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IT: Take Advantage of These 5 Office 365 Administrative Features

How can Office 365 help IT manage remote users?

How can Office 365 help IT manage remote users?

Office 365 offers some pretty powerful administrative features. After all, there aren't many productivity suites that allow you to manage their environments through a shell. 

After you migrate to Office 365, you'll notice there's a lot going on under the hood. Of all the management features Office 365 delivers, which will make your job easier? 

1. Microsoft Graph Reporting APIs

It's annoying when you have to use one reporting system to analyze network traffic, another to measure disk and server usage, and additional tools for other discrete functions. That's why Microsoft created Microsoft Graph reporting APIs for Office 365. These APIs allow you to funnel Office 365 usage data from the productivity suite to whichever usage monitoring application you prefer.  

2. Manage Microsoft Teams 

If you're not familiar with the feature, Microsoft Teams is Office 365's chat-based collaboration solution. Users can share documents associated with particular projects, host group chats via video or voice, and take advantage of other engagement features. 

Microsoft Teams provides users with quite a bit of freedom, but it also allows you to control employee liberties. Through the application's Admin Center, you can set IP address ranges, grant access based on users' profiles and even dictate who in your organization can create teams. 

3. User Account and License Management with PowerShell

GUIs aren't bad, but nothing beats a good shell, and Office 365 allows you to manage users and their associated licenses through Microsoft PowerShell. Through the shell, you can block user accounts, remove licenses, assign roles, configure account properties and execute other user-level administrative tasks. 

Bear in mind that you have to connect to Office 365 PowerShell in order to take advantage of this feature. If you haven't set it up, Microsoft outlined a three-step process you can read here

4. Federated Identity 

This Office 365 management feature is actually available through Azure Active Directory. Federated identity allows you to synchronize on-premises directory objects with Office 365. Basically, all of your users will be able to use the same passwords for their on-premises and cloud-based applications. In addition, they don't have to keep signing into Office 365.

5. Advanced Threat Protection

Advanced threat protection (ATP) is one of Office 365's email protection programs. Accessible through the Exchange admin center, you can configure this feature to prevent users from clicking malicious links or downloading suspicious attachments in their emails. 

One of ATP's features allows you to develop safe attachment policies. For example, you can enable a safe attachments feature which uses a hypervisor environment to scan files for threats. If the hypervisor detects a threat, the attachment is removed from the email.

Obviously, there's more to Office 365 than these three features. If you want to learn more about what the productivity suite can offer, reach out to us today. We're always open for a discussion!