John Yassa's Blog

Home » 2015 » July

Monthly Archives: July 2015

New IT management controls added to OneDrive for Business

The OneDrive for Business team has been working to deliver the most commonly requested controls by IT admins. Today, we’ll highlight new management options you have to protect and control the flow of your information using OneDrive for Business.

1- Limiting file sync to domain joined PCs

One of the most common requests from IT admins is to have the ability to block sync on un-managed PCs

Now you can enable file sync to work only on domain-joined PCs (and you can even specify which of your domains you want to allow to sync)

Note that using this setting means that you will disable file sync on all Macs as they cannot be domain-joined and managed like PCs.

The PowerShell cmdlet and syntax you use is: Set-SPOTenantSyncClientRestriction  -Enable -DomainGuids “786548DD-877B-4760-A749-6B1EFBC1190A; 877564FF-877B-4760-A749-6B1EFBC1190A”

The “DomainGuids” value represents the domain you are allowing

2- Auditing all actions taken against OneDrive for Business files

New auditing controls rolling into the Office 365 compliance center allow you to audit all actions taken against files stored in OneDrive for Business. If you want to monitor activities like which PCs or Macs attempted to sync with OneDrive or who viewed and shared files, the auditing controls provide that visibility

3- Managing mobile devices connecting to OneDrive for Business data

As more people move to OneDrive for Business to store and access their files, email-based mobile device management (MDM) policies may not suffice to protect data. Now using MDM in Office 365, you can ensure that devices connecting to your OneDrive for Business data are managed

4- Setting storage quotas in OneDrive for Business

Several organizations have requested the ability to set smaller quota limits. It could be to limit the amount of data stored, for information protection reasons, or simply to ensure that what people store in OneDrive for Business can sync (and fit) on their PC’s hard drive.

In this case, PowerShell is again used to determine the storage quota.

“SetSPOSiteIdentity StorageQuota 512000″
Sources: Office Blogs







Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 – Preview

Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 brings a new set of technologies, features, and services to Exchange Server. Its goal is to support people and organizations as their work habits evolve from a communication focus to collaboration. Exchange Server 2016 helps lower the total cost of ownership whether you deploy on-premises or provision your mailboxes in the cloud. This release is not approved for production use and should be installed in a lab environment only.

Supported Operating System

Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

.Net Framework: 4.5.2 Internet Explore 11, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari (Latest), Google Chrome (Latest), Mozilla Firefox          (Latest)

Install Instruction

  1. Click the Download button on this page to start the download.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To start the installation immediately, click Open or Run this program from its current location.
    • To copy the download to your computer for installation at a later time, click Save or Save this program to disk.

Download: Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 – Preview

More Info: Exchange 2016 (preview) now available for testing


Microsoft announces archiving for non-Microsoft data in Office 365

Today, Office 365 helps customers stay compliant with an archiving solution that covers email, documents in SharePoint and OneDrive for Business, and Skype for Business meetings and conversations. But, our customers require and have asked for more—they want Office 365 to provide the same rich archiving capabilities over non-Microsoft data sources, such as social and messaging data, as well.

To accommodate customers who require archiving of non-Microsoft data in Office 365, we are pleased to announce new partnerships with two popular vendors in the archiving space: Actiance and Globanet.


Thanks to extensive collaboration and deep integration with Actiance and Globanet, Office 365 extends its rich and comprehensive archiving solution to cover a wide array of third-party data sources:

  • Social — Twitter, Facebook, Yammer, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Instant messaging — Yahoo Messenger, GoogleTalk, Cisco Jabber, etc.
  • Document collaboration — Box, DropBox, etc.
  • Verticals — SalesForce Chatter, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, etc.
  • SMS/text messaging — BlackBerry, MobileGuard, etc.

The entire compliance stack in Office 365—eDiscovery, Retention, Hold and Auditing—will have access to these new data sources. Both Microsoft as well as non-Microsoft data will be treated alike throughout the system

Partners are doing work to integrate their products seamlessly with Office 365. By simply indicating Office 365 as an archiving destination in their products, customers will be able to immediately capture data from numerous data sources. There is no need for any additional configuration in Office 365. All captured data flows into Office 365’s auto-expanding archives. Once data is housed in Office 365, it is fully available to the Compliance tools that our customers are familiar with. Using our eDiscovery and Equivio analytics tools, customers will be able to search, preview and conduct extensive reviews on all ingested data and associated properties. Customers will be able to define retention policies for specific data sources—such as “Delete Facebook data after one year” and so on. And finally, every incoming piece of data, regardless of type or source, will be fully tracked and logged by our comprehensive Auditing tools, with full transparency to customers.

An early preview of our upcoming eDiscovery experience in Office 365 with native support for non-Microsoft data:

Announcing-archiving-for-non-Microsoft-data-in-Office-365-1 (1)

Source: Office Blogs

%d bloggers like this: