Showing posts from December, 2013

Microsoft DirSync on Windows 2008

After setting up the office365 domain and configured almost everything I tried to setup dirsync in order to synchronize my local Active Directory with the one on Windows Azure. Microsoft stated that I did not have to install it on a Windows 2008 R2 SP1 computer as the article with the minimum system requirements says so I fired up a brand new Windows 2008 Standard server for which I have the necessary license. After installing the updates to the .NET 3.5 and .NET 4 I installed dirsync and set it up. Everything seemed to be working fine, all the users could login to office365 portal with their credentials and they could  set up outlook without a problem. When the users started changing their passwords the changes were not reflected back to Windows Azure! I changed some attributes for a test user account (Name, Department) and the changes were reflacted to Windows Azure. After many full sync and imports and pulling my hair out for a bit, I enabled logging using the Enable-Pa

Outlook 2007 Not Connecting to Office365

I had a couple of users yesterday that have Office 2007 Standard SP3 on their computers and they couldn't setup their office365 account. I checked the software requierements for office365 where Microsoft Office 2007 SP3 is listed. I had automatic updates enabled and there were no pending updates. When the user tried to setup their account the credentials used were not accepted. The user was able to login to office365 portal though. As is turns out there is a necessary update, kb2687404 , that has to be installed if not installed automatically. The updated states to fix a problem with expired passwords but fixed the issue for me. I also checked on other two machines with a fresh install of Microsoft Windows and  Microsoft Office with Service Pack 3.

Office365 Account Password Never Expires

I have my second Office365 setup finished for a month or so and today my goal was to set the "password never expires" attribute on two of the cloud administrator accounts. I use dirsync to synchronize the local AD with the Windows Azure AD so I've set up an administrator account for that perpose. Since I do not want to run the dirsync setup every three months I decided to set the password never to expire. I also have a second global administrator cloud account in case there's something wrong with the sync. In order to set the attributes on the cloud users you have to connect to the Online Directory Service. Before you start you need to check the system requirements and install and import the necessary powershell module from Then you just have to open powershell and run the following commands: Connect-MSOLService -Credential $cred  to connecto to the service  and Get-MSOLUser -UserPrincipal