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Office 365 – A Look Back at 21 Blog Posts in 2014

As we wrap up 2014, I took a quick look back at my articles for the year and the distribution of topics. This was my first year posting here on the Perficient blogs and while the frequency of my posts was not as consistent as I might have liked, I’m sure my posts will be evolving and constantly improving (much like Office 365).
I really try to focus on providing original content around Exchange Online, Lync Online or infrastructure components such as Directory Sync and AD FS. I’ve scrapped a number of posts that I started after finding the content sufficiently covered elsewhere, so hopefully what you read here is something new and interesting.
Below is a quick summary of my 21 posts in 2014, all in one spot. I have a number of posts already in the planning stages for 2015 and hope to keep a fairly regular schedule; fortunately there’s never a shortage of topics to discuss when it comes to Office 365.

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Thanks for reading!
See you in 2015!

Exchange Online

Migrating From Exchange 2003? – Watch Those Address Policies!
There’s a somewhat unique “feature” in Exchange 2003 that allows you to create a scenario where you could end up inadvertently changing email addresses for some users when you migrate to Office 365. This article provides a script that helps identify users with “non-compliant” email addresses.
Hybrid Wizard Fails To Update Default Address Policy
The Hybrid Configuration Wizard can have issues updating the default address policy when you have some legacy artifacts hanging around. In this article I cover the issues and provides some options for resolution.
Hybrid Wizard Fails Due To WPAD / PAC
Trying to run the Hybrid Configuration Wizard can be a headache when the Exchange server traffic is proxied. This article covers some ways to address proxies using WPAD / PAC.
Mailbox Fails to Convert During Migration
Occasionally when migrating a mailbox to Exchange Online, the on-premises object does not convert to a remote mailbox. The Microsoft instructions to resolve this situation can create a bit of a mess, this post includes a script that is a better way.
Dynamic Distribution Groups in Exchange Hybrid
Any Exchange Hybrid environment with Dynamic Distribution Groups needs the script in this post.
You’ve Migrated to Exchange Online, So Now What?
I occasionally come across Exchange admins that start questioning what their role is now that they’ve migrated to Exchange Online. There’s actually a lot to do, here are some ideas.
How to Handle “Large Messages” During Migration
Exchange Online does not allow you to migrate messages larger than 25 MB, this article provides some guidance on how to deal with this restriction.
300 Days of Mainstream Support Left for Outlook 2010
Well, 300 days at the time this post was written… Mainstream support expires for Outlook 2010 on October 13, 2015. Here I provide some options on how to stay supported with Office 365.
The Importance of Remote Domains in Exchange Hybrid
The Hybrid Configuration Wizard doesn’t always setup Remote Domains properly which can impact things like your “Out of Office” messages and “Voting Buttons”. This post helps explain that scenario and provides a resolution.

Lync Online

Understanding Archiving in Lync Online
The difference between “Conversation History” and “Archiving” is pretty confusing. This article breaks it all down in what I hope is a clear and concise manner.
Understanding Archiving in Lync Online [Mac Edition]
The same as above but on the Mac platform which adds a few little wrinkles to the mix.

Directory Sync / AD FS

Using Password Sync as a Backup to AD FS
The Microsoft guidance on how to setup Password Sync as a backup to AD FS is incorrect; this article explains why and outlines the proper process.
Assign Licensing “User Location” via Active Directory
A quick explanation of what “User Location” is in Office 365 and how you can synchronize this value from Active Directory as opposed to assigning it manually.
Script to Correct DirSync “Permission-Issue” Errors
A script to help environments where there are security restrictions in Active Directory that stop DirSync from syncing successfully.
DirSync Password Sync: Did You Know?
Five things you might not have known about Password Sync. Definitely not show stoppers but a good FYI when considering Password Sync vs AD FS.
Configuring AD FS & DirSync with an Alternate Login
A feature released in 2014 allows you to use an attribute other than UPN for your Office 365 login. This post covers how to set it up but also some of the nuances that come with implementing this feature.
Replacing the SSL Certificate in AD FS 3.0
Eventually you’ll need to replace your SSL certificate on AD FS 3.0; here’s how.
AD FS Authentication Fails Due To Time Skew
A quick troubleshooting article explaining how the time sync on your AD FS proxy can cause authentication failures.
AD FS Authentication Fails Due To Token Size
If you’ve had a number of Active Directory migrations over the years, there’s a chance you’ll run into a token size issue that can cause problems authenticating via AD FS.


How to Stay Informed of Changes
An article on how I stay on top of all the changes when it comes to the ever-evolving world of Office 365.
My Experience Taking a Microsoft Certification Exam …At Home
If you need to take Microsoft certification exams as part of your job or just your career goals, you can now take some at home or in your office. This articles covers my experience with this new online exam offering.
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