SharePoint Online

Introducing Teams Private Channels

with 2 Comments by Tony Redmond

Microsoft launched private channels for Teams at the Ignite conference. This article describes the architecture and structure of private channels and discusses their intended usage. In a follow-up, I'll go into how to create and manage private channels in a Teams deployment and discuss some of the issues you should consider when using this new feature.

The Big Side Effect on Teams of Renaming a SharePoint Site URL

with 1 Comment by Tony Redmond

SharePoint Online now boasts the ability to rename site URLs, which seems good, but not so good when you discover that the new URL breaks the connection with Teams. The fact that this happens is revealed in Microsoft documentation and it's been a problem since the beta testing of the site rename function. Microsoft seems curiously disinterested in fixing the problem as quickly as they should have. A case of attention distracted elsewhere?

G Suite Gets an Executive Reboot to Revamp Office 365 Foe

with 1 Comment by Tony Redmond

Javier Soltero, ex-boss of Outlook, is now running G Suite for Google. The appointment is an opportunity to reboot G Suite to take on Office 365 and make up some of the ground that's been lost in the last five years using the "new brush sweeps clean" principle. In other news, Microsoft bought Mover to acquire its migration connectors that move files into SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, including files from Google Drive.

Discover Who Creates Guest Accounts in Office 365 Applications

with 1 Comment by Tony Redmond

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.

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    SharePoint Gets Better Connected to Teams

    with 2 Comments by Tony Redmond

    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.

    Adoption and Change Management: Two Sides of the Office 365 Card

    by Tony Redmond

    Adoption and Change Management are often discussed when companies move to cloud services, including Office 365. How quickly can we adopt the new services and how can we manage change? As it happens, Microsoft is extremely interested in driving customer adoption, so much so that this can cause problems with change management simply because so much change happens so quickly insist Office 365. As we discuss here, a structured approach to change management helps.

    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.

    The PowerShell Mess in the Microsoft Cloud

    with 1 Comment 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.