Cayosoft https://www.cayosoft.com Best way to manage and protect the Hybrid Office 365 Enterprise Mon, 18 May 2020 21:05:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.cayosoft.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/cropped-CayosoftConfigurationConsole-32x32.png Cayosoft https://www.cayosoft.com 32 32 Protect Azure Users! Complimentary Subscription of Cayosoft Guardian https://www.cayosoft.com/protect-azure-users-complimentary-subscription-of-cayosoft-guardian/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=protect-azure-users-complimentary-subscription-of-cayosoft-guardian Tue, 19 May 2020 16:00:40 +0000 https://www.cayosoft.com/?p=18217 Whether you’re fully on Azure Active Directory or operating in a hybrid or on-premises world, it’s more critical than ever to avoid breaches, outages and data loss. That’s why Cayosoft is proud to offer a free 90-day subscription to recover and protect the data across all of your Active Directories.  Spend 5 minutes to protect the following:  All Users, guests, groups […]

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Whether you’re fully on Azure Active Directory or operating in a hybrid or on-premises world, it’s more critical than ever to avoid breaches, outages and data loss. That’s why Cayosoft is proud to offer a free 90-day subscription to recover and protect the data across all of your Active Directories. 

Spend 5 minutes to protect the following: 

  • All Users, guests, groups & contacts 
  • Microsoft Teams 
  • Conditional access policies 
  • Azure roles 
  • Privileged groups 
  • Admin Units 
  • On-premises Active Directory 

Try Guardian Now 

What is Cayosoft Guardian? 

Cayosoft Guardian recovers and protects Azure Active Directory and hybrid AD data. With Guardian monitoring all directory changes, administrators can quickly see, understand and rollback mistakes or malicious  changes across their entire hybrid AD environment.   When rollback is needed, Guardian provides an automated recovery plan that does not involve incomplete or time-consuming backup files. 

Try it today 

No credit card. No commitment.  Just peace of mind that you and your users are protected from  AD  outages.  Offer ends June 30. 

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Azure Active Directory Security Defaults—not for everyone https://www.cayosoft.com/azure-active-directory-security-defaults-not-for-everyone/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=azure-active-directory-security-defaults-not-for-everyone Tue, 05 May 2020 17:53:34 +0000 https://www.cayosoft.com/?p=18163 Microsoft’s powerful array of cloud offerings—Microsoft Azure, Dynamics, and Office 365—offer paths to business growth without the huge capital investment. Most organizations on the cusp of implementing and experimenting with those services may not make security  the first priority in the quest for productivity. The first phase of the exciting journey into the cloud is to set up that new customized […]

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Microsoft’s powerful array of cloud offerings—Microsoft Azure, Dynamics, and Office 365—offer paths to business growth without the huge capital investment. Most organizations on the cusp of implementing and experimenting with those services may not make security  the first priority in the quest for productivity.

The first phase of the exciting journey into the cloud is to set up that new customized application, mine customer records, or launch those great office tools. Then everyone has to be brought on board. The organization’s business practices have to be retooled to get everyone working together.

Just leave those legacy passwords in place and let the IT sort it out. Right?

Besides, don’t those tools come with security default settings? Why not just rely on the security defaults in Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) with its multifactor sign in? Isn’t Azure AD security sufficient to thwart cyber attackers, who try to gain access through tactics like password spray?

Actually, it’s a double-edge sword. Azure AD provides no escape from security-related responsibilities. You either accept the default security settings or get busy setting up the best conditional access settings that meet your unique requirements.

The reality is that default settings aren’t for everyone. High security can get in the way of productivity. It’s not so much a matter of compromise; rather, it’s getting excessively stringent access controls out of the way of productivity.

Let’s investigate what those settings are, and see how default settings should either be disabled or tweaked, because they aren’t for everyone.

