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An Introduction to Office365 Teams
Dec23

An Introduction to Office365 Teams

Anyone keeping an eye on what’s going on in Office365 will know that Microsoft Teams is rolling out across tenants right now. It’s a brilliant new collaboration tool allowing groups of people to chat with each other, work on documents, keep notes and create project plans all in one place. This sounds all very familiar, right? Office365 groups and SharePoint offer most of these features in a single place. Teams goes that...

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How to Configure Office365 to Only Accept Email From a 3rd Party Spam Filter
Dec09

How to Configure Office365 to Only Accept Email From a 3rd Party Spam Filter

If you want to use a 3rd party spam filtering service rather than utilising the built in protection provided by office 365, then you need to ensure that Office365 only accepts mail from that filtering service. If you don’t it’s too easy for spam bots to bypass the filter and deliver spam messages direct into your office 365 account potentially unfiltered! Setting up is easy so lets look at the steps. Step 1: Get a list of...

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Office 365 What is Flow and how to send an SMS when you receive an email
Nov29

Office 365 What is Flow and how to send an SMS when you receive an email

Microsoft Flow is a great new addition to the Office 365 suite and if you are familiar with services such as Onesaas and Zapier then you will know what its all about. If not then flow is a way to connect different applications together which normally don’t. If you receive an email in outlook you can automatically save the attachments into a SharePoint document library. If someone signs up to your newsletter on your website and...

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MaxBackup selection size displaying incorrectly on a mac
Nov15

MaxBackup selection size displaying incorrectly on a mac

Had an interesting issue this week which had me stumped for a while. I was trying to backup a Mac using MaxBackup and the selection size kept showing more data than was available on the local hard drive. The local disk was only 70gb but when selecting everything to be backed up it was showing 2.8tb,  where were these extra files coming from? The answer and fix is pretty straight forward and its due to the mac having one or more...

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Office 365 Prevent Bad Language in Email Using DLP
Nov09

Office 365 Prevent Bad Language in Email Using DLP

Get this blog post sent to you as a PDF file to read later Enter your email address and press Send Now Office 365 has some great features such as Data Loss Prevention (DLP) which is used to stop users from sending sensitive financial or medical information via email or by sharing files in SharePoint and OneDrive. Using DLP we can also do something else really cool, we can stop users using bad language in their emails. Hopefully you...

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Blog Progress Report- First 1000 Visitor Month
Nov01

Blog Progress Report- First 1000 Visitor Month

Hi Everyone Great to have you stopping by! It was about a year ago from today that I started SlashAdmin as a little side project and its been amazing. I started it to share my experiences of life in it and share a few tips along the way and its developed into a great resource for Office365 and PowerShell admins. Its great to hear when a post has helped people out and its opened up some great opportunities for me along the way. As you...

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Office365 How to Update Users Out of Office the Easy Way
Oct31

Office365 How to Update Users Out of Office the Easy Way

Get this blog post sent to you as a PDF file to read later Enter your email address and press Send Now If you’ve worked in IT for long enough you will eventually have to deal with a request to update a users out of office. This is usually because the’ve forgotten to do it themselves before going on holiday. In the dark ages it was such a chore, having to find out their password to login as them or assign permissions...

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Configure Office 365 DLP for SharePoint and OneDrive
Oct24

Configure Office 365 DLP for SharePoint and OneDrive

Get this blog post sent to you as a PDF file to read later Enter your email address and press Send Now If you want to stop users leaking sensitive financial or medial information to people outside your organisation then you need the Data Loss Prevention (DLP) of Office 365. It comes with several UK and US regulatory based rules to help protect your business from data protection issues. Users can easily accidentally or sometimes on...

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List Users Groups And Contact Email Addresses and Alias in Office 365 Using PowerShell
Oct11

List Users Groups And Contact Email Addresses and Alias in Office 365 Using PowerShell

Get this blog post sent to you as a PDF file to read later Enter your email address and press Send Now I spend most of my time administering the Exchange side of Office 365 so it pays spend some time experimenting with the commands. The more proficient you are using them the easier your job becomes especially when you need to do something a little more than the web portal is capable of. List users, groups and contacts E-Mail addresses...

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Office365 Enable Early Release and Try New Features First
Oct02

Office365 Enable Early Release and Try New Features First

Do you want to try out the latest and greatest features released in Office 365 before most others? If yes, then enable early release updates within your tenant. Test out the latest features released for public testing, assign these features to everyone or a select pilot group within your 365 tenant. Step 1: Log into the portal as a tenant admin and expand the Settings menu then click on Organization profile. Step 2: Scroll down to...

