zaterdag 24 november 2012

Installing and configuring ADFS on Server 2012 for Office 365

Recently I upgraded our Dirsync server to Windows server 2012.
ADFS could not stay behind.

In this blog I will be explaining how to get ADFS 2012 to work wit Office 365, as it is not yet supported and there are issues with the Online module. In our scenario we already have a federation in place with Office 365 with an ADFS 2.0 farm running on Windows Server 2008 R2.

Follow the below steps at your own risk!

Installing Windows Server 2012 and prereqs
The first step is to prepare a new server installed with Windows Server 2012.
( I used Standard )
I am replacing my ADFS farm with Windows Server 2012 servers, so I am using the same name for the machines and ADFS farm. ( The old servers have to be shutdown , don’t forget this Glimlach )
I exported the certificate from the “ old”  ADFS and imported it on the new machine, this certificate will be needed later in the ADFS configuration.

Download and install the following, these are needed to federate with Office 365:

Microsoft Online services assistant

Microsoft Online Services 64 bit module

Install ADFS feature
In Windows Server 2012, ADFS 2.0 can be installed as a feature.
No need to download the installers from Microsoft.
To install ADFS, run the following command from an elevated powershell prompt.

“add-windowsfeature ad-federation-services”

Once completed there will be a message saying  you still need to configure ADFS, so that’s what we will do in the next step.

Configure ADFS
After the installation of the feature you will be able to start the configuration wizard.
Open ADFS management from administrative tools and start the configuration wizard.


In my case I am replacing my old farm so I will create a new federation service.
For the second ADFS server I run the wizard with the “ Add a federation server to an existing federation service” option.

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I create a new federation server farm, if you only have one server, choose the standalone federation server option.

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Choose the certificate you imported in the first step ( the certificate used for federation service ) and choose the federation service name. Use the same name as your old federation service if you are replacing your old ADFS server.

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The last step is to specify a dedicated ADFS service account. use a domain account here and finish the wizard. ADFS is nog configured!

But, if you try to federate with Office 365, you will end up getting an error when using the Online Service Module.

Registry tweak
You need to register the following keys  to get the Microsoft Online services module to work.

Copy the below information and save this to “ adfsregistrytweak.reg”  and run this on the new Server 2012 ADFS.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
"AssemblyName"="Microsoft.IdentityServer.PowerShell, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35"
"Description"="This powershell snap-in contains cmdlets used to manage Microsoft Identity Server resources."
"Vendor"="Microsoft" “

Update domain federation
We allready setup a federation with our old ADFS farm. Therefore we need to update our federation information on the ADFS server and on the Office 365 side.

If you are creating a new federation, refer to the following article :

If you already had ADFS setup, follow the below steps
Open the Microsoft Online Services Module for Windows PowerShell from the start menu.

Run $cred=Get-Credential. When this cmdlet prompts you for credentials, type your Office 365 administration account credentials.

Run Connect-MsolService -Credential $cred. This cmdlet connects you to Office 365.
Creating a context that connects you to Office 365 is required before running any of the additional cmdlets installed by the tool.

Run Set-MSOLAdfscontext -Computer <AD FS 2.0 primary server>, where <AD FS 2.0 primary server> is the internal FQDN name of the primary AD FS 2.0 server. This cmdlet creates a context that connects you to AD FS 2.0.

Run Update-MSOLFederatedDomain -DomainName <domain>. This cmdlet updates the settings from AD FS 2.0 into Office 365 and configures the trust relationship between the two.

Now your new Windows Server 2012 federation server is ready to use!
After updating the federated domain setting it took about 5 minutes tilll it worked.

Setting service to auto start
After all the above is done, the ADFS service is set to “ automatic delayed start “.
In my case the ADFS service was not started correctly when rebooted.
I set the startup type to “ automatic”, this starts the ADFS service directly.

