CoreView 20.08 was released today, September 21, 2020. This release includes significant integration across the CoreView suite, especially to CoreFlow and the hybrid agent that spans on-prem AD and Azure AD.
Here’s a summary of the main features:
Hybrid Enhancements, including Single-Forest/Multi-Domain
As organizations transition to Azure AD, their on-premises Active Directory server needs to be synchronized during what could be an extended period of time for the transition. The CoreView hybrid agent facilities this coordination, and now can set a Password expiration time for on-premises users, to force the cut-over when ready.
Even more impactful than ending the transition, CoreView has also expanded the AD constructs supported. Since many organizations want to manage multiple domains as a single forest in Active Directory, CoreView is pleased to announce this is now supported with the 20.08 release, enabling more organizations to effectively undertake the transition to Azure AD and use CoreView to support it.
And upon using CoreFlow you may immediately notice how much faster it is to perform activity on Exchange objects. It is now in near real time, without the need to wait for a full import to run which can take a day!
CoreSaaS Integration with CoreFlow
Probably one of the most significant enhancements to the CoreView portfolio and platform, however, is the integration and enhancements to the CoreSaaS solution. CoreSaaS already discovers a seemingly already exhaustive list of SaaS applications, and it now discovers applications using AD Federation Services, and allows management of Gsuite licenses.
Thus, as IT manages the M365 environment, and other SaaS applications, CoreFlow can now provision and deprovision users’ access to myriad SaaS applications as well as M365 environments.
Also in support of Custom Actions, SharePoint PowerShell Modules are now available for customer actions, which allow specific actions to be performed on targeted SharePoint objects.
CoreFlow improved with Dynamic Mapping
CoreFlow automates actions and processes for consistancy and reducing admin mistakes, including approvals such as to add new users or delete inactive or external users. In setting up workflows, choices now include dynamic workflows, where instead of asking a simple Yes/No, workflows can now ask complex choices. In addition to the complex filters added in the last release, including filtering on OR, workflows with the 20.08 release now include dynamic mapping of input fields, which can then be included in workflows. These dynamic fields further expand the options for workflows, so that as users are added, these input fields can define new fields, like the email username being created during execution as a specific combination of the first and last names input. This option or change during the execution adds flexibility and allows workflows to adapt to what is needed in organizations.
Improved Governance with Multi Permissions
CoreView extends the capabilities provided by the Microsoft Admin Center, and one of the most valuable additions is that it allows tenants to be split into several virtual tenants. Rather than a Global Admin being able to manage the entire tenant, CoreView can set up Operators that can manage just a slice of a tenant. And now with this new release, when setting up the permissions that each Operator can receive, CoreView now offers the flexibility for multiple types of permissions and tasks can be given to a particular Operator, providing flexibility and clarity that is not possible with Microsoft Admin Center. This enables more accountability of the permissions given to Operators.
CoreSecurity, CoreScan, and CoreTag have now been integrated together for seamless managing of the devices that can access organizational networks. CoreView can now manage the discovery of sensitive data in repositories like SharePoint, and show the tags or classification of PPI, credit card data, etc. in these repositories. This is achieved by a new field added; the new CreatedBy field is added for all Users in a tenant, and should be especially helpful in tracking down who invited/created a guest users.
Emails being forwarded outside the organization represents a signficant risk. Now you can not only see those forwards in a report, but you can set up a client rule to prevent this. Instead of requiring Inbox Rules with PowerShell for your tenant, in CoreView it takes 10 seconds per mailbox, as an average! In this release we have added “Forwarding to rules” to User entity. Check what’s going on in your tenant now: Open Users with Forwarding –> Columns – Reset Columns.
And, do you want to keep track of changes? Save a KPI from this report, add it to your personal dashboard, manage exceptions, contact users through a workflow and take control of your tenant with few clicks.
In CoreView reports you can now track:
- PSTN calls, enablng admins to control and track phone calls performed through PSTN and thus optimize the cost of these calls.
- Microsoft 365 application usage – reports allow you to instantaneously check the activity of your users with the following applications:
- Office Pro Plus Activity in addition to the existing visibility for Word, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Teams.
- Easier to see a user’s timezone – in the time format or date format of that user? To do this in PowerShell would have required another 5 seconds per user, so one of our large customer 300K+ users was able to get this info for the whole tenant in few seconds instead of 300,000 x 5 seconds = 8,333 HOURS!
Also, reports or other datasets, can now be exported to an asynchronous Excel file, providing more reliability and flexibility. Large dataset exports with more than 1,000 rows work asynchronously.
Plus there is a variety of new menus with helpful resource links, HowTos, and videos.
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