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How to install a Smart Array Controller P440ar into a ProLiant ML350 G9
Sep21

How to install a Smart Array Controller P440ar into a ProLiant ML350 G9

I love HP but this week I installed a new server which needed an ar array controller installing. I opened up the server, looked at the card and didn’t have a clue where it was to be installed! looked in the box and found no instructions, looked online and again found no instructions. So if like me you are struggling to work it out here’s how it’s done. Step 1: Open up the server and remove the clear plastic air...

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How to make a game using PowerShell Old School Style – Dragon Slayer
Sep17

How to make a game using PowerShell Old School Style – Dragon Slayer

I love messing around from time to time and recently I’ve been working on a new book which I’ll be releasing on Amazon which focuses on writing fun games using PowerShell! If you want to keep up to date on its development you should subscribe to the notification list here. Back in the day I spent many hours writing ASCII based games at school and college and I wanted to give it a try again only this time put together a...

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How to Build Office365 Reports and Dashboards in Excel using REST
Sep13

How to Build Office365 Reports and Dashboards in Excel using REST

Someone asked me the other day how can I keep an eye on my users mailbox sizes. Well there are a lot of ways but I’ve been wanting to mess around with Excel and the Office365 reporting web service to create a nice dashboard. The dashboard will eventually contain lots of useful information an Office365 administrator can use to ensure the smooth running of their tenant. First I’ll add in a mailbox size report and then expand...

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Office365 Email Activity Reports
Sep05

Office365 Email Activity Reports

Office 365 recently got some new report features and one of them allows you to see how much email users have sent, received and read each day. Useful information for the team leader or management wanting to keep an eye on users who may not be performing as well as their colleagues. To view the Office 365 usage reports log into the portal and go to the admin centre as an administrator http://portal.office.com and click on the Admin...

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Office 365 MCSA Certification Exam References Guide 70-346 and 70-347
Sep02

Office 365 MCSA Certification Exam References Guide 70-346 and 70-347

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) is a core skill set certification for anyone working as an IT admin using Office 365. It’s also an ideal track for young people who want to develop a sustainable and long living career in IT. Earning an MCSA Office 365 certification qualifies you for a spot as Software as a service administrator (SaaS) or a cloud administrator, who focus on managing products such as Exchange, Skype...

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How to Bulk Add Users into Office 365 using PowerShell
Aug30

How to Bulk Add Users into Office 365 using PowerShell

One of the easiest ways to import users in bulk when not using AD Connect to synchronize an on-premises Active Directory is to use a CSV file. Create a new text file and copy in the following text and save the file as users.csv. Use these entries as an example and modify them to match your own requirements. One thing to note here is that the AccountSkuId value defines the license you want to assign to the user: ENTERPRISEPREMIUM =...

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5 Things Often Forgotten while migrating to Office 365
Aug24

5 Things Often Forgotten while migrating to Office 365

Once you’ve done a few Office 365 migrations you will know of these annoying little jobs that come back to bite you. You can complete a migration and think you’ve done a good job then come Monday morning users come in and the complaints start pouring in. These are my 5 top Office 365 jobs that are often overlooked so take note and enjoy a successful migration. Re-Attaching Archive PST files I hate archive PST files but you...

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10 Essential Tips for Passing Microsoft Exams
Aug18

10 Essential Tips for Passing Microsoft Exams

Passing Microsoft Exams Tip #1 Know you are going to pass your exam have no doubt in your mind. Don’t ever think: “I’m no good with exams ” or “I’m not sure I’m ready for this” That’s just rubbish self doubt creeping in! passing Microsoft exams requires nothing more than some dedication, time and effort from you. If you’re the sort of person who wants to be successful but...

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Set Passwords to Never Expire in Office 365 Using PowerShell
Aug17

Set Passwords to Never Expire in Office 365 Using PowerShell

Just don’t do it! However, there may be some cases where you are asked to break company policies and set an account to never expire. In smaller organizations this usually comes from the business owners or managers but try and resist for their own good and explain the security risks involved. When ever possible, compromise and come up with a suitable password policy for the business to use. You could set the following password...

