The following post contains the new features and updated features from July 2019. This post enables you to quickly glance at the Microsoft Teams Roadmap based on the latest information provided from Microsoft.
Information Barrier is now in Preview in Microsoft Teams but what does this mean? Information Barriers enables organizations to prevent users segments from communicating with each other or only allows defined groups of users to communication with certain business units. This will help organizations maintain their compliance with all relevent industry standards and regulations, and protect users against conflict of interests. The main driver for delivering this functionality came from the Financial Service industry (FINRA 2241, Debt Research Regulatory Notice 15-31).
Information Barriers are configured by using Policies within Office 365 Security & Compliance Centre using PowerShell and like with all Microsoft product there are several prerequisites before implementing.
Information barrier groups cannot be created across tenants.
Using bots to add users is not supported in version 1.
Information barriers version 1 doesn’t include support for SharePoint and OneDrive for Business. We are working on enabling the feature in SharePoint and will communicate once it’s available.
You will need to have the listed Microsoft subscriptions in order to use Information Barriers.
Microsoft 365 E5
Office 365 E5
Office 365 Advanced Compliance
Microsoft 365 Information Protection and Compliance
You will need to have the following Admin roles to configure Information Barriers.
Microsoft 365 Global Administrator
Office 365 Global Administrator
IB Compliance Management (This is a new role)
You need to ensure Account Attributes like Group Membership, Department Name, etc. are populated correctly in Azure Active Directory or Exchange Online. As this information will be used later on in this post.
Before you set up or define policies, you must enable scoped directory search in Microsoft Teams. Wait at least 24 hours after enabling scoped directory search before you set up or define policies for information barriers.
Audit logging must be enabled within your Security & Compliance centre. The most simple way of switching on Auditing is using Exchange Online PowerShell with the following command;
You will need to ensure that you have the AzureRM module is installed on your client machine, this can be done by running the following command;
Admin Consent for Information Barriers
When your policies are in place, information barriers can remove people from chat sessions they are not supposed to be in. This helps ensure your organization remains compliant with policies and regulations. Use the following procedure to enable information barrier policies to work as expected in Microsoft Teams.
Do you find it hard to keep up to date with all the latest Office 365 Roadmap news? Would you like an easier way to keep you and maybe your colleagues informed?
Then look no further, with power of Microsoft Teams you can now post the Roadmap updates directly into a Microsoft Teams Channel. By using the super powers of Microsoft Flow we can now publish the Office 365 Roadmap cleanly into a Microsoft Teams Channel and heres how we can do it.
Creating the Microsoft Flow for RSS to Microsoft Teams Channel
Select My Flows Create New Automated – from Blank
Give you Microsoft Flow a name and choose the RSS trigger for “When a feed item is published” then click create 🙂
As a big advocate for Office ProPlus I am delighted to now see that Microsoft Teams now apart of the ProPlus deliver mechanism. However, just like any Microsoft product, it does have its caveats.
Microsoft Teams will only be included with NEW installations of Office 365 ProPlus dependent on the channel you are using. The below shows the schedule of the introduction but this is subject to change.
March 4, 2019
Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)
March 12, 2019
July 9, 2019
Teams are also included with the following new installations: Office 365 Business, starting with Version 1901, which was released on January 31, 2019. Office 365 Business is the version of Office that is included with certain business plans, such as the Microsoft 365 Business plan and the Office 365 Business Premium plan.
Office for Mac, starting with Version 16.21, which was released on January 16, 2019. Office for Mac comes with any plan that includes Office 365 Business or Office 365 ProPlus. For more information, see Microsoft Teams installations on a Mac.
Now Microsoft Teams is apart of the Office Deployment tool it is now subject to all the controls we are common use to so we exclude Teams if we really to 🙂 but why would we do that.
What about existing deployments of Office 365 ProPlus?
At the time of this post, it is not possible to get Microsoft Teams if you have an existing deployment of Office 365 ProPlus. Microsoft has announced that in Version 1906 Microsoft Teams will be shipped to existing deployment running this version. The table below gives an indication of when we can expect the rollout of Teams but if you are using Monthly Channel (Targeted) you should be seeing Microsoft appearing approximately on 25th June 2019.
July 9, 2019
Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)
To be determined
September 10, 2019
To be determined
If you don’t want Teams to be added to existing installations of Office 365 ProPlus when you update to a new version, you can use Group Policy or the Office Deployment Tool to exclude the installation.
Temporarily, the name and help text for this policy setting is available only in English. The name and help text will be available in the usual set of languages by June 14, 2019.
Updating Microsoft Teams !! It doesnt follow the normal ProPlus cycles.
Once Microsoft Teams is installed, it automatically updates approximately every two weeks with new features and quality updates. This doesn‘t follow the normal update cycle for Office 365 ProPlus as other applications receive updates depending on which channel they’re on.
Microsoft 365 Device Management otherwise known as InTune, is a very popular and command device management solution you will see in most organizations. The evolution of InTune has moved very quickly with the times and you probably have the correct licenses within your organization but are currently using something like AirWatch. This post is going to dive into my personal tenant where I have configured 365 Device Management for my Android phone. In this post I am going to run through the basics of getting Microsoft 365 Device Management up and running for mobile devices likes phones and tablets. All configuration is based on what is current set within my own environment and may not apply to your organisation.
The Microsoft 365 Device Management dashboard is configurable to your requirements. If there is something on the dashboard you would like to see or not, you can easily edit the page and add in additional tiles as shown below.
You can also create your own Dashboard leaving the defaults as they are;
This section contains all the services that available within the M365 Device Management Portal, as you can some of the options dont know contain a gold star. All this basically means is that the option is not displayed on your left hand panel which is customizable to the options you want to see.
