PowerShell Basics: Connecting to Exchange Online Using Multi-Factor Authentication

Using PowerShell to manage your Microsoft cloud services like Exchange Online and using multi-factor authentication (MFA) separately is awesome. Using the two together however, not so much. Microsoft documentation on this topic seems to suggest that all the required administrative tasks needed are to be performed from a shell that launched separately from the PowerShell…


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: Identifying Large Exchange Mailbox Folders Via PowerShell

Identifying users with large Exchange mailboxes is a task undertaken by most system administrators who are in need of freeing up space on their mail servers. While most search for mailboxes approaching a certain size, I wanted to take this a step further and identify the large folders within user mailboxes. An example of this would…


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…