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Learn the tricks for using Microsoft Teams with Exchange

Using Microsoft Teams means Exchange administrators need to understand how this emerging collaboration service connects to the Exchange Online and Exchange on-premises systems.

At its 2017 Ignite conference, Microsoft unveiled its intelligent communications plan, which mapped out the movement of features from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams, the Office 365 team collaboration service launched in March 2017. Since that September 2017 conference, Microsoft has added meetings and calling features to Teams, while also enhancing the product’s overall functionality.

Organizations that run Exchange need to understand how Microsoft Teams relies on Office 365 Groups, as well as the setup considerations Exchange administrators need to know.

How Microsoft Teams depends on Office 365 Groups

Each team in Microsoft Teams depends on the functionality provided by Office 365 Groups, such as shared mailboxes or SharePoint Online team sites. An organization can permit all users to create a team and Office 365 Group, or it can limit this ability by group membership. 

When creating a new team, it can be linked to an existing Office 365 Group; otherwise, a new group will be created.

Microsoft Teams layout
Microsoft Teams is Microsoft’s foray into the team collaboration space. Using Microsoft Teams with Exchange will require administrators to stay abreast of roadmap plans for proper configuration and utilization of the collaboration offering.

Microsoft adjusted settings recently so new Office 365 Groups created by Microsoft Teams do not appear in Outlook by default. If administrators want new groups to show in Outlook, they can use the Set-UnifiedGroup PowerShell command.

Microsoft Teams’ reliance on Office 365 Groups affects organizations that run an Exchange hybrid configuration. In this scenario, the Azure AD Connect group writeback feature can be enabled to synchronize Office 365 Groups to Exchange on premises as distribution groups. But this setting could lead to the creation of many Office 365 Groups created via Microsoft Teams that will appear in Exchange on premises. Administrators will need to watch this to see if the configuration will need to be adjusted.

Using Microsoft Teams with Exchange Online vs. Exchange on premises

As an Exchange Online customer, subscribers also get access to all the Microsoft Teams features. However, if the organization uses Exchange on premises, then certain functionality, such as the ability to modify user profile pictures and add connectors, is not available.

Microsoft Teams’ reliance on Office 365 Groups affects organizations that run an Exchange hybrid configuration.

Without connectors, users cannot plug third-party systems into Microsoft Teams; certain add-ins, like the Twitter connector that delivers tweets into a Microsoft Teams channel, cannot be used. Additionally, organizations that use Microsoft Teams with Exchange on-premises mailboxes must run on Exchange 2016 cumulative update 3 or higher to create and view meetings in Microsoft Teams.

Message hygiene services and Microsoft Teams

Antispam technology might need to be adjusted due to some Microsoft Teams and Exchange integration issues.

When a new member joins a team, the email.teams.microsoft.com domain sends an email to the new member. Microsoft owns this domain name, which the tenant administrator cannot adjust.

Because the domain is considered an external email domain to the organization’s Exchange Online deployment, the organization’s antispam configuration in Exchange Online Protection may mark the notification email as spam. Consequently, the new member might not receive the email or may not see it if it goes into the junk email folder.

To prevent this situation, Microsoft recommends adding email.teams.microsoft.com to the allowed domains list in Exchange Online Protection.

Complications with security and compliance tools

Administrators need to understand the security and compliance functionality when using Microsoft Teams with Exchange Online or Exchange on premises. Office 365 copies team channel conversations in the Office 365 Groups shared mailbox in Exchange Online so its security and compliance tools, such as eDiscovery, can examine the content. However, Office 365 stores copies of chat conversations in the users’ Exchange Online mailboxes, not the shared mailbox in Office 365 Groups.

Historically, Office 365 security and compliance tools could not access conversation content in an Exchange on-premises mailbox in a hybrid environment. Microsoft made changes to support this scenario, but customers must request this feature via Microsoft support.

Configure Exchange to send email to Microsoft Teams

An organization might want its users to have the ability to send email messages from Exchange Online or Exchange on premises to channels in Microsoft Teams. To send an email message to a channel, users need the channel’s email address and permission from the administrator. A right-click on a channel reveals the Get email address option. All the channels have a unique email address.

Administrators can restrict the domains permitted to send email to a channel in the Teams administrator settings in the new Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business admin center.

Democratizing technology, according to Nate – Microsoft Life

To understand Nate Yohannes’s journey, you must start in Eritrea.

In the Horn of Africa, the country’s evolving political climate fueled a struggle for democracy in the 30-year Eritrean War for Independence. Taking up arms to break down social injustice, a young peasant herder named Tes Yohannes, Yohannes’s father, became a freedom fighter in 1978. As he walked alongside compatriots with similar fates, Tes Yohannes stepped on one of the region’s innumerable landmines and was blinded in one eye as a result. Despite this life-changing injury, Tes Yohannes held strong to his belief in democracy, equality, and self-autonomy. He passed these values to his son, who would grow up to put them to work lessening disparities between the haves and the have-nots.

