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…


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….