Practical PowerShell Exchange Online book is now available!

After working on this book for the past 9-12 month, the work is done. This book is basically taking the information from our first book, Practical PowerShell Exchange 2016, and translating it so the content would work for Exchange Online. Sounds simple right? Yup, that’s what I thought to. Until I started to dig in and see all of the major and minor nuances I realized it was going to take quite some work to make this happen. Sections on server configurations, WMI and even minor things like parameters were all different in Office 365. In addition, I had to add material for the Security and Compliance Center and completely change how to trace or track an email message in the service. All of this added up to rearranging and rework, which added up to quite a bit of time.

In the ends I am quite happy with the book and think it adds enough value by itself. The book is over 400 pages in-length and certainly covers a lot of material that is cloud-only that would not be in the Exchange 2016 book. So if you would like to purchase a copy, click on the book image below. Take a look at the sample chapter and see if it fits your needs.


Quick PowerShell Stuff 22

This Quick PowerShell blog article will cover how to test that a server can receive a remote PowerShell request (like Invoke-Command), how to add this ability an at the end remove the changes if need be as well. The reason I wrote this code is that I am in the process of creating health check scripts that sometimes need to run code locally on a server because the code cannot be executed remotely. An example of this would be using PowerShell to run the various BPA PowerShell cmdlets. These need to be executed locally on a server to get the proper BPA to run and leave results to be collected later. As such, PowerShell needs to invoke cmdlets on the remote server.
I wrote a script to gather Event Log data and posted it here – Quick PowerShell Stuff 17. That script would fail if WinRM or remote PowerShell sessions were not allowed to connect to a Domain Controller for example. What I needed was a more automatic way to fix this as I am now automating my health check data collection process.
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Outlook 2016 and Exchange 2010 Public Folder Woes

Upon finishing my last project and stopping to take a look back at the past year or so I’ve realized that most (90%+) involved Office 365. Quite a dramatic change from my previous rate of around 50%. I have worked on a couple of migrations over the past year that revealed that Outlook 2016 is quite a different animal than all of its predecessors. Specifically when it comes to Public Folders on Legacy Exchange 2010 servers which is the last Exchange Server version to support Public Folders with actual Public Folder databases.
The Problem
In my most recent migration I had a customer that was moving from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016. In doing to we needed to configure coexistence for Public Folders. The reason is that with Public Folders, if a mailbox is on Exchange 2016, it can access Public Folders on Exchange 2016 AND Exchange 2010. However, a user with a mailbox on Exchange 2010 can only access Public Folders on Exchange 2010. This is due to the way that Microsoft has always proxied requests from a higher version to a lower version, but never in the reverse (exception now would be 2013/2016).
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PowerShell Scripts for Office 365 Migrations

For the past 3 months I have been hard at work with a client migrating from Lotus Notes to Office 365. Most migrations present some challenges, when coming from a system other than Exchange and migrating users to Office 36, there are additional challenges that present itself. In order to make the migration go smoother and to keep your own sanity, PowerShell scripts are necessary. With this migration I have an assortment of scripts that I have users and help with Forwarders, Retention Policies, Licensing and more.
Scripts and Background
One of the issues with this type of migration is Free Busy sharing between Office 365 and Lotus Notes users. This requires a bit of a special setup as well as a third-party tool to handle the query traffic between users of both email systems. In this scenario we used the Quest Coexistence product to provide this. This entails a multi-tiered approach to mailboxes and mail objects in Office 365. The underlying function of free busy has a dependency on the SMTP domain of the user to query. So we have this in Office 365:
Office 365 Users – User have a domain of
Lotus Notes Users – A contact with is used to direct email to Lotus Notes
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Quick PowerShell Stuff 21 – Teams PowerShell Module

Last week I wrote that Microsoft had released their Teams PowerShell module. It was rumored to not be a great PowerShell module, which could be true as it would be inline with Microsoft’s current cloud release structure which is feature first, administration (PowerShell and more) last. However, for this article we will start with an open mind. Let’s see what this module brings to the table.
Getting the Teams PS Module
First, how do we get our hands on the module? First we can see what Microsoft has documented in their PowerShell Gallery – As we can tell from the link, this is still an early release as the module version is less than 1.0.0. The current list of cmdlets is small at the moment with a concentration on Team Users, Channels and Team configuration settings.
Now like a lot of modules available for PowerShell 5.0, we can either save the Teams PS module for later use or installation on another computer

Save-Module -Name MicrosoftTeams -Path <path><!--more-->

Or we can install the module with this one-liner:

Install-Module -Name MicrosoftTeams 

** Note ** Just remember that in order to install the module, you need to have Administrative rights (right click and ‘Run As Administrator’) for Windows PowerShell as well as Internet access to get the module from its repository. Continue reading

Quick PowerShell Stuff 20 – Teams and Skype

If you were Ignite you may have heard about the transition plans for Skype and Teams. Skype Online is being absorbed by Teams in order to provide a more unified experience. Whether or not the end user or administrator sees this as good or not, it is happening. Microsoft has also begun to add Teams cmdlets to the Skype connection point in Office 365.
Microsoft Informational Articles
Team PowerShell Cmdlet Releases
Here is a quick timeline of the cmdlets released (your Office 365 tenant may have received these cmdlets before or after mine, so YMMV)
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Quick PowerShell Stuff 19

Having transitioned more and more to using PowerShell 5.0, instead of 4.0, I thought I would pass along one tip when using it. Typically when working with Exchange PowerShell and listing object attributes. I like to select a single column of the data and past it into a CSV file or documentation I am making. However, in PS 5.0, the default ‘Mark’ in PowerShell has changes. Instead of a single column, the select tool selects entire likes like so:
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