To do this, run the following command from an elevated command prompt.
set-service -name adfssrv -startuptype automatic

Well, you now have a working Windows Server 2012 ADFs server to federate with Office 365.

donderdag 15 november 2012

What’s new in Lync 2013 client

With the new Lync 2013 much has changed on the server side, but also the client side has not been untouched.
Within the client there are some new features available and the lay-out has been changed to communicate even faster and easyer..

The improvements
New in the client is the quick launch menu.
From within this menu users can start a chat, voice or video conference with only one click. It’s also possible to open the users contact card.
The menu will be shown when the mouse cursor is placed on the photo of the contact.


Another new feature is the use of chatrooms, also known as Persistent Chat.
These are chatrooms where you can participate in ongoing conversations.
The full history of the conversation will be available in the chatroom.
Chatrooms can be created for all kind of purposes. For example the different departments or community’s. Or an “ off topic”  chatroom where users can chat about there weekends.


The following views are available in the chatroom view.

  • Followed: Chatrooms followed by you.
  • Member Of: Chatrooms where you are a member of.
  • New: New chatrooms.

Chatrooms can be created with three types of privacy levels..

  • Open: Everyone can search, read and post. No membership needed.
  • Closed: Everyone can search, but only members can read and post. ( Default )
  • Secret: Only visible to members.

Chatrooms can be created by the administrator or users.
To provide users with the option to create chatrooms, administrators first have to set the appropriate permissions.
Chatrooms can be created easily within the Lync client as shown below.


The below message will be showed when the user does not have the appropriate permissions.


The page below will be shown when the user does have permissions to create a chatroom.


The name, privacy levels, members and room managers can be set here.

EGO filter / Topic Feed
A cool feature is the EGO filter.
The name already reveils the use of this feature.
The EGO filter searches all chatrooms available to you for your name.
As soon as your name is mentioned by someone ( not you ) in one of the chatrooms the EGO filter wil notify you.

The EGO filter is built with the use of topic feeds.
A topic feed can be created for topics you are interested in. As soon as a topic is mentioned in a chatrooms you will be notified.
Topic feeds can be created from the same menu as the “ create chatroom “ option.

Tabbed converstations / converstation history
In Lync 2010 you needed to install an application to use tabbed conversations. In Lync 2013 this became a standard feature.
It is also possible to reopen your last conversations at signin. This way you can pick up where you left off. Both features must first be enabled within the Lync options.


The below screen shows the Lync options where to enable this features.


Preview Windows
Also new are the preview windows. There are similar to the preview windows in Office 2013.
As soon as the mouse cursor is places above a buttion a preview of the actions for that button pop up.
These actions can be chosen directly from the preview window.


Very handy when you want to start a video session and want to check if you have a bad hairday before activating the videofeed.


Improved conference options
Powerpoint presentations can be a part of a chat or conference call.
These presentations can be easily added to the conference with the presentation button.


Once the presentation is added it will be shown in the chat or conference.
The view automatically switches to the presentation view.


It is also possible to create shared notes, also with the presentation button.
Onenote is used for this.
From within the shared presentation the presenter can add voice, video or chat to create a conference call.


As the presenter you have several options to manage the call.
You have the options to mute all except yourself, or to end all video except your own.
This can be handy when you do not want the conference to be interactive.


From the call button you can choose which devices you want to use.


Another handy feature I came accross is the option to merge calls into the conference.
If you are called by someone you can easily add this person to an ongoing conversation..


Depending on the type of conference you can choose between different type of views.
These views are personal so every attendee can choose there own view.


The different views:

  • Gallery: Photo’s or video feed is shown.
  • Speaker: Only the active speaker is shown.
  • Presentation: The powerpoint slides are shown.
  • Compact: The chat is shown.

VDI Support
A big improvement is the added support for Virtual desktops ( VDI )
Lync 2013 can be used within your Virtual desktop infrastructure.
To get this to work you need to install a plugin on the client you use to connect to VDI.
The full blown Lync client needs to be installed on your RDS or VDI.

