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Resources for Remote Workers

 

Remote working for IT Pros

It’s natural for IT workers to first ensure that frontline and supporting workers in an organization have a secure and productive way of performing their usual tasks remotely. After all, a reduction in the business’ ability to provide its products and services correlates pretty quickly to a drop in revenue, cashflow and profitability. Without this financial sustainability, the IT department has no organization to support.

 

Microsoft Security Matters Newsletter - May 2020

For most of us, the month of May was one of continued work from home and adapting to this new norm.  There’s an abundant of great content below on Zero Trust and working remotely for enterprises.  As with every month’s newsletter I have italicized the articles that I would prioritize in reading.

 

Remote Working: Fewer people working on-premises doesn’t mean less risk to their identities

Almost everyone has had their work-life routines interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are working from home for the first time, leaving vast numbers of workplaces sitting empty. It’s vital that organizations continue to protect the resources that reside on-premises. As we’ve seen already, attackers are using COVID-19 to extract information from people by preying on their fears. 

 

The Developer Activity Book for #RemoteDevLife

We wanted to bring a little fun (and geekiness) into your homes, so we created a Developer Activity Book. In it, you'll find seven coloring pages, a crossword puzzle, a word search, and a logic puzzle. The content is family friendly so the kids will have fun coloring and learning and the adults will find the more complex art relaxing to color and the puzzles to be a good computer science refresher. 


An Important Update on Microsoft Training and Certification

As the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve rapidly around the world, the health, safety and well-being of our employees, customers and partners remain our top priorities. Authorities around the globe are responding to the situation with stricter measures that are disrupting normal routines, which changes the landscape in which we operate. With this in mind, we have several updates to share with you today on how Microsoft, together with our partner ecosystem, is adapting to the current environment to ensure that all of you can continue to learn and get certified on Microsoft technologies, while staying safe.

 

Domain Time Synchronization in the Age of Working from Home

Happy Friday everyone! Brandon Wilson here posting on behalf of a new guest author, Sarath Madakasira. So, without further ado...Working from home has presented challenges in many areas and it is true for time synchronization on computers used at home to connect to work. More specifically, time synchronization on domain-joined computers used from home is potentially affected due to the challenges of remote connectivity. AD Domains and Forests were designed in an era of high-latency, low-bandwidth work networks and with security as a top criterion. These criteria extended to time synchronization within the Domains or Forests in the form of using NTP protocol enhanced with AD-based security. Time synchronization is also a requirement for Kerberos to function correctly in AD.

 

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June Webinars & Remote Work Resources

 

Check out the latest webinars and remote work resources for June in the public sector!

 

Top Conversations

 

How can I export Attendee list from Microsoft Teams Live events session using Microsoft Graph API?

@marcelocasaca wondered about how to use Microsoft Graph APIs to extract a attendee list from a live session from Microsoft Teams. Microsoft employee Val Ramos and MVP Reza Ameri offered helpful advice.

 

Change default meeting length in Outlook - Avoid Back-to-Back meetings!

Karl Vietmeier shared a piece from their VP’s all up blog posting specific to changing meeting length on how to schedule meetings to conclude five minutes before the end of the hour or half hour. This shortens your time together slightly but goes a long way towards avoiding potential burnout from uninterrupted back-to-backs.

 

Building A Highly Available Remote Desktop Gateway Farm integrated with Azure MFA

Mahmoud A. Atallah shared a how-to article on building a RD Gateway with Azure MFA for secure work and familiar experience across a variety of devices or web browsers.

 

The BIG WFH Office pictures!

MVP Simon Binder asked the community to post pictures of their work from home setup, receiving quite a few responses.

 

What is Your Backup Strategy

MVP Reza Ameri asked the Tech Community about their strategy for backing up data with remote workers. PeterRising suggested Data Protection Manager in addition to OneDrive and SharePoint.