Synchronize passwords for federated users to reduce downtime in case of an emergency

Office 365 now supports Password Synchronization as a temporary backup for Single Sign-On (federation). From the TechNet Wiki, “At General Availability, the Password Synchronization feature did not support the synchronization of passwords for users in a Federated namespace. We have recently updated the service code to allow this. This enables the added possibility of running Password Sync while…

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Can’t convert domain to federated

I ran into an interesting problem setting up ADFS 2.1 on Windows Server 2012 for Office 365 federation. It is now a supported server OS for ADFS and Office 365 as long as you run the Azure Active Directory PowerShell.  ADFS setup worked flawlessly and I setup the web certificate, etc. You can follow the…

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Where can I learn and prepare for the new Office 365 Education?

We just launched the new Office 365 Education suite last week so you might be asking where can I learn about the new offering from an Office 365 Administrator/IT perspective or where can I find new tools to help me onboard?  We have just added some new readiness tools and training content which I have…

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Federation Metadata Update Tool should be installed with every ADFS and Office 365 deployment

If you are deploying ADFS with Office 365, we have a federation metadata update tool available which we strongly strongly recommend you to deploy with any ADFS deployment used for federation with Office 365.  This update tool will automatically update the Office 365 service using update-msolfederateddomain cmdlet when the ADFS token signing certificate renews on…

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Curious Greg builds a Lab–Part I

I remember as a kid those days I would read Curious George and wonder how did he end up there. Well usually the man in the yellow hat had something to do with that. I don’t have a man in the yellow hat but I starting thinking about helping customers (not starting mischief) and I…

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