Outbound proxy considerations and Office 365 consumption

If you are looking at cloud services for your organisation, it is likely you have had a conversation with your security and network teams about what part a proxy service is going to play. If you’ve not had that conversation yet, there’s a good chance you will soon… Now before I get too much into this, let me just say; if you can get away without the use of an outbound proxy when implementing Office 365 or Azure services, then don’t use one.… [Keep reading] “Outbound proxy considerations and Office 365 consumption”

Azure AD Connect – “The specified domain does not exist or cannot be contacted” when adding an untrusted AD forest

I ran into a little issue while on site with a customer who required AAD Connect to be configured for use in a multi-forest environment with three forests. There was a forest trust between two of the forests, however the third forest did not have any trusts in place. Prior to implementing this solution, we ran up a test environment to do a run through and document the steps required for an implementation plan.

The test environment consisted of three Windows Server 2012 AD forests all at 2012 functional level – kloudy.net,… [Keep reading] “Azure AD Connect – “The specified domain does not exist or cannot be contacted” when adding an untrusted AD forest”

Consideration for multi-forest synchronisation with a resource Exchange forest

Azure AD Connect has come a long way from the early days of DirSync, and multi-forest directory synchronisation is a great step forward, with the ability to synchronise an account forest and Exchange resource forest to Office 365 meeting the needs of many organisations.

Joining linked mailboxes

To provide synchronisation of an account forest and an Exchange resource forest AAD Connect matches accounts across forests using the same attribute used by Exchange, matching the linked mailbox account’s msExchMasterAccount attribute value with the objectSID value of the account in the other forest to join them.… [Keep reading] “Consideration for multi-forest synchronisation with a resource Exchange forest”

Office 365 PowerShell and Modularised code.

I’m going to preface this article by saying “This is not a guide to resolve a specific problem, but rather a discussion on how to work through a problem/issue which requires a script to resolve”.

Often when you first look at some of these problems they seem incredibly difficult and you can rapidly end up down a rabbit hole you didn’t intend to. (I was going to quote Yoda during the Dark Side cave scene in Empire Strikes Back, but decided against proving myself to be of a certain techie stereotype.… [Keep reading] “Office 365 PowerShell and Modularised code.”

PowerShell and Office 365

While there is a plethora of articles written about PowerShell, Hey, Scripting Guy!, where I regularly seem to end up at while trying to figure out how to do something new/different, I’m often asked about PowerShell when I’m working with customers. You see, if you’re like me, you’ve spent most of your IT life working in a Graphical User Interface (GUI). It’s comfortable, it’s often intuitive and you can click around ’till you find what you’re looking for if you’re not entirely sure.… [Keep reading] “PowerShell and Office 365”

I Keep Getting Prompted to Authenticate in SharePoint Online!

Every once in a while I come across a problem which is vexing and irritating and equally, an absolute joy when it is finally resolved.

The Scene

This particular issue had been on-going for some time with one of my customers with reports coming in from various people saying that they were being prompted to authenticate when opening an Office document in SharePoint Online. “I’ve already logged in so why do I keep getting these prompts?!”… [Keep reading] “I Keep Getting Prompted to Authenticate in SharePoint Online!”