Born and raised in the United States during the 1980s, Yohannes wanted to be Ronald Reagan or a lawyer when he grew up. In that order. “I would hold a broom and give these speeches as if I was Reagan, and my parents knew that their son was (a) a dork and (b) a little too ambitious for his age,” he said.

Yohannes’s lawyerly ambitions were more grounded in reality, as his family’s entry to the United States was sponsored by a lawyer named Peter Oddleifson. Upon arriving, the Yohanneses lived with Oddleifson for weeks and remained close for years to come.

“He became a second dad to me. He’s our family superhero. He’s the one that led the legal agreements and helped us establish life here in the United States,” Yohannes said.

Early in youth, the guidance of mentors began to shape Yohannes’s conscience. What he didn’t know is where that guidance would one day lead him.

Yohannes’s childhood held the imprints of a fellow human’s generosity, a gift that followed him to the University at Buffalo School of Law in New York, where he studied human rights and immigration. During his studies, he received the Barbara and Thomas Wolfe Human Rights Fellowship to clerk at the Monroe County, New York, Public Defender’s office. Later, he went on to clerk for the chief justice of the New York Supreme Court, Eighth District. His public service was underway.

Near the end of his post-graduate work, he received some interesting advice from a Buffalo law alumnus—a former advisor to former US President Jimmy Carter. The advisor told Yohannes that although his aspirations to support the disenfranchised were well founded, Yohannes might make more of an impact by taking a different route to advocacy. The advisor saw in Yohannes the potential for big success equaled by a propensity for deep compassion—a combination that could position him well for a career in the private sector. Through that career, he could lift up individuals into opportunity.

It’s a rare person who can champion others with the same fervor as they do themselves, but Yohannes knows no other way.

“Help others—professionally and personally. The ability to learn and perform will eventually cap you, [so] you have to be able to work with other people. That will enable you to rise professionally,” he said. “We are in a people business. Life is personal.”

After he graduated law school, Yohannes set off for Washington, DC, where he became the assistant general counsel of the Money Management Institute, a trade group that represents the financial industry. There, Yohannes reestablished a nonprofit called Gateway to Leadership, designed to recruit the best and brightest undergraduate women and minorities to take internships at big investment banks.

“Although we were working in the securities space representing the Goldman Sachs of the world, that compassion of continuing to help was through a different route, by economic empowerment—by bringing those who are not at the table to lucrative industries and uplift folks,” he said.

In the coming years, Yohannes took opportunities that led him to some of the bedrock names in finance, industry, and entrepreneurial ventures. Always searching for ways to outsmart systematic barriers to social equality, in 2016 Yohannes found himself in a chance Uber ride that proved providential.

At the time, Yohannes was working for former US President Barack Obama’s administration as senior advisor to the head of the Office of Investments and Innovation. A work trip took him to San Francisco, where he was tasked with promoting women venture capital opportunities at the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center. He used a rideshare app to carpool to an engagement and met Ana White, general manager of Human Resources at Microsoft.

What followed was an unexpected conversation between the Uber driver, White, and Yohannes—an organic connection that turned out to be Yohannes’s gateway to a job at Microsoft. White wasn’t the first leader to recognize Yohannes’s singular depth of character and his ability to adapt and grow. Yohannes, too, was intrigued by conversations with Sarah Richmond, senior director of Business Development, and Priya Priyadarshini, director of Human Resources, and was drawn to the cultural shift that was occurring at Microsoft.

Employee Nate Yohannes

Even when he didn’t come to work at Microsoft right away, Nate Yohannes said people he met at the company stayed interested in what he was doing and continued show him what Microsoft’s culture was like.

After those interactions, Yohannes went through a series of Microsoft interviews where he met like-minded people who, Yohannes says, “advocate for economic equality through the use of technology.”

It wasn’t an immediate life change, though. Even as Yohannes decided to pursue other work, he kept thinking about the energizing meetings he had and couldn’t get Microsoft out of his mind. Meanwhile, the people he had met at Microsoft stayed connected with him and were interested in what he was up to. It was clear to him that Microsoft believed in Yohannes and his value, shaped by all the experiences he had and the drive to effect change that kept him moving forward.

Finally, inspired by the thought leadership and impressed by how Microsoft had engaged and followed up with him, Yohannes joined the company nine months later as director of business development on the Office and Artificial Intelligence team. In part because of Microsoft’s unique culture and the ways that he says employees evangelized for the company and the opportunities he could pursue there, Yohannes found his calling in the world’s next platform for freedom: technology.

