Hi again, in this video update I discuss some of the things that caught my eyes in the Office 365, Exchange, EMS and Azure space.
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|You Had Me At EHLO – February 2019 Quarterly Exchange Updates: Early release of the quarterly updates for Exchange On-premises versions 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019, incorporating security updates to address CVE-2018-8581. A vulnerability that allows attackers to gain elevated privileges. The updates require some preparation because it will update the rights granted to Exchange Servers in the Active Directory. “Microsoft recommends all customers test the deployment of any update in their lab environment to determine the proper installation process for your production environment” https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/exchange/2019/02/12/released-february-2019-quarterly-exchange-updates/ The next planned set of quarterly updates is targeted for delivery in June 2019.
You Had Me At EHLO… – Microsoft is retiring Unified Messaging
(UM) in Exchange Online and replacing it with Cloud Voicemail and Auto
Unified Messaging is the processing of voicemails. Over the course of this calendar year, Microsoft will selectively notify customers via the Office 365 Message Center of their coming transition. The first group of customers will be notified in February 2019 and then can expect to be transitioned in March 2019. The experience for each customer will be transparent – Microsoft will switch your users over to Cloud Voicemail and perform the necessary validation and testing. View article…
To-Do web app license will soon be licensed as part
of Exchange Online
was announced in a Microsoft 365 Message Center update.
means users will no longer need a To-Do license in order to launch or use the
This enhancement is related to Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 34338.
|You Had Me At EHLO… – Meta Cache Database (MCDB) Setup Guide is available The MetaCacheDatabase (MCDB) feature is included in Exchange Server 2019. It allows a database availability group (DAG) to be accelerated by utilizing solid state disks (SSDs) Providing 5% to 6% of SSD capacity relative to total HDD capacity is sufficient for on-premises deployments. For example, if your server contains 100 TB of HDD capacity for mailbox databases, an allocation of 5 TB to 6 TB for SSD capacity is enough. The MCDB setup guide now available, outlines how you can use a new PowerShell script cmdlet to deploy this feature. Check out the Guide
Microsoft Intune announces device-only subscription
for shared resources
Intune is pleased to announce a new device-only subscription service that
helps organizations manage devices that are not affiliated with specific
users. The Intune device SKU is licensed per device per month.”
article on TechCommunity was first published in November 2018 with some
Forms Pro Preview – Not much information about what Forms Pro is exactly or
how it compares to Forms. My only guess is it’s targeted to a different
group. So Business instead of Education and Enterprise?
the blurb about it on the Microsoft 365 roadmap:
Pro is a simple, yet comprehensive enterprise survey solution for businesses
to capture and analyze feedback to improve how they engage across their
business. With Forms Pro, you can get actionable feedback from customers in
real-time at every stage of their journey, improve organizational health with
real-time feedback, build the products customers want, and leverage the data
and tools you already use from Dynamics 365, Common Data Services (CDS) and
Power Platform. Forms Pro will adhere to the compliance, security, and
privacy levels you’ve come to expect from Forms and other Office 365 apps.
Companies can collect information without users having to go to non-secure
solutions, and there isn’t a need to build and maintain custom surveying
Microsoft 365 Roadmap: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/roadmap?featureid=46517
Training Modules for IT Pros
part of the great work over on docs.microsoft.com the documentation team have
released some training videos and PPT decks for IT Pros. This is
in addition to the great Microsoft Teams content that is already available on
the Microsoft Teams technical documentation
section of Docs.
the blog post about this here: