Category Archives: Office 365

Enable Office 365 Modern Authentication

By | October 27, 2016

If you have an Office 365 subscription, you can enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)1 for end users which will add an additional layer of security. Enabling MFA makes client apps to require an app password to authenticate to Office 365 services. App passwords are randomly generated, long strings, that are not easy to remember. Therefore it won’t… Read More »

Unlimited Exchange Online Archiving: Is It Truly Unlimited? Or Just a Marketing Trick?

By | September 19, 2016

Microsoft has been promoting unlimited Exchange Online Archiving for about a year now. And many people have chosen E3 and E4 plans in Office 365 to have unlimited space for Online Archiving (you could purchase a standalone Exchange Online Archiving license as well). It promised to address a concern users with pretty large mailbox capacities… Read More »

Reset Microsoft Office Product Activation Status

By | August 22, 2016

 When you purchase and activate an Office product, the activation information is stored in the computer. There can be times when you want to reset the product to its initial activation state. With an Office 365 subscription, it’s quite easy to deactivate the license from your account’s settings screen. However, deactivating online may not be… Read More »

Office 365 ProPlus Configuration XML Editor

Click-to-Run is a Microsoft streaming and virtualization technology that you can use to install and update Office products. For Office 365 administrators, deploying Office 365 Professional Plus would be a headache if you’re not using the Office Deployment Tool (ODT). Using the ODT, administrators have the opportunity to configure the deployment with what products to… Read More »

Workaround to Set a Custom Cover for Channels in Microsoft Stream Preview

Since the preview release of Microsoft Stream, the newest video sharing and management platform for businesses. Although it is in preview state, the service is pretty neat and very convenient to use. With a few clicks you can upload your videos and manage them. However, one feature I noticed lacking is, channels created in Stream… Read More »

Getting Started with Microsoft Stream

Microsoft announced the release of a new addition to the Office 365 collaboration platform named Microsoft Stream on 18th July, 2016. This new addition provides a secure cloud platform to share and manage work videos. Currently in it is in preview and we do not have many details on pricing and feature availability yet. Video… Read More »

Audit Log Search in Office 365 Security & Compliance Center

When an organization has a large user base or has a geographically spanned presence, it is normal to have grow the IT department as well in order to administer the organization’s IT infrastructure. A common requirement when the number of people that have access to a system is greater is that the ability to track… Read More »

Delegate Distribution Group Membership Management To End Users

For IT administrators in large organizations where there is a huge number of distribution groups, adding and removing members frequently can be a real headache. One way of making this easier is by delegating management to a responsible person by making an end user a distribution group owner. However, the default MyDistributionGroups management role grants… Read More »

Create Your Own PowerShell Module For Exchange Online

Many Office 365 administrators prefer to use PowerShell in their day-to-day administration tasks as it offers much more control in their environment over the GUI. When you’re connecting to Exchange Online from PowerShell, it uses a technique called PowerShell Implicit Remoting. Folks who are familiar with PowerShell know what Implicit Remoting is. Implicit Remoting is… Read More »

Self Service Password Reset In Office 365

 A question I get every now and then is, “Does it have to be administrator’s job to reset user passwords?”. Though the answer to that question heavily depends on an organization’s compliance policies and practices, I stand with the idea that an administrator resetting a user password should be the last resort. It may not be a… Read More »