Updated Tool Roundup!

Updated Tool Roundup!


Over the last couple of days, I’ve updated a few tools that I have published on the gallery.  Here’s the run-down:

AAD Connect Network and Name Resolution Test

I’ve been busy with this tool a lot lately, both adding tests and tweaking the way things are done.  This week, I did work with Seamless SSO testing.  I had originally included some endpoints that look like they didn’t need to be included after all, so I fixed it.

Aaron addeth, and Aaron taketh away, and Aaron updateth the tool.  https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Azure-AD-Connect-Network-150c20a3

Forwarding Address Export/Import

I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about this tool (though it did make an appearance in the Microsoft Office 365 Administration Inside Out book a few months ago).  Several years ago, one of my customers raised an issue with their shared Active Directory and Exchange environment: people frequently moved between the hospital and the university, and as a result, ended up with multiple mailboxes (one for the hospital, one for the university).  When one person would move from one facility to the other, their old mailbox would be configured to forward to their new one.  And, when they moved back, the forward would be flipped the other direction.

We were engaged to help half of the organization move to Office 365, and the customer wanted to keep the forwarding address data current in the event that the users would have move back and forth.  AAD Connect doesn’t synchronize the ForwardingAddress (AD Contact) or ForwardingSmtpAddress (generic SMTP forward) attributes to Office 365, so we needed another way.

And this tool was born.

At any rate, I updated the method I use to capture the DeliverToMailboxAndForward attribute value.  You can get the updated tool at: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Forwarding-Address-Import-5b3ead8e.

Export and Import Resource Calendar Processing Information

This is another tool I’ve only briefly mentioned (and again, this tool is also mentioned in the Microsoft Office 365 Administration Inside Out book), but it is definitely a valuable tool for mailbox migrations.  As with the previously mentioned forwarding address values, calendar processing information is also not captured or migrated during mailbox migrations.  This can lead to some very frustrating experiences.

The Export and Import Resource Calendar Processing tool takes care of that.  The tool is currently scoped for capturing resource mailbox types.  It depends on both the source and target mailboxes having been configured correctly as resources, and will identify targets that are incorrectly configured.  In several source environments that I worked in, we discovered that the source mailboxes had originally been configured as one type and then switched, but the values for calendar processing had stayed unmodified (legacy Exchange 2007 and 2010 environments, primarily).  This tool will identify those attributes on import–which is especially important in Office 365, as it’s a stickler for what attributes are available for resource mailboxes.

I have updated a parameter and variable name in it, so the new version is now available at https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Export-and-Import-Calendar-123866af.

AAD Connect Advanced Permissions

I try to keep up on this tool a bunch, as it its necessity grows.  A few users reported an error with a Write-Log function, which I believe I have resolved.  The updated version is posted here: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/AD-Advanced-Permissions-49723f74

Published by Aaron Guilmette

Helping companies conquer inferior technology since 1997. I spend my time developing and implementing technology solutions so people can spend less time with technology. Specialties: Active Directory and Exchange consulting and deployment, Virtualization, Disaster Recovery, Office 365, datacenter migration/consolidation, cheese.

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