Reset AADSync or AADConnect Password Hash Sync Configuration

While troubleshooting a Password Hash Sync issue with a customer, I found myself needing to trigger a full password hash sync for various connectors.  Password Hash Sync is a separate process from the AADSync process.  It’s not a difficult process, but becomes time consuming (especially if you have a lot of connectors from which to…

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Office 365 PAC File

When we talk about Office 365 services with our customers, a lot of the discussion revolves around the networking components.  While we generally have a “good idea” of networking, we’re not experts in your technology and will frequently tell you to go talk to your vendors.  We have some guidance on how to configure your…

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Exchange 2013 Management Server for Office 365

For most of our large enterprise, commercial, and government customers, an Exchange hybrid environment provides a validated and supported method for deploying, migrating, and managing both an on-premises Exchange organization as well as Office 365. In some cases, though (such as migrating from a hosted platform or other 3rd-party products that don’t have Active Directory…

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Add an Email Address Template to all Email Address Policies

So your company just bought another company.  Or you’re moving to Exchange Online. Or you registered a new domain.  Any reason, really, that you could want an email address template added to all of your Email Address Policies. Not so bad if you have one or two policies  But what if you have 10?  Or…

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Bulk Upload Photos to Exchange Online

Ever since the advent of DirSync, you’ve been able to add a picture’s binary content to the thumbnailPhoto attribute in AD and synchronize it to Office 365.  This blob would be rendered as a photo next to the user’s name in Outlook, OWA, and Lync.  Pretty cool, right? That’s great in smaller environments, but what happens if…

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Subscribe to the Office 365 URLs and IP Addresses RSS Feed in Outlook

From time to time, we update the URLs and IP addresses that our services use.  This happens as a normal course of business (deploying new services, adding new capacity in datacenters or regions).  If your organization is trying to filter network traffic, you need to make sure you are allowing your users to these services. …

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Subscribe to the Office 365 Service Health Dashboard RSS Feed in Outlook

*UPDATE* We have deprecated the Service Health Dashboard RSS Feed. For service health updates, you can go to https://portal.office.com/adminportal/home#/servicestatus. Periodically, services in Office 365 may become affected by a number of things (network availability, regional network disruptions, upgrades to the service environment, etc). You can stay on top of these updates by subscribing to the…

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Switching from Federated to Cloud Auth (AD FS to Dirsync/AADSync + Password Hash Sync or Password Hash Sync Failover)

A few years ago, we released “DirSync with Password Hash Synchronization,” and it was kind of an all-or-nothing choice.  You could either have a synchronized account database with synchronized password hashes (so users would authenticate in the cloud), or a federated environment.  In federated Office 365 environments, Office 365 points to an on-premise Active Directory…

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Storing PowerShell Credentials in the local user registry

From time to time, it may be necessary to save credentials for automating some portion of a script or function. Here is a method to save and retrieve those credentials as a secure string from the current user’s registry hive as opposed to saving them in plain text or as a secure string in a…

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Configure Coexistence Mail Routing without a Secondary Routing Domain

Recently, I had to work with a customer whose existing mail host was (surprise) not excited to configure a secondary domain for us to help migrate out of the hosted environment. To give a little background, when we configure a traditional hybrid environment (I love using those terms together), we are configuring two disparate environments to…

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