John Yassa's Blog

Home » Microsoft Office 365

Category Archives: Microsoft Office 365

Office 365 Periodic Table

As you know Office 365 is not just Word, Excel, Powerpoint and email service

Now Office 365 is a full SAS platform (Software As Service)

Like the Periodic Table of Elements’ way of organizing elements by similar chemical properties, my Periodic Table of Office 365 is organized by families of apps. It shows everything available in the O365 ecosystem, regardless of extra cost or license type, plus a little taste of what it does.

 

 

Source: Ican Sharepoint article by Matt Wade

New Service Health Dashboard for Office 365

Finally Microsoft has updated the Health Dashboard for Office 365 , lets first see how the old Health board look like

old

The old Health Board was actually annoying and doesn’t provide so much information, beside it wasn’t a user friendly dashboard

Now let’s have a look at the new Health Dashboard

new

The new Service health dashboard provides you with more relevant incident insights and features a new view that separates major business critical outages from others and splits them into two categories: incidents and advisories. This new view makes it easier for you to identify the issues relevant for you that you might want to act on immediately.

The biggest improvements come to light after you click on an incident or advisory to see more information. A summary is presented, with just enough detail to let you know what’s going on.

incident

The “Show details” link takes you to a full history of the incident, with a timeline of updates as Microsoft investigates and resolves the issue.

incident-details

You still can go back to the old Health Dashboard if you like “which i doubt” by clicking on “Go to the v2 Service Health page” on the New Health Dashboard

v2

This change has been rolled this out to First Release customers, and will begin rolling it out to the rest of Office 365. This roll out will be completed by the end of February.

Source: Office Blogs , Parctical365 article by Paul Cunningham

Default Mailbox size increasing for Office 365 E3 and E5 subscription

Microsoft has announced increasing of Mailbox size from 50 GB to 100 GB for Office 365 E3 and E5 subscription

Microsoft just started rolling this out immediately, and the roll out is expected to be completed by the end of December 2016.

 

office-365

Source: Microsoft Roadmap

Office 365 Achieved 99.99% Availability in Q3 2016

If anyone still care about Microsoft online services SLA, Microsoft just announced it SLA for Q3 2016

sla

But did you ever ask yourself how Microsoft calculate the SLA for its online services

Microsoft is calculating the SLA based on the below formula

sla-calc

Where Downtime is Any period of time when users are unable to send or receive email with Outlook Web Access. There is no Scheduled Downtime for this service.

You Can refer to this document for more clarification about SLA for Microsoft Online services onlinesvcsconsolidatedslawwenglishnovember212016cr

References: Microsoft Products

 

 

Do you know where is your Office 365 mailboxes located ?

I started to get a lot of questions regarding the location of the mailboxes hosted on Office 365 , and where is my tenant is hosted ?

Now we are going to look on how we can know the location of the Tenant and the mailboxes

So to check your tenant location (and mailbox location), open up PowerShell and connect to the Exchange Online Shell

$UserCredential = Get-Credential

$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection

Import-PSSession $Session

Now if you need to know the Location of one mailbox, run the below command

Get-Mailbox -Identity “Mailbox ID” | fl PrimarySmtpAddress,OriginatingServer,OrganizationId

You will get the below result

Org

The Organization ID represents Tenant within EM EA (Starts with EURP)

The Originating server shows that the mailbox is hosted in AM (Amsterdam)

No if you need to get the location of all your mailboxes hosted in Office 365

Get-Mailbox |fl PrimarySmtpAddress,OriginatingServer

The result as below is showing that all mailboxes are hosted in Amsterdam

org2

 

Notice about certificate expiration for Exchange 2013 Hybrid customers (MUST be completed before 4/15/2016)

If you’re running Exchange 2013 and you’ve configured a hybrid deployment with Office 365, this post contains important information that might impact you. Please evaluate this information and take any necessary action before April 15, 2016. If your latest run of the Hybrid Configuration Wizard was initiated from Exchange 2010 than you are NOT affected.

On April 15 2016, the Office 365 TLS certificate will be renewed. This certificate is used by Office 365 to provide TLS encryption between Office 365 and external SMTP servers. The new certificate, which will help improve the security of mail sent to and from Office 365, will be issued by a new Certificate Authority and it will have a new Issuer and Subject.

