PowerShell Core 6.0: Generally Available (GA) and Supported!

From MSDN blog

PowerShell Core 6.0 is a new edition of PowerShell that is cross-platform (Windows, macOS, and Linux), open-source, and built for heterogeneous environments and the hybrid cloud.

First and foremost, thank you to all of our amazing community, especially our open-source contributors (the most recent of which you can find on our community dashboard at https://aka.ms/PSGitHubBI) for donating your time and energy to PowerShell Core. Whether you contributed code, tests, documentation, issues, or even just your feedback and opinions, we are extremely grateful for the sweat and tears that you’ve invested in PowerShell. (For those interested in contributing, hop and over to our Contribution Guide on GitHub. You don’t have to be a guru to help out!)

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Outlook for Mac now supports creation of Office 365 Groups!

From techcommunity.microsoft.com

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The Outlook & Groups team is hard at work to continuously bring new Office 365 group capabilities to Outlook for Mac. You can now create a group, starting with the 16.9 (171226) release! Groups in Outlook for Mac is only available to Office 365 subscribers.
The create group command can be found in the Outlook menu, under File > New > Group.
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What Does GDPR Mean For You & Office 365

By now you will have heard about the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will be coming into effect shortly. This was started by the European Commission in 2012 and finally generally agreed upon by the European Parliament and Council in December 2016. This new plan is to replace the current Data Protection Directive 95/46/ec.

Most companies have already adopted privacy processes and procedures consistent with the Directive, the GDPR contains a number of new protections for EU data subjects and threatens significant fines and penalties for non-compliant data controllers and processors once it comes into force in the spring of 2018. There are some core areas that are of great importance when trying to understand this new policy, as well as seeing how it fits into existing policies and also platforms that you may be using. Continue reading → What Does GDPR Mean For You & Office 365

Microsoft Recommending Non Expiring Passwords to O365 Customers

My Office 365 admin portal displayed a new recommendation when I logged in last week. Microsoft is recommending that user account passwords be set to never expire. My tenant is currently set to an expiry period of 90 days, whereas a newer tenant I was doing some testing with last month has defaulted to 730 days. I am not sure whether a tenant created today will default to 720 days or to non-expiring passwords.

This recommendation has so far appeared only in tenants that I have access to that are configured with First Release for everyone, and that aren’t enabled for directory synchronization. I imagine that the recommendation is being rolled out slowly.

The thought of non-expiring passwords might raise a few eyebrows in some organizations. For a long time the accepted position for passwords was to change them regularly. This thinking comes from a time when passwords were the single factor of authentication for most systems, with multi-factor authentication being relatively rare. Times have changed though, and recent research has concluded that requiring users to change their passwords regularly will usually lead to them:

  • choosing weaker passwords to begin with, because they don’t want to learn complex new passwords each time they are forced to change it
  • choosing new passwords that are only a minor variation of their previous password, e.g. Monday01 changes to Monday02

So what should we do if we aren’t requiring our users to regularly change their passwords? Continue reading → Microsoft Recommending Non Expiring Passwords to O365 Customers

How to Secure Conversations and Data in Microsoft Teams

ms-teams.jpgWith the news at Microsoft Ignite that Teams is here to stay, and going to be the primary collaboration client in Office 365, it is going to be important for organisations to understand how to secure the data and conversations stored within Microsoft Teams.

Where is the data?

The first key thing to understand what types of data you are talking about, and where it is actually stored. Every “Team” is build on an Office 365 Group, and this is where the majority of the Team related data will be stored. Each Channel in the Team will provision a new folder in the Group’s Document Library, and this is where files shared in Group conversations will be stored. Each Group also has a Group Mailbox, and this is where conversations held within channels are stored.

However, users can also communicate directly via chat, and share files from this interface. In this instance, the conversations will be stored in the user’s mailbox, and the files they share will be stored in OneDrive.

That’s great, but what does this mean when it comes to compliance? Continue reading → How to Secure Conversations and Data in Microsoft Teams

One-click replication for Azure Virtual Machines with Azure Site Recovery

Microsoft have announced that Azure Site Recovery (ASR) is now built into the virtual machine experience so that you can setup replication in one click for your Azure virtual machines. Combined with ASR’s one-click failover capabilities, its simpler than ever before to setup replication and test a disaster recovery scenario.

Using the one-click replication feature, now in public preview, is very simple. Just browse to your VM, select Disaster recovery, select the target region of your choice, review the settings and click Enable replication. That’s it – disaster recovery for your VM is configured. The target resource group, availability set, virtual network and storage accounts are auto-created based on your source VM configuration. You also have the flexibility to pick custom target settings. You can refer to the animation below for the flow.

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If you have applications running on Azure IaaS virtual machines, your applications still have to meet compliance requirements. While the Azure platform already has built-in protection for localized hardware failures, you still need to safeguard your applications from major incidents. This includes catastrophic events such as hurricanes and earthquakes, or software glitches causing application downtime. Using Azure Site Recovery, you can have peace of mind knowing your business-critical applications running on Azure VMs are covered and without the expense of secondary infrastructure. Disaster recovery between Azure regions is available in all Azure regions where ASR is available.

Five more reasons why you should download the Azure mobile app

You may have already heard about the Azure mobile app at the Build conference back in May 2017. The app lets you stay connected with Azure even when you are on the go.
Over the last few months, Microsoft have been working closely with customers to improve the Azure mobile app. Below are five more reasons why the Azure app is a must-have.

1. Monitoring resources

The Azure mobile app allows you to quickly check your resources status at a glance. Drill in, and see more details like metrics, Activity Log, properties and execute actions.

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2. Executing scripts to respond to issues

Need to urgently execute your get-out-of-trouble script? You can use Bash and now even PowerShell on Cloud Shell to take full control of your Azure resources. All of your scripts are stored on CloudDrive to use across the app and the portal.

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3. Organizing resources and resource group

Have a lot of resources? No problem, you can favorite your most important resources across subscriptions and keep them in your Favorites tab for easy access.

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Start creating your Favorites list now – you can do it from the resource view or directly from the resources list tab as shown below.

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4. Resource sharing

Tired of sending screenshots to your coworkers to help them find a resource? Now you can share a direct link to the resource via email, text message or other apps with the click of a button.
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5. Tracking Azure Health incidents

The Azure mobile app can even help you track Azure Health incidents. Just scan the QR code from the portal and track the incident from your phone.
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