New OneDrive for Business feature: Files Restore

New OneDrive for Business feature: Files Restore

Microsoft’s new Files Restore is a complete self-service recovery solution that allows administrators and end users to restore files from any point in time during the last 30 days. Woo hoo! If a user suspects their files have been compromised, they can investigate file changes in Restore my OneDrive.

For anyone who has fallen victim to some crypto locker attack or has just completely emptied their OneDrive recycle bin, this is restore gold! Below are a few screenshots from the announcement page at Announcing New OneDrive for Business feature: Files Restore.

This puts the end user back in control and will reduce the amount of requests to administrators for simple restores. This update begins rolling out over the next few weeks. Let us know in the comments section below what your thoughts on this new feature are.

Free Microsoft Whiteboard Preview

Free Microsoft Whiteboard Preview

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Whiteboard Preview app—a freeform digital canvas where people, ideas, and content can come together for collaboration.

This is a great tool for collaboration and visual planning. The app is free to use for anyone with a Windows 10 device, but one participant with an Office 365 personal, work, or school account is needed for multi-party collaboration.

Get the app here: https://www.microsoft.com/store/productId/9MSPC6MP8FM4

Source: Microsoft Whiteboard Preview—the freeform canvas for creative collaboration – Office Blogs

Column Formatter for SharePoint Online

Column Formatter for SharePoint Online

Applies To: Office 365 Modern listviews support the addition of custom formatting for most field types. This is an awesome feature designed to make custom formatting simpler and less administratively difficult than packaged solutions. Unfortunately, the tooling is still very minimal. Users are given a simple text field within a panel to paste the JSON code and a preview […]

via Column Formatting Client-Side Web Part: Column Formatter — The Chris Kent

Share with Anyone | Office 365 Groups

Share with Anyone | Office 365 Groups

Sharing anonymously with Office 365 groups is disabled by default. And no matter what tenant settings you apply in the SharePoint Admin Center or in the Settings module in the Office 365 Admin Center, you will not be able to share with ‘Anyone’. This is by design and though you may not like it, it’s purpose is to ensure that external guests or even group members can’t just create anonymous sharing links to your data.

UPDATE: It appears the Office 365 group has to be set to Public and not Private for this to work.

FYI: Public and Private are both still internal only. There is no ‘Public’ access to any of this without invitation.

The difference between sharing with Anyone and sharing with a Specific Person is that sharing with Anyone or Anonymously does not require authentication. It’s open and public access that anyone with the sharing link can access. You can read more about the specifics on sharing with SharePoint here.

However, for those of you who still want this ability, below are some steps to enable this feature using PowerShell. Follow the steps below to enable sharing with Anyone in your Office 365 group.

  1. Download and install the SharePoint Online Management Shell tool. This will allow you to connect to SharePoint online through PowerShell.
  2. Open and run the SharePoint Online Management Shell and type the following:
    • $userCredential - Get-Credential
      • Please note that you will be prompted for your Office 365 admin credentials, and if you have Multi Factor Authentication enabled, click here for those instructions.
  3. Now that you are connected and authenticated, you will need to run the command below.
    • Connect-SPOService -Url https://yourcompany.sharepoint.com -Credential $userCredential
      • Please note that you must replace the above url with your tenant ID which is embedded in your SharePoint (365 Group) address. It will look like this: https://yourcompany.sharepoint.com.
  4. Now that you are connected to your SharePoint Online tenant, you can now change the property to enable Anonymous sharing with Anyone in your 365 Group. Run the following command against the group site.
      • set-sposite -identity https://yourcompany.sharepoint.com/teams/365group -sharingcapability ExternalUserAndGuestSharing

  5. Congratulations! That’s it. Refresh your browser and the Anyone sharing should be available now.

You can read more about how to work with SharePoint Online via PowerShell using the links below.

Let me know if this has helped your tenant.

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