The default settings in Azure AD

Azure AD security defaults come with the following security settings:

  • Multi-Factor authentication (mfa) for users in the administrator role and for end-users. Activation is required within 14 days of the first single sign in. Azure multi factor authentication can thwart over 99% of password hacking attempts.
  • Block Legacy authentication for Azure resources and cloud apps. This security feature restricts access from older systems that do not support up-to-date traditional methods of managing Exchange Online using Remote PowerShell. This feature blocks legacy authentication, which has been a hacker’s end run around MFA.
  • Immediate MFA protection for privileged accounts. Provides Azure AD functionality via through the Azure Resource Manager API (such as Azure Portal Access, etc.).

Microsoft Office 365 subscribers could experience difficulties with the new Azure AD security defaults. Outlook clients, for example, might expect automatic account transition for connection to Exchange Online.

The problem is that when a mailbox migrates, it takes its legacy authentication with it. Subsequent sign-ins fail. According to Microsoft, this problem “can be solved, by switching off Security Defaults during your migration.” If you have control over your Outlook clients, you can deploy your registry key explained in this Microsoft Support article.

Note: Before changing any security settings in an Office 365 account, read more on how to enable and disable defaults. Test any security setting changes before applying them to a core business system. When toggled on, the defaults will be enforced across the entire organization.

The Trouble with Azure Active Directory Defaults

Rather than going with a “one size fits all” approach for access management, IT admins can turn on conditional access. The organization will have varying degrees of standards for security and compliance. Simply focusing on who can access a network resource or application is not enough.

It is a balance of security and productivity. The first criterion is how a resource is accessed.

Azure AD Conditional Access addresses that requirement through configurations that allow accessed based on work group, their location, and how the application integrates with SaaS and Azure AD-connected apps.

Conditional access is similar to its default counterpart in that the security configurations are from the same array. With conditional access, however, you just turn off what you don’t need. Leave the default settings in place, and everyone, regardless of location, must jump through the extra hoop of multi-factor sign in.

With MFA disabled for workers on the site, for example, the user could remove the annoying extra sign-in step throughout the workday. The organization could also opt to integrate its on-premises active directory privileged identity roles with the Azure AD in the cloud—while assigning special group and individual access privileges.

Summary

Whether the user opts for basic Azure AD connect or Azure AD premium, Microsoft has taken a giant step in securing its vast community of cloud services. Azure’s security defaults make it easier to inject the best security settings into its Azure AD director and Office 365 services.

Those default settings aren’t best for everyone, but anyone who has disabled multi-factor authentication or legacy authentication is placing an open invitation to hackers, thieves, and malware.

Check out a recent white paper, “8 Truths and Tips: Avoiding Outages in Azure Active Directory and Hybrid AD.” Understanding the eight concepts discussed in this paper should help you better protect your environment and plan for the inevitable recovery event. 

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Microsoft Azure AD Single Sign-on Now Free to Customers https://www.cayosoft.com/microsoft-azure-ad-single-sign-on-now-free-to-customers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=microsoft-azure-ad-single-sign-on-now-free-to-customers Tue, 05 May 2020 13:58:09 +0000 https://www.cayosoft.com/?p=18137 Microsoft announced any customer using a subscription of a commercial online service can connect all their cloud applications to Azure AD for single sign-on (SSO), and protect this access with multi-factor authentication (MFA) as a security default at no extra cost.  SSO reduces the number of sign-in prompts for employees and enables one-click access to popular apps, and it should make working remotely even easier.  […]

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Microsoft announced any customer using a subscription of a commercial online service can connect all their cloud applications to Azure AD for single sign-on (SSO), and protect this access with multi-factor authentication (MFA) as a security default at no extra cost. 

SSO reduces the number of sign-in prompts for employees and enables one-click access to popular apps, and it should make working remotely even easier. 

