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Azure AD Connect – Take Action!
What is it? Azure AD Connect is a Microsoft identity tool used by organizations with on-premise Active Directory infrastructure and Microsoft 365 environments. It makes sure that identity data such as passwords and user accounts are in sync – which generally improves your productivity all around! Your organization may be using this in a situation commonly referred to as a ‘hybrid model.' If you are in a hybrid model and have Azure AD Connect installed as an in-between, this software is critical to keep both on-premise and Microsoft 365 linked together . . . oftentimes going unnoticed until something goes wrong and suddenly your password for Outlook is no longer accepted by your laptop to sign-in or you keep having to remember two separate passwords for what is supposed to be one unified ecosystem. What a pain . . . has this happened to you? What do you have to […]
What's inside Modern Team Sites for End Users?
Modern Team Site is brand-new user experience. It's more than just a fresh look, it's designed from the ground up to work on mobile devices, and it addresses dozens of nagging usability issues. Modern Team sites are available to use in Office 365 and work seamlessly with Mobile apps also. In this article, we will discuss some of the key features of Modern Team Sites.   What Are Modern Team Sites? Before we start, let's talk about what Modern Team Sites are. Released in 2016, Modern Team Sites is composed of pages, lists, libraries, and team news, thanks to integration with Office 365 Groups, allowing users to collaborate and communicate with others. According to Microsoft, "when you create a modern team site in SharePoint Online, it automatically creates the O365 group, group email address, and ability to identify whether this site will contain sensitive data (privacy) and more new features. […]
Microsoft StaffHub overview – A Mobile Scheduling Solution for the Frontline Worker
I recently worked with a hotel and restaurant client that was considering using tools to improve efficiency, collaboration, and centralized communication such as Microsoft StaffHub. Having their workforce always on the go, and rarely at a computer to view the most up to date information. They needed a central way for employees to view their assignments, communicate as a team, and access and prioritize information. This would allow them to provide world-class service for high-end clientele.   So what is Microsoft StaffHub and why was it a good fit for this client?   Microsoft’s Mobile First strategy focuses on “Devices not Desktops” viewing smartphones and tablets as mobile computers allowing users to access tailored business information quickly anywhere via intelligent mobile apps.  Microsoft StaffHub was recently announced as a new application for Office 365 designed to help staff workers manage their workday—with schedule management, information sharing and the ability to […]
Office 365 bulk attribute update via PowerShell
In today fast-paced business environment, management attempt to perform an Office 365 users audit might find that the company had grown faster than they kept up with. Lots of unfamiliar names with assigned licenses and difficulties telling who belonged to which department. A request was put in for the Office 365 administrator to update user profiles with additional information such as title, department, and phone. A fairly easy task to perform, but quite a tall order if the information was not populated for all 126 users. Here is where PowerShell comes to the rescue! The tool can be leveraged and the list can be updated in a template spreadsheet to eliminate the need to edit individual profiles within Office 365 admin portal. Such tasks may take hours to complete.   Prerequisites: Office 365 “cloud” users. This process will not work on users that are synchronized from on-premises Active Directory via […]
Not Using Microsoft Teams? You’re Missing Out.
Chances are you already have access to Microsoft Teams, you just don’t know it yet. If your organization is currently running Microsoft Office 365, then Teams is already available to you. Since the launch of Microsoft Teams preview in November, more than 85 million Office 365 users have taken advantage of this new collaboration tool. So what is so great about Microsoft Teams? Teams introduces a new way to communicate and collaborate internally with a simple and straightforward user interface. This new tool allows for organized conversations, integrated solutions, dependable artificial intelligence, and personalization.   Organized Conversations Do you constantly have multiple on-going projects? If so, you know that keeping everyone in the loop on each individual project can be very difficult and time-consuming. With Teams, you can create unique conversation boards for each project, and allow access to specific team members on a board-by-board basis. You will also have […]
Tracking and Reporting Projects using Office 365 and Project Online
Project and portfolio managers continually reach for the proverbial brass ring of managing their plans and portfolios towards an “on time” and “on budget” delivery.  These project management professionals usually contribute to a Project Management Office (PMO) responsible for a comprehensive portfolio of programs or projects owned by the complete project management staff. The PMO traditionally produces high-level reports tracking project health, costs, issues, risks, and/or milestones to share project progress and health with stakeholders. Without using the proper tools, aggregating the above data from multiple project information sources can be challenging and is usually a manual process undertaken by smart people who fully understand the process. Once the data is successfully collected and scrubbed, creating a multi-level project portfolio report in an easy to understand, “pretty” format becomes the next challenge. Using Office 365, specifically SharePoint Online and Project Online components, the manual aggregation of project data is minimized […]
