Andy Klein, the Director of Product Marketing at Backblaze, wrote a great article explaining and demystifying some the jargon that we use in the IT field. I find it helps others when we DON’T use these terms but often fail in doing so because it has become so engrained in the language and terminology.
Words like Cloud, Hybrid, Fog, and Edge have all become part of the babble in promoting products and dealing with services that sometimes you forget what you were looking for. Oh yeah, I remember, I need to ‘back up my data’. Even that phrase seems to cryptic if you tell someone to back up their data, they might look at you cross eyed. Do you mean, go in reverse? And what data are you talking about? All my stuff is right here in Word. (and we know that is not true)
For anyone interested in learning more about what some of these terms mean, read the article linked below and leave a comment about your experiences with cloud babble and other tech speak. Enjoy!
One of the things we in the technology business are good at is coming up with names, phrases, euphemisms, and acronyms for the stuff that we create. The Cloud Storage market is no different, and we’d like to help by illuminating some of the cloud storage related terms that you might come across. We know this is just a start, so please feel free to add in your favorites in the comments section below and we’ll update this post accordingly. Clouds The cloud is really just a collection of purpose built servers. In a public cloud the servers are shared
Source: Cloud Babble: The Jargon of Cloud Storage
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.
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.
- Download and install the SharePoint Online Management Shell tool. This will allow you to connect to SharePoint online through PowerShell.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
According to Business Insider;
The processor security flaw that has the tech world abuzz is already being fixed for Windows computers — but the fix doesn’t completely solve the problem, and right now it’s only available for those running the latest version of the operating system.
The security flaw affects Intel, AMD, and ARM processors. It’s been widely reported that fixing it could require most PCs to take a sizable performance hit.
Microsoft started to push out a patch for the vulnerability for Windows 10 computers on Wednesday afternoon. It plans to release fixes for Windows 7 and Windows 8 on Tuesday, according to The Verge.
The new Microsoft Office Message Encryption for Office 365 and Exchange Online is a fantastic upgrade that allows external recipients to open encrypted messages using either their Microsoft, Yahoo or Google accounts. You can still use a one time code as well which is very convenient.
However, those of you who have enabled (via PowerShell) the new Office Message Encryption may have encountered an issue where recipients are getting a ‘You don’t have rights to view this message’ error. This is simply because the old Transport Rule you were using still uses the old message encryption method and now needs to use the Rights Management Service.
To fix this simple do the following:
To update an existing mail flow rule to use the new OME capabilities by using the Exchange Admin Center.
- In a web browser, using a work or school account that has been granted global administrator permissions, sign in to Office 365.
- Choose the Admin tile.
- In the Office 365 admin center, choose Admin centers > Exchange.
- In the EAC, go to mail flow > rules.
- In the list of mail flow rules, select the rule you want to modify to use the new OME capabilities and then choose (Edit).
- To enable encryption using the new OME capabilities, from Do the following, choose Modify the message security and then choose Apply rights protection. Select an RMS template (YOU MUST CHOOSE DO NOT FORWARD) from the list, choose Save and then choose OK.
The list of templates includes all default templates and options as well as any custom templates you’ve created for use by Office 365. If the list is empty, ensure that you have set up Office 365 Message Encryption with the new capabilities as described in Set up new Office 365 Message Encryption capabilities built on top of Azure Information Protection. For information about the default templates, see Configuring and managing templates for Azure Information Protection. For information about the Do Not Forward option, see Do Not Forward option for emails.
You can choose add action if you want to specify another action.
- From the Do the following list, remove any actions that are assigned to Modify the message security > Apply Office 365 Message Encryption.
- Choose Save.
It is CRITICAL that you select the DO NOT FORWARD template and not any of the other templates as they are designed for internal use only.
More information can be found at the links below:
Please comment below if you are using the new OME in your environment.
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Mixed Reality headsets available today; Announcing Surface Book 2. See the link below for more information.
Source: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and mixed reality headsets available today; Announcing Surface Book 2 – Windows Experience Blog
A vulnerability called KRACK affects nearly every Wi-Fi device on the market. It appears Microsoft has already released a patch but Android devices will have to wait. Click the link below for more.
Source: The ‘Secure’ Wi-Fi Standard Has a Huge, Dangerous Flaw
There are a number of sites that compile great images that are free to use for your personal projects — like your blog — or commercial work.
Visit the sites below for free-to-use images:
My personal favorite is http://freelyphotos.com.
Source: The Web is Your Oyster: Where to Find Free-to-Use Images
Printers frustrate us all. Networking failures, sky-high ink costs, and interfaces out of the ’80s plague even the best ones. But we’ve got a few helpful hints.
Source: Why All Printers Suck (Even the Best Ones)
Below is a link to a job opportunity with the company Breeze who is a Church Management Software provider. This is a part time position and you can work from the comfort of your home. See the link below for my LinkedIn post about it.
I don’t personally work for Breeze but I have experience using their ChMS platform and would recommend it to any small church.