Today, while working with my esteemed colleague Stephen Jones, we were discussing a need for some of our customers to auto-answer Teams with a video call. This has a lot of practical scenarios, such as judicial, hospital, and corrections facilities.… [ Continue reading ]
Here’s a quick tip:
For organizations that may not have rolled out the Teams client yet and may want recipients to one-click join meetings without having to interact with this page:
There’s a way. It takes a little bit of work when scheduling your meeting, but it can be done.… [ Continue reading ]
While working on a script for an upcoming project, I wanted to test for the presence of various Office versions, including 32-bit and 64-bit components before initiating setup. Here’s one way I found:
@ECHO OFF SET CURRLOCATION32="C:\Program Files (x86)\MicrosoftOffice\root\Office16" SET CURRLOCATION64="C:\Program Files\MicrosoftOffice\root\Office16" SET PREV1LOCATION32="C:\Program Files (x86)\MicrosoftOffice\root\Office15" SET PREV1LOCATION64="C:\Program Files\MicrosoftOffice\root\Office15" SET PREV2LOCATION32="C:\Program Files (x86)\MicrosoftOffice\root\Office14" SET PREV2LOCATION64="C:\Program Files\MicrosoftOffice\root\Office14" REM Check for 64-bit versions IF EXIST ""%CURRLOCATION64%\MANIFEST.XML""… [ 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.
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 ]
This morning, looking for an answer to something, I stumbled across a question that seemed easy enough to fix: Is it possible to export the GAL from Outlook if I don’t have access to a server?… [ Continue reading ]
Yesterday, I was asked if I had developed any testing tools for the Dynamics CRM suite availability—but, never having had to do much with them, I didn’t have anything available. I just built a quick tool today, and it covers all of the endpoints listed at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2655102/internet-accessible-urls-required-for-connectivity-to-microsoft-dynami… [ Continue reading ]
This evening, I found myself needing to configure Skype for Business clients to prompt the user for the audio device when joining. The registry key to control this behavior, AllowOverridingDeviceAtJoinTime, has existed for quite some time:
For Communicator, the setting was located at HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Communicator. … [ Continue reading ]
So, imagine this:
The security team comes to you and asks you for a report on how people are accessing Exchange Online services–browser, mobile, Outlook client. In the olden days of Exchange on-premises, you could look at the IIS logs to check browser traffic. … [ Continue reading ]
Last year, I had a project that involved migrating a large customer from Office 365 Dedicated to Office 365 GCC (multi-tenant). While Exchange hybrid moves were possible for the mailboxes, we were unable to perform the necessary hybrid migration configuration for Lync to migrate users. … [ Continue reading ]
A few weeks ago, I saw something come up for a peer that needed a way to manage the maximum number of ActiveSync devices that a user had connected in Office 365. Using only native Exchange policies, we can’t do that (MDM solutions solve this problem by manning the Exchange ActiveSync quarantine). … [ Continue reading ]
Today, one of my consultant peers posed a problem to me: a customer wanted to import all PSTs into Office 365 archives, but in order to do that, had to disconnect them from the user’s default Outlook profile.… [ Continue reading ]
From time to time, we update the URLs and IP addresses that our services use. This happens as a normal course of business (deploying new services, adding new capacity in datacenters or regions). If your organization is trying to filter network traffic, you need to make sure you are allowing your users to these services. … [ Continue reading ]
*UPDATE* We have deprecated the Service Health Dashboard RSS Feed. For service health updates, you can go to https://portal.office.com/adminportal/home#/servicestatus.
Periodically, services in Office 365 may become affected by a number of things (network availability, regional network disruptions, upgrades to the service environment, etc).… [ Continue reading ]
In case you ever need to configure Outlook for an Office 365 tenant that *does not* have AutoDiscover records published, here is how to do it.
1. Log into PowerShell for tenant and run the following command:
Get-Recipient | Select-Object Identity,Mail,ExchangeGuid | Export-Csv .\recipientlist.csv… [ Continue reading ]
What is WinRM?
WinRM, for those of you not in the know, is really the Microsoft answer to an age-old problem in the Windows world–remote command and task execution. It’s the Windows equivalent of the Unix rsh, a native implementation of the PsExec (albeit, with the added complexity that seeps into nearly all Microsoft technologies). … [ Continue reading ]
So, you had a bit of nasty malware. You’re almost back to square one, but have now found yourself in the unfortunate position of having missing services–specifically the Background Intelligent Transfer Service and Windows Update services.… [ Continue reading ]
Ran into an interesting customer issue regarding connecting to a wireless network. For whatever reason, this laptop can’t see the wireless network (though others in the office can). This laptop can connect to other WiFi networks without issue.… [ Continue reading ]
Boot from VHD is a great technology that enables you to host multiple self-contained operating systems on a single hard drive. Similar to dual-booting, but you don’t have to worry about installing applications over each other or overwriting program file updates because your secondary OS is fully contained within a single virtual hard disk file. … [ Continue reading ]