Weird “FROM” after migrating from on-premise Exchange to Microsoft 365 hosted Exchange

I migrated my on-premise Exchange 2010 to Microsoft 365 hosted Exchange. I exported my mailstore to PST from Outlook, created a new Outlook profile with the hosted account, and imported the PST. Everything looks good in Outlook, webmail, and Apple Mail on my two Macs, but some messages show a weird “From” field: instead of Firstname Lastname its "Firstname Lastname" [EX:/O:mydomain-com more junk...].

All the errant messages are ones I sent, but not all, which is weird. It looks like iOS Mail is using my X.509 address as the display name instead of the actual display name.

Has anyone else experienced this?

azure – Turning off email notifications for Office 365 Groups

We need to start using “unified groups” in Office 365/Azure AD for an intranet project that uses Azure AD as the identitiy provider. We want communication to stay in the platform, and what we don’t want is our 200 odd users receiving personal inbox emails every time an event is created in the Calendar for the Office 365 Groups they are members of. Or digest style emails of new documents added to the sharepoint doc library.

Basically ZERO notifications in their personal mailbox. Our intranet platform will do enough notifying as it is.

So as far as I can see, in the O365 Admin Center, there is the “Send copy of group conversations and events to group members” setting – which is off by default.

But when a member is added to the group, the group appears in their Outlook automatically and for the group settings there is this “Follow in Inbox” section which is set to “Only replies to you and events” by default.

See the screenshots below. What is the relationship between these two?

Outlook group settings O365 Admin group settings

Is there a way, using PowerShell or other means, to change the per user setting in Outlook to “No email or events” for all members of existing groups? Or set it as the default setting for all new members of the specific groups? Or better still, a way to turn it off at the whole tenancy in one swift action?

If this is the wrong place to ask, please direct me to the correct SE site.

office 365 – Can i reference a user/group inside SharePoint if our admin hide them from the AD global address list

Our system admin wants to hide some users/groups from the AD global address list to prevent those users from showing when sending emails through outlook. so my question is if we can still reference (add inside SharePoint group + assign the user inside a people/group column) users/groups inside SharePoint online sites, if our admin hide them from the AD global address list?

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Office 365 Privacy Settings and Telemetry

I need some help/advice on which telemetry settings to enable/disable in Office365 and registry to maintain a reasonable level of privacy while not breaking functionality. I am not a security/privacy expert but I do know that since Office365 is more cloud based, turning off telemetry settings may reduce functionality and I don’t want that. Just basic privacy.

  1. Send personal information to Microsoft to make improvements to Office.

In Office 2016, you could disable sending personal information to Microsoft by unchecking the option in File – Options – Trust Center – Trust Center Settings – Privacy Options but is missing in Office 365. What happened to this setting? Should I disable through registry editor or group policy editor?

  1. Send Office Feedback (a.k.a. Send a Smile) regarding positive/negative experiences when using Office along with a desktop screenshot. Any harm in disabling?

  2. Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) — What is it? It seems like it isn’t relevant to new versions of Office. If it is, should it be disabled?

  3. Office Telemetry Dashboard and Office Telemetry Log — What is this for? Brief reading suggests they are relevant only for organizations. Are they important for individual users? Are they enabled by default or should be disabled?

  4. Is there any need to enable File Obfuscation?

  5. Anything else that should be disabled?

How to enable ‘Forms for Excel’ in SharePoint/Office 365

I am an Office 365 global administrator, looking after two SharePoint sites. One has menu items for Forms, but the other does not.

The site that works is new, created since we started using Forms. The other site is older.

On the old site, the Edit New menu dialogue does not work as expected. I can remove and re-add existing items, but nothing happens when I select Forms for Excel (or Excel survey or Visio drawing) and click Save.

screen-shot of Edit New menu.

Another difference between the two sites is that, for the old site, the Forms menu item is missing in Excel.

I need to enable Forms in the old site. Cannot anyone suggest what is wrong?

SharePoint Office 365 Edit Item List

I have a SharePoint list in Office 365 that is created using an app created with Power Apps.

Each item is a request sent by an user. Thus, some fields are automatically generated that are like “Created by”, “Created (date)” and sequential ID, etc.

The thing is that there are some requests that I need to modify manually but when I go to the list page, I can’t edit those fields, by using the quick edit view (they appear in grey). They don’t appear in the edit form view. See images below:

SharePoint List

SharePoint Form

Is there any way to modify those fields on certain IDs manually?



sharepoint online – Get Display names of Direct reportees in Office 365

I need to get display names for all the direct reportees under a manager. I am using below code to get direct reporteees using rest in SPFx using react.

getReportees = () => {
    var reportees = ();
    var reactHandler = this;
    var drReportess = ();
      url: this.siteUrl+"/_api/SP.UserProfiles.PeopleManager/GetPropertiesFor(accountName=@v)?@v='" + encodeURIComponent(accountName) + "'&$select=DirectReports",
      method: "GET",
      headers: { "Accept": "application/json; odata=verbose" },
      crossDomain: true
      let length: Number = data.d.DirectReports.results.length > 0 ? data.d.DirectReports.results.length : 0;
        $.each(data.d.DirectReports.results, function (i, value: string) {
            url:  this.siteUrl+"/_api/SP.UserProfiles.PeopleManager/GetUserProfilePropertyFor(accountName=@v,propertyName='PreferredName')?@v='" + encodeURIComponent(value) + "'",
            method: "GET",
            headers: { "Accept": "application/json; odata=verbose" }
              Title: data.d.GetUserProfilePropertyFor,
              LoginName: value
          directReportees: drReportess

problem with this code is the render function is loading first before completing the rest call so DOM is empty.

office365 – How many office 365 vouchers can I activate simultaneously?

Office 365 can be activated using a voucher as described on the Office website:

Is there a cap (documentedundocumented) on how many vouchers can be activated for a given account?

Every voucher typically extends the validity of the subscription by a year, so 2 vouchers = subscription extended by 2 years.