Microsoft also introduced several Azure AD enhancements to simplify identity and access management and improve the experiences for working remotely, including the following: 

  • Streamline identity management 
  • Improve application configuration and security 
  • Seamless and secure collaboration 
  • Safeguard identities with industry-leading security 
  • App gallery integration 

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Cayosoft Announces Solution to Recover and Protect Azure Active Directory and Hybrid Active Directory https://www.cayosoft.com/cayosoft-announces-solution-to-recover-and-protect-azure-active-directory-and-hybrid-active-directory/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cayosoft-announces-solution-to-recover-and-protect-azure-active-directory-and-hybrid-active-directory Tue, 21 Apr 2020 05:00:23 +0000 https://www.cayosoft.com/?p=18074 New solution protects and recovers Azure Active Directory (AD) and hybrid AD  Supplement log-based auditing solutions with a complete view of changes made and the ability to rollback those  changes across both cloud and on-premises AD environments  Key component of the new Cayosoft Management and Protection Suite, purpose-built for hybrid Microsoft environments   Columbus, OH – April 21, 2020 –  Cayosoft, the leader in management and protection for hybrid […]

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  • New solution protects and recovers Azure Active Directory (AD) and hybrid AD 
  • Supplement log-based auditing solutions with a complete view of changes made and the ability to rollback those  changes across both cloud and on-premises AD environments 
  • Key component of the new Cayosoft Management and Protection Suite, purpose-built for hybrid Microsoft environments  
  • Columbus, OH – April 21, 2020 –  Cayosoft, the leader in management and protection for hybrid Microsoft environmentstoday announced the release of Cayosoft Guardian to recover and protect Azure Active Directory (AD) and hybrid AD identities and data.    

    Available today, Guardian provides a single console to quickly identify critical changes across Azure AD and on-premises AD environments and recover from outages 

    “We think hybrid-first,” said Bob Bobel, co-founder and CEO, Cayosoft.  “Most organizations are somewhere in their journey to the cloud, with the majority running hybrid (on-premises + Azure/Microsoft 365) environments.  We’re proud to introduce a protection and recovery solution that provides granular rollback across Azure and hybrid AD.  Guardian rounds out our complete hybrid management and protection suite.” 

    With  Cayosoft Guardian monitoring all directory changes, administrators can  quickly  see, understand and rollback mistakes or malicious changes across  their entire  hybrid  AD environment.   

    Guardian is designed to protect Active Directories across environments, and features the following: 

    • A Single Hybrid Recovery Solution: Identify and restore changes – regardless of where they were made – across Active Directory everywhere, in one unified console  
    • Immediate Recovery: Mitigate  expensive  service  outages and  end-user  downtime without the need to mount or unpack cumbersome backups 
    • Change Alerting: Don’t rely solely on audit logs to track Azure AD and AD changes. Guardian provides notifications of critical changes – through Microsoft Teams, email and in the console – and provides the ability to immediately rollback changes or restore objects before they impact end users     
    • Beyond Recycle Bins: Recover what native tools can’t, including changes to conditional access policies, license settings changes and hard-deleted objects 

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    Pricing and Availability 

    Cayosoft Guardian is available today either stand-alone or as part of the new Cayosoft Management and Protection Suite, which includes: 

    • True hybrid administration: Cayosoft Administrator automates and streamlines day-to-day IT administration for on-prem, Office 365 and hybrid Microsoft environments.   Administrator simplifies management with role-based delegation, rule-based automation, self-service, Office 365 license optimization and more. 
    • True hybrid recovery: Cayosoft Guardian recovers and protects Azure Active Directory and hybrid AD data.  

    Cayosoft solutions are priced per user and publicly available for download, including a 25-day free trial. 

    To learn more, watch our on-demand webinar, “Preventing Azure and Hybrid AD Outages: The Unsettling Truth” which includes a short demo of Cayosoft Guardian.

    About Cayosoft 

    Cayosoft  helps customers around the world to simplify and streamline hybrid Microsoft management and protection.   Cayosoft  solutions secure, simplify, automate and control Active Directory, Exchange On-premises, Microsoft Office 365, Exchange Online and Azure Active Directory, OneDrive,  SharePoint  and Teams. 

