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Archive for October, 2023

Add Google Chrome group policy to Active Directory

Today, I got a very unique requirement to push a group policy for Google Chrome which I did long time back. So 1st I searched for link to download the Google Chrome group policies. It took me sometime to hunt it so I have shared direct links below:

https://chromeenterprise.google/intl/en_ca/browser/download/thank-you/?platform=ADMADMX&channel=stable&usagestats=0#

https://chromeenterprise.google/browser/download/?sjid=6066941226709070174-NA#download

Once download the zip file, we have extracted the folder, and we see 3 folders.

Now, we need to open the Group Policy editor window, Expand Computer configuration > Administrative Templates > Add/Remove Templates

Now select Add > browse to Windows > Adm > En-US > Select Chrome.adm file and select Open

You will see the Name, Size and date of the policy, Click Close

Now when we expand Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Classic Administrative Templates(ADM) > Google > Google Chrome

Here we can see all the Google Chrome policies

New Exchange and SharePoint Logs for Microsoft Purview Audit Standard Users – Future Release (September 2024)

Microsoft Purview, a family of data governance, risk, and compliance solutions, is introducing new features to enhance its visibility and control over cloud security activity events for Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint. These events are generated by the Purview Audit service, which monitors and records user and system actions across various Microsoft 365 workloads.

Previously, Purview Audit offered two types of licenses: Audit Standard and Audit Premium. Audit Standard provided basic auditing capabilities for common events, while Audit Premium offered advanced auditing features for more granular and sensitive events. However, some customers requested access to certain events that were only available for Audit Premium users, even though they did not need the full functionality of the premium license.

To address this feedback, Purview Audit is expanding its event coverage for Audit Standard users by adding four new events that were previously exclusive to Audit Premium users. These events are related to Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint activities, and they are:

  • MailItemsAccessed: This event occurs when a user or a delegate accesses one or more mail items in a mailbox. This event can help detect unauthorized or suspicious access to email messages.
  • Send: This event occurs when a user sends an email message from their mailbox or on behalf of another user. This event can help track the source and destination of email communications.
  • SearchQueryInitiatedExchange: This event occurs when a user performs a search query in Exchange Online. This event can help monitor the search activities and keywords used by users.
  • SearchQueryInitiatedSharepoint: This event occurs when a user performs a search query in SharePoint Online.

These events will now be available for all Audit Standard users, regardless of their license type.

This implies that clients with only an Audit Standard license can attend these events without needing to upgrade to an Audit Premium license.
Nevertheless, clients holding an Audit Premium license will still receive added advantages over Audit Standard users.
One of these perks is the capability to access a greater number of metadata fields for specific events.
For instance, for the MailItemsAccessed event, Audit Premium users will have visibility into the SensitivityLabel field, indicating the sensitivity level of the accessed mail item.
This feature aids in identifying and safeguarding sensitive or confidential information in email messages.
Another benefit includes access to additional events not accessible to Audit Standard users.
For instance, Audit Premium users can monitor events connected to eDiscovery activities, such as eDiscoveryCaseCreated, eDiscoveryCaseUpdated, eDiscoveryHoldApplied, and eDiscoverySearchStarted.
These events assist in tracking and auditing the legal discovery procedures and activities carried out by users.
By broadening its event coverage for Audit Standard users, Purview Audit seeks to offer more flexibility and value to its clients seeking increased visibility and control over their cloud security activity events for Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint.

By expanding its event coverage for Audit Standard users, Purview Audit aims to provide more flexibility and value for its customers who want to gain more visibility and control over their cloud security activity events for Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint. Customers can choose the license type that best suits their needs and budget, while still enjoying the benefits of Purview Audit’s comprehensive and integrated auditing capabilities.

The Virtual Machine is in Failed state

Today I encountered an error message which says below error.

  • The resource operation completed with terminal provisioning state ‘Failed’.
  • Details : There is an active shared access signature outstanding for disk Veeam DataDisk Call EndGets before in the disk. Leam more here: akams/evokeaccessapi Target VM: /subscriptionresourceGroupproviders/Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachinesredoopt providers/Microsoft.Compute/disks/VeeamVM_DataDisk0″. Learn moreabout common virtual machine.error.codes,

After some research I found it because I was trying to download the disk of this VM and I never revoked the access. Ran below command and the VM started normally.
Revoke-AzDiskAccess -ResourceGroupName ‘ResourceGroup01’ -DiskName ‘Disk01’

If you are using a Azure CLI prompt you need to use below command

az disk revoke-access –name MyManagedDisk –resource-group MyResourceGroup

Download Virtual Disk VHD of an Azure VM on your local Machine

In the article we will know the steps to download the Virtual Disk VHD of an Azure VM on your local machine.

