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The “Five Rules of Fields” for File Server Migrations to Microsoft 365

What a fun tongue twister, and such a practical resource that I am excited to share with you today! Well, actually a lot of this information you might have already gleaned by following my past posts about file server migration. But I still find that when I consult with folks...
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The importance of starting with OneDrive

I am going to make an argument that OneDrive is the most important application for you to focus on when starting a new migration of files to Microsoft 365. Not Teams, and not SharePoint. OneDrive. I recommend starting here for a variety of reasons--and maybe not all of the ones...
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In preview now: A simpler protection framework for Teams and other Group-connected SharePoint sites

Microsoft has previously published a framework for protecting Teams. There is another very much like it for SharePoint. The goal was to create some recommendations that "balance security with ease of collaboration." Image credit: Microsoft It is a fine balance indeed. The most interesting feature of this framework is that Microsoft...
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The many ways to prevent data leakage in Microsoft 365

Office 365 Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Windows Information Protection (aka Endpoint DLP), Conditional Access App Enforced Restrictions, Conditional Access App Control with Microsoft Cloud App security, Sensitivity labels, Retention labels--are you thoroughly confused yet? All of the above can help you to prevent the leakage of sensitive data under certain...
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Unpopular opinion: Do not restrict users from creating Teams (Office 365 Groups)

I realize that advocating for no (or very limited) boundaries on who can create Teams puts me in the minority. When I look out across the community, I mostly see consultants in this space suggesting the opposite is a superior approach for various reasons--that the privilege should be constrained heavily....
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Prepare for the Upgrade from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams

As you may or may not have heard, Microsoft is encouraging organizations to begin the upgrade path toward Teams, as they have now reached "feature parity" between the two products (they will no longer be actively developing Skype for Business Online). In fact, new customers under 500 seats (that means...
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Replacing your traditional file server with Microsoft Teams and OneDrive, part 2: How to make it happen fast

As promised, today I am going to show you how easy it is to replace your legacy file server and network drive experience with Microsoft Teams and OneDrive. Seriously, anyone can set this up, and it takes just a few minutes. Pre-requisites are: Windows 10 Pro (Creators Update or later)...
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Replacing your traditional file server with Microsoft Teams and OneDrive, part 1: Overcoming the hurdles

There is no doubt about it, more and more workloads are moving to the cloud these days, especially in the SMB space. Nevertheless, more often than not organizations (even small ones) remain completely disorganized when it comes to their legacy file servers, and this can be the most difficult piece...
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