Renaming a UPN to another federated domain

During an ongoing Office 365 deployment, we identified an issue with Office 365 customers not being able to change a user’s UPN if both UPN’s are in federated domains. We have identified and validated a work-around, please see the guidance below. Thanks to Dmitry Kazantsev for help in the write-up, this has also been posted…

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Office 365 Due Diligence and Beyond

With Office 365’s imminent release, I have moved out of services after 11 years to be part of the Office Product team’s Deployment Solution’s Group.  Our group focuses on ensuring that our partners and customers understand all the intricacies of moving from on on-premises solution to the cloud. My group in particular is focused right…

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Exchange 2010 puts TargetAddress in ProxyAddresses?!

MMT is the BPOS-D migration tool and it uses Exchange 2010’s built in move service called MRS (Mailbox Replication Service).  MMT, through MRS, analyzes the mailbox, enforces any customer migration rules (such as ignore calendar items older than 2 months), moves the contents of the mailbox, validates the contents, strips mailbox attributes on the customer…

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Autodiscover using TargetAddress

I ran into a pretty unique problem this week migrating to Exchange 2010, but as it becomes more popular many people will start to run into autodiscover issues if all their clients are Outlook 2007/2010.  Autodiscover was a feature that started with Outlook 2007 and Exchange 2007 but us carried on through our newer versions…

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I’m back, just have my head in the clouds

Over the last year, I have shifted my focus to “The Cloud”.  It started in January 2009 when I was asked to run an Architectural Design Session for a large company in Northern California.  My part of the session was about domain consolidation and infrastructure optimization.  The more exciting part of the session was done…

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Microsoft Online and SBS 2003

I have been working with the Microsoft BPOS aka Microsoft Online guys in Enterprise accounts for a while to help big companies migrate to BPOS dedicated.  Don’t know what that is?  Check out www.microsoftonline.com.  To sum it up, it is hosted Exchange, SharePoint, OCS, LiveMeeting, and a few other offerings.  For bigger businesses, Microsoft sets…

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Windows XP/XPe and Remote Desktop Services Single Sign On

This week I was working with a retail customer that has plans to place HP Windows XP Embedded devices at their many retail stores.  Applications will be served up either locally on the XPe device, through a remote desktop, or through Remote Applications. There is a slight challenge with this setup because technically Microsoft supports…

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On the bench with back problems

I had been working on a great project with the State of Minnesota (more on that in a future post), when on July 3rd my right leg stopped working.  Well it worked, I just couldn’t move it without screaming at the top of my lungs. I was in St. Paul, MN for most of that…

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My iPhone 3G Review

Call me a traitor.  Call me weak minded to the Apple Jedi mind trick.  Yes I have a 3g iPhone, the cheapest one of course. My Treo 750, which I really liked, was starting to have some battery fade.  In addition, I was using the IE browser on my Treo more frequently, with more and…

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New Role for Mhass

So I finally rolled off my last gig, which had occupied me for the last 18 months.  In the last 18 months, I learned a lot about how my customer did business, and thanks to a great account team, learned how Microsoft does business. I liked the business aspect of the job a lot, enough…

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