Posted by: kurtsh | June 17, 2019

INFO: Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Plan 2

imageToday I learned some name changes & some licensing changes we made to Office 365.

tl;dr:  Microsoft no longer offers “O365 Threat Intelligence” separately.  The service is now only available added on & connected into Office 365 ATP as part of the “Office 365 ATP Plan 2” license or the “Office 365 E5” license.


Here’s the changes in detail:

  1. Microsoft renamed
    “Office 365 Threat Intelligence”
    “Threat Investigation & Response”
  2. Microsoft now has 2 Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection offerings:
        1. Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Plan 1
          (Same as the original Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection)
        2. Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Plan 2
          (Combo of Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection + Threat Investigation & Response)

  3. Office 365 E5 now includes Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Plan 2

Taken from

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection and Threat Investigation and Response (previously known as Office 365 Threat Intelligence) are now Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Plan 2, along with additional threat protection capabilities included in in certain subscriptions, such as Microsoft 365 E5, Microsoft 365 Business, Office 365 E5, Office 365 A5, etc. If your organization has a subscription that does not include Office 365 ATP, you can potentially purchase ATP as an add-on. For more information, see Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection plans and pricing and the Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection Service Description.

imageLooks like we automated the process of deploying the perpetual click-to-run versions of Visio 2016 & Project 2016 for IT organizations using Office Deployment Tool:

Usually you deploy volume licensed versions of Project 2016 and Visio 2016 by using the Windows Installer (MSI) installation technology. But that won’t work if you’re trying to install volume licensed versions of Project 2016 and Visio 2016 on the same computer as Office 365 ProPlus. That’s because Office 365 ProPlus uses Click-to-Run as its installation technology, and in this case, having MSI and Click-to-Run installations on the same computer isn’t supported.

To help you deploy volume licensed versions of Project 2016 and Visio 2016 on the same computer as Office 365 ProPlus, we’ve provided an alternative installation method: you can use the Office Deployment Tool to do the installation of Project and Visio. The Office Deployment Tool uses Click-to-Run to do the installation, instead of using Windows Installer (MSI). But, Project and Visio are still activated by volume activation methods, such as Key Management Service (KMS) or Multiple Activation Key (MAK).

To begin, download the most current version of the Office Deployment Tool from the Microsoft Download Center. Then, edit the Product element in the configuration.xml file, using the appropriate ID from the following table. To use a Generic Volume License Key (GVLK) for volume activation with KMS, use the appropriate value in the table for the PIDKEY attribute.

Project Standard 2016
Project Professional 2016
Visio Standard 2016
Visio Professional 2016

This probably compliments the post I’d originally written on this:

Read more on the docs site for deploying Project/Visio using Office Deployment at:

imageinterested in creating business process flows in Visio and quickly exporting them to Flow for automation—all in just a few clicks?

We’ve spent months bringing Visio & Flow together and are excited to announce that Visio and Flow integrate to help you automate your processes in next to no time.

Note: Visio-Flow integration is only available for Visio Online Plan 2 subscribers.

imageInterested in configurating Data Loss Prevention policies to prevent sensitive information – credit card numbers, social security numbers, or health records – from being shared in Microsoft Teams chat/messaging?

There are TWO types of Data Loss Prevention (DLP) available to Microsoft Teams:

  • DLP for Teams files/documents
    (included with Office 365 E3)
  • DLP for Teams chat/messaging
    (not included with Office 365 E3;
    requires “Office 365 E5” or separate licensing of “Office 365 Advanced Compliance” or corresponding Microsoft 365 suite licensing)

It is my understanding that DLP is available for files/documents for Microsoft Teams just as it is for SharePoint file folders & OneDrive for Business for Office 365 E3 licensees.  DLP is not available for chat/messages in Microsoft Teams in Office 365 E3 & requires additional licensing if needed:

  • Office 365 E5/A5
  • Microsoft 365 E5/A5
  • Microsoft 365 E5/A5 Compliance
  • Office 365 Advanced Compliance

For more background on this, visit the following URLs:

imageMicrosoft Corp. and Oracle Corp. on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019, announced a cloud interoperability partnership enabling customers to migrate and run mission-critical enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud.

As a result of this expanded partnership, the companies are today making available a new set of capabilities:

  1. Connect Azure and Oracle Cloud seamlessly, allowing customers to extend their on-premises datacenters to both clouds. This direct interconnect is available starting today in Ashburn (North America) and Azure US East, with plans to expand additional regions in the future.
  2. Unified identity and access management, via a unified single sign-on experience and automated user provisioning, to manage resources across Azure and Oracle Cloud. Also available in early preview today, Oracle applications can use Azure Active Directory as the identity provider and for conditional access.
  3. Supported deployment of custom applications and packaged Oracle applications (JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Oracle Retail, Hyperion) on Azure with Oracle databases (RAC, Exadata, Autonomous Database) deployed in Oracle Cloud. The same Oracle applications will also be certified to run on Azure with Oracle databases in Oracle Cloud.
  4. A collaborative support model to help IT organizations deploy these new capabilities while enabling them to leverage existing customer support relationships and processes.
  5. Oracle Database will continue to be certified to run in Azure on various operating systems, including Windows Server and Oracle Linux.

Read more about this newly announced collaboration here:

imageMicrosoft business apps fans rejoice!

You can now watch all the PowerApps, Power BI and Microsoft Flow sessions from Microsoft Business Applications Summit on demand.  Explore 200+ sessions from Microsoft Business Applications Summit, available now in the PowerApps Community.

Here’s some recommended Sessions:

Check out the on-demand sessions here:

  • TRAINING: PowerApps, Power BI & Flow sessions from Microsoft Business Applications Summit now available on-demand

imageDo you know to recognize and respond to a compromised email account in Office 365? 

  • There are over a dozen symptoms to watch & monitor for.  (Many of these can be auto-detected, identified & alerted upon using Azure Identity Protection)
  • Additionally, there are 5 steps in investigating any suspicious symptoms or activity around an account. 
  • Once identified, there are 7 steps to complete to secure and restore email function to a suspected compromised Office 365 account and mailbox.

Want to know what these steps are?  Read the following recently updated article & it’s accompanying video:

imageGet ready for our Windows Virtual Desktop AMA.

Whether you’ve already tried the Windows Virtual Desktop public preview—or are just looking for more information about this new offering—save the date and bring your questions to the Windows Virtual Desktop Ask Microsoft Anything" (AMA) event on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. From 9:00-10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, we’ll have five Windows Virtual Desktop engineers and product experts on hand to answer your questions live:

  • Joydeep Mukherjee, Senior Product Marketing Manager
  • Pieter Wigleven, Senior Program Manager
  • Christian Montoya, Program Manager
  • Stefan Georgiev, Program Manager
  • Sandeep Patnaik, Senior PM Manager

June 12, 2019 9:00-10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
(Save the date:


Read more here:

imageCan’t make it to Microsoft Business Applications Summit this year? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered – catch the opening keynote live from Atlanta, Georgia June 10 at 8:30 a.m. EDT. (Yes, that’s EASTERN Daylight Savings Time.)

Watch as James Phillips – Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Business Applications Group – kicks off the conference with a special keynote celebrating the Dynamics 365 and Power Platform (Power BI, PowerApps, and Microsoft Flow) communities.

Plus, he’ll give you a sneak peek into the newest innovations from Microsoft Business Applications.

Learn more and save the date!

Read more here:

imageWith the new live event capabilities in Microsoft 365, the Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO) team at Microsoft is offering event producers a seamless event-production solution for employee engagement. Learn more about it!

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