How to Resolve Errors When Trying to Synchronize a Microsoft Project File to a SharePoint Task List
  Have you tried to synchronize a Microsoft Project file or other list to a SharePoint Task List but got an error? This is a little known feature of Microsoft Project and SharePoint. It allows you to synchronize a full Microsoft Project Plan directly into an existing SharePoint task list in order to view and manage the individual project tasks within SharePoint. However, you might run into this error when you try to synchronize the project plan: “We can’t write task %SharePoint URL% to the SharePoint site. This is either because the tasks list is in read-only mode or because this task has a column that requires a unique value” The first thing that you will want to do is check the site columns and look for a column named “Name”. Navigate to SharePoint site Select the list task you are having issue with Go to list setting from the […]
Azure AD Connect Pass-Through Authentication
Have you ever wanted a simple Single Sign-On (SSO) solution for Office 365 without having to manage and maintain SSL certificates or ADFS? Microsoft has deployed a preview version of their “pass-through authentication” to the latest version of the Azure AD Connect (AAD Connect) tool. What this means is a simple, but effective SSO solution for the end user on a corporate domain joined machine. Another benefit of the pass-through authentication provided by the Azure AD Connect tool is the integration with self-service password reset (SSPR) functionality that enables the end user to reset their password without the need of helpdesk support. From a high level, the authentication process is depicted by the diagram below. Many security related questions arise whenever a new SSO solution is presented. Microsoft has confirmed all usernames and passwords are passed to the on-premises connector, then passed back to Azure AD over an encrypted HTTPS […]
Bring Your Appointment Book into the Future: Office 365’s Bookings Service Comes to Facebook
No one likes to play communication tag with their contacts when they’re trying to get things done. That’s why Microsoft developed Bookings, an appointment scheduling service that allows clients to schedule appointments with you, even when you’re not around to answer that email or phone call. What is Bookings? Bookings, a service in the Office 365 suite, provides businesses with customized self-service scheduling. A client is given visibility over the times you’re available to meet with them and they can easily book an appointment via the web page on any device. All bookings can be viewed on a centralized booking calendar that provides visibility across your whole team. Bookings can be easily managed, reassigned, or rescheduled within the calendar, and it even works on mobile. Microsoft even took into account the “schedule and forget” mentality that can happen to us all when we get busy. After an appointment or meeting […]
Take Control of Your Inbox: Learn the Secrets of Clutter in Outlook
Some of you may have noticed a new “inbox” that has been quietly added to the scene of email management. Last year Microsoft introduced a new addition to Outlook referred to as “Clutter.” Clutter is designed to help users focus on the important stuff and serves as a smart filter for your inbox. Let’s take a look at what Clutter is, how Outlook determines what is inbox “clutter,” and how to manage it. So just what is my Clutter inbox? Your clutter inbox is basically a filter that analyzes the way you read your email and hides the things that it determines you’re unlikely to read or respond to. Think of it as a “sub-inbox” for your low priority emails. Well, what’s the difference between this and my junk email? Junk mail is classified as an unsolicited email from senders you’ve never interacted with before, or any messages that may appear […]
Everything You Need to Know About Durable Links in SharePoint 2016
Durable Links in SharePoint allow users to open a document in WOPI (Web Application Open Platform Interface Protocol) using unique resource IDs that are assigned to each document. This allows users to rename or move their documents to new places without worrying about breaking the various links referring to the document. Durable links are a great feature which allows the improvement of SEO and search based indexing to remain functional for documents even after they are renamed or moved to another document library.  Not only does this feature allow us to manage documents easily, but it also ensures that other services, whether it’s SharePoint or a 3rd party solution, continue to work seamlessly. Causes for broken links can be any of the following: Forgetting to change internal links while moving or renaming a web page. Failing to update references to a SharePoint library or list after moving documents. Restructuring libraries […]
3 Applications That Boost Business Productivity and Collaboration
Efficient collaboration and communication are key components in the success of every business. If your company is still sending attachments back and forth, reserving the conference room to review and update documents, or married to email, you could be missing out on new business. This blog post reviews 3 cloud-based software applications that integrate people and processes to help maximize productivity. Skype Mobile computing continues to evolve and redefine the way we work and live. It is now standard practice for businesses to have remote employees, customers, and partners. Skype helps connect people near and far through audio, video, and web conferencing. It also helps increase productivity by offering the ability to send instant messages instead of playing email tag for issues that could be resolved quickly. Skype integrates with SharePoint and Office Online, so you can collaborate, work on documents together, and get things done faster. SharePoint If there […]
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