Video improvements
Lync 2013 detects your face and keeps your face centered within the frame.
Even if you move, the client keeps your face in the centre of the frame.
When a second person joins your videofeed, the client will notice this switch to a wider view.

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When you are in a conference and all attendees have a videofeed, they can be shown all at once in the galleryview shown above.

As you can see Lync 2013 client shows many improvements compared to Lync 2010. This can be a valuable asset to your company.
Especially company’s where employees are always on the road, the chatrooms and improved conference can ensure better communication and teamwork.

vrijdag 26 oktober 2012

SSL and SQL , Service does not start EventID 26014

Recently, I re-installed one of our SQL cluster nodes.
After the migration I re-installed the SQL instance for ConfigMgr on that node.

When testing failover, I noticed the SQL server service would not start and failed back or remained in failed state.
When I looked in the logs I found eventid 26014.

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I checked if the certificate was available, and it was.
The certificate was in the correct store ( local computer / personal ) and had the correct cert hash.

When looking further at the private keys I noticed the service account did not have permissions on the failing node.

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After adding the permissions for the service account the SQL service runs on, the instance started instantly without errors.

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Took me a while to get there…. hope this helps someone else Glimlach

donderdag 25 oktober 2012

Updated October service updates for Offfice 365

Microsoft released some updated service updates for October.
Below a quote from the Office 365 Service update Wiki.

Personaly i’m very interested in the Dirsync scoping. I know it is possible with some editing of the management agents within Dirsync ( FIM ), and it is actually supported by Microsoft now.
In one of my previous posts i already mentioned the filtering options within Dirsync.

I’m wondering if the below article is refering to the existing options now being supported, or a new version of Dirsync is being released where you can choose the filtering options from the setup of something simular.

Will be looking in to this when more information is available.

Dirsync Scoping and Filtering

This feature gives the ability for customers to scope what objects are synchronized from the activity directory to Office 365. The filtering options available are Organization-unit-based, domain-based, and user-attribute-based.

Interop with Third-Party Identity Solutions

Microsoft has a structured program in place to enable customers using qualified 3rd party identity solutions (STSs) in their IT infrastructure to adopt Office 365 and set up federation. Through this program we have tested federation with Office 365 using STSs such as Ping, Optimal IDM etc. The protocol used for federation is WS* (WS-Federation and WS-Trust). The scenarios that are tested (such as active, passive etc.) and found to be working are documented in TechNet. These partner solutions are also available in Office 365 Marketplace.

Admin Ability to Set Password Expiration and Notification Policy

Admins in our E and A offers are being provided the ability to set password expiration and notification policies for their users. Notifications can be set anywhere between 0 and 30 days before a password actually expires. These changes can be performed in the admin user interface.

Additional Information:
For more information see
screenshot 1  and screenshot 2

Source :

vrijdag 12 oktober 2012

Running Dirsync on Windows Server 2012 RTM

I did not find much information about running Dirsync on Windows Server 2012 RTM.
So, I took a risk and upgrades our existing Dirsync 2008 R2 to 2012 standard.

Off course I prepared for the worst by making additional back-ups with DPM and a snapshot with VMM. Better safe than sorry….

Our environment to start with:

- Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
- Dirsync 64 Bit ( SQL Express )

I did an instant upgrade of Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 standard.
After the upgrade I did not have to do anything to get things working, It just worked.

So everyone that wants to upgrade to 2012 and cannot find any documentation about it, just try.
!! Make sure you have a working / tested back-up just in case, that everything works in my case does not mean it will also work in you case !!

And…. the proof Emoticon met brede lach


I hope it will keep on working on the long term ( scheduled syncs etc. )
If not, I will make sure to post it here…

Next day update: Scheduled synchronization still works fine!

Office 2013 RTM!

Last night Office 2013 reached RTM!.
I’ve been using the preview for a while now and I must say, it’s a beauty.
Soon everybody can enjoy this new version of Office, you won’t regret installing it!

