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Handy PowerShell Administration Script for Office 365

If you are frequently administering an Microsoft Office 365 subscription through PowerShell you might find this little PowerShell script (.ps1) handy.

To administer Office 365 with PowerShell, including the Microsoft Exchange Online features, you require two things in your local PowerShell session:

The “Microsoft Online Services Module” for Windows PowerShell. This module is downloaded and installed locally on-premise, and gives your local PowerShell session the ability to run Microsoft Online Service (“Msol”) cmdlet’s that can be used for basic Microsoft Online administration. A remote PowerShell session to your Microsoft Exchange Online tenant. This gives your local PowerShell session access to the Exchange Online cmdlet’s.

Note: there are currently no specific . . . → Read More: Handy PowerShell Administration Script for Office 365

Lync for Mac 2011 Released to Manufacturing

October 21, 2011 Update: Microsoft has released an update (14.0.1) for the Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011 client that addresses two significant issues.

Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011 will be coming to a store near you in October 2011.

It was RTM’ed today, and will be available in Office for Mac 2011 – as part of the Office for Mac 2011 Volume Licensing SKU, Office for Mac Standard 2011, other Microsoft’s Licensing programs, and as a standalone volume licensing SKU purchase.

More information can be found at:

The Office For Mac Blog. Lync for Mac 2011 Released to Manufacturing The Office for Mac Web Site. Office for Mac 2011 for . . . → Read More: Lync for Mac 2011 Released to Manufacturing

Lync Server 2010 AD Infrastructure Requirements

Here is a quick reference of the Lync 2010 AD requirements.

The Active Directory environment where Microsoft Lync Server 2010 is installed must meet the following requirements:

The AD forest where Lync 2010 is deployed must have a functional level of one of the following: Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2003 native mode (Windows Server 2003 mixed mode is NOT supported) All AD domains where Lync 2010 is deployed must have a functional level of one of the following: Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2003 native mode (Windows 2003 mixed mode is NOT supported) All Domain Controllers and Global Catalog servers in . . . → Read More: Lync Server 2010 AD Infrastructure Requirements

10 Basics on Lync Server Virtualization

March 2014 Update: Microsoft has released their new guide: “Planning a Lync Server 2013 Deployment on Virtual Servers” available here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41936.

This guide: “provides guidance for deploying Lync Server 2013 on virtual servers. It includes recommendations for the configuration of host servers and guest servers, key health indicators to watch during testing and deployment, and observations from Microsoft performance testing of Lync Server 2013 in a virtual environment”.

Note – this blog post has not been updated yet with the recommendations set out in that guide. The original post:

While preparing for a virtualized Lync deployment, I made my way through the Server Virtualization in Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Guide. . . . → Read More: 10 Basics on Lync Server Virtualization