Rene Vlieger

As a Microsoft 365 consultant, Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), I spend my days immersed in the world of cloud technology, assisting organizations on their transformative journey. My passion lies in enhancing productivity, fortifying governance, ensuring compliance, bolstering security measures, and fostering seamless adoption of new technologies.

In my role, I strive to be more than just a consultant; I aim to be a catalyst for organizational growth and evolution. By guiding businesses through logical steps, I help them ascend the maturity ladder, ensuring that every technological advancement is not just implemented but embraced wholeheartedly. But my commitment doesn't end there. I believe in the power of sharing knowledge, which is why I invest heavily in training sessions, workshops, and yes, even penning (or typing!) joint blogs. 

My Microsoft 365 knowledge includes Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, Loop, Viva, Purview, Defender, Entra, Outlook, Whiteboard, Copilot, and Forms.


Published by Rene Vlieger

Introducing Password-Protected Downloads in Defender for O365

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Learn more about the latest update from Microsoft Defender for Office 365. Starting from mid-March 2024, this update includes the added protection of password-protected downloads for quarantined emails directly from the Email Entity Summary Panel.

Customize Copilot Preferences in Microsoft Teams Meetings

- 3 min read-Rene Vlieger
Managing Copilot for Microsoft Teams meetings and events is like having a personal assistant right in your own virtual meeting room, helping you staying organized and focused. Learn how this amazing AI tool works, what you can use it for, and how to set up Copilot preferences for your Teams meetings.

Microsoft Viva Learning's New Integration for Teams and Webapp

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Starting from early April 2024, Microsoft will be rolling out a feature that allows us to effortlessly transition between Teams and the standalone Webapp. Whether you're diving into learning resources during a team meeting in Teams or exploring content independently through the Webapp, the transition will be smooth and intuitive. Learn more.

Unlocking Potential Through Internal User Conversion

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Managing organizational transitions and ensuring smooth operations is a complexity that comes with reorganizations, mergers, and acquisitions. One of the challenges often faced is the need to transition external users into internal members seamlessly. It requires careful handling to keep user accounts, access, and historical data intact. In this blog, learn effective ways to handle this scenario.

Communication Compliance: Empowering Role-Based Access Control

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Microsoft Purview Communication Compliance introduces User Scoping with Role-Based Access Control (RBAC). With this enhancement, you can delegate management and remediation authority to specific individuals, based on regions or organizational units, for a more tailored approach to compliance management. Set to roll out between late April and late May 2024, this feature introduces a significant shift in how you manage compliance tasks. Learn more.

SharePoint Online Enhances Change History Reports

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
SharePoint Online's latest enhancement to its change history reports introduces organization settings reports, enabling admins to track and review changes that affect the entire tenant. Admins can monitor adjustments made to critical settings that affect the broader scope of their SharePoint environment. It’s possible to create up to ten instances of change history reports, to delve deep into what changed, when it happened, and who initiated the change. Get details.

Personal Take: Navigating the Microsoft Viva Learning Update

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
In this update to Microsoft Viva Learning, scheduled to roll out between late March and mid-April 2024, admins can disable LinkedIn Learning premium content within Viva Learning for all users in their tenant. This update won't disrupt any existing setup or configurations within Viva Learning. However, if LinkedIn Learning premium content is disabled, users won't be able to access it through Viva Learning. Get details.

New Insights: Power Platform Admin Events in Microsoft Purview

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
As of February 16, 2023, a significant update has rolled out for Power Platform enthusiasts: the introduction of administrator activity events delivered to Microsoft Purview. This update integrates new Power Platform activity events into Microsoft 365 Unified Services. Through a dedicated Data Connector powered by the Microsoft 365 Management API, vital activity events are now accessible across various Microsoft platforms, including Microsoft Purview, Microsoft Defender, and Microsoft Sentinel. Learn more.

Embracing Change: Updates to Intune Audit Logs Retention

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Starting April 2024, Intune audit logs are getting a makeover in their retention policy. From now on, these logs will only hang around for a maximum of one year. Get details.

Insider Risk Management Policy Template Limit Increase

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Microsoft Purview Insider Risk Management is increasing the limit number of policies within each insider risk policy template. The maximum number of policies within each insider risk policy template will increase from 5 to 20. Microsoft Purview Insider Risk Management stands at the forefront of leveraging advanced algorithms to correlate various signals and identify potential threats, ranging from IP theft to data leakage and security violations. Learn more.

Microsoft Loop Introduces B2B Guest Sharing

- 3 min read-Rene Vlieger
Microsoft Loop is gearing up to introduce Business-to-Business (B2B) guest sharing for its workspaces, pages, and components. Soon, users within your organization will have the ability to extend invitations to individuals outside your tenant, granting them access to Loop workspaces, pages, and components. Learn more.

Entra PIM Now in Public Preview for Power Platform!

- 1 min read-Rene Vlieger
As of February 5, 2024, Entra Privilege Identity Management (PIM) is available for public preview in the Power Platform admin center. PIM, part of the Microsoft Entra ID suite, empowers you to manage, control, and monitor access to crucial resources across various platforms such as Microsoft Entra ID, Azure, or other Microsoft Online Services like Microsoft 365 or Intune, Learn more.