Month: July 2019

Teams Bumps Off Skype for Business Online in 2021

Microsoft today has announced its plan to further deprecate Skype for Business. Teams is the company’s sole plan for collaboration and connectivity and customers have until 2021 to migrate. Today we’re announcing that Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021. This post provides details on the retirement plan, a brief explanation of why we’re making this announcement now, and a summary of what we’re doing to help customers migrate to Teams. Details: Skype for Business Online to Be Retired in 2021

Sept 8th Marks the End of Support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in Microsoft Cloud App Security

Microsoft has announced the end of support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1. As of September 8, 2019 Microsoft Cloud App Security will no longer support TLS 1.0 and 1.1. This means that any connection using these protocols will no longer work as expected, and no support will be provided. This gives customers still using the old connection protocol little time to migrate to version 1.2. To see how this affects those still utilizing the older versions, see: End of support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in Microsoft Cloud App Security

Use PowerShell to Document Your Intune Tenant

Thomas Kurth has put together a PowerShell script that can be run against an Intune tenant to retrieve information about it. This is useful in cases where you need a quick look at how Intune is configured in various areas. Currently it documents the following: Configuration Policies Compliance Policies Device Enrollment Restrictions Terms and Conditions Applications (Only Assigned) Application Protection Policies AutoPilot Configuration Get it here: Intune Documentation

How to Tell Where Your Power BI Tenant is Located

Knowing where your Power BI tenant is located is important to avoid Azure egress charges. Making sure your Power BI tenant is in the same region as your Azure data sources avoids these egress charges. To find where your Power BI tenant is located: In Power BI, in the top menu, select help (?) then About Power BI. The example below shows this Power BI tenant is located in West Central.  

You Can Now Clear Browsing Data on Close with Edge Developer

The latest update for Microsoft’s Edge with Chromium Developer release includes a new feature to allow you to customize the content that is deleted when you close the web browser. This is a pretty nominal feature included with any browser these days, but Edge goes a bit farther by allowing you to choose the things that are removed. To configure it, go to…  Settings > Privacy and services > “Choose what to clear every time you close the browser”  

Office Administrative Template files and Office Customization Tool Updated

Microsoft has now updated the administrative templates for Office 365 ProPlus, Office 2019, and Office 2016. The download also includes the OPAX/OPAL files for the Office Customization Tool (OCT) for Office 2016. Download: Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool for Office 365 ProPlus, Office 2019, and Office 2016

Managing Windows 10 Devices in Intune Using Administrative Templates

Recently, Microsoft delivered over 2500 administrative templates-based settings for Intune administrators to better managed Windows 10 settings. These settings are very similar to what administrators are used to working with in Active Directory and GPO scenarios – further blurring the line between on-premises and the cloud. To setup and administer Windows 10 devices in Intune using these new benefits… In the portal, go to: Microsoft Intune > Device configuration – Profiles and create a new profile. Give the new profile an applicable name, select Windows 10 as the Platform, and choose Administrative Templates as the Profile Type. Once you click the Create button, you’ll be taken to the properties page of the new profile: Microsoft Intune > Device configuration ...

The Microsoft Security Response Center’s New Blog Site

Microsoft has recently migrated old content and begun blogging at its new site for the Microsoft Security Response Center. New site: https://msrc-blog.microsoft.com/ RSS Feed: https://msrc-blog.microsoft.com/feed/

PowerShell Script to Create a Virtual Machine Scale Set

Use the following Azure PowerShell script to create a Virtual Machine Scale Set and includes the resource group, virtual network, and load balancer. New-AzVmss ` -ResourceGroupName “myResourceGroupScaleSet” ` -Location “EastUS” ` -VMScaleSetName “myScaleSet” ` -VirtualNetworkName “myVnet” ` -SubnetName “mySubnet” ` -PublicIpAddressName “myPublicIPAddress” ` -LoadBalancerName “myLoadBalancer” ` -UpgradePolicyMode “Automatic”

MSIX Packaging Tool Now Supports Apps that Require Restarts

Development for Microsoft’s next generation packaging and modern software distribution tool is continuing. This month’s release delivers a much requested ability to handle applications that require restarting the computer. Essentially, if an app forces a reboot of the computer during installation, the packager will restart in the same place once the computer is restarted and the packaging process is continued. Here’s the full list of new and modified stuff this month: Support for desktop installers that require restart Auto-login option for restart New options in app settings Specify a default cert to sign packages with Specify exit codes for installers that require restart Exit code for restarts list in Settings includes common default values Ability to add new, unknown,...

What to Expect When a Specific WSUS Synchronization Endpoint is Decommissioned on July 8

On Monday, July 8, Microsoft will decommission one of its synchronization servers. Failover to the new architecture is available, but organizations that are still connecting to the old endpoint may experience a slowdown in the initial sync. According to Microsoft… On Monday, July 8th, the WSUS synchronization endpoint fe2.update.microsoft.com will be fully decommissioned and no longer reachable. For WSUS servers that are still configured for the old endpoint, this change should result in a one-time slow sync (typically just a few minutes) as the WSUS server automatically switches to the new endpoint. Although the switch should occur automatically, if you encounter synchronization errors after Monday, see the KB article below for steps to verify if you are affected by the problem and ...

Office 365 and SaaS Management Platforms (SMPs)

A 2018 market guide from Gartner I recently read had me quite curious due to the use of a new acronym in the Office 365 bolt-on marketplace.  They call these solutions SaaS Management Platforms (SMPs).  Ultimately these are management solutions for cloud services (e.g. Office 365, G Suite, etc.) that focus on six functional categories: administration, IT role-based access control, policy management, license management, workflow automation and reporting. Just from an Office 365 perspective it’s easy to see why a third-party solution might help to fill some of the management gaps left in the native Admin Console.  Often to perform tasks like on-boarding/off-boarding (or provisioning and deprovisioning) we find ourselves moving from one console to another manually, or using PowerShell scripts...

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