MCS UK Unified Communications Blog

All things UC related from Microsoft Consulting Services UK : architecture, best practice, news for Exchange and Lync, both on-premise and cloud

MCS UK Unified Communications Blog

  • Cross-Forest Free/Busy in Untrusted Forests

    I was recently working on a project where it was a requirement to get free/busy working across two different Exchange organizations. There are a lot of moving parts in getting cross-forest free/busy working in such a scenario and although the technical...
  • New Windows Azure Active Directory DirSync Tool Released

    In case you missed the update, yesterday Microsoft released an updated Windows Azure Active Directory DirSync Tool. As detailed at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/18429.windows-azure-active-directory-sync-tool-version-release...
  • Office 365 OnRamp Autochecks

    I was asked the other day about Office 365 OnRamp and what this tool actually does. A clear description together with useful background information can be found here , but here's a brief description extracted from that site: "OnRamp for Office 365...
  • Free Instructor-Led Lync Training

    Do you like the idea of free instructor-led Lync training? Starting today for around the next month, you can attend live sessions that will enable you to get started successfully with Lync. These sessions will enable you to quickly ramp up on Lync and...
  • New Unified Communications Exams

    The new Exchange 2013 exams have appeared on the Prometric site. They are: Exam 70-341: Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Exam 70-342: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 If you pass the MCSA Windows Server 2012...
  • Microsoft Hybrid IT UK Roadshow

    Not a post focussed solely on Unified Communications, but I wanted to pass on details about these events in the UK next year... There are four Microsoft Hybrid IT UK Roadshow events next year. Use the links below to register and read on for more...
  • Infrastructure Consultant Messaging at MCS UK

    We are recruiting for an Infrastructure Consultant Messaging as part of Microsoft Consulting Services here in the UK. The full job description can be found at this link . Other links that you might find useful are: Careers at Microsoft UK Careers...
  • Dirsync Database keeps on Increasing…

      Hi Have you noticed the Office 365 directory sync database just getting larger and larger… If so try the following to clear the sync runs 1. Open the MIISClient.exe and click the Operations tab. 2. From the Actions menu, select "Clear Runs"...
  • Office 365 – Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW)

    Whilst working on a few O365 engagements over the last month or so I have seen various issues that have been caused by on-premise infrastructure/setup and which have not allowed the HCW (which was introduced in Exchange 2010 SP2) to complete successfully...
  • AD FS Publishing and Policy Rules

    I’ve been working with a customer who wanted to lock down access to O365 so users can access all the services from anywhere apart from browser based access, which can only be accessed from their corporate managed devices. Here’s a quick rundown of what...
  • 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...
  • Office 365 FOPE and Credit Card Rules

      Whilst working with a customer here in the UK on their O365 project, they asked about using Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) (the version that comes with O365) how to setup rules to block credit cards details. There are various rues...
  • Using Word 2010 with TechNet Blog Platform

    This is obviously not a post about Exchange Server, but as a blogger I wanted to share this since it's been something that has been irritating me for some time… Basically I like to write in Word rather than Live Writer. Live Writer is great but I spend...
  • Database Maintenance in Exchange Server 2010

    If there is one area of Exchange 2010 that was poorly documented and poorly understood it has to be database maintenance.  The problem stemmed from the significant changes that we made in the store for Exchange 2010 and a confusion of terms. This...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Exchange Service Availability….For the greater good…

    I recently authored a post over at the Exchange Team Blog about Exchange ESE and Windows Disk Timeout values. http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2011/11/17/windows-disk-timeouts-and-exchange-server-2010.aspx Whilst writing that article and especially...
  • Recommended Windows Hotfix for Database Availability Groups running Windows Server 2008 R2

    Scott just posted this article up on the team blog.. http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2011/11/20/recommended-windows-hotfix-for-database-availability-groups-running-windows-server-2008-r2.aspx A summary of the issue… “This hotfix is strongly...
  • Office 365 : DirSync Tool Now 64-bit

    Microsoft has released the 64-bit version of the Directory Synchronization tool for Office 365. The community post is here , so please do go and take the time to review the information presented there. However, I'd just like to call out from the community...
  • Infrastructure Consultant UC Messaging

    We are recruiting! For the full role description, see this link . For more about careers at Microsoft UK, see this link . There is also a link for more information on careers in Microsoft Services.
  • Office 365 and Delays Enabling Directory Synchronization

    I was attempting to enable directory synchronisation for Office 365 last week when I came across an error in the Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization Configuration Wizard. The error stated: "An error occurred. Error Code: 15. Error Description...
  • 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...
  • A fix for the interoperability issues between Exchange 2007 and 2010 EMC and IE9 is now available

    This has been irritating me more and more recently – I am generally quite a tolerant person, but sometimes its the smallest things that irritate you the most!.  Anyway, it looks like there is a fix available.. I am out for most of this week without...
  • Outlook Performance Counters are missing–take 2

    Back in the summer (remember that?) I wrote an article about viewing the Outlook performance counters and how to get them to be visible on Windows 7 and Vista. I have recently noticed that there are further complications to this.  On one customer...
  • Exchange Server 2010 Cross Forest Delegation

    This has been an interesting bit of work for me.  I have been working with a customer who really needed to provide their users with the ability to manage calendars across different Exchange organisations.  When they initially presented this...