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Office 365 – How To Import PSTs From Azure Storage Via PowerShell

It’s been over a year since Microsoft started previewing the “PST Import Service” which allowed administrators to import PSTs into Exchange Online mailboxes. The blog post I wrote (“Office 365 – Using the New PST Import Service“) about the service back in May 2015 has been incredibly popular which tells me there’s a high amount […]

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Office 365 – Have You Enabled “Common Attachment Blocking”?

Anyone who works with Office 365 knows that there is no shortage of new features rolling out, the pace at which new functionality is made available definitely keeps you on your toes. Part of what inspired me to develop www.roadmapwatch.com is that I wanted to know more about when features progressed through the various stages […]

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Office 365 – Script to Move Mail Distribution Groups to the Cloud

One of the common limitations that organizations discover when deploying Exchange Online is the inability of users to “self-manage” distribution groups that are synchronized. I’ve written about this in the past including putting together a workaround for environments that have Exchange 2013 on-premises. However, if you want users to be able to do what they’ve […]

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Office 365 – How to Find Missing Recipients in Exchange Online

While Office 365 offers an ever-expanding amount of insight of logging and health information, there are still operational tasks behind the scene that organizations do not have insight into. In many situations, you don’t necessarily care either; take for instance a failure of a database or server, the service has redundancy in place such that […]

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Office 365 – Speculation on New Exchange Online Functionality

While the Office 365 Roadmap is the authoritative source for features being added to the service, many features seem to receive a sort of “official announcement” via blog post or otherwise before they appear on the roadmap. Before the feature announcement, one would assume that Microsoft has made a fair amount of progress of integrating […]

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Office 365 – The (Previously) Undocumented AAD Connect Filter

Just a quick post today on something that doesn’t seem to be well documented and could be helpful… AAD Connect is basically Microsoft’s third version of their Directory Synchronization tool for Office 365. While AAD Connect includes more of a “wizard-type” interface for configuration of components such as AD FS, it’s also the current Directory […]

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Office 365 – Providing Your Users Visual Cues About Email Safety

It seems like every week I see a new phishing story coming through my social media feeds. The stories are all basically the same, someone with access to financials in an organization receives an email from “an executive” and follows instructions to wire thousands, hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars overseas. While I’m admittedly […]

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Office 365 – Script to Perform Message Trace By Subject

Just a quick post today on a recent script I had to put together. The message trace feature within Exchange Online works pretty well but can be a challenge if you want to search based on a particular email subject. In a scenario where you want to know who received an email or a set […]

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Office 365 – Script To Recreate “Managed Folders” Functionality

Despite all the new features that Microsoft has introduced around Retention Policies and Archiving, some clients that I work with still long for the day of “Managed Folders”. The “Managed Folders” feature left us with Exchange 2010 and the replacement, “Retention Policies” and “Retention Tags”, can be a difficult to adopt for some organizations. In […]

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Office 365 – Review Your EXO “Default Role Assignment Policy”

Earlier this month, I published some notes (“Office 365 – Have You Evaluated These Exchange Online Features?“) on features within Exchange Online that deserve a bit of scrutiny. One of these features is the “Default Role Assignment Policy” which, by its name, is assigned by default to every mailbox. What does this policy contain? Are […]

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Office 365 – Exchange Hybrid Issues With “Out of Sync Attributes”

For the most part, Directory Synchronization with Exchange Hybrid is fairly straight-forward. Your Active Directory is authoritative for nearly every attribute in Exchange Online with only a handful of attributes being written-back to the on-premises directory. If you want to change an attribute such as an email address, you make the change in Active Directory […]

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Office 365 – Is Your Environment Ready For Exchange Online?

For many organizations, Exchange Online commonly serves as the stepping stone to Office 365 and often as their first step to using cloud services in general. Sometimes overshadowed by the financial benefits of migrating to Exchange Online is the necessary prep work to get there. While the migration effort is something you may have engaged […]

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Office 365 – What’s Your Office 365 “Secure Score”?

Part of the excitement of working with Office 365 is there is no shortage of new features being rolled out to keep your job interesting. As a consultant, it certainly keeps you on your toes and reminds you of the importance of continual education. There are the features documented on the Office 365 Roadmap, features […]

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Office 365 – SSL Certificate Maintenance Tasks To Plan For

It should come as no surprise that Office 365, being a secure service, has a number of SSL certificates in play. Some are owned and managed by Microsoft and some, depending on your on-premises components, are certificates that you are responsible for maintaining. Failure to keep track of these certificates could result in an interruption […]

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Office 365 – Why PowerShell Version Matters

Just a quick post today on a topic that is loosely related to Office 365 but certainly can be important… It’s no secret that a good part of the management within Office 365 is done via PowerShell. Whether you’re writing the scripts yourself or downloading scripts from the “PowerShell for Office 365” site, you’re going […]

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