Yes. I said it.
Someone needed to put a line in the sand and today, that person is me. I’m going to say these are some best practices.
But of course, your mileage may vary, depending on your type of organization (users at a local bank or city government will have different threats presented to them than an engineering firm with international customers, for example). … [ Continue reading ]
With the advent of scammers, spammers, phishers, and other types of baddies, and the complementary rise in anti-malware, anti-spam, domain and sender verification techniques, we’re in a perpetual cat-and-mouse game. I’ve had several customers over the past few weeks ask me about best practices for configuring some of the Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) features.… [ Continue reading ]
So, for a while, there has been a gap in the Office 365 Government Community Cloud (GCC) SharePoint environment when it comes to the integration of Flow in GCC vs how it looks in our commercial environments. What is the difference we’re talking about?… [ Continue reading ]
My colleague Andreas asked today for some help troubleshooting an issue he’d run into with the Create-LabUsers script failing while using the InflateMailboxes parameter.
The problem ended up being three-fold:
- I had some pre-populated user names that had spaces in them
- I hadn’t trimmed the spaces out when constructing the SMTP address (although I had for the UPN)
- I didn’t test for a valid RFC sender address when constructing the mail
So, all of those things together conspired to generate errors whenever some of those user names were hit. … [ Continue reading ]
Today, I just put together a quick little project for a friend of mine who needed a way to scrape downloadable documents and video files from a website for a project. Rather than clicking and downloading each one manually, he wondered if there was a way he could do it with a script.… [ Continue reading ]
I couldn’t really come up with a cool-sounding title for this post, so I just went with the basics of what it does.
Last week, I worked with a customer that wanted to deploy custom retention labels to custom folders inside a user’s mailbox–the idea being that they would create a custom folder structure such as this under a user’s Inbox:
\Inbox\Retention Schedule\2 Year (apply a 2-year retention label to everything in this folder)
\Inbox\Retention Schedule\4 Year (apply a 4-year retention label to everything in this folder)
\Inbox\Retention Schedule\7 Year (apply a 7-year retention label to everything in this folder)
\Inbox\Retention Schedule\Forever (apply a ‘Never delete’ retention label to everything in this folder)
Seems easy enough, right? … [ Continue reading ]
Here’s a fun one … Disabling Teams auto-startup. Imagine this scenario:
- You haven’t trained your service desk on how to answer/troubleshoot/manage Teams help desk calls
- You’ve configured restrictions on who can create Teams
- You’ve deployed the new Office ProPlus update with Teams integrated.
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This certainly seems to be a day for updates! Based on some additional feedback from my peers, I’ve updated the Get-UserHoldPolicies script to exclude legacy Exchange MRM policies by default. MRM policies, while they have RetentionPolicyTags, are technically either moving or deleting content, not preserving it.… [ Continue reading ]
Based on some user feedback, I’ve made the following modifications to the OneDrive for Business Admin Tool:
- Fixed a reference to the original function name for FolderToDelete
- Added verbiage referencing the -Confirm parameter when using FolderToDelete parameter
- Tidied up code indentations to make it more readable
I’ve got some additional feedback that I will incorporate as well (once I figure out how to do it).… [ Continue reading ]
As my kids are eager to tell me, I done messed up. 😉 One of my readers pointed out an oversight where a null variable may have been referenced–and it’s been corrected! H/T to @itpro_tipscom!
You can get the updated version at https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/PwnCheck-HaveIBeenPwned-d65cf5f1.… [ Continue reading ]
Just had this come up, so I thought I’d post it for whoever else needs to hear this. I can quickly think of three ways to do this: One using Outlook, one using PowerShell, and one using both.… [ Continue reading ]
Yesterday, I came across a request for a script or method to download all files from SharePoint Online.
At first, I balked because CSOM isn’t my favorite and kind of finicky, but then remembered that we’d released the SharePoint PnP PowerShell cmdlets a while back.… [ Continue reading ]
An issue came up today for one of my customers–how to remove orphaned mailbox searches in Exchange Online. Apparently, they have about 300 mailboxes in this state. Oops.
So, in order to do this, you need to go through a handful of steps:
- Identify all of the Mailbox Searches.
… [ Continue reading ]
This week, I had a customer ask about generating a list of all sites a user had access to as part of their security and employee termination process. SharePointPnPPowerShell seemed like a good place to start. But then, I decided, what if I wanted to find all the places a particular had a particular type of permission? … [ Continue reading ]
A few weeks ago, I ran into an issue with a customer. Scenario:
- Customer had configured alternate-id sign in with AAD Connect (the gist is that it flows on-premises mail to cloud UPN)
- Synced identity to tenant
- Tenant did not have any verified domains
As expected, without a matching verified domain in the tenant, UPN suffixes in the tenant were actually set as @tenant.onmicrosoft.com. … [ Continue reading ]
Sometimes, your mind just gets to thinking about stuff you could have done better. Last night was one of those times.
I’d started building new lab environments for work, and decided to start pumping users into AD and syncing them to my test tenants. … [ Continue reading ]
One of my peers this week was looking for a script to help check global DNS resolution for particular records for both replication and geo-loadbalancing testing.
The record types and data he was looking for:
- TXT (for SPF)
- TXT (for DMARC)
This is what I came up with, so maybe it can help someone else.… [ Continue reading ]
OneDrive for Business is, from my perspective, one of the most under-utilized but benefit-rich parts of the Office 365 platform, allowing organizations (especially organizations that subscribe to the E3 or higher SKU) virtually unlimited storage, versioning, and recovery capability for their file-based storage.… [ Continue reading ]
Yes, these seems like a silly feature to add (since you can just do a single identity from the haveibeenpwned.com website, buuuuuuuttttttttttt…..), I wanted to showcase the script’s versatility while at a customer, so I added this one on the fly today.… [ Continue reading ]
As you may have figured out from the title, I’ve got a guest post today. Jorge Lopez is a Premier Field Engineer, and has spent a lot of time in the trenches with Windows, AD, and Azure AD, and currently works helping customers resolve hybrid identity issues. … [ Continue reading ]
This is just a quick update–if you’ve been using my Get-UserHoldPolicies script to check out the holds applied to your mailboxes, I’ve updated it to include the DelayHoldApplied property.
A Delay Hold is applied whenever a hold is removed from a mailbox (as in, the mailbox is excluded from an inherited policy or manually removed from an explicitly included policy), and stays in effect for 30 days. … [ Continue reading ]