Firstly, we need to create a Blob container. To do so, either create or access a Storage account, Select Storage browser > Blob Container > Add container > Type name and click Create as shown in below screenshot

Now we need to open Cloud Shell using the icon on top of the screen

A new Bash window will start, it might ask you to create a storage if not already created

Once ready, you should see below screen

Now you need to run below command. If you don’t know the VM diskname you can check from VM Properties > Disk option from left navigation
az disk grant-access –duration-in-seconds 86400 –access-level Read –name Diskname –resource-group AzureRG

Once completed, you should see a link which will be direct link to download the VHD file.
Note: this will download the entire VHD file not just data size so in my case it was 2 TB.

Microsoft Teams: Workflows App

Within Microsoft Teams, a versatile platform facilitating collaboration and teamwork, the unveiling of the Workflows app marks a significant stride in simplifying and enhancing task and process automation. This innovative app is underpinned by Power Automate, a robust solution renowned for its prowess in data governance, risk management, and compliance.

Workflows transcends conventional limitations, consolidating all workflow capabilities within Teams into a singular, cohesive app. Users are empowered to effortlessly generate, oversee, and execute workflows interlinked with diverse Microsoft 365 workloads, spanning Exchange, SharePoint, OneDrive, and Outlook, among others. Furthermore, they can harness a multitude of pre-established connectors and templates to seamlessly integrate with external services and systems.

The introduction of the Message Extension within Workflows revolutionizes the initiation of workflows within Teams. This pioneering feature allows users to engage with workflows through interactive buttons and forms embedded within the Teams client. Whether initiating actions in an external system from the compose message area, command box, or directly from a message, users can delve into a plethora of functions without exiting Teams. For instance, they can instantly create an invoice, reserve a resource, or scour for a work item, all within the immersive realm of Microsoft Teams.

By using Workflows, users can save time and effort by automating repetitive tasks and business processes. They can also improve their productivity and collaboration by sharing the results of their workflows with their team members in the form of rich cards. Workflows is designed to empower everyone to build automated processes using low-code drag-and-drop tools and AI assistance.

Workflows is expected to be available soon for all Teams users.

About Stellar Outlook Toolkit

 

Hi All,

I am using Microsoft Outlook from last couple of years. When working with Outlook, I face number of issues which eats host of my productive time. At times I hare Outlook but I have to reply upon Outlook for my email communication.
Most of the issues are usually caused by Outlook file (PST) that contains all the information is highly sensitive and required a proper management. However, at times, even after so many precautions PST become inaccessible that results data loss.

After searching a lot I tool on Internet but they had some of other issue. Finally I found a tool named Stellar Outlook Toolkit. This tool was a boon to all most of my  Outlook issues. This is one Toolkit\Utility which I would recommend not just to individual but also organization for their Outlook management.

There are plenty of methods available that let you to keep the integrity of your PST file intact and also help to manage the stored data. Now, the question arises is which one brings the most reliable and safe solutions to provide Outlook file management task. This review is about a reliable Outlook Email Toolkit that includes all utilities to optimize and manage an MS Outlook Profile.

‘Stellar Outlook Toolkit’ has six utilities which are designed to manage and optimize the regular functions of an Outlook profile, such as repair, backup, split or compact a large PST file, etc. These tools is basically for individual, small or big enterprises that have hundreds of Outlook profiles to manage and need to perform multiple tasks to optimize and manage those profiles.

Highlights of utility in Stellar Outlook Toolkit :
Outlook PST Repair
Stellar Outlook Toolkit has a specialized feature that helps users to restore data from an inaccessible Outlook PST file. This module repairs all corrupt PSTs along with all the mailboxes and the mail items while keeping their original state intact.
Outlook Mail Backup
In order to keep Outlook data safe from further corruption this utility lets you to take  backup of all the Outlook mail items, such as messages, attachments, calendar, journals, contacts, tasks and notes. You are also allowed to take incremental and differential backup as well.
Split PST
Split PST can divide a large sized PST into multiple smaller parts to reduce PST size. You can import these parts into Outlook profile and use normally. Additionally, you can split a large PST file according to Date, Size, Mail Id and mail Folder.
Compact PST
Compaction is another way to reduce the size of a growing PST file. This tool has a compact module that lets you to compress a large PST file so that the consequences of an over-sized PST can be avoided. With this module you can compact both the PST and OST files that automatically reduces the chances of unexpected crash.

Outlook duplicate remover
This utility filters and removes duplicates and junk mails from a MS Outlook profile so that a little part from the overall size of Outlook mail account can be emptied.

Outlook Password Recovery
This tool also lets you to recover lost passwords of your Outlook account. The software provides you six set of passwords that can be used to unlock the Outlook account.

This unique suite of applications avail you all modules required to manage an Outlook profile. This single toolkit can handle all the Outlook management related tasks. Although, it is quite time consuming but the result will be satisfactory. Its easy interface lets you to perform all the tasks efficiently without any hassle.

Conclusion:
Overall Stellar Outlook Toolkit is a perfect solution in order to manage and optimize multiple Outlook profiles without hassle. It is a single solution for those professionals who regularly manage multiple Outlook profiles and are responsible for all the information stored in these profiles.

Link to check more about this toolkit:
http://www.stellaroutlooktools.com/scan/toolkit-for-outlook.php