I was writing up a post that highlighted by 6 favorite keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams:

  • Mute/unmute:
  • Disable/enable Video:
  • Disable/enable Background Blur
  • Search
  • Access Files
  • Keyboard Shortcuts

…then I saw this post on “REgarding 365”, written by Dean Swann:

Excellent quick read that highlights 10 shortcuts that you’ll love out of the vast dictionary of keyboard shortcuts:

Check it out!

imageThis is six Conditional Access best practices, aligned with the principles of Zero Trust, documented for easy consumption, from Azure AD engineering.

Here’s some of the questions answered:

  • What’s the best way for users working from home to set up MFA?
  • I’m seeing more devices connect from personal and work devices outside my trusted networks. What can I do to keep control of company data?
  • Given the current situation, we need to deploy Conditional Access policies quickly. What advice do you have?
  • How do I use Conditional Access to enable access to some apps, like Office 365, and block everything else?
  • What steps should I take for users connecting to my corporate network through a VPN?
  • How can I enable access to on-premises apps and resources without using a VPN?

Read the entire post here:

imageSeveral states and local municipalities have rapidly built and launched applications powered by Microsoft’s Power Platform and Dynamics 365 with support from our Consulting Services team.

You can build applications that empower your mobile testing facilities to manage testing requests and provide constituents with a means to get tested, while helping to minimize physical contact.

Get this datasheet below for more information on how to get started:

imageWanna learn about Microsoft Defender ATP? Come join Heike Ritter, Program Manager for a webinar on Apr. 2, at 08:00-09:00AM PST on "Microsoft Defender ATP: End-to-end security for your endpoints".

You can register here:

We will be posting recordings of the webinar at:

To stay informed about future webinars and other events, join our Security Community at:

imageCheck out this new “Work-from-Home” eBook our Partner team here at Microsoft assembled.

In this eBook, you’ll find resources and recommended practices on work from home scenarios along with example supporting partner offerings. 

It was originally an internal guide but it’s recently been approved for sharing with partners & customers.

Use this eBook as a guide to help you enable your customers or employees to work from home.

imageThis is a must read if you have Azure Active Directory Premium P1, EMS or Microsoft 365.

There’s a nice write up about the importance & usage scenarios for Azure AD Conditional Access (as you probably expect) however there’s one REALLY important recommendation:

Most organizations are running lots of business-critical apps on-premises, many of which may not be accessible from outside the corporate network.

Azure AD Application Proxy is a lightweight agent that enables internet access to your on-premises apps, without opening up broad access to your network.

You can combine this with your existing Azure AD authentication and Conditional Access policies to help keep your users and data secured.

For more information about App Proxy, go here.

Read the whole article here:

imageIf you missed the webinar, here’s the recording, featuring Paul Collinge, Sr Program Manager from Microsoft & Sean Sweeney, Sr Director & Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft Cybersecurity Solutions Group:

Additionally, the Q&A thread is visible in the recording.  Notable responses include:

UPDATE 3/31/20:
It appears that the MORNING session that occurred has been recorded and is available if you don’t have any questions and just want to review what was presented in the 90min session:

[Sorry this is so last minute but I was only told about this this morning. Yes, this is happening THIS EVENING – Tuesday 3/31/20.]

Microsoft’s VP of Cybersecurity, Ann Johnson, sent this webinar out that we’re doing this evening and thought y’all might want to join:

ADD TO CALENDAR:  Click here.


imageWEBINAR: Security Controls for Remote Work

As companies actively move to accommodate remote workers, we realize some legacy network architectures are suddenly under enormous strain. Many organizations are now rapidly rethinking their network infrastructure design, especially for applications like Microsoft Teams and Office 365.

If this applies, we want to provide some help.

Microsoft Security is hosting a Webinar on Tuesday as follow on to the blog post: Alternative ways for security professionals and IT to achieve modern security controls in today’s unique remote work scenarios. In this webinar we will provide guidance on how to manage security in this changing environment.

Respecting very busy schedules in these unprecedented times, as well as multiples time zones, we will air the Webinar twice on Tuesday.

We recently wrote a post about using SCCM’s Cloud Management Gateway to manage “remote worker” machines.

If your company still insists on piping everything clients do through a VPN, including corporate traffic, Internet access, patching, etc/, here are some other ways to reduce bandwidth consumption for updates & patches:

    1. imageOpen Settings.
    2. Click on Update & Security.
    3. Click the Advanced options link.

    4. On "Advanced options," click the Delivery Optimization link.

    5. Click the Advanced options link.

    6. Under "Download settings," check the Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background option.
    7. Use the slider to specify (in percentage) the amount of bandwidth you want your device to use.
  • How to limit bandwidth for Windows Update using Group Policy
    imageIf you’re not running version 1709 on your machine, but you’re using Windows 10 Pro (version 1703), it’s also possible to change the Delivery Optimization settings to limit the download and uploads bandwidth using the Group Policy Editor.
    1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
    2. Type gpedit.msc and click OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
    3. Browse the following path:
      Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Delivery Optimization

    4. Double-click the Maximum Download Bandwidth (percentage) policy (the equivalent to the "Download settings" option in the Settings app).

    5. Select the Enabled option.

    6. Under "Options," enter the download bandwidth in percentage.

    7. Click Apply.

    8. Click OK.

imageWith the Coronavirus becoming more prevalent, more and more employers are allowing or encouraging their employees to work from home. Some of our customers have reached out requesting recommendations on topics related to successfully managing change and working remotely.

With that in mind, LinkedIn Learning has compiled a list of complimentary curated courses to help both managers and their employees remain engaged and productive in their daily activities while working remotely.

These courses feature top tips from remote work experts that include ways to:

I. Maximize Efficiency and Productivity of Remote Work 

II. Manage the Impact of Adjusting to Your New Work Environment

III. Remotely Manage and Lead Teams 

IV. Get to Know Your Remote Work Productivity Tools 

imageWhether you’re new to remote work and looking for tips on how to be productive in your new home office, or you’re leading a team and looking for ways to keep your employees connected, we hope these resources can help you on your path to becoming more effective regardless of where you are.

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