Saturday, December 30, 2017

The OneDrive for Business Administration Console

This quick lesson will show you how to access and use the OneDrive for Business admin console in your Office 365 tenant. You’ll also see the control you have as an administrator to manage individual users OneDrive for Business.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Making changes to existing Site Collections

Here’s a quick summary video on how to make changes to a traditional SharePoint Site Collection. This will only work with pure SharePoint Teams Sites, not those created with Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Groups. That will become available in the new SharePoint Admin Center coming soon. Till then, this video will show you how to access the settings as well as how to interact with the most common configurations.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

SharePoint Online Social and Newsfeed Basics

Here’s a quick tutorial to show you how to display Team Sites on the SharePoint Online summary page using the ‘Follow’ option. You’ll also see how the Team Site Newsfeed works, how to create new stories and where the information is saved in a Team Site.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Basic Calendaring in SharePoint Online

Here’s a short video tutorial on the basics of using a calendar in a SharePoint Team Site. You’ll see how to add a calendar to a Site as well as add it to the navigation and create events.

Friday, December 22, 2017

New Microsoft 365 courses from CIAOPS

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Just in time for Christmas, I have released two new online courses focused on Microsoft 365 Business:

Introduction to Microsoft 365 Business

and

Getting Started with Microsoft 365 Business

The Introduction course is aimed at giving you an overview of the Microsoft 365 product and how the Business plan fits inside. The Getting Started course is more a step by step guide taking you through what you can actually do with the Business plan.

Both of these new courses can be found at the CIAOPS Academy where you’ll also find extensive online courses for Office 365 and Azure. You can purchase the courses individually or in annual bundle that includes every course now and for the next twelve months.

I have more courses focused in Microsoft 365 (including some focused on the Enterprise plan) coming very soon.

Need to Know Podcast–Episode 172

Our last episode for 2017. Some reflections along with the usual news and updates from the Microsoft cloud. We take this opportunity to thank our all our sponsors and listeners for the year as well as wishing everyone a great Christmas and New Year. Marc and I will be back in 2018 to keep you up to date with all the latest in Azure and Office 365 in our own unique way. See you all in 2018!

Take a listen and let us know what you think -feedback@needtoknow.cloud

You can listen directly to this episode at

https://ciaops.podbean.com/e/episode-172-end-of-2017/


Subscribe via iTunes at:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/ciaops-need-to-know-podcasts/id406891445?mt=2

The podcast is also available on Stitcher at:

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/ciaops/need-to-know-podcast?refid=stpr

Don’t forget to give the show a rating as well as send us any feedback or suggestions you may have for the show.

Resources

@marckean

@directorcia

Azure news from Marc

New to Office 365 in December

Whiteboard app

Flow panel in SharePoint

Microsoft 365

Thursday, December 21, 2017

December Azure Webinar resources

Slides from my December Azure webinar are now available at:

https://www.slideshare.net/directorcia/ciaops-need-to-know-azure-webinar-december-2017

The recording is also available at:

http://www.ciaopsacademy.com.au/p/need-to-know-azure-webinars

which CIAOPS patrons get free access to as part of their subscription.

This webinar set the ground work for upcoming monthly webinars that will go deeper into Azure features and abilities.

So make sure you sign up for next month’s webinar.

December Office 365 Webinar Resources

We’re making way for Santa and 2018 with this final Office 365 Webinar for 2017. Thanks to anyone who attended a session during 2017. See you all again in 2018!

Slides from this months webinar are now available at:

https://www.slideshare.net/directorcia/ciaops-need-to-know-office-365-webinar-december-2017

If you are not a CIAOPS patron you want to view or download a full copy of the video from the session you can do so here:

http://www.ciaopsacademy.com.au/p/need-to-know-webinars

We looked at SharePoint best practices this month.

Watch out for next month’s webinar.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Introduction to Microsoft 365 Enterprise

The second family of Microsoft 365 subscriptions you can obtain are those from the Enterprise family. These give you a range of additional features and power when it comes to managing an securing your environment.

This material will give you an overview of what Microsoft 365 Enterprise is and the major differences to the Business offering.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Need to Know podcast–Episode 171

Marc and I give you all the latest news and updates from the Microsoft cloud and then we do a deep dive into some SharePoint best practices. However, we are also looking for listener feedback on what you feel were the highlights of the Need to Know podcast for 2017. Send through your favourite bit and we'll collate them and play the clips on our last episode for the year. It's your change to relive the memories.

Take a listen and let us know what you think -feedback@needtoknow.cloud

You can listen directly to this episode at

https://ciaops.podbean.com/e/episode-171-sharepoint-online-best-practices/


Subscribe via iTunes at:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/ciaops-need-to-know-podcasts/id406891445?mt=2

The podcast is also available on Stitcher at:

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/ciaops/need-to-know-podcast?refid=stpr

Don’t forget to give the show a rating as well as send us any feedback or suggestions you may have for the show.

