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A Mail-enabled security group must be used to allow the “Let only users in selected security groups share with authenticated external users” setting in SharePoint Online

By | April 17th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

I wanted to setup external sharing in my Office 365 tenant for SharePoint & OneDrive so that only members of a specific group were allowed to share with external users. This seems relatively straight forward in that the SharePoint Admin center -> sharing area had a setting called: “Who can share outside your organization” -> “Let only users [...]

Guide to Provisioning your SharePoint hub site

By | March 30th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

SharePoint hub sites are a long awaited feature where by your Office 365 SharePoint Online communication or team sites can be associated to a hub site and inherit the navigation, theme and logo of the hub.  This provides a consistent user browsing experience for all of the associated sites without performing configuration on a site by site basis. [...]

Document & Records Management Features in Office 365 – SharePoint Online: Part 1 – Introduction

By | March 30th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Many years ago, I did a series of blogs on features & services within the SharePoint 2010 platform that could be used in building your Records Management system.  I received a lot of positive feedback on this series of blogs so I thought I would do something similar that is updated to the most current technology and pertains [...]

SharePoint Online Websites in Office 365 are being deleted on March 31st – Act immediately if you have any!

By | March 27th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Microsoft has been warning Office 365 customers who are still using the public websites feature that they will be deleting them for a few years now.  They have already been deactivated from use for a few years but now they are following through with their threats to delete them for those that are still using them. Bottom line, [...]

Office 365 Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Notifications in Outlook, OneDrive and SharePoint

By | March 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

In a previous post, I outlined how to configure Data Loss Prevention (DLP) for Office 365.  This post will provide examples on how these are displayed throughout your Office 365 experience. Before I proceed, there a couple important points to know about DLP and user notifications: DLP is driven by when the Office 365 search engine scans the content.  [...]

Classic Sites vs. Modern Sites

By | March 14th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

  The question many are asking is: Should we stay with SharePoint Classic Sites or should we switch to SharePoint Modern Sites?  In this post, we will delve into the advantages and disadvantages of the SharePoint Classic and Modern Sites. Classic SharePoint is the SharePoint you are familiar with up to SharePoint 2016, and recently with SharePoint Online, [...]

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SharePoint Online Websites in Office 365 are being deleted on March 31st – Act immediately if you have any!

March 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Microsoft has been warning Office 365 customers who are still using the public websites feature that they will be deleting them for a few years now.  They have already been deactivated from use for a [...]

Office 365 Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Notifications in Outlook, OneDrive and SharePoint

March 21st, 2018|0 Comments

In a previous post, I outlined how to configure Data Loss Prevention (DLP) for Office 365.  This post will provide examples on how these are displayed throughout your Office 365 experience. Before I proceed, there [...]

Classic Sites vs. Modern Sites

March 14th, 2018|0 Comments

  The question many are asking is: Should we stay with SharePoint Classic Sites or should we switch to SharePoint Modern Sites?  In this post, we will delve into the advantages and disadvantages of the [...]

Configure Office 365 Data Loss Prevention (DLP) for SharePoint Online, Outlook and OneDrive

March 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Last week, Bill Baer from Microsoft announced Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Policy Tips updates which Office 365 tenant administrators should be aware of from a security perspective.  These updates allow capabilities to show DLP Policy Tips [...]

Automatically forward emails from an Office 365 Shared Mailbox

March 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

I recently setup a shared mailbox in my Office 365 subscription so that a few people in my company can have access to mail sent to a generic company email address without the need to [...]

Microsoft is making it easier for you to switch your Cloud Storage to OneDrive for Business from Box, Dropbox, or Google

February 13th, 2018|0 Comments

With the many improvements and features Microsoft has made to OneDrive over the last couple of years, enterprise cloud storage customers have recently discovered that their current solutions such as Box, Dropbox or Google just [...]

OneDrive and SharePoint Multi-Geo

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Office 365 Multi-Geo provides an answer for many multinational companies who must meet local policies regarding local data residency. Or perhaps there are different levels of need, such as one office requiring local data residency [...]

Join my OneDrive workshop at SharePointNA 2018 at to learn about the value, capabilities and benefits of using Flow with OneDrive for Business

February 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

If you haven’t heard by now, the SharePoint Conference is back! Rebranded as SharePoint North America (SharePointNA). SharePoint Conference North America is your best opportunity of the year to hear from experts around the world [...]

