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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 (433 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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How To Enable OneDrive Files On Demand
Jul23

How To Enable OneDrive Files On Demand

OneDrive Files On Demand is a feature which sets OneDrive to only download files to a local device when a file is clicked on rather than potentially downloading gigabytes or terabytes of files. From the users perspective they don’t really see any difference, they can still see all of the files and folders except they are not using up space on their PC until they open or edit a file. You can enable this option manually on each...

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How To Manage Multiple Microsoft Office 365 Tenants For MSP’s
Jun01

How To Manage Multiple Microsoft Office 365 Tenants For MSP’s

MSP’s have to manage multiple Microsoft Office 365 accounts daily. Multiple engineers need admin level access at multiple times throughout the day. How Can We Manage Multiple Accounts More Efficiently and More Securely? Right now I imagine you crate a global administrator on each tenant and use a password management tool such as IT Glue so that engineers can access the credentials. Engineers have to open an incognito window,...

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How To Forward Office 365 MFA Notifications To Teams For MSP’s
Apr09

How To Forward Office 365 MFA Notifications To Teams For MSP’s

FYI this method is currently not working. It was until Twilio changed something within their Functions system. I’ll update this guide once they have resolved the issues. For many MSP’s (Managed Service Providers) knowing how to handle MFA (Multi Factor Authentication) for multiple Office 365 tenants can be a real pain. There are a few way to solve this problem but recently we’ve found the easiest option for the whole...

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Use Outlook Web App Offline
Mar01

Use Outlook Web App Offline

One of the main advantages of using the full installed version of Outlook has been the ability to sort through and respond to emails while offline. Not so much of an issue these days with so much free WiFi and 4G connectivity from mobile devices but it’s still been an issue. Well no longer because you can use the web version of Outlook in offline mode! If you didn’t know this well it’s a great feature and it may mean...

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How to Migrate from a Server or NAS to Office365 Teams
Feb09

How to Migrate from a Server or NAS to Office365 Teams

Finally ditching that old file server or NAS? Wahoo! Moving to Office 365 Teams is actually quite straightforward even if you have terabytes of data to transfer. The more data you have to migrate the more time it will take to manage and sync but this method has worked for me every time so far from small NAS migrations to large file servers with multiple file shares. The breakdown of steps is as follows: Organise your existing share...

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Office 365 Using Multiple Signatures Which Switch Automatically
Jan22

Office 365 Using Multiple Signatures Which Switch Automatically

It’s common to require multiple signatures in outlook especially is someone has a second mailbox attached. They may be responsible for managing a customerservice@ or accounts@ mailbox along with their own. Setting up Outlook to automatically select the correct signature when replying to an email in your primary mailbox or a secondary mailbox is a great time saver and ensures the correct signatures are always in place when...

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Export Office 365 to The Email Laundry
Jan19

Export Office 365 to The Email Laundry

If you use The Email Laundry for advanced email and threat protection and your an MSP you will know how time consuming it is to setup. Adding all the email accounts into The Email Laundry manually, even exporting users from Office 365 to CSV and formatting the import file can be a real pain. Well I had enough of all the manual work and wrote a little PowerShell script to speed up the process. Before attempting to run this script...

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Add Office 365 Azure AD Account To LogMeIn Control Panel To Enable Remote Access
Dec28

Add Office 365 Azure AD Account To LogMeIn Control Panel To Enable Remote Access

If you have a device which is joined to Office 365 Azure AD and you use LogMeIn to remotely connect to it. You have probably found that the user account is missing from the list of available users in the LogMeIn control panel. To fix this fire up command prompt by right clicking CMD and selecting ‘Run as Administrator’. 1. Enter the following commands, pressing enter after each: net localgroup LMIUsers /add net localgroup...

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Add Office 365 Azure AD Account To Local Administrators Group
Dec28

Add Office 365 Azure AD Account To Local Administrators Group

If you join your devices to Azure AD in Office 365 you will at some point try to add a user to a local group on the PC and maybe need to temporarily add a user to the local administrators group. Well as you have found out the Office 365 Azure AD user is not listed as a local user in computer management. The local administrators group will likely only contain the local administrator account and possibly the Azure AD account used to...

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Office 365 Mileage Tracking App
Dec28

Office 365 Mileage Tracking App

If you claim millage for car travel then the new MileIQ service could be just what you are looking for. MileIQ was purchased by Microsoft and now their premium service is included in their Office 365 Business Premium subscriptions adding even more fantastic value! can you tell i’m a fan? 😉 If you have an Office 365 Business Premium you can sign up now here: https://www.mileiq.com/office365 On the page choose to Create an...

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Prevent Users From Installing Office Applications Themselves Office 365
Dec15

Prevent Users From Installing Office Applications Themselves Office 365

Preventing employees from installing Office applications themselves especially on their home computers may be an essential part of your data loss prevention strategy. Employees which can install OneDrive or Outlook onto unsecured devices may put your company and clients data at risk. It’s simply not worth the risk so preventing employees from being able to install Office applications direct from the web portal is an easy way to...