Democratizing technology, according to Yohannes, originated in Microsoft when it brought computing to the individual level, not just the enterprise level. Today, it has evolved into a pivotal tool for the marginalized. In this new era of digital redlining, there are blockers to connectivity around the globe. In some parts of the United States, students who rely on technology to complete homework assignments sit outside of fast food restaurants that offer internet connection. In response, Microsoft just launched its Rural Broadband Initiative, offering rural connectivity at affordable prices. Freedom comes in the form of access to knowledge and access to technology, something Yohannes never loses sight of.

Yohannes champions transparency for every citizen—through shared media, language translation, medical technology, educational resources, and communication. Democratizing technology, says Yohannes, means “empowering human beings from the human rights level to the e-commerce level. It’s allowing tech to hit every corner of Earth to uplift society.”

He knows personally the roadblocks that language barriers can bring; he says his parents’ potential wasn’t unleashed until they could speak English in their new country. Currently, he’s delivering services to an AI product called MS Language Translator, which allows people to speak in their native language and have it immediately translated in real time. This is the type of work in tech that amplifies human ingenuity and improves livelihoods.

Connectivity, education, and diverse representation in the digital world are now the focus of the industry’s humanitarian goals. However, in a relatively short time, there will be a different kind of disparity in society—a gap between those who are trained in tech and the demand for those workers. Yohannes sees this deficit as another opportunity to level the playing field. Through a connection from his White House days, Yohannes’s office just hosted a nonprofit called Code2040, which empowers women and minorities to code with the goal of narrowing the gap by 2040.

What started as a concrete battle in Eritrea has paved the way for an abstract, yet equally relevant, defense of the have-nots. In Yohannes’s vocational coming-of-age, he discovered his responsibility in the new world order. With a profession built upon the foundation of his parents’ ethos, he says “I am most proud of having them as my parents.” For a family that radiates this ethos of equity for all, it’s hard to believe that they are banned from returning to their homeland because of his father’s vocal stance against the dictator in power—a former comrade. Yohannes hadn’t met his extended family, trapped in Eritrea, until adulthood, when technology reunited them through Facebook and Skype. Ultimately, there is justice in knowing that individuals will connect and opportunity will increasingly arise from the cloud.

Yohannes nurtures this hope, his family’s hope, for “moral integrity, humility, that passion to make everything human.”

On tap for Microsoft Ignite conference: Adobe, Dynamics 365, LinkedIn

To understand the direction Microsoft is moving with its Dynamics 365 platform, you have to go to 2014, when CEO Satya Nadella was put in charge of the company. One of his primary goals was to take a larger share of the CRM market, where Microsoft currently sits fourth behind leader Salesforce, Oracle and SAP.

This process — and progress, according to analysts — was multipronged, starting with better alignment with Microsoft’s existing business applications, namely Office 365 and Outlook; adding cloud hosting with Azure and business intelligence with Power BI; continuing the Microsoft-Adobe partnership; and acquiring LinkedIn, both of which added significant value to the Dynamics 365 platform.

The Adobe partnership was announced at the annual Microsoft Ignite conference last year. For Microsoft Ignite 2017, analysts expect the Adobe partnership to deepen and possibly expand, and for the LinkedIn purchase — which was announced but not yet finalized during last year’s conference — to play a more significant role. The conference, located in Orlando this year, takes place from Sept. 25 to 29.

“If Microsoft was just going to try and replace existing technology in the ERP and CRM market, it would be a pretty difficult battle,” said Kevin Armstrong, vice president of Microsoft Sales at Tribridge, a technology services firm in Chelmsford, Mass. “For Dynamics 365 to take hold, Satya had to change the vision of Dynamics, and the direction has been fast and impressive.”

Building on the Microsoft-Adobe partnership

Microsoft has been tight-lipped about any announcements ahead of Microsoft Ignite 2017. Unlike Salesforce, which had its CEO Marc Benioff take the lid off the Einstein announcement prior to Dreamforce last year, Microsoft keeps its news closer to the chest, only teasing out the news of a partnership last year, before announcing the relationship with Adobe at the conference.

Session descriptions for the upcoming conference do mention the possibility of further Microsoft-Adobe integrations or products.

There is some joint go-to-market efforts and selling across [Microsoft and Adobe].
Michael Fauscettechief research officer, G2 Crowd

“We share current and upcoming capabilities, including demos of integrations between Adobe Campaign, Adobe Experience Manager, Dynamics 365 and Power BI,” one description read.

Adobe recently announced new features for email marketing in its Campaign Manager, which is part of Adobe Marketing Cloud, one of the main products Microsoft is partnering with to better provide marketing capabilities for its enterprise-sized customers.

“The thing about Adobe in the digital marketing side of the house is they’ve had this reputation — this ‘cool’ factor — for Adobe’s marketing suite,” said Michael Fauscette, chief research officer at Chicago-based G2 Group. “There’s a cache about that integration and capabilities that Microsoft doesn’t have.”

