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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