Friday, April 13, 2018

Need to Know Podcast–Episode 178

We have a special interview for this episode, Doug Hazelman from Cloudberry Labs, to talk all about their backup solutions that include the ability to backup from places like Azure and Office 365 as well as from on premises. We talk about the products as well as the opportunities that Cloudberry provides for Managed Service providers. Of course Brenton and I headline the episode with some updates as to what's happening with technology and the Cloud.

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-178-cloudberry/

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

@VMDoug

@Cloudberrylab

@contactbrenton

@directorcia

Cloudberry

Cloudberry Managed Backup

Cloudberry Backup for Office 365

Cloudberry Blog

Cloudberry forum

Doug Hazelman - doug.h@cloudberrylab.com

Was your data compromised on Facebook?

Facebook admits public data of its 2.2 billion users has been compromised

View Planner tasks in your Outlook calendar

New Teams and Skype for Business Online admin center appears

Office 365 Personal accounts get an upgrade

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Another great benefit of Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection

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I recommend that any Office 365 tenant sold these days also include Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), which costs around AU$2.50 per license.

ATP does many things but of the things that I really like is that it takes a very deep look into attachments you receive, sandboxing them to see exactly what they do when opened. You can see an example above that I received.

In this case, I have set ATP to use dynamic delivery which means I get notified of the ATP scanning process with a place marker as shown above.

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When I open that place marker I see the above which informs me that the attachment is being checked by ATP.

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In a short period I see the attachment as normal once ATP has completed checking it for me.

ATP is included in E5 but is an add on for other plans but as I said, I consider it a mandatory add on if you are serious about security and minimising the risk of a dodgy attachment being delivered to your business.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

CIAOPS Need to Know Azure Webinar–April 2018

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Azure can do a lot of things including host website using a variety of methods. This month I’ll show you the different ways that you can host web sites in Azure and some best practices. There’ll also be news, updates and Q and A. I hope to see you there.

April Azure Webinar Registrations

The details are:

CIAOPS Need to Know Azure Webinar – April 2018
Tuesday 24th of April 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–April

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For this month’s webinar we are going to take a look at the key skills required to be effective with Office 365. I’ll show you what these skills are and how to use them effectively to make the most of Office 365. Of course, I’ll also bring you up to speed with all the latest news and updates in the world of Office 365 and Microsoft 365.

You can register for free at:

April Webinar Registrations

The details are:

CIAOPS Need to Know Webinar – April 2018
Tuesday 24th of April 2018
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.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Recalling message options in Office 365 OWA

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There are many times when you want to recall a message you have sent in Outlook or Outlook Web Access (OWA). Generally, you should reconcile yourself to the fact that you won’t be able to achieve this but there is an option in OWA that you can set to allow you to ‘Undo’ you send.

To enable ‘Undo send’ in OWA navigate to OWA in your browser and select the Cog in the top right as shown above.

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In the search box that appears type ‘undo’ and this should display the Undo send option as shown. Click on this result to navigate to the setting.

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In most cases the Undo send option will be disabled as shown above. To enable simple select the Let me cancel messages I’ve sent for option.

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By default, the time you have to undo the send is only 10 seconds so you may want to extend this to the maximum of 30 seconds by selecting that option from the pull down.

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After you have made these changes make sure you select the Save button at the top to update your preferences.

With this option now configured at least you might have the ability to undo a sent email before it goes out. Again, this may not always work but at least now you have an option.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Using Office 365 PowerShell with MFA enabled

Enabling multi factor authentication (MFA) in Office 365 is best practice, especially for global administrators. However, doing so can raise some challenges when it comes to working with PowerShell command line and the ISE.

The above video tutorial takes you through the process of accessing your Office 365 tenant when you have MFA enabled. The commands that you need to also do this via the PowerShell ISE are here:

Import-Module $((Get-ChildItem -Path $($env:LOCALAPPDATA+"\Apps\2.0\") -Filter Microsoft.Exchange.Management.ExoPowershellModule.dll -Recurse ).FullName|?{$_ -notmatch "_none_"}|select -First 1)

$EXOSession = New-ExoPSSession

Import-PSSession $EXOSession

Now you can still have MFA enabled on your accounts while using PowerShell. Yes, there is more work to enable this but if it is harder then generally you know it is more secure!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Need to Know Podcast–Episode 177

Brenton and I give you an update on all the latest news from the Microsoft Cloud, and there has been plenty. Across Office 365 and Azure there is plenty of updates for you to be aware of. So have a listen and take a look at the show notes to get more information.

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-177-cloud-news/

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

@contactbrenton

@directorcia

Azure AD resources

Azure private DNS zones now in preview

Azure Virtual Machine serial console access

General availability of Azure File snapshot

The Microsoft AI Landscape and what to use when

Microsoft re-organisation

Cloud PSTN comes to Australia

Calling Plans from Telstra

SharePoint Hub Sites

External access coming to Planner

Yammer networks being consolidated

Announcing 1.1.1.1


Monday, April 2, 2018

Deploy Office 365 and Azure together

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When you get an Office 365 license you also receive a free Azure tenant. This Azure tenant only generally has a single service enabled. That service is Azure Active Directory.

You do not pay for this, it is included with your Office 365 subscription and here’s how you are able to view it:

Enabling your Office 365 Azure AD access

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The Azure tenant that you get with Office 365 won’t unfortunately provide you with access to other Azure services (such as Virtual Machines) out of the box but it can. The way that you enable this existing Azure tenant for other Azure workloads is that you now add a paid Azure subscription.

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Thus, when you add a paid Azure subscription into an Azure tenant created by Office 365 you now get the ability to access all the Azure services (like Virtual Machines, Backups, etc.).

What I suggest is that when enable an Office 365 tenant you should also immediately add a paid Azure subscription. The reason I say that is that Azure billing is handled differently to Office 365.

Office 365 is a flat fee per month based on the user count in the tenant. Azure however is a consumption based pricing model generally. This means, you don’t pay for Azure services until you start using them. Thus, enabling a paid Azure subscription into you Office 365 subscription is not going to cost you anything until you start actually using Azure services.

Adding a paid Azure subscription immediately gives you the flexibility to spin up Azure services immediately when you need them instead of having to wait for the subscription to be provisioned. It means if you need a temporary server or some cloud backup then you can configure and start using that service immediately, no waiting as the tenant and services are ready to go.

So with an Office 365 tenant created and a paid Azure subscription in place what are most likely first Azure services you should consider? I’d be looking at Azure DNS to host the name server records for Office 365, a site to site VPN back to on premises infrastructure, Azure SMB Files and then probably Azure Backup and Site Recovery. The choice is yours and with the paid Azure subscription in place you can run these up whenever you need and feel assured that you’ll only be billed when you actually start using them.

In short, think of Office 365 and Azure together. This means they should be deployed together as there is no financial reason not to in my books. With both deployed you’ll be in a far better place to respond to whatever the needs of the business are.