New Interesting Tiles – Office 365

Recently I noticed some tiles that appeared on my E3 tenant that I received as an MVP benefit. The tile exposes some new training options that are available to Office 365 Admins:

New Training Options

  • Train Yourself – Office 365 small business – training
  • Train Your People – Office 365 Training Center
  • Advanced Admin Training – Office 365 admin and IT pro courses

What exactly do these new training options provide?
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The move object info message is too large. Current size 17,592,186,042,368 MB limit 480 MB

THAT message. Yes THAT message. I received this for a bunch of mailboxes I was moving From Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016. The complete error is confounding and does not make much sense:
So what is the solution? The error’s solution is rather simple. There is an existing move request for the mailbox being moved. The solution is to remove any move requests. However, if the move request exists in Exchange 2010 and we try to remove this request from Exchange 2016’s PowerShell interface we get this error: Continue reading

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 @cloud.domain.com
Lotus Notes Users – A contact with @lotus.domain.com 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 – https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/MicrosoftTeams/0.9.0. 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
https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2017/09/25/a-new-vision-for-intelligent-communications-in-office-365/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/faq-journey
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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Azure Cloud Shell Preview

Being a fan of PowerShell and having a lot of customers who are relying on the cloud means that Microsoft’s new ‘Azure Cloud Shell’ brings PowerShell awesomeness to your browser. Yes, I said Browser. To be fair, Microsoft has written up some fairly decent documentation on it and it can be found here – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cloud-shell/overview. While that is great for a place to start, what about its practical use? Just because a tool is available, doesn’t mean its what you need. In this article we’ll explore any known limitations, upsides and more about this new feature.
Firing Up Azure Cloud Shell
In order to access this new interface, make sure to log into your Azure tenant portal – https://portal.azure.com. Once logged in, you can see the PowerShell icon at the very top of the portal:
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