How to use the Blocked Senders / Safe Senders list in Outlook

The Safe Senders list in Outlook lets you control which emails don’t land in the infamous Junk Email folder. On the other hand, the Blocked Senders list is a blacklist which stops emails from reaching the inbox. Together they are one of the multiple ways to protect you from spam and phishing, while helping “good emails” to reach you just fine. Read on to see how exactly it works and how you can effectively manage these lists.

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What’s new in Windows 11 from an admin’s perspective?

Update: This article was updated on September 8, 2021.

Just as with every major release of a new Microsoft’s OS, each IT geek in the world probably asks themselves a question: What may the new version have in store for its users? So, if you can’t wait to learn about new and updated Windows 11 features, read this convenient summary to find all the news in one place.

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How to configure your Outlook out of office message

Out of office messages (OOF) are a type of automatic replies that are sent to your recipients when you are away or busy. You can easily set up out of office messages in Outlook, so that whenever someone emails you when you are e.g., on an annual leave, they will get an automatic reply. Ideally, such a message will notify them how and when they will be able to reach you. This article shows how to set up your out of office message in Outlook desktop, Outlook on the web and… Microsoft Teams. Yes, you can set up your email OOF on Microsoft Teams – read on to learn how.

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SCVMM 2019 console unable to start: how to fix it?

Sooner or later, every System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 environment will require an upgrade. Microsoft is to end the extended support for SCVMM 2012 and SCVMM 2012 R2 on July 12, 2022. In other words, this is the deadline for you to upgrade, if you want to get it done before the environment reaches its end of life. Since I’ve recently upgraded to the most up-to-date version (SCVMM 2019), I’ve decided to share my experience. Read on if you want to know how it went and how to fix the “SCVMM 2019 console unable to start” problem. Spoiler alert: the solution might be a little surprising. It was to me, at the very least.

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How to use Office 365 Message Encryption to protect emails sent externally

Email encryption provides additional layer of information security by making sure only intended recipients can read messages. If you are looking for a user-friendly email encryption solution for your Microsoft 365 organization, there is a native tool for that – Office 365 Message Encryption. From the user’s perspective, it is the easiest to use: it can be configured so that it does not require any additional actions on their part. From the recipient’s perspective, this form of email encryption works seamlessly with Microsoft 365 accounts and offers an intuitive experience for all other email clients and email service providers. Read on to learn how to create a Microsoft 365 sensitivity label and use it in a transport rule to encrypt emails and files.

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Manage inbox rules in Office 365 and Outlook on the web

Inbox rules in Office 365 (or Microsoft 365, if you like the newer name better) help users and admins make Outlook a better place. They can be employed to fight distractions, get things organized, block unwanted correspondence or automatically forward selected emails. With the never-ending onslaught of information that flows into Outlook, they are invaluable. In this article, I’ll show you how to work with Office 365 inbox rules using PowerShell.

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How to create a no-reply mailbox in Microsoft 365

No-reply email addresses are useful in many scenarios, like sending notifications from transaction systems, shipping progress information, etc. In the case of such messages, you do not expect any user feedback and most of them are generated and sent automatically.

Even though you cannot stop users from sending emails to a no-reply address, you can create a mailbox which will block all incoming traffic, meaning you will not have to monitor it.

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Mailbox size in Microsoft 365 (Office 365)

Microsoft 365 (or to be more precise, Exchange Online) has certain mailbox size limits. Those limits depend on two variables: the subscription plan assigned to the mailbox and the mailbox type. This article shows what the maximum mailbox size is, how to increase mailbox size, how to check the current mailbox usage for all mailboxes and what to do to prevent mailboxes from reaching their size limit. You may find it useful if you’re planning to migrate from on-premises Exchange Server to Microsoft 365.

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What to do if you cannot create an app password in Microsoft 365

Some applications and services for Microsoft 365 (for example, Skype for Business) use app passwords as an authentication method when multi-factor authentication (MFA) is enabled. The problem is that after enabling MFA for the organization, some or even all users may not be able to create and use app passwords. This article shows what you can do if you find out that app passwords are not working in your Microsoft 365 tenant.

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