Managing Exchange Online with Azure Cloud Shell

So, the cloud, am I right? While it always nice to get away from having to worry about failed hard drives, or backups, or patches, or a million other things, the real upside to using cloud services is that the good folks at Microsoft are able to put so much more into developing new features. Even for services like Exchange that seem mature, there are always new and unexpected ways for them to evolve as part of a huge infrastructure like Office 365 and Azure.

While this blog post isn’t about new features in Exchange Online, it is about a new way to access and administer Exchange Online.

In this blog post I’m going to explore a new feature of Azure that allows for administrators to access Exchange Online in a whole new way.

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How to set up Office 365 modern authentication

As Microsoft implements modern authentication across Office 365, administrators need to understand how to use and control the authentication framework to avoid disruptions.

Modern authentication is an updated set of authentication protocols and policies for Office 365 and Azure that allow improved authentication scenarios. Modern authentication is the term Microsoft uses for its version of OAuth 2.0 to utilize multifactor authentication, smart card authentication and other advanced authentication flows that were not possible with basic, or legacy, authentication.

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Activating Privileged Identity Management Roles within PowerShell

As more and more organizations move to Office 365 the challenge shifts from “How do we get into Office 365?” to “How do we manage our data within Office 365?” Keeping your organization’s data secure inside the service is a major concern for many organizations, as well as for Microsoft itself.

To that end, Microsoft has put a lot of work into new features in both Office 365 and Azure that can help organizations better secure their data.  One of those features is Privileged Identity Management (PIM). PIM is a feature that allows Just in Time administrative rights to be assigned to Office 365 accounts. This means that it is no longer necessary to maintain accounts with administrator privileges always assigned. With PIM your organization can setup accounts for your Office 365 administrators that do not have administrative rights until they are needed. When an administrator in your organization needs to make changes within the service, they can request elevation of their account though an automated process.

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Monthly PUG Meetup - Nathan O'Bryan - Activating PIM roles with PowerShell

Activating PIM roles with PowerShell

In this session we’ll dive into activating Privileged Identity Management roles with PowerShell. We will walk through the problem of activating PIM roles, and how a simple PowerShell script can be used to simplify this process. This session is not about PIM specifically, but more about what it takes to automate this process with PowerShell.

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New Features in Microsoft Teams

Teams is Microsoft’s collaboration hub within Office 365. Teams was originally introduced as a direct answer to Slack, but it’s become a much bigger solution than that over the last two years it has been publicly available within Office 365.

According to recent numbers from Microsoft, Teams is now in use at more than 500,000 organizations across the world. With a new service of this scope there is going to be a long adoption period, while organizations wrap their collective heads around how to use a service like this. Hopefully this blog post will start that education and adoption process for a few more Office 365 customers.

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