Do you have a pre-Exchange 2013 SP1 Hybrid or are you using free/busy federation? Update your Federation Trust on Sept 23!

If your organization has an Exchange Hybrid deployment that is not running on Exchange 2013 SP1 or later you may want pay attention. On September 23, 2014, Microsoft will be making a certificate change to the Microsoft Federation Gateway which could affect you. This change could also impact those who are sharing free/busy information between […]

Office 365 Workstation Readiness

As cloud services and Office 365 in general continue to gain popularity, I find myself talking to more and more organizations who are looking to make use of these services. One of the challenges I come up against most often is the issue of workstation readiness and how many organizations tend to overlook the importance […]

Microsoft Office 365 MVP!

Today was a good day! It stared out in Music City – Nashville, Tennessee, I went for an early morning run and was getting ready to kick-off my first project since relocating to the U.S a few weeks ago when, just after 8am I received an email informing me that I had been presented with […]

How to perform a manual synchronisation with AADSync

I recently posted about the preview (CTP) of Azure Active Directory Sync Services (AADSync). There are a number of differences between AAADSync and DirSync, one of these being that the “DirSyncConfigShell.psc1” shell previously used to perform a manual synchronisation is not longer available. Instead, we can now use “DirSyncClientCmd.exe” which is located in “C:\Program Files […]

Azure Active Directory Sync Services – Kicking the “AADSync” tyres

Windows Azure Active Directory Sync (DirSync) has become synonymous with Office 365 in recent years and while DirSync isn’t a requirement, I haven’t seen any organisations consuming Office 365 services without it. In simple terms, DirSync can be used to synchronise local Active Directory objects to a Windows Azure Active Directory instance which is in […]

Office 365 Fast Track Network Analysis

Back in 2011 I posted about the Microsoft Online Services Internet Connection Performance Test which was a tool that helped measure response times, bandwidth, and overall connection quality in preparation for consuming Microsoft Online services. The tool disappeared without warning after a while and was never replaced. A few months ago now it seems a […]