Purchasing Additional SharePoint Online Storage for Office 365

There are a number of different options for customers to purchase Office 365.  In the U.S.A. and the majority of markets, customers can purchase Office 365 directly from Microsoft via MOSP (Microsoft Online Subscription Program).  This is the most common way for small businesses to purchase Office 365.  Customers can purchase licenses using a credit card.  There is no minimum license quantity for MOSP.  Customers pay for Office 365 via an automatic monthly subscription.

In Australia, Telstra has a syndication agreement with Microsoft. … [Keep reading] “Purchasing Additional SharePoint Online Storage for Office 365”

Securing Emails Outside of Your Organization With Office 365 Message Encryption

​For those of you who have been concerned about email security for a number of years, you may remember a solution from Microsoft called Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE).  This was a cloud based service which allowed organizations to encrypt emails according to certain defined rules.  For example, you could encrypt emails where the intended recipient was outside of your organization and certain keywords or regular expressions where detected such as a credit card number.  This was a very useful service for protecting emails sent to ANY user, regardless of the relationship with the user’s company. … [Keep reading] “Securing Emails Outside of Your Organization With Office 365 Message Encryption”

Unable to Administer Office 365 Using PowerShell with Multi-Factor Authentication

Back in February, Microsoft announced the release of multi-factor authentication.  This feature allows IT administrators to dramatically increase the security of Office 365 by requiring a second factor of authentication to access the service.  This feature is very simple to configure and use.  It is far simpler to configure multi-factor authentication for Office 365 than it is to enable an equivalent solution on premises.  To learn more about multi-factor authentication, I recommend the following blog post:

http://blog.kloud.com.au/2014/04/16/protect-your-identity-in-the-cloud-with-multi-factor-authentication/… [Keep reading] “Unable to Administer Office 365 Using PowerShell with Multi-Factor Authentication”

RDS and Shared Computer Support for Office 365 Pro Plus

There is no denying that the workplace is moving towards a multi-device world.  The majority of information workers (IWs) now have an average of 3 – 4 devices per user.  This can include a PC, notebook, tablet, and phone.  The problem is that Office Professional is licensed per device.  This means that organizations planning to deploy Office Professional have to purchase additional copies of Office to run on these different devices.  For most organizations, this is prohibitively expensive. … [Keep reading] “RDS and Shared Computer Support for Office 365 Pro Plus”

What Is The Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite?

Microsoft released the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) back in April 2014. This was a major announcement for Microsoft which has typically focused on traditional information workers (IWs) who sit at a desk for most of the day. The EMS is a license designed for a mobile worker who uses a range of different devices including a PC, tablet, and mobile phone. The EMS assumes that the mobile worker will take advantage of BYOD and choose to use a non-corporate device for accessing corporate data.… [Keep reading] “What Is The Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite?”

End User Access To Spam Quarantine in Office 365

One of the ​features of Office 365 which gets very little attention is Exchange Online Protection (EOP). EOP is a Microsoft cloud service which protects Exchange Online in Office 365 from spam and viruses. EOP is a built-in capability of Office 365. There is no additional license required to use it.

Emails which EOP detects as spam are trapped in a quarantine area. Users were notified that email was quarantined by an automatically generated email message from EOP.… [Keep reading] “End User Access To Spam Quarantine in Office 365”

Microsoft Antimalware for Azure is Now in Preview

Microsoft Antimalware for Azure Cloud Services and Virtual Machines is a new cloud service that detects and remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Administrators can configure alerts to detect when malicious software attempts to install or run on a Microsoft Azure workload. The service is currently in preview.

I was really excited when I heard this new service announced at TechEd North America. Microsoft Antimalware for Azure addresses a major gap in the market. There is a legitimate need to protect IaaS and PaaS workloads running on Azure from viruses and other malware.… [Keep reading] “Microsoft Antimalware for Azure is Now in Preview”

Kloud Solutions Microsoft Partner Competencies

Many customers are curious about Kloud’s qualifications to provide consulting and managed services for the technologies in which we specialize. Many of these technologies are very new. How can customers be assured that Kloud Solutions has the right qualifications?

Kloud Solutions has completed the requirements for the following Microsoft competencies:

1. Gold Communications Competency Partner

2. Gold Identity and Access Competency Partner

3. Silver Application Development Competency Partner

4. Silver Collaboration and Content Partner

Here are some of the reasons why Kloud has pursued and earned these competencies with Microsoft:

1.… [Keep reading] “Kloud Solutions Microsoft Partner Competencies”

Proactive DNS Record Checking in Office 365

​Microsoft has released a new feature for Office 365.  It can automatically detects if DNS records are misconfigured for a custom domain.  This is a useful feature when you are setting up a new custom domain for an Office 365 tenant.  It also helps when Microsoft updates the Office 365 service in a way that requires DNS changes.

When Office 365 detects that DNS is misconfigured, an alert is generated in the Office 365 admin center. … [Keep reading] “Proactive DNS Record Checking in Office 365”

Windows Intune Features and Policies for Samsung KNOX

Microsoft and Samsung have announced a partnership whereby Samsung KNOX devices can be managed by Windows Intune using both Direct Management and Exchange ActiveSync.  ​Windows Intune now supports direct configuration of Samsung KNOX devices.  This feature allows IT administrators to manage Samsung KNOX mobile devices via the Windows Intune administration console.  Samsung KNOX devices are designed to be used in high security environments.


Here are the list of Windows Intune policies which are available today for managing Samsung KNOX devices:

Security / Password Require a password to unlock mobile devices
Security / Password Password quality
Security / Password Minimum password length
Security / Password Number of repeated sign-in failures to allow before the device is wiped
Security / Password Minutes of inactivity before screen turns off
Security / Password Password expiration (days)
Security / Password Remember password history –> Prevent reuse of previous passwords
Security / Encryption Require encryption on mobile device
Device Capabilities / Hardware Allow camera


If you are looking for assistance managing your corporate owned or personally owned mobile devices, please contact Kloud Solutions using the following URL: