Big News: Microsoft Teams being rolled out with Office 365 ProPlus (CDN)

Big News: Microsoft Teams being rolled out with Office 365 ProPlus (CDN)

Finally, Microsoft Teams will be introduce into Office 365 ProPlus… Microsoft Teams will be introduced into the;

  • February Monthly Channel; the
  • March Semi-Annual Channel Targeted (SAC-T); and
  • July Semi-Annual Channel (SAC)

But will automatically install Teams when Office 365 ProPlus is installed on new PCs and Macs.

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Now the million dollar question, how is it being introduced?

As a Consultant that has delivered and spoke about Office ProPlus for a number of years, I do have concerns about how it’s going to be introduced and here’s why.

Office 365 uses the (CDN) Content Delivery Network for providing updates to all the Office ProPlus products, is it not the case with Microsoft Teams.

The update mechanism is completely different as the client is delivered by good old MSI so this will bring a number of questions and challenges to start;

  • What version of Office am I running?
  • What version of Teams am I running?
  • Does Teams need updating?
  • I have this weird problem but my colleague doesnt, is it version related?
  • etc.. etc…

However, if they integrate Microsoft Teams into the CDN it is definitely the way forward and also allows the customer to exclude Teams in the configuration.xml (if this is a requirement). It is very early days and I am sure more information will be released in due case but until then I am looking forward to see what the future holds as Microsoft have stated
Teams will automatically be installed for users who already have Office 365 ProPlus in the future.” So if you’re not using Microsoft Teams today Microsoft are making damn sure its available to increase adoption.

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MS-200: Planning and Configuring a Messaging Platform – Study Guide

MS-200: Planning and Configuring a Messaging Platform – Study Guide

Planning on taking the MS-200 Exam but don’t know where to start with your studying? Well do not fear I am in the same boat and looking for the best way to study the required elements to pass MS-200. I have started building a list of all the elements which might be covered in the exam and will continue to update this page until all the things we need know are covered.

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If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment below.

Manage Modern Messaging Infrastructure (45-50%)

Manage Mail Flow Topology (35-40%)

Manage Recipient and Devices (15-20%)

Regards

The Author – Blogabout.Cloud

Office ProPlus ToolKit

Office ProPlus ToolKit

Installing Office 365 ProPlus can be a bit of a headache and also there are many different tricks/hacks which can be implemented to test out the latest channels.

The Office ProPlus ToolKit script is built with following options to help you test and deploy ProPlus in the most effective way. This script is built with the following menu options

1) Configure Monthly Channel –>
2) Configure Semi Annual (Targeted) Channel –>
3) Configure Semi Annual Channel –>
4) Configure Monthly (Targeted) Channel –>
5) Configure Insider (Unsupported) Channel –>
6) Check your Office 365 ProPlus Configuration –>

7) Download the Office Readiness Toolkit for Add-ins & VBS –>
8) Download Microsoft FixIT Removal Tool –>
9) Download Offscrub Files (Office 03,07,10, O15 & O16) –>
10) Download Office 2016/2019/ProPlus Group Policy Templates –>
11) Download Office Telemetry Requirements –>

15) Download Office Deployment Tool (Official) –>
16) Download Pre-Loaded Office 365 Configuration Files –>

20) Install Office 365 ProPlus –>
21) Install SQL Express –>
22) Install SQL Management Studio –>
23) Install Office Telemetry Dashboard –>

30) Build your own configuration.xml (config.office.com) –>
31) Install Office using your modified configuration.xml –>

This script has seen a number of updates recently which have been logged below

Download

Get-OfficeProPlusToolKit.ps1 (599 downloads)

Change Log

Version 1.1 – Features

  • Download Pro-Loaded Office 365 Configuration Files – This contains Office 365 ProPlus and Office 2019. This option supports menu 20 which calls the downloaded setup.exe and xml files.
  • Support for PowerShell Version 5 – This script using Version 5 to expand Zip archives which allows the script to call the contents. If Version 5 is not detected you will be prompted to extract the required files manually.

