Teams eDiscovery supported for team users in an Exchange Hybrid!

First of all, I have to say that this announcement has a trick, is it possible to do it, but not by the UI, you need to open a Microsoft ticket support in order to do it (I supose that in a near future will be avalaible trought the UI admin).

To open the support ticket, would be necessary to have the following data:

  • The default domain name of your Office 365 organization.
  • The tenant name and tenant ID of your Office 365 organization.
  • And of course a title or description of the purpose of the support request: for example “Enable Application Content Search for On-premises Users”. This will help route the request to the Office 365 eDiscovery engineering team who will implement the request.

Also take into account that Teams channel conversations are always into Group mailboxes which are always in the cloud, so probably would be not possible to extract this information from the chat for those users who are in a hybrid environment and their Exchange data resised OnPrem.

Then after the ticket has benn submmited, I hope that Support will send us an email, and they will process the request internally.

For more info about this: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/searching-cloud-based-mailboxes-for-on-premises-users-in-office-365-3f7dde1a-a8ea-4366-86da-8ee6777f357c?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

New File Viewers for Onedrive, SharePoint and Teams

The new functionalities included in OneDrive, SharePoint and Teams, allow the users to  have a quick and easy access to those files across devices regardless of the file type. So the user can have previews and thumbnail images for Adobe formats, like Photoshop and Illustrator, 3D files or DICOM medical images without actually installing the native application.

The following extensions are included:

3-D Modeling/Printing: 3MF, COOL, GLB, GLTF, OBJ, STL

Apple: MOVIE, PAGES, PICT, SKETCH

Adobe: AI, PDF, PSB, PSD

Audio/Video Media Files: 3G2, 3GP, ASF, BMP, M2TS, M4V, MOV, MP3, MP4, MP4V, MTS, TS, WMV

AutoCAD: DWG

AutoDesk: FBX

BioWare Game Engine: ERF

Compressed File: ZIP

Compressed File (Unix): Z

DICOM Medical Images: DCM, DCM30, DICM, DICOM

Finale: PLY

HydroCAD: HCP

Image Formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG. JPE, MEF, MRW, NEF, NRW, ORF, PANO, PEF, PNG, SPM, TIF, TIFF, XBM, XCF

License Key: KEY

Log Files: LOG

Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel): CSV, DIC, DOC, DOCM, DOCX, DOTM, DOTX, POT, POTM, POTX, PPS, PPSM, PPSX, PPT, PPTM, PPTX, XD, XLS, XLSB, XLSX, SLTX

Microsoft Outlook: EML, MSG

Microsoft Visio: VSD, VSDX

Microsoft Windows: CUR, ICO, ICON

Open eBook: EPUB

OpenOffice: ODP, ODS, ODT,

Photo: ARW, CR2, CRW, DNG

Rich Text Format: RTF

Text and Code: ABAP, ADA, ADP, AHK, AS, AS3, ASC, ASCX, ASM, ASP, AWK, BAS, BASH, BASH_LOGIN, BASH_LOGOUT, BASH_PROFILE, BASHRC, BAT, BIB, BSH, BUILD, BUILDER, C, C++, CAPFILE, CBK, CC, CFC, CFM, CFML, CL, CLJ, CMAKE, CMD, COFFEE, CPP, CPT, CPY, CS, CSHTML, CSON, CSPROJ, CSS, CTP, CXX, D, DDL, DI. DIF, DIFF, DISCO, DML, DTD, DTML, EL, EMAKE, ERB, ERL, F90, F95, FS, FSI, FSSCRIPT, FSX, GEMFILE, GEMSPEC, GITCONFIG, GO, GROOVY, GVY, H, H++, HAML, HANDLEBARS, HBS, HRL, HS, HTC, HTML, HXX, IDL, IIM, INC, INF, INI, INL, IPP, IRBRC, JADE, JAV, JAVA, JS, JSON, JSP, JSX, L, LESS, LHS, LISP, LOG, LST, LTX, LUA, M, MAKE, MARKDN, MARKDOWN, MD, MDOWN, MKDN, ML, MLI, MLL, MLY, MM, MUD, NFO, OPML, OSASCRIPT, OUT, P, PAS, PATCH, PHP, PHP2, PHP3, PHP4, PHP5, PL, PLIST, PM, POD, PP, PROFILE, PROPERTIES, PS, PS1, PT, PY, PYW, R, RAKE, RB, RBX, RC, RE, README, REG, REST, RESW, RESX, RHTML, RJS, RPROFILE, RPY, RSS, RST, RXML, S, SASS, SCALA, SCM, SCONSCRIPT, SCONSTRUCT, SCRIPT, SCSS, SGML, SH, SHTML, SML, SQL, STY, TCL, TEX, TEXT, TEXTILE, TLD, TLI, TMPL, TPL, TXT, VB, VI, VIM, WSDL, XAML, XHTML, XOML, XML, XSD, XSL, XSLT, YAML, YAWS, YML, ZSH

Web/Hypertext: HTM, HTML, Markdown, MD, URL

You can find more info in the following link

Microsoft Teams Recap

If you have a customer like me that wants to use Teams in W7 environment, and they want to uninstall Teams in order to know if reinstalling solves the problem, you will face that is not possible to uninstall Teams “easyly”, because the program is not shown in Control Panel and thus the user won’t be able to uninstall Teams. To do it, it is necessary to use PowerShell! You can have more info in the following link: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/MicrosoftTeams/scripts/powershell-script-teams-deployment-clean-up

Very useful to detect errors before rolling out Teams to the entire company: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/known-issues

Another thing that I discovered doing a battery test, depending on which version of Chrome you’re running Microsoft teams meetings does not work. So in this case my customer was running the version 57 of Chrome and the last supported version of Chrome for meetings in Microsoft Teams is the v59. You can have more info in the following post: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/MicrosoftTeams/get-clients

I will try to keep updated this post 🙂

 

Private Teams will be discoverable in Search

Nowadays, if you want to join a Private Team, the only way to do it is by being invited by an admin of the group. But this will change in the next days, I found the following annouce in my tenant:

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So, will be possible to find the groups in SharePoint Search or even searching the groups in the Microsoft Teams App. I think this make sense, you find the group and if it’s necessary you request access to the group.

