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Advanced administration Office 365


More and more companies start using Office 365 (including me:-)). The interface is simple and administration is fairly easily to use. But sometimes you wish you could do that little bit more, those things you could do when running Exchange 2013. I’ve got a surprise for you… you can!

Ok, let’s assume you are running Office 365 with one or more licenses. You probably now how to log on. Let’s go to https://portal.microsoft.com and use your credentials to logon :


After entering the credentials you see something like this :


Go to Outlook and you see you inbox. Ok, pay attention. You now see that your url has change to outlook.office365.com/owa/and something more. Let’s change everything after .com/ to /ecp. So you have the following url https://outlook.office365.com/ecp


And (when you are an administrator of your Office 365 account) you now see the following screen :


Wow! That looks familiar! You now have (almost) full control over your Office 365 account. (Which uses Exchange 2013 under the hood).

Now it’s possible to :

  • administrator advanced options
  • access to malware and quarantaine filters
  • track and trace emails
  • create and administrator public folders
  • configure archiving etc

More information soon in part 2


Onedrive for Business for Mac workaround


More and more people are using Office 365 and more and more people are using Mac computers. Unfortunately Onedrive for Business is still not available. It’s scheduled for Q3 later this year… :



But for people who are eager to upload and edit documents and files stored on Office365 there is a solution… (When you are using Microsoft Office for Mac..)

Open Microsoft Document Connection


And choose for Connect to a Sharepoint Site


And enter you Sharepoint url. Your sharepoint can be copy/pasted when going to portal.microsoftonline.com and select onedrive. Now go to the folder you wish to sync and copy the complete url. Now paste the complete url here :


At this point you have to enter your Office 365 Credentials :


And now you are ready to go. You can upload/download your documents using Microsoft Document Connection. There are some limitations, for example you can only upload files and not complete file structures (folders with files within)

Sometimes when creating the connection you receive the following error. Just try again.



Review MigrationWiz


Because I’m doing more and more Office 365 migrations I was looking for a solution to automate this proces. I was looking for a tool that could automatically migrate mailboxen, contacts, public folders etc. Ofcourse using PST-files is one way to do it, but when you are migrating lots of data (Gb and/or users) this could take some time. I’ve heard the name BitTitan several times their product MigrationWiz seems to good to be true. I decided to ask them for a trial license to test the product.

MigrationWiz doesn’t require any special software, this because it’s all webbased. Just go to the website and login. After logging in you see the following :


First you have to create a connector. A connector is the link between your old en your new environment. Setting up a connector is an easy thing to do :


In the above picture you can any source configuration you are using, you can choose the same options in the target. So you can use MigrationWiz for the fallback scenario also.

You can also specify what to migrate :


Ofcourse you can migrate emails, but also calenders, contacts but also the rules(!) I particularly like that option because I created many rules to move incoming mails to their folders and their is no other easy way to export/import those.

After creating your first connector you can find it in the manage connector section :


In this view you can easily edit the connector, view statistics and see the mailboxes you are about to migrate.

After creating the connector you can add the mailboxes you wish to create. Their are several ways to do that. First you can manually add them :


You don’t have to have each user’s password. You can select one migration account which has access to all the exchange accounts.

Another way is to do a bulk import :


As you can see in the above screen, everything is fairly easily and their is little room for mistakes. It would be nice although if you could select the mailboxes from a list that MigrationWiz provides but that option isn’t (yet?) available.

After adding the mailbox(es) you can start the migration with the option buttons :


The first button is to start the migration, the second gives you the details, you can change the settings of delete the mailbox from MigrationWiz (not Exchange!)

After starting the migration you can see the progress in detail :







At this point you just have to wait for the mailboxes to complete. :-)

Other thing I think are worth mentioning :

Migration Skydrive / Google Drive data :


Migration Public Folders :


It’s also possible to export all your exchange data to PST for back-up or legal reasons :



I’m very enthousiastic about MigrationWiz and I think I will testdrive their other products also. Migration maildata is easy and works as it supposed to. Some minor improvements would be nice like the option to select the mailboxes instead of importing them with one of the bulk options. I also noticed that the impact on the source exchange system is noticeable, but you can tweak the options. So look out for importing all your exchange data during daytime without looking into the tweak options.