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Office 365: Selectively Wipe a Mobile Phone
Aug14

Office 365: Selectively Wipe a Mobile Phone

Storing company information on a mobile phone carries with it some risk. Having the ability to erase all information held on a phone from the portal is a fantastic feature but what if the device belongs to the employee? Maybe they are no longer employed by your organisation and have left never to return, what do you do about your data left on the phone? You cant remotely wipe the whole phone because they will have personal pictures,...

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How to Remove Unwanted Tiles from Office 365 App Menu
Aug12

How to Remove Unwanted Tiles from Office 365 App Menu

Every now and again I get asked how can I hide unwanted apps from the Office 365 app menu for all users even before they have logged in. Well unfortunately we are rather limited at the moment but proper app management is coming, so for now we can only disable unused applications for users. One other option is to unpin tiles once you have logged in by clicking the three dots which show up when you hover over a tile. The downside to...

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How to List Users in Office 365 Using PowerShell
Aug09

How to List Users in Office 365 Using PowerShell

If you don’t know how to connect PowerShell to Office 365 then read this post first to get started: How to Connect PowerShell to Office 365 List Users The easiest way to return a list of all users is to run the Get-MsolUser cmdlet. By default, it will return only the UPN, Display name and the isLicensed attributes. Get-MsolUser User Attributes Each user contains a number of attributes defining their settings and personal...

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How to List Office 365 Subscriptions Using PowerShell
Aug05

How to List Office 365 Subscriptions Using PowerShell

Subscriptions in Office 365 define the features and services available and how many licenses you have available to issue to user accounts. Each subscription has its own Account SKU ID such as ENTERPRISEPREMIUM for E3 subscriptions. When you reference a subscription ID in PowerShell you will need to prefix it with your 365 tenant name. This is the part before your onmicrosoft.com address you chose when creating your account. Our test...

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How to Connect PowerShell to Office 365
Aug03

How to Connect PowerShell to Office 365

Required Tools In order for you to manage your Office 365 account, you will need to download and install a few tools. You can manage your account from any Windows PC, you don't need to install them to a server so can manage accounts directly from your PC or laptop. Download and install each of the following tools: Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41950 Azure Active...

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Office 365: Remotely Wipe a Mobile Phone Which is Lost or Stolen
Aug01

Office 365: Remotely Wipe a Mobile Phone Which is Lost or Stolen

Storing company information on a mobile phone carries with it some risk. Having the ability to erase all information held on a phone from the portal is a fantastic feature. If an employee loses their phone or a device is stolen you can wipe everything from it with the click of a couple of buttons. Lets run through the instructions for remotely erasing everything from a mobile phone. Log into the Admin center and click on Resources...

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LOGICnow Take Control – Installation Failed
Aug01

LOGICnow Take Control – Installation Failed

We use LOGICnow’s RMM tool along with its built in Take Control functionality its an integral part of how we support our clients. We had a few issues this week where several servers decided to report their Take Control installation had failed. Funny that, because its been working fine on those servers so its must have been an update which triggered the failure. If you have a similar issue then follow this handy checklist to get...

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Guest Post for LOGICnow
Aug01

Guest Post for LOGICnow

Hi Everyone, LOGICnow have posted one of my guest blog posts! If you use their Max Backup service take a look: https://www.logicnow.com/blog/understanding-bandwidth-throttling-backup      

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OneDrive: We can’t sync this library because the configuration created by the site administrator isn’t supported.
Jul15

OneDrive: We can’t sync this library because the configuration created by the site administrator isn’t supported.

If you’ve recently received this error then its time to upgrade your OneDrive for Business application! If you are using a click to run install from Office 365 you can run a repair install from ‘Add remove programs’. If not then simply download the latest version and upgrade the software. Download the latest version from here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/kb/2903984 Run the install Wait a few minutes Enter the...

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Office 365: How to Setup Mobile Device Management for Android and Windows Devices Part 2
Jul14

Office 365: How to Setup Mobile Device Management for Android and Windows Devices Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of our guide to setting up Office 365 mobile device management (MDM). I’ve known some support companies which leave users to install and setup their devices. There are several steps to setting up a device so to save our helpdesk getting support calls from users we always run through the initial setup ourselves. This ensures everything gets setup to a minimum standard and saves you hassle later! Lets jump in and...

