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

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

The Stefanos Cloud Podcast

The Stefanos Cloud Podcast

I am happy to announce that the Stefanos Cloud Podcast has been released and will be updated with new content on a weekly basis. The Stefanos Cloud podcast utilizes AI-driven Natural Language Processing (NLP) and ports the existing Hybrid Clouds Blog posts into audible posts. The following topics are covered: Microsoft Azure Microsoft 365 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

The Microsoft Cloud Society

Microsoft Cloud Society is an online community featuring Cloud computing courses, learning challenges, Microsoft Cloud learning events and a group of Cloud-skilled professionals, among other things. If you are interested in participating in the community, you will first have to register with Microsoft Cloud Society using your Microsoft (MSA) Account. By joining the Microsoft Cloud … Read more

Free Microsoft certification exam voucher at Ignite 2021

Microsoft certification exam voucher at Ignite 2021 Microsoft Ignite 2021 is starting soon in early November 2021. Among other things you can register for the Microsoft Ignite Cloud Challenge and upon completion of the challenge you will be eligible to receive a free Microsoft certification exam voucher. Follow the instructions below to receiver your certification … Read more

TLS 1.0 and 1.1 deprecation in Azure services

TLS on Azure services

Overview Some of TLS protocols (TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1) as well as ciphers suites (3DES –  TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA) are gradually being deprecated from all software systems (client and server). This undoubtably affects Azure services as well. If there is a mismatch in the TLS configuration among the components of your Azure solution, you may encounter … 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

SharePoint Online migration design considerations

Sharepoint-Online

Related articles: Content migration to Sharepoint Online and OneDrive for Business How to optimize Sharepoint Online migration performance Introduction A considerable number of Microsoft 365 migration projects have a SharePoint Online (SPO) portion. Whether that be a straight forward file data migration task or a more complex custom on-premises SharePoint to SharePoint Online migration, there … Read more