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March 18, 2019 | Jonathan Hassell

Quick Guide: How to Sync Your Active Directory to Office 365

Many organizations that use Office 365 have a hybrid deployment — that is, they also have an on-premises Active Directory, which is the primary storage for identity information. Learn how to enable integration of local AD data with your Office 365 environment using native Microsoft tools in...
December 24, 2018 | Jonathan Hassell

Office 365 Groups and How to Manage Them

Office 365 groups enable users to access information in a variety of places, including SharePoint or OneDrive for Business document libraries, OneNote files, shared inboxes or calendars on Exchange Online, Lync or Skype for Business meetings, or Dynamics CRM databases. Office 365 groups are objects...
July 3, 2020 | Steve Dickson

Why Isn’t Native Office 365 and Azure AD Auditing Good Enough?

The Netwrix 2018 Cloud Security Report shows that cloud technology has captured the attention of more and more companies. 42% of respondents are ready for broader cloud adoption, and half of them plan to store more customer, employee and financial information there in the near future. For many...
February 20, 2019 | Jonathan Hassell

How to Create, Assign Licenses to, Disable and Delete Office 365 Accounts

Office 365 includes a wide variety of services, such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, that foster communication and collaboration between users. To use Office 365 services, however, each user needs their own user account in Office 365 with assigned licenses. You can...
March 11, 2019 | Jeff Melnick

Ten Most Useful Office 365 PowerShell Commands

Using Windows PowerShell to manage Office 365 may seem odd at first. After all, cloud solutions promise simplicity and ease of use — adjectives rarely used in connection with Windows PowerShell. But bear with me. In this article, I’ll show you the ten most useful Office 365 PowerShell cmdlets...
October 29, 2019 | Russell Smith

Security Tip: Enable Azure AD Self-Service Password Reset

Helpdesk-assisted password resets can account for 20% of an organization’s IT budget, but in the past, required the use of third-party software for Active Directory that could be difficult to set up and maintain. In this article, I’ll show you how to enable self-service password resets for...
February 22, 2019 | Russell Smith

IT Trick: View Azure AD Sign In Activity

Need to know who’s logging in to your cloud directory or Office 365? With this tip, I’ll show you where to find information about user sign in activity in the Azure management portal. Until recently, there was no single log view for sign in information in the Azure Active Directory (AAD)....
February 14, 2020 | Jonathan Hassell

Complete Guide to Azure Active Directory Password Policy

One of the benefits of using Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is the flexibility it gives you when it comes to managing passwords. Most companies choose to deploy Azure AD as an extension to their existing on-premises Active Directory. They do so to add single sign on and federation capabilities...
November 9, 2018 | Jonathan Hassell

2 Rules to Secure Office 365 Password Policy Setup

Password policy in Office 365 is much stricter and more secure than that of an on-premises application,  so you no longer have to worry about setting and enforcing different authentication policies for your users. But still, you should align Office365 security settings with your overall enterprise...
November 9, 2018 | Russell Smith

3 Ways Azure Active Directory Improves Security

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a cloud-based directory and identity management service that offers a more streamlined set of services than Windows Server Active Directory. Intended primarily for authenticating users to cloud-born apps (i.e., applications that have been developed to provide...
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