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Office 365 How To Add A Custom Tile To The App Menu
Dec14

Office 365 How To Add A Custom Tile To The App Menu

Recently I’ve been playing with PowerApps and wanted to ensure the app was available from the top left app menu for all users. We’ve implemented the leave request PowerApp template to approve different types of leave, holidays, sick days etc. We wanted everyone to have easy access to this app without them having the favorite the web page, especially useful when working out on the road. You can use this method to add just...

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How To Setup an Office 365 Holiday and Time Off Request App Using Power Apps
Dec12

How To Setup an Office 365 Holiday and Time Off Request App Using Power Apps

Office 365 just keeps adding value every time I go exploring for new features and this time I’ve started using the Holiday and Time off requests app template found in PowerApps. PowerApps are programs you can build and modify yourself to create awesome workflows which can be published to other users within Office 365. As with anything customisable and based on a template there is a little bit of work to get it operational but...

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How to Setup Office 365 Invoicing and Quick Overview
Dec11

How to Setup Office 365 Invoicing and Quick Overview

Microsoft Office 365 Invoicing has been out for a while now but is still under utilised and surprisingly so. Its a very capable invoicing system for small businesses has many of the features of well established accounting packages such as Quickbooks and Zero. Best of all its included in the Office 365 Business Premium license subscription so you no longer have to purchase another service to do basic estimates and invoicing! Lets take...

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Office 365 Invoicing Something Went Wrong
Dec11

Office 365 Invoicing Something Went Wrong

I’ve recently started using Office 365 Invoicing and I have to say I’ve been impressed. Microsoft are adding so much value to their Office 365 Business Premium subscriptions its amazing. Thank you Microsoft! So you have logged into Office 365 clicked on Invoicing then receive the message “Something went wrong. Please try again later. Technical details an unknown error occurred. If you continue to see this error,...

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Which Office 365 Subscriptions Do I Need for My Small Business?
Dec11

Which Office 365 Subscriptions Do I Need for My Small Business?

If you’ve landed on this page you have probably heard a bit about Office 365 or been told that you should start using it.  You may be using free email addresses which have been OK but you want more than just email. You may want shared Calendars, Shared email boxes, somewhere to store personal documents and somewhere to store documents which everyone can see and access. Maybe you also want a way to communicate with the team in...

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Office 365 Room Booking System Using Power Apps
Nov20

Office 365 Room Booking System Using Power Apps

Office 365 now gives you the ability to create a dedicated room booking app from one of its PowerApp templates. Its very easy to setup and makes it easier for employees to book rooms for new and existing meetings. Since its a PowerApp it’s highly customisable, think Access database programs and you get the idea. With a little bit of time you can add new features to suite your needs. Lets take a look at setting up the Room...

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Office 365 How to Prevent Access to Web Mail
Nov17

Office 365 How to Prevent Access to Web Mail

Want to disable a single user or group of users from access email via the web portal? Its really easy so lets take a look: 1. Sign into the Exchange admin center https://outlook.office365.com/epc Select the user or users you want to disable web email access for.     2. Press yes and confirm you want to disable web based email.     Now when the user or users log into the web portal they will have access to all other...

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Setup Sub Domain Email on 123reg
Nov16

Setup Sub Domain Email on 123reg

Setting up a sub domain on 123reg is technically not supported as I was told by their support team. However I did find out you can setup a full subdomain and even configure its own MX records as needed. So lets say you have a domain and in our case its at2kf.co.uk and we have email setup on this domain info@at2kf.co.uk etc. Lets say you now want to setup a subdomain for some reason, uksupport.at2fk.co.uk and you wanted to use email...

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How To Perform a Data Subject Access Request in Office 365
Oct20

How To Perform a Data Subject Access Request in Office 365

GDPR Real enough for you now? Get one of these great books to get you up to speed for those management and board meetings.                  GDPR has had us business owners and managers busy for a quite a while and now we have to put into practice everything we’ve been prepping for. One of the biggest worries for many is how are they going to actually assemble all of the files and emails which relate to a specific person....

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How to Activate OneDrive AutoSave
Sep24

How to Activate OneDrive AutoSave

OneDrive’s new Autosave feature is a great step forward for those of us using Office 365 with Azure AD Joined devices. We can now safely backup our desktop and document files as well as allow for roaming desktops. Save any document on your desktop or in your documents folder and OneDrive will sync those files to the cloud. From the cloud you can then enable a 3rd party backup system to keep everything safe. Lets enable it now...

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How To Upgrade Azure AD Connect Software
Sep04

How To Upgrade Azure AD Connect Software

  Upgrading to the latest version of Azure AD Connect is a fairly painless process and solves a recent issue with high CPU usage. Here’s how you do it. First download the latest version of Azure AD Connect onto the server which currently runs it from here       Although the upgrade process keeps your current settings I always find it useful to view the current configuration to better undstand whats being used...

