Office

The PowerShell Mess in the Microsoft Cloud

by Tony Redmond

PowerShell is a great way of automating common administrative Office 365 operations. That is, if you know what module to use and how to use the cmdlets in that module. Unfortunately things are a bit of a mess with too many modules and inconsistent behavior in areas like error handling. With so many development groups working on Office 365, the PowerShell situation might be inevitable, but it needs cleaning up.

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    MyAnalytics Focused on Outcomes not Raw Statistics

    by Tony Redmond

    The new version of MyAnalytics is available to Office 365 E3 and E5 users and takes a different approach to the interpretation of data gathered about user work activities inside different apps. Instead of telling you the raw counts of messages sent and read and other data, MyAnalytics gives insights to help people work smarter and achieve a better work-life balance.

    Finding the Identifier for Azure or Office 365 Tenants

    by Tony Redmond

    After seeing a tweet about a site that could return the tenant identifier for any Azure or Office 365 tenant, I was a tad suspicious. After all, this data should be private - or so you'd think. In fact, the WhatIsMyTenantId.com site simply takes records available to enable OAuth 2.0 sign-ins and extracts the tenant identifier from their content. It's an easy way to get hold of tenant identifiers.

    Phishing Report Highlights Need for Sophisticated Anti-Malware Software

    by Tony Redmond

    A recent report by a security vendor says that 25% of phishing messages get by Exchange Online Protection (EOP) and arrive into Office 365 user mailboxes. This highlights the need to configure EOP properly and run multiple lines of defense. Microsoft would like you to use Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) alongside EOP. Offerings from other security vendors are also available. For better protection against phishing, you should consider something like ATP.

    Exchange’s EHLO Blog Moves to The Microsoft Technical Community

    by Tony Redmond

    Microsoft has moved the venerable EHLO blog maintained by the Exchange product group to the Microsoft Technical Community (MTC) platform. The first post is about the Exchange 2019 sizing calculator. Hopefully the changeover won't affect the great content published in EHLO over the years. What's of more concern is the lack of participation in the MTC by Microsoft product engineers and MVPs.