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South Coast Summit Power Platform Hackathon 2021
Oct21

South Coast Summit Power Platform Hackathon 2021

In October me and some colleagues visited the South Coast Summit over in Southampton and we had a blast and no only because we came second in the Power Platform Hackathon! The Summit was great fun and full of awesome information about Power Automate, Power Apps, Power Virtual Agents, Cloud desktop, Security, endpoint management and loads more! Home Tom and me joined forces with the very talented team from https://www.tiberium.io/...

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Microsoft 365 Outlook Schedule An Email To Read Later
Aug23

Microsoft 365 Outlook Schedule An Email To Read Later

If your on holiday or out of the office and see an email you want to respond to later usually you flag the email or think you will just remember to reply later. In reality you always end up forgetting about the email but there is another way! If your using Outlook on your mobile phone you can set it up so that when you swipe right you can ‘snooze’ the email and make it disappear from your inbox and reappear as a new email...

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How to Add a Microsoft 365 Shared Mailbox to Mac Mail
Aug09

How to Add a Microsoft 365 Shared Mailbox to Mac Mail

This guide shows you how to add a Microsoft / Office 365 shared mailbox to mac mail. Open Mac mail and go to the top menu and select ‘Mail’ then ‘Add Account’. Click on ‘Other Mail Account’ and choose ‘Mail account’ if asked then ‘Continue’. Enter in the shared mailbox name and email address. Enter your own Microsoft 365 password here, the one for your own email address....

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How to Purchase a Domain and Add it to Microsoft 365 using 123REG
Jul27

How to Purchase a Domain and Add it to Microsoft 365 using 123REG

Welcome to this guide on how to add a domain to your Microsoft 365 account so you can use it to receive emails. Use this guide if you have already purchased a domain or if you want to see how to buy one. This guide is a full step by step guide and divided into three main sections. Section 1: Buying a new domain name using 123-reg.comSection 2: Add the domain to your Microsoft 365 accountSection 3: Update the setting on your new domain...

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How To Create a Teams Meeting Without Having To Start It
Jul08

How To Create a Teams Meeting Without Having To Start It

Have you organised a teams meeting for a group of people who are internal and external but later found no one can join because you didn’t start it and let them join? Or maybe you are arranging a call between two external people and don’t intent on joining the meeting. Here’s is how to fix that problem. First create your teams meeting in the usual way and send out the invite. Now go back into the teams meeting and...

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Blog Progress 2021
Jul04

Blog Progress 2021

I cant believe its been 5 years blogging about Microsoft 365, Azure and PowerShell and in that time I’ve written or contributed to three published books, written 173 blog posts and guest posted for several of the most well known vendors in the Managed Service Provider (MSP) space. Looks like my work is attracting nearly 2k unique visitors on a daily basis. It’s an awesome feeling to know I’ve shared my knowledge and...

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Azure EndPoint Policy Manager
Jun08

Azure EndPoint Policy Manager

Do you struggle with implementing templated Microsoft 365 EndPoint policies across multiple clients? I did so I created this handy PowerShell script which can export policies from one tenant and then import them into another! This script does contain bugs and unknown issues so test it in your test environments first to verify it does what you need and to confirm you understand how it works! Download EndpointPolicyManager.ps1 using the...

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Setup Microsoft 365 Email Threat Management Policy Template Using PowerShell
Apr01

Setup Microsoft 365 Email Threat Management Policy Template Using PowerShell

We’ve recently been rolling out Defender for 365 across multiple clients to better integrate our security solutions. We’ve been using 3rd party spam solutions and they have let us down many times and just not been a good fit. We’ve always thought that the Microsoft solutions were not as good but over the last year or so they have come on in leaps and bounds and it’s been working great. The only issue I had was...

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Rename Team Name In Teams To Shorten OneDrive Path Lengths
Dec03

Rename Team Name In Teams To Shorten OneDrive Path Lengths

If you have issues with long path’s in OneDrive when you sync teams sharepoint document libraries locally you need a way to shorten them. Previously this has been a real pain but now its pretty painless. See here I have a team with a really long name and I’ve created a file and folder in it. Here I sync it down using OneDrive but folder paths are really long and this can cause problems with files not saving and sometimes...

