This error falls into the “both nebulous and specific at the same time” category. Here is a list of a few things you can do to troubleshoot it.
The full text of the message looks something like this:
There are a handful of things to check.… [ Continue reading ]
A few weeks ago, while helping a customer configure Exchange Hybrid for Teams, we ran into this interesting error:
As I’ve stated previously, interesting in the context of both technology troubleshooting and doctor’s visits is rarely something you want to hear.… [ Continue reading ]
This week, while helping a customer onboard to Azure AD Connect, we ran into an interesting error:
Azure Service Connectivity Failed, Unable to proceed
The on-premises synchronization service is not able to connect to Azure Active Directory.… [ Continue reading ]
This past weekend, while working with a customer on a new proof-of-concept deployment of Exchange Hybrid and Microsoft Teams, we had a need to validate that no user accounts would be inadvertently updated during the upgrading of Exchange 2003 Recipient Policies to modern Exchange email address policies.… [ Continue reading ]
This morning, while attempting to set up a virtual machine in my lab environment, I encountered an error while attempting to install the MSOnline module–the NuGet and PowerShellGet components were not already installed. Easy enough–the installation procedure prompts to install them anyway, so just hit yes, right?… [ Continue reading ]
Today, a colleague asked how to disable OneDrive for Business for a customer.
The answer, of course, is like many tech answers.
In this case, it depends on whether you mean “prevent OneDrive from provisioning” or “prevent users from accessing OneDrive sites that have already been provisioned.” … [ Continue reading ]
Yesterday, I needed to help configure a SharePoint Server 2019 User Profile service to import from local Active Directory using the native SharePoint Active Directory Import.
In order to perform Active Directory Import, the service account you specify must have Replicating Directory Changes permissions.… [ Continue reading ]
Yesterday, a peer brought an interesting problem to me:
His customer had been storing data in the on-premises msExchExtensionCustomAttribute properties for users and wanted to be able to use that data in Exchange Online for filtering and dynamic group membership.… [ Continue reading ]
Today, I was asked about manually disabling the Skype of Business Outlook plug-in for a customer where users have both Skype and Teams clients and are configured in Islands mode.
This is what I came up with. … [ Continue reading ]
UPDATE: This script is now available on the PowerShell Gallery at https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/Teams-AutoAnswerWithVideo/.
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. … [ Continue reading ]
This week, I’ve got a few updates for the AAD Network Communications Test!
- I’ve moved it to the PowerShell Gallery. You can now install it with PowerShellGet by using the command:
Install-Script -Name AADConnect-CommunicationsTest
- I’ve updated the GCC High and DOD endpoints to the best of my ability (I’m always looking for feedback on this, so if you have new endpoints, be sure to connect with me!)
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This week, I needed to figure out how to use a group Managed Service Account for an on-premises data gateway cluster. Our documentation says you can do it, but the traditional methods for using a gMSA (i.e.,… [ Continue reading ]
Last week, I began working with a customer that was experiencing what appeared to be a significant amount of updates to a certain group of objects in the local Active Directory. These objects were being imported from another forest as contacts, yet found themselves being updated very frequently by the local AAD Connect instance.… [ Continue reading ]
With the rise of stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19 over the past several weeks (now turned months), I’ve engaged with many customers who want to use Microsoft Teams to as part of their work-from-home tool set. … [ Continue reading ]
I was installing a new SharePoint Server 2019 farm and after applying all updates and configuring the SharePoint Products Wizard, I restarted my servers a final time and logged on, only to find that I couldn’t access the SharePoint Products Wizard anymore.… [ 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:
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""
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A new year, a new test!
While troubleshooting a few installation and update issues, I noticed that the endpoints list was a smidgen out of date, so I’ve updated that. For this update, I attached Fiddler (http://www.telerik.com/Fiddler… [ Continue reading ]
This afternoon, while working on my upcoming book for the MS-300 exam, I was attempting to sign into SharePoint Online via PowerShell and encountered this moderately cryptic message:
Cannot contact web site 'https://tenant-admin.sharepoint.com/' or the web site does not support SharePoint Online
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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 ]
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 ]