Whats new in Microsoft 365 Roadmap today? 12th January 2021

Additions : 5
Updates : 2

New FeaturesCurrent Status
Excel: Office Macro Runtime Integration with AMSI now includes Excel 4.0 macrosIn Development
Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Override AlertsIn Development
Excel: Excel Trust Center – Adding a separate Macro Settings option to block Excel 4.0 (XLM) macrosIn Development
Microsoft Teams : Follow or Mute Conversations in GCCIn Development
Forms: Specific User Sharing for Response CollectionIn Development
Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
Microsoft Information Protection: Data-at-Rest Encryption for Microsoft 365 (Preview)LaunchedStatus
Microsoft Teams: Share System Audio on MacIn DevelopmentDescription

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Exchange 2016 Requirements and Prerequisites

The following is a list of recommended and required items for installing Exchange Server 2016.

Exchange 2016 Server Requirements

CoexistenceRequires Exchange 2010 SP3 UR11 or Exchange 2013 UR10
Operating SystemWindows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter (full GUI required, Core not supported).
CPUMinimum of 2 CPUs with 2 cores each; Intel and AMD are supported
MemoryFor Mailbox role, 8GB memory minimum; Recommend 16GB or higher.
Page FileAmount of RAM + 10MB, not to exceed 32778MB (32GB) for initial and maximum size.
System (OS) partition:Must be NTFS. Recommend 120-150GB.
Data partition(s)Can be ReFS. Total size of all legacy EDBs + optional 30-40% minimum for growth.
Domain Controllers (DC)Must be Windows Server 2008 or newer.
Active Directory Forest Functional Level (FFL)Must be Windows Server 2008 or newer.
IPv6Do not disable.
NET FrameworkOnly .NET Framework 4.5.2 is supported currently.
Outlook ClientsOutlook 2010 with KB2965295 or newer (for Windows); Outlook 2011 for Mac or newer (for Mac).

Exchange 2016 Server Prerequisites

Active Directory Preparation

If you plan to use an Exchange 2016 server to prepare the Active Directory environment, perform these following tasks. If not, proceed to the section for Exchange Server Preparation.

  1. Install .NET Framework 4.5.2.
  2. Open an elevated PowerShell console and run this command to install Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT)…
Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS

Exchange Server Preparation

  1. For the Mailbox server role, open an elevated PowerShell console and run the following command to install the required roles and features…
Install-WindowsFeature AS-HTTP-Activation, Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework-45-Features, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Clustering-CmdInterface, RSAT-Clustering-Mgmt, RSAT-Clustering-PowerShell, Web-Mgmt-Console, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Digest-Auth, Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Dyn-Compression, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Http-Redirect, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Lgcy-Mgmt-Console, Web-Metabase, Web-Mgmt-Console, Web-Mgmt-Service, Web-Net-Ext45, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Static-Content, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI, Windows-Identity-Foundation

NOTE: There is no Client Access role with Exchange Server 2016. All roles, with the exception of the Edge Transport server role, have been combined to align with Microsoft’s long recommended guidance for multi-role servers.

2.  Restart the server (required).  Alternately, “-Restart” (quotes excluded) can be appended to the command above to automatically restart the server upon completing the install of the required roles and features.

3.  Install .NET Framework 4.5.2.

4.  Install Microsoft Unified Communications Managed API 4.0, Core Runtime 64-bit.

5.  Install all Windows Updates (including all optional updates).  Restart.  Repeat until no updates remain.

6.  Download Microsoft Exchange Server 2016.

NOTE: There are many hardware configurations that can be recommended, however, the items above are fairly consistent with all of projects I manage. Your suggestions are welcomed as I am always seeking to improve.

Reference(s):

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Whats new in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap today? 9th January 2021

Additions : 5
Updates : 3

New FeaturesCurrent Status
Outlook for iOS: Extending suggested replies in more languages worldwideIn Development
Microsoft Teams: Top hits in Search AutosuggestIn Development
Microsoft Teams: Teams casting from iOS Teams AppIn Development
Microsoft Teams: Teams casting from Android Teams AppIn Development
Microsoft Information Protection: Changes in display of hierarchical sensitivity labels for Microsoft TeamsIn Development
Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
Outlook: Outlook on the web – Text predictions in English now supported worldwideLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Teams: Meeting recordings saved to OneDrive & SharePoint for GCC-High and DoDIn DevelopmentTitle
Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Email entity pageIn DevelopmentStatus