    For more information, visit http://www.cayosoft.com/ 

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    How to Recover an Azure Conditional Access Policy https://www.cayosoft.com/how-to-recover-an-azure-conditional-access-policy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-recover-an-azure-conditional-access-policy Mon, 20 Apr 2020 18:30:00 +0000 https://www.cayosoft.com/?p=17858 According to Microsoft, “Conditional Access is the tool used by Azure Active Directory (AAD) to bring signals together, to make decisions, and enforce organizational policies.”  Conditional Access policies are an effective replacement and improvement over user login restrictions provided in on-premises Active Directory (AD). Conditional Access Policies are also present in Azure AD. How do you recover an Azure Conditional […]

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    According to Microsoft, “Conditional Access is the tool used by Azure Active Directory (AAD) to bring signals together, to make decisions, and enforce organizational policies.”  Conditional Access policies are an effective replacement and improvement over user login restrictions provided in on-premises Active Directory (AD). Conditional Access Policies are also present in Azure AD.

    How do you recover an Azure Conditional Access Policy?

    The easiest way to recover or rollback changes to most AAD objects is to use a third-party solution like Cayosoft Guardian. Cayosoft Guardian makes change notification, change rollback and recovery of Azure Conditional Access Policies simple and fast.

    Recovery a Conditional Access Policy:

    1. Sign-in to the Cayosoft Guardian Portal
    2. Navigate to History > Change History
    3. Search for the name of policy
    4. Select the policy and click Restore

    Download a free trial of Cayosoft Guardian here.

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    3 Reasons The Recycle Bin Won’t Always Protect You Against Accidental Deletions to Azure Active Directory and Hybrid AD https://www.cayosoft.com/3-reasons-the-recycle-bin-wont-always-protect-you-against-accidental-deletions-to-azure-active-directory-and-hybrid-ad/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=3-reasons-the-recycle-bin-wont-always-protect-you-against-accidental-deletions-to-azure-active-directory-and-hybrid-ad Thu, 16 Apr 2020 17:30:03 +0000 https://www.cayosoft.com/?p=18048 The Active Directory and Azure AD Recycle Bins exist as tools for protecting you against the accidental deletion of directory objects…but not all of them. If an administrator accidentally deletes an Active Directory user account, for example, it is possible to retrieve the deleted user from the Recycle Bin. Even so, the Recycle Bin has a number of inherent limitations, and there is a possibility that a user object […]

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    The Active Directory and Azure AD Recycle Bins exist as tools for protecting you against the accidental deletion of directory objects…but not all of them. If an administrator accidentally deletes an Active Directory user account, for example, it is possible to retrieve the deleted user from the Recycle Bin. Even so, the Recycle Bin has a number of inherent limitations, and there is a possibility that a user object that needs to be restored may not exist within the Recycle Bin. Here are three reasons an AD object may not be recoverable: 

     1. The Recycle Bin is not enabled on-premises

    Although the Azure AD Recycle Bin is enabled automatically, the Active Directory Recycle Bin must be manually enabled before it can be used. Until an administrator takes the steps necessary to enable the Active Directory Recycle Bin, there is no native protection against the deletion of AD objects.  

     2. Items within the Azure AD Recycle Bin are subject to a short retention period

    Once this retention period expires, the item is purged and no longer available for recovery. The default retention period for deleted Active Directory objects is 180 days. In the case of the Azure AD however, objects are only retained in the Recycle Bin for 30 days. Administrators are able to decrease the retention period, but it cannot be increased beyond the 30-day limit.  

     3. An object may be hard deleted

    A hard delete either removes a deleted object from the Recycle Bin, or it bypasses the Recycle Bin altogether. In either case, restoring the object is impossible. 

    To learn more download “8 Truths & Tips: Avoiding Outages in Azure Active Directory and Hybrid AD, a paper by Microsoft MVP Brien Posey or register to attend or view our webinar, “Preventing Azure and Hybrid AD Outages: The Unsettling Truth”. 

