Azure Active Directory (and AD Premium)

Below are a few links I have used relating to Microsoft Azure Active Directory, including DirSync (aka Azure Active Directory Synch, aka Azure AD Connect)

  1. Add in Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to Azure Active Directory
  2. Manage Azure AD
  3. Azure Active Directory Sync Services, Preview / Step by Step
  4. DirSync: Using Alternate Login IDs with Azure Active Directory
  5. Fix Duplicate DirSync Errors
  6. Azure AD Connect: One simple, fast, lightweight tool to connect AD and Azure AD

PowerShell for Office 365

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Are you an Office 365 IT administrator who is new to PowerShell? Are you looking for an Office 365 admin tool to automate repetitive administrative tasks? Or perhaps you are looking to access additional capabilities that aren’t available in the Office 365 Admin Center? Then PowerShell for Office 365 is for you

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Office 365 “Backout Plan”

A co-worker shared a blog with me in dealing with back-out plans for Office 365 deployments.  It was very informative and gave good/sound advise.  Though I’m a firm believer and supporter of Microsoft’s Office 365 infrastructure and dependability, I’m also a ‘seasoned’ IT Engineer who knows that the putting all your eggs in one basket approach could have consequences.

If this thought has crossed your mind or if you’re just curious, I encourage you to read the article posted on Apr 7, 2015 by in Tony Redmond’s Exchange Unwashed Blog


What’s your back-out plan if an Office 365 deployment is unsuccessful?

The history of IT contains many failed projects. All manner of excuses and explanations are offered as to why failure came about. Poor technology, poor planning, bad execution, bugs, or just bad luck. For whatever reasons, we know that every IT project has some potential for failure. The question is what to do if failure should occur – or what’s your back-out plan? Few experienced CIOs would plunge into a major project without knowing what their Plan B is – so what is it if an Office 365 deployment goes bad?

Get Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -on Android Phones!

Microsoft recently released the Office 365 suite for Android Phones (keep in mind, ‘phones’ -not tablets without cellular data)

Do great work anywhere, anytime

We’ve combined the familiar look and feel of Microsoft Office with a touch-friendly experience. Now you can view, edit, and share documents from your phone wherever work takes you, while built-in security and tools make it easy to manage file access and protect your data.

Enjoy premium features

Your Office 365 subscription includes access to premium features, so you can track changes on the go in Microsoft Word or save handwritten notations on your slides.

Share and collaborate

Office apps for Android phone connect to Microsoft OneDrive for Business, Microsoft SharePoint, Dropbox for Business, and Google Drive. With access to updated documents, you can share and collaborate more easily, while your formatting stays consistent across devices and platforms.

Download the new Office for Android phone apps today!

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Unable to Activate DirSync

I came across a unique incident today while working in an Office 365 tenant.  After getting things ready for Directory Synchronization internally and on the tenant side, the time had come to Turn on DirSync within the O365 Portal. I had downloaded the Azure Active Directory Synchronization install (DirSync), created the accounts needed for the install and was ready to go.  Within the Portal, after clicking on Users/Active Users then selecting Active Directory Synchronization Set up, under Step #3 Activate Active Directory Synchronization I clicked Activate

This returned an error that it couldn’t be completed;

Sorry, we can’t process your request.

we’re investigating right now. Please try again later.

Support Information

Session ID:


Error code:


After waiting awhile, this did not ‘resolve itself’ and a support ticket was opened. After escalation and still no results, i found a good article ( explaining the same problem -and a solution!

Logging into the portal through PowerShell and running a Get-MsolDomain, i saw that the domain was indeed in there.

I ran Remove-MsolDomain and verified it was gone, then went back and tried the Activate button again (in Step #3) -It works!

If anyone runs into this problem, I hope that if they haven’t come across the Perficient blog they see this one and are able to fix the issue quickly.

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