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

Embark on Your M365 Copilot Journey: Unleash Your Potential

- 3 min read-Rene Vlieger
Are you ready to elevate your productivity and streamline your workflow like never before? Brace yourselves, because Microsoft has just unveiled a treasure trove of new training modules for Microsoft 365 Copilot and, trust me, you won't want to miss out on this! See what these new and existing modules have in store for you.

Empower Your Organization with Microsoft 365's Guided Setup

- 6 min read-Rene Vlieger
Learn about the guided setup in the Microsoft 365 admin center. This feature helps administrators quickly and easily set up their Microsoft 365 environment. It provides step-by-step guidance through essential tasks such as adding users, setting up security features, configuring domains, and more. This guided approach can be useful for administrators who are new to managing Microsoft 365 or for those who want to ensure they're properly configuring their environment according to best practices.

Unlocking the Power of DLP Analytics!

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
This post talks about safeguarding your organization's most precious asset: its data. With the digital landscape evolving at lightning speed, ensuring robust data protection measures is non-negotiable. That's where Microsoft Purview's Data Loss Prevention (DLP) analytics swoops in as your trusted ally, empowering you to navigate data protection challenges with confidence and ease.

Transform Your Scene: Teams' New Mobile Background Feature!

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
With this update from Microsoft Teams, you can transform any backdrop into your own professional haven or opt for a subtle blur, all while recording on an iOS device. This feature will begin rolling out in early March 2024, with full implementation expected by late March 2024.

Unveiling the Impact of SharePoint's New Embedded Admin Role

- 3 min read-Rene Vlieger
Learn about the new SharePoint Embedded Administrator role that Microsoft is rolling out starting early March 2024. This role is designed to handle the management of SharePoint Embedded applications and containers. Only Global Administrators or the new SharePoint Embedded Administrators will be authorized to run certain cmdlets. Also, admins who manage containers within their tenants will need to have the Global Administrator or SharePoint Embedded Administrator role to use PowerShell for operations.

Entra ID Upgrades Authentication Strength for Passkey Support

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Learn about upcoming improvements to Microsoft Entra ID and its authentication capabilities. Gone are the days of grappling with error messages when trying to satisfy passkey authentication requirements. With the new Passkey (preview) and Passkey in Microsoft Authenticator (preview) options, registering your passkeys will be a breeze. Plus, if your organization has specific passkey preferences, you'll be presented with compatible options, ensuring seamless integration with existing policies.

Navigating the New Microsoft Purview Portal: A Personal Journey

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Microsoft has announced that their much-anticipated Purview portal is set to roll out beginning in late March 2024 and should be completed by late April 2024. The Purview portal will give access to a whole suite of solutions from a single, centralized hub—whether it's diving into data security measures or ensuring compliance with regulations.

Embrace a Fresh Start with Copilot for Microsoft 365

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Whether it's crafting a compelling presentation in PowerPoint or organizing notes in OneNote, Copilot for Microsoft 365 is always there to lend a digital hand. But what happens when I want to clear the slate and start anew? Deleting my Copilot interaction history is a straightforward process, ensuring that past prompts and responses remain confidential. This post shows how to do so.

Introducing the New Troubleshooting Option in Microsoft Exchange

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
For Exchange administrators, you will be happy to know that the Microsoft Exchange admin center (EAC) is rolling out brand new troubleshooting workflows: Quick fixes and Collect logs. Learn how these workflows can make your life easier!

Microsoft Clipchamp Introduces Automatic Captions

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
Microsoft Clipchamp now offers automatic captioning. Learn more about this game-changing feature. With just a few clicks, you can make your organization's videos more inclusive and accessible than ever. With automatic captions powered by AI, you can enhance your videos at no additional cost. The captions come with a transcript, complete with timestamps to help you navigate and edit your videos seamlessly.

A Personal Journey to a Secure and Productive Digital Workspace!

- 4 min read-Rene Vlieger
Managing your Microsoft 365 environment effectively isn't just about ticking off some boxes; it's about fostering a secure and productive digital workspace that aligns with your organization's goals. This post contains best practices I've found valuable for ensuring my Microsoft 365 tenant runs smoothly.

Improved View of Service Health Issue Details

- 2 min read-Rene Vlieger
You know how sometimes digging through service health issue details can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack? Well, fear not because Microsoft has heard our cries for help! The revamped version of the service health issue details screen is like a breath of fresh air, cutting down on duplicated text and presenting key information in a much cleaner format. Learn more.