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Understanding and Using Windows Terminal

- 10 min read-Ed Tittel
This first article of the Windows Terminal series gives an overview of its capabilities, with pointers to more details. Windows Terminal offers a complex host environment for command-line input, inside which admins and power users can run command-line shells. As the article illustrates, control over behavior, appearance, and layout is extensive.

The Emergence of the Non-IT M365 Admin

- 4 min read-J. Peter Bruzzese
This is the first in a series of articles aimed at next-gen administrators: cloud admins and those without any IT experience. While these folks don't need to revisit legacy methods and technologies, they might benefit from those of us who have that experience.

How to Deploy Power Platform in a Mid-Market Enterprise

- 13 min read-Jeff Angama
This article shows, step-by-step, how to deploy Power Platform for a mid-market company through simple steps such as defining your strategy, governance policy, and environment. It gives quick wins to get your company started, without your having to invest valuable time preparing and researching deployment methods.

How to Create Common Types of Microsoft 365 Mailboxes Using PowerShell

- 6 min read-Thilak Kumar Singh
This “how to” article briefly explains the types of Microsoft 365 mailboxes that are available and explains how you can create them using Windows PowerShell. Besides giving you the necessary details, it includes a 3-minute video version of this article for those who like to watch and learn.

Power Platform Connector Fundamentals

- 21 min read-Eric Shupps
This second article in the "Power Platform Connectors A to Z" series describes the basic building blocks of a custom connector and looks at how each step in the wizard helps creators generate a connector definition. It includes a high-level overview of the infrastructure components needed for connector API operation in a production environment and covers the basics of connector testing and validation.

OneDrive Sharing: Internal and External

- 5 min read-Hans Brender
OneDrive’s sharing capabilities vary depending on several factors, most notably whether you are sharing within or outside an organization. Here, we break down those differences.

Building a Slide Deck in PowerPoint Using ChatGPT

- 5 min read-J. Peter Bruzzese
While ChatGPT has received much attention for its use in natural language questions and answers, it is also adept at generating custom code. This article is a simple how-to on using ChatGPT’s coding abilities by prompting it to create a PowerPoint slide deck with VBScript.

Enhance Active Directory Security (Entra ID) with Tiering, Part 1

- 1 min read-Mahdi Tehrani
In this video, which is part 1 of this series, I discuss Active Directory (Entra ID) security and specifically credential theft, which happens frequently when we are dealing with a ransomware attack. Credential theft is a main target which attackers can perform by gaining access to a server or PC and use that access (pass the hash) to hop to another server. I'll explain this problem, called lateral movement, in the video. Finally, we will discuss Active Directory tiering which is a solution to logical segmentation of resources and divide them into Tier 0, Tier 1 and Tier 2.

A Graphical Winget Alternative: WingetUI

- 10 min read-Ed Tittel
The Windows Package Manager (winget) runs at the Windows Command Prompt or in PowerShell. This fourth article in the winget series explores WingetUI. Winget is a graphical tool that supports winget, but also other package managers including Scoop, Chocolaty, PIP, and Npm. It gives users a simplified, streamlined package management experience.

Using Your Own Data With Azure OpenAI

- 19 min read-Vesa Nopanen
Adding your own data to Azure OpenAI will allow you to ground it to your specific documents for accurate answers on any given subject. This article takes you through that process via Azure AI Studio, then shows you how to perform REST API calls to enable its use in Power Automate and Power Apps.

How to Get Microsoft 365 Exchange Mailbox Reports Using PowerShell

- 6 min read-Thilak Kumar Singh
This “how to” article explains how you can retrieve useful Microsoft 365 mailbox-related information by using the Get-Mailbox PowerShell cmdlet. Besides giving you the necessary details, it also gives you a video to help you learn things better.

Introduction to Power Platform Connectors

- 22 min read-Eric Shupps
This first article in the "Power Platform Connectors A to Z" series introduces Power Platform custom connectors, describing what they are, how they operate, and their benefits to businesses. It gives an overview of potential use cases, security implications, required skills, prerequisites, and associated costs. The article also includes steps to get started and key elements in custom connector design.