Deprecation of basic authentication in Exchange Online

Exchange Online migration design considerations

Introduction Microsoft has announced the deprecation of Basic authentication in Exchange Online. Basic authentication will be permanently disabled in Exchange Online on October 1st, 2022. More specifically, Microsoft is removing the ability to use Basic authentication in Exchange Online for Exchange ActiveSync (EAS), POP, IMAP, Remote PowerShell, Exchange Web Services (EWS), Offline Address Book (OAB), … Read more

Internet Explorer 11 retirement

Internet Explorer 11

Internet Explorer 11 retirement announcement As per Microsoft MC378271 announcement, the Internet Explorer (IE) 11 desktop application will be retired on June 15, 2022, on certain versions of Windows 10. This means that the IE11 desktop application will no longer be supported and will be progressively redirected to Microsoft Edge over the following months, and … Read more

The Microsoft Inside Track

The Microsoft Inside Track

Introduction When implementing IT solutions which are complex and require proper in-depth planning, it is crucial to perform technical assessments and creating an inventory of the “as-is” situation as well as assess the organization’s operational and business requirements alongside the technical requirements. Implementing an IT solution, especially when this involves some sort of migration, requires … Read more

Microsoft 365 pre-migration checklist

Microsoft 365

Introduction When planning to migrate an organization with existing on-premises infrastructure to the Microsoft 365 Cloud, you need to create a thorough plan before the migration. This article discusses a Microsoft 365 pre-migration checklist which is provided as a template by Microsoft. Microsoft 365 pre-migration checklist Carry out the following tasks to prepare for migrating … Read more

Azure AD Graph retirement date

Microsoft Graph API

Microsoft had announced that on 30 June 2022, they would retire Azure AD Graph. The Azure AD Graph retirement date has now changed. On April 7th 2022, Microsoft published the following update about Azure AD Graph retirement date: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/update-your-apps-to-use-microsoft-graph-before-30-june-2022/. Before that date, you’ll need to update your apps that use it to instead use Microsoft … Read more

Comparison of Microsoft Power BI service plans

powerBI

Introduction Power BI is a cloud-based suite of business analytics tools that lets anyone connect to, visualize, and analyze data with greater speed, efficiency, and understanding. It connects users to a broad range of live data through easy-to-use dashboards, provides AI-infused automated insights, embedded and interactive reports, and delivers compelling visualizations that bring data big … Read more

Microsoft 365 secure score top 10 improvement actions

security and privacy

Introduction Microsoft 365 security score is a consolidated security score based on Microsoft best practice security configurations for Microsoft 365 tenants. The higher the score the higher theoretically your overall Microsoft 365 tenant security levels. The score comprises a list of improvement actions based on your current security posture. Not all improvement actions may be … Read more

Azure Virtual Desktop support for Windows Server 2022 and Windows 11

Azure Virtual Desktop

Azure Virtual Desktop support for Windows Azure Virtual Desktop follows the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy and supports the following x64 operating system images: Windows 11 Enterprise multi-session (Preview) Windows 11 Enterprise (Preview) Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session Windows 10 Enterprise Windows 7 Enterprise Windows Server 2022 Windows Server 2019 Windows Server 2016 Windows Server 2012 R2 Azure … Read more

Azure and Microsoft 365 billing for Cloud Service Providers CSP

Azure CSP

Microsoft Azure region classification can fall under one of the following categories: Azure CSP billing regions based on the information tied to the Azure AD tenant. These are the regions under which you can register an Azure tenant and based on which your end-customer will be billed. If for instance the customer wishes to be … Read more

Azure and Microsoft 365 support for Cloud Service Providers CSP

Azure CSP

As a Microsoft Cloud Service Provider (Distributor or Reseller) you will need provide technical support to your customers related to their Azure NCE and Microsoft 365 services. Depending on your customer’s subscription type, they will have the following technical support options: If the end customer has a pay as you go (PAYG) Azure subscription or … Read more

Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365

Azure Virtual Desktop

Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 Microsoft have announced the Windows 365 Cloud PC, an incredibly simple way to securely stream Windows from the Microsoft Cloud, delivered as a complete software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution built on the Azure Virtual Desktop platform. Windows 365 is ideal for customers looking for a personalized Windows experience – including apps, … Read more

The Windows 365 Cloud PC

Windows 365 Cloud PC

The Windows 365 Cloud PC On July 14th 2021 Microsoft announced Windows 365, a cloud service that introduces a new way to experience Windows 10 or Windows 11 (when it’s generally available later this calendar year) for workers from interns and contractors to software developers and industrial designers. Windows 365 takes the operating system to the … Read more

Microsoft 365 troubleshooting tools

microsoft365

When providing technical support to your end users in a Microsoft 365 infrastructure, it is good to have in mind the following list of useful Microsoft 365 troubleshooting tools: Microsoft Support and Recovery Assistant for Office 365: https://diagnostics.outlook.com/#/ Office 365 user profile and device license allocation: https://office.com Outlook Web App: https://outlook.office.com Office 365 administration portal … Read more

Exchange Online migration design considerations

Exchange Online migration design considerations

Introduction Most Microsoft 365 migration projects have an Exchange Online (EXO) portion. Whether that be an on-premises Exchange Server to Exchange Online migration task or a migration from a third party POP3/IMAP email hosting provider, there are a number of design considerations you need to take into account in every EXO project. Exchange Online migration … Read more

Microsoft Viva Headspace meditation app in Teams

Headspace

Introduction When leading a busy life and you need to remind yourself to take a step back, relax and reflect, you definitely need something which can fit into your computerized work schedule. An interesting free offering is that of the Headspace meditation app , which is now offered as part of Microsoft Viva Insights in … Read more