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Matt Scherocman

Multi-Geo: Microsoft’s New Globally Reaching, Enterprise-Grade Data Location Controls

Multi-Geo: Microsoft’s New Globally Reaching, Enterprise-Grade Data Location Controls

At a time, when there are so many regulations from governments, corporate compliance and third-party regulators, Microsoft is guiding the path to more granular data location controls within organizations on a global scale with their Multi-Geo feature. This feature gives organizations with Office 365 the ability to put their end user’s Office 365 data in different Microsoft data centers across the world and setup unique permissions for each country, and it is now available for Exchange Online and OneDrive for Business. Future releases of Multi-Geo will include support for SharePoint Online and Office 365 Groups.

Multi-Geo Features

To see some of the features and Multi-Geo capabilities and learn how to implement Multi-Geo within your organization, review the Microsoft Mechanics’ video introduction below.

Multi-Geo is currently available to customers with a minimum of 5,000 users and requires the customer to license a minimum of 5% of their total user accounts with Multi-Geo at a service cost of $2/user/month. Currently, Multi-Geo is available widely, but not quite everywhere in the world yet. See below for the current Map of available Geos:

multi geo capabilities

Available in:

 Australia, Asia Pacific, Canada, European Union, India, Japan, Korea, United Kingdom, and United States.


Learn More about Multi-Geo

To learn how Multi-Geo can be added to your organization, please contact Interlink Cloud Advisors for the details.

Mike Wilson

Single Sign-on (SSO) Options with Azure Active Directory

Single Sign-on (SSO) Options with Azure Active Directory

Figuring out the best way to implement Single Sign-On (SSO) in a Microsoft cloud environment can be challenging given how the options have evolved over time, but it’s a key component of any successful Office 365 or Azure deployment. There are four main options on how you can configure SSO:

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Matt Scherocman

Empower Your Firstline Workers with Microsoft’s F1 M365 Offering

Empower Your Firstline Workers with Microsoft’s F1 M365 Offering

Today’s businesses are ever more dependent on their Firstline workers. A Firstline worker is someone whose main job is focused on creating or delivering a company’s product. This could be workers who interface directly with a customer or those employees building your product on the manufacturing floor. These Firstline workers frequently have been under resourced with technology. Many companies find it difficult to justify paying the same price for software subscriptions for a Firstline worker versus a traditional knowledge worker, when Firstline workers spend very little time in front of a computer. Microsoft recognized this challenge and began offering Kiosk plans. Those plans first evolved into the F1 plans and now Microsoft includes the F1 plan into their brand-new Microsoft 365 (M365) F1 bundle. The M365 F1 offering includes three major pillars – Office 365 functionality; a scaled down version of the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite; and Windows 10. Microsoft has priced this product aggressively, which is less than a third of the cost of the regular Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 plans, while offering all the features and security your Firstline worker needs to be successful.

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Mike Wilson

Addressing Confusion Around Microsoft’s 3 Advanced Threat Protection Solutions

Addressing Confusion Around Microsoft’s 3 Advanced Threat Protection Solutions

You may have noticed that there are currently three Microsoft products with “Advanced Threat Protection” in their name:

  1. Azure Advanced Threat Protection
  2. Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection
  3. Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection

While each of these solutions offers value to its users, there’s been some confusion around the similar naming of these products. Let’s clear up confusion by taking a closer look at each of these products and their features, benefits, and intended use cases.

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Matt Scherocman

A Guide to Archiving Mail in Office 365 and Handling Terminated Users

A Guide to Archiving Mail in Office 365 and Handling Terminated Users

“Immutability” is the industry-standard term for “preserving data in the system so that it is discoverable and cannot be destroyed or altered."

With Exchange Server 2016 with Enterprise CAL or Exchange Online Plan 2 (included in Office 365 E3 and Office 365 E5 plans), Microsoft enables organizations to preserve individual or all mailbox items for discovery natively, keeping those items within the Exchange infrastructure. This approach is called, In-Place hold.

One significant benefit of hold - as opposed to separate, read-only storage - is that items are preserved within the Exchange infrastructure. This preserves more of the information, including metadata, and makes management easier for IT admins. Users benefit because they can manage their mailboxes using the familiar Outlook interface. From an IT-perspective, In-Place Hold eliminates the necessity and complexity of maintaining a separate infrastructure and potentially storage for Exchange items.

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