Monitor Office 365 with IFTTT

The Internet service IFTTT (IF This Then That) https://ifttt.com can be used for all kinds of incident based actions, from weather changes over facebook updates to stock changes. A very powerful function is its ability to monitor RSS feeds, such as those published for Office 365. I’m describing two different monitors below but others can…

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Office 365: Finding the name of the Calendar folder

When setting permissions on your users’ Calendar folders to allow (or disallow) them to view each others Free/Busy status, you may encounter the problem that a user has localized the folder names and you don’t know what the name of the folder is in his/her language. Even worse; you’re doing this in a script, that’s…

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Now Available: GetLogFileUsage.ps1 script

Please see the following article on the Exchange Product Group Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2014/03/07/now-available-getlogfileusage-ps1-script.aspx The script associated with the article can be downloaded here: http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/GetLogFileUsage-8c981605 Enjoy!

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Easy progress bar in your Powershell scripts…

Ever wondered how far a long running Powershell script has come? I use this piece of code in pretty much all my scripts to keep track, very useful if you process large amounts of data: 1: $i = 1 2:  3: foreach ($item in $collection) { 4:  5: $pct = (($i / $collection.count)*100) 6: Write-Progress…

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Office 365: Convert User Mailbox to Shared Mailbox

Many administrators need to convert regular User Mailboxes to a Shared Mailbox after migration to Office 365. While the task is not very complex in itself, it is admittedly quite boring and you need to remember quota sizes and not least the syntax for removing the license. I’ve put together a small script that will…

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Office 365: Common mistakes when configuring Hybrid Deployment

I am putting together a list of common mistakes made when configuring Hybrid Deployment. Items will be added to the list as I see them or are made aware of their existence, feel free to send me suggestions. Always use the HCW (Hybrid Configuration Wizard) when configuring Hybrid Deployment. Admin account not mail enabled I…

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Find ActiveSync User by Device ID or IMEI

Have you ever needed to find out which user is using a given mobile device and all you have is the Device ID or IMEI code? The other way around is very simple but doesn’t really solve the problem. I put together the following piece of code to simplify the operation: $Mailboxes = Get-CASMailbox -ResultSize…

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Accessing PerfMon counters from Powershell

These lines of code can be used for all sorts of purposes where Performance Monitor counters are needed in a Powershell script or just as a one time deal on the command line. I’ve been using the example below to get “snapshots” of how a Jetstress test is going. Jetstress tests, as you know, can…

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Automating updating of Exchange configuration files

When configuring the Transport Role in Exchange 2010, you often change the paths of the Queue Database and Logs. This is done by editing the EdgeTransport.exe.config file. This is a tedious task if deploying multiple servers and the risk of typo’s is always present when doing manual editing. To automate this, use Powershell to parse…

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Easy URL for Office 365 OWA

You may have a hard time remembering the URL for your Office 365 OWA. The URL is usually something along the lines of: https://pod12345.outlook.com/OWA/, which may not make a lot of sense if you’re accessing OWA from the random kiosk browser and struggling to remember various URLs, user names and passwords… The really easy way,…

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