I have written a series of blog posts for partner organizations which are listed below. Governing Teams Data, it's not a game of Cludeo on Leadership through Data BlogInfluencer Insights - Teams & Viva https://www.dynamicssmartz.com/influencer-insights/influencer-insights-with-sara-fennah.phpJanuary 2022 Ketchup Webinar SummaryWhat is Viva? BlogMicrosoft Teams Data Locations BlogRetention Policies for Private Channels BlogMicrosoft 365 Teams Retention Bloge-Discovery … Continue reading Guest Blogs
Here you can find details of my upcoming speaking engagements and links to videos of past sessions. Upcoming DateEventTopicLocationLinkJune 23, 2022Build After PartyMicrosoft Build After Party with: Chirag Patel, Kevin McDonnell, Sara Fennah & Zoe WilsonOnlineRegister via MeetupJune 25/26 2022MCT UK MeetupThe MCT as a Learning PartnerI'm already teaching the Cloud, what's next?Virtual and Hybrid … Continue reading Speaking
SC400 Exam Prep and Course Extras
"If I had a penny, for every time someone asked me for this, I would be a very rich person" Many cultures have similar sayings, but when it comes to being able to assign a Microsoft 365 admin role based on organisational units, it is certainly true for me. Indeed one customer asked me this … Continue reading Administrative Units for Microsoft 365 Services
The announcement firehose at the start of an event means can be overwhelming to find the details. Here are my favorite information sources for #MSIgnite
Links & resources to support SC900 course & exam
References and extras to support MS 900 course deliver
A few ways of finding out what is happening in your SharePoint sites using alerts notifications and news digests
Scheduler is an intelligent meeting scheduling service which sits on top of Office 365 and uses AI to help find suitable meeting times. The process is quite similar to what we as humans do when we try to agree a time to meet and can be summarised as: Agree that a meeting is neededSuggest a … Continue reading Scheduler for Microsoft 365
Can you use 1 security key on multiple devices for multiple Microsoft 365 accounts? Yes!
MS-100 Overview & My Tips MS-100 or Microsoft 365 Identity and Services is one of two exams that make up the Microsoft 365 Certified Enterprise Administrator Expert certification. The certification also requires you to pass & hold a valid Microsoft 365 Associate level certification in addition to passing the MS-100 and MS-101. The Microsoft 365 … Continue reading MS-100 Extras
Last Updated 5th May 2022 MS-700 Overview & My Tips MS-700 or Microsoft Teams Administrator Associate is the certification for Teams Administrators. As a Teams Administrator you do need to have a good grounding in all things Microsoft 365 as Teams is the tool that pulls it all together and exposes any weaknesses in your … Continue reading MS-700 – Microsoft Teams Administrator Associate
(This blog post was written as a guest post on Blog - Leadership Through Data) On 19th May 2021 Microsoft published a blog announcing Multi-stage disposition approval in Microsoft Records Management in Microsoft 365 as well as some other really nice enhancements to the Information Governance and Records Management tools. The headline feature is the … Continue reading May Records Updates for Microsoft 365
Find Time is a great add-in for Outlook which you can use to arrange meetings with both colleagues and people outside your organisation. Combining the ability to see availability for colleagues with a poll for people to vote on, the Find Time add-in is designed to stop the to/fro of emails trying to find a … Continue reading Using Find Time for Meeting Polls
A recent tweet and LinkedIn post attracted a lot of attention, due to the lunch timer running in the background. As a result I promised a blog post on how I built is, so here it is. This is what we are aiming for, this is the timer used in the original tweet running in … Continue reading Creating Custom Timers
There are two ways of displaying in text format what is said during a Microsoft Teams Meeting; Live Captions and Transcript. Live captions are shown on screen (usually at the bottom of the meeting screen) and disappear as new captions are generated. Live captions are visible only to users who switch them on. Live Captions can … Continue reading Meeting Transcription in Microsoft Teams
Apart from creating my own backgrounds in PowerPoint which I covered in an earlier post, these are my personal favourite sources for background images for virtual meetings. Ikea https://backgroundsbyikea.com/ Microsoft https://adoption.microsoft.com/microsoft-teams/custom-backgrounds-gallery/https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/outlook-blog/online-meeting-backgrounds-outlook-exchange-amp-bookings/ba-p/1688841 https://education.microsoft.com/en-us/resource/6eb1ef79 Warner Bros https://www.warnerbros.com/news/articles/2020/07/08/virtual-backgrounds-microsoft-teams-calls
Lots of people don’t create the meeting invites for the meetings they run in this blog I will lay out what the issues are and then consider ways to avoid these when acting as a scheduler.
Teams meeting options are how you can control who can do what in your meeting. In the Education sphere this control is essential but they are also very useful in many other scenarios.
Viva Topics set up experience with screenshots
With the launch of breakout rooms for adhoc and scheduled Team meetings, many people are celebrating and it is a much requested feature, but how does it work. Microsoft have released a couple of great articles so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel and write a full guide myself, but I would like to share my early observations.
