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Migration to Office 365 from GroupWise

Many users are migrating to the Office 365 platform and a good portion of those are migrating from GroupWise.  I  recently had the opportunity to migrate a client from GroupWise to Office 365 and wanted to leverage PowerShell.  There are several good reasons for this: There are limited reports available from GroupWise and they never […]

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Tales from a SharePoint 2010 Migration to 2013; Part III

If you have already read ‘Tales from a SharePoint upgrade’ blog series part I and part II, this is part III.  One of the more popular upgrade scenarios is upgrading from SharePoint on premise to the Office 365 cloud.  This upgrade process can also mean a migration of email systems to Exchange Online, creation of […]

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Webinar Recap & Replay: Office 365 Best Practices

Yesterday, we hosted a webinar on Best Practices When Migrating to Office 365. During the session, Shalini Pasupneti, a solution architect within Perficient’s Microsoft practice, first polled the audience, and found that more than half were not currently using Office 365. Based on this, she gave a brief overview of what makes up Office 365, […]

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Managing Office 365 with Powershell

A recent Office Blog highlights new resources for Managing Office 365 with Windows Powershell.  Powershell is an incredibly robust tool for managing your SharePoint, Lync, and Exchange environments. It was released around the 2010 product lines and most of us in the industry remember its predecessor, STSADM, for managing SharePoint 2007.  If you are new to Powershell, you’ll find the […]

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Perficient’s Top 5 Office 365 Blog Posts of 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, we’re taking a look at our most popular blog posts of the year. It was a big year for the cloud, and specifically, Office 365, which officially launched in 2013. Here are the top five Office 365 posts, in no particular order: Using System Center Automation to Manage Office […]

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Webinar Replay: Windows Azure Overview for IT Pros

On Wednesday, we hosted a webinar on Windows Azure. During the session, Adetayo Adegoke, a senior solutions architect at Perficient, gave an overview on Azure, which is Microsoft’s secure, standards compliant, rapidly scalable and globally distributed cloud computing offering. It offers Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) capabilities for a wide […]

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Dev/Test in the cloud with Windows Azure

Windows Azure is a great environment for your applications. It can also house applications that aren’t ready to be consumed by your clients whether internal or external to your organization. What makes this more compelling is that as of June you now pay by the minute vs. by the hour for compute as well as […]

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Copying distribution groups to cloud for Outlook/OWA management

While directory sync provides a much needed service for Office 365 tenants one pain point that comes up pretty regularly is distribution group management once you’re in the cloud. Sure the groups get synced to the cloud but if you’ve been used to managing the group memberships with Outlook when everyone’s mailbox used to be […]

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Changing UPN for Office 365 account between two SSO domains

This is a reminder for some or heads up for new tenants about an issue you might have run across that occurs when you try to change a user’s userPrincipalName in your local AD when using dirsync. If you change the UPN (left side of @) and keep the user in the same domain, dirsync […]

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Lync 2010 integration with Exchange Online Hosted Voicemail

I recently came across an issue when one of my peers in the enterprise voice group helped integrate their existing on-premise Lync 2010 environment with hosted voicemail in the cloud. We followed the recommended steps outlined in these series of TechNet articles and other publications and everything seemed to work fine with a few test […]

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How to Combine PowerShell Cmdlet Output in a Single CSV File

If you have been working with Office 365, you have probably been extracting mailbox data and exporting it to CSV for various reporting tasks. You may have also gone further and attempted to pipeline data from multiple Cmdlets into Export-CSV. Let’s use the following scriptlet as an example: [sourcecode language=”powershell”] Get-Mailbox Test.user1@company.com | Get-MailboxStatistics | Select […]

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Using PowerShell in Windows Server 2012 to create a simple lab

I’ve been meaning to sit down and spend some time exploring the new Active Directory cmdlets that come with Windows Server 2012 so I decided to use my lab to create some test objects and populate the mailboxes with some messages. My lab setup is very simple: 1 – Windows Server 2012 domain controller 1 […]

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Converting a DiskPart script to PowerShell on Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 and PowerShell 3.0 offer thousands of new cmdlets to make any scripter happy. One set of cmdlets had me intrigued when I first heard about them. The cmdlets in the storage module interested me because frequently I would have to deploy a bunch of new Exchange servers and depending on the design […]

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Why I love PowerShell…and so should you

 This blog post is meant for both the PowerShell newbie and scripter out there looking for a reason why they should start learning aptly named PowerShell or push themselves to learn a new aspect of PowerShell they’ve been meaning to try. It’s been a few years now since PowerShell first came to be. Remember those […]

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Lync 2010 / 2013 disabled from AD Deny Groups

Here is the scenario – you have AD security groups specifically to DENY services to users that are added to this AD group. For example – a naughty user could be placed on probation in your organization,  and then added to this group –  in turn this membership would be automatically disabled in Lync.

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Windows Server 2012 and the “POWER” of PowerShell 3.0

At one time many Server versions ago, I thought why anyone would want to know PowerShell! What a waste of time! Well I was wrong, PowerShell is not going away anytime soon. Just to show how strongly Microsoft is feeling about the use of PowerShell, Server 2008/R2 was shipped with a whopping  230 cmdlets, now […]

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SharePoint 2013 Issues Log

Infinite authentication prompts issue when launching SharePoint 2013 on local machine After setting up on premise SharePoint 2013 environment, isolated application domain must be configured to install and run SharePoint 2013 App. Ofcourse the application domain has to be added into the bypass list and trusted sites list to avoid authentication prompts. Despite of right […]

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SharePoint 2010: Cloned SharePoint Server Zombie

It’s become very popular to run SharePoint 2010 in a virtualized environment, especially for development purposes.  As a result, many systems administrators are taking snapshots and cloning existing SharePoint servers.  That’s great from an IT administrative perspective.  It allows you to quickly recover if something goes wrong or you need to add processing power. The […]

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Web Part Inventory in Minutes (SharePoint 2007/SharePoint 2010)

There may be a number of reasons why you or your organization may want to understand the impact a particular web part may have on the SharePoint farm. The information will allow you to understand the scope of sites that may be affected from a web part perspective.This information may be helpful in the following […]

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PowerShell for SharePoint Admins: The REAL Primer – Series #4

This is the fourth entry of my PowerShell for SharePoint Admins series.  I am basing this series on what SharePoint Administrators have said are the most important tasks to accomplish in PowerShell.  Here is the list: Create/Delete Sites, Webs and Web Applications Backup and Restore Sites, Webs and Web Applications Deploy Solutions and Features Add/Delete […]

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