Fauscette said he also believes that Microsoft and Adobe could be gearing up to go to market together on joint product offerings — an attractive option for Microsoft-heavy shops looking for better customer and marketing management.

“There is some joint go-to-market efforts and selling across companies,” Fauscette said. “I think there is some economic advantage selling directly, versus a referral partnership.”

Further integration with existing products

Microsoft wasted little time integrating Dynamics 365 with other in-house business applications and putting them on the same common data model — a big computing advantage, according to Armstrong. But further integration with Microsoft’s host of products could still be beneficial, and some of that could be unveiled at the upcoming Microsoft Ignite conference.

“I’m a big believer in Microsoft’s move toward machine learning and AI with Cortana,” Armstrong said. “The biggest advantage of having all this data in one solution is leveraging Cortana to look at the data and tell us things about our customers or prospects. The reason that’s important is you’re not talking about integrating with [AI], you’re talking about interacting with it.”

Microsoft hinted at new tools for innovation around Dynamics 365 at Microsoft Ignite 2017. Building off its integrations with its existing products and expanding to others — like Cortana and Power BI — could provide some of those new innovations.

The LinkedIn whale

Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn in 2016 was arguably the biggest tech splash of the year, with the Seattle-based company spending $26.2 billion on the professional social network. Yet at last year’s conference, there was little official discussion about the capabilities and integrations on the Microsoft side, as the sale was still under the approving eyes of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). After the sale was finalized a couple of months later, Microsoft continued to say that the LinkedIn and Sales Navigator tool APIs would remain open for all to use.

“Microsoft is trying to do two things: one is leave LinkedIn and their tools in their existing position — keep them Switzerland,” Fauscette said. “At the same time, Microsoft wants to integrate them more deeply in the background so that if you’re a Dynamics customer you can get an advantage of using it.”

Still, analysts see an advantage for Microsoft having LinkedIn in its stable of products with the capability of baking its features directly into Dynamics 365, rather than a third-party integration that other CRM companies have to do.

“Anytime you have separate systems combine, you have potential for connection points to break,” Armstrong said.

It’s unlikely that Microsoft spent $26.2 billion for an existing revenue stream, but it also can’t use LinkedIn as a proprietary product without upsetting the SEC. However, Microsoft users should expect enhanced features moving forward with LinkedIn, and the first tidbit of those features could be heard at the Microsoft Ignite conference.

For Sale – Lian li PC-C60 case

I found the pictures in the previous post. I like them.
I understand also the missing silver cover blanking pieces on the back for PCI cards. Is fine for me – no problem with missing them.

However it seems that there is missing one sigle hdd racking (the 6th one) and the longitudinal support for the second cluster of hdd. I will use a mini ITX MB with all on board and I really need all hdd and odd. And Lian Li does not offer the possibility to buy these type of hdd cages. I attached a generic picture to see the second cluster of hdd.
Do you still have these parts: the 6th sigle hdd racking and the the longitudinal support for the second cluster of hdd?

For Sale – Lian li PC-C60 case

I found the pictures in the previous post. I like them.
I understand also the missing silver cover blanking pieces on the back for PCI cards. Is fine for me – no problem with missing them.

However it seems that there is missing one sigle hdd racking (the 6th one) and the longitudinal support for the second cluster of hdd. I will use a mini ITX MB with all on board and I really need all hdd and odd. And Lian Li does not offer the possibility to buy these type of hdd cages. I attached a generic picture to see the second cluster of hdd.
Do you still have these parts: the 6th sigle hdd racking and the the longitudinal support for the second cluster of hdd?

For Sale – Lian li PC-C60 case

I found the pictures in the previous post. I like them.
I understand also the missing silver cover blanking pieces on the back for PCI cards. Is fine for me – no problem with missing them.

However it seems that there is missing one sigle hdd racking (the 6th one) and the longitudinal support for the second cluster of hdd. I will use a mini ITX MB with all on board and I really need all hdd and odd. And Lian Li does not offer the possibility to buy these type of hdd cages. I attached a generic picture to see the second cluster of hdd.
Do you still have these parts: the 6th sigle hdd racking and the the longitudinal support for the second cluster of hdd?

For Sale – Lian li PC-C60 case

I found the pictures in the previous post. I like them.
I understand also the missing silver cover blanking pieces on the back for PCI cards. Is fine for me – no problem with missing them.

However it seems that there is missing one sigle hdd racking (the 6th one) and the longitudinal support for the second cluster of hdd. I will use a mini ITX MB with all on board and I really need all hdd and odd. And Lian Li does not offer the possibility to buy these type of hdd cages. I attached a generic picture to see the second cluster of hdd.
Do you still have these parts: the 6th sigle hdd racking and the the longitudinal support for the second cluster of hdd?