    Looking for a solution to help prevent Azure AD outages? Cayosoft Guardian recovers and protects Azure Active Directory and hybrid AD data. With Guardian monitoring all directory changes, administrators can quickly see, understand and rollback mistakes or malicious changes across their entire hybrid AD environment  

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    6 Tips to Optimize and Reduce Microsoft Office 365 Licensing Costs  https://www.cayosoft.com/6-tips-to-optimize-and-reduce-microsoft-office-365-licensing-costs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=6-tips-to-optimize-and-reduce-microsoft-office-365-licensing-costs Sat, 11 Apr 2020 17:08:41 +0000 https://www.cayosoft.com/?p=18130 Multi-part blog Microsoft’s Office 365 platform provides dozens of license options, which allow customers to tailor the service to their specific requirements and budgets. This flexibility is great, but it does put the onus on each customer to make smart decisions about license usages to get the most value from Office 365.   To optimize investment in Office 365, administrators and IT teams must be able to identify and enact […]

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    Multi-part blog

    Microsoft’s Office 365 platform provides dozens of license options, which allow customers to tailor the service to their specific requirements and budgets. This flexibility is great, but it does put the onus on each customer to make smart decisions about license usages to get the most value from Office 365.  

    To optimize investment in Office 365, administrators and IT teams must be able to identify and enact policies that will boost worker productivity and simultaneously reduce subscription costs, ultimately making Office 365 more cost competitive.   

    In part one of this two-part blog, we’ll cover three (of six) tips to optimize Office 365 license costs.  We will cover the other tips in part two of the blog next month.  Meantime, check out our on-demand webinar, “Controlling Office 365 License Assignments and Costs with Optimizations and Advanced Management” to learn more about ways to automate and optimize Office 365 license management. 

    6. Adopt a License Assignment Strategy and Save Up to $372 per User 

    Save Money on Microsoft Office 365 Licenses

    Microsoft offers a broad selection of Office 365 licenses at a wide range of costsUnderstanding your license agreement and assigning minimum required licenses – based on the business needs of the user – can save a significant amount of money.  

    For example, temporary workers may only need a mailbox while full-time employees may require more advanced collaboration or storage features provided by a more expensive license.  

    If a user requires only a mailbox, the Exchange Online (Plan 1) license at $4 per month is an excellent value. If the user requires downloadable copy of Office and other enterprise  features, then an E5 plan ($35 per user/month) may be justified. The cost difference between the two plans is a whopping $31 per user per month or $372 per year – and for those users that require only a mailbox, the organization gets an 875savings! 

     

    TIP: Many organizations attempt to maintain Office 365 license assignments manually or with scripts.  Both methods incur additional costs and increase the possibility of accidentally denying access to the applications that Office 365 users rely upon to perform even the most basic tasks.  

    5. Eliminate Scripting/Human Error with Automatic License Assignments 

    Native Office 365 license assignment is a manual, error-prone and time-consuming process that often results in end-user problems and outages. Errors in license assignments are often discovered only after users complain about missing features or after an organization runs out of E5 licenses despite buying enough E1 and E5 licenses for the entire organization. In addition to potential operational problems, incorrect license assignments can increase license costs by as much as 550% each year due to the price differences between licenses.  

    Automatic license assignment and ongoing enforcement eliminates manual assignments, and can reduce license costs and administrative burden while improving user experience.  Ideally, automatic assignment decisions are made using geographical or organizational criteria that target the correct users with a specific license plan and the desired options enabled.  

    As Microsoft improves Office 365, there are likely to be changes to Office 365 license offerings. Automatic license assignment also gives administrators the flexibility of migrating some or all users from one license plan to another easily and accurately.  

    4. Simplify Ongoing License Management and Avoid Hidden Operational Expenses  

    Unlike on-premises version of Microsoft products, Office 365 licensing is manually assigned on a user-by-user basis. The admin or help desk operator who is delegated to handle office 365 license management now faces an ever-growing, complex, confusing list of interdependent license types and checkboxes. Over time, errors in assignment will occur, potentially causing outages that impact business users’ day-to-day productivity.

    You can simplify license management with granular delegation and control of license  assignments with a hybrid management solution Cayosoft.  This reduces mistakes and eliminates interruptions in service to business users.    


    TIP:
     Some enterprise organizations use third-party tools to grant managers the ability to assign licenses or specific options that grant access to particular applications.  

    Quick Recap 

    Many organizations think about Office 365 subscriptions as part of their larger approach to asset management. You can save money and improve end-user productivity by having an Office 365 license management strategy, eliminating scripting and simplifying how you manage license assignments over time.  We’ll discuss other license optimization tips soon in part-two of this blog. 