With Teams meeting recordings moving to OneDrive and SharePoint from Stream users and admins need to understand what this change means. It’s not just the location a recording is stored that is changing but also who can records and the sharing options once the recording is done.
Did you want to check your camera and background before a Teams meeting and ended up trying to join a meeting early to do so, or worse joining a meeting late as you needed to adjust your settings and it took too long, or worst still what about joining a meeting and bringing up a … Continue reading Check your Camera before a Teams Meeting
Do you ever get a message telling you you can't change the meeting options for a meeting you set up? It's probably due to what you were doing the last time you used the Teams web app (aka Teams in your web browser). These messages changed a little while ago to show you who is … Continue reading Solving Problems with Meeting Options in Teams
So this blog is a bit of a departure for me and results from (virtual) conversations with friends and family. As I write on Nov 1st 2020, England is about to go into a new lockdown (whatever, it's officially called) and "non-essential" shops are required to close but can still offer click & collect services. … Continue reading Thoughts on Click & Collect for small business
Create your own Microsoft Teams backdrop using PowerPoint
The new Microsoft Learning community in the Tech Community is live along with the new blog. The tech community is quite simple to navigate but I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few tips. Thanks to my fellow MCTs for their help with these too, especially Julian Sharpe, Denise McLaughlin and Rolf McLaughlin. … Continue reading Using the Learn Community in the Tech Community
A little while back I wrote a blog on my training feedback form and the flow I had built to send delegates the useful links. See https://m365train.co.uk/2020/04/14/training-feedback-personalised-with-forms-and-power-automate/ Well today I have built a PowerBI report from the SharePoint list which stores the feedback data. As this is the first ever PowerBi report I've written from … Continue reading Extending the Feedback Form into PowerBI
Using Microsoft Teams with internal and external people, it can be a challenge to determine which features we can use with whom.
By combining OBS Studio and Stream Deck for Mobile, I’ve built some useful set ups that are helping me with virtual training delivery that I wanted to share with fellow MCTs as well as anyone else delivering webinars and virtual training/teaching.
Trainer/Teachers, do you need a scene switcher? Consider the mobile app version of Stream Deck. Here's how I set it up for testing.
A star wars themed video demo about meeting recordings in Microsoft Teams
Using Forms with SharePoint and Power Automate to send a custom response to training course feedback, including reference links.
There are some great articles out there on building your own automated "Do not Disturb" lights and also some great products, but I decided that I needed one that was a little more manual, but still a bit geeky.
Are you a member of a Team across more than 1 organisation/M365 Tenant? I use Channel Notifications to help me keep on top of the less well used teams.
List of useful resources for using Teams to work from home.
Multitasking is much easier when you can have multiple windows on screen at the same time. These techniques work in both Windows 7 and 8. To tile windows (any windows version): Open the applications you want to see on screen (do not minimise) Right click in a blank area of the task bar Select Show Windows … Continue reading Arrange Windows on Screen
This article looks at managing holiday using Excel 2010 and making use of the following Excel features: INDIRECT function NETWORKDAYS function Format as Table Conditional Formatting The finished file is available here (Holidays). However this article explains how to use the finished article and how to create it, so read on (or bookmark me for … Continue reading Calculating Employee Holiday Allowance in Excel
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Creating Simple Formulas Formulas can be used to perform simple calculations such as addition and subtraction, or more complicated applications such as complex financial functions and statistics. All formulas begin with an equal (=) sign. The equal sign tells Excel that the cell data should be interpreted as a formula. Otherwise, Excel interprets the data … Continue reading Simple Formulas and Functions in Excel
MS-500 Overview & My Tips MS-500 or Microsoft 365 Security Administration is an Associate level certification. Associate level certifications in Microsoft 365 require Administrator level knowledge and skills, and is targeted at those in roles which are hands on with the administration of a Microsoft 365 workload. In this case security & compliance. Tradition system … Continue reading MS-500 Course Extras
MS-101 or Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security is one of two exams that make up the Microsoft 365 Certified Enterprise Administrator Expert certification. The certification also requires you to pass & hold a valid Microsoft 365 Associate level certification in addition to passing the MS-100 and MS-101. The Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert is … Continue reading MS-101 Course Extras
This post was originally published https://www.leadershipthroughdata.co.uk/latest-news/content-explorer-in-disposition-reviews/ In May 2021 Microsoft published a blog announcing Multi-stage disposition approval in Microsoft Records Management in Microsoft 365 as well as some other really nice enhancements to the Information Governance and Records Management tools. This is the third blog post in a series looking at the new features. What's … Continue reading Content Explorer in Disposition Reviews
This post was originally posted https://www.leadershipthroughdata.co.uk/latest-news/retention-for-microsoft-teams-messaging/ In May 2021 Microsoft published a blog announcing Multi-stage disposition approval in Microsoft Records Management in Microsoft 365 as well as some other really nice enhancements to the Information Governance and Records Management tools. This is the second blog post in a series looking at the new features. Post … Continue reading Retention for Microsoft Teams