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Office 365: How to Setup Mobile Device Management for Android and Windows Devices Part 1
Jul07

Office 365: How to Setup Mobile Device Management for Android and Windows Devices Part 1

Step 1: Enable Mobile Device Management (MDM) Mobile device management in Office 365 is improving all the time and it’s so easy to configure a policy which makes mobile devices such as mobile phones and tablets. Just to clarify mobile devices don’t include laptops so these policies wont apply to them. Also if you are supporting Apple devices there is an extra step required to get them working correctly which we will cover...

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Hyper-V Stuck Starting at 10%
Jun24

Hyper-V Stuck Starting at 10%

Had an issue with several virtual machines not starting this week, they just got stuck on 10% and no matter how many times I restarted the VM and the Host they wouldn’t start running. This could have been a disaster if it happened on a live system but luckily it wasn’t. Let’s take a look at how to fix it. First turn of the VM’s  that are experiencing the problem. If they wont turn off then you will need to kill...

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Office 365 Planner How To Guide
Jun17

Office 365 Planner How To Guide

Once again Microsoft have been busy adding new features into Office 365 with the Office Planner. We’ve been waiting for some nice project / task list  type functionality for a while so lets take a look and see if it will be a useful tool. Open up the App menu and click on the new planner tile. If you don’t see it then you will have to upgrade your subscription. The planner page will load into the Planner hub which is the...

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Office 365: How to brand the portal part 2
Jun10

Office 365: How to brand the portal part 2

In the lab this week we continue branding the office 356 portal by adding a colour theme, logo and banner image. Adding some of your own branding helps users feel at home when using a new system. It also helps set you apart from those admins which only do the essentials and forgets about adding the nice finishing touches to an Office 365 setup. Lets jump in! Log into the portal and go into the Admin centre and click Settings then...

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Office 365: How to brand the login page
May25

Office 365: How to brand the login page

Once you have migrated into Office 365 why not finish off a good job by applying some branding to the login page. This is often over looked or just not bothered with but makes a nice finishing touch. Lets jump into the lab and walk through how to brand the login page by adding a custom image, logo and support text. Lets get started.. Step1: Log into the portal https://portal.office.com/AdminPortal/Home as an administrator and click on...

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SolarWinds Max Backup Bare Metal Recovery Step by Step
May19

SolarWinds Max Backup Bare Metal Recovery Step by Step

If your new to Max Backup or just haven’t been in a situation where you have had to do a bare metal recovery then its time to have a go. In this lab I’m going to try and recover one of our physical servers running on HP hardware to a Virtual Machine on a Hyper-V host. Not really what its meant for but it works and is a good way to experiment and learn the process. Why would we want to do this? Maybe you manage your...

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Office 365 Audit Log Search
Apr27

Office 365 Audit Log Search

Its Office 365 time again in the lab and this time we are going to take a look at auditing. Do you want to see which admin deleted that user account or which user accessed that file and where from? well you will find out how right now! First you need to start recording user and admin activities using the link  under Security & Compliance -> Search & investigation -> Audit log search Click Turn on to start recording...

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Office 365 Security and Compliance Center
Apr20

Office 365 Security and Compliance Center

If you’ve not logged into your Office 365 portal for a few weeks you would have missed the new Security and compliance center updates. This new area groups everything together into one place making security and compliance easier to manage. The center is broken down into the following sections Permissions Security Policies Data Management Search and Investigation Reports Service Assurance Over the next couple of weeks i’m...

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DrayTek Roadshow 2016
Apr16

DrayTek Roadshow 2016

I had an opportunity to go to the DrayTek Roadshow at the Hilton hotel in reading this week hosted by: CEO – Michael Spalter CTO – Alex Shuker Sales and Marketing Manager – Julian Hubble Technical Support Manager – Manoj Khatri Senior Technical Support Engineer – Joe Deacy I’ve been to quite a few events like this in the past so I can report it was a great success. The Venue was great and...

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DrayTek Vigor 2960 Multi tenant setup using private and public IP addresses on LAN
Apr03

DrayTek Vigor 2960 Multi tenant setup using private and public IP addresses on LAN

This week in the lab we are going to setup a DrayTek Vigor 2960 for a small multi tenant office. Each office will have their own subnet and DHCP provided by our 2960. Each tenant will have the option of using public IP addresses on their own equipment on their LAN. In our lab we have a suitable internet connection to support several users and a single DrayTek Vigor 2960 router. In our building network we are subletting three offices...

