Reward if your become a CIAOPS Patron this April

During April 2019, if you sign up to become a CIAOPS Patron, at any level, you will receive a heavily discounted version of the fabulous Office 365 for IT Pros book.

This books comes with perpetual updates, meaning that when the content is updated, you can download that update for free for the life of the publication. This is amazing value for a service that is continually changing. I highly recommend that everyone administrating Office 365 should have this publication and now if you sign up for the benefits of the CIAOPS Patron program you’ll be able to secure your copy for:

Bronze sign up = 50% discount

Silver sign up = 75% discount

Gold sign up = 85% discount

Gold Enterprise = 100% discount

Remember, this offer only applies for new signups to the CIAOPS Patron program in April 2019, so don’t delay because this offer will not be extended.

Locking installed apps to Windows Store only

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If you go into your settings in Windows 10 and select Apps you should see the above dialog.

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You can see the options that are available to you as shown above. You’ll see that one of the options available is Allow apps from Store only. Although not a fool-proof security option but setting this would reduce the chances of malware executing on the desktop because the only method of installation is from the Microsoft curated Store. A random piece of malware, delivered via email say, could not execute since it doesn’t come from the Microsoft Store I would suggest.

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Using Intune we can apply this setting across a range of Windows 10 desktops using a Windows 10 Device Restriction Policy as you see above. Simply locate the App Store option, then Apps from store only and set the value to Require as shown.

In a short period of time, once the policy has deployed, those devices will only be able to install software from the Microsoft Store, preventing installation from anywhere else and hopefully also preventing malware installations.

The good thing about this restriction is the user can still be a local administrator of their machine if you desire and installations will be restricted. The other good things is that it is policy based, which means it is easy to turn on and off as required or exclude users if need be.

As I said earlier, it is not a fool proof method of preventing malware being installed on a Windows 10 desktop, but would certainly make it much more difficult. In this day and age, we need all the help we can get to counter the threats. Hopefully, this will help.

Enabling Microsoft Stream transcribing

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Every plan in Microsoft 365 and just about every plan in Office 365 includes Microsoft Stream, which is a private video hosting service from Microsoft. Stream is also integrated into Microsoft Teams, so that, if you record a meeting in Teams it is automatically saved in Stream for replay later. You can also transcribe anything spoken in the video to searchable text within Stream.

You may however find that this automatic captioning is not enabled by default in Stream. To see whether it is, simply connect to your tenant via PowerShell and run the command:

get-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy -Identity global

In the results look for the line:

AllowTranscription

as shown above. If it is set to False, run the command:

Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy -Identity Global -AllowTranscription $True

to enable Stream transcription. Note, that it may take a little while for the policy to be applied.

Now, when you upload a video to Stream or record a meeting in Teams any speech should be transcribed for you automatically.

Microsoft 365 Business adds shared computer activation (SCA) rights

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The above from is from the message center of a Microsoft 365 Business tenants confirming that Shared Computer Access (SCA) will very soon to be available in Microsoft 365 Business SKUs. This will allow those SKUs to install Office desktop software on things such as on premises servers with a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) role (aka on a Terminal Server).

To do so previous required an Enterprise (E) license. This is big news for Microsoft 365 Business and further improves the value of this SKU!

Changing Linkedin default from Connect to Follow

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By default, you’ll see that most people on Linkedin have a Connect button like shown above. Now that is a great option, however unfortunately, I’m sure many people have connected with someone on Linkedin innocently and almost immediately you get spammed since they can now message you. Of course, you can remove them but there is a better way to reduce this happening.

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What you do to change the default option from Connect to Follow is go into your Privacy settings, then select Blocking and hiding. At the bottom enable Make follow primary.

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Now the default action will be Follow as seen above. Is Connect still there?

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Yes, but you need go hunting for it, which means that most people trying to spam you probably won’t bother doing that.

Not foolproof I admit, but certainly a handy way to make it just that little bit harder to spam you!

Easily connect using the Linkedin mobile app

One of things that I’m spending a lot of time here at the MVP Summit in Seattle doing is networking with other MVPs. One of the best tools to connect is via Linkedin. Here’s a really simple way to make that happen that I learned about today (and can share) using the Linkedin mobile app.

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Fire up the Linkedin App on your mobile device. Here I’ll use iOS. To the right of the search bar you’ll notice four squares arranged together as shown above. Select this.

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This should take you to a screen like shown above. Across the top you now have two options, Scan and My code. Scan allows you to use the camera on your device to scan someone else’s Linkedin QR code. My Code display your QR code that you can share with others.

Once you have scanned in the QR code using this method, that person’s Linkedin details will appear on your mobile device and you can connect. Easy eh?

Need to Know podcast–Episode 203

We catch you up with everything in the Microsoft Cloud and then spend some time talking about the new certifications that have just become available from Microsoft for both Microsoft 365 and Azure. I share some of my experiences and thought around doing these exams and their value to all IT Professionals going forward. We’ll be covering more about certifications down the track but this one should get you thinking about which one you should do!

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-203-certifications/

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.

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