Getting Started with Office 365 Groups

Office 365 (O365) Groups have existed for a while now and have began to reach a level of maturity that supports broader usage. In addition, many newer features in O365 depend on O365 Groups. What are Office 365 Groups O365 Groups are a Service-only capability that is very reminiscent of the Site Mailbox integration that … Continue reading Getting Started with Office 365 Groups

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How to Provision Exchange Online Mailboxes

After completing a migration to Exchange Online, it is common to have questions like: 1) What is the best practice for provisioning mailboxes? 2) How do I provision mailboxes? 3) Why should I keep this Exchange server around? Well, these are good questions.  Let's start with the last question.  When an organization migrates to Exchange … Continue reading How to Provision Exchange Online Mailboxes

Azure Active Directory Identities

This post is an introductory post in an upcoming and unfolding series regarding identity management. Whether for Office 365, Dynamics CRM, Azure, or 3rd party apps, having an understanding of identities in Azure AD is a must have feather to have in your cap.  These different identities require some decisions early on that are rather … Continue reading Azure Active Directory Identities

Potential Litigation Hold Loopholes and How to Avoid Them

One long standing feature of how Microsoft Exchange works has recently changed: where "Sent Items" reside when you "Send As" another recipient.  The traditional flow is that if "User A" has privileges to "Send As" "User B", then the message would go in the "Sent Items" folder of "User A".  This changed with Exchange Server … Continue reading Potential Litigation Hold Loopholes and How to Avoid Them

Learning Microsoft Identity Manager

Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM) is a product with a long history from Microsoft.  While its storied timeline begins many years earlier as a product that Microsoft acquired called ZoomIt Via, Microsoft eventually rewrote the product from the ground up and released it as Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003.  Since that time, the core component has … Continue reading Learning Microsoft Identity Manager

Identifying Mailboxes without a Cloud Alias

In a hybrid Exchange scenario, mailboxes should be stamped with aliases that are mapped to the tenant unique namespaces (e.g. *.onmicrosoft.com).  If a mailbox does not contain these aliases, it will fail to migrate.  These aliases are normally applied via Email Address Policies, but if the AD object is set to block Email Address Policies … Continue reading Identifying Mailboxes without a Cloud Alias

Moving an AD User from One Group to Another via PowerShell

This week I had a request that seemed rather simple.  Given a CSV file containing the User Principal Name of the user, determine if the user is a member of a specific Active Directory group, remove it, and add it as a member to another specific Active Directory group.  I am not sure of what … Continue reading Moving an AD User from One Group to Another via PowerShell