[ #Office365 ] What’s new for IT Pros in 2015 and beyond, part 4: Auditing and reporting

Fourth article from a series on news on [ #Office365 ] Administration:

Today Office 365 already provides a rich set of reports via the Admin Center:

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The Office 365 Reporting web service is described here in the documentation.

Office 365 Reporting web service architecture

Auditing and reporting capabilities will be greatly enhanced in the future months. We will in this post focus on:

  1. Reports in the Compliance Center
  2. Office 365 Dashboard and Power BI content pack
  3. Office 365 Management Activity API

1. Reports in the Compliance Center

A Reports page will show up in your Compliance center as demonstrated at 48:11 here:

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That will allow to audit a whole set of actions accross the Office 365 suite:

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2. Office 365 Dashboard and Power BI content pack

A new dashboard about user activity will be available and will look like that:

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Clicking on each tile will allow to drill down to individual workload activity reports:

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If this not enough, you will be able to create your own dashboard and reports by using the Office 365 reporting content pack in Power BI:

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For a complete demo of Office 365 Content pack in Power BI you can go at 17’30” (to 22’) of this video Tools and Tips for Administering Office 365

3. Office 365 Management Activity API

Announced on April 21, 2015, the Management Activity API is a RESTful API that provides :

  • Access to more than 150 transaction types, with more planned in the future.
  • Access to activity logs from SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Azure Active Directory, with plans to expand to additional Office 365 services within the suite.
  • A consistent schema across all activity logs in the service with a common core—fields including tenant, service, user, action, object, location and IP address, among others.
  • Simple on/off option for customers to enable instrumentation for the activity logs

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