Marcus Hass' [MS] Blog

Interesting tidbits about Microsoft Office 365 and other products. Occasional rants about travel, gaming and gadgets.

Marcus Hass' [MS] Blog

  • Renaming a UPN to another federated domain

    During an ongoing Office 365 deployment, we identified an issue with Office 365 customers not being able to change a user’s UPN if both UPN’s are in federated domains. We have identified and validated a work-around, please see the guidance below. Thanks...
  • Office 365 Due Diligence and Beyond

    With Office 365’s imminent release, I have moved out of services after 11 years to be part of the Office Product team’s Deployment Solution’s Group.  Our group focuses on ensuring that our partners and customers understand all the intricacies of...
  • Exchange 2010 puts TargetAddress in ProxyAddresses?!

    MMT is the BPOS-D migration tool and it uses Exchange 2010’s built in move service called MRS (Mailbox Replication Service). MMT, through MRS, analyzes the mailbox, enforces any customer migration rules (such as ignore calendar items older than...
  • Autodiscover using TargetAddress

    I ran into a pretty unique problem this week migrating to Exchange 2010, but as it becomes more popular many people will start to run into autodiscover issues if all their clients are Outlook 2007/2010.  Autodiscover was a feature that started with...
  • I’m back, just have my head in the clouds

    Over the last year, I have shifted my focus to “The Cloud”.  It started in January 2009 when I was asked to run an Architectural Design Session for a large company in Northern California.  My part of the session was about domain consolidation...
  • Microsoft Online and SBS 2003

    I have been working with the Microsoft BPOS aka Microsoft Online guys in Enterprise accounts for a while to help big companies migrate to BPOS dedicated. Don’t know what that is? Check out www.microsoftonline.com . To sum it up, it is hosted Exchange...
  • Windows XP/XPe and Remote Desktop Services Single Sign On

    This week I was working with a retail customer that has plans to place HP Windows XP Embedded devices at their many retail stores. Applications will be served up either locally on the XPe device, through a remote desktop, or through Remote Applications...
  • On the bench with back problems

    I had been working on a great project with the State of Minnesota (more on that in a future post), when on July 3rd my right leg stopped working.  Well it worked, I just couldn't move it without screaming at the top of my lungs. I was in St. Paul...
  • My iPhone 3G Review

    Call me a traitor. Call me weak minded to the Apple Jedi mind trick. Yes I have a 3g iPhone, the cheapest one of course. My Treo 750, which I really liked , was starting to have some battery fade. In addition, I was using the IE browser on my Treo...
  • New Role for Mhass

    So I finally rolled off my last gig, which had occupied me for the last 18 months.  In the last 18 months, I learned a lot about how my customer did business, and thanks to a great account team, learned how Microsoft does business. I liked the business...
  • Automated install of Outlook Conferencing Addins

    My customer (Mike Vrabel) and I got completely frustrated today in trying to find a way to deploy the Outlook Conferencing Addin for Live Meeting 2007 via SMS. The Office web site gives you a ConfAddins_Setup.exe which is neither an MSI or provides you...
  • Sony is brilliant, PS3 may surpass Xbox 360 in the future

    The reason has nothing to do with games. Pretty much, all games are available on all platforms. The reason is Blue-ray. Is Blue-ray the best technology? No. Is it the cheapest? No. Is the PS3 a cheaper and better Blue-ray player than stand alone players...
  • CES: Tuesday

    I got a chance to walk through most of the show today, my frackin' feet still hurt and my shoes have been off for a few hours. If you are still at CES, check out the Neonade booth, free massages. I don't know what they do, but I saw the massage chairs...
  • HD-DVD going the way of Beta Max?

    It is starting to feel like HD-DVD has lost. With Transformers only available on HD-DVD, I thought there was a glimmer of hope, but I am pretty sure the fat lady is singing. Why? Disney. I think Disney was the camel that broke the straw back. It...
  • CES: Monday Afternoon

    So, I am here at CES 2008, I got a last minute push to come out for some meetings. I don't plan on doing a blow by blow like Engadget, but I might post some cool stuff I see. I am not actually at the show yet as I have some meetings to attend after flying...
  • Using Facebook for socializing at work

    I have been reluctant to jump on MySpace, Twitter, etc because it seemed to be so personal focused. I honestly didn't have much I wanted to share with public or even friends that they weren't getting from me and my family directly. There has been so...
  • SharePoint 3.0 WSP Deployment Scripts

    I have been working with a customer over the last few weeks to come up with a mechanism that their Configuration Management (CM) team can use to deploy custom WSS code. Fortunately, WSS allows our developers to wrap up their code into a Solution (WSP...
  • Transformers, go see it!

    The red and blue cab of an 18 wheeler rolls into the center of the dark alley with led's and lights blazing, Autobot logo right on the grill. A bunch of spinning and servo sounds accompany the all too familiar whah-whah-whah-kuk sound of Transformer transformation...
  • ATT Internet problems, too many iPhones?

    My customer just contacted ATT because their on-call phone hasn't been picking up email today via it's data connection. ATT said they are having nationwide Internet problems, but didn't specify the cause. Anyone care to take a stab at the problem? My...
  • iPhone and ActiveSync, a security concern

    A couple days ago, Mary Jo speculated that Apple has licensed Microsoft's Active Sync technology which allows iPhone to securely sync with Exchange servers (over its smoke signal speed, EDGE data connection). Will ActiveSync be out of the box today or...
  • 3 months with the Treo 750

    I know I come across as a whiner sometimes about gadgets, especially phones . It's just that I want one device that can do everything from making a phone call to opening my garage door to sending tri-corder data back to my starship in orbit. The Treo...
  • Inside WSS 3.0

    In a really weird coincidence today, I ran into a great book about WSS 3.0. I have been busy hacking away at some old scripts that push around templates, etc on the file system for WSS and MOSS. The goal is to take a build from Team Foundation Server...
  • Wil Wheaton and the butterfly tree

    I was just going through my feeds, and always save Wil Wheaton and Mark Cuban's blogs for last. Mark Cuban's is one I really enjoy, but takes a lot of concentration because of the topics he covers, and they sometimes get a bit long. Wil Wheaton has become...
  • What Microsoft T-Shirt do you want?

    Attention Marketing: I have a way for you to determine if a product is going to flop or be hot. Go to some customer sites, techie conventions, give away a bunch of T-shirts with future logos on them. One per customer, and have them vote with the swag...
  • Comment changes, what happened to Intertubbers this week?

    So, i had to start approving comments today. I had always allowed annonymous, open comments, but something has gone wrong this week. I got some profane, angry comments that were completely mis directed. Is it a new type of SPAM? I don't think so, it seems...