Sync Custom Attributes to Office 365 for Group-based Licensing

This feature is an “oldie but goodie” that my customers are starting to ask questions about as they start looking into ways to automate their Office 365 deployments. Can I sync additional attributes to Office 365, and can I use them for Group-Based Licensing? The answers are yes and yes.  You’re welcome. There are a…


Adding OneDrive Locations to an Existing Retention Policy

Yesterday, while working with a customer, I was asked if there is a way to programmatically add OneDrive locations to an existing retention policy.  Say, for example, you have a blanket retention policy that covers all of your tenant at a base level (which is what I typically recommend to ensure you at least have…


Update to the Export-CalendarProcessing tool

As luck would have it, I have one more update to deliver today. One of my peers (shout out to Mike Manning) noticed that when using the ExportImport-CalendarProcessing tool, mailbox objects that have some special characters in them don’t get processed correctly on the import function.  He did some troubleshooting and discovered if the objects…


Updated Tool Roundup!

Hi! It’s a day ending in “y,” which means it’s a good day to update a script! Today, while on-site with a customer and running my AAD Connect Permissions script, I noticed that the logging output wasn’t as helpful as I wanted it to be. So, I’ve updated it with some bits for looking for…


Thanks for Playing!

I was so excited to see this notification in the TechNet Gallery today when I logged in: Thanks to everyone for making this one of the most downloaded OneDrive tools in the Gallery! As a thanks for your support, feel free to download it as many times as you like! 🙂


AAD Connect, a dedicated resource forest, a custom connector, and a bunch of transform rules: a GalSync story (Part 1)

A few years ago, I worked with one of my close consultant peers to build a GALSync-style solution for a big state government that was going through a divestiture from a single BPOS-D (yes, I am old) and a single managed hosted Exchange environment to multiple O365 multi-tenant instances.  It was the equivalent of 100…


Update to the Create-LabUsers tool

While working on my last mini-series, I utilized my Create-LabUsers tool to automate the creation of a few thousand objects.  When I was synchronizing my AD users to another directory, I noticed that I didn’t have mailNickname populated and had to add a quick script to fill that value in.  I decided to populate it…


Header, header, wherefore art thine fields?

Today, I got it in my head that I wanted to create a script that would accept CSV input.  In so doing, I wanted to make sure the CSV passed some sort of validation so that I didn’t end flooding a screen with errors, because nobody likes that. So, I fiddled around for a while,…


SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business Custom Sharing Controls

Today, we’re going to explore two relatively new sharing controls in SharePoint Online (and, by extension, OneDrive for Business).  The two options we’re going to look at are located inside the SharePoint Admin Center (https://<tenant>-admin.sharepoint.com) under Sharing: [toc] Overview To test both of these functions out (as well as how other users are affected), I’m…