Security

WannaCry/WannaCrypt and other Ransomware

This past week has seen the widespread growth of the WannaCry ransomware attack, which was based on the EternalBlue SMB vulnerability.  We released security update MS17-010 on March 14, 2017 to address the vulnerability.

Preliminary reports show at least 300,000 computers have been affected globally by this ransomware that encrypts files, requiring up to $600 in bitcoin payments within 7 days before the data is deleted.… [ Continue reading ]

Scripting

Copy Get-History to Clipboard

I’ve been working on a little project, and the need to retrieve the last n number of commands I’ve executed in PowerShell has become a tedious task.  As you’re (hopefully) aware, Get-History is a great cmdlet to review exactly how you got to where you are. … [ Continue reading ]

Migrating

Migrating Hybrid Public Folders to Office 365

Update: Shameless plug: I’ve written more extensively about public folder migrations from both the 2007/2010 and 2013/2016 perspectives in the book, “Office 365 Administration: Inside Out,” available at http://aka.ms/thebookonit.

So, tonight I started the last phase of one of my longest-running projects since joining Microsoft–an Exchange Online migration for a school district that I began nearly a year and a half ago. … [ Continue reading ]

Configuration

Migrating EOP Settings Between Tenants

I find myself currently writing tools to both support my and other organization projects, as well as looking for ways to refine existing tools and scripts, make my life easier for future migrations, and provide additional resources to the community to help other customers more successfully use our products.… [ Continue reading ]

Configuration

Export and Import Calendar Processing Information

During my current project, it became necessary to capture additional calendar processing parameters that are not preserved during a normal hybrid move–such as booking policies.

Some of the challenges that I faced with this tool:

  • Blank or unpopulated attributes
  • Conversion of sAMAccountName values to PrimarySmtpAddress
  • Multiline attributes with special characters
  • Attributes that were set for the wrong recipient type

So, the first thoughts I have when building a tool generally involve four concepts: what data do I need to gather/export, what format is the source data, what format do I need to save it in, and how do restore/import that data back into the target?… [ Continue reading ]