Need to Know podcast–Episode 206

A short sharp episode focusing on the latest news and updates from Microsoft Build. Brenton and I cover off all the Microsoft Cloud news, good and bad as there is unfortunately some bad news to report in recent experiences with Azure. However, there is also lots of good news about updates to your favourite services. Tune in and give us your feedback.

This episode was recorded using Microsoft Teams

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-206-ghost-in-the-machine/

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

@directoria

CIAOPS Patron program

Azure cheat sheet

Azure global outage

What’s new in Microsoft 365 user management

New people centered experiences in Microsoft 365

Microsoft Edge – All the news from Build

Minimize distractions and stay focused with AI powered updates in Microsoft 365

Need to Know podcast–Episode 204

I’m back from MVP Summit and we have a huge amount of news to cover off in this episode. You’ll hear about the latest in Office 365 ATP, Windows Virtual Desktop, the new Microsoft Edge Browser and so much more. So much in fact that we had to hold a lot of material off until our next episode. However, don’t fear, you’ll get the most important stuff right here, so tune in and let us know what you think.

Podcast recording done using Microsoft Teams

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-204-the-prodigal-host-returns/

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

CIAOPS Patron Program

New Edge Browser – https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2019/04/08/microsoft-edge-preview-channel-details/

Shared Computer Access comes to M365 Business – https://blog.ciaops.com/2019/03/19/microsoft-365-business-adds-shared-computer-activation-sca-rights/

New Office 365 ATP licenses – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/servicedescriptions/office-365-advanced-threat-protection-service-description

Office 365 ATP Automated response – https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Security-Privacy-and-Compliance/Bolster-efficiency-of-security-teams-with-new-Automated-Incident/ba-p/392773

Window Virtual Desktop now in public preview – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-au/blog/windows-virtual-desktop-now-in-public-preview-on-azure/?WT.mc_id=reddit-social-marouill

Getting Started with Windows Virtual Desktop – https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-IT-Pro-Blog/Getting-started-with-Windows-Virtual-Desktop/ba-p/391054

25% of Phishing email bypass Office 365 default security – https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/25-percent-of-phishing-emails-bypass-office-365-default-security/

Your approach to Office 365 needs to change – https://www.loryanstrant.com/2019/04/03/your-approach-to-office-365-administration-needs-to-change/

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.

Free CIAOPS Yammer support network

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I am happy to announce that I have set up a free CIAOPS Patron support network on Yammer that is focused on the Microsoft Cloud. In there I have groups on Azure, Microsoft 365, Office 365, Windows 10 and more. Members can ask questions, reply to posts as well as a share interesting information to help others.

Although access to this network is free it is by invite only, so if you want access you’ll need to send me an email (director@ciaops.com) requesting access.

I’ve done this in Yammer for a few reasons. Firstly, it is going to give me the experience of managing a ‘larger’ Yammer external network. This will hopefully improve both my technical experience with the product but also skill me more on how to successfully implement adoption. Secondly, I’ve hopefully giving people a way to get a feel for what Yammer is all about, how it works and what benefits it provides. Yammer for me is probably the most important adoption tool as I have said before:

Focus on the “me” services first

so hopefully giving people a reason to come and experience Yammer for themselves will give them a better idea of what role it can play in a business.

Again, this offering is free but by invite only. To secure your invite just email me at director@ciaops.com.

Need to Know podcast–Episode 181

This week I talk to the Microsoft 365 Senior Product Marketing Manager in Australia Nico Charritton all about the latest updates to Microsoft 365 Business. We talk about the Microsoft 365 Business product and how it can benefits businesses, especially when it comes to increasing their security. Brenton and I also bring you the latest updates from the Microsoft Cloud and also information about the latest Windows updates we have seen roll our recently. Plenty to stay tuned for and we thank you for listening.

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-181-nico-charritton/

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

Nico

What is Microsoft 365 Business?

Introducing Microsoft 365 Business

Microsoft 365 Business get serious

Microsoft 365 Business new features

Microsoft 365 Business documentation

Microsoft demos

What’s new in 1803

Google Assistant demo

SharePoint Migration Tool V2 now available

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection

Per disk metrics for managed and unmanaged disks

Connecting Windows 10 Pro to Office 365

When you connect a Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise desktop system directly to Office 365 (thanks to Azure AD) you get seamless login to Office 365 without multiple password prompts.

It also allows you to directly login to the Windows 10 Pro machine with your Office 365 credentials. After that when you navigate to Office 365 in Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer you’ll automatically be logged into the service. If you also add the following extension to Chrome:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/windows-10-accounts/ppnbnpeolgkicgegkbkbjmhlideopiji?hl=en

You’ll get the same functionality.

This ability and integration is one of the real benefits of connecting Windows 10 to Office 365 (via Azure AD). This video will show you how to take a stand alone desktop and connect it directly to Office 365 and get single sign on to Office 365.