Exchange Online Migration Batches–How Long Do They Exist For

When you create a migration batch in Exchange Online, the default setting for a migration is to start the batch immediately and complete manually. So how long can you leave this batch before you need to complete it? As you can see from the below screenshot, the migration batch here was created on Feb 19th,… Continue reading Exchange Online Migration Batches–How Long Do They Exist For

Office 365 Retention Policies and Hybrid Public Folders

If you create an Office 365 Retention Policy (in the Security and Compliance Center) that applies to all Exchange Online content then you might find that after the retention policy has been deployed (a day or so later usually) that the policy is in error and there is a message at the top of the… Continue reading Office 365 Retention Policies and Hybrid Public Folders

Journal Rule Testing In Exchange Online

I came across two interesting oddities in journaling in Exchange Online in the last few weeks that I noticed where not really mentioned anyway (or anywhere I could find that is). The first involces routing of journal reports and the second the selection of the journal target. The journal report, that is the message that… Continue reading Journal Rule Testing In Exchange Online

Outbound Email Via Exchange Online Protection When Using Hybrid Exchange Online

In a long term hybrid scenario, where you have Exchange Online and Exchange Server configured and mailboxes on both, internet bound email from your on-premises servers can route in two general ways. The first is outbound via whatever you had in place before you moved to Office 365. You might have configured Exchange Online to… Continue reading Outbound Email Via Exchange Online Protection When Using Hybrid Exchange Online

Duplicate Exchange Online and Exchange Server Mailboxes

With a hybrid Exchange Online deployment, where you have Exchange Server on-premises and Exchange Online configured in the cloud, and utilising AADConnect to synchronize the directories, you should never find that a synced user object is configured as both a mailbox in Exchange Online and a mailbox on-premises. When Active Directory is synced to Azure… Continue reading Duplicate Exchange Online and Exchange Server Mailboxes

Enable Report Message Add-In For Office 365

There is a new add-in available for Outlook and OWA in Office 365 that can simplify spam and phishing reporting to Microsoft for content in your mailbox. I recommend rolling this add-in out to everyone in your Office 365 tenant and for Office 365 consultants to add this as part of the default steps in… Continue reading Enable Report Message Add-In For Office 365

Conversation Red Number in Skype For Business That Won’t Go Away

I have had this issue for ages, but could not find any answer for it on the internet that did not involve resetting Skype for Business or other complex stuff when in fact the answer is so easy it hurts! Finding it was one of those Duh! moments. You have this: Skype for Business shows… Continue reading Conversation Red Number in Skype For Business That Won’t Go Away

DMARC Quarantine Issues

I saw the following error with a client the other day when sending emails from the client to any of the Virgin Media owned consumer ISP email addresses (virginmedia.com, ntlworld.com, blueyonder.com etc.) mx3.mnd.ukmail.iss.as9143.net gave this error:vLkg1v00o2hp5bc01Lkg9w DMARC validation failed with result 3.00:quarantine In the above, the server name (…as9143.net) might change as will the value… Continue reading DMARC Quarantine Issues

On-Premises Public Folders, Exchange Online, And Multiple Forests

Update: October 2018. Microsoft have added support to hide public folders in Exchange Online. Now rather than the below post from me, you can set a users mailbox to see public folders or not as required and then enable the global setting to turn on controlled access to public folders. For more see https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/exchange-team-blog/announcing-support-for-controlled-connections-to-public-folders/ba-p/608591  … Continue reading On-Premises Public Folders, Exchange Online, And Multiple Forests

Forcing Transport Level Secure Email With Exchange Online

In Exchange Online there are a few different options for forcing email to require an encrypted connection. These depend upon the level of licence you have, and some of them are user based (Office 365 Message Encryption for example), but there are two ways to force TLS (transport layer security) for the email between when… Continue reading Forcing Transport Level Secure Email With Exchange Online

XOORG, Edge and Exchange 2010 Hybrid

So you have found yourself in the position of moving to Exchange Online from a legacy version of Exchange Server, namely Exchange 2010. You are planning to move everyone, or mostly everyone to Exchange Online and directory synchronization plays a major part (can it play a minor part?) in your plans. So you have made… Continue reading XOORG, Edge and Exchange 2010 Hybrid

Malware Filter Policy Updates in Office 365

In March I wrote a blog post that showed how to take the attachment filter list from Edge Server and add those attachment block types to EOP, as EOP had a very small list of attachments. Today on one of my client tenants I noticed this precanned list of attachment extension types is now at… Continue reading Malware Filter Policy Updates in Office 365

OWA and Conditional Access: Inconsistent Error Reports

Here is a good error message. Its good, because I could not find any references to it on Google and the fault was nothing to do with the error message: The error says “something went wrong” and “Ref A: a long string of Hex Ref B: AMSEDGE0319 Ref C: Date Time”. The server name in… Continue reading OWA and Conditional Access: Inconsistent Error Reports

Administrators, AADConnect and AdminSDHolder Issues (or why are some accounts having permission-issue)

[Scripts updated 5th October 2017 to support updates for Exchange Hybrid Writeback. If you ran earlier versions of these scripts you will need to run them again] AdminSDHolder is something I come across a lot, but find a lot of admins are unaware of it. In brief it is any user that is a member… Continue reading Administrators, AADConnect and AdminSDHolder Issues (or why are some accounts having permission-issue)

Exchange Edge Server and Common Attachment Blocking In Exchange Online Protection

Both Exchange Server Edge role and Exchange Online Protection have an attachment filtering policy. The default in Edge Server is quite long, and the default in EOP is quite short. There is also a few values that are common to both. So, how do you merge the lists so that your Edge Server attachment filtering… Continue reading Exchange Edge Server and Common Attachment Blocking In Exchange Online Protection