough for Teams

Although Teams has a PowerShell module, its cmdlets can't get at some of the interesting information for team objects. But the Graph API reveals that information. Combining the Graph with PowerShell makes it possible to retrieve the information with just a little effort. A working example helps make the point, so here's a script to report the Teams channels with email addresses.

Sep 3, 2019|Tony Redmond

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