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[E BOOK] Office 365 for IT Pros Subscribe to the only always up-to-date eBook about the Microsoft 365 cloud Office system, covering Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Microsoft Teams, Planner, Entra ID (formerly Azure Active Directory), Microsoft Purview Compliance Solutions, PowerShell, the Microsoft Graph (and more).  Office 365 for IT Pros is co-authored …

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How to Use the Microsoft Azure Portal to Disable Basic Authentication

Microsoft is disabling Basic authentication in an effort to improve data security in Exchange Online. Starting October 1, 2022, Microsoft will begin turning off Exchange Online Basic authentication. (For more information, see the Microsoft article “Deprecation of Basic authentication in Exchange Online”). As of September 2022, Microsoft has provided an update on guidance for the …

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How to Use Staged Rollout to Migrate to Entra Single Sign-On

Are you ready to make the move to Entra (formerly Azure Active Directory) single sign-on (SSO)? Do you want to avoid the complications of federated authentication for Microsoft 365? Are you unsure about switching your entire organization over at once? Entra ID’s cloud authentication staged rollout might be the answer. Background to Entra SSO Entra …

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How to Connect to Microsoft Exchange Online PowerShell with Certificate Authentication in Azure Functions

In a previous blog series, I discussed how to use certificate authentication for PowerShell scripts running in a standard Windows environment. (See “Authentication Options for Automated Azure PowerShell Scripts, Part 1: Service Account vs. App Registration,” as well as Part 2 and Part 3.) In this blog, I discuss remediating basic authentication in a different …

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How to Use Dynamic Group Memberships in Entra ID: Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog post, we looked at what goes into thinking about and designing your automated access policies. As discussed, we want to first think about our policies in “natural language” before we dive into the technical implementation. We also covered the dynamic membership rules feature in Entra ID (formerly Azure Active …

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How to Use Dynamic Group Memberships in Entra ID: Part 1

Many organizations control access to internal systems by simply relying on whether or not an account is enabled. However, users often change roles throughout their careers within a single organization. For example, a user might start as an intern in one department and then be hired full-time in another department. After a few years, they …

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