Need to Know podcast–Episode 199

I speak with Program Manager Windows Defender ATP, Iaan Wiltshire, from Microsoft all about this security offering and how it fits into the market. We discuss what Defender ATP is and what it includes, so if you are keen to hear how Microsoft is integrating threat management from the desktop through to the cloud, listen along.

Brenton and I, of course, give you all the latest Microsoft Cloud news in this first episode for 2019. There is still lots happening so listen in to stay up to date.

Also, don’t forget our invite to join us during the live recording of episode 200 on the 21st of January 2019. Just sign up at

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MSP risks for clients

Questions to ask your MSP

Report into MSP hacking

Discounted cyber security for your client

December updates video

Ignite 2019 – Sydney agenda

Contextualizing Attacker Activity within Session in Exchange Online

MyAnalytics, the fitness tracker for work is now more broadly available

Watch Microsoft Stream on the go

SharePoint Roadmap Pitstop: December 2018

Introducing new advanced security and compliance offerings for Microsoft 365

Evaluating Windows Defender ATP

Windows defender Test Ground

Microsoft Security Blog

Defender ATP Overview

Microsoft Cloud service descriptions


One of the common pain points that people are reporting in my recent Challenges with Microsoft Cloud survey here:

What is you biggest challenge with the Microsoft Cloud

is wanting a single location that compares all of the offerings side by side.

Unfortunately, given the huge number of options across different teams in Microsoft there really isn’t a single place. This stems back to an earlier article I wrote about

Why IT today is like coffee

which in short details how we live in a world were people want lots of choices rather than a single monolithic solution. This is so people can get EXACTLY what they want and not have to pay for things they don’t want or need. The price we pay for lots of choice is, lots of choice.

All is not lost however because there are few places you can go to get a pretty good overview what the Microsoft Cloud offers.

The first place to start is the Office 365 service descriptions. This will lay out in great detail all the plans side by side and features that each include. You can drill down beyond the suites into individual service like Exchange and SharePoint Online if you want.

Now for Azure the best option is probably Products by region. This will show you each Azure service as well the region that it is available in. To get an idea of all the abilities of Azure have a look at the list of Azure products as a reference guide.

If you are interested in what Microsoft 365 Business contains then look at the Microsoft 365 Business Service Description.

Of course, much of this gets updated regularly so how can you keep up with changes? Well, use the Recent services description changes to see what’s new in Office 365. There is also the new and updated Microsoft 365 Roadmap, which will help you plan what changes are down the pipe.

Azure has something similar over at Azure updates.

Many of these update locations have the ability for you to subscribe to via RSS or email so you can get prompted when things change. I have detailed previous how you can use Microsoft Teams, Office 365 and Yammer to stay up to date by pushing the change feeds into these services automatically.

With lots of options comes lots of detailed information. It is simply a fact of life these days. I would suggest that the services descriptions should be the source of truth for what is included in Office 365 and Microsoft 365. Everything else I have seen is a summary of this. Azure is a different kind of beast, so start with the list of Azure products and drill in from there.

Remember, as Clay Shirky says, it isn’t information overload, it is filter failure. You can’t ingest everything, so find the best stuff and consume that. Be selective with your information sources and always search for the highest quality. Hopefully, I’ve given you some quality places to start here.

What is your biggest challenge with the Microsoft Cloud


Tis the season for a survey I think. What I’d like to do is start off with this one question:

What is the biggest challenge you face with the Microsoft Cloud?

That’s it. Just one question. You can answer the question here:

I’ll collate all the answers and report back on the results. I’ll try and group the issues into categories so you get a better of idea of what generally are the major challenges a majority of people have.

It doesn’t matter whether you are an end user, business, IT resellers, IT professional, whatever, please take a moment to share what you find most challenging about the Microsoft Cloud (Office 365, Microsoft 365, Azure, etc)

The more people that take a moment to answer the more results and information we’ll have to share. The results are anonymous.

Thanks in advance for completing the survey.