    Again, if you’d like more information meantime, check out our on-demand webinar, “Controlling Office 365 License Assignments and Costs with Optimizations and Advanced Management.” 

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    Microsoft Sees 775% Spike in Some Areas https://www.cayosoft.com/microsoft-sees-775-spike-in-some-areas/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=microsoft-sees-775-spike-in-some-areas Tue, 31 Mar 2020 17:42:25 +0000 https://www.cayosoft.com/?p=17950 Microsoft is experiencing a large increase in Microsoft Teams, Windows Virtual Desktop, and Power BI, which are powered by Microsoft Azure — the second largest cloud services provider behind Amazon Web Services (AWS).  “We have seen a 775 percent increase of our cloud services in regions that have enforced social distancing or shelter in place orders,” as Microsoft reported in […]

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    Microsoft is experiencing a large increase in Microsoft Teams, Windows Virtual Desktop, and Power BI, which are powered by Microsoft Azure — the second largest cloud services provider behind Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

    “We have seen a 775 percent increase of our cloud services in regions that have enforced social distancing or shelter in place orders,” as Microsoft reported in a blog update on March 28. Most of those areas are in larger cities and states that also happen to be larger business centers. 

    Any customers or partners impacted by service incidents will be notified through the Service Health experience in the Azure portal and/or in the Microsoft 365 admin center. 

    Microsoft stated in a recent blog, “Top priority will be going to first responders, health and emergency management services, critical government infrastructure organizational use, and ensuring remote workers stay up and running with the core functionality of Teams.” 

    Check out our free tools to help manage Microsoft 365, or Office 365, including Microsoft Teams. 

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    Useful Microsoft Teams Resources For Administrators https://www.cayosoft.com/useful-microsoft-teams-resources-for-administrators/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=useful-microsoft-teams-resources-for-administrators Mon, 30 Mar 2020 21:02:04 +0000 https://www.cayosoft.com/?p=17941 As newly remote workers flock to collaborate, and Microsoft Teams daily users surges beyond 44 million, both IT professionals and individual users are trying to quickly master the application.  We’ve pulled together some helpful resources for Microsoft Teams administrators to use and share. Go right to the source… Microsoft There are so many options available for Microsoft Teams training that […]

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    As newly remote workers flock to collaborate, and Microsoft Teams daily users surges beyond 44 million, both IT professionals and individual users are trying to quickly master the application.  We’ve pulled together some helpful resources for Microsoft Teams administrators to use and share.

    Go right to the source… Microsoft

    There are so many options available for Microsoft Teams training that it can be overwhelming.  While some will provide amazing insights and others are more like a waste of time, our best advice is to go to the source.

    Microsoft provides training with Microsoft Teams how-to videos for everything from initial setup to managing meetings and activity feeds.  Most videos are roughly 1-minute long and show users how to take specific actions.

    If you’d like a deeper overview, also check out this Microsoft Tech Community video, recorded from a live event in 2019. It’s 15-minutes long and just what you’d expect if you were sitting in a Microsoft Ignite session, letting you hear directly from product management for Microsoft Teams.

    We also recommend a couple of other courses from edX, including one related to Microsoft Teams deployment and one related to driving Teams user adoption, though they are more in-depth and will require more of your time.

    Helping end users adjust

    Back in May, we pulled together our own estimation of the top 10 shortcuts in Microsoft Teams to help make for more successful collaboration.  This list, plus the how-to videos mentioned above can be the foundation of a useful communication to your end users.  With Microsoft recently renaming Office 365 to Microsoft 365 as most people are staying home, they expect the reach of Teams to extend beyond the business world.

    Helping IT Professionals Manage Teams

    Again, there are numerous tools available, with varying degrees of usefulness to IT professionals managing Microsoft Teams.  At Cayosoft, we’re proud to provide free reporting to enable Microsoft Teams service owners to do the following:

    • Find Teams with no owners
    • Find Teams with empty membership
    • View channels by Teams
    • List complete Teams membership
    • Document Teams tabs
    • Microsoft Office 365 License Health Check Report

    Access free reporting for Microsoft Teams.