Reporting Issues

If you identity any issues within running the script please email theauthor@blogabout.cloud

Regards
The Author – Blogabout.Cloud

PowerShell – How to format your PowerShell output into a table using Format-Table

PowerShell – How to format your PowerShell output into a table using Format-Table

When working with PowerShell and using a (get-command | fl or format-list) you will receive a whole list of information which sometimes can be difficult to digest as shown below. In most cases normally you are only after one or two peices of key information

Get-SPOSite | Format-List

Using Format-List or LT you can specify the required information into something a bit more readable.

For example, I am currently working Get-SPOSite (SharePoint Online Sites) and I would like to know if any of the sites have sharing capabilities and site defined sharing capabilities.

# Command
Get-SPOSite | Select-Object -Property URL,SharingCapability,SiteDefinedSharingCapability | ft
Get-SPOSite | Select-Object -Property URL,SharingCapability,SiteDefinedSharingCapability | ft

As you can see from the above image the output for the required fields is more readable to my needs. You can use this approach for many different scenarios and maybe within a technical script you are writing for a deployment or an action.


Regards

The Author – Blogabout.Cloud

Office365 and PowerShell DSC? Whats this all about

Office365 and PowerShell DSC? Whats this all about

Just come across an interesting blog post about Office365DSC Module and like a kid in the candy store. Just had to have it and start playing

The module has been created by a number of Microsoft Premier Field Engineers (PFE’s) and its very much in the earlier stages but supports the following.

  • O365Group: Office 365 Groups (Security, Distribution List, Mail enabled and Office 365)
  • O365User: Office 365 User and Licenses
  • SPOSite: SharePoint Online site collection

The blog is quite vague of information but the goal is to make the community aware that the effort is currently undergoing, and that if people want to contribute to it, that they are encouraged to report issues, comments/feedback or to fork and submit Pull Requests to help out with the code base.

https://GitHub.com/Microsoft/Office365DSC

To install the Early Preview, run the following line of Powershell

install-module – Name Office365DSC -AllowPrerelease

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Bulk Enable Exchange Online Archiving – PowerShell Script

Bulk Enable Exchange Online Archiving – PowerShell Script

This script enables the Online Archiving Mailbox for users in Exchange Online. The script will generate the log and error outputs by checking if the users exists in Exchange Online based on the information provided in the csv file.

The script needs to be run from the On-prem Exchange environment.

Example of script block, this demonstrates the actions taken within the script to check the csv file row by row and output if sucessful or not.

Foreach ($row in $csv)
{
if (get-remotemailbox -identity $row.mailboxemail)
{
get-remotemailbox -identity $row.mailboxemail | enable-remotemailbox -archive
Add-Content -Path $logfilepath -Value ('{0} SUCCESS: Mailbox {1} enabled for Archive' -f (Get-Date), $row.mailboxemail)
}
else {
$outputfiles |%{ Add-Content -Path $_ -Value ('{0} ERROR: Mailbox {1} not enabled for Archive {2}' -f (Get-Date), $row.mailboxemail, $_.exception.message)}
}
}

Example of csv file used; please note the heading mailboxemail is very important as the script checks for this heading.

To view if an Online archive has been activated in the Mailbox, run the following cmdlets.

It is very easy to enable Online Archiving and verify afterwards if it has been enabled.

Download this script

Enable-RemoteMailbox -Archive (73 downloads)

Regards

Author – Blogabout.Cloud

Office ProPlus Deployment Tool Developments 16.0.10810.33603

Office ProPlus Deployment Tool Developments 16.0.10810.33603

With Office Pro Plus being a subject and technology close to my heart, there have been a number of developments which I would like to point out.

Download and installation of Office 2019 products

At Microsoft Ignite is has been announced that Office 2019 is now available for commercial volume licensed (trusted) customers and then will be available to all customers, consumer and commercial over next far weeks.