A quote from Microsofts Blog:

Today we reached an important milestone in the development of the new Office.

Moments ago, the Office engineering team signed off on the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build. This milestone means the coding and testing phase of the project is complete and we are now focused on releasing the new Office via multiple distribution channels to our consumer and business customers.

This is the most ambitious release of Office we've ever done. It spans the full family of Office applications, servers and cloud services. The new Office has a fresh, touch friendly design that works beautifully on Windows 8 and unlocks modern scenarios in social, reading, note-taking, meetings and communications. We are proud to achieve this milestone and are eager to deliver this exciting release to our customers.

General availability is planned for the first quarter of 2013. Starting October 19, customers purchasing Office 2010 from local retailers or resellers will receive the new Office for free upon availability. Customers will also see a preview version of the new Office on Windows RT devices, beginning with the Windows 8 launch on October 26. 

Additionally, we have a number of programs that provide business customers with early access so they can begin testing, piloting and adopting Office within their organizations:

  • We will begin rolling out new capabilities to Office 365 Enterprise customers in our next service update, starting in November through general availability.
  • Volume Licensing customers with Software Assurance will be able to download the Office 2013 applications as well as other Office products including SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013 through the Volume Licensing Service Center by mid-November. These products will be available on the Volume Licensing price list on December 1.
  • IT professionals and developers will be able to download the final version via their TechNet or MSDN subscriptions by mid-November.

Please stay tuned for more specifics on general availability dates and other Office launch news. In the meantime, if you'd like to give the pre-release version a try, you can visit

Thank you to the millions of people who have been testing early releases of the new Office. We are grateful for your support. Your invaluable feedback has helped us make the new Office the best Office ever.

Kirk Koenigsbauer
Corporate Vice President
Microsoft Office Division”

Source :

woensdag 3 oktober 2012

October service updates for office 365 ( Sharepoint Online )

With the October updates for Office 365 there are some new features within Sharepoint Online.

PDF Viewing within your browser

We are pleased to announce that you can now view PDF files directly in your browser - you no longer have to download PDF files to your desktop to view them. Adobe Reader is required to install the proper browser plug-in. Once the plug-in is installed, you can open any PDF file that is stored in a SharePoint Online document library or PDFs embedded as attachments within list items directly in your browser.

Additional Information:
For more information read the Office 365 SharePoint blog post

Streaming large MP4 files

We are pleased to announce that MP4 video files stored in a SharePoint Online library will begin streaming much faster without downloading the full file first. Full download of the file would at times cause delay and/or unwanted buffering. This new feature enhancement will greatly improve the playback of MP4 files.

Additional Information:
For more information read the Office 365 SharePoint blog post

Source :

woensdag 29 augustus 2012

Configure Filtering for Office 365 Directory Synchronization ( Dirsync )

In one of my earlier posts I mentioned creating connection filters within Dirsync.
Now, Microsoft created a Wiki page where the different filtering options are mentioned and are now supported.

There are three different types of filtering you can do within Dirsync:

Organizational-unit (OU)–based: You can use this filtering type to manage the properties of the SourceAD Management Agent in the Directory Synchronization tool. This filtering type enables you to select which OUs are allowed to synchronize to the cloud

Domain-based: You can use this filtering type to manage the properties of the SourceAD Management Agent in the directory synchronization tool. This type enables you to select which domains are allowed to synchronize to the cloud

User-attribute–based: You can use this filtering method to specify attribute-based filters for user objects. This enables you to control which objects should not be synchronized to the cloud.”

In one of my earlier posts I explained the user-attribute-based filtering.

In the next couple of weeks I will describe how to setup organizational-unit-based filtering.
This requires a service account with “enterprise admin” permissions to scan your AD OU’s.

Office 365 Dirsync filtering Wiki :

woensdag 8 augustus 2012

July service updates for Office 365

Microsoft keeps updating Office 365 and with the july updates there are a couple of nice new features!

