Creating Surveys in Office 365: Microsoft Forms vs. SharePoint Survey App

Recently I've been working on a project to package about 1500 applications for distribution through SCCM. To gather the information I need, I wrote a 50-question survey for a few hundred people to answer. The challenge was to get this survey to a large audience and turn the results into actionable information.

There are a variety of services available online for running surveys. This customer is using Office 365, so I wanted to make use of their existing resources. Today, Office 365 has two solutions for running surveys:

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What-If for Conditional Access

Conditional Access is a premium feature of Azure Active Directory that allows administrators to specify conditions under which users can authenticate into other cloud services. With conditional access, you can specify that a certain set of users can only authenticate to specific applications from specific IPs for example.

The hard part about conditional access is that it takes a lot of work to configure and test the policies. Ensuring that you know how a policy is going to affect your users is critical. In this blog post I’m going to look at a new tool in the Conditional Access line that helps with this problem. "Azure-Active Directory-Conditional Access-What If" gives administrators a new way to test Conditional Access policies to see what the effect of applying those policies will be.

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Be ready if Microsoft Exchange updates go wrong

There are several general practices that can help improve the chances of rolling out Microsoft Exchange updates successfully.

Administrators apply updates to correct issues, but there are times a patch itself will break the system. There is no single way to update and -- if things do not go as planned -- recover Exchange. Every organization has different versions and configurations for the messaging platform. Every Microsoft patch is different.

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Curb stress from Exchange Server updates with these pointers

Some administrators let the memories of a bad patch linger and put off Exchange updates. Here are some tips to make this necessary chore less of a traumatic experience.

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New Client Access Rules for Exchange Online

There are many ways you can manage and control the way your end-users connect to Office 365. Intune, and Azure Active Directory Premium are add-on feature sets for your Office 365 subscription that give you advanced controls for managing client access scenarios, but some customers want a lower level of control that they can implement without having to buy add-on licenses.

In this blog post, I am going to explore some new Client Access Rules that have recently been added into Exchange Online.

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