Better logic using /Download switch

Microsoft have now built in better logic when using the download switch. The Office Deployment Tool will now only download the missing files when pointing to an existing source path.

AcceptEULA Issue

Microsoft identified an issue in the previous Office Deployment Tool where the AcceptEULA was not properly applied to all users when running as a system account. This will require product version 16.0.9126.2116 or higher, 2116 was released on 27th March 2018 into Monthly Channel.

ExcludeApp Issue

Microsoft identified an issue in the previous Office Deployment Tool where the ExcludeApp was not being honored during second install. This will require ODT product version 16.0.10225.36926 or higher

Existing ODT Version Level 16.0.10810.33603

Regards

The Author – Blogabout.Cloud

Big news in the world of the modern desktop: Office 2016 supported extended

Big news in the world of the modern desktop: Office 2016 supported extended

Microsoft announced in April 2017 that they be ceasing support for legacy Office clients into Office 365 services, however this stance has now changed based on customer feedback to Microsoft

  • Office 2013 and below will cease as expected on 13th October 2020
  • Office 2016 will now be extended until October 2023

 

With this announcement it also includes a number of changes to the supported operating system versions of Windows.

Office 365 ProPlus delivers cloud-connected and always up-to-date versions of the Office desktop apps. To support customers already on Office 365 ProPlus through their operating system transitions, we are updating the Windows system requirements for Office 365 ProPlus and revising some announcements that were made in February. We are pleased to announce the following updates to our Office 365 ProPlus system requirements:

  • Office 365 ProPlus will continue to be supported on Windows 8.1 through January 2023, which is the end of support date for Windows 8.1.
  • Office 365 ProPlus will also continue to be supported on Windows Server 2016 until October 2025.
  • Office 365 Pro Plus will also continue to be supported on Windows 7 (ESU) Extended Security Updates through Janaury 2023. Windows 7 ESU will only be available for Windows 7 Pro/Enterprise customers with Volume Licensing.

Other big news is four changes Microsoft have also announced (Longer support windows for Windows 10):

  • All currently supported feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions (versions 1607, 1703, 1709, and 1803) will be supported for 30 months from their original release date. This will give customers on those versions more time for change management as they move to a faster update cycle.
  • All future feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions with a targeted release month of September (starting with 1809) will be supported for 30 months from their release date. This will give customers with longer deployment cycles the time they need to plan, test, and deploy.
  • All future feature updates of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions with a targeted release month of March (starting with 1903) will continue to be supported for 18 months from their release date. This maintains the semi-annual update cadence as our north star and retains the option for customers that want to update twice a year.
  • All feature releases of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, and Office 365 ProPlus will continue to be supported for 18 months (this applies to feature updates targeting both March and September).

In summary, our new modern desktop support policies—starting in September 2018—are:

Populate your Exchange Mailbox with dummy data before migrating to Exchange Online or Vice Versa

Populate your Exchange Mailbox with dummy data before migrating to Exchange Online or Vice Versa

Have you ever had a requirement where you need to populate an Exchange or Office 365 Mailbox with data? This is general a common ask when looking to migrate to/from Exchange Online and can be time consuming if your manually sending emails. The following script has been modified to provide an easy way of sending data using the Send-MailMessage PowerShell cmdlet and also capture better error logging.

I would like to thank Andreas Hähnel for his efforts in creating the original script.

This modified script using Try and Catch variables to ensure the specified File location contains documents which can be used and also provide Help on each parameter. Add-MailboxData.zip (148 downloads)

Add-MailboxData.zip (148 downloads)

Check out the video demonstration below

Configuring Pexip with Office 365 for Scheduling Meetings

Configuring Pexip with Office 365 for Scheduling Meetings

In this article we will look at steps required for configuring your Pexip deployment with Office 365 mailboxes for scheduling meetings. The following process will be step by step using Powershell to complete the configuration of Office 365 with Pexip and at the end of this article will be a complete powershell which will allow quick provisioning with prompts for information.

