How To Install AD FS 2016 For Office 365

This is a step by step guide to installing and configuring Windows Server 2016 Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) for use with Office 365.  If you still wish to deploy the previous version of AD FS (Windows Server 2012 R2 AD FS), then please start with this post.  For those with a keen eye,…

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Exchange 2016 RecoverServer

There have been many great improvements to the Exchange Server installation process in recent years.  Exchange 2010 gave us the ability to perform incremental deployment, where all mailbox servers start off as a regular mailbox server and then we can add it to a Database Availability Group (DAG).  Exchange 2007 introduced the ability to run…

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Exchange 2016 Upgrades–The Point Of No Return

When designing an upgrade strategy from an older version of Exchange to a newer one, a question that needs to be addressed is do we need to introduce a version of Exchange that may not currently be present?  This may be when upgrading from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016.  If that organisation currently does not…

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Unable To Access OWA or Office 365 Portal On Servers

Being unable to open OWA or the Office 365 portal is a common issue in test labs.  In these environments there may be a desire to use the browser installed on a lab server to quickly access the Office 365 portal or to test email by using OWA. This is typically met with the below…

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AAD Connect Express Installation Screenshots–March 2017

This is a reference post to illustrate the installation experience when installing Azure Active Directory Connect (AAD Connect).  AAD Connect is often referred by its older name of DirSync as it rolls off the tongue slightly easier.  This post was written in March 2017, and installs AAD Connect version 1.1.443.0 which was the latest version…

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Exchange Setup – Certificate Is Expired

The below is one of my Exchange 2013 lab servers which ran into an error when upgrading to Exchange 2013 CU13.  This was because I had deliberately broken Outlook Anywhere in order to replicate a customer situation where they had let the Outlook Anywhere certificate expire.    When running the CU upgrade process, setup failed when…

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Quick Tip Windows 10 – Unable To Stop Device Notification

This is one of those little things that make life much, much easier.  Imagine the scenario; you go to eject a USB disk drive or USB flash and Windows tells you that it is still in use.  How to track down which application is using the drive? Eject, Eject, Eject In the below example, the…

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End of DirSync and AAD Sync Support

Today marks the end of support for the legacy synchronisation tools which are used to connect on-premises Active Directory to Office 365 and Azure AD.  Specifically Windows Azure Active Directory Sync (DirSync) and Azure AD Sync are the tools which are transitioning out of support at this time.  Note also that version 1.0  of Azure…

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End of Exchange 2007 Support

Today’s the day to say goodbye to our old friend, Exchange 2007.  At this point you should have completed the project to move all mailboxes and resources from Exchange 2007 to a supported version of Exchange, and uninstall the Exchange 2007 servers. Thanks to Exchange 2007 I went to MCM, and discovered just how badly Greg…

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Transport Rule To Force On-Premises Terminology In a Not So Subtle Way

There are many memes doing the rounds inside Microsoft which are sent out when someone uses the term on-premise rather than on-premises.  Note the extra”S” in the latter.  This is not new, and the last rant on this subject was a year ago Friday Morning Rant – Premise and Tenents.   For another bit of…

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