Top 3 Tips for Managing Office 365

Learn PowerShell

Even if Microsoft 365 has quite a few admin centers to control services, not all of the possible configurations are available via the User Interface.  A lot of settings get shipped first via PowerShell, and are later maybe available in the admin centers, but a lot of them remain PowerShell exclusive. You need to learn PowerShell for Office 365 in order to get full control of your Office 365 tenant.   

Don’t turn everything off  

A lot of administrators tend to turn off things they aren’t sure how to use or how to control.  Don’t forget Office 365 offers multiple controls to allow you to turn things on, but still keep an eye on them and only open as much as you’re comfortable with. Remember that even if you turn off the feature in Office 365, if the business need exists, users will find a way to do it, and that’s when they start using other tools not sanctioned by IT!  

Learn about security features in Microsoft 365 

You do not have to be a  M365 security expert mastering everything, but whether you’re just a SharePoint Online Admin, or a full Office 365 Global Administrator, try and learn a bit on all of the security and compliance options available outside of Office 365, in the Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite.  This will allow you to present opportunities to business leaders on how to make the organization more secure, without slowing down productivity and locking down features. 

About Vlad

Vlad Catrinescu is a SharePoint and Office 365 Consultant specialising in SharePoint and SharePoint Online deployments as well as hybrid scenarios. As a Pluralsight Author, Microsoft Certified Trainer and recognised international speaker, Vlad has helped thousands of users and IT Pros across the globe to better understand and to get the most out of SharePoint.

Vlad Catrinescu
Vlad Catrinescu

Vlad is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in both SharePoint (since 2013) and PowerShell (since 2018) and has his own blog at and he often shares his knowledge by speaking at local conferences and community events. Vlad also blogs at CMSWire as well as Computerworld and is often featured in other Microsoft sites such as Redmond Channel Partner.

In Addition, Vlad is the recipient of the “Top 25 SharePoint Influencers” award, showcasing him as one of the most influential SharePoint specialists in 2018 as well as the winner of the MetaHero award, in the SharePoint & Office 365 Hybrid category.

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