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  • Blog Post: User Profile Analysis for Exchange Server 2010 (Who needs the Exchange Profile Analyzer?)

    I recently wrote about gathering user profile data for Exchange Server 2003 and 2007 by using the Exchange Server Profile Analyzer tool.  As a re-cap the EPA tool uses WebDAV to interrogate the mailboxes and generates user profile data, including.. messages sent per mailbox per day messages received...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Deployment Guide

    I have been involved with a number of Office 365 deployments over the last 12 months, one thing that they have all had in common was struggling to find good sources of information.  Things are generally documented… somewhere.. its just a matter of finding what you need! I spotted that the deployment...
  • Blog Post: Office 365–With Mac OS X Lion, Microsoft Office 2011 and Lync 2011 for Mac

    Many of the customers I work with are currently making their way through an Office 365 technical pilot that needs to include Mac OS X machines as well as various versions of Windows.  The Windows stuff seems fairly well documented and since we now have a GA release of Lync 2011 for Mac OS X I thought...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Migration Issues

    Please find a list of migration issues and resolutions that I captured during my last customers migration:- Flood mitigation on Threat Management Gateway (TMG) - http://community.office365.com/en-us/w/exchange/office-365-move-mailbox-fails-with-transient-exception.aspx     Issue Resolution...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Microsoft Office Services Diagnostics and Logging (MOSDAL) Tool 3.2–With ADFS 2.0 Diagnostic tools

    The Microsoft Office Services Diagnostics and Logging (MOSDAL) tool has been around for a while, certainly most BPOS customers will have come across it before… however it has now been updated to provide AD FS authentication diagnostic information so its now useful for Office 365 deployments as well!...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Calendar Sharing - Office 365

    Steps Action Enable free/busy calendar sharing on-premise Run the following command Set-SharingPolicy ‘Default Sharing Policy’ –domains ‘*: CalendarSharingFreeBusySImple’, ‘Company.com:CalendarSharingFreeBusyReviewer, ContactsSharing’, ‘Company.onmicrosoft.com:CalendarSharingFreeBusyReviewer, ContactsSharing...
  • Blog Post: Enable Mailbox Moves–Office 365

    Steps Actions Enable move mailboxes for the organization relationship Run Set-OrganizationRelationship -id "Office 365 Tenant" -MailboxMoveEnabled $True   Note: The MailboxMoveEnabled parameter specifies that the organization relationship is used to provide the credentials for moving mailboxes...
  • Blog Post: Adding and Exchange forest to the EMC

    Steps Actions Add the online tenant to the on-premise EMC In the on-premises EMC right click ‘Microsoft Exchange’ and select add forest   In the drop down list specify ‘Exchange Online’ as the external exchange forest and specify your Office 365 administrator credentials if prompted Verify Exchange...
  • Blog Post: The Office 365 Advisor

    If you are not sure which Office 365 plan is right for you, then you'll be pleased to hear that Microsoft has released the Office 365 Advisor . This is a tool that can help you find the right Office 365 plan and also estimate your costs. When you access the advisor at the link in this blog post, you...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 and Exchange Online

    A very quick summary of Office 365 blogs, wiki’s and articles… Exchange Online – the first place to start (includes some useful screenshots)… Office 365 Beta BLOG and WIKI …  An RSS feed off the blog is a useful source of Office 365 news. ( Take a look at the Microsoft Online Services Team Blog...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 User Community in the UK

    Brett Johnson brought this to my attention last week – Way back at the beginning of this century I was a part of the NetApp user group and I found it a hugely rewarding experience.  Since joining Microsoft I try to support all of our independent user groups for Exchange and UC where I can. I am...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Directory Synchronization

    Dirsync is required to support Single Sign On (SSO) and creates Mail Enabled Users (MEU) in the cloud tenant. Installing Dirsync allows you have a unified Global Address List (GAL) between on-premise and cloud (Office 365).  It also allows you to on-board/off-board users to and from Office 365 ...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Hybrid Configuration Certificate Planning–ADFS, Exchange Web Services, OWA, OA??

