I Am Zorg – CASArray Destroyer

This is an interesting tale, and is something I have never seen done before in all my time working with Exchange.  The client had managed to tweak the configuration of Exchange and modify the CAS configuration so significantly that Exchange was absolutely confused.  Specifically, the CAS Array was modified so much that Autodiscover was no…

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Third Century of Blog Posts

When you have fun time flies, and that has certainly happened with blogging here.  There are now over three hundred posts on the blog dating back to October 2011.  The two hundred mark was in September 2015. Than you for all the support and feedback over the years – it is very much appreciated! As…

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How To Install AD FS 2016 For Office 365 – Part 3

Here we are in part three already!  Previously we completed the below two phases in the AD FS deployment. How To Install AD FS 2016 For Office 365 How To Install AD FS 2016 For Office 365 – Part 2 This post assumes that the domain was previously added as a standard domain, also called…

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Unable to RDP to Azure VM From Hotel WiFi

This is one of those silly little things that comes along every so often just to mess with your head, and to cause some issues.  Of course it has to happen at a time when you really want to connect to the remote machine and do some work. This week I was at a training…

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How To Install AD FS 2016 For Office 365 – Part 2

This is the second in a series of three posts which will walk you through installing, configuring and connecting AD FS 2016 to Office 365.  In part one we installed the AD FS server on our corporate network, and tested that it was working. In this second post we need to make the AD FS…

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Office 365 Workshop Links – May 2017

This is a link throw-down for the items discussed during a recent Office 365 workshop that I delivered to customers in beautiful Montreal last week. I’m posting the links here since they will be available to all of the attendees, and thought that others may also find them useful/interesting. PowerShell Tips And Tricks Start with…

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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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