Configuration

Office 365 PAC File

Office 365 PAC File
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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

Exchange 2013 Management Server for Office 365
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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.  For that, I've created a tool to help accelerate configuring Exchange to set and manage attributes and enable-cmdlets (such as Enable-RemoteMailbox).… [ Continue reading ]

Configuration

Bulk Upload Photos to Exchange Online

Bulk Upload Photos to Exchange Online
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Ever since the advent of DirSync, you’ve been able to add a picture’s binary content to the thumbnailPhoto attribute in AD and synchronize it to Office 365.  This blob would be rendered as a photo next to the user’s name in Outlook, OWA, and Lync. … [ Continue reading ]

Client

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

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

Scripting

Storing PowerShell Credentials in the local user registry

Storing PowerShell Credentials in the local user registry
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From time to time, it may be necessary to save credentials for automating some portion of a script or function. Here is a method to save and retrieve those credentials as a secure string from the current user’s registry hive as opposed to saving them in plain text or as a secure string in a file. … [ Continue reading ]

Client

Manually configure Outlook for Office 365

Manually configure Outlook for Office 365
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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

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Migrating

Cannot Migrate Mailboxes via third-party tools in synchronized environment

Cannot Migrate Mailboxes via third-party tools in synchronized environment
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I happened to run into the same issue twice in one week–once with a large customer, and once with one of our partners.

Here's a synopsis of the issue:

Mailboxes cannot be migrated via 3rd-party tools because msExchMailboxGuid attribute in cloud is populated due to DirSync/AADSync.[ Continue reading ]