Vol. 24, #7 - February 18, 2019 - Issue #1219
Free Tool for Monitoring Exchange Server Status & Performance
This week's newsletter is about Canada's favorite animal, the MOOSE:
Just kidding! Actually our newsletter this week covers Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, and Exchange Online. In other words, M(icrosoft) O(ffice) O(neDrive) S (harePoint) E(xchange). We're lumping all these Microsoft online services together because they're often utilized together by many organizations. But even if your business only uses one or two of these services, you'll probably find something useful in what we've dropped on you below ;-)
Let's begin with some tips on administering Office 365.
John Naguib has a post on the Wiki Ninjas blog that provides a helpful overview of the new security features included in Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP):
Next, on the deployment end of things if you previously installed Office 365 ProPlus using a custom XML file that includes excluded components, you may have struggled afterwards to add additional components your users need. This post on the Microsoft UK Platforms blog should help:
And finally Jose Rodrigues has posted an helpful walkthrough on the Microsoft Services Secure Infrastructure Team Blog explaining how to manage Office 365 client updates by using the Software Update management workflow of System Center Configuration Manager:
Moving on to some recent developments with Exchange Online, here's an important announcement on You Had Me At EHOL about how Microsoft is retiring Unified Messaging (UM) in Exchange Online and replacing it with Cloud Voicemail and Auto Attendant services:
The Exchange Team at Microsoft also has published a helpful blog post on how they've been working hard behind the scenes to improve the public folder migration experience for Exchange Online:
Finally, this informative post from the Exchange Team explains in detail how to use the Exchange Audit Log to understand the activity of users (or attackers masquerading as users) in an organization:
Now let's look at some tips for those who use OneDrive for Business.
This short tip from Chris We on his Wondering Mind blog describes the Shared by Me view and how it can be quite useful for users of OneDrive for Business:http://www.wservernews.com/go/qxu1c6i5/
Mitch Tulloch, Senior Editor
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I've been informed by a colleague that a number of administrators have reported various authentication issues after upgrading their users to version 72 of the Chrome web browser. Examples include logon problems when using cosign SSO and authentication failures for sites still using SHA-1 certificates. Apparently the problem is related to the fact that Google changed their company name from Google Inc to Google LLC. For example in California they changed their certificate information from:
O=GOOGLE INC, L=MOUNTAIN VIEW, S=CALIFORNIA, C=US
O=GOOGLE LLC, L=MOUNTAIN VIEW, S=CA, C=US
This change was apparently unannounced, and it can cause various problems including failure of AppLocker rules configured to use this information.
GOT ADMIN TOOLS or other software/hardware you'd like to recommend? Email us at [email protected]
Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition works perfectly with both standalone ESXi and Hyper-V hosts. Whether you run a test lab or a production environment, it’ll be a perfect match.
FixWin 10 for Windows 10 is a portable freeware that allows you to fix and repair Windows 10 problems, issues, and annoyances:
Lucidchart Diagrams for PowerPoint lets you add professional diagrams, flowcharts, wireframes, and other visuals to make your slides stand out:
Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10, apart from offering you the usual tweaks, lets you tweak Privacy settings and more:
Last week's factoid and question was this:
Fact: Playing chess in school may help kids increase your attention span.
Question: How many of our WServerNews subscribers like to play chess?
We received three responses to this question and all of them were similar in tone to this one from Hank who is a sysadmin in Texas, USA:
Chess? Is that like Call of Duty Black Ops?
Now let's move on to this week's factoid:
Fact: Pogonotrophy is the act of cultivating, or growing and grooming, a mustache, beard, sideburns or other facial hair.
Question: How many of our IT pro readers are trying to grow a beard? And why? Think it'll make you look less like a nerd?