Updates to the Office 365 Secure Score – See your score based on similar sized organizations

February 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Secure Score Recap: Secure Score is a totally different way of managing risk on your Office 365 deployment where by instead of reacting to security alerts sent to you by Microsoft, it lets you proactively [...]

Selective Bulk Editing of your SharePoint Online List Items Now Available in your Office 365 Tenant

January 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Little known to many, a highly useful feature has been introduced in your Office 365 SharePoint Online sites as part of a January 2018 update. This feature allows you the ability to selectively update a several [...]

Microsoft Teams and PowerShell

January 8th, 2018|0 Comments

The PowerShell Module allows the IT professional to control Microsoft Teams by automating the creation of teams, channels, and settings within a team.  Automating, simplifying, and streamlining daily tasks contributes to the success of Microsoft [...]

Staying organized by working with Group Files in Office 365 Groups

December 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Office 365 Groups are a great way of staying organized with your teams. They allow you to easily collaborate with your peers, share documents & content, and give you access to many tools your teams [...]

SharePoint Online External Sharing

December 14th, 2017|0 Comments

One of my favorite topics in Office 365 is external sharing. Sharing and collaboration not only occur within your corporation, but it also involves external customers, clients, suppliers, or vendors. Sharing and collaboration can be [...]

Making the transition to the modern SharePoint Online UI from SharePoint On-Prem

December 12th, 2017|0 Comments

If you are attending the Microsoft Tech Summit in Toronto on Wednesday, December 13th, please join me in the expo hall for a session on the SharePoint Online modern UI.  Below are the details: Session [...]

First Release in Office 365 is being renamed to Targeted Release – Rolling out December 2017

December 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Office 365 tenant admins should be aware of a terminology change in Office 365 that is being released this month. With the Office 365 cloud, you automatically receive new product and feature updates as they [...]

List Template Duplicate Field

November 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Many of us have saved custom lists as templates in SharePoint Online or on-premises, to be re-purposed in the future, as an easy way to re-create the same list, with the same content types, metadata [...]

OneDrive Part Two: Additional Ignite 2017 Announcements

November 5th, 2017|0 Comments

At Ignite 2017, many new and innovating announcements were shared, but most notably, were the many new features for OneDrive. In my previous article, OneDrive Part One: Files On-Demand, we examined the many new features [...]

OneDrive Part One: Files On-Demand

November 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

At Ignite 2017, many exciting and new announcements were shared alongside visuals thrown up on the big screen.  Many of the MS products have been enhanced, and OneDrive is one of them. These upgraded or [...]

Webinar on Microsoft Office 365: Opportunities and Solutions for Your Hospitality Business – November 14, 2017 11-12 AM EST

November 1st, 2017|0 Comments

If you are in the hospitality industry and a member of HFTP, join me for a webinar on how Microsoft Office 365 including SharePoint and OneDrive can help your hospitality business operate more effectively and [...]

Join me at the Toronto Microsoft Office 365 Developer Bootcamp – Friday November 10, 2017

October 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Join me on Friday November 10th, 2017 for a free Office 365 Developer Boot camp at the Microsoft Canada Head Office. This is a must go to if you are developer looking to ramp up [...]

Search Web Parts – Collab365 Global Conference

October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

  Have you heard about the virtual Collab365 Global Conference 2017 that’s streaming online November 1st – 2nd? Join me and 120 other speakers from around the world who will be bringing you the very latest content around SharePoint, [...]

OneDrive has a new look and many new user experience enhancements

October 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Yesterday, Microsoft released an article on the TechNet community announcing a new refreshed experience for OneDrive across the web and mobile.  With this new refresh Microsoft is hoping to make it easier for end users to [...]

SharePoint Hub Site Announced at Microsoft Ignite

October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

A new SharePoint site, SharePoint Hub Site, was announced at Microsoft Ignite 2017 in Orlando. The purpose of the SharePoint Hub Site is to provide a point of organization for content across SharePoint sites. Hub [...]

Big SharePoint, OneDrive and Office 365 Announcements

October 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

This year’s Microsoft Ignite unveiled exciting new products and innovations that span across its entire business software and cloud spectrum.  Focusing on empowering the modern workspace, Microsoft has made advancements in management, security, and intelligence [...]

Join me to learn about Office 365 at SharePoint Saturday Ottawa 2017 on October 28th

September 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Please join me at SharePoint Saturday Ottawa on October 28th, 2017! Azure, Office 365 & SharePoint administrators, end users, architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft Technologies will meet for the 6th annual SPSOttawa [...]