The “Any Benefit” Approach to the Cloud

I have been reading a couple of Cal Newport's books recently, So Good They Can't Ignore You and Deep Work. These have been very popular in the self-improvement and productivity space over the past few years and I can definitely see why as there are many good concepts that can be used to sharpen the … Continue reading The “Any Benefit” Approach to the Cloud


xAzureAD.DirectorySetting v0.2 Released

Last week, released xAzureAD.DirectorySetting without a lot of thought.  Over the weekend, I was thinking that it would be great to make it a bit more extensible and work with all of the various types of templates available.  So, I now have the latest release, xAzureAD.DirectorySetting v0.2. Changes First, I changed the name of the … Continue reading xAzureAD.DirectorySetting v0.2 Released

Controlling Office 365 Groups Creation

In my previous post, Getting Started with Office 365 Groups, I outlined many of the steps necessary for controlling the creation of Office 365 Groups.  I initially realized that this process is cumbersome but had it reinforced when I walked someone through it recently. So, I have a new module: xAzureAD.DirectorySetting.  It provides a single function: … Continue reading Controlling Office 365 Groups Creation

What Exchange 2019 Means for Exchange 2003

On first day of Microsoft Ignite 2017, Microsoft announced the broad release of Exchange 2019 in H2 of 2018. The TAP program is open for application. This definitely answers some questions for us, like "Will Exchange Server 2016 be the last on-premises version?" Microsoft has little interest in ending Exchange on-premises for the foreseeable future; … Continue reading What Exchange 2019 Means for Exchange 2003

Getting Started with Office 365 Groups

UPDATE: I have created a module to make the process more streamlined.  The post has a link. 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 … Continue reading Getting Started with Office 365 Groups

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 … 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