Skype for Business – Applying connection policies to departments or agencies

In Office 365, the control to federate your tenant with consumer Skype is a simple checkbox. Well, this is fine for a lot of small businesses or anyone where there is agreement on doing this. If a more granular approach is needed, this is both possible and fairly easy to do. What is the magic…

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A License to Bill

Do you have enough Office 365 licenses? Are you sure? Are they expiring? Is billing getting everything approved to have the licenses renewed? These are not always easy questions. Many admins don’t go to the portal often and check this. I wanted to have a simple check that I could run against any tenant and…

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Simple Surface Hub Account Configuration

I was looking through the documentation for setting up an account for a Surface Hub. It’s a wonderful set of documentation, but it’s also very long! Most of this was just more detailed than I needed, but I wanted a very simple, easy-to-follow script for building this in Office 365. I don’t like to do…

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What’s in a CNAME?

Enabling DKIM email signing in Office 365 is much easier than doing this on-premises yourself. Most of the hard work is already done for you in the tenant. That doesn’t mean that there’s no work to do, but it’s easier. Terry Zink has a great article on doing this, and I recommend reading it before…

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Can you provision an enterprise Office 365 tenant without a provisioning system?

Can you provision an enterprise Office 365 tenant without a provisioning system? Normally, provisioning Office 365 users is a pretty easy task. You just add users via a web interface, via PowerShell, or however you like. Azure AD Connect is a popular way to get user accounts into the system. From there, all you need…

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Outlook.com & Desktop Outlook

Here’s a quick tip for anyone with an Outlook.com account that’s been upgraded to the new Outlook.com system. How do you know if you’ve been upgraded? Your URL will be https://outlook.live.com/owa/ in a browser and you won’t be redirected back to the old system on https://mail.live.com. Still with me? Good. So, you’ve got an upgraded…

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Lync ‘n Logs

I ran into an interesting quandary when working on a Lync Online deployment. If you just have the normal Active Directory install and DirSync with Office 365, using ADFS for authentication, Lync Online will use your UPN as your SIP address. Fair enough – we’d all expect this. If you’re trying to make life easy…

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Folder Permissions – Backup and Restore

I ran into a problem where I needed to be able to backup and then restore permissions to some mailboxes. While this looks like it should be a straightforward thing to do, it turned out to be more complicated than I first though. I'll give you a word of warning on this right up front…

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Uploading High Resolution Photos using PowerShell for Office 365

When first trying to upload a high-res photo for user’s mailboxes, you’ll likely start with the manual for Set-UserPhoto and try to write some Powershell script like the below command: $user = 'john.doe@contoso.com' $userphoto = "C:\Temp\"+$user+".jpg" Set-UserPhoto -Identity $user -PictureData ([System.IO.File]::ReadAllBytes($userphoto)) -Confirm:$false (Documentation for Set-UserPhoto is here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj218694.aspx) When trying to run this, however, one…

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Mild-mannered reporter, or Superman?

This week I had a bit of a respite from Office 365 migrations, but it was time to put together a necessary report for the upcoming migrations. Will people think you have super-powers if you can produce a report on your Office 365 environment? Well, maybe not, but at least you can impress someone with a nice report…

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