Office 365 applications now create many guest accounts in Azure Active Directory. You can see what accounts exist, but it's more difficult to discover who created the accounts - or why they were created. Fortunately, the Office 365 audit log holds a lot of useful data that can be interrogated to find some answers and PowerShell is a great tool for slicing and dicing audit data. See what you think of the answers I've come up with.
The fit-and-finish quality within Office 365 is sometimes less than desirable. Two recent changes in SharePoint Online make it easier for users to know when a document library is connected to Teams and to generate thumbnails for items stored in the library. Neither change is awe-inspiring, but both are examples of how to improve SharePoint's fit-and-finish, which is a good thing.
With September coming to an end, here's what you need to know about Office 365 and SharePoint announcements during the past month.
It's hard to find and fix every legacy on-premises setting. In the case of OneDrive for Business, it allows users to stop their site appearing in search results. That doesn't sound too bad, but blocking search affects many other Office 365 features and it's a good example of how a legacy setting can have a big influence in the cloud. Fortunately Microsoft agrees and they're going to fix the problem. We don't know when or how the fix will come, but when it does, users won't be able to disable eDiscovery for their OneDrive for Business site.
If you are looking to improve the search functionality of your SharePoint site, this is the tool you need.
With August now behind us, here are the important announcement this month that relate to SharePoint.
SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business are making increasing use of Azure B2B Collaboration for sharing, which means that Office 365 tenants will have more guest user accounts. Using Azure B2B Collaboration is a reasonable approach because it's secure and works well, but it does mean that tenant admins have some extra work to do to keep an eye on those guest accounts.
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.
A closer look at modern SharePoint audience targeting and how to configure the feature.
Microsoft's output typically slows down during the summer but July had a few SharePoint updates that are worth pointing out.
Looking to use SharePoint to create a blog? Here's how you can accomplish that with SharePoint.
The need to download PDF files to work with them has been a longstanding irritation for SharePoint Online users. Now Microsoft and Adobe have come up with a new file handler that sends PDFs to the Adobe Document Cloud, where the files can be updated and sent back to SharePoint Online for storage. The changes look good in the standard file viewer too! Worth looking at...
What happened in June with SharePoint? A lot of reminders but also a little bit of a look towards the future.
At ShiftHappens, Mary Jo and Brad Sams sat down with Jeff Teper to talk millennials, AI, SharePoint, and a lot more.
This week at ShiftHappens, Jeff Teper sat down with Paul Thurrott to talk updates, Microsoft 365, and the genesis of SharePoint.