User Soft Delete Functionality
Office 365 administrators now have the ability to recover deleted users from a simple list within 30 days after deletion. This is significant, because it means that scenarios such as the accidental deletion of a user or the re-hiring of an employee can be easily handled by your Office 365 administrator.

Additional Information:
To learn more, please read the community blog
For details on how to delete or restore users with a Microsoft Office 365 for Enterprises account, please read the article Delete or Restore Users

User Name Sync-to-SharePoint Online Improvement*
You may have seen extra characters showing before your name where it appears on various SharePoint Online sites (My Site, Team Sites, company portal, etc.); it often looks like this: i:0#f|membership. This user name sync improvement increases the likelihood of when a user's name will appear without extra characters.

*This update will roll out to customers over time. We expect that all customers will receive the update by the end of August 2012

Lync-to-phone users can make and receive phone calls to any number from their laptop or smart phone via a calling service which is purchased separately from a qualified partner. Jajah, a subsidiary of Telefonica, is the first available partner. More than just phone calls, Lync-to-phone provides a ‘single work number’ experience across the laptop, smartphone and tablet (via Lync clients on these devices). With Lync-to-phone, calls become an integrated component of a unified communication experience alongside instant message, presence, video calling and web conferencing.
*This update will initially be available to our US and UK customers only.

Additional Information:
To learn more, read the Help article Connect Lync Online to the telephone network
See here for a list of fully supported Lync-optimized PC peripherals like speakerphones or headsets

Source :

woensdag 18 juli 2012

Office 365 preview, quick overview of new layout

Yesterday Microsoft revealed all new products for 2013, Lync, Exchange, Sharepoint, Office and Office 365.
In this post I will do a quick overview of the new Office 365 layout.
When you log on to Office 365 preview portal, it is all different.
Microsoft gave office 365 the full Metro treatment.
I will go through all of the left menu’s and show you how this looks and what has changed


The Office 365 dashboard is improved and health status and maintenance are shown in the front page. The green bars show all services as healthy.
The lay-out has changed as well, admin shortcuts have moved to the right upper corner, and the admin tools have moved to a menu in the top “ribbon”. Menu items have been consolidated to get a more “clean” menu.


Ribbon / Office 365 Preview settings
The ribbon is still there, improved a bit.
From here you can go to Outlook Web App, your calendar, your contacts, the Sharepoint Newsfeed, Skydrive ( shortcut to SkyDrive ) , Sites ( shortcut to Mysite ), Projects ( Assigned projects), Office store ( buy or download Office add-ins like Linkedin for Outlook etc ), Admin ( Admin centers ).


There is also a little settings icon, from here you can update your personal profile, download Software or get help setting up your Outlook profile or Phone.

The setup menu allows you to choose between basic setup and custom setup.
Basic setup is the “cloud only” setup, where in the custom setup you will be redirected to documentation on how to setup “Hybrid deployments”.


Users and Groups
Not much has changed here, besides the fact that users and groups have been consolidated.
The filter options are still the same, as well as batch import of users using a CSV.


This is still the same, lay-out has been changed but that’s about it.

Service settings
Now this is new. All of the settings for Lync, Exchange, Sharepoint from one console.
In the below screenshot, mail is selected, from where you can jump to all of the commonly used settings for Exchange / antispam etc. No more need to login to the FOPE console to do your Anti - SPAM settings. A major improvement in comparison with the current Office 365 tools. This is some sort of quick reference chart to common settings, to get to the detailed settings for the services you need to open the admin centers for the service you want to configure.

Service Health

Still the same as the current “service healt”, although it looks a lot better!

Some links have changed, others removed but in general this page is still the same.


Admin Tools
I know you were wondering, where are links to the admin tools that used to be on the Admin Overview?
Well, they have been put into a little menu in the upper right corner.

From here, you can go to all of the admin pages for the different product included in Office 365.
This is just a sneak peak in the new Office 365 preview, I will go into the Exchange and Lync admin pages later and explain what’s new and show screens of how it looks.
OWA also had major improvements and is almost a web based clone of Outlook 2013.

