Office 365 QA/Dev Tenant – Part 2

Value in Office 365 QA/DEV Tenant
In the previous articles in this series I covered the concept of creating a QA/Dev Office 365 tenant for testing. Some may ask what the value is in doing this. Cloud environments are supposed to save costs and we are supposed to rely on the provider for testing and ensuring quality. Is it truly worth the cost to add this to your existing IT infrastructure? Let’s take this question and see if we can provide a suitable answer.
Production tenants can leverage quite a few features in Office 365 that can be tested without technically affecting users in the cloud. Some examples of this are:
Quotas – can be applied per mailbox
DLP – can be applied per mailbox or just use mail tips (no production data affected).
Retention Policies – per mailbox application
Transport rules – can be per mailbox
Labels – in the Security and Compliance Center
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Office 365 QA/Dev Tenant – Introduction

Over the past few weeks I have been working out a series of articles on a concept of how do we test things in Microsoft’s cloud environment? Depending on the environment you work in you may or may not be required to have some sort of QA or DEV environment for testing and validating changes. In the world of cloud based apps and hosted services how would one go about doing this? I believe this would depend on the cloud based service and what they offer for this particular need. For example, if your company is using SalesForce, there is an option to create a SalesForce Sandbox:
https://help.salesforce.com/articleView?id=data_sandbox_create.htm&type=5
Creating a Sandbox environment for SalesForce allows you to test certain features and configurations.
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Exchange 2019 Prerequisite Script v1.6

With the re-release of Windows 2019, I have had a chance to polish the prerequisite script I had originally written for Exchange 2019 Preview. The script is now in version 1.6 due to updates, bugs and prerequisite corrections I had to make because Microsofts documentation is currently incorrect HERE. As such I have made the best adjustments I could for now. Please feel free to download this script to help your Exchange 2019 installation go more smoothly. I will be posting a video of the script as a small helper in case you get stuck running the script yourself.

DOWNLOAD IT HERE

Screenshots of the script on Windows 2019 Full and Core OS:

Quick Reference Sheet for Security and Compliance Center

A long time ago I had run across a series of PowerShell 4.0 quick reference sheets. I found them useful when I was new to PowerShell eons ago. Now that I use PowerShell on a regular basis, I thought I would create a series of these for more modern Microsoft applications. First one that I completed was for Microsoft Teams. I have now released one for the Security and Compliance Center. This one will be changing a bit more as some new cmdlet have been added in the past month. Look for those changes soon.


As more of these PowerShell Quick References are released, they will all be placed HERE free to download by all. If you have any feedback on these, please feed free to email me at Templates@PracticalPowerShell.com.