Cross-Forest Free/Busy in Untrusted Forests

I was recently working on a project where it was a requirement to get free/busy working across two different Exchange organizations.  There are a lot of moving parts in getting cross-forest free/busy working in such a scenario and although the technical detail is available in TechNet as well as various articles and blog posts across…


New Windows Azure Active Directory DirSync Tool Released

In case you missed the update, yesterday Microsoft released an updated Windows Azure Active Directory DirSync Tool.  As detailed at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/18429.windows-azure-active-directory-sync-tool-version-release-history.aspx you will see that this version is now supported on a domain controller as well as containing a few other fixes detailed on that link. Regarding the domain controller support, you might also like to…


Office 365 OnRamp Autochecks

I was asked the other day about Office 365 OnRamp and what this tool actually does.  A clear description together with useful background information can be found here, but here’s a brief description extracted from that site: “OnRamp for Office 365 is an automated assistance tool that helps you gather configuration requirements and perform deployment…


Free Instructor-Led Lync Training

Do you like the idea of free instructor-led Lync training?  Starting today for around the next month, you can attend live sessions that will enable you to get started successfully with Lync.  These sessions will enable you to quickly ramp up on Lync and include not only live demonstrations, but also the chance for you…


New Unified Communications Exams

The new Exchange 2013 exams have appeared on the Prometric site.  They are: Exam 70-341: Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Exam 70-342: Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 If you pass the MCSA Windows Server 2012 exams as well as 70-341 and 70-342, this gives you MCSE: Messaging As you can see…


Microsoft Hybrid IT UK Roadshow

Not a post focussed solely on Unified Communications, but I wanted to pass on details about these events in the UK next year… There are four Microsoft Hybrid IT UK Roadshow events next year.  Use the links below to register and read on for more information… 29th January, Reading (Thames Valley Park) 26th February, Manchester (Hilton Deansgate)…


Infrastructure Consultant Messaging at MCS UK

We are recruiting for an Infrastructure Consultant Messaging as part of Microsoft Consulting Services here in the UK.  The full job description can be found at this link.  Other links that you might find useful are: Careers at Microsoft UK Careers at Microsoft Services  


Dirsync Database keeps on Increasing…

  Hi Have you noticed the Office 365 directory sync database just getting larger and larger… If so try the following to clear the sync runs 1. Open the MIISClient.exe and click the Operations tab. 2. From the Actions menu, select "Clear Runs" 3. On the Clear Runs dialog a. Uncheck the option "save runs…


Office 365 – Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW)

Whilst working on a few O365 engagements over the last month or so I have seen various issues that have been caused by on-premise infrastructure/setup and which have not allowed the HCW (which was introduced in Exchange 2010 SP2) to complete successfully. These issues range from not correctly publishing autodiscover to not having the correct…


AD FS Publishing and Policy Rules

I’ve been working with a customer who wanted to lock down access to O365 so users can access all the services from anywhere apart from browser based access, which can only be accessed from their corporate managed devices. Here’s a quick rundown of what we did… We used the basic setup of 2 AD FS…