Is it Time for your Microsoft Enterprise Agreement Renewal?

Resources to Optimize Microsoft 365 (Formerly Office 365) License Management and Reduce Costs For organizations with 500 or more users or devices, that want a more manageable volume licensing program, the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) provides the ability to buy cloud services and software licenses under one agreement. These enterprise agreements are for three-years and require the […]

Retire Skype for Business Admin Center to Start on Dec 1, 2020

  Microsoft will be retiring the Skype for Business admin center starting on December 1st, 2020. Instead of Skype admin center, Microsoft recommends the utilization of Teams admin center which is where they will continue to invest development resources. Key Points: Major: Retirement Timing: December 01, 2020 Action: Transition to the Teams admin center How […]

Midnight tonight deadline to patch Windows Servers

  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) doesn’t issue emergency directives unless there’s a serious cause for concern.   There is a vulnerability that could enable an attacker with network access to gain admin status by sending a string of zeros using the Windows Netlogon protocol. A vulnerability that, CISA said, […]

How to Minimize Complexity in Managing Microsoft Office 365 Licenses

  Prior to 2014, IT administrators could simply activate their Microsoft licenses by entering a single license key and the organization was good to go. Today, Microsoft’s platform provides dozens of license plans, which allow enterprise organizations to tailor the office 365 services to their specific requirements and budgets. This incredible flexibility requires IT teams […]

6 Tips to Optimize and Reduce Microsoft Office 365 Licensing Costs – Part Two

Welcome to part two of this blog, where we’re covering six tips to optimize Office 365 license costs.  We recently introduced the first three tips in part one of the blog. Microsoft provides numerous license options and flexibility for organizations, but it’s difficult to make informed decisions on the “best” license for each user and […]

Why Office 365 changed to Microsoft 365 and How it Affects Me

New Microsoft product names went into effect on April 21, 2020. This was a change to the product name only, and there are no pricing or feature changes currently—Microsoft 365 includes everything you know in Office 365. So, why the name change? Microsoft explains, “We changed the name to be more reflective of the range […]

How to Recover an Azure Conditional Access Policy

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 […]