    Gaining even more control over Microsoft Teams

    Cayosoft Administrator includes enterprise-level Microsoft Teams Management, allowing service owners to delegate critical tasks to day-to-day administrators for accurate and secure Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Group Management.  Cayosoft business rules enable the following:

    • Granular role delegation over Microsoft Teams management
    • Rules control baseline, optional, or required Microsoft Teams settings
    • Enforce Teams naming conventions or business specific fields.

    This Microsoft Teams Management Tool also provides enterprise visibility to Microsoft Teams, including:

    • Teams that were created
    • Current team settings
    • Team usage statistics
    • Empty ownership and membership

    These reports can help you solidify your foundation on Teams. Build an inventory of your Teams environment, analyze it for possible optimization, restructuring and more.

    For more, please view our on-demand webinar, Gaining Control Over Your Microsoft Teams Management.

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    Microsoft Extends MCSE, MCSA, and MCSD Certifications https://www.cayosoft.com/microsoft-extends-mcse-mcsa-and-mcsd-certifications/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=microsoft-extends-mcse-mcsa-and-mcsd-certifications Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:10:54 +0000 https://www.cayosoft.com/?p=17915 Due to current COVID-19 prevention tactics, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certifications will be retired on January 31, 2021 rather than the June 30, 2020. With testing centers closed, it’s nearly impossible for most to obtain these certifications within the original timeframe. Microsoft has several other updates on how they, […]

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    Due to current COVID-19 prevention tactics, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certifications will be retired on January 31, 2021 rather than the June 30, 2020.

    With testing centers closed, it’s nearly impossible for most to obtain these certifications within the original timeframe.

    Microsoft has several other updates on how they, together with their partner ecosystem, are adapting to the current environment to ensure that everyone can continue to learn and get certified on Microsoft technologies, while staying safe.

    Looking to get certified? You can get Microsoft Certification study guides from Cayosoft.

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    Microsoft making Teams available for everyone https://www.cayosoft.com/microsoft-making-teams-available-for-everyone/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=microsoft-making-teams-available-for-everyone Mon, 23 Mar 2020 17:17:12 +0000 https://www.cayosoft.com/?p=17879 Earlier this week, Microsoft announced access to Teams for everyone, as COVID-19 continues to impact people and countries around the world.  How Individuals can get started with Microsoft Teams:  If you have an email address through work or school, sign in  using this link. We’ll get you into Teams in no time.  If  you’re using  an  email  address  like  Gmail  or […]

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    Earlier this week, Microsoft announced access to Teams for everyone, as COVID-19 continues to impact people and countries around the world. 

    How Individuals can get started with Microsoft Teams: 

    • If you have an email address through work or school, sign in  using this link. We’ll get you into Teams in no time. 
    • If  you’re using  an  email  address  like  Gmail  or Outlook,  you can sign up for the freemium version of Teams  by following this link. 

    How IT Pros can get started with Microsoft Teams: 

    • If you work for a business that isn’t currently licensed for Teams, we’ve got you covered with a free Office 365 E1 offer for six months. Contact your Microsoft partner or sales representative to get started today. 
    • If you  work in education and want to set up  teachers, students,  and administrators  on Teams, use  Office 365 A1. This  free version of Office 365  is  available  to  all  educational institutions.  Sign up  by following this link. 

    For Enterprise IT Professionals quickly adopting Microsoft Teams, Cayosoft is proud to provide free Microsoft Teams reporting to provide enterprise visibility Microsoft Teams that were created, current team settings, team usage statistics, and empty ownership  and  membership.   

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    Racing to Microsoft Office 365? Leverage the Power of Automation https://www.cayosoft.com/racing-to-microsoft-office-365-leverage-the-power-of-automation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=racing-to-microsoft-office-365-leverage-the-power-of-automation Thu, 19 Mar 2020 17:00:08 +0000 https://www.cayosoft.com/?p=17841 Many organizations are rushing to the cloud and exploring new ways to manage remote employees. Office 365 automation tools have always been important for the purposes of productivity and efficiency, and they can be vital if you’re moving to the cloud faster than you’d originally planned. Here’s how Active Directory and Office 365 automation can help ensure business continuity. What […]

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    Many organizations are rushing to the cloud and exploring new ways to manage remote employees. Office 365 automation tools have always been important for the purposes of productivity and efficiency, and they can be vital if you’re moving to the cloud faster than you’d originally planned. Here’s how Active Directory and Office 365 automation can help ensure business continuity.

