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O365

How to Remove Users From the Office 365

The time may come to clean up. Here are steps I have taken

To delete the account for one or more users

  1. Sign in to Office 365 with your work or school account.
  2. Go to the Office 365 admin center.
  3. Go to Users > Active Users.
  4. Choose the names of the users that you want to delete, and then select DELETE Delete.
  5. In the confirmation box, select Yes.

Done; not so fast.  The deleted users is not fully gone yet. It takes 30 days after you have deleted the user for it to purge from Office 365.  However there is a way to do this faster

To delete, deleted users in Office 365

Connect to Exchange Online using the Windows Azure Powershell module.

To connect you enter the following cmdlet’s:

$msolcred = get-credential

This will prompt you for your credentials and stores them within $msolcred.

Next we enter to connect using the stored credentials

connect-msolservice -credential $msolcred

Now that you are connected you can issue the following command to list deleted users

Display deleted user

get-msoluser –returndeletedusers -maxresults 100

To remove the deleted user

remove-msoluser –userprincipalname UID@UPN.com -RemoveFromRecyclebin

If you had multiple users, this method would work to remove all deleted users recycle bin

get-msoluser –returndeletedusers -maxresults 100 | remove-msoluser -removefromrecyclebin -force

 

Tech Short: Convert a Mailbox, Exchange 2013

Here are some steps that worked for me in converting a user mailbox to a shared mailbox.

Info: You can convert the following mailboxes from one type to another

  • User mailbox to resource mailbox
  • Shared mailbox to user mailbox
  • Shared mailbox to resource mailbox
  • Resource mailbox to user mailbox
  • Resource mailbox to shared mailbox

Example reason why you might wan’t to do this:

You have a mailbox account with the name of  bookclub and are looking make it a shared account because its consuming a license. To address this we will convert it to a shared mailbox account by issues the following commands in the Exchange Management Shell

[PS] C:\Windows\system32>Set-Mailbox "bookclub" -Type Shared

 

If you have multiple accounts, the following steps may apply to you

[PS] C:\Windows\system32>Import-CSV "C:\work\import.csv" | foreach {Set-Mailbox -Identity $_.user -Type Shared}

 

Please note the following csv document formatting:

User
"jermsmit Internal"
"jermsmit Sales"
"jermsmit Local"
"jermsmit PR"
"jermsmit Recruiter"

Ref: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj710164%28v=exchg.150%29.aspx

 

Cumulative Update 6 for Exchange Server 2013

I’ve been working with the Microsoft team on several issues I have faced with my Exchange Hybrid deployment.

Most recent issue: HCW Serialization Error

Today I am informed that Cumulative Update 6 for Exchange Server 2013 was just released.

Cumulative Update 6 for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 was released on August 26, 2014. This cumulative update resolves a list of issues.

Source:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2961810

Download Here

 

The Truth – Single Sign On with Outlook and Office 365

After many twists and turns on this bumpy road of setting up a Hybrid Deployment of Exchange Online with AD Sync and ADFS for SSO.  I am faced with yet another issue.

Let me tell you what does work with the single sign on:

  • Outlook via Web Access
  • Office 365 Portal
  • Office 365 SharePoint
  • Office 365 Yammer
  • Office 365 Web Apps
  • Office 365 Lync Online

For the most part any Office 365 web services offered using a web browser, as long as its Internet Explorer.

Missing from the above list of working items is Outlook! That’s right; Outlook doesn’t work.

In fact; users of Outlook will be prompted to enter their credentials on first use.  Let me break right here and describe first use.

First use is any time you open Outlook, you will be prompt for a password to log in.  Unless you save it.

In addition to having to save your password locally in the Windows Credential Manager, you will need to update this password which was saved each and every time you change your password.

This is not my understanding of what the term “Single Sign On” was to be. Good job to Microsoft’s Office 365 Marketing Team.  You had/have so many of us as believers.

At this time I am very disappointed about the Outlook prompts for password credentials. Perhaps they will fix in the future.

Research

I was able to find the following ADFS White Paper on Office 365 Single Sign-On with AD FS which should provide more details.

I also found info confirming that Outlook wasn’t designed to support Single Sign On.  It has even been quoted “The Office 365 experience for logging on to Microsoft Outlook connections is also not expected to be a single sign-on experience.”KB2535227 (A federated user is prompted unexpectedly to enter their credentials when they access an Office 365 resource)

I apologize for the somewhat rant; but felt I needed to share this before many of you waste a lot of time and investment on trying to get something like this working, to only find out one of the major reasons to use it doesn’t work.

Perhaps Microsoft should read the Internet more before misusing terms such as SSO.

“With SSO, a user logs in once and gains access to different applications, without the need to re-enter log-in credentials at each application.”

http://www.techopedia.com/definition/4106/single-sign-on-sso

Single sign-on (SSO) is a property of access control of multiple related, but independent software systems. With this property a user logs in once and gains access to all systems without being prompted to log in again at each of them.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_sign_on

Single signon takes away the need for the user to enter further authentications when switching from one application to another.”

http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/S/single_signon.html

Single sign-on (SSO) is mechanism whereby a single action of user authentication and authorization can permit a user to access all computers and systems where he has access permission, without the need to enter multiple passwords. Single sign-on reduces human error, a major component of systems failure and is therefore highly desirable but difficult to implement.

http://www.opengroup.org/security/sso/

– Jermal

O365: Forefront Identity Manager & Office 365 DirSync Failing

I encountered an issue where both Forefront Identity Manager and Office 365 DirSync both failed to start.

My investigation of this after I received an email from @MicrosoftOnline.com which had informed me that Windows Azure Active Directory did not register a synchronization attempt from the Directory Sync tool.

First

I attempted to do was start the Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization Service. This had failed because depends on Forefront Identity Manager Synchronization Service which was also no longer starting.

Second

I attempted to start the Forefront Identity Manager Synchronization Service this failed with the following message:

Verify that the service account has permissions to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Forefront Identity Manager\2010\Synchronization Service

If the problem persists, run setup and restore the encryption keys from backup.

Third

After my verification I attempted I uninstalled the Office 365 DirSync along with Forefront Identity Manager and SQL which were all installed.  This time around I unable to even install the Office 365 DirSync

All three of my attempts had failed.

So what changed?

I rebooted the system; and after it had resumed the services which worked seemed to no longer function.

Then it *clicked* after much investigation and review.  The question I did not ask.  Could Office 365 exist on the same system that’s also running ADFS.  I soon found out the answer is ” *NO* “.

The Directory Synchronization tool cannot be installed on Active Directory Federation Service.

So I uninstalled the Office 365 DirSync, along with SQL. Followed by the removal of the ADFS Role from the server.

After the restart I installed the Office 365 DirSync again and configured it as I have done before and all is working once again.

And now I and you all know 

I hope this post help you and saves you some time.  I spent a day working on this and waiting for Microsoft to call me.  I seems like I have resolved this issue on my own; once again.

Summery

If your using Office 365 DirSync do NOT enable the ADFS Role if you do, you run the sure chance of breaking your working Office 365 DirSync.

Environment: Windows Server 2012 R2 Update 1 (x64)

– Jermal