In order to support iOS device Microsoft inTune requires an Apple MDM Push Certificate to manage and support multiple enrollment methods.
Microsoft Intune by default supports all Android devices. Managed Google Play enables management of Work Profile and other Android Enterprise functionality.
Android Enterprise provides 3 additional functions within this selected once Managed Google Play is configured.
Personal devices with work profiles
This options allows your corporation to manage corporate data and apps on user-owned Android device. You are able to approve applications within the Google Play Store which you organization would like to manage for example Outlook. Once the applications are approved, Enrollment Restrictions allows you to configure with greater control, which groups of users should be managed using Work Profiles.
Corporate-owned dedicated devices
This option allows your corporation to manage manage device owner enrollments for kiosk and task devices using with QR Codes or tokens.
This option is only in Preview currently and more developments are expected. In its current state, end users are able to enroll their corporate-owned devices by sending a company token. You can also use the Zero Touch Portal for auto provisioning deployment, this features apart of the InTune portal but will be coming soon.
In this section we can configure Microsoft Intune enrollment for Windows devices.
This options allows your corporation to configure Automatic Enrollment when a Windows devices join or register with Azure Active Directory. You can configure user scopes for MDM and MAM.
Unsure of the the different between the two?
MDM: addresses lack of control over corporate and personal devices, and lost device security
Ensures device compliance through user and device registration, configuration on-premisesand passcode management
Secures devices on the network so you can monitor, report, track and update devices – and even locate, lock and wipe devices, if lost or stolen
MAM: addresses lack of compliance with data and privacy requirements, and lost data retrieval
User identity policy, single sign-on and conditional access tailored
by role and device (with Intune or Active Directory on premises or in
Monitors and pushes app updates, including mobile document
management for online or cloud-provisioned apps like SharePoint and
Windows Hello for Business
This option allows your corporation to replace password with strong two-factor authentication. Please note: This is a default Windows Hello for Business configuration applied with the lowest priority to all users regardless of group membership. Devices must be Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile or later to be supported.
This option is a must for all organizations as its removes the need for end user to provide the MDM server address when enrolling this devices.
Enrollment Status Page
This option allows your end user to see the status of how the enrollment process. However, you can also block devices until all apps and profiles are installed.
Windows Autopilot deployment profiles lets you customize the out-of-box experience for your devices
Windows Autopilot lets you customize the out-of-box experience (OOBE) for your users.
Intune connector for Active Directory
This option requires your organisation to download the Intune connector for Active Directory to support the Hybrid connection for Azure AD.
Terms and conditions
This option can be configured with Intune but the look and feel is quite basic as shown below;
However, if you configure Azure AD T&C it gives a better slicker output within your Company Portal.
A device must comply with the highest priority enrollment restrictions assigned to its user. You can drag a device restriction to change its priority. Default restrictions are lowest priority for all users and govern userless enrollments. Default restrictions may be edited, but not deleted.
Create device categories from which users must choose during device enrollment. You can filter reports and create Azure Active Directory device groups based on device categories
Corporate device identifiers
This option you add devices in based on the IMEI or serial, this can be done manually or via CSV upload.
Just a bit like Thanos you can selectively wipe your corporate data if you have implemented app protection policy. This provides extra flexibility for managing your corporate data across company and non-company owned device. I am currently working on an organisation where users are nervous enrolling their personal devices via the Company Portal. As an Administrator has the ability to completely Factory Reset their devices but with selectively wiping only corporate data using a particular app like (Outlook) has calmed their woes.
Don’t get me wrong, everyone is human and mistakes can be made but educating your Service Desk or responsible parties for InTune in using selective wipe reduces the risk of the Thanos Factory Reset Button.
Create an app protection policy using access actions
Provide Information for Name, Description and Platform Fields Select Apps
Select all the applications you would like to manage with selective wipe Press Select
Under Settings you can either leave the defaults or modify to your requirements. Press Create to finish the creation of the Application Protection Policy you can repeat this process for other platform you if you require.
Under App selective wipe Click Create wipe request
Under Users Find a select the users who you would like to wipe Under Device Select the device you would like to wipe
Please note: It can take anywhere up to 30 minutes for this process to complete, I have seen it take up to nearly 45 minutes within my own testing.
Once the applications are listed as completed, on the select device all corporate data will be removed safety not affecting another the users normal mail accounts or applications.
In this post, I will look at how to modify the required Registry Keys for Windows Server 2012R2 / 2016 Update settings using PowerShell. PowerShell is one of the gems within Microsoft and enables us to work with systems without the help of a GUI.
Windows always looks at registry keys located in the following hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
Typically there is a key named ‘NoAutoUpdate’ with a value in the range 2-5, and have the following meaning:
– 1 = Disable Updates – Only supported on Windows 2012 R2. – 2 = Notify before download. – 3 = Automatically download and notify of installation. – 4 = Automatically download and schedule installation. Only valid if values exist for ScheduledInstallDay and ScheduledInstallTime. – 5 = Automatic Updates is required and users can configure it.
But if there is a ‘NoAutoUpdate’ key with the value of ‘1’, no updates will be processed by Windows.
You can change the registry key with the help of Powershell directly:
Working as a Microsoft Cloud Consultant sometimes its hard to keep update to all the latest release of the required PowerShell modules installed on your client machine. Would it be nice if there was a script that took all that pain away?
Say hello to Get-InstalledModulesUpdate.ps1 script
This script is based off my Microsoft Teams Detection script but instead of looking at just that module. I am grabbing all your installed PowerShell module and checking each one against the PSGallery
As you can see from my screen shot the script has looked at each modules installed on my client machine and compared to the online version. If a legacy module was detected the update process would start to remove the old version and install the latest from the gallery.
This script is available via my Github or via this site.