Removing Multiple Blocked Senders from EOP

Along with an Office 365 subscription, you get Microsoft’s mail filtering solution Exchange Online Protection (EOP).  You can also subscribe to EOP if you are running on on-premises mail solution.

One nice feature of EOP is that it can be configured to detect and block outbound spam.  IF When a user account gets compromised (or maybe you have legitimate spammers) Microsoft can block the ability for the account to send any more outbound mail until you have addressed the account and unblocked it.  This is great until you have an outbreak of compromised accounts, likely due to phishing victims, and need to remove multiple blocked addresses.  So how can we do this?

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Exploring Microsoft Translator

While catching up on a few emails today, I came across a link for using Microsoft Translator in EDU.  The Microsoft Translator app has been around for over a year now, but I had not tried it out.  While downloading the app, I immediately thought about different ways the translator would be helpful…then I got distracted by the cold, snowy scene outside which caused me to drift off to vacation land – adventurous locations, cold (adult) beverages, and potentially non-English speaking residents.

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Spectre, Meltdown, and Your Enterprise

Update: Intel has reported that customers with certain CPUs are experiencing random reboots after applying firmware updates to patch this vulnerability. I can’t say this enough but TEST before rolling these out!

By now, you have likely heard about recently disclosed vulnerabilities called Spectre and Meltdown.  If not, TechCrunch has a detailed article about them that will get you up to speed.  The vulnerability affects most modern operating systems and processors.  It also affects other systems such as iOS, MacOS, Android, Chrome, etc.

I have found that many IT people I talk with do not understand what needs to happen to address these vulnerabilities.  I think this is (at least partly) because unlike many previous vulnerabilities, simply installing a Windows update does not fix the problem.  The fix also requires registry keys to be set and firmware updates released by the hardware manufacturers to be applied.

After reviewing what needs to happen to protect enterprise systems, I have pulled together some information so you can protect yourself as well.  While this is not an all-encompassing guide, it should point you to many of the resources needed to address the vulnerabilities.    Rather than this blog post being extremely long and repetitive, you will find many linked items below to already created documentation that will be helpful in patching your systems. Continue reading

What’s Missing in the New Office 365 App Launcher Experience

The Office 365 app launcher has undergone multiple variations over the past few years.  The existing style was announced in September 2016, and just a year later is drastically changing again.  While users will adapt, these frequent complete overhauls do present challenges for internal communications with the user base.

The newest iteration started hitting first release users and tenants this month.  It has a clean design, and should be easy for users to navigate.  Microsoft’s plan is to create the app launcher layout based on recent activity by that specific user, meaning each user will have an initial layout that is custom to them.  I noticed one key piece of information in the below excerpt from the official announcement:

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MS Teams – Disabled Private Chat Bug

If you find that you have a need to disable private chat in Microsoft Teams, be aware that you may run into some challenges while it is disabled and if you need to enable it again.

Scenario

  • Private chat in Teams is enabled, and in use by users.
  • Private chat is then disabled for a period of time in the admin portal.
  • After a period of time, private chat is then enabled again.

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MSIgnite Reaction: The Future of Skype and Teams

Now that Microsoft Ignite has come and gone, I have had time to digest some of the news from the week and want to share some thoughts…specifically about Skype and Teams for now.  Ignite 2017 overall was the best/most productive Microsoft conference I have attended.  The logistics of a conference this size have to be crazy – 30,000 people, 1600+ sessions, vendors, food, celebrations, etc.  Kudos to everyone involved.

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Ignite 2017 Day 1 Recap

The first day of Microsoft Ignite brought a staggering amount of announcements, most of which I have yet to read about in detail.  With the number of product groups represented at the conference, I am sure there are still some that I haven’t heard about.  In all of the sessions I attended today, I saw Microsoft’s mission throughout.  It is clear that they are really focused on ensuring users have the tools they need to be productive.

Microsoft Mission: Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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