The New Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center

To enable a better manageability for admins, Microsoft has started to roll out a new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center.

This new experience provides you with a unified experience to manage both Teams and Skype for Business and will also incorporate Call Analytics and the Call Quality Dashboard (direct links to the legacy portals).

Create a Microsoft Teams messaging policy

This is where you can create custom policies to disable deleting or the use of Giphys in conversations

Assign Policy to Users

To assign policy’s to user you will need to go to the “Users”, find the user and click “edit assigned Policies”

External Access

In the new Admin portal you also have the setting to define External Access

You can set external access on/off and you can set the on/off switch for external communication with other Skype users.

Guest Access

Guest access in Teams lets people outside your organization access teams and channels. Use the settings below to control which features guest users can or can’t use.

More info about the new Admin Center you can find on the Microsoft Docs site.

Microsoft is rolling out the new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center in stages. As a result, all customers will not see the new Admin Center at the same time. Microsoft will notify you when you can start using the new Admin Center. Keep an eye on the Message Center.

Review: Hidester VPN

Why should you need a VPN?

Cybercriminals, Hackers, spies, government, overeager retailers and even internet service providers can watch what you do online but only if we let them.

So in this review i tested the VPN service of “Hidester VPN” for a couple of days, I used my iPhone to test and i must say i like the speed of the network and the simplicity of the client. I tried to reach out to some blocked sites, and these are working fine.

Hidester VPN is registered in Hong Kong, as this country does not have any data retention law, and therefore a complete no log VPN service could be legally operated from there. Some key points on Hidester VPN are:

  • High Speed VPN
  • Zero Logging
  • AES-256-CBC TLS 2048 encryption
  • Use of 5 simultaneously
  • Torrenting and P2P allowed
  • Allow access to blocked sites

At the moment of writing they have 45 servers in 41 locations available for you.

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Quality of Service Config Script for Microsoft Teams

Quality of Service (QoS) is a mechanism that lets you prioritize certain types of network traffic. Prioritizing the traffic for real-time communications services such as Teams is important in order to deliver a business-grade user experience. For QoS to be truly effective, a QoS-capable connection must be configured end-to-end (PC, network switches, and routers to the cloud), because any part in the path that fails to support QoS could degrade the quality of the entire call.

Just like i did for Skype for Business, i created another Powershell script just for Microsoft Teams. This script will help you to set the right QoS policies and correct registry items.

You can download the script for free from the TechNet Gallery

Move your email conversation to Microsoft Teams

Do you recognize the situation that you have a Team in Microsoft Teams and members of the team keep sending you emails instead of using the chat and collaboration functions in Teams?

You can now move your email conversation including the attachments to your Teams channel and continue the conversation in your Teams channel.

Let’s move your conversation to Teams channel

In the Teams client while selecting the channel where you want to port your conversation to you can click on the … now select “Get email address”

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