Trapping your favorite exceptions

Like most folks, I hate errors. As a scripter, I hate seeing blood on the screen–to me, it means failure that I didn’t anticipate.  When you’re trying to put tools out there for other folks to use, nothing toasts your peer’s or customer’s confidence like a tool that doesn’t fix itself or errors out without…

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Create realistic lab users

Update: I’ve added a shortlink for this tool: http://aka.ms/createlabusers. In testing out some of my other tools over the last few weeks, I’ve found it necessary to create a some test users.  A lot of test users.  Not a normal “a lot,” either.  I needed hundreds of thousands at a minimum, a million if possible,…

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Update to the “Migrate EOP Settings” Tool

A little over a year and a half ago, I started working on a tool for a really large Office 365 / BPOS-Dedicated migration to Office 365 Government Community Cloud.  As part of that migration, I wrote this tool: Migrating EOP Settings Between Tenants.  Today, while working with a customer, we discovered that it wasn’t handling…

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Update to the “Find Duplicate Address” tool

Last week, I saw some internal discussion about trying to locate the source of a duplicate object error on-premises.  While an advanced administrator will be able to figure it out by looking at the Connector Spaces for connected directories, it’s not necessarily obvious to a lot of people (especially if you’re not experienced with our…

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Using “Restore-RecoverableItems”, or “how I saved my own bacon”

Since the dawn of time (or at least, since the dawn of the Epoch), people have been inadvertently deleting stuff.  As is attributed to Uncle Ben, “with great power comes great responsibility,” and so it is true with the system administrator.  The ability to delete an email is insignificant next to the power of the…

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Dynamics 365 Network Test Tool

Yesterday, I was asked if I had developed any testing tools for the Dynamics CRM suite availability—but, never having had to do much with them, I didn’t have anything available.  I just built a quick tool today, and it covers all of the endpoints listed at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2655102/internet-accessible-urls-required-for-connectivity-to-microsoft-dynami and https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg328127.aspx, broken apart by region, with the…

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Using the Dictionary for Fun and Profit

In my previous post, I discussed using the new Attack Simulator for crafting phishing campaigns against your users.  If you haven’t tried it out yet, I’d heartily recommend it.  It’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys. For this post, we’re going to shift into slightly more traditional attack strategies.  Another one of the features…

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Configuring Skype for Business to prompt for audio device

This evening, I found myself needing to configure Skype for Business clients to prompt the user for the audio device when joining.  The registry key to control this behavior, AllowOverridingDeviceAtJoinTime, has existed for quite some time: For Communicator, the setting was located at HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Communicator.  For Lync and Skype, it was moved to HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Office\x.0\Lync. The DWORD parameter has…

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Let’s Go Phishing – Spear Phishing, That Is

Over the last few weeks, we’ve released some great new features for Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection users.  The Attack Simulator has three core components, each of which I’ll cover in a series: Spear Phishing (Credential Harvest) Brute Force Password (Dictionary Attack) Password Spray Attack For this post, I want to focus on the Spear…

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Updated Tool Roundup!

Over the last couple of days, I’ve updated a few tools that I have published on the gallery.  Here’s the run-down: AAD Connect Network and Name Resolution Test I’ve been busy with this tool a lot lately, both adding tests and tweaking the way things are done.  This week, I did work with Seamless SSO…

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