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How to enable Multi-Factor Authentication in Office 365 and login using SMS or the Authenticator Mobile App
Mar22

How to enable Multi-Factor Authentication in Office 365 and login using SMS or the Authenticator Mobile App

Improve security by enabling multi factor authentication on your Office 365 tenant. Tired of overly complicated two factor authentication systems? Office 365 Multi-Factor Authentication is for you! Lets take a look at the steps involved in enabling and configuring a trial user in our demo lab. Our lab is configured as cloud only but will work equally well with AD Connect too. In our lab we will be using the Multi Factor Authentication...

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Demo Lab: Configure a Meraki Network
Mar10

Demo Lab: Configure a Meraki Network

I’ve wanted to get some more Meraki kit into the office to experiment with for ages and finally got round to sourcing some and setup a test lab. If you’ve never used Meraki equipment before you should! opening up a box is like the first time you purchased an iPhone or a brand new car it feels a bit special! No I’m not weird I’m a nerdy IT guy 😉 This is high end networking equipment for enterprise and utilises a...

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Bletchley Park and The National Museum of Computing
Feb28

Bletchley Park and The National Museum of Computing

Each year for my birthday I like to take a week off work, go explore and take in a museum or two. This year I’ve done a return visit and dragged the wife along to Bletchley Part and The National Museum of Computing (TNMC) and yet again come away thinking they are Awesome! These are two separate museums in the same location, both can be visited in a day but why rush! Also its worth noting that TNMC only open Thursday, Saturday...

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Cant backup server event id 8230 in logs
Feb18

Cant backup server event id 8230 in logs

I’ve had an issue where a server hasn’t been backing up for a couple of days and all of the recommended solutions didn’t work. In the end it was a case of trial and error until I managed to get it working. First thing is to check the Application log and in my case I was receiving event ID 8230. There are plenty of recommended solutions to this problem but none worked for me.   When a backup hangs it can be for a...

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Using LOGICnow’s Max Backup service with Azure for offsite disaster recovery
Feb09

Using LOGICnow’s Max Backup service with Azure for offsite disaster recovery

We’ve been using LOGICnow’s Max Backup service for a while now to provide cloud backup and business continuity to our clients. Recently we’ve been playing with Azure to provide a DR solution that can be turned on within a few minutes without the expense of  having hardware laying around doing nothing. This can be done using windows backup and the Azure backup services but if you need offsite hot standby servers and a...

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Office 365: Can’t log a support case via the portal?
Jan30

Office 365: Can’t log a support case via the portal?

Gone to log a new support case in a clients tenant and found you can’t? Trying to log a new case shows the following screen asking you to contact your partner. Chances are you’ve recently purchased licenses from a Cloud Solutions Provider(CSP). If you’re a CSP then you no longer log support requests directly from your clients portal but rather you need to setup delegated administration. If you manage your own Office...

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Office 365: Change from Exchange P1 to Small Business Premium licenses
Jan23

Office 365: Change from Exchange P1 to Small Business Premium licenses

Changing users from Exchange P1 to Small Business Premium licenses without any data loss is easy but the first time you try it can be a little scary. You have two options, when using a traditional subscription paid for on a credit card you can switch the subscription to a different plan which would also change all of the users with a licence from that plan. This is fine but if you are using CSP billing or only want to switch a few of...

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Office 365: What happens when you disable AD Connect?
Jan16

Office 365: What happens when you disable AD Connect?

Sometimes you just wonder what happens when you do something in a system. I wasn’t entirely sure what would if I disabled Active Directory synchronisation so I did it in my lab environment just to see. Why would you want to do this? More and more small businesses are decommissioning their old Small Business Servers and replacing them with a NAS box or micro server and SharePoint in 365.  A business of ten PC’s or less...

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Azure: How to filter subscriptions in the preview portal
Jan10

Azure: How to filter subscriptions in the preview portal

If you haven’t noticed yet changes are coming in the Azure portal (Appart from the constant updates). I logged in today and I was sent straight into the preview portal so I guess I had better start using it! The preview portal is Microsoft’s new look portal for Azure which has been in development for a while now. Its specifically tailored for use on touch devices but it does have some way to go before its ready but I...

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Office 365: Using AD Connect to sync only specified user accounts
Jan04

Office 365: Using AD Connect to sync only specified user accounts

In my last post Office 365: AD Connect we walked through the setup using all of the default options. Now lets take a look at using the custom options and how to sync only selected user accounts. First why would you want to do this? I find it really useful when a client has an existing 365 setup using cloud accounts and they now want to synchronise their on-premises Active Directory user accounts with the cloud. Using this method...

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