Author: Tony Redmond

Tony Redmond is an independent consultant who specializes in Microsoft collaboration technology. He runs his own consulting company and advises many companies on how to best develop, use, or exploit Microsoft technology, He is the lead author of the Office 365 for IT Pros eBook, the only constantly-updated book covering Office 365 and associated technologies. You can buy a copy of the book at (Gumroad.com – EPUB/PDF version) or (Amazon – Kindle).

When Technology Fails: Woes With SharePoint Online Restore this Library

with 9 Comments by Tony Redmond

It's great when Microsoft introduces new functionality to SharePoint Online to make the lives of administrators and users easier, which is what the Restore this library feature is all about. Then problems happen, and we understand where the flaw lines exist. Recovering from a recent ransomware attack caused one Office 365 tenant more problems than they thought likely because Restore this library didn't work as well as expected.

BitTitan Introduces Cross-Tenant Teams Migration

by Tony Redmond

Moving Teams between Office 365 tenants has been a challenge since the earliest days of Teams. Now a beta Graph API has allowed BitTitan to create the ability to transfer team settings and channel conversations between tenants. The migration isn't perfect, but it's a good start and will improve over time as BitTitan and other ISVs work out the best way to move Teams content around.

The Magic Behind OWA Likes

by Tony Redmond

OWA is the only Outlook client that supports "Likes." This begs the question how OWA supports likes and where the information about likes is stored. Some probing using easily accessible tools reveals the answer. You might think that the answer only interests Office 365 Trivial Pursuit nerds, but it's actually of real interest to eDiscovery investigators.

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    Is Exchange Online Threatened by Ransomware?

    with 4 Comments by Tony Redmond

    Some people worry that Exchange Online mailboxes could be compromised by ransomeware and people will be forced to pay BitCoin to decrypt their messages. It's certainly a possibility, but out-of-the-box solutions exist if you're unlucky enough to be infected. That is, if you've done the necessary up-front planning to prepare for the worst to happen.,

    Microsoft Deprecating Exchange Online’s Search-Mailbox Cmdlet

    by Tony Redmond

    Microsoft has started to flag its intention to deprecate the Search-Mailbox cmdlet. It's probably the right time to remove this cmdlet from Exchange Online because Office 365 compliance searches can serve the same purpose. At least, compliance searches can do most of what Search-Mailbox does faster. Some functionality gaps need to be filled before we can bid adieu to Search-Mailbox, but its time is coming.

    Controlling Communications Inside Office 365 Tenants with Information Barriers (Part 1)

    by Tony Redmond

    Office 365 Information Barriers allow organizations to erect logical firewalls between different user communities to ensure that regulatory and legal requirements are met. Teams and Exchange Online support Information Barrier policies, which replace Address Book Policies. Some work is necessary to get Information Barriers set up. We cover that work in this article and prepare the ground for deploying the policies to Teams.

    Slack Takes Aim at Teams Weaknesses

    with 3 Comments by Tony Redmond

    Slack's July 22 post reports some advances in their desktop client that seem to aim at reported weaknesses in the Teams desktop client. The best update is better protection against network outages. The other claims of 50% less RAM, 33% faster startup, and 10x better call joining need validation in the real world.

    Microsoft Partner Benefits Intact for Now but Change is in the Air

    by Tony Redmond

    Microsoft dug themselves out of a pit of pain last Friday when they reversed the decision to nix some popular partner benefit just before the Inspire conference in Las Vegas. However, the world is changing and the cloud is where the action is. Microsoft pays to deliver services from the cloud and that cost must be either absorbed internally or transmitted to partners. That simple fact makes it sure that difficult conversations await in the future.

    Emailing Owners About Obsolete Office 365 Groups and Teams

    by Tony Redmond

    In February, I published a script to report the activity in Office 365 Groups and Teams. It is natural that some of those groups will be obsolete, so here's another script to email the owners of those groups. I know the script works because I tested it against 200 groups, but it's rough and ready and deserves some TLC from people who really know PowerShell.

    Microsoft Decision on Internal Use Rights Doesn’t Inspire Partners

    with 2 Comments by Tony Redmond

    Microsoft's decision to make its partners pay commercial rates for software licenses might seem logical at first glance, but it's not helpful in a world where cloud technologies change so often. The problem I have is that anything that might prevent partners acquiring knowledge about Microsoft technologies is a bad thing for customers who depend on those partners. It should be interesting to see if any spirited debates happen at next week's Inspire conference.

    Email, Teams, and Expressing Reactions with Likes

    by Tony Redmond

    Microsoft introduced support for like reactions in OWA in 2015. Teams also supports likes, but it also supports other reactions to messages from sad to angry. Knowing how to use these reactions is a social minefield. On a serious notes, reactions are not currently stored in Teams compliance records in Exchange Online, which is a problem if people react to messages with likes.

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