Hope you enjoyed!

dinsdag 17 juli 2012

Office 2013 revealed! Quick overview, Consumer preview available for download

Last night Microsoft revealed the 2013 version for Office.

So, whats new?
The interface. The new Office is all about Metro, it lookes nice and is touch friendly. 
There is also a new way of buying Office, you can get subscriptions ( through Office 365 ) , or still buy boxed versions.
Office is offered on a “stream on demand” base when purchased through Office 365, or you can install the click to run version.

Microsofts vision is that you buy Office for yourself, not for a device.
When using Skydrive, and your account had a subscription for Office, you don’t have to install Office, once you open a document, the application streams down from the internet and installs itself. You will get the app on demand, with your own settings and documents synced through SkyDrive.

Office 2013 Metro and new UI
Office is fully integrated in the Metro style UI of Windows 8, but is also still offered as a desktop application. In this release the only Metro styled apps are OneNote and Lync, but that will probably be different in the final release.
The Metro apps are specially designed and optimized for the touch interface of a tablet.


Here is an example of the new Word interface. Word starts with the screen below.
You will see an overview of recent documents and an overview of available templates.


Onze you are editing a document, you will notice that the interface has also changed to the metro style UI which is familiar to the Windows 8 style.


Office 2013 new features
One of the features I’m pleased with it the option to reply to comments, very nice!
It is also possible to open and edit PDF documents in Word and even save them as Word files. ( Not all PDF files )
Also Outlook has a lot of changes! It is possible to reply e-mails without opening a new window, you will still be able to see the inbox whyle replying.
The preview pane for Mail, Calendar, People and tasks is also new, you can also pin the preview pane so you can easily access people or calendar items.


There are a lot more new features, but these were the ones that pleased me and feeled the urge to share those :).

Pricing and release date
There is no further information on pricing  or release dates, but it will probably get release Q1 of 2013.

So, where can I get it?
To download Office 2013 Consumer preview, go to :

When you click sign up, you will be redirected to the click to run install.


Once you click install the Home Premium version of Office 2013 will be installed.
You have 5 installs available for you.
This is the streaming version of Office 2013, so it can be installed next to you local installation of Office 2010 ( if you use 32 bit, use the 32 bit install, same goes for 64 bit version )

In the next couple of weeks I will go into the new interfaces of for example Lync and Outlook, this is just a minor teaser :)

maandag 18 juni 2012

Microsoft releases Lync Cumulative Update 6 ( CU6 )

    Last night I noticed CU6 for Lync 2010 got released!
    Below you will find the issues that CU6 will fix.

    Issues that this update fixes:

    This update package fixes the issues that are documented in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles:

    • 2703311 ( ) The Activity Feeds tab or the Phone tab is displayed unexpectedly in Lync 2010

    • 2703315 ( ) Garbled text appears in the Notes section of a Contact window in Outlook after the Korean MUI Package for Lync 2010 is installed

    • 2703317 ( / ) Federated partners do not receive archiving disclaimers in Lync 2010

    • 2703312 ( ) A user cannot join a Lync Online meeting that is created in another organization by using Lync 2010

    • 2703318 ( ) Your Lync 2010 client joins an online meeting in an unmuted state after you schedule the online meeting

    • 2703320 ( / ) You cannot paste text enclosed in <fieldset> HTML tags from a web browser to a Lync 2010 conversation window

    • 2703319 ( / ) Enter key does not work as expected when you enable the IME and then type inside the search box in Lync 2010

    • 2703321 ( / ) "This Web page is unavailable" error message when you press F1 to view the Lync 2010 Help page in Lync 2010

    • 2709670 ( / ) "Please wait for the System Event Notification Service" error message when users try to log on or log off a terminal server that is running Lync 2010

    • 2684798 ( / ) The CorePlaybackEngine.resources.dll file is not localized correctly in a Lync 2010 client

