18 01, 2019

The Still-Prevalent Problem with Ransomware

By |2019-01-18|Office 365, Security|

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​Ransom in the Streets

All we need are backups, sweet backups

One of the major IT security issues in the last five years involves the dreaded and feared ransomware resulting in loss of data, income and possibly the entire business.

These problems are unlikely to be eliminated or reduced unless you follow proper computer/network security procedures which I’ll outline in this article.

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28 12, 2018

Detecting Spoofed Emails in Office 365

By |2018-12-28|Office 365, Security|

Spoofed Emails

​We Won’t Get Spoofed Again

In the last six months, our clients have seen an uptick in the number of spoofed emails in Office 365 that appear to be coming from an internal user. These are phishing attempts that attempt to get the employee to click on a link contained within the email. They look legitimate because the return address will be that of a co-worker. If the link is clicked on there is a good chance their machine will be infected resulting in data theft.

This guide will show you how to put a one-line advisory at the top of every incoming email so you know if it originated from inside or outside of your organization.

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14 07, 2017

5 Essential Methods for Azure Cost Savings

By |2017-07-14|Azure, Office 365|

Azure Cost Savings

​Introduction to Azure
Cost Savings

A common argument against cloud computing is the possibility of runaway costs.  With proper planning and implementation of your Azure network, you can spend less money and gain more benefits than you would with a traditional on-site server and network infrastructure.

It’s easiest to think of cloud computing as a utility or a collection of resources rather than discrete physical servers.  Like electricity in your house or gasoline in your car, Azure cloud computing is consumption-based rather than asset-based.
Let’s look at the most effective ways you can reduce your resource consumption and increase your Azure cost savings.

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02 06, 2017

Use First Release Features in Office 365

By |2017-06-02|Office 365|

First Release for Office 365

What Is First Release in
Office 365?

The First Release features in Office 365 allow you to preview and test the latest updates and features of the Office productivity suite before they're released to all Office 365 users. You can turn this on for your entire organization or just a subset of your employees - for example, your IT team or a testing/QA group.

Who can get First Release?

To take advantage of First Release features in Office 365 you are required to have a plan that includes the Office desktop applications. Business Premium, Enterprise E3 and Enterprise E5 are eligible for First Release while Business Essentials and Enterprise E1 are not eligible.

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23 05, 2017

Recover Deleted Email in Office 365

By |2017-05-23|Office 365|

Deleting Office 365 Items

Protect Your Outlook Data

Everyone that uses email has accidentally or intentionally deleted items in Outlook or OWA that they needed later. The good news is that the data is probably recoverable if you realize within two weeks that something important has been deleted. The bad news is that it is possible for an end user to permanently delete emails if they know what they're doing - unless you take preventative steps ahead of time.


What happens when I delete an item in Office 365?

Deletion is actually a multi-stage process with safeguards by default. The four different levels in order from normal status to permanent elimination are:

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20 05, 2017

Change the Retention Time of Office 365 Recoverable Items

By |2017-05-20|Office 365|


Red Hourglass


More Time to Recover

When a user permanently deletes an item from their mailbox by shift-deleting an item, deleting an item from the Deleted Items folder or emptying the Deleted Items folder, the item is moved into a hidden folder called Recoverable Items for a period of time.


By default this period of time is 14 days. It can be extended to a maximum of 30 days after which the item is permanently gone unless the mailbox is under in-place hold or litigation hold.

Unfortunately there is currently no ability to change this setting in the Office 365 administrator console. However, the PowerShell procedure is very easy to perform as we'll see below.

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15 09, 2015

Bulk Office 365 Mail Imports Using the New PST Import Tool

By |2015-09-15|Office 365|

Bulk Mail Imports

An easier way to import lots of email

One of the main challenges in moving from an on-premise Exchange installation to the Microsoft hosted Office 365 service is data migration. The slowest method to import data from existing Exchange mailboxes to Office 365 is to use Outlook to upload the data directly to Office 365.

Microsoft caps the import speed at roughly 500 MB an hour per mailbox from each instance of Outlook which can easily cause problems due to time and logistical constraints – even over a long weekend. It is more efficient to use their new PST Import Tool which involves uploading all the data to a temporary Azure location and then starting a mass import. The procedure for bulk Office 365 imports is described in this article.

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