MFA and End User Impacts

This article will look at the various different MFA settings found in Azure AD (which controls MFA for Office 365 and other SaaS services) and how those decisions impact users. There is lots on the internet on enabling MFA, and lots on what that looks like for the user – but nothing I could see… Continue reading MFA and End User Impacts

Managing Office 365 Groups With Remote PowerShell

Announced during Microsoft Ignite 2015, there are now PowerShell administration cmdlets available for the administration of the Groups feature in Office 365. The cmdlets are all based around “UnifedGroups”, for example Get-UnifiedGroups. Create a Group Use New-UnifiedGroup to do this. An example would be New-UnifiedGroup -DisplayName “Sales” -Alias sales –EmailAddress sales@contoso.com The use of the… Continue reading Managing Office 365 Groups With Remote PowerShell

Speaking at TechEd Europe 2014

I’m please to announce that Microsoft have asked me to speak on “Everything You Need To Know About SMTP Transport for Office 365” at TechEd Europe 2014 in Barcelona. Its going to be a busy few weeks as I go from there to the MVP Summit in Redmond, WA straight from that event. My session… Continue reading Speaking at TechEd Europe 2014

Getting Exchange Message Sizing Raw Data

On the internet there are a number of resources for collecting the raw data needed to size Exchange Server deployments. These include: http://blogs.technet.com/b/neiljohn/archive/2011/08/09/user-profile-analysis-for-exchange-server-2010.aspx (Neil Johnson – User Profile Analysis for Exchange Server 2010 ) http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/bb94b422-eb9e-4c53-a454-f7da6ddfb5d6 (“mjolinor” – the primary source of the script used here) This blog outlines my process for collecting the data needed… Continue reading Getting Exchange Message Sizing Raw Data

Configuring Exchange On-Premises to Use Azure Rights Management

This article is the fifth in a series of posts looking at Microsoft’s new Rights Management product set. In an earlier previous post we looked at turning on the feature in Office 365 and in this post we will look at enabling on-premises Exchange Servers to use this cloud based RMS server. This means your… Continue reading Configuring Exchange On-Premises to Use Azure Rights Management

Updating Exchange 2013 Anti-Malware Agent From A Non-Internet Connected Server

In Forefront Protection for Exchange (now discontinued) for Exchange 2010 it was possible to run the script at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2292741 to download the signatures and scan engines when the server did not have a direct connection to the download site at forefrontdl.microsoft.com. To achieve the same with Exchange 2013 and the built-in anti-malware transport agent you… Continue reading Updating Exchange 2013 Anti-Malware Agent From A Non-Internet Connected Server

Exchange DLP Rules in Exchange Management Shell

This one took a while to work out, so noting it down here! If you want to create a transport rule for a DLP policy that has one data classification (i.e. data type to look for such as ‘Credit Card Number’) then that is easy in PowerShell and an example would be as below. New-TransportRule… Continue reading Exchange DLP Rules in Exchange Management Shell

Enabling and Configuring AADRM in Exchange Online

This article is the fourth in a series of posts looking at Microsoft’s new Rights Management product set. In the previous post we looked at turning on the feature in Office 365 and in this post we will look at how to manage the service in the cloud. In this series of articles we will… Continue reading Enabling and Configuring AADRM in Exchange Online

Managing Azure Active Directory Rights Management

This article is the third in a series of posts looking at Microsoft’s new Rights Management product set. In the previous post we looked at turning on the feature in Office 365 and in this post we will look at how to manage the service in the cloud. In this series of articles we will… Continue reading Managing Azure Active Directory Rights Management

The New Rights Management Service

This blog is the start of a series of articles I will write over the next few months on how to ensure that your data is encrypted and secured to only the people you want to access it, and only for the level of rights you want to give them. The technology that we will… Continue reading The New Rights Management Service

Moving Exchange Online Protection Junk Mail to the Junk Email Folder

If you use Exchange Online Protection (EOP) to filter your email in the cloud and to remove spam and malware before onward delivery to you, and if you use Exchange 2007 or later on-premises, then you need to configure Exchange to move detected spam to the Junk Email folder in Outlook. By default EOP detects… Continue reading Moving Exchange Online Protection Junk Mail to the Junk Email Folder

Removing Edge Subscription When Exchange 2013 Installed

Exchange 2013 does not have an Edge role (at the time of writing – Aug 2013). It is possible to use Exchange 2010 SP3 and install the Edge role should you need one. There is a problem though when it comes to removing the Edge Subscription between an organization that contains Exchange 2013 servers and… Continue reading Removing Edge Subscription When Exchange 2013 Installed

Journal Alternative Mailbox and No Inbox Rules

In the event of your journal mailbox going offline, any journal reports destined for these mailboxes will queue. After two days (though this time is the expiry time for messages in your Exchange organization, so may be different) the message will expire and an NDR sent to the sender of the journal report. The problem… Continue reading Journal Alternative Mailbox and No Inbox Rules

Removing Old Exchange 2013/2016 Log Files

Update: 18th Sept 2014. An updated version of this script has been written by Thomas Stensitzki and can be downloaded from http://www.sf-tools.net/Messaging/tabid/55/EntryId/213/Updated-script-to-purge-Exchange-and-IIS-log-files.aspx. This updated version works on systems that have not used the default installation paths and it reads them automatically from the server. The below still works for users with default installation paths. Exchange 2013… Continue reading Removing Old Exchange 2013/2016 Log Files

IPv6 Routed LAN with Windows

This blog is written to note down the steps needed to configure IPv6 on the whole of your LAN using Windows Server 2008 R2 as the router, but without installing RRAS. It also uses Hurricane Electric’s IPv6 tunnel broker service to provide the IPv6 connectivity via an IPv4 tunnel as my internet provider (Virgin Media… Continue reading IPv6 Routed LAN with Windows