The Start/Stop VMs during off-hours solution starts and stops your Azure virtual machines on user-defined schedules, provides insights through Azure Log Analytics, and sends optional emails by using action groups. It supports both Azure Resource Manager and classic VMs for most scenarios.
This solution provides a decentralized automation option for users who want to reduce their costs by using serverless, low-cost resources. With this solution, you can:
This is a great new feature that previously was possible utilizing Automation Accounts with some custom scripting, but now can be done much easier. This feature will allow customer to save money each month to start VMs when they are need, such as only during business hours, and allow them to shutdown outside business hours.
Microsoft's Office 365 Hybrid Configuration Wizard tool, when used by organizations to move Exchange Server configuration settings to Exchange Online, will be getting the ability to transfer policies, too, by the end of this month.
The new policy transfer capability will show up in the Hybrid Configuration Wizard under the "Hybrid Features" option. It'll be recognizable as a new "Organization Configuration Transfer" checkbox. Organizations will be able to use it to move settings from Exchange Server 2010, Exchange Server 2013 or Exchange Server 2016 to Exchange Online.
Initially, the number of policies that can be transferred will be a bit limited, but Microsoft has expansion plans. There will be a two-phase expansion approach taken to improve the tool, according to Microsoft's Monday announcement.
In the first phase, the Hybrid Configuration Wizard will be able to transfer some (but not all) policy objects in a one-time action. The policy objects that can be transferred in Phase 1 will include:
However, later in a second phase, Microsoft plans to add more policy objects that can be transferred using the wizard. Here are the policy object additions expected to be supported during Phase 2:
In other Exchange Online news, Microsoft indicated that it will be implementing an update that will fix e-mail message forwarding, which is currently broken when used with the Sender Policy Framework (SPF). SPF is used in Office 365 to help ward off spoofed identities and phishing attempts. It does so by "verifying the domain name from which email messages are sent," a Microsoft TechNet article explains. However, SPF also "breaks e-mail forwarding," according to the SPF Project, which has proposed rewriting the sender address as a way to fix this issue. The rewrite happens via a Sender Rewriting Scheme (SRS) that the SPF Project has fostered.
Late last week, Microsoft announced that this SRS capability will be coming to Office 365 tenancies, staring as early as July 16, 2018. "This change will improve deliverability of applicable messages since SPF checks that were failing in the past for such messages will now pass," Microsoft's announcement explained.
In addition, nondelivery reports for e-mail messages that fail to arrive will get sent back to the original sender when this SRS capability gets added, Microsoft promised.
Azure VPN Gateway lets you connect your on-premises networks and individual client computers securely to Azure over industry-standard connections such as IPSEC and SSTP. With flexible deployment choices and no regional constraints, VPN Gateway gives you high availability and secure connections from anywhere, anytime. Recently, we introduced three new VPN gateways to the VPN Gateway service (VpnGw1, VpnGw2, and VpnGw3), with significant increases to both bandwidth and service-level agreements (SLAs).
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Last week, Microsoft released a new service called Microsoft Teams, which is a direct competitor to the very popular Slack. Team is a way for Microsoft to gain some of the marketshare away from Slack and to draw those users into the Office 365 eomsystems.
Microsoft defines Teams as "Microsoft Teams is an entirely new experience that brings together people, conversations and content—along with the tools that teams need—so they can easily collaborate to achieve more. It’s naturally integrated with the familiar Office applications and is built from the ground up on the Office 365 global, secure cloud".
While performing a regular check in of the Office 365 Roadmap, I discovered that Microsoft has announced that Exchange Online customers who have mailboxes assinged with E3 or E5 licenses will have their mailbox size limited increased from 50GB to 100GB.