Where do users change their phone number for resetting O365 password?

It seems a post very straightforward, but a client fired me this question and I thought that I was pretty sure about the answer, but no, I discovered something new for me in our marvellous O365 world.

My client wanted to change their phone and mail, when they must reset their password. If you remember, the first time that you log into O365, it asks for this data to complete your “recovery” profile. So, when he asked me to change this data, I guided him to follow this procedure:

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  • Click on my profile

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  • Update profile with your own/new info

Easy right?

If you follow this procedure to change your O365 password recovery data, you’re as much as wrong as I was. This procedure does not change your initial data, it only changes your profile information. So where do I have to access to change this data? Of course, Azure…

We know that every O365 tenant shares the Azure AD, so in Azure we also have the user information. In this case, the only thing that we have to do is to access to http://portal.azure.com go to Azure Active Directory resource, users and groups and select the user that you need to change their information.

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After doing this, you will be able to reset your password with the new data that has been introduced.

Keep in mind, that you’ll need permissions in the Azure resource in order to modify this “personal” information, if you don’t have the properly permission, this information will be greyed out.

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Hope it helps!

 

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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!

Yammer will convert notes into Word documents

Throughout November and December, Yammer will automatically update the notes stored in Yammer groups into Word Online Documents. This will be done without the user interaction, so the only action required is to publish all the notes to be converted.

But, what will happen after this conversion? Instead of having notes, we’ll have all the notes in the files tabs, the notes will remain in the notes tab, but only in read mode until December 11th, from this date the notes section won’t be available.

It is thought that this will be a smooth transition, because all the followed notes or also notes that are referred in a conversation will be updated during the conversion, so you will be access to it without problem. The only drawback that I think that will cause this conversion, is the loss of version history of notes, so take it into account for your network, and export the data on time to have a copy of all your data.

If you want more information about this update, visit the following link: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Converting-Yammer-notes-into-Word-Online-documents-1aaec7ab-109b-4477-92be-6b558fb731ca?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

 

ADMX Templates for Microsoft Edge

With the irruption of W10 in business, a new browser has been introduced, Microsoft Edge. But, for IT departments, the available policies to configure Edge (I’m sure that you already have noticed that) are not the same as Internet Explorer.

So… what you can do? You can follow thw following procedure:

Download the latest version of registry-based Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 (from January 2017  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53430).

Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 Creators Update https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55080

To install new .admx files, run the file Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 ADMX.msi

  • If you want to manage Microsoft Edge settings using local Group Policy, copy all content (or only two files: admx and MicrosoftEdge.adml) from a folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Group Policy\Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 to the local directory C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions.
  • If you want to use new administrative templates to manage Edge settings on a computers in the AD domain, copy the content of a local folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Group Policy\Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016  to Central Store folder on the domain controller (for example, \\com\SYSVOL\theitbros.com\Policies\PolicyDefinitions). Now you create a new domain GPOs with Edge settings using Group Policy Management Console (GPMC)

After installing a new administrative templates under section Computer Configuration -> Administrative Template -> Windows Components -> Microsoft Edge, you will get 20 different settings available.

So, now the remaining thing is to configure all the new policies that you want to apply to these new users.

Hope that helps!

Get a list of O365 groups

The inclusion of O365 groups is great, it enables users to share documents, planner, calendar. Also taking into account that everyone is able to create a group.

However the problem starts when a user ask for the group url of the site collection, at first glance, you will thinlk to go to the SharePoint Admin Center and search for the site collection, and then you realize, that this site collection that has been created by groups, simply does not exist.

So what we can do? A simply approach will be use a Search Results Web Part in SharePoint Online to show those Site Collections, so let’s use it 🙂

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So by doing this, we will be able to show all the groups that has been created in O365 and also taking into account that the security trimming will be respected.

The only drawback to this solution will be that the private groups won’t be listed in the search results. Also to improve this query, will be great to be able to show the Yammer groups or other locations where we store the documents.

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!

Group insights in Yammer

Two days ago has been released in Yammer a new feature called group insight, this new feature, allows you to see engagement metrics for a Yammer group right from the feed.

We know that we have other tools to see the adoption of Yammer like the O365 Content pack, but I think the inclusion of this feature simplify the process of viewing the activity of the group.

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So, we can conclude that nowadays the inclusion of collaboration tools inside of a company is vital, but more important is too observe which is the adoption of each one of this tools and be able to take measures if these tools are not being used or have been used poorly.

If you want more information about this new feature, visit the Tech Community post: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Yammer-Blog/Measure-and-grow-engagement-with-group-insights-in-Yammer/ba-p/122411