MTR room not displayed when using Proximity Join

As part of testing the Microsoft Teams Rooms, I found one room was not working.

While sitting in the meeting room it was not showing that room when using the Proximity Join.

I tried the following two articles for troubleshooting:

In my case nothing worked, and I ended up requesting to replace the device as that device never worked and it was not working out of the box as part of initial testing.

Disabling Cortana in Microsoft Teams Rooms

With the latest update, Microsoft rolled out Cortana voice assistance in Microsoft Teams Rooms. It lets you have a hands-free experience for joining or ending a meeting and other actions.

This change also require change management so your users know how to use new Cortana voice assistance. If you want to disable this option until you are ready you can follow the steps below.

To turn off voice activation, Go to More More options button in your Microsoft Teams Rooms console and turn the Cortana toggle Off.

Now this does not completely remove the Cortana button. It disables it on the console.

If you are interested in removing this completely then I would recommend reading the post from Graham.

Microsoft Teams Rooms – Scheduling panels – Reserve a room

If you are implementing Microsoft Teams Rooms, make sure to look at the scheduling panel. Pretty much all certified vendors has one of these scheduling panels. In this blog post, I am using the Crestron scheduling panel images. You can install scheduling panels outside of the meeting room. It provides at a glance view of the schedule of the meeting room for the current day.

If the meeting room is available and free the panel will lit across the edges in purple.

And if you’re looking for a spot for an ad hoc meeting, the panel will tell you if the space is available now. A green rectangle means the space is free.

To reserve a room for your meeting, tap Reserve, select an end time, and tap Reserve.

Once the room is booked, a confirmation window will be displayed on the panel.

At this time there is no way to unreserve a room from the scheduling panel. Hopefully in future updates this will be added.

Changing display layout in Teams Room during Teams meeting

When you are join or start a Microsoft Teams meeting the default screen layout is set to Presentation when someone shares the content on the screen (TV in the room).

This displays the presentation in the full screen mode with no option to see participants on the screen.

To change the display layout you can use the display panel on the table and tap the layout button.

This button is only visible when someone is sharing the content.

When you click on the layout button you will see the Presentation layout is selected as default.

Tap on the Combined view option to see all the participants at the bottom of the screen.

After you select the Combined view option, if change layout screen is not closed you can close it by taping on the X sign.

Currently there is no option to make the combined view as a default. There is a uservoice item to provide this option. The new layout will also be coming to MTR.

Certificate based authentication for Security and Compliance Center PowerShell

If you are currently using Basic Authentication for application access, then you are required to migrate to Certificate based authentication prior to mid February.

Microsoft is rolling out this change and it should be completed by early March. With this update, Security and Compliance PowerShell will enable configuration of certificate based authentication to allow unattended app-only access.

To migrate to certificate based authentication follow the steps below:

Learn more:

Renaming folder using REST API and Nintex workflow – SharePoint 2013

When working with Nintex workflow Item Update activity you would realize that it has different properties for document library and lists. For example if you are updating an item in document library it will allow you to update both Name and Title vs in Custom list it will only give you title.

This works perfectly fine until someone decided to use the folders in custom list and then have a business process to rename the workflow. Then Item update activity would not work in this case. Since to rename workflow you would need to set the Name property and not the title property but since it’s a custom list Workflow only property that is available to you is Title.

Workflow would run just fine and update the title but when you click on the folder it will display the folder Name and not the title.

With this business problem I have decided to use the REST API to update the folder Name. I am not going to talk too much about how to use the REST API with Nintex workflow since there is a good article on that. You can read about it at the following URL.


Only change you would need to do to change the folder Name is in the last step. In the last step you would need to change the property that you would like to update. So in our case it will become,


     '__metadata' : { 'type' : '{WorkflowVariable:listItemEntityType}'},

     'Title' : 'Folder Title',

     'FileLeafRef' : 'Folder Name'


And that is all you would need to do to rename a folder. Knew it would be simple but since I had to plug that REST API using the Nintex workflow there is some plumbing that you would need to do. 🙂