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Azure AD Connect Microsoft Online Reporting MonitoringAgent Startup High CPU
Sep04

Azure AD Connect Microsoft Online Reporting MonitoringAgent Startup High CPU

A recent update to Windows Server has caused Azure AD Connect to hog CPU time on some servers. To fix this download the latest version of Azure AD Connect and upgrade your installation. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=47594 The upgrade requires no reboots or down time the only issue is that the sync process will be stopped until the upgrade is complete. Upgrading the software typically takes 10-20 minutes...

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Azure Intune Compliance policy Not evaluated Error 65001 (Not applicable)
Jul10

Azure Intune Compliance policy Not evaluated Error 65001 (Not applicable)

Recently I’ve been trying to move fully over to InTune for device management and compliance but ran into an issue getting devices to show as compliant in the portal. Some devices report in fine but others show compliance policies as ‘Not evaluated’ or they show the Default Device Compliance Policy in an error state showing the error state 65001 (Not applicable). I opened a case with Microsoft support who have...

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How to Set Out of Office for a Shared Mailbox in Office365
Jun10

How to Set Out of Office for a Shared Mailbox in Office365

Can you setup an auto responder or out of office message on Shared mailboxes? Yes you can! First log into the admin portal https://admin.microsoft.com/AdminPortal You have probably noticed that under the users menu it lists shared mailboxes but you cant set any email features so where do we configure an out of office? Navigate to Groups then Shared mailboxes, select the account you wish to edit. Now you get access to the auto...

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How to Disable Pin Requirements When Joining Windows 10 PC to Azure AD and Using Office365 Business Premium
Jun05

How to Disable Pin Requirements When Joining Windows 10 PC to Azure AD and Using Office365 Business Premium

Office365 Business Premium is great subscription for smaller businesses but if you want to join your Windows 10 PC’s to Azure AD it has one big disadvantage over the Enterprise subscriptions, mainly access to InTune. Because of this if you join a Windows 10 PC to Azure AD all users will be required to setup a Pin before being able to log in. If your users hot desk they will have to do it on every PC they login to! Your options...

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How to Apply for Non Profit and Charity Pricing in Office365
Jun03

How to Apply for Non Profit and Charity Pricing in Office365

If you are a non profit or are a charity with a valid charity number then your in luck because you could be eligible for highly discounted Office 365 licenses. Take a typical business premium license, they normally cost £9.40 per month but for a non profit they are only £2.30 per month! Here is my quick run through of how to apply, showing you the information required and what to expect. This guide is for setting up a brand new tenant...

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Outlook 2016 Keeps Prompting for Password

Following the May Windows and Office updates we’ve seen a massive number of issues with clients losing internet connectivity and Outlook messing about. The most recent issues is where Outlook keeps prompting for a Password and it appears to happen after the user changes it and if the tenant is enabled for Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) Any clients which have exhibited this behaviour the only fix has been to implement the...

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How to Deploy Office 365 Applications From a Server Share
Apr08

How to Deploy Office 365 Applications From a Server Share

If you want to deploy Office 365 applications from a share on the network manually, by using scripting tools or just to save in internet bandwidth then you need the Office Deployment tool. There are five basic steps to using the tool for deploying Office apps: Download and install the Deployment ToolSetup a server share to deploy the apps from.Edit the configuration file to choose what files you want to install or exclude.Use the tool...

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Office 365 Teams – How to mention someone and link to files in chat
Feb07

Office 365 Teams – How to mention someone and link to files in chat

Teams is a great collaboration tool and allows users to work together more effectively. My visit to the Microsoft Tech Summit this month in Birmingham showed me just how much Teams is at the focus of Microsoft’s Office 365 development plans and we should all be getting familiar with this new tool. How to mention someone in chat To mention someone in a chat and bring something to their attention in their activity feed you simply...

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Office 365 Teams – How to Integrate with IT Glue
Jan27

Office 365 Teams – How to Integrate with IT Glue

Teams is a great way to share information within specific teams and we’ve been playing with it ourselves to better keep everyone in the loop with the latest updates from projects. Recently we’ve hooked up IT Glue workflows so that they post updates into teams channels. It’s been really useful to get visibility on all those things happening on the helpdesk so wanted to share with you how to set it up. In this example...

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Office 365 Teams – How to Enable 3rd Party Integrations AKA Web Hooks
Jan09

Office 365 Teams – How to Enable 3rd Party Integrations AKA Web Hooks

Teams is a great Office 365 colaboration tool and enabling 3rd party integrations is a great way to get a whole lot more from the software. To enable 3rd party integrations simply log into the Admin Centre as a global administrator https://portal.office.com/AdminPortal Browse to Settings, Services & Add-ins and click on Microsoft Teams.     Next expand the Apps section from the menu and switch on ‘Allow external...

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