AADConnect’s new Features -Auto Upgrade

A colleague of mine posted a great article on the new features of Azure Active Directory Connect (AADConnect) that raises some caution flags -things to be aware of when installing this new version.  Please take a moment to review the items Mr. Crowley addresses as they may be helpful on your next AADConnect deployment… Continue reading

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SHA-2 Certificates in AD FS 3.0

So I’ve come across this a couple of times and I’m sure it will begin to be more visible in the near future.  A big shout-out to  who posted this information -THANK YOU!

AD FS on Windows Server 2012 R2 (often referred to as “AD FS 3.0”) no longer has a dependency on IIS. One of the common methods used to generate a “Certificate Signing Request” (CSR) is to use IIS on the server you need the certificate on or by using another IIS server in the organization. Without access to IIS, your options for generating the CSR are to use the MMC snap-in, one of the native command line utilities or some third-party tools.

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Office 365 Planner

Microsoft is soon to be releasing Office 365 Planner and I have to say, I’m pretty excited about this!  For me and the work I do, this product is something I think I would live by. Working on so many different projects (each having their own set of teams, tasks, goals etc…), this would help me stay on course and on top of everything going on.  Currently, I use Outlook and OneNote to personally track all of this -occasionally MS Project, but it does get tedious and there are so many areas that are left in the gray spot.

If you are using Office 365 (for business, as I don’t believe Home or School will include this) -Please watch this video!

For more information on Office 365 Planner

PSTs – Offline Storage… Can we get rid of these already?

I came across a great article on this subject.  For years (being in the enterprise messaging field) I’ve run into this problem. No one wants to get rid of stuff and that’s understandable. However, there has got to be a better way to clean all this archived email mess.  This article not only explains the problem in better detail but also shares knowledge on WHAT to DO!

Brilliant!

Deep Sixing PST Files

A little over two years ago we wrote about removing PSTs from your organization and gave you a tool to assist you with that endeavor. .PST, Time to Walk the Plank. Since then, we’ve updated the tool with some new features and functionality. In this blog, we are going to give you:

More reasons to get rid of PST files.

What to do with the data in the PST files.

How to move the PST data to its new location.

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Map Network Drive to your OneDrive for Business account

There seems to be an increasing need for drive mapping to OneDrive for Business (ODFB). Though the newer versions of Windows (v8, v8.1, v10) will automatically synchronize a OneDrive ‘folder’, Drive mapping in corporate environments still seems to be the preferred way.

The ‘trick’ to doing this is to simply put the correct URL into the drive map location;

Log Into Portal

  • Click on OneDrive and copy the URL from the browser’s URL bar
  • Back in Windows, go file explorer, click on Computer and select Map Network Drive

MapNetworkDrive

MapNetworkDriveURL

  • That’s IT -now you have a network drive map to your OneDrive for Business!

Office 365 Migrations (Links)

These are a few links I’ve used in working with migrating to Office 365:

  1. Migrate all mailboxes to Exchange Online with a cutover migration
  2. Migrate Legacy Public Folders to Exchange Online Exchange 2013 Help
  3. Office 365 Identity Management with DirSync without Exchange Server On-Premises
  4. Troubleshoot a hybrid deployment Exchange 2013 Help
  5. MessageOps – Exchange of O365 Welcome
  6. Mailboxes 25 MB