    • 2688945 ( / ) Dial-in conferencing information is not displayed when a user uses Lync 2010 to join a meeting

    • 2703309 ( / ) The screensaver does not start when you perform media connectivity actions in Lync 2010

    • 2689469 ( / ) IM history is not stored in the default Exchange mailbox when you use Lync 2010

    • 2707956 ( / ) MS12-039: Vulnerabilities in Lync could allow remote code execution: June 12, 2012

    woensdag 16 mei 2012

    Exchange EMC / EMS Kerberos Authentication Failed

    Yesterday we suddenly had issues with opening the Exchange EMC of EMS on one of our Exchange servers.

    The exact error is shown below:

    “The attempt to connect to http://serverfqdn/powershell using “kerberos” authentication failed: Connecting to remote server failed with the following error message : The WinRM client cannot process the request. It cannot determine the content type of the HTTP response from the destination computer. The content type is absent or invalid.”


    Googling this error did not find a proper solution for me.
    But, it had something to do with WinRM.
    There  is a application log specifically for WinRM.

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    Within the eventlog I found the error below:
    ”WSMan operation Invoke failed, error code 2150858999

    This error found me a solution!
    Changing the values of the MaxResuestBytes en MaxFieldLength registry keys did the trick.
    The max value for MaxFieldLength is 65534 ( decimal ) and the max value for MaxRequestBytes is 40000 ( decimal ).
    In my case the MaxFieldLength was already set to the maximum, but the MaxRequestBytes was set to 20000.
    I changed this value to 40000 and rebooted the server, afterwards I could access the EMC / EMS without any issues.

    Wortell - visionapp Remote Desktop 2009_8

    Office 365 Sharepoint Online updates now available!

    The second update to SharePoint Online (SPO) since the launch of Office 365 (O365) is beginning to roll out worldwide. I want to share information about the new features that will be available as part of this service update:

    • Enterprise Readiness
      • SharePoint Online was initially scoped to scale to customers with fewer than 20,000 Active Directory entries (specifically user objects). This service update allows customers with up to 500,000 user objects to provision SharePoint Online. As a result, customers of any size can easily start using SharePoint Online. And in the future, you can expect even larger scale limits.
    • Recycle Bin Enhancements
      • Business is full of"oops" moments, and sometimes these moments can really slow down productivity. SharePoint Online now offers numerous levels of recovery no matter what gets deleted. Specifically, enterprise customers can now restore full site collections, in addition to sites, documents, lists, and list items.
    • External Sharing Gets a Broader Reach
      • The days when external invitees had to use a specific domain-based email address are gone. Instead, external users can now use their business email address to authenticate when invited into an Office 365 customer's site collection.
    • PDFs Handling Improvements
      • Office 365 users wanted a better, more connected and governed experience when it came to working with PDF files within SharePoint Online document libraries. Thanks to your direct comments and active voices in the Community forums, PDF files will now open directly into Adobe Reader without requiring that it be downloaded first. Read more on our blog.

    woensdag 25 april 2012

    Performance Test your Internet Connection to Office 365

    This tool has been around for a while, but still worth mentioning.
    Before you migrate your mailboxen you can use this tool to your connection with Office 365.
    This helps a lot in making a decent planning and make calculations on how long it takes for all of your mailboxes to get moved to Office 365.

    The difference between a normal speed tests is that this tests the actuel up and download to and from Microsofts Datacenter.

    The site is available for each Microsoft datacenter.

    Europe :

    Asia :

    America :

    The first page display a summary of your connection. QoS, Delay, Up and Download speed.


    Second page shows the route with number of hops. There are also tabs available for a map, analysis and graph.


    Fourth page shows the max delay for up and download speeds.


    Fifth page shows a summary of your connection, if values are not OK it shows in an orange or red circle.


    The sixth page shows advanced statistics for your connection.


    With these results you can make a good calculation for migrating your mailboxes.