Please note: The follow steps have been taken from the Pexip website, I have used their article to create an easy to use PowerShell for O365/Exchange Deployments.

Connecting to Office 365


Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
$Credential = Get-Credential
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri <a href="https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/">https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/</a> -Credential $Cred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
Import-PSSession $Session
Import-Module MsOnline
Connect-MsolService -Credential $Credential

Creating the service account

The first command lets the administrator type in a password for the service account as a secure string. This password variable is then used in the second command to create a mailbox for the service account. The third command ensures the password of the service account will not expire. The final command terminates the remote session.

For example:


New-Mailbox -Name "Service Account" -MicrosoftOnlineServicesID pexip@pexip.no -Password $password -Alias pexip -FirstName Service -LastName Account -DisplayName "Service Account"

Set-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName pexip@pexip.no -PasswordNeverExpires $true

Configuring Application Impersonation on the service account

The service account must be configured with a Role of Application Impersonation. This allows the service account to impersonate all users who will be using VMR Scheduling for Exchange, and to impersonate the equipment resource that is to be used for the scheduling service.

To check if your service account has Application Impersonation already configured, use the PowerShell command:


Get-ManagementRoleAssignment -RoleAssignee "&lt;email_of_service_account&gt;" -Role ApplicationImpersonation | Format-List

Below is an example of the output of the command when the service account already has Application Impersonation configured:

If the service account does not have Application Impersonation configured, then the above command will not return anything at all. If this is the case, enable Application Impersonation as follows:


New-ManagementRoleAssignment -name:"&lt;role_name&gt;" -Role:ApplicationImpersonation -User:"&lt;email_of_service_account&gt;"

For example:


New-ManagementRoleAssignment -name:PexipSchedulingService -Role:ApplicationImpersonation -User:pexip@office365.com

This will enable the service account to impersonate all users in the organization.

Creating an equipment resource

The equipment resource will be added as a resource attendee to all VMR Scheduling for Exchange meetings. Users will see replies from this resource when it accepts or rejects a meeting request.

Each equipment resource can be used by only one Pexip Exchange Integration.

This command creates an equipment resource with the specified Name, Alias and Display Name. Name and Display Name should be the same, and will appear as the location of any meeting requests, and as a recipient. The Alias (also known as the mail nickname) will be used as the email address.


New-Mailbox -Equipment -Name "&lt;Equipment Name&gt;" -Alias "&lt;Equipment Alias&gt;" -DisplayName "&lt;Equipment Name&gt;"

For example:


New-Mailbox -Equipment -Name "Pexip Meeting" -Alias pexipmeeting -DisplayName "Pexip Meeting"

Configuring the equipment resource

You must configure the equipment resource to disable automatic processing for the equipment resource, so that the processing can be done by the scheduling service. You must also configure it to permit conflicts, because meetings may be scheduled at the same time by different users.

This configuration is done using the following PowerShell command:


Set-CalendarProcessing -Identity "&lt;email_of_equipment_resource&gt;" -AutomateProcessing None -AllowConflicts $true -BookingWindowInDays 1080 -MaximumDurationInMinutes 0 -AllowRecurringMeetings $true -EnforceSchedulingHorizon $false -ScheduleOnlyDuringWorkHours $false -ConflictPercentageAllowed 100 -MaximumConflictInstances 2147483647

To verify that the above command has configured everything correctly, use the PowerShell command:


Get-CalendarProcessing -Identity "&lt;email_of_equipment_resource&gt;" | Format-List

Viewing the equipment resource’s mailbox

There may be occasions, such as when troubleshooting, that you want to view the equipment resource’s mailbox or calendar. To do this, you first need to assign full access to the equipment resource’s mailbox to a delegate account, and then view the mailbox or calendar using the delegate account. (The delegate account could be the service account, or it could be, for example, an administrator’s account.)