    I recently wrote about configuring Office 365 hybrid to get cross premises availability working, since that article a number of people have asked me about certificate planning. This is pretty well understood for an Exchange deployment, but what names are required for an Office 365 Hybrid configuration...
  • Blog Post: Throttling Policies and Exchange Online…

    Throttling policies in Exchange Server 2010 have been an often discussed and much misunderstood part of Exchange over the last few years.  Especially with Exchange Online!  However, Michael Mainer has written a great article about Exchange Throttling policies on his blog.. well worth a read...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Service Accounts–How do I stop DIRSYNC from breaking every 90 days…

    So, this is something I wanted to blog about a few months ago but it got pushed to the bottom of the list of things to do (As usual!).  Anyway… during the early adopter testing of the Office 365 service we had a number of customers who had deployed what was termed “Exchange Rich Coexistence” or...
  • Blog Post: Adding and Verifying a Federated Domain

    Steps Action Launch Microsoft Online Services Identity Federation Management tool At the PowerShell command prompt type Type $cred = Get-Credential In the pop up window specify the username used for online account management (your Office 365 administrator credentials) Connect ADFS 2.0 and Office 365...
  • Blog Post: Configuring ADFS v2.0 for Office 365

    1              Here are the steps i followed for configuring ADFS for Office 365 (see my previous post for installing ADFS) Steps Action Click, Start, Admin Tools, ADFS 2.0 Management Click ‘ADFS 2.0 Federation server Configuration Wizard’ Click...
  • Blog Post: Enable Mailtips - Office 365

    Steps Action Enable on-premise Mailtips Set-OrganizationRelationship -id "Office 365 Tenant" -MailTipsAccessEnabled $True -MailTipsAccessLevel all Enable Office 365 Mailtips Set-OrganizationRelationship -id "On-Prem" -MailTipsAccessEnabled $True -MailTipsAccessLevel all   Written...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Hybrid Deployment / Exchange Rich Coexistence – Sharing Availability (Free/Busy)

    I have been working with a number of customers and consultants recently who have been keen to explain to me just how difficult they are finding the configuration of Exchange Rich Coexistence or Hybrid Deployment as its now known with Office 365, and to be fair I agree, its definitely not as simple as...
  • Blog Post: Performing a Multi Mailbox Search

    Steps Action Login to the portal Sign into https://portal.microsoftonline.com as the tenant administrator Add the user to the Discovery Management Role Select ‘Manage’ Under Exchange Online Select ‘Roles and Auditing’ and select the ‘Discovery management Role’ and details to add a user to the Discovery...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 - Non-Federated Identity, Password never expires

    The Microsoft Online Services Module allows you manage your tenant directly and in some cases change settings you can’t change in GUI (note this can only be achieved if you’re managing accounts that have been created in the tenant e.g. not created using Dirsync/ADFS).  To access Remote PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 and Autodiscover

    I’ve had a few customers in the last few weeks ask me how autodiscover works for Office 365 so thought i’d write a post to try and help! (please see my other post for the namespaces required , as the correct autodiscover records will need to be created in DNS for on-premise and Office 365) As you probably...
  • Blog Post: Enable a hosted (Personal) Archive for Office 365

    Steps Action Configure the ‘Office 365 Tenant’ Organization Relationship Get-OrganizationRelationship "Office 365 Tenant" | fl Run - Set-OrganizationRelationship "Office 365 Tenant" -ArchiveAccessEnabled $true Start a remote PowerShell session Run $LiveCred = Get-Credential $Session...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack (SP2) is released!

    Last week when the internal announcement was made to say that SP2 had been completed and was scheduled for release, I added a few blog articles onto my “to do” list.  Imagine my surprise this morning when I woke up to find that the internets were crammed full of SP2 news and that most of the articles...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync 2011 for Mac and Office 365 Fix

    Last month I wrote a blog about connecting Office 2011 for Mac to Office 365 .  This post generated a lot of interest within the community, but mostly for the wrong reason!  i.e pretty much everyone that tried this was unable to connect Lync 2011 on Mac to Office 365.  The Lync engineering...