Meet Calendar.help

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In a recent article I wrote about how Findtime was under going a transition. Maybe, this is part of that change?

If you navigate to:

http://calendar.help

and sign up (you may need to wait to be accepted) using your Office 365 account you’ll be able to use Cortana intelligence to handle your meetings.

How?

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As you can see by the handy introduction message I received when I was approved, you simply CC the Cortana email address and allow the bot to take care of everything.

This is even better than find time because the bot takes care of all of the interactions with the other parties.

Calendar.help is still in preview but go, sign up and give it a whirl. I think you’ll find it something as helpful as Findtime, if not more. I also expect it to improve over time, so stay tuned for further updates.

Changes for Findtime

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One of the best Outlook add-ins and a great service from Microsoft was Findtime. It basically allowed you to easily schedule meetings amongst multiple people, within and outside Office 365.

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If you however visit Findtime today and try and sign up you’ll be greeted with the above message.

Basically, if you are a new user you can no longer sign up to Findtime. However, if you are an existing user of the service you’ll still be supported.

Although it says that FindTime will continue to be supported and that there will be some exciting news soon, I hope it won’t be too long, otherwise FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) will start to creep in about the future of FindTime.

CIAOPS Need to Know Webinar–July 2017

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Lots of news to cover around Office 365 this month and you’ll get it all on our regular monthly webinar. We’ll also do a deep dive into sharing documents with people in Office 365, especially people outside your business. This is a common need for most business so attend and learn the best practices and how to do it effectively.

You can register for free at:

July Webinar Registrations

The details are:

CIAOPS Need to Know Webinar – June 2017
Thursday 20th of July 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 (for only USD$10 per month) which you can do here:

https://www.patreon.com/ciaops

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.

Need to Know podcast–Episode 157

Marc joins us from his deathbed as he struggles with the ‘man-flu’ to stay lucid. You’ll get to experience his flem up close and personal in this episode along with our regular cloud news. After some medication we continue our deep dive into how to migrate from on premises to Azure and Office 365. We build on our previous episode and discuss topics such as file migrations and AD integrations.

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

You can listen to this episode directly at:

https://ciaops.podbean.com/e/episode-157-migrating-to-the-cloud-ii/

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

Microsoft Teams external access gets delayed

Microsoft Forms now available to commercial customers

SharePoint communication sites now rolling out

This episode brought to you by:

https://cpem.io/tJ01Hzu2k.js

Azure Backup Reports

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One of the things that Azure Backup has been improving is the reporting it provides. A new addition is Backup Reports which you can now view in Power BI.

You’ll first need to go into your backup vault and select the option Backup Reports under the Monitoring and Reports section of that particular vault as shown above.

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You’ll then need to select the Configure button.

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You’ll then need to change the status to On, select an existing Storage account for the logs to accrue into and select the retention period.

Once you have done all this you’ll need to save your settings.

You’ll need to wait about 24 hours for data to start accumulating into the storage account so it can be read by Power BI.

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After you have waited an appropriate period of time login to your Power BI console and select the option to Get Data. Then select the Services option.

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In this list of content pack, locate the Azure Backup as shown above. Once you select this you’ll be prompted for the Azure Storage Account name into which you selected to send the backup reports. You’ll also be asked for the Storage Account Access key.

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After a few moments, where your data is imported and configured, you should be able to a see a dashboard like that shown above. Remember, you’ll only see data from the point which you created the storage account to capture the logs.

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You should also find that you have a Power BI report you can access with the tabs shown above for more detailed information.

You can now customised your reports and dashboards to display exactly the backup reporting information you wish to see. If you monitor multiple backups, for multiple different customers say, you can now construct a single location to view all of these thanks to Power BI.