The only thing that is it necessary to take into account is to be aware of the name policy that the groups will have, if you don’t want a certain name group in your tenant, check it before, and if it’s necessary, execute the Set-UnifiedGroup command with the attribute HiddenFromAddressListsEnabled to $true

It’s great to see how Microsoft is improving all the collaboration tools 🙂

Limit who can post in general channel of Microsoft Teams

As we know, each Team of Microsoft Teams include a General channel, by default all users can post in that channel, but you can limit who can post in that channel. For example imagine that you want to use that channel to post the rules of the Team.

In each Team, we can configure the following levels:

  • Everyone can post (the default setting)
  • Everyone and display an alert that everyone in the Teams will be notified
  • Just the Teams owner

To change the default permissions we must be a Team owner and do the following procedure:

  • Select the 3 dots of the Team, then Manage Team

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  • Settings, under Member permissions, we can see the 3 options, select which option fits better to your Team

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And it’s all set!

Developer preview in Teams and Planner integration

After seeing that MS is launching new features to Microsoft Teams via developer Preview, I decided to enable it and try it. But for my surprise, this option was not enabled in my tenant, so I struggled how to activate it.

First I navigate to: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/setup#3-enable-sideloading-of-apps-for-microsoft-teams where is it possible to find the instructions of how to activate. In my case the steps to follow where pretty simple:

  • Go to the admin center
  • Settings, select Services & add-ins or Apps
  • From the list of services and add-ins, or apps, select Microsoft Teams.
  • On the Microsoft Teams settings screen, switch both Allow external apps in Microsoft Teams and Allow sideloading of external apps to On, and then select Save.

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After doing that, I went to https://teams.microsoft.com and under my profile I was able to select the Developer Preview:

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Accept the dialog:

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And start with the new available features in this mode. One of these new available features is Planner, well done Microsoft 🙂

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Is great to see how Microsoft is improving the collaboration in Teams, and in this case bringing Planner to the app, instead of having to add the plan as a tab.

With this implementation, we can see all our assigned tasks in Planner, in addition to that able to edit the tasks, assign tasks to other users. It’s like accessing to Planner, but integrated into Teams.

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We have different views, where we can group by tasks or even by plan, is important to show all our assigned tasks.

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To close this post, I have to add that this new feature it is only available via web, I expect that this implementation will be also added soon to Microsoft Teams desktop and mobile app.

16/11/2017 Edit: Once again Juan Carlos Gonzalez is right 🙂 ,  developer view is it already available in desktop app, so is it possible to take advantage from the Planner integration. Thanks again!

PowerShell for Microsoft Teams

Last week, Microsoft made available new PowerShell Modules, in this case was for Microsoft Teams, and I have to say that it is wonderful, because since then, we were obliged to use the Office 365 Groups PowerShell commands, and not all the commands fulfill the use case.

First of all, we need to install the Microsoft Teams PowerShell module:

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Once we have installed the commands, as is needed for each O365 service, we’ll need to connect to it:

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If we want to see all the available commands, we will need to put the following:

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As it can be seen, the list of cmdlets is a bit short, but I’m sure that will grow and will improve the capabilities and also the availble features.

Till next time!

Skype to Teams Roadmap

Yesterday was announced in the Techcommunity the roadmap for Microsoft Teams.

I want to highlight the integration between the Skype For Business client and the Microsoft Teams client. With this integration we will be able to share the presence, contacts between this two applications and even to call between this two applications. In a near future, we will have the PSTN calling plans for Teams and more features yet to come.

If you want more information about this, visit the following link: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/Roadmap-for-Skype-for-Business-capabilities-coming-to-Microsoft/bc-p/120002#M340

Skype For Business VS Microsoft Teams features

Recently I found on Technet a very interesting article written by the user LucaVitali

This article is a comparison table between Skype for Business and Teams, where the information comes from various sources. In adition to that, Luca will try to update the file and add new features.

https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/lync/Skype-for-Business-and-aa1c8daa

Enjoy it!

How to troubleshoot Microsoft Teams

Many clients are adopting Microsoft Teams as the central tool for productivity and collaboration, it is great to see an application that unifies functionalities like video, call and the collaboration tools from SharePoint as well as the integration with other applications or even third party applications.

But, what happens when the Microsoft Teams application fails? Where we can troubleshoot what is happening?

It is true that we can navigate to the Tech Community to try to research for some information, but its not the best, so how we can obtain more information?

By using the magic key combination: Ctrl – Shift – Alt – 1

We will be able to download a log file:

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Where we will see pieces of JSON formatted text and the most interesting part, lines that have time stamp and message level and of course, an error message.

Also, we have the leves categorized as:

 

  • War : Warning
  • Err: Error
  • Inf: Information
So, doing this we will be able to troubleshoot Microsoft Teams, and at least obtain a clue of what the hell is happening with the app.
Hope that helps!