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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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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Mailbox size in Microsoft 365 (Office 365)

Update: This post was updated on October 8, 2021 due to new archiving limits

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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How to send an HTML message in reply to a plain text email

If you have ever received a plain text email, you will know the message format will remain the same when you reply to it or forward it. Because of that, you won’t be able to add hyperlinks, formatting and images to your email. What’s more, instead of your carefully designed HTML email signature, the recipient will just see its simple plain text version. Fortunately, with some minor setup, you can reply to plain text emails using HTML format messages in Outlook or in other email clients. What’s more, you can force the HTML format in every email sent from your organization.

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How to create and manage Microsoft 365 security groups

Microsoft 365 security groups, formerly known as Office 365 security groups, allow admins to easily manage access to e.g. SharePoint sites by grouping together users that require identical permissions. This way you only need to assign access once for the entire group, not for each user individually. In this article, we will show you how to create a security group as well as add and remove members from this group using Microsoft/Office 365 admin center and how to streamline the process using PowerShell cmdlets.

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How to set up out of office replies in Office 365

Out of office messages in Office 365 (let’s assume Office 365 = Microsoft 365, to make things easier) are an extremely useful thing. Not everyone knows though that this simple automatic reply is more than just an email. In this article, I’ll quickly go over the basics: what out of office message in Office 365 is and how to set it up for your account. For the real treat, I’ll show the easiest way to set up an out of office reply for another user (or all users).

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