Office 365

Relaying SMTP via Office 365 with legacy applications that don’t support TLS

So you’ve got some horrible application that needs to send out email but doesn’t support TLS or possibly even authenticated SMTP. Of course it’s critically important to the business and the vendor has no intention of implementing anything to help you out. You’ve done your cloud migration and the cloud vendor of course has disabled plain text SMTP ages ago. What do you do hotshot? WHAT DO YOU DO?

Well one way around it is to keep an on premise mail server, perhaps Exchange if you live the Office 365 life. This becomes a pain though, keeping it patched and having something else to administer. What you need is a lightweight relaying agent that you can install on your application server. That’s where comes in. It comes in *nix and Windows flavours and is nice and easy to install. The Windows installer walks you through the process and installs itself as a service.

Obviously you need to set up an account for the outbound email. In Office 365 this is nice and easy to do. Make sure you remember to enable “Authenticated SMTP” for the user in the the “Mail” tab in the 365 admin portal as it’s disabled by default. You probably also want to disable password expiry for the new account.

Set your outbound server to port 587 with STARTTLS enabled, enter your new 365 credentials and away you go. Make sure you don’t enable remote clients in EmaiRelay or people will be able to send out as the configured user which is obviously a bad thing.

Office 365

Restricting presenters in MS Teams meetings

You might want to prevent everyone in a meeting from being able to present, perhaps you work in Education or something. You can only do that via Powershell at the moment, because Microsoft.

Install SfB Online Powershell Module

Open Powershell

Import-Module SkypeOnlineConnector
$sfbSession = New-CsOnlineSession
Import-PSSession $sfbSession

or if, like me, you’re in a hybrid set up and your account is homed On-Premise you’ll need to do

Import-Module SkypeOnlineConnector
$sfbSession = New-CsOnlineSession -OverrideAdminDomain ""
Import-PSSession $sfbSession

Once connected you can see your meeting policies and the current DesignatedPresenterRoleMode with

Get-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy | ft Identity, DesignatedPresenterRoleMode

Set your policy to allow only the organiser to present by default and allow the presenter to override this setting. I’m going to do this globally but obviously replace the identifier with whatever policy name you want to set.

Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy -Identity Global -DesignatedPresenterRoleMode OrganizerOnlyUserOverride

You can set four options here, which are self explanatory



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