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Microsoft 365 How To Enable DKIM Using DKIM Manager PowerShell Script
Nov28

Microsoft 365 How To Enable DKIM Using DKIM Manager PowerShell Script

DKIM Manger Download: DKIM Manager (420 downloads) Or pull from GitHub here: DKIM Manager on GitHub Everyone should be trying to improve their email security setup and using DKIM (Domain Keys Identified Mail). DKIM works by the sending server adding an encrypted version of the email header into the email. The recipient server can then look at your public DKIM keys published in DNS and decrypt the header and compare it to the...

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How To Delete A Plan In Planner
Apr02

How To Delete A Plan In Planner

How to delete a plan from Planner in Microsoft 365 in 4 easy steps: First login to https://tasks.office.com and click on ‘Planner Hub’. Scroll down and then click ‘All Plans’. Click on the plan you wish to delete. Now click the three dots along the top and click on ‘Plan settings’. Now click on ‘Delete this plan’. If you don’t see this it means you did not create this plan or are...

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Office 365 Your Organisation Needs More Information To Keep Your Account Secure
Mar17

Office 365 Your Organisation Needs More Information To Keep Your Account Secure

Have you recently created a new Microsoft 365 or Office 365 account and users are being forced to setup MFA within 14 days despite MFA not being configured? Me too! I’m constantly setting up new tenants for clients and performing migrations and while enforcing MFA is a great idea and having it enabled by default is good it does cause issues during the configuration stage of a tenant. The issue is being caused by a new security...

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How To Create a Poll In Microsoft Teams
Mar08

How To Create a Poll In Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is fast becoming the standard Office tool for collaboration, meetings, instant chat and file storage within many businesses. It’s packed with handy tools and features and one we love using here at Southern IT Networks are the Polls within chat messages. You can create a poll and send it out across your organisation and gather feedback. You can even capture that feedback into Excel for later use. Lets get started! 1....

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How To Stop Teams Loading Up After Logging In
Mar02

How To Stop Teams Loading Up After Logging In

I love Microsoft Teams so why would you want to stop it loading up after you log in? haha I get it, not everyone has embraced it yet so here is how to stop it loading up after you log in every time in 3 easy steps. Step 1: Go to your system tray in the bottom right corner. You may have to click the up arrow first, then find teams and right click on the Teams icon. Step 2: After right clicking on the Teams icon click on Settings. Step...

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How To Sync Microsoft Edge On Your Mobile With Your 365 Account And Desktop
Jan21

How To Sync Microsoft Edge On Your Mobile With Your 365 Account And Desktop

Finally we have a Windows browser we can get behind and love! Microsoft Edge AKA Edge Chromium.. Based on the Chrome source code the Edge project now contributes to the Chromium codebase and adds further integration into the Office / Microsoft 365 suite. Once you install it to your desktop and sign in using your 365 account all of your passwords, favourites and forms can all be saved and synced to any other device where you use Edge....

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How To Request AutoPilot Hardware ID’s From HP
Jan03

How To Request AutoPilot Hardware ID’s From HP

Recently I deployed a good number of laptops to a client using Microsoft 365 and AutoPilot with some success. If you don’t know, AutoPilot allows you to ship out a laptop or a desktop to a client and all they have to do it switch it on, connect it to the internet and the device will automatically join itself to Azure AD, deploy office and apply a variety of PowerShell scripts and settings. The idea is that the devices set...

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Microsoft 365 Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10
Nov19

Microsoft 365 Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10

Microsoft 365 licenses include a subscription to Windows 10 Business (Pro) edition but for a PC to be eligible it must have a valid Windows 7 Pro license key. I don’t understand this, they should just give it to you as part of the subscription but there you go. If you have Windows 7 home edition then you must purchase a copy of Windows 7 or 10 pro and install that or upgrade first. Assuming you are upgrading Windows 7 Pro...

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Microsoft 365 How to Manually Sync Policy Changes On a PC
Oct22

Microsoft 365 How to Manually Sync Policy Changes On a PC

You make a change to a Device Configuration poilicy within the Microsoft 365 portal and hit the Sync button but nothing appears to happen. Sometimes you just want to be 100% sure a PC has checked into InTune and grabbed and applied the latest settings. To do this you need to perform a manual sync. 1. Click start then click the settings icon. 2. Click on ‘Accounts’. 3. Click ‘Access work or school’ then click...

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