Resources

@marckean

@directorcia

Azure news from Marc

New Whiteboard app

Advanced threat protection comes to SharePoint

New usage reports for Teams

Monday, December 11, 2017

CIAOPS Need to Know Azure Webinar–December 2017

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The final webinar for 2017 and one where we’ll take a deeper look at the backup options that are available in Azure as well as news and updates. There will also be the opportunity to ask any questions you may have around Azure and the Microsoft Cloud.

You can register for free at:

December Azure Webinar Registrations

The details are:

CIAOPS Need to Know Azure Webinar – November 2017
Thursday 21st of December 2017
2pm – 3pm Sydney Time

All sessions are recorded and posted to the CIAOPS Academy.

There of course will also be open Q and A so make sure you bring your questions for me and I’ll do my best to answer them.

The CIAOPS Need to Know Webinars are free to attend but if you want to receive the recording of the session you need to sign up as a CIAOPS patron which you can do here:

http://www.ciaopspatron.com

or purchase them individually at:

http://www.ciaopsacademy.com/

Also feel free at any stage to email me directly via director@ciaops.com with your webinar topic suggestions.

I’d also appreciate you sharing information about this webinar with anyone you feel may benefit from the session.

CIAOPS Need to Know Office 365 Webinar–December 2017

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The last Office 365 webinar for 2017, oh where has the year gone, is now scheduled. Not a lot of time this month when you take holidays into consideration but hopefully you can attend. The session will have news plus updates as well as deep dive into Microsoft Flow, which is the automation engine built right into Office 365. I’ll show you how to use Flow to start automating all those repetitive processes.

You can register for free at:

December Webinar Registrations

The details are:

CIAOPS Need to Know Webinar – December 2017
Thursday 21st of December 2017
11am – 12am Sydney Time

All sessions are recorded and posted to the CIAOPS Academy.

There of course will also be open Q and A so make sure you bring your questions for me and I’ll do my best to answer them.

The CIAOPS Need to Know Webinars are free to attend but if you want to receive the recording of the session you need to sign up as a CIAOPS patron which you can do here:

http://www.ciaopspatron.com

or purchase them individually at:

http://www.ciaopsacademy.com/

Also feel free at any stage to email me directly via director@ciaops.com with your webinar topic suggestions.

I’d also appreciate you sharing information about this webinar with anyone you feel may benefit from the session.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Microsoft Cloud Update–December 2017

All the latest news on Azure and Office 365.

Microsoft

https://preview.partner.microsoft.com/en-au/community/partnersummit-highlights

https://www.yammer.com/mpn-aus/

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/

Office 365

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/New-usage-reports-for-Microsoft-Teams/ba-p/132614
    
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/OneDrive-Blog/Introducing-a-new-secure-external-sharing-experience/bc-p/125925

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/skypehybridguy/2017/11/07/microsoft-teams-powershell-support/

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Get-access-to-the-Office-365-Business-apps-for-Enterprise-subscriptions-5382dc07-aaa5-45c9-8767-502333b214ce

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Customer-Key-for-Office-365-FAQ-41ae293a-bd5c-4083-acd8-e1a2b4329da6

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/SharePoint-Blog/SharePoint-mobile-notifications-keep-you-up-to-date/ba-p/128763

https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-flow-integration-in-one-drive-for-business-and-new-connector-actions/

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/What-s-new-in-Microsoft-Teams-November-update/ba-p/132962

Azure

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/cost-management/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-general-availability-of-azure-reserved-vm-instances-ris/

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/uk_faculty_connection/2017/11/07/microsoft-azure-low-priority-virtual-machines-take-advantage-of-surplus-capacity-in-azure/

https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2017/09/19/fewer-login-prompts-the-new-keep-me-signed-in-experience-for-azure-ad-is-in-preview/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/community/events/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/windows-server-system-state-backup-azure-ga/

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/uktechnet/2017/11/07/how-to-choose-an-azure-virtual-machine/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-au/blog/azure-advisor-got-better/

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Need to Know podcast–Episode 170

Marc and I are back to give you updates on all the latest that's happening in the Microsoft cloud, especially around Azure and Office 365. We also do a deep dive into Azure Directory Services to give you a better idea of exactly what it is and how it can be used.

Take a listen and let us know what you think -feedback@needtoknow.cloud

You can listen directly to this episode at:

https://ciaops.podbean.com/e/episode-170-directory-services/

Subscribe via iTunes at:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/ciaops-need-to-know-podcasts/id406891445?mt=2

The podcast is also available on Stitcher at:

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/ciaops/need-to-know-podcast?refid=stpr

Don’t forget to give the show a rating as well as send us any feedback or suggestions you may have for the show.

Resources

@marckean

@directorcia

Azure news from Marc

Business apps in Enterprise SKUs

New usage reports for Teams

Customer key for Office 365 FAQs

SharePoint mobile notifications

New in November for Office 365

Azure cost management

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Special CIAOPS Academy Bitcoin discount

So it is coming up to the end of the year and I started to think about some special deals to get you all in the holiday spirit.

