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4ward365 Napa Valley Release

WELCOME TO NAPA VALLEY RELEASE NOTES

SO, WHAT’S CHANGED?

NAPA VALLEY RELEASE NOTES: License pool improvements, new Office reports and other new features

It’s time again for another 4ward365 release!! Each quarter, we release new features, enhancements and updates to the 4ward365 solution.

Welcome to Napa Valley, the region of incomparable natural beauty and winegrowing heritage in northern California. Because of its unique geologic history, Napa Valley has a remarkable diversity of microclimates, weather and geography, as well as some of the most diverse soils found on earth.
Using Napa Valley as the namesake region of our new release helps describe the uniqueness of the new features we’ve included in this version of 4ward365.

Here is a sneak peek at just some of the many exciting features that will be available in the upcoming 4ward365 release.

WHAT’S NEW IN 4WARD365?

NEW LICENSE POOL

This is one thing that makes our solution unique. We enable organizations to partition their Office 365 tenant into smaller, more manageable, sub-tenants. To enhance this capability, we have changed License Pools to let customers use two different attributes to create their sub-tenants, or virtual-tenants (v-tenants), like Company or Country. Together, these double attributes create more specific sub-tenants to help customers segment their Office 365 environment, control their license distribution, and assign administrators securely to just that group of users.

We have also enabled additional fields as discriminators like “Custom Attribute”.
This is very helpful as it enables simplified license management and the ability to perform more accurate license and usage chargeback accounting by business unit, PLUS, geographic location; or whatever combination of attributes you choose.

License Pool attribute for Office 365

License Pool Reports have been improved and now include the costs per user, per License Pool and also the costs for assigned and consumed SKUs. These new reports provide detailed and comprehensive visibility of licensing so you can get a full view of your license information in order to accurately and efficiently coordinate IT charge-backs for your organization.
It also very easy to export into Excel, allowing maximum flexibility to customers for internal distribution of license costs.
Office 365 License Pool cost report
We have also added new Organization settings that, if enabled, will automatically use the License Pools as V-Tenants.

MANAGE GROUPS RENAMED IN V-TENANTS

With 4ward365 a single Office 365 tenant can be divided into smaller, more manageable, virtual-tenants (v-tenants) by grouping users with similar attributes, such as department or location. This is very useful to simplify admin monitoring, reporting and account updates. 4ward365 enables the merger of multiple tenants into a single environment view.
In order to clearly define this unique feature in 4ward365, we have renamed “Manage Groups” in “V-Tenants”.

 Office 365 V-tenants

GLOBAL LICENSES ROLE

4ward365 uses a concept of Roles, designed to give the site owner the ability to control what users can and cannot do within the management portal.
We have introduced a new pre-defined role called Global Licenses. It allows an administrator to assign and remove licenses for any License Pool available within the tenant, but it will not be affected by License Pools.

New global license role - Napa valley

NEW MANAGEMENT ACTION

Imagine that a user inside your organization is out of the office for some reason and forgets to set an automatic reply. With thousands of messages coming into their inbox, it can quickly get unruly. To alleviate this problem, we have added a new administration feature. You can now configure auto-reply options for specific users and manage Quarantine email messages from within 4ward365.

Auto reply Office 365

NEW ORGANIZATION SETTINGS PAGE

The new organization settings page provides several ways to manage the account, such as Graph API, Management, and Activity API settings.
The organization settings page is accessible via the user icon next to the notification icon in the right-side navigation.

Manage account office 365

USER CARD

Tired of being represented by a silhouette? Now, it’s easy to change your profile image in 4ward365. The experience is a bit more personal and there is no need to use scripts, as the entire photo management process is automatic.

User Card Office 365
Additional information on SharePoint, OneDrive and other workloads, retrieved from the new Graph Reporting preview API are also available within the user card.
Office 365 workloads on user card

SERVICE PLANS NAME

Are PowerShell commands hard to read? Don’t worry! We have tried to convert the more complex names from PowerShell codes, to use friendly names wherever possible.

Office 365 service plan

DEFAULT PAGE

Now you can customize the 4ward365 startup page. Users in the Permission group can have a different startup page instead of the default dashboard.</>

NEW REPORTS FROM OFFICE PORTAL

New reports are available from Office portal

FIXED ISSUES AND OTHER IMPROVEMENTS

  • New grey www.loginportal.online for customers’ login. This is useful for white label solutions.
  • Unified Grant Mailbox Rights action in order to have all possible rights in a single action.
  • Improved Partial Import now RC: We have improved partial import and we can now enable it for all Enterprise Customers in order to have an import each 30 minutes. We will add some additional optimizations in next release and it will then become GA and available for all Enterprise Customers by default.
  • Office 365 Monitoring information in real-time: now 4ward365 retrieves monitoring information in real-time instead of waiting for the import.
  • Operators can now be selected from the tenant’s user.
  • Threat Intelligence added to Audit: customer with an E5 plan will now be able to get real-time information about malware or other threats impacting their tenant.

GET READY FOR THE NEXT RELEASE!

New features are continually becoming available!

THINGS TO WATCH FOR

In the coming months, we’ll add more capabilities to improve admin efficiency! Stay tuned!
Want to try out this fantastic release? Find out more about our 4ward365 solution by just logging into the portal. If you haven’t tried our Office 365 management and reporting solution yet, sign-up for a free trial on our website.

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