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…


Office 365 Migration Issues

Please find a list of migration issues and resolutions that I captured during my last customers migration:- Flood mitigation on Threat Management Gateway (TMG) – http://community.office365.com/en-us/w/exchange/office-365-move-mailbox-fails-with-transient-exception.aspx     Issue Resolution The operation couldn’t be performed because object couldn’t be found on ‘xxx.prod.outlook.com’ The object has not been replicated to Office 365, check Dirsync error logs,…


Office 365 FOPE and Credit Card Rules

  Whilst working with a customer here in the UK on their O365 project, they asked about using Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) (the version that comes with O365) how to setup rules to block credit cards details. There are various rues you can configure, Basic or RegEx, more details can be found here….


Using Word 2010 with TechNet Blog Platform

This is obviously not a post about Exchange Server, but as a blogger I wanted to share this since it’s been something that has been irritating me for some time… Basically I like to write in Word rather than Live Writer. Live Writer is great but I spend a lot of time writing documentation in…


Database Maintenance in Exchange Server 2010

If there is one area of Exchange 2010 that was poorly documented and poorly understood it has to be database maintenance.  The problem stemmed from the significant changes that we made in the store for Exchange 2010 and a confusion of terms. This has led many people in the field to get confused about what…


Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack (SP2) is released!

Last week when the internal announcement was made to say that SP2 had been completed and was scheduled for release, I added a few blog articles onto my “to do” list.  Imagine my surprise this morning when I woke up to find that the internets were crammed full of SP2 news and that most of…


Exchange Service Availability….For the greater good…

I recently authored a post over at the Exchange Team Blog about Exchange ESE and Windows Disk Timeout values. http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2011/11/17/windows-disk-timeouts-and-exchange-server-2010.aspx Whilst writing that article and especially researching how ESE timeouts have evolved, I began thinking about the history of Exchange availability and how the product has evolved over my time working with it… In the…


Recommended Windows Hotfix for Database Availability Groups running Windows Server 2008 R2

Scott just posted this article up on the team blog.. http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2011/11/20/recommended-windows-hotfix-for-database-availability-groups-running-windows-server-2008-r2.aspx A summary of the issue… “This hotfix is strongly recommended for all database availability groups that are stretched across multiple datacentres. For DAGs that are not stretched across multiple datacentres, this hotfix is good to have, as well. The article describes a race condition…