Multifactor authentication: where next?

Now that the University is beginning to roll out multi factor authentication (MFA) it is worth reviewing the reasoning behind it, and what future authentication might look like for staff and students at Oxford. Bear in mind that I’m not … Continue reading

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Teams Telephony Trial

Microsoft Teams has slowly been taking over all of the functionality that was previously reserved for Skype. And I’m delighted to be able to say that we now have a very limited trial running that enables Nexus365 users to make … Continue reading

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Glass sliding doors in Phoenix Arizona

I would not advocate purchasing any such product from any supplier in the US city of Phoenix, or indeed in the state of Arizona. While there may be good companies offering high-quality products there is a possibility that, should you … Continue reading

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Teams Cautionary Tale

This is a reminder that personal chats within Microsoft Teams should NEVER be used to store essential business data. This follows a report in The Register that, due to a policy being mis-applied globally instead of individually, KPMG staff mistakenly had their … Continue reading

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Teams and sidebar pinning

Microsoft have reported an issue which is affecting a number of their education tenancies, including ours. The issue is that when a user pins an app to their sidebar in Teams it may be removed automatically. Affected users sees a message … Continue reading

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Covid19: VPN optimisation for Nexus365

If you’re not using the central University VPN for your Nexus365 users you may be concerned about the load on your VPN from self-isolating remote workers. VPN server load can be drastically reduced by ensuring that Nexus365 traffic is NOT … Continue reading

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Nexus365 and Covid-19 Coronavirus

Microsoft have made plans to ensure service continuity should their staff be affected.  There are currently no known impacts to Microsoft 365 services Heightened awareness is in place for the following areas: Service scale and operations – One of the … Continue reading

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Chrome search – why is it suddenly using Bing?

EDIT: Microsoft have backtracked on this policy. Now Bing will only be forced as the default search engine in Chrome/Firefox if the admins enforce that. We will not be enforcing this. 🙂 https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/office-365-blog/update-to-microsoft-search-in-bing-through-office-365-proplus/ba-p/1161030   Microsoft have snuck a little ‘treat’ … Continue reading

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Teams & Private Channels

Microsoft have finally started to deploy support for Private Channels within the Teams application, allowing you to share content with a subset of a Team’s members. This is described as ‘rolling out’ in their roadmap here. The functionality has started … Continue reading

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Nexus365: An end to Basic Authentication support.

Executive Summary From 13th October 2020 Microsoft will discontinue support for Basic Authentication for EWS, EAS, IMAP, POP and RPS. This does not (currently) impact SMTP AUTH. Only applications which use secure authentication technologies, such as OAuth 2.0, will continue … Continue reading

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