Notes from the field

With a focus on Microsoft Technology in EDU

How to configure “OnlyMe” lobby settings for Teams meeting policy

What’s the skinny? Microsoft has released an update to the MicrosoftTeams PowerShell module (v1.1.4) that supports a new setting that allows an IT admin to set the meeting lobby options for admitted users to “OnlyMe”. This is a welcome update as we head back to school to keep students safe! Note: You will likely want…
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Ten Tips to Zero Trust

The industry as a whole is moving more towards a Zero Trust mindset as we move away from on-premises network based perimeters to cloud native / cloud first solutions. The video below will walk you through ten tips to start you on your journey of achieving a Zero Trust mindset. This is not the answer…
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Happy SysAdmin Appreciation Day 2020!

Dear SysAdmin, This is a simple appreciation post to all the system administrators in the education industry that make learning happen each and every day. Especially in these unprecedented times. You are so important and so valued. You are true heroes. Sometimes your work might go unnoticed, and sometimes that’s a really good thing. In…
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Legacy Auth and the risk

What’s the skinny? Welcome back ContosoEDU world! We all know that the world for our digital accounts has changed drastically since the old days of Windows NT. With the ever growing reliance on cloud based services (SaaS being a huge one) we now more than ever need to focus on protecting our identities. Once of…
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Attendance report in Teams

Enable Attendance Reports in Microsoft Teams

Introduction In May 2020, Microsoft introduced the ability to download attendance reports for meetings in Microsoft Teams. Today you can only do this once enabled on a meeting policy per user, via PowerShell, so an IT admin must be the one to perform this action. This post will be updated once other methods are realized.…
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Azure AD + G Suite + User Provisioning!

Want to have Azure AD provision users and groups into G Suite? No longer want to have a reliance on Google’s on-premises sync tool? Well come on in and learn how to do just that!

Microsoft 365 Message Center

Have you used the message center in M365 before? Don’t know what that is? Read this then it might just help you out a bit!

O365ProPlusEDUDBS

Deploying Microsoft 365 Apps Device-based Licensing for EDU

Update 5/13/20: Microsoft has recently updated the name of “Office 365 ProPlus” to “Microsoft 365 Apps”. The majority of this post has been updated to reflect those changes. In addition the OSD section has been updated and a new section called “DBA Clean Up”. Introduction Hi there! It’s been a while! The last blog I…
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Disable Private Chat in Microsoft Teams for Students

Learn how to apply a specific messaging policy to just students using some PowerShell magic!

Managing Licensing in Microsoft 365 EDU

This is a quick and dirty post with some pre-canned information I send to my customers when the conversation of “how do I manage licensing” comes up. I’ll come back and add more context but for now this should be a great starting point for most any EDU organization!