Turn Off Self-Service Purchases in Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 has a route for users to buy their own products rather than products purchased and licenced by the company. This blog outlines how to turn this off. Install the MSCommerce PowerShell module with Install-Module MSCommerce Connect to the MSCommerce endpoint with Connect-MSCommerce and login with the administrator account List all the products you… Continue reading Turn Off Self-Service Purchases in Microsoft 365

Allowing “Phish” Training Emails in Exchange Online

With the introduction of “Secure by Default” in Exchange Online, where you used to add IPs and other settings such as allow-lists to allow your phish training emails to get through to your users this will no longer work, and shortly it will no longer work to bypass the Exchange Online filters using mail flow… Continue reading Allowing “Phish” Training Emails in Exchange Online

Microsoft 365 – How To Enable A Progressive Web Application

A Progressive Web Application (PWA) is an application that runs in a website which you can separately have an icon for on your desktop (Windows, Chromebook, Raspberry PI, Linux, Android and other operating systems). This icon can be pinned to the Start Menu (or equivalent) and starting it opens the web application in a separate… Continue reading Microsoft 365 – How To Enable A Progressive Web Application

Proxies and Firewalls and Installing Microsoft Office Subscription Software

Microsoft Office 365 client software (Word, Excel etc.) has been available as a subscription model for over ten years and using the Click-2-Run technology for all or most of that time, but I still see a lot of people who are unsure how it actually works, assuming its a standard installer they have used for… Continue reading Proxies and Firewalls and Installing Microsoft Office Subscription Software

Centrally Managing Microsoft 365 Apps Updates

It used to be the domain of 3rd party enterprise apps or Microsoft’s Configuration Manager to control the updates (or servicing) of your Microsoft Office apps (now called Microsoft 365 Apps). With recent additions to the Office Configuration Portal at https://config.office.com you can have central admin of updates including groups to deploy and in which… Continue reading Centrally Managing Microsoft 365 Apps Updates

Microsoft 365 From A Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer

So my new computer arrived today, its a keyboard and a few cables, and as my first computer was a ZX Spectrum when I was 14, this brings back a few memories. But, is it usable today with services such as Microsoft 365? Lets see… First, the actual computer is in the keyboard, but its… Continue reading Microsoft 365 From A Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer

Enable EOP Enhanced Filtering for Mimecast Users

Email

Blog post updated March 2020 to include more specific IP ranges for all Mimecast regions and to fix an issue where the email sender is also using the same Mimecast region as yourself and the risk of SPF failures. Enhanced Filtering is a feature of Exchange Online Protection (EOP) that allows EOP to skip back… Continue reading Enable EOP Enhanced Filtering for Mimecast Users

Mail Flow To The Correct Exchange Online Connector

In a multi-forest Exchange Server/Exchange Online (single tenant) configuration, you are likely to have multiple inbound connectors to receive email from the different on-premises environments. There are scenarios where it is important to ensure that the correct connector is used for the inbound message rather than any of your connectors. Here is one such example.… Continue reading Mail Flow To The Correct Exchange Online Connector

Deploying Zoom Add-In To All Outlook Users

With the sudden change in working practices, a (large) number of companies has start to use Zoom as their video conferencing software. Though this software is not from Microsoft, that does not stop an Office 365 or Exchange Server administrator helping their users out in terms of scheduling Zoom meetings via an add-in in Outlook.… Continue reading Deploying Zoom Add-In To All Outlook Users

Register For Azure AD MFA From On-Premises Or Known Networks Only

A long request within Azure AD/Office 365 has been the request to be able to register your security info from a known location or only on certain other conditions. Well it looks like this has appeared in Azure AD in the last few days!! Its visible under Azure AD > Conditional Access > New/Existing Policy… Continue reading Register For Azure AD MFA From On-Premises Or Known Networks Only

Review and Audit Offensive Language in Office 365 Communications

A new feature as of May 2018 in Office 365 is to filter communications based upon the offensive language machine learning filter. This is part of the Supervision settings that have been available for a number of years. The Offensive Language model uses a combination of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and keywords to identify inappropriate… Continue reading Review and Audit Offensive Language in Office 365 Communications

Read Only And Document Download Restrictions in SharePoint Online

Both SharePoint Online (including OneDrive for Business) and Exchange Online allow a read only mode to be implemented based on certain user or device or network conditions. For these settings in Exchange Online see my other post at https://c7solutions.com/2018/12/read-only-and-attachment-download-restrictions-in-exchange-online. When this is enabled documents can be viewed in the browser only and not downloaded. So… Continue reading Read Only And Document Download Restrictions in SharePoint Online

Save Time! Have All Your Meetings End Early [or start late]

Updated April 22nd 2021 with new global default settings I am sure you have been in a meeting, where the meeting end time rolls around and there is a knock at the door from the people who want the meeting room now, as their meeting time has started and yours has finished. What if you… Continue reading Save Time! Have All Your Meetings End Early [or start late]

Convert Office 365 Group to Microsoft Team Totally Failing

This one has been annoying me for a while – I had an Office 365 Group that I created many years ago in Office 365 that I cannot convert to a Microsoft Team. This is what I see in Teams to do this process. First, click “Create a team” Followed by “Create a team from… Continue reading Convert Office 365 Group to Microsoft Team Totally Failing

Public Folder Sync–Duplicate Name Error

I came across this error with a client today and did not find it documented anywhere – so here it is! When running the Public Folder sync script Sync-ModernMailPublicFolders.ps1 which is part of the process of preparing your Exchange Online environment for a public folder migration, you see the following error message: UpdateMailEnabledPublicFolder : Active… Continue reading Public Folder Sync–Duplicate Name Error