Microsoft Community Office Hours, Episode 57

For our 57th episode this week of the Microsoft Community Office Hours series, I was joined by Eric Riz, MVP (@rizinsights), Sean McDonough, MVP (@spmcdonough), community expert Shari Oswald (@shortcutshari), Hal Hostetler, MVP (@TVWizard), Mike Nelson, MVP (@mikenelsonio), and Microsoft’s Neil Hodgkinson (@nellymo) for another panel discussion shared via live stream in the M365 Community on Facebook, and simulcast on Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

Once again, Sean McDonough, MVP (@spmcdonough) is temporarily dead to us for missing today’s show. Hopefully he’ll be back with us for next week’s show.

In this episode, we covered the following topics:

  • Christian shares the big news of his recent CD purchase (Freur – Get Us Out of Here) and then provides introductions [0:59]
  • Shari reminds everyone of the Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon event happening this week [3:24]
  • Christian also points people to the #CollabTalk TweetJam scheduled for this week [4:08]
  • Christian kicks off the Microsoft Message Center updates with a new “intro song” and the disclaimer  [5:22]
  • Mike shares updates for GCC + GCC High (government cloud) including Exchange Admin Center and migration assistance capabilities [6:09]
  • Out of Office with Microsoft Teams is now available [8:27]
  • Changing fonts in Microsoft Forms (woo!) [9:18]
  • Ability to turn off people’s video feeds in Microsoft Teams [11:15]
  • New Powershell cmdlt to shorten meeting times in Exchange, and where it fits into Microsoft broader effort to help organization identify ways to balance work + life [12:09]
  • For Mac users, the ability to exclude specific files from file sync [19:20]
  • It is now possible to see which Team and folder in SharePoint belongs to (IF associated to a Team, of course) [23:25]
  • You can now embed your PowerPoint Live feed into Teams (sort of like OBS) [25:54]
  • Live transcripts for Teams Meetings also coming to GCC [27:02]
  • When you book a meeting, it can now include booking travel/transportation time into your schedule…and Christian shares his theory about pneumatic tube transportation below and between the Microsoft campuses [27:35]
  • Christian brings up the delay to Shared Channels in Teams [29:21]
  • Hal provides an update on a question last week on how to gather Office 365 email filtering settings to provide to an auditor, sharing link and link [32:46]
  • Has anyone configured Microsoft Teams group membership dynamically using another AD security group? [35:44]
  • Why am I unable to see my IIS server page after running a shell script through a custom script extension?  [37:40]
  • What is the footprint that Microsoft Teams leaves behind during and after a collaboration? Link and link [39:45]
  • A question from the live stream audience asking for advice/tips on locking down the Power Platform and ongoing governance [42:59]
  • I want to try Power BI in the cloud. What is the best way to connect data from an on-prem SQL database? [45:38]
  • Anyone know any great syncing tools from local drives to SharePoint? [47:59]
  • Why can’t I open PowerPoint files in a Microsoft Teams channel? [50:07]
  • Can we change contact info details of guest users and Azure AD sync users in Azure AD? [54:01]
  • Can anyone with SharePoint on-prem skills explain why the add/edit check boxes are greyed out? [56:41]
  • How do we know when the new increase in interactive participant limit from 300 to 1,000 has reached my tenant? [59:18]
  • Sean abruptly and unceremoniously departs [1:01:22]
  • How do you repair a corrupted Word file? [1:04:25]
  • Can I add a custom column in a SharePoint list that allows me to dynamically track documents that are waiting to be proofed? [1:07:38]
  • We’re getting ready to move our intranet from Drupal to SharePoint, but what is the best way to create org-wide calendars? [1:11:44]
  • Why are my Microsoft Teams calls dropping? [PUNT] [1:13:53]
  • Eric has had enough, as well, but at least he drops out in stages. Unlike Sean. [1:13:55]
  • Is there any extra cost for the company to assign a second admin role to an existing user in Teams? [1:16:24]
  • Mike talks about spying on his neighbors, or something. [1:21:56]
  • Christian tells a story about yelling at someone through their fax line, and they heard him [1:22:47]
  • What is the best way to embed a LinkedIn page feed into SharePoint Online? [1:25:44]
  • How can I control (decrease) the column width in a SharePoint Online list? [1:27:17]

You can watch the entire recording here:


If you would like to join one of these sessions as a panelist or to ask questions, you can find us live streaming at 8am Pacific every Monday.

Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (, leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.

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