CIAOPS Need to Know Microsoft 365 Webinar – August


Join me for the free monthly CIAOP Need to Know webinar. Along with all the Microsoft Cloud news we’ll be taking a look at the role SharePoint plays in Microsoft 365 and how it is your repository for shared files.

Shortly after registering you should receive an automated email from Microsoft Teams confirming your registration, including all the event details as well as a calendar invite! Yeah Teams webinars.

You can register for the regular monthly webinar here:

August Webinar Registrations

The details are:

CIAOPS Need to Know Webinar – August 2021
Friday 27th of August 2021
11.00am – 12.00am Sydney Time

All sessions are recorded and posted to the CIAOPS Academy.

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:

or purchase them individually at:

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

I’d also appreciate you sharing information about this webinar with anyone you feel may benefit from the session and I look forward to seeing you there.

Announcing the CIAOPS Patron Power Platform community


I am pleased to announce the new CIAOPS Patron Power Platform Community (3PC). The growing need for applications in modern businesses and the increasing functionality provided by the Microsoft Power Platform has created a need for skilled professionals. It is the aim of the CIAOPS Patron Power Platform Community to provide somewhere that people interested in solving business challenges with the Microsoft Power Platform can come together, share learn and grown their knowledge.

One of the things that makes the CIAOPS Patron Power Platform Community unique will be it’s focus on providing solution for small businesses. There are lots of resources available for larger businesses but we wanted to bring a similar set of resources plus more for smaller businesses. This community is also not solely focused on technology, it is designed as place to solve business challenges with technology, specially, with the Microsoft Power Platform. This means you don’t need to be a developer, and IT administrator or even have any experience with the Microsoft Power Platform to join. You just need to want to learn more about the Microsoft Power Platform and how it can be harnesses inside a business to improve productivity.

Another major difference with the CIAOPS Patron Power Platform Community is the desire to ensure that is an active community. This means that there is an expectation that to invest at least one hour a week in the community forums, attending events and contributing to group projects. We also encourage all member to obtain at least one Microsoft Power Platform certification (the PL-900 certification being the recommended starting point) within 6 months of joining. the community is full of all the resources you’ll need to pass these exams and there are members who are more than willing to help mentor you through your certification journey.

We want the CIAOPS Patron Power Platform Community to be a place where people can contribute to group projects that aim to build solutions such as the

Power Automate Drink Ordering System

Projects like these are the best way to learn about the Microsoft Power Platform as well as learn from those more experienced. We also love it when people bring a project they wish to develop with the help of the community. The more projects we work on the more we all learn.

We have big plans for the CIAOPS Patron Power Platform Community and we are just getting started. As such are offering a never to be repeated foundation membership of A$15 per month to be part of what we think will become much bigger in the not to distant future. Now is therefore the time to jump on board at this specially discounted rate and enjoy the benefits of membership for life! You’ll find the links to sign up here:

scroll down the page until you see the Power Platform option.

We are super excited to launch this community publicly and we hope that you can join us on this journey with the Microsoft Power Platform.

Basics of deploying Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) using Intune

Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) is the more modern approach to application white listing on a windows 10 device when compared to AppLocker. It is however, just as easy to deploy using Intune as this video shows:

You firstly need to create your WDAC policy as an XML file. Then you use the PowerShell command:


to ‘compile’ it into a .bin file. You upload this .bin file into an Intune device configuration policy and apply that to all the desired machine.

Remember, unlike AppLocker, WDAC applies to the whole machine, not individual users of that machine.

Remember, WDAC is already part of Windows 10 so there is no additional cost and using Intune, it will work with both Windows 10 Enterprise and Professional to help you secure your environment.

Basics of deploying AppLocker using Intune

One of the great things about deploying Windows AppLocker via Microsoft Intune is that it supports both Windows 10 Enterprise and Professional. It is also quite straight forward to deploy as I hope the video conveys.

Once you have your base policies, you create a custom Windows 10 device Configuration policy with Intune and deploy it to your device fleet. Once that process is complete you’ll have the same application control you had on a single device but now across as many machines as you wish.

Remember, that Windows AppLocker is free with Windows 10 and easily deployed to machined from the cloud using Microsoft Intune.

Power Platform product release

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I am please to announce the inaugural product release from the CIAOPS Patron Power Platform Community:

Power Automate Drink Ordering System

This is a PDF document that takes your step by step through creating an automated process for bulk ordering of drinks. This solution was developed to solve the challenge or ordering many drinks at events, however it could be used for much more mundane things such as preparing complimentary drinks when guests attend a business.

This project can also be seen as a great way to start learning the Microsoft Power Platform by creating a real world process using Power Automate (Microsoft Flow). The information provided run to over 130 pages and includes screen shots and easy to follow instructions.

To celebrate the release of this inaugural product, it is being offered at a special 75% discount which you can take advantage of here:

This special offer is available for the first 25 purchases! So if you are interested in getting your hands dirty with the Microsoft Power Platform, here’s a great opportunity to get started.

Look out for more projects coming soon from the CIAOPS Patron Power Platform Community.

CIAOPS Secwerks 1 is now totally virtual

In the face of continued COVID uncertainty locally I have decided to move the whole Secwerks 1 event online. The event will now be conducted fully using Microsoft Teams. Registrations are still open for the event starting on August the 5th, but now spread over 4 half day sessions to lower fatigue levels. You can register now and find a link to more details at:

The event times will be during Thursday and Friday afternoons here in east coast Australia (GMT+10) and may not suit other locations. However, every business that registers will receive a copy of the recordings as well as the training materials. Registration is also now per business not per individual.

The Secwerks event is focused on giving you actionable information around Microsoft 365 as well as best practices, automations and understandings about how to improve the security of these environments. If you manage an Office 365 or Microsoft 365 environment, this, now, virtual event is for you.

I am working hard to add some unique sessions to the agenda and will be confirming those soon. Thanks to those who have already registered for being so accommodating in the face of this unexpected pivot but I look forward to seeing you at the event from the 5th of August 2021.

Creating a file location with unique permissions in Microsoft Teams

I wrote and article about:

Creating unique file permissions with Microsoft Teams

but I thought I’d also do a video:

as I do get this question a lot about having a different set of file permissions for users inside a Microsoft Team. Best practice is NOT to alter any of the existing permissions that are provisioned by channel creation. Instead, create a separate area, with the permissions you want, and then link that back into your team.

That provides a lot more flexibility and doesn’t ‘break’ any of the standard settings.