Email your answer to [email protected]
>> Got an IT conference happening in North America that you'd like to promote in our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]
Nov 4-8, 2019 in Orlando, Florida
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Microsoft Business Applications Summit - June 10-11 in Atlanta, Georgia
Microsoft DevDays - June 17-21 in Redmond, Washington USA
Microsoft Inspire - July 14-18 in Las Vegas, Nevada USA
CPX 360 (Check Point Software) - Feb 18-21 in Vienna, Austria
RSA Conference - March 4-8 in San Francisco, California USA
Black Hat Asia - March 26-29 in Singapore
Cyber Security Summit - April 4 in Denver, Colorado USA
Cyber Security Summit - April 25 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
European Identity & Cloud Conference - May 14-17 in Munich, Germany
Cyber Security Summit - May 15 in Dallas, Texas USA
Infosecurity Europe - June 4-6 in London, England
Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit - June 17-20 in National Harbor, Maryland USA
Cyber Security Summit - June 27 in Washington D.C. USA
SQLBits: The SQL Server Conference - Feb 27 to Mar 2 in Manchester, England
Technology and Solutions Summit 2019 - March 11-15 in Paris, France
IT Nation Connect - March 25-27 in Gold Coast, Australia
Dell Technologies World - April 29 to May 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada USA
SharePoint Fest - April 29 to May 3 in Washington D.C. USA
VeeamON (Veeam) - May 20-22 in Miami, Florida USA
Citrix Synergy - May 21-23 in Atlanta, Georgia USA
SharePoint Conference - May 21-23 in Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Computex - May 28 to June 1 in Taipei, Taiwan
Microsoft Azure + AI Conference - ;June 10-13 in Atlanta, Georgia
Cloud & DevOps World - June 12-13 in London, England
These 10 cloud computing startups are changing the world
Cloud computing is evolving as startups come up with exciting and innovative ideas. These young companies are not just making noise -- they are roaring.
Sky's no limit: Our top cloud computing predictions for 2019
From SaaS to mBaaS, from Docker to dPaaS, 2019 will be a big year for the cloud. These are our top cloud computing predictions for this year.
IBM unveils an array of new products and technologies
IBM doesn't intend to be left behind as new technologies like AI come to the fore. With that in mind, Big Blue unveiled a slew of new products.
Cisco HyperFlex for Citrix Cloud services offers simple deployment
The new Cisco HyperFlex for Citrix Cloud allows users to access the array of capabilities of Cisco's hyperconverged infrastructure.
Xtreme Podcast: Take my data, please -- but not my cryptocurrency
In this week's Xtreme Podcast: Whether you're shopping or jogging -- or doing almost anything else -- your data is a hot commodity. Should you care?
Mercedes-Benz - 'Say the Word' - Super Bowl Commercial 2019
Mercedes-Benz gives a guy super powers in its 2019 Super Bowl ad for their new A-Class Sedan:
Shin Lim's Incredible Card Magic
Shin Lim leaves the judges and audience of America's Got Talent speechless with his amazing card magic:
Colin Cloud - Mind Reader
The real life Sherlock Holmes is back with a jaw-dropping performance. How did he do that?
The Best Act Of The Chinese New Year Gala 2019
Watch 20,000 performers from the Henan Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School perform the most beautiful and amazingly coordinated moves:
How can IT Keep Pace with the Windows Update Process?
Staying current with the latest Windows updates is a difficult task, but IT can accomplish this without harming the UX with Group Policy, disk capacity planning and more. Learn how here.
Cloud Game Streaming (like VDI for gaming) is Coming -- Time to Re-apply all the Lessons we Learned
Will it work and bring a form of remote computing to the masses? Who knows! But we can anticipate some of the questions that will come up.
How to Secure Azure RDP Virtual Machine Access with a Jumpbox
A jumpbox can be a handy tool to improve security in a Microsoft Azure deployment. For starters, it blocks the public IP address automatically associated with any VMs.
What's the Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Hypervisors?
Choosing between the two hypervisor types largely depends on whether IT administrators oversee an enterprise data center or client-facing, end-user systems.
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Free Tool for Monitoring Exchange Server Status & Performance
Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7www.mtit.com.Resource Kit and has been author or series editor for almost fifty books mostly published by Microsoft Press. Mitch is also a ten-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see
Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also manages research and marketing for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.