Category Archives: Cloud

Office 365 introduces different update cycles for Office 2016 apps

Based on the Office 2016 update model, that Microsoft released last year, Office 365 is now introducing the option to control how often updates are introduced to the Office 365 Client apps. Note that the ability to change the update channel only applies to 2016 editions of Office 365 ProPlus, Office 365 Business, Project Pro… Read More »

How to resolve slow Outlook 2016 Autodiscover with Office 365

As the use of Office 2016 has started to gain momentum, a number of organizations have experienced cases where Outlook 2016 take extraordinary long time to setup a new profile with a hosted Exchange 2010/2013 solution, like Exchange Online. The situation is furthermore complicated when the option to manually enter the Exchange server settings is… Read More »

How to whitelist addresses in Exchange Online Protection (EOP)

In order to ensure that specific emails are marked as spam or not, Exchange Online or Exchange Online Protection (EOP) support the use of transport rules, to make whitelists or blacklists, and control how messages are processed, whether if you need to bypass spam filtering in order to prevent good email messages from getting marked… Read More »

Yammer identity integration with Office 365 now released

Yammer identities and the profile updates have been decoupled from the identity management and synchronization in the other Office 365 services, and setting up synchronization of identities to Yammer has required deploying and configuring the Yammer Directory Synchronization (DSync), a separate tool from the Azure AD Sync/Azure AD Connect used for Office 365. After the… Read More »

Microsoft Cloud services expanding in Europe

Microsoft has announced that they are preparing an expansion of the Microsoft Cloud from the existing two datacenters in Ireland and the Netherlands, with an additional regional datacenter in the United Kingdom. Microsoft Azure and Office 365 services is expected to be generally available from the new datacenter in last part of 2016. The Dynamics… Read More »

SHA-1 Deprecation timeline accelerated

SHA-1 and SHA-2 are cryptographic ‘Hash’ algorithms, that are used in the digital signatures that forms the foundation certificates are built on. Over time, cryptographic algorithms become relatively weaker as they are exposed to  attacks through both the availability of increasingly powerful computers and advanced cryptanalysis. The use of the signing algorithm SHA-1 is being… Read More »

New version of Azure AD Connect released

Yesterday Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Connect, which is the first new release since the Azure AD Connect was initially released to GA in August 2015. Azure AD Connect is the main tool for integration of your on-premises identity system, like Active Directory, with Azure Active Directory. Using Azure AD Connect you… Read More »

File shares in the cloud with Azure File Storage

During the recent AzureCon a bunch of new Azure services was announced, including the very exciting and much requested Azure File Storage, which enables offboarding traditionel file service to Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Azure now offers fully managed file shares in the cloud, across all public Azure regions! Azure File Storage is managed from the Azure… Read More »

American IPv4 address pool is now empty

On 24 September 2015, American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) issued the final addresses in its free IPv4 address pool. Future requests for IPv4 address blocks will be processed via ARIN’s “Wait List” for IPv4 requests. Any additional IPv4 address space that ARIN may receives from IANA, or recovers via revocations or returns from organizations,… Read More »

Azure Active Directory B2C released

Azure Active Directory B2C is a new enterprise-grade, multi-tenant, cloud service that provided a secure cloud identity platform for consumer-facing applications, supporting authentication and management of consumer identities. The new service is based on open-standards and provide cross-platform support, adding modern identity and security capabilities to iOS, Android, Windows, and browser-based applications and services. Using… Read More »