Duplicating your production AAD Connect sync rules on your staging server using the AAD Connect Helper Module

Once upon a time, migrating your AAD Connect primary sync server configuration to your staging server was a simple matter of using the Get-ADSyncServerConfiguration and Set-ADSyncServerConfiguration cmdlets provided as part of the ADSync module. However, in the most recent versions of AAD Connect (v 1.1.751 and later) the Get-ADSyncServerConfiguration cmdlet still works, however the Set-ADSyncServerConfiguration…

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PowerShell Test-Transcription

Recently I needed a way to test if transcription was running, and sadly all the articles I found with my Bing searches provided methods that don’t work.   Largely due, I suspect, to varied PowerShell version differences. I decided therefore, to write a Function that can be used to test transcription.  It basically tries to stop Transcription,…

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Using RegEx with AAD Connect (and GBL)

Somewhat recently, Microsoft released the Azure AD Premium Group-Based-Licensing (aka GBL) feature in Public Preview, and I’ve had a TON of my customers transition to using this new feature. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/active-directory-licensing-group-advanced So far everyone has been thrilled with GBL, however there’s a caveat…  UsageLocation If you previously used GraphAPI or PowerShell to assign licenses, there’s a…

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Testing AAD Connect Write-Back permissions on an OU

When installing and configuring AAD Connect with Exchange Hybrid and any of the other special features (Group Writeback, Password Writeback, Device Writeback), it’s necessary to delegate service account permissions in Active Directory to allow the features to work properly. Those permissions apply to features like : Exchange Hybrid Write-back, Password Write-back, Group Write-Back, Device Write-Back and…

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Office 365 Administration Inside Out – Second Edition

Reposting from Aaron Guilmette’s blog post here : https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/undocumentedfeatures/2017/11/27/office-365-administration-inside-out-2/ Hey! It’s finally here! After months of hard work (almost a year from when we started until a copy at my doorstep), we’ve finally made it to the finish line! You can read the press release here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/microsoft_press/2017/11/27/new-book-microsoft-office-365-administration-inside-out-includes-current-book-service-2nd-edition Or jump straight to Amazon and order it:…

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Throttling AAD Connect exports

Occasionally, it is necessary to throttle the number of exports you are writing back to a connected data source – either AD or Azure. Perhaps you’re doing your first sync to the cloud but aren’t overly excited about pushing the CloudLegacyExchangeDN (in the form of an x500) address back to the Proxy Addresses of 250,000…

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AAD Connect Upgrade error – Microsoft.Online.Deployment.PowerShell.PowerShell InvocationException: An error occurred while executing the ‘Get-MsolUser’ command

An interesting issue occurred tonight during the upgrade of AAD Connect from 1.1.380 to the latest version.  Of course, time was of the essence, so an error immediately after the Credential prompt caused quite a bit of angst, and seemed impossible to work around. Unfortunately searching thru the install log under the C:\Program Data\AADConnect directory…

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AAD Connect Event IDs

This is by no means a complete list, but it should get you started monitoring your AAD Connect Server…   Informational Events   AAD Connect Engine 904 – Scheduler related informational events There are a good number of 904 Informational events related to Scheduler starting, Scheduler settings changing, Purging AAD Connect Operations Run history, scheduler…

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SKU and Service Plan ID values

This is by no means a complete list, it’s only what I’ve been able to collect so far, however here are a list of SKU ID and Service Plan ID values.    This may help you with errors returned, or cases where a service plan or SKU ID are provided and not the friendly plan name……

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Dealing with AAD Connect, GalSync and Hybrid writeback to Contacts

I recently had a customer ask why they’re constantly seeing writeback to contact objects in the GalSync container, which seem to come and go without rhyme or reason.  Well, there’s definitely a reason, and it has to do with the way that AAD Connect does writeback of the CloudLegacyExchangeDN from Exchange Online… Enabling Exchange hybrid…

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