What used to be my annual New Year's Day obsession has now moved to July 1st: The Microsoft MVP community is an incredible bunch of folks who are both really smart and genuinely love sharing their knowledge with the broader community. It's definitely an honor for me to be renewed once again, and I'm looking … Continue reading MVP 2018-2019!
Microsoft Flow: Tweet New Posts from WordPress
While looking for a new plugin to post to Twitter whenever I publish a new blog post, I decided to give Microsoft Flow a try - here's what the process looks like: Log in to Flow (or create a free account) - you can search the gallery of templates if you like, or just click … Continue reading Microsoft Flow: Tweet New Posts from WordPress
Skype for Business: Hide Stage
This drove me crazy for a while, because I couldn't find the option to hide the stage in a Skype for Business conversation once I no longer wanted to see what someone was presenting on their screen - might not happen very often, but it happened enough to want to hunt it down, and it's … Continue reading Skype for Business: Hide Stage
How and when Clutter is enabled
This question has been bugging me since Clutter was launched, and I was happy to find this thread on the IT Pro Network that answered it. Clutter is one of those features that I take for granted now, but it's definitely a question that comes up during migrations when users are starting to see it, … Continue reading How and when Clutter is enabled
Restoring Outlook Categories
Similar to Autocomplete settings, Outlook Categories are saved in a Stream_CategoryList_1_guid.dat file. The GUID is random, and looks something like this: In order to restore Outlook Categories when creating a new profile, you can use the same approach required for restoring Autocomplete files. Basically, rename the old categories .dat file to match the DAT file … Continue reading Restoring Outlook Categories
Distribution Groups, Naming Policies and You!
Office 365 Groups: Next Gen Distribution Lists? Lately Microsoft has been putting a lot of focus on Office 365 groups as an ad hoc, user driven collaboration platform. These Office 365 Groups are also used for Microsoft Planner, as each Office 365 Group creates a plan, and every time a user creates a new plan … Continue reading Distribution Groups, Naming Policies and You!
Testing Office Message Encryption (OME)
Here is what the end to end experience looks like while using Office Message Encryption (OME). First, a transport rule was created that encrypted any email between my Office 365 account and my Gmail account. Secondly, create an email in OWA or Outlook and send it to the target address. The client (in this case, … Continue reading Testing Office Message Encryption (OME)
Add a Delegate in Skype for Business
Note that this option will only work for clients that have Enterprise Voice enabled - specifically, this option is only available in on premise deployments of Skype for Business, as the Exchange Delegates don't get synced into Skype for Business Online. I've tested against a cloud only Skype for Business client, and there is no … Continue reading Add a Delegate in Skype for Business
Happy MVP Renewal Day!
I've been waiting excitedly for January 1st to come around to see if I got renewed for another year as an Office 365 MVP, and I'm very happy and honored to have received the email letting me know I was still a part of this amazing group of individuals and incredibly smart people! 2014 has … Continue reading Happy MVP Renewal Day!
Microsoft Virtual Academy
The Microsoft Virtual Academy has been a major pillar in my growth as an IT professional - I've used the courses on it for learning new topics, prepping for exams, and (my favorite)… "I have to deliver this technology that I know nothing about, what do I do now?!" If you've never taken advantage of … Continue reading Microsoft Virtual Academy