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  • Blog Post: Office 365 Error - Cannot Start Microsoft Outlook–Quick Check

    Upon launching Outlook and trying to connect to an Office 365 mailbox you may be greeted with an error message which states that “Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window. The set of folders cannot be opened”. The error then continues to state that”Microsoft Exchange is not available...
  • Blog Post: Enable Remote Archive With Exchange Hybrid

    Deploying an Exchange Hybrid solution offers many opportunities to extend messaging services into the cloud. This is one of the biggest strengths of the Microsoft offering, we can provide on-premises, cloud only and hybrid solutions. One capability is cloud based archives. This allows either: On premises...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Autodiscover Lookup Process

    This is a post for reference purposes. The intent is to look at how Outlook will locate the correct Autodiscover endpoint in a hybrid environment. This Exchange 2010 SP3 lab has a hybrid configuration with Office 365. The tenant is called TailspinToysCanada. Our test mailbox User-1@tailspintoys.ca was...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Command You Tried To Run Isn’t Currently Allowed Due To DeHydration

    One of the customers I was working with last week encountered an error whilst attempting an operation in Exchange Online PowerShell. This surprised them, as they were logged on as an account in the Organization Management RBAC Role group. They received an error running the following cmdlet: Get-FederationInformation...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Workshop Links – February 2015

    This is a link throw-down for the items that we discussed during a recent Office 365 workshop that I delivered to customers in sunny/snowy/windy/rainy St. John’s Newfoundland.  Yes it was all four seasons in one week, but that seems to be par for the course! St. John's was great (as always)...
  • Blog Post: ADFS 2012 R2 Web Application Proxy - Re-Establish Proxy Trust

    In the Tailspintoys environment, the administrator (moi) was a bit slack. They let the ADFS 2012 R2 proxy get into a bad state. The ADFS Proxy was not contacting the ADFS server on the internal network, and this allowed the short lived authentication certificate to expire. At this point the ADFS Proxy...
  • Blog Post: Remove Multiple Management Role Entries In Office 365

    Exchange Online in Office 365 has a very similar RBAC implementation to the on-premises installations of Exchange. After previously bumping to an issue with Exchange Online (EXO), and then twice again in the last fortnight this bubbled to the top of the publishing pile. In this environment, a custom...
  • Blog Post: Directly Loading Exchange 2010 or 2013 SnapIn Is Not Supported

    It is always interesting to see how certain constructs are carried over from previous versions of Exchange without being re-evaluated. The case in point here, is how access is provided to Exchange 2010/2013 PowerShell. Exchange 2010 introduced mail admins to remote PowerShell. At this time we should...
  • Blog Post: Azure Active Directory Synchronization Services (AAD Sync) – Beware the Synchronize Now Check Box

    After upgrading my labs to Azure Active Directory Synchronization Services (AAD Sync), the install completed successfully and I was able to use the new process to manually initiate a full sync cycle. Excellent! Since all went swimmingly, I was a little bit surprised a day later to find that newly...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Workshop Links – December 2014

    This is a link throw-down for the items that we discussed during a recent Office 365 workshop that I delivered to customers in sunny Calgary. I’m posting the links here since they will be available to all of the attendees, and thought that others may also find them useful/interesting. Service Descriptions...
  • Blog Post: How To Check Exchange Autodiscover SRV Record Using Nslookup

    Generally the Exchange external Autodiscover DNS entity is configured as a regular A record. Sometimes a service record (SRV) is used instead. Since I have the habit of forgetting the syntax of quickly querying for the SRV record, this is one of those shared bookmark posts! Nslookup is the tool of...
  • Blog Post: How To Run Manual DirSync / Azure Active Directory Sync Updates

    Depending upon the version of the sync solution that you are using to replicate directory data from on-premises Active Directory to Office 365 there are different commands that you will need to use. We can see a listing of the DirSync versions on the TechNet wiki . And for AAD Sync, the version listings...
  • Blog Post: ADFS 2012 R2 - An Error Occurs When BadPwdCount Not Set

    ADFS 2012 R2 provides an interesting feature called Extranet Lockout Protection, where the intent is to protect AD accounts from malicious lockout from external access attempts. Previous versions of ADFS had no native mechanism to protect AD from such hammering attempts. For details on the feature please...
  • Blog Post: How To Request Certificate Without Using IIS or Exchange

    The blog post on how to integrate Office 365 with Windows 2012 R2 ADFS raised an interesting question from a reader (Hi Eric!) on how should he request a certificate for the ADFS instance since there is no longer an IIS dependency.  This means that there is no longer an IIS console to generate a...
  • Blog Post: Enabling ADFS 2012 R2 Extranet Lockout Protection

    Security is an integral aspect of running modern IT operations. There is a clear understanding that we need to protect our IT assets, company data and personal identifiable information. So when we discuss a migration to Office 365, security is an inevitable topic. One aspect that we need to discuss is...
  • Blog Post: How To Install ADFS 2012 R2 For Office 365–Part 3

    Well then, here we are in part three already! Previously we: Installed ADFS 2012 R2 For Office 365 in part 1 Installed ADFS 2012 R2 Proxy For Office 365 in Part 2 Now we want to change the Office 365 domain to be a federated domain. As discussed in part 1, this means that all of the users...
  • Blog Post: How To Install ADFS 2012 R2 For Office 365–Part 2

    In part one we installed the ADFS server on our corporate network, and tested that it was working. Now we need to make the ADFS infrastructure available to the Internet in a secure fashion, so that Office 365 will be able to contact the ADFS proxy to authenticate user requests. In part three we will...
  • Blog Post: How To Install ADFS 2012 R2 For Office 365

    When discussing and reviewing Office 365 with customers, I wanted to have a series of posts to illustrate the steps involved when deploying Office 365.   In the burgeoning drafts folder ADFS was at the top, so that got finished first! The act of deploying and configuring ADFS 2012 R2 for Office...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 SP2– Do You Need To Upgrade?

    Now that the Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2010 SP2 support expiration date has come and gone, the world is still turning and we are not in a state of Armageddon! * That said, focus now needs to be on Office 2010 as it is 6 months until support ends for Office 2010 SP1 on the 14th of October 2014...
  • Blog Post: Kicking The Tires With Office 365

    If you are looking for a “How To” guide to assist with getting started with Office 365 then you will want to take a look at the latest Test Lab Guides that are now available to TechNet. They were published last week and are hot off the virtual press! The Test lab Guides are intended to be a series of...
  • Blog Post: O365 Sessions At TechEd 2013 NA

    In addition to the Exchange sessions at TechEd NA 2013, here are the O365 sessions for your viewing pleasure! Update : Lync Sessions can be found here       A Look Inside Microsoft Office 365     Choosing the Right Cloud Service   Microsoft Office 365 Deployment   Overview...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Tech Centre

    If you are planning to test or on-board with Office 365, have you seen the Tech Centre over on TechNet? Some great content is located there, and is well worth a read.   Cheers, Rhoderick Technorati Tags: Office 365 , O365
  • Blog Post: Office 2013 Click-To-Run Not Updating

    When the office updates were released last patch Tuesday, there were a couple of issues of mine that were resolved. Great, I thought, let’s download and install them! After checking that my installed build of Outlook etc. was older than the released updates I downloaded the updates from the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Patching Exchange? Don’t Overlook Outlook

    When Microsoft performs an Exchange Risk Assessment Program ( ExRAP ) with a customer there are several work items related to patching. We discuss how the: Server hardware, firmware and drivers get updated Server OS gets updated Desktop OS gets updated AV gets updated Exchange Service...