Office 365 Hybrid Configuration – Organization Configuration Transfer

Last year I published a blog post on this same topic. In this post I wanted to dive a bit deeper into what exactly is going on and possibly suggest some ‘upgrades’ to the wizard to make it easier to understand the process.
I recently ran the wizard with a client to see all the new changes and to access what we could copy and what the experience was while running the wizard. Here are my observations… and my final verdict on the experience:
(1) User Experience
This part is initially a good one. The first encounter with the change is on the ‘Hybrid Features’ screen for the Office 365 Hybrid Configuration wizard: Continue reading

Security and Compliance Center PowerShell – Broken Stuff

I decided that I needed to post this on my blog as there are many issues out there in the Security and Compliance Center that remain to be fixed despite the obvious fact that they are broken. If you are new to the Security and Compliance Center, start with the links at the bottom in the ‘Further Reading’ section. Otherwise, keep on reading.
For the past year or so, even before I formally started ton congeal my material for my new Security and Compliance Center PowerShell book, I was running into all kinds of issues and problems. First, Get-Help was broken for sometime in I believe late 2018 and early 2019, which has since resolved itself. However, I still have little things that bother me (wrong switch on a main cmdlet, get-help missing examples, no Microsoft Docs for some cmdlets and so on.). So this blog article provides a laundry list of the items I have found and if you see this list, please comment if you have other recent issues to see if we can highlight as many as possible. For those who do comment with further issues, thank you in advance. Now, for the list and details of all the items I have discovered to date:
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Security and Compliance Center – New Custom Sensitive Information Type – GUI!

Over the years I have written a few articles that have covered this topic for Exchange and Exchange Online as well as the Security and Compliance Center:
Now we have an exciting development where you can finally! create custom sensitive information types in a GUI. Prior to this you had to use PowerShell. This means you don’t necessarily have to create an XML in order to create a new Sensitive Information Type. So what is this new process in the GUI like?
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Microsoft Secure Score’s Evolution

Secure Score has recently has had some significant additions and removals to reflect an evolution in what Microsoft considers important to the security of your Office 365 tenant. What I noticed immediately is that the max score is over 800 now, when at one time it was between 300-450 within the past year. Also, the number of tasks has increased to 73:
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Exchange Online – DLP Fingerprint UI is Deprecated

Recently I was made aware of a change that Microsoft made with regards to the DLP Fingerprinting function that is present in Exchange Online. If you use the DLP part of Exchange online and rely on DLP Fingerprinting, you may have already noticed. The short of it is that the GUI side of DLP Fingerprints has been disabled. In order for you to add new DLP Fingerprints, you need to use PowerShell. If you use the UI an error will appear:
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Practical PowerShell Exchange Online book is now available!

After working on this book for the past 9-12 month, the work is done. This book is basically taking the information from our first book, Practical PowerShell Exchange 2016, and translating it so the content would work for Exchange Online. Sounds simple right? Yup, that’s what I thought to. Until I started to dig in and see all of the major and minor nuances I realized it was going to take quite some work to make this happen. Sections on server configurations, WMI and even minor things like parameters were all different in Office 365. In addition, I had to add material for the Security and Compliance Center and completely change how to trace or track an email message in the service. All of this added up to rearranging and rework, which added up to quite a bit of time.

In the ends I am quite happy with the book and think it adds enough value by itself. The book is over 400 pages in-length and certainly covers a lot of material that is cloud-only that would not be in the Exchange 2016 book. So if you would like to purchase a copy, click on the book image below. Take a look at the sample chapter and see if it fits your needs.