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Whats new in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap today? 8th January 2021

Additions : 5
Updates : 6

New FeaturesCurrent Status
Microsoft 365 admin center: Global Usage report for Microsoft TeamsIn Development
Outlook for Android: Extending suggested replies in additional languages world wideIn Development
Microsoft Teams: Revised in-meeting Share experienceIn Development
Microsoft Teams: Revised in-meeting Share experience for GCC-HighIn Development
Microsoft Teams: Revised in-meeting Share experience in DODIn Development
Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
Planner: Smart BackgroundsRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Project: Create attachments on tasksRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Compliance center: Expanded support to search and export items in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business Recycle Bin in Core eDiscovery and Advanced eDiscoveryCancelledStatus, Description
Outlook: iOS, Android and on the web Extension of suggested replies worldwideIn DevelopmentTitle
Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Remediation enhancementsIn DevelopmentDescription
Outlook for iOS: Play My Emails available in other countriesLaunchedStatus

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Avoid conflicts with Group Policy and Microsoft Endpoint Manager – Identify Group Policy settings not supported by MDM.

When integrating your Windows 10 devices into Microsoft Endpoint Manager, you may encounter policy conflicts where the same setting is configured both on-premises via GPO and Intune. When this happens it can be a complete nightmare, so in this post I will show you how to identify GPOS not supported by MDM.

To run this tool follow the instructions below:

Install Remote Server Administration Tools. Windows 7 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7887 Windows 8 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=28972
Window 8.1 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39296
Windows 10 – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=45520

Install this MMAT tool zipped Folder to your PC and unzip the folder.

Open a PowerShell Window running as an Admin.
Change directory to MMAT-master folder which contains all the scripts and exe inside.

Run the following script:

Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted 

./Invoke-MdmMigrationAnalysisTool.ps1 -collectGPOReports -runAnalysisTool

When Invoke-MdmMigrationAnalysisTool.ps1 is completed,it will generate:

MDMMigrationAnalysis.xml: XML report containing information about policies for the target user and computer and how they map, if at all, to MDM.

As you can see from below you will have report defining what is and isnt supported

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Getting notified of new Microsoft events using Power Automate

If you are a regular visitor to my blog you will know of my passion of leverage Power Automate to notify me of the latest happenings within the Microsoft technology space and today post is no different.

Today, I am going to publish Microsoft events into Microsoft Teams and because we are using Power Automate. You are not just limited to publishing into Teams but you could even send an email, update a SharePoint list etc..

So first of all I have created a new Channel within my Organisation Wide Announcements Team as shown below.

We will open Power Automate and configure the required flow to publish the below into Microsoft Teams.

Launch Power Automate
Click Create –> Automated Cloud Flow

Provide a Flow Name i.e (Microsoft Event RSS Push)
Select “When a feed item is published”

Enter the RSS feed url “https://events.microsoft.com/eventrss.xml”

Select PublishDate
Click New Step

Search for Microsoft Teams Connector
Select Post a message (V3)

Specify your Team and Channel
Populate your Subject with the Feed title
Populate your Message with Primary feed link and Feed Summary.

When the first run happens it will flood the channel with all current active events but after this point you will receive a steady flow of events.

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Whats new in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap today? 7th January 2021

Additions : 0
Updates : 3

Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
Microsoft Teams: Polls in Teams MeetingsLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Forms: Confirm Phishing Option Available for IT AdminsLaunchedStatus
Whiteboard: Whiteboard will be available in Microsoft Teams RoomsLaunchedStatus

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Avoid conflicts with Group Policy and Microsoft Endpoint Manager – Make your MDM Policies Win

When integrating your Windows 10 devices into Microsoft Endpoint Manager, you may encounter policy conflicts where the same setting is configured both on-premises via GPO and Intune. When this happens it can be a complete nightmare, so in this post I will show you how to configure Microsoft Endpoint Manager so that your MDM policies rein over GPO.