Do you have any questions? Leave a comment!


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Exchange Service Packs (overview)


For some reason I was looking for a quick overview with all the Exchange Service Packs available.


Check the link out here. I also noticed that Michel de Rooij has a line-up also check it out : http://eightwone.com/references/versions-builds-dates/

Messages stuck in Exchange 2010 queue (resolved)


Today a collegae of mine ran into a problem with Exchange 2010. Messages both internally/externally were not delivered. We noticed that the Exchange server was using 100% CPU resources.  After some investigation we noticed that the submission queue was building up.

We decided to suspend the queue, exporting the messages. Then deleting the queue and recreating it. Finally we imported the exported messages. We used the following steps :

First open the Exchange Management Shell

Show all Exchange queues


Suspend all messages in this queue

get-queue exchangeserver#submission | get-message | suspend-message

Export all suspended messages

$array = @(Get-Message -Queue "ExchangeServer\submission" -ResultSize unlimited) 
$array | ForEach-Object {$i++;Export-Message $_.Identity | AssembleMessage -Path ("c:\Mailqueue\"+ $i +".eml")}



Stop the MsexchangeTransport service

Stop-Service MsExchangeTransport

Now rename the queue directory, the default directory is


Startthe MsexchangeTransport service

Start-Service MsExchangeTransport

Enabling Citrix Sharefile Outlook Plugin


The following registry key must be set for the Outlook Plugin to be enabled :



If “LoadBehavior” is set to 2, then it is disabled. If it is set to 3, then it is enabled.


Manually enable the Citrix Sharefile Plugin



After creating the Sharefile accounts and installing the Plugin into the vDisk a customer didn’t saw the Outlook plugin features. This is how to enable them.

First open outlook and go to Opties (Dutch languagepack)


Select “invoegtoepassingen”


Select the sharefile plugin and choose start:


After that configure the Plug-in options:



Enter your credentials and you’re ready to go :


When creating a new email you notice the Sharefile options :



Veeam Backup & Replication v7 patch 4 released



Veeam recently released Patch 4 for their Backup & Replication v7. Now with full support of :

  • VMware (VSAN) support
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 support
  • License key auto update

For a complete list of new features and resolved issues check out the following Veeam KB article : KB1891


Script to check multiple servers which services are using specific accounts


A client wanted to rename a specific account, but they were afraid to change this specific account because it could be used as a service account for several services running on a number of servers. Because I didn’t want to logon to all those servers manually I decided to create a powershell script.


Hereby the source code :

$SaveLocaPath=Test-Path $DefineSaveLocation
if ($SaveLocaPath -eq $False)
    {New-Item -ItemType directory -Path $DefineSaveLocation}
cd $DefineSaveLocation

Foreach ($Server in Get-Content "F:\powershell\inputfile.txt" )
  Write-Host "Retrieving Servers for $Server "    
  Get-WmiObject win32_service -ComputerName $Server  | select Name,
  @{N="Startup Type";E={$_.StartMode}},
  @{N="Service Account";E={$_.StartName}},
  @{N="System Name";E={$_.Systemname}} | Sort-Object "Name" > ".\$Server -Services.txt"


This script uses a inputfile containing the servernames. You can use for example use rvtools or an WMI query to create this file.

After running the script the output is as follows :


(Click the picture for a full view)

I imported this file into excel and from now it’s easy to check for accounts being used etc.

Make sure to run powershell in elevated mode and don’t forget the set-executionpolicy unrestricted option.


Packt Publishing Books for $ 10


A collegae of mine told me about that Packt Publishing is having a 10 years anniversary.
Now you can get hold of their IT books for only 10 dollars!


Check it out here

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