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Secrets of Exchange Online Mailbox Provisioning

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Thomas Stensitzki

Exchange Online has different ways to provision mailboxes. Exchange Online is a standard service within Microsoft 365, which in the simplest case provides a mailbox. However, an Exchange Online mailbox also serves as a storage location for user-related data from other Microsoft 365 services. The most prominent example of this is Microsoft Teams. What exactly happens when Exchange Online provisions a mailbox depends on different factors. Especially when using hybrid identities synchronized with Azure AD Connect, there are essential points to consider.

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Using Defender for Cloud Apps to Control File downloads

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Nathan O'Bryan MCSM

One situation I see often with customers is the desire to control and monitor file downloads from the cloud. For most organizations in most industries, it’s important to control your organization's data, and that data is often contained in files. The proprietary nature of information in files makes them very valuable to many organizations, and thusly important to control.

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Office 365 Security: Do You Have a People Problem?

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Chris Goosen

Many organizations regard their people as their greatest asset. There is no disputing that the ability to hire great talent is a critical component to success, but in today’s pandemic-work-from-home world these great assets could also pose the greatest risk to your business. No amount of technology can account for human nature. You may already have invested in the best security solutions, but all it takes is a single click of a phishing email. I like to refer to this as a people problem – something that technology cannot solve entirely.

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Changes to Exchange Online Web Services

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Thomas Stensitzki

Exchange Web Services (EWS) have been an integral part of Exchange since Exchange Server 2007. They are used not only by Exchange Server and Exchange Online for communication between Exchange Servers and as part of hybrid communication. Email clients also use web services. EWS is a SOAP-based API, but in the meantime, there are more modern protocols. Back in 2018, the Exchange product group announced that there would be no further development for the EWS protocol in Exchange Online. Indirectly, the EWS Managed API README-file on GitHub contains an announcement for Exchange Server.

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Basic Authentication and Exchange Online – September 2021 Update

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AmyKelly Petruzzella

Last week Microsoft announced that, effective October 1, 2022, they will begin to permanently disable Basic Auth in all tenants, regardless of usage (with the exception of SMTP Auth, which can still be re-enabled after that). Why the sudden change from their February 2021 announcement about postponing disabling Basic Auth for protocols in active use by tenant until further notice, but that they would continue to disable Basic Auth for all protocols not being used? We have the answers and the FAQs for you.

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Microsoft 365 Admin Center: Understanding Service Health Dashboard

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AmyKelly Petruzzella

If you are experiencing problems with an Office 365 service, the native option is to check Microsoft’s Service Health Dashboard (SHD) in your Microsoft 365 Admin Center to determine whether this is a known issue with a resolution in progress before you call support or spend valuable time troubleshooting. However, the information that is provided through the SHD is only of limited use, as it focuses primarily on the overall service health instead of tenant-specific or user-specific problems.

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