Microsoft Community Office Hours, Episode 60

For our 60th episode this week of the Microsoft Community Office Hours series, I was joined by our original lineup of Hal Hostetler, MVP (@TVWizard), Mike Nelson, MVP (@mikenelsonio), Sean McDonough, MVP (@spmcdonough), and Microsoft’s Neil Hodgkinson (@nellymo) for another panel discussion shared via live stream in the M365 Community on Facebook and YouTube. To be fair, Eric Riz (@rizinsights) was also part of our original lineup, but as Eric knows all-too-well, when you’re a no-show (even for customer engagements) you’re dead to us (until the next show).

In this episode, we covered the following topics:

  • The official start to this week’s Office Hours with introductions [3:33]
  • Microsoft Build is happening this week, and it’s FREE! Register [7:37]
  • #ESPC21 (European SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure Conference) is happening online next week. Register [8:18]
  • Christian shares the official disclaimer [10:12]
  • Mike kicks off this week’s M365 Message Center Updates with Network Planner Improvements [10:37]
  • Journaling in Exchange and Outlook Online [13:36]
  • Adjusting version retention for Outlook data files (PST) [15:30]
  • Headspace mindfulness features now available in Microsoft Viva [17:42]
  • Official announcement of IE 11 retirement [22:13]
  • Microsoft Teams organizers can now lower all hands (or as Sean calls it: “Authoritarian-mode”) [23:42]
  • Microsoft Forms now allows shortened URLs in GOV cloud [25:09]
  • We move into the Q&A portion of our program with questions from the community… [26:59]
  • Can we save a SharePoint subsite as a site template? Upcoming webinar on migrations [29:35]
  • Is there a way to permanently delete or hard delete private channels in a Team? [33:03]
  • Is there a way to point the “Open in SharePoint” link to the SharePoint home page? [37:54]
  • Is it possible to read a .CSV file stored in SharePoint using Azure Databricks? (Neil says to look at ADF) One idea  [39:53]
  • Has anyone experienced a problem with Teams not “hearing” an external audio device?  [42:53]
  • Why does the Teams status bar show that I’m busy right now when I am not? [46:13]
  • Is it possible to give users in my Microsoft 365 business tenant a free Teams license? link and link  [49:29]
  • Why do some of my external contacts show up under contacts but not others in Teams? link and link  [52:08]
  • Why is there a ‘Restricted View’ available in SharePoint, but when I add a user, they cannot access the SharePoint site? link and link and link  [54:12]
  • Mike’s use of the phrase “The truth is out there” leads to a brief discussion of the recent UFO videos declassified by the US government (btw, the UFO seen passing by the space station has been identified as Russian space junk) and then the hilarious alien abduction skits on SNL (part one and two) [58:01]
  • Hal shares some real-time info to the earlier question on external contacts in Teams [1:01:50]
  • When adding a SharePoint server to an already existing domain and installing SQL Server as a local administrator, why does it say that the appfabric configuration is not exact? Is there a guide that allows me to configure appfabric correctly, as well as SharePoint offline installation? link and link [1:02:39]
  • After upgrading my Azure Pass to Pay-As-You-Go, why am I unable to see or access my VMs? [1:06:05]
  • Using Teams free licenses, can a group of us share documents and chat? link and link [1:09:43]
  • My search functionality was working 100%, and now it says “We could not find a match.” How do I resolve this? link and link [1:13:31]
  • How is everyone sharing recorded meetings with outside guests these days? link [1:18:22]
  • I have a SharePoint Document library, and when I try to give Direct Access or Share a subfolder I get the error “Failed to grant access.” Has anyone else had this issue? [1:21:01]
  • How can I deploy a software package to multiple tenants (multiple organizations) registered with my enterprise (assuming this is an MSP?) in a single go rather than tenant-by-tenant? [1:22:20]
  • How do I add a column to a SharePoint List that allows users to upload a document, such as PDF? [1:28:35]

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….except next week (May 31st, 2021) which is a US holiday. See you again on June 7th at 8am PT!

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.