Lets get to it and launch Microsoft Endpoint Manager dashboard –> Go to Devices –> Configuration Profile –> Create Profile

Platform – Windows 10 and later
Profile – Custom

Click Create

Click Add and enter the below

Name: ConflictPolicyConflict
Description: Enter value if required
OMA-URI: ./Device/Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/ControlPolicyConflict/MDMWinsOverGP
Data type: Integer
Value: 1

Click Save –> Press Next

If you are using Scope Tags – Define your tags and Press Next

Define your selected groups of machines for the profile and Press Next

Define applicability rules if in use and Press Next

Press Create

This will now force MDM Policies to win over Group Policies assigned to a Windows 10 device.

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Whats new in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap today? 6th January 2021

Additions : 0
Updates : 9

Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
Microsoft Information Protection: Information Protection and Governance: Trainable ClassifiersLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Teams: Enable tenant administrators to configure masking of PSTN participant phone numbersIn DevelopmentStatus
Microsoft Teams: New Together mode scenesLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Teams: Live Captions for 1:1 CallsLaunchedStatus
OneDrive: iOS – Bookmarks for PDF viewingRolling OutStatus
Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection: Defender for Office 365 – Evaluation ModeRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Additional remediation actionsCancelledStatus, Description
Microsoft Teams: GCC support for devices management in Teams Admin Centre.LaunchedStatus
Outlook for Android: Play My EmailsLaunchedStatus

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Whats new in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap today? 5th January 2021

Additions : 5
Updates : 39

New FeaturesCurrent Status
Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Additional remediation actionsIn Development
Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Remediation enhancementsIn Development
Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Investigations triggered by manual actionsIn Development
Outlook for iOS: Increase visibility of messages from people outside your organizationIn Development
Outlook for Android: Increase visibility of messages from people outside your organizationIn Development
Updated FeaturesCurrent StatusUpdate Type
SharePoint and Teams: updated Add a Team to a site wizardRolling OutStatus
OneDrive: Full-fidelity shared libraries in OneDriveRolling OutStatus
Excel: AutoFill with touch screen in Excel for the webLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Visio: Link your diagramsLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Visio: Azure icons in Visio for the webRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Search: Improvements to the Microsoft Search API in the Microsoft GraphLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Search: New Bing Enterprise HomepageLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Search: New Bing Industry NewsRolling OutStatus
Cortana: Briefing emailLaunchedStatus
SharePoint: Information barriersRolling OutDescription
Visio: The Visio Data Visualizer add-in for Excel is now generally availableLaunchedStatus
Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection: Secure by Default – Honoring detonation verdictsRolling OutStatus
Visio: People gallery and modern presenceLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Graph: [SEARCH] Connectors Type Filtering & Multiple Connections Support (Preview)LaunchedStatus
Access: Enabling Large Address Aware (LAA) for 32-Bit AccessIn DevelopmentTitle
Access: ODBC Interface Support (without ACE Redistributable Engine)Rolling OutTitle
Access: DAO Interface Support (without ACE Redistributable Engine)Rolling OutTitle
Access: SQL Monaco EditorIn DevelopmentTitle
Yammer: New Community InsightsLaunchedStatus
Excel: Use ink and highlighter to annotate in Excel on the webRolling OutStatus
Yammer: New immersive experience for live eventsLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Search: New image verticalCancelledStatus, Description
Microsoft Search: Use, view, and manage your personal query historyCancelledStatus, Description
Microsoft Teams: inline message translation in DODLaunchedStatus
Outlook for Windows: Natural language Search in OutlookLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Compliance center: Advanced eDiscovery – Collect and review encrypted content stored in SharePoint and or OneDrive for BusinessRolling OutStatus
Microsoft Compliance center: Advanced Audit – Mail forward and mail send events for Government CloudsLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Search: Available in Excel OnlineLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Search: On-canvas search in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for the WebRolling OutStatus, Title
Microsoft Search: Default display experience for File connectorsLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Search: Available in Word OnlineLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Search: Available in PowerPoint OnlineLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Search: Smart Find (Find-in-Document) in Word, Excel, and PowerPointLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Search: Q&A in Microsoft WordLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection: EDR in block modeLaunchedStatus
Microsoft Information Protection: Exchange Online service encryption using Microsoft managed keys for government cloudsRolling OutStatus
SharePoint: Migration Manager – Teams and OneDrive destinations in Migration ManagerLaunchedStatus
Outlook for Android: Play My Emails from favorite peopleLaunchedStatus
Yammer: Azure AD B2B guest support in Yammer (Public Preview)LaunchedStatus

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