Office 365 – Azure AD Connect Preview installation

Following my previous announcing the preview of the new version of Azure AD Connect which will replace the current DirSync tool for Office 365, here is a post detailing the installation of the preview. As said in my previous post, this version can be downloaded from the Connect web site (http://connect.microsoft.com/site1164/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=53949) For this installation, I reused the same server which is already hosting my DIrSync instance for Office 365, as…

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Office 365 – Office 365 DirSync will be replaced with Azure AD Connect

Microsoft has announced that Azure AD Connect, the new tool to synchronize On Premises Active Directory directories will replace in a very near future the current DirSync tool for Office 365. As you may be aware, since few months we now have different synchronization tools for Office 365 and Azure Active Directory: Office 365 DirSync, the “old” synchronization tool initially used for Office 365 with single AD Forest Azure AD…

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ADFS 3 / Office 365 – Sign in with Lync mobile app on Android failed

While working on a project to deploy Office 365 with ADFS 3.0, I was running on an issue with the Lync mobile client on Android ONLY; other Lync client did not had the issue (on WIndows, WIndows Phone or iOS). The issue was the user was not able to sign in on the Lync 2013 mobile client on Android (while Office mobile or web browser access worked fine); the same…

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Azure / Office / Office 365 – Support for MFA for Office applications is coming

As you may already know – if not, this is it – Microsoft has introduced and provided Multi Form Factor (MFA) with Office 365, and Azure Active Directory, for some time now. This MFA solution is provided by PhoneFactor – which has been bought since then by Microsoft. If you don’t know anything about this just take a look here http://blog.hametbenoit.info/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=618 for On Premises deployment and http://blog.hametbenoit.info/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=556 for the Office…

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Windows Phone – Updated version of OneDrive (personal)

Today, the OneDrive app for Windows Phone – the personal version – has been updated to the version Ok, I usually don’t post about such mobile apps updates – as they can be frequent, but this is one is interesting as it introduced an interesting new feature. Indeed, you can now add your OneDrive for Business space into the OneDrive (personal) mobile application If this page does not come when…

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Windows 10 – Failed to check for new preview build. Please try again. 0x800700EA SOLVED

If you are running the preview version of Windows 10, you may be aware that an updated version is available and should be installed through the Update and Recovery section from the PC Settings in the Charm bar. Ok, but if you have enabled Media Center this operation will failed with the error code 0x800700EA. I found that is the Media Center feature which cause that issue thanks to the…

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Office 365 / SharePoint Online – OneDrive for Business Calculator

I know OneDrive for Business is not completely working (many synchronization issues have been reported, lacked of troubleshooting way…) but when it work, it is really helpful (especially because of the storage space increased up to 1 To recently ). I’m myself not a big fan of O4B. So that said – and because Microsoft is working hard to improve that, there is a useful Excel file which can help…

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Microsoft Azure – Cost Estimation Tool

Microsoft has update his Azure Cost Estimation tool now available at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=43376 After his installation, you will be able to scan your on premises environment (running either on a physical server or an hypervisor like Hyper V, SCVVM or ESx) and get an estimation cost for the same environment on Azure As sample, here is a result for an Hyper V 2012 R2 server running 7 VM’s – including SharePoint…

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Azure RMS – Deploying Azure Rights Management service connector to use Azure RMS On Premises

As you may already know, one of the most complicated task for IT and security guys is to ensure sensitive corporate data are well protected. To help them in this task, Microsoft has introduced a technology called Right Management Services (RMS) since about a decade (first release has been provided with Windows Server 2003 as additional downloadable component). Since then and the move to the cloud, RMS has been also…

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Office 365 / Exchange Online – New way to send attachment when using Outlook Web Access

As announced some time ago, Microsoft has one again introduced a new “simple” feature on Outlook Web Access hosted on Office 365. This new feature now allows you not to send an attachment but a link to your OneDrive for Business space where the attachment is stored. There is nothing to do your side – except wait for the deployment of this feature on your tenant. Then, you only have…

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Office 365 / Exchange Online – One Time Password is now available for encrypted message

Back in February 2014, Microsoft has implemented a new security feature on Exchange Online called Message Encryption (see http://blogs.office.com/2013/11/21/introducing-office-365-message-encryption-send-encrypted-emails-to-anyone/). But this feature required to use a Microsoft account to decrypt the message. With the service upgrade; this now possible to bypass this requirement and use a One Time Password (OTP) to decrypt the received message. For the purpose of this post, I send an email which has been encrypted by…

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Windows 10 – Multiple desktops / Task Views

With Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft has introduce a new feature called Task View which is in fact a way to use multiple different desktop running different applications – both Windows App or Desktop App.   This feature has been there for a long time on Linux or OSx, and has been there too long time ago on Windows XP with a PowerToy To use it, just hit the Task…

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Windows 10 – Upgrade Surface Pro 3 from Windows 8.1

A quick post to say the upgrade process from Windows 8.1 on Surface Pro 3 (core i7 / 8 G RAM) went very smoothly and was very quick. After about 15 min, Windows has been upgraded to Windows 10 with no issue. Everything from the application (both Windows App or Desktop App), content (cached from OneDrive and OneDrive for Business) is still there and correctly configured. Good news too, you…

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Exchange Online / Office 365 – Exchange: Failed to enable the new cloud archive error for existing cloud mailboxes

Recently I ran into an issue which is well documented for mailboxes moved to Exchange Online, but not in this case. This issue occurred on existing online mailboxes with online archive which has been already moved to online for a long time. Nothing appears on the DirSync logs – neither an error or an update – but on the admin portal I had an error message on the User management…

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