How to Merge Duplicate Mail-Enabled User and Contact Objects

One of the first steps in preparing for an Office 365 migration is running a tool we provide called IDFix.  The goal of this tool is to help minimize identity issues when migrating to the cloud.  Most identity issues come down to two issues: Invalid characters in key attributes User objects with duplicate values in…

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Creating a Pinpoint DNS Zone

I saw an interesting question floating around a discussion alias earlier today–how to return different IP addresses for the same hostname from different DNS servers for users that are in different regions (for example, have DNS servers on the east coast return “1.2.3.4” for my.domain.com and DNS servers on the west coast return “5.6.7.8” for same name–the…

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Extending Active Directory Users and Computers with Custom Attributes

If you've ever wanted to add columns for unlisted attributes to Active Directory Users and Computers, you've been out of luck without editing the displaySpecifiers manually. Until I had enough of it. How does it work?  I'm so glad you asked.  So, if you're not familiar with the functionality that I'm talking about, open up…

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Finding Active Directory objects with Inheritance Disabled

From time to time, an issue that crops up during Exchange or Office 365 migrations is the dreaded "insufficient access rights:" It's commonly manifested like this (though I have seen it displayed other ways as well): Warning: Unable to update Active Directory information for the source mailbox at the end of the move. Error details:…

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