    What is Active Directory or Office 365 Automation?

    Most of the activities that make up day-to-day Active Directory, hybrid AD/Office 365, or Office 365 management are excellent candidates for automation. These tasks are repetitive, mundane, or otherwise obey a strict and easy-to-define set of rules. When tasks are repetitive and follow rules, they are the best tasks to be automated.

    When organizations automate administrative tasks, they are able to reduce overhead and improve consistency. They can protect the fidelity of their data sources, and reduce security issues related to user identity and access.

    The Benefits of Active Directory or Office 365 Automation

    Organizations are now thinking differently about what key activities could (or should) be automated. Active Directory provides automation services that can dramatically improve the way that businesses operate.

    • Automation buys time. Automation can handle many required tasks and help free employees for other tasks that are not-so-easily-automated. Automation helps organizations to do more with less.
    • Automation improves security. Automation can be used for identity and access management, and the management of user accounts. Not only can automation facilitate the general business process, but it can also improve upon user provisioning and other administrative and management tasks. When employees are increasingly operating remotely, this type of improved security is essential.

    Any time-consuming management tasks can be easily automated through Office 365 automation tools.

    What about PowerShell Automation?

    PowerShell does provide automation capabilities, but only if you have the programming knowledge to use it. Purpose-built tools for specific tasks are always a better alternative, as they have the embedded capabilities to perform the specific required tasks. Scripting is the opposite because the programmer must write, test, debug and maintain the scripting code. Complex (and potentially dangerous) scripts are probably not a good alternative, especially if you’re seeking efficiency. Scripting can, however, be a way to fill in gaps that automation tools do not due to your organization’s specific needs.

    The Best Candidates for Office 365 Automation

    What are the best candidates for Office 365 automation? You can automate Office 365 management, collect data in real-time and complete user provisioning on-the-fly. Here are a few of the best automated processes.

    Remember: When tasks are complex or may need human intervention, they aren’t good candidates for automation.

    • User Provisioning and Deprovisioning. It’s advisable to automate user lifecycle management, updating and removing user accounts quickly and efficiently while sustaining critical security and compliance requirements
    • Updates to Data. Cloud-based and on-premises systems can be updated, such as addresses based on office location. Automation is particularly useful when updating and operating with particularly large sets of data.
    • Updates to Group Memberships. For managing users and automated user management, updates to group memberships can be made. Assign group memberships by attributes or parse a CSV file and other data files into user settings.
    • Updates to Microsoft Teams. Assign members by attributes, rather than taking control manually, which can be time consuming. Communication is often the most important aspect of urgent situations.
    • IT Policy Enforcement for Security and Governance. Automated processes can be used to collect security-related data, as well as for managing users who are operating remotely. If necessary, an individual Office 365 user, or all Office 365 users, could be placed on hold, like a legal hold. During a legal hold, the Exchange online mailbox and other data systems will not be modifiable.
    • Administrative Visibility. Visibility enables you to proactively monitor health and adoption, as well as to react swiftly to threats.

    Cayosoft for Hybrid Office 365 Automation

    Rules-based administration is at the core of Cayosoft Administrator. Dozens of out-of-the box rule templates can be quickly configured to automate common tasks and complex scenarios. One common task is to use Cayosoft Administrator to automate user provisioning for the hybrid Microsoft Office 365 enterprise.

    For years, many organization built “automation” with Powershell scripting, which requires specific development skills, is time-consuming, and leaves organizations at risk. By choosing AD and Office 365 automation tools to help with everything from updating Office 365 license settings to automating processes, IT teams can keep up and help ensure security.

    To learn more about 3 Ways Automation Improves Control, check out our on-demand webinar.

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