While adding features to my latest update of the Create-LabUsers tool, I wanted to provide a way to generate and send test email data to randomized recipients. While generating a random list of recipients wasn’t terribly hard, what did take a bit more work is generating random text. … [ Continue reading ]
Update: I’ve added a shortlink for this tool: http://aka.ms/createlabusers.
Because you didn’t ask for it, I went ahead and added to it.
Well, that’s a lie. I actually had some really great ideas and feedback, so I’ve added a few new features that I wanted to draw attention to:
- Detect existing Exchange session – If you cancel the script to create mailboxes while it’s running, you previously needed to run a Remove-PSSession to close the open Exchange session.
Today’s post is less about anything in particular than it is about jotting a few things down for personal reference.
I learned a couple of things over the last week while developing a tool. I’m sure I learned them once before, but as a person with finite storage and recall capacity, this tidbits were replaced by something I perceived to be of more timely import at the time (such as my kids’ birthday gifts, picking up a suit at the cleaners, a really great Detroit style pizza recipe I’ve finally put the finishing touches on, and how I’ve recently become a fan of grass-fed butter (well, technically butter made from milk produced by grass-fed cows, since you can’t really get butter to eat anything successfully)).… [ Continue reading ]
Today, while I was testing out some transport rules, I wanted to send a bunch of test messages to make sure they were firing correctly. I wanted to create some custom messages and be able to automate them, and I wanted to use an outside relay service that requires SMTP authentication.… [ Continue reading ]
As I help organizations transition to think cloud-first, one of my goals is to help them get the most out of their Office 365 investment. In this post, we’ll talk about tackling a corporate blog.
SharePoint Online comes with a number of out-of-the-box templates, and the one that most closely maps to the blog requirement is … wait for it … the blog site template.… [ Continue reading ]
While working with a customer last week, it came to my attention that the Get-UserHoldPolicies script I had put together to enumerate retention policies and eDiscovery cases that put a hold on content wasn’t displaying policies that were global. The types of policies I checked for were enumerated in a user’s InPlaceHolds mailbox property, but apparently, that field is populated only if a Security & Compliance retention policy explicitly specifies the mailbox.… [ 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 ]
I’ve had a number of customers ask me about configuring their monitoring systems to Office 365. So, rather than repeating the same information and re-issuing the same links (most of which contain outdated information), I’m going to put together a series on how to connect a few systems to Office 365. … [ Continue reading ]