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" 3. On the Clear Runs dialog a. Uncheck the option "save runs…

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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. These issues range from not correctly publishing autodiscover to not having the correct…

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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 we did… We used the basic setup of 2 AD FS…

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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-exception.aspx     Issue Resolution The operation couldn’t be performed because object couldn’t be found on ‘xxx.prod.outlook.com’ The object has not been replicated to Office 365, check Dirsync error logs,…

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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 you can configure, Basic or RegEx, more details can be found here….

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Office 365 and Autodiscover

**This blog is based on Exchange 2010 SP1 and not using the Hybrid configuration wizard e.g. SP2** I’ve had a few customers in the last few weeks ask me how autodiscover works for Office 365 so thought i’d write a post to try and help! (please see my other post for the namespaces required, as…

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Office 365 – Non-Federated Identity, Password never expires

The Microsoft Online Services Module allows you manage your tenant directly and in some cases change settings you can’t change in GUI (note this can only be achieved if you’re managing accounts that have been created in the tenant e.g. not created using Dirsync/ADFS).  To access Remote PowerShell to the Service Portal you will need…

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Enabling Retention Policies – Office 365

Steps Action The first step is understand the different types of retention policies you can apply and plan appropriately See http://help.outlook.com/en-us/beta/gg271153.aspx for more details on retention policies. First create Retention Tags Create retention tags under the online tenant (for mailboxes that have been migrated to O365), under ‘Organisation configuration’ and ‘Mailbox’, the select the ‘Retention…

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Performing a Multi Mailbox Search

Steps Action Login to the portal Sign into https://portal.microsoftonline.com as the tenant administrator Add the user to the Discovery Management Role Select ‘Manage’ Under Exchange Online Select ‘Roles and Auditing’ and select the ‘Discovery management Role’ and details to add a user to the Discovery Management role group Add the relevant user NOTE: This user…

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Enable a hosted (Personal) Archive for Office 365

Steps Action Configure the ‘Office 365 Tenant’ Organization Relationship Get-OrganizationRelationship "Office 365 Tenant" | fl Run – Set-OrganizationRelationship "Office 365 Tenant" -ArchiveAccessEnabled $true Start a remote PowerShell session Run $LiveCred = Get-Credential $Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://ps.outlook.com/powershell/ -Credential $LiveCred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection Import-PSSession $Session –AllowClobber Configure the ‘On Prem’ Organization Relationship Run –…

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