After several months of hard work, the team at Packt has brought this book to life! The requisite shout-outs include:
Thanks to everyone who was patient with me and supported me along the way with pizza, tacos, good vibes, and positive feedback. … [ 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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Surprise! I have another book! It’s available for pre-order on Amazon now.
This is gonna be a busy year for me. This time, I’m collaborating with two of my peers:
Together, we’re putting together the MS-900 exam guide, chock full of things you wish you would have known the first time you took the it. … [ Continue reading ]
If you ever find yourself in a sticky wicket and need to extract usernames and passwords from Credential Manager (usually because you forgot them), you can use this handy-dandy little function from PowerShell:
# Dump local passwords from credential manager
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Hey, everyone! I know I’ve been quiet for the last few weeks, but not without good cause. I’ve been furiously making edits and checking them twice for my newest book, “Deploying Microsoft 365 Teamwork: Exam MS-300 Guide.”… [ Continue reading ]
As luck would have it, I had to get the newest version of the Microsoft Teams PowerShell module. It’s still a test module and not available in the main PSGallery. So, I had to poke around and figure out how to add it and get the version that supports Get-TeamChannelUser.… [ Continue reading ]
Just a quickie post this holiday week.
Many customers have had Exchange on-premises forever. Back in the olden days, we just had user mailboxes. Need a shared team mailbox? You get a user mailbox. Need a conference room mailbox? … [ Continue reading ]
Today, while logging into a Windows Server via my favorite RDP tool (RDCMan), I was faced with the “Your password has expired” prompt. No worries, just enter my password and change it.
Except for the part where the password has been saved and I neglected to add it to my password manager.… [ Continue reading ]
So, for a while, there has been a gap in the Office 365 Government Community Cloud (GCC) SharePoint environment when it comes to the integration of Flow in GCC vs how it looks in our commercial environments. … [ 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 ]
Yes. I said it.
Someone needed to put a line in the sand and today, that person is me. I’m going to say these are some best practices.
But of course, your mileage may vary, depending on your type of organization (users at a local bank or city government will have different threats presented to them than an engineering firm with international customers, for example). … [ Continue reading ]
This certainly seems to be a day for updates! Based on some additional feedback from my peers, I’ve updated the Get-UserHoldPolicies script to exclude legacy Exchange MRM policies by default. MRM policies, while they have RetentionPolicyTags, are technically either moving or deleting content, not preserving it.… [ Continue reading ]
Just had this come up, so I thought I’d post it for whoever else needs to hear this. I can quickly think of three ways to do this: One using Outlook, one using PowerShell, and one using both.… [ Continue reading ]
One of my peers this week was looking for a script to help check global DNS resolution for particular records for both replication and geo-loadbalancing testing.
The record types and data he was looking for:
- TXT (for SPF)
- TXT (for DMARC)
This is what I came up with, so maybe it can help someone else.… [ Continue reading ]
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 ]
As you may have figured out from the title, I’ve got a guest post today. Jorge Lopez is a Premier Field Engineer, and has spent a lot of time in the trenches with Windows, AD, and Azure AD, and currently works helping customers resolve hybrid identity issues. … [ Continue reading ]
This is just a quick update–if you’ve been using my Get-UserHoldPolicies script to check out the holds applied to your mailboxes, I’ve updated it to include the DelayHoldApplied property.
A Delay Hold is applied whenever a hold is removed from a mailbox (as in, the mailbox is excluded from an inherited policy or manually removed from an explicitly included policy), and stays in effect for 30 days. … [ Continue reading ]
It’s been coming for a while.
Change is inevitable.
SharePoint Modern UI is here.
And, we’ve begun updating libraries and lists.
Per this link, https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/SharePoint/Update-on-modern-list-tenant-opt-out-removal/td-p/469297, we changed the opt-out methods (from tenant-level to site-level). … [ Continue reading ]
Right before sending a customer the link for the tool, I decided to test it and noticed that I encountered an unexpected credential prompt. I updated the parameter name, and then added a new feature as well–a test to see if your tenant has the correct licensing to enable Password writeback. … [ Continue reading ]
Today, I pressed in a little bit on exploring CSOM–at least as it relates to the OneDrive for Business Admin tool.
One of my peers asked if there was a command that we could use to check to see if a site had been put on a retention hold. … [ Continue reading ]