Identity

Reset AADSync or AADConnect Password Hash Sync Configuration

While troubleshooting a Password Hash Sync issue with a customer, I found myself needing to trigger a full password hash sync for various connectors.  Password Hash Sync is a separate process from the AADSync process.  It’s not a difficult process, but becomes time consuming (especially if you have a lot of connectors from which to choose).… [ Continue reading ]

Configuration

Office 365 PAC File

When we talk about Office 365 services with our customers, a lot of the discussion revolves around the networking components.  While we generally have a “good idea” of networking, we’re not experts in your technology and will frequently tell you to go talk to your vendors. … [ Continue reading ]

Configuration

Exchange 2013 Management Server for Office 365

For most of our large enterprise, commercial, and government customers, an Exchange hybrid environment provides a validated and supported method for deploying, migrating, and managing both an on-premises Exchange organization as well as Office 365. 

In some cases, though (such as migrating from a hosted platform or other 3rd-party products that don't have Active Directory integration), you may not need everything hybrid provides or may not have a need to support the infrastructure migrating mailboxes cross-premises. … [ Continue reading ]

Client

Subscribe to the Office 365 Service Health Dashboard RSS Feed in Outlook

*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 ]

Identity

Switching from Federated to Cloud Auth (AD FS to Dirsync/AADSync + Password Hash Sync or Password Hash Sync Failover)

A few years ago, we released “DirSync with Password Hash Synchronization,” and it was kind of an all-or-nothing choice.  You could either have a synchronized account database with synchronized password hashes (so users would authenticate in the cloud), or a federated environment. … [ Continue reading ]

Configuration

Configure Coexistence Mail Routing without a Secondary Routing Domain

Recently, I had to work with a customer whose existing mail host was (surprise) not excited to configure a secondary domain for us to help migrate out of the hosted environment.

To give a little background, when we configure a traditional hybrid environment (I love using those terms together), we are configuring two disparate environments to share a single address space. … [ Continue reading ]

Client

What is WinRM?

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 ]

Information

Error uninstalling Exchange Server 2003: One or more users currently use a mailbox store on this server.

So, you’re transitioning your Exchange 2003 environment to an Office 365 environment and desperately want to drop kick your Exchange 2003 server out the door.  After migrating everyone’s email, you open ESM, delete all of the mailboxes and start to uninstall Exchange. … [ Continue reading ]

Client

Boot from VHD is Wicked Awesome

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 ]