This change has the potential to stop hybrid mail flow between Office 365 and your on-premises Exchange servers if one of the following conditions applies to you:

  • Your on-premises Exchange servers are running Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 8 (CU8) or lower.
  • You’ve upgraded the Exchange 2013 servers that handle hybrid mailflow to Exchange 2013 CU9 or higher. However, since upgrading to CU9, you HAVE NOTre-run the Hybrid Configuration wizard (either from the Exchange Admin Center or via the direct download link).

How to keep hybrid mail flowing (MUST be completed before 4/15/2016)

Let the new Hybrid Configuration wizard do it for you

You can use the latest Hybrid Configuration wizard (HCW) to configure your Exchange 2013 servers to work with the new TLS certificate. Just follow these steps:

  1. If the Exchange 2013 servers handling hybrid mail flow are running Exchange 2013 CU8 or lower, follow the instructions in Updates for Exchange 2013 to install the latest cumulative update on at least one server.
  2. After you install the latest cumulative update, download the new HCW application and run the wizard following the instructions here .
Manual update

If you can’t upgrade Exchange 2013 to latest cumulative update right now (although we would like to remind you of our support policy), you can manually configure your servers to work with the new TLS certificate. On each Exchange 2013 server that’s used for hybrid mailflow, open the Exchange Management Shell, and run the following commands:

$rc=Get-ReceiveConnector |where {$_.TlsDomainCapabilities -like “*<I>*”}

Set-ReceiveConnector -Identity $rc.Identity -TlsDomainCapabilities “mail.protection.outlook.com:AcceptCloudServicesMail”

Source: The Exchange Team Blog

The connection to the server ‘Server URL’ could not be completed during mailbox migration

When you try to Migrate a mailbox from Exchange On Premise to Exchange we faced the below error

1

to be able to get more information about this issue , open the power shell and run the below command

Test-MigrationServerAvailability  -ExchangeRemoteMove -Remoteserver “Server URL”

And  got the below error

2

We found that something is not working perfectly with the certificate published to the internet , we fix the certificate and re run the same command again but with credentials for accessing the servers URL

3

As you see it works fine now , after fixing the Certificate publishing issue

 

 

 

Storage improvements for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Upload larger files, up to 10 GB each

Microsoft has increased the per file size limit to 10 GB. This applies to files uploaded to Team Sites, Office 365 Groups and OneDrive for Business, as well as for videos uploaded into the Office 365 Video portal. Office 365 customers no longer need to leave big files stranded on file shares and local hard drives.

Before it was only 2 GB

1

 

1 TB additional space for overall pooled SharePoint Online storage allocation

The amount of content in Office 365 is growing 300 percent year over year. To meet your needs for more storage, we’re increasing default storage to 1 TB plus 0.5 GB per user to use across SharePoint Online, Office 365 Groups and Office 365 Video up from the previous allocation of 10 GB. This is in addition to the unique default per-user OneDrive for Business storage space and individual storage provided for user email inboxes. Office 365 customers on our premium Enterprise, Government and Education plans will receive OneDrive for Business unlimited storage, and we’re pleased to announce that the first stage of providing 5 TB for each user is now complete.

2

Source : Office Blogs

Skype for Business for Android now available

Microsoft has announced availability of the Skype for Business app for Android.

A new dashboard design brings the contact search bar, your upcoming meetings and most recent conversations to one place. Simply tap the Quick Join icon to the right of your appointment name to join your meetings with one touch, or tap the name of the meeting to see its details. Your recent conversations are at your fingertips, no matter which device you had the conversation on. Additionally, full-screen video as well as larger call-control buttons to mute and add participants to a meeting make it easy for you to collaborate on the go

Skype-for-Business-for-Android-1

The contact search bar allows you to search your Global Address List by name, email or even a phone number. You can also easily search for a contact within your organized Skype for Business groups and add or remove a contact.

Skype-for-Business-Android-2

The Skype for Business Android app now supports modern authentication, which is utilized by other Office clients and allows for a consistent authentication experience for your users. Moreover, since modern authentication is based on access tokens, user’s credentials are not stored on their device.

Modern authentication also enables IT admins to configure multi-factor authentication for users of the Skype for Business Android app, increasing the security beyond just a user name and password. With multi-factor authentication, users are required to acknowledge a phone call, text message or an app notification on their device after correctly entering their user name and password.

The new Skype for Business app for Android is now available in the Google Play store. Android users with Lync 2013 will be automatically updated to the Skype for Business app based on their device settings. If you are an IT admin, use theSkype for Business for Android productivity guide to learn more and prepare your users.

 

ٍSource: Office Blogs

%d bloggers like this: