Step-By-Step: Configuring a Hybrid Office 365 Deployment via Hybrid Deployment Wizard

Enabling secure access to data is top of mind for many organizations.  How to achieve this is the troublesome part as there is no one size fits all solution especially surrounding the security of said data and where it should reside.  Some organizations are investigating cloud enablement on behalf of their organization but sometimes data…


Step-By-Step: Importing an Un-Encrypted PST File into Office 365

Microsoft's Office 365 services provides a great opportunity for businesses to leverage fluid scalability capabilities to meet their needs. Moving off an on-premise Exchange server can be daunting, however utilization of the Office 365 Import service to import PST files to user mailboxes in the cloud can be of great help to accomplish this. This Step-By-Step details the use of Office…

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Step-By-Step: Blocking Outside Apps from Accessing Exchange Web Services

In the era of BYOD the ask has probably been put forth to block a specific apps from accessing Office 365 / Exchange Online. There are all many security reasons as to why the ask to block applications from using Exchange Web Services (EWS) would occur. My intent in writing this post was not meant to call out…

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Step-By-Step: Enabling Customer Lockbox in Office 365

Security is always top of mind for IT Professionals.  With more people demanding access to data (via smartphones, tablets, etc), IT Professionals have been challenged in providing secure seamless access. Some have been looking to cloud services to address this need but require assistance as to where to begin. The first question usually asked is: “Who really…

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PowerShell Tips: Retrieving The Distributions Lists A User Is A Member Of

Lets say you have a user and want to get all the distribution lists this user is a member of. Well the following PowerShell script can help you with that. First you will require a remote Exchange shell for this as detailed during the 20:38 minute of the following video: Next, utilize the following PowerShell script: 1 2…


Step-By-Step: Modifying the Recoverable Items Folder in Office 365

Found in Exchange Online and in Exchange 2013, the Recoverable Items Folder was created to protect malicious or accidental deletion of data. This same function was known as dumpster in previous versions of Exchange and employs the following Exchange features: Mailbox audit and Calendar logging Deleted item retention In-Place & Litigation Hold Single item recovery…

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PowerShell Tips: Enabling A Remote Exchange Management Shell

Time and time again, I find myself needing to remote into the Exchange 2013 server on the infrastructure I support. To quicken this process I’ve put together the following PowerShell script to create the connection for me. While it may be far from perfect, it addresses my needs quite nicely.  function gimme-exchange () {     …


PowerShell Basics: List and Export Admin Roles Assigned to Office 365 Users

One questions I frequently get asked: ”How do I list all the users that have global admin access to my tenant?” The information is viewable in the Office 365 Admin portal, by filtering the users by role. That way works for some clients, but other need the data to be exported and kept for compliance…


Step-By-Step: Setup and Enablement of Office 365 Message Encryption

Office 365 Message Encryption is an online service which is built on Microsoft Azure Rights Management (Azure RMS) offering. With Azure RMS set up for an organization, administrators can enable message encryption by defining transport rules that determine the conditions for encryption. A rule can require the encryption of all messages addressed to a specific…