Need to Know podcast–Episode 196

I am joined by a familiar guest to many, previous co-host of the Need to Know podcast, Marc Kean, who shares with us what he has been up to lately and his career journey to now being a full time Microsoft employee. Listen along and you’ll get some insight into one of the technical job roles at Microsoft.

Of course Brenton and I also bring you up to date with the latest Microsoft cloud news including recent a Azure AD multi factor outage and how Microsoft is now more valuable than Apple! Listen on for full details.

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Marc’s blog

Azure AD MFA outage analysis – look for event on 19th November

Microsoft now more valuable than Apple

Microsoft helps create a secure modern workplace

New management for Microsoft Teams

Windows 1809 rollout continues

Ignite 2018 sessions on YouTube

With Microsoft Ignite 2018 now over for 2018 I wanted to let people know that like last year:

Ignite 2017 sessions on YouTube

I’m maintaining a list of links directly to the sessions on Github.


The list is maintained at:

and I will be updating it throughout the year as I find links to new sessions.

Of course, if you have a link to a session that I don’t have up there yet, please send it along so I can add it and we can all benefit.

All the sessions are not there as yet. I add them when I find them and the update this file, so make sure you check back regularly to get the latest list.

Thanks again to Microsoft for doing this and uploading the sessions to YouTube. They are a great source of learning and allows people like me would couldn’t get to Ignite the ability to work through the content.

Need to Know podcast–Episode 195

Troy Hunt makes a return to the podcast to talk about the power of serverless compute. We discuss how Troy has been successfully using serverless compute to run his website haveibeenpwned. Troy also shares with us some insights as to the practical day to day operations of running a site with 5 billion breach records. Brenton and I also update you on the latest Microsoft Cloud news including a raft of updates to Microsoft Teams.

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Azure serverless compute

CIAOPS Patron program

Skype for Business is moving to Teams

What’s new in Microsoft Teams – November round up

Top scoring in industry AV tests

How can I get started with machine learning

Policy that prevents you from granting iOS Accounts the permissions

I was configuring an iPhone to access a Microsoft 365 Business tenant and when I attempted to add email to the native iOS email client I received the following error.


An administrator of Contoso has set a policy that prevents you from granting iOS Accounts the permissions it is requesting.

If I then closed that error message I was presented with:


Strange, haven’t seen this one before.

Turns out that one of the best practice recommendations I use on tenants is to disable users being able to Outlook plugins which I detailed here:

Thwarting the ransomware cloud

The down side to preventing this is that it also prevents iOS adding an Office 365 email account when you have modern authentication enabled, which again is best practice.

So, to allow iOS to add an Office 365 email account in the native iOS app you’ll need to allow users to “consent to apps accessing company data”.

There are two methods to achieve this. You can firstly go to the Azure Portal as an administrator, locate Azure AD | Users | User settings as shown below:


Then select the hyperlink Manage how end users launch and view their applications as shown above.


From here, set the option Users can consent to apps accessing company data on their behalf to Yes and Save the change.

The second method is to use PowerShell with the command:

set-MsolCompanysettings -UsersPermissionToUserConsentToAppEnabled $true

Remember, that enabling this option will also allow users to potentially accept malicious add-ins in their application like Outlook so you should disable it once your iOS devices have been configured.

It would be nice if there was a policy that could be configured to change this setting just for iOS, but alas that currently isn’t the case that I can see. You’ll therefore need to go through this disable-enable-disable sequence to maintain best practices and allow iOS devices to be added to your environment.

Need to Know podcast–Episode 192

A follow up from our last episode with more news and updates from Microsoft Ignite. Brenton an I add a few more points of interest that came out of the conference including update on Microsoft Whiteboard, updates from Azure and multi geo for SharePoint and OneDrive plus plenty more. So tune in for the latest and greatest from Microsoft Ignite.

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More interesting news from Ignite

Absorbing content from Ignite 2018

New features for Microsoft Forms

Introducing Multi-Geo in SharePoint and Office 365 Groups

Passwordless phone sign in

SharePoint powers teamwork in Office 365

Microsoft whiteboard now available on more devices

Azure monitor just got better

Move managed disks and VMs now available

Announcing Microsoft Threat Protection