I am offering a 50% discount (save US$300) on the first year’s subscription to my CIAOPS Academy Complete Course Catalogue:

https://www.ciaopsacademy.com.au/p/complete-catalogue

(that’s every course I have now and will have into the future), including free CIAOPS Gold Enterprise Patron Access (valued at US$250 per month) for an initial payment of only US$299. After this initial period the normal subscription rate applies.

This offer is ONLY available if you make payment of US$299 via Bitcoin for the initial period. My Bitcoin address is on the side of this blog or here:

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once you have made payment, please contact me directly (director@ciaops.com) with verification of payment to receive your discount code for the first annual subscription (you’ll still to register with a traditional credit card until the payment people start accepting Bitcoin).

This offer expires on the 1st of January 2018 so hurry to take advantage of it.

In summary, if you pay me US$299 via Bitcoin then you’ll receive a full subscription to my complete online training course catalogue for 12 months. After that the subscription will revert to its normal levels. You’ll also get free access to the CIAOPS Patron Gold Enterprise plan as well for free going forward. This offer is good until the 1st of January 2018.

I hope you’ll take advantage of this never to be repeated offer!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Microsoft 365 Android configuration mappings

The great thing about Microsoft 365 Business is that it gives you control over the devices that are connected to your Office 365 environment. Many of these will be running Windows 10, which I have covered in previous posts:

Microsoft 365 Windows 10 device configuration mappings

and

Microsoft 365 Application management for Windows 10 mappings

These days, of course, there are additional, non-Microsoft devices, that also need to be connected to Office 365. One of these is Android. What I’m going to cover here is the Application Management for Android in Microsoft 365 Business.

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Start by navigating to the Admin center in your Microsoft 365 Business tenant.

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Locate the Device policies tile and select it.

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You may see a number of policies but one should be named Application Management for Android. Select this.

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If the policy doesn’t exist you can create a new one. When you do you will see the above settings.

If you expand the display for each option you should see a list of all the options and their status as shown above.

The question now is, how do these map to settings in Intune under the covers?

To view the settings in Intune you’ll need to login to the Azure portal for that tenant and then navigate to the Intune option. Remember, you get access to an Azure management portal when you sign up for Office 365 free. I covered off how you can access it here:

Enabling your Office 365 Azure AD access

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The easiest way to find the Intune settings is to do a search in the top right and then select Intune from the results.

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You should see the Intune console displayed as shown above.

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From the menu, under the Manage section, select Mobile apps

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From here select the App protection policies option under the Manage section. This should display a policy on the right that matches the one you have in the Microsoft 365 Business console (here Application Management for Android). Select the policy name to continue.

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The first setting in the policy in Microsoft 365 Business under the heading Protect work files when devices are lost or stolen is:

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In Intune select Policy Settings

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Here you will find:

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The next option in the Microsoft 365 Business policy for Android is:

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In the same policy area in Intune this maps to the setting:

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Next in Microsoft 365 Business is:

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which maps to, also in Policy settings in Intune:

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In Microsoft 365 Business, under the heading – Manage how users access Office files on mobile devices is:

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This can be found once again in the Policy settings area of Intune and the options are:

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Next is:

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which maps to:

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Next in the Microsoft 365 Business policy is:

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which again can be found in the Policy Settings area:

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Finally, in this section for Microsoft 365 Business is:

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which corresponds to:

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The managed apps are basically those at the bottom of the policy in Microsoft 365 Business, typically apps like Excel, Outlook, Word, etc.

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If you go out of Policy settings in Intune you should see:

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Select Targeted apps.

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Here you will see the same list of apps that you find in Microsoft 365 Business.

Remember, this policy is for Android devices and there is one for Windows 10 and iOS as well. Also remember that you can’t go and make changes to the in Intune, I have just shown you the mappings here. if you want to change the policy for any of your devices it needs to be done in Microsoft 365 Business.

You can of course delete the existing policy in Microsoft 365 Business or create different device policies and apply them to different security groups in your environment. Thus, you can have separate policies for floor staff and management if desired.

Microsoft 365 Business makes it easy to manage your devices by putting the policies right in the Office 365 Admin console. These map to policies in Intune under the covers but are only designed to be set inside the Microsoft 365 Business Admin console.

Friday, December 1, 2017

November Azure Webinar resources

Slides from my November Azure webinar are now available at:

https://www.slideshare.net/directorcia/ciaops-need-to-know-azure-webinar-november-2017-83115219

The recording is also available at:

http://www.ciaopsacademy.com.au/p/need-to-know-azure-webinars

which CIAOPS patrons get free access to as part of their subscription.

This webinar set the ground work for upcoming monthly webinars that will go deeper into Azure features and abilities.

So make sure you sign up for next month’s webinar.

November Office 365 Webinar resources

Slides from this months webinar are now available at:

https://www.slideshare.net/directorcia/ciaops-need-to-know-azure-webinar-november-2017

If you are not a CIAOPS patron you want to view or download a full copy of the video from the session you can do so here:

http://www.ciaopsacademy.com.au/p/need-to-know-webinars

We looked at SharePoint best practices this month.

Watch out for next month’s webinar.