The importance of –2147481594 in Exchange Hybrid with Office 365

  You have setup a hybrid between on-premises Microsoft Exchange and Office 365 (Exchange Online), but when you try and move a mailbox from on-premises to Office 365 it tells you that the mailbox already exists. What it is telling you is that the user has a mailbox on-premises and one in Office 365 (Exchange…


Outlook profile doesn’t resolve via Autodiscover for user mailbox moved to Office 365

  As you can imagine there are many reasons which could prevent Microsoft Outlook connecting to Office 365, most commonly because the Outlook software version is not patched to the minimum required level, or firewall / proxy issues. However in this article, I specifically wanted to cover scenarios that comes up which are related to…


Office 365 Pro Plus Fails to Update, or Fails with Error Code: 30088-27

[Update: this article was updated on 15 April 2014. As information about the second scenario has changed from an Office build issue, to a Office Deployment Tool issue] There are several reasons why your Office 365 Pro Plus might fail with the error, error code: 30088-27. However, in this article I point out one scenario…


Get-FederationInformation Fails to with Bad Gateway Error

Usually the easy part of Exchange Online hybrid setup, stumped me recently. During the Exchange Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW), the wizard attempts to retrieve federation information from Exchange Online, and in our case this kept failing. There are many reasons why this could happen, so in this article I hope to give you the understanding…


Outlook takes several minutes to connect to Exchange Online (O365)

In the last few weeks, I have come across a few companies which are having slow Outlook connection issues to Exchange Online. There are many reasons why this could occur, but I want to focus on one of them for now. This is a scenario where after opening Outlook 2010 / 2013, it takes about…


Riverbed and Akamai to Accelerate Office 365 Traffic to South Africa

Riverbed in conjunction with Akamai have announced a solution to reduce the required bandwidth for cloud services, including Office 365. Technically this model works in a similar fashion to how WAN accelerators reduce network traffic, but of course this will work between Microsoft’s Office 365 data centre’s and your premises. Obviously, from a South African…


Metro UI for SharePoint Online Sites–Master Page Solution from CodePlex

Just downloaded the sandbox solution from CodePlex and it gave my SharePoint sites in Office 365 a funky new Metro look and feel. Give it a visit, I am convinced you will like it. Download here Oh, and yes, it will work with your on-premise SharePoint sites too.


Exchange Online Bandwidth Calculator Beta Released

Thanks to some very hard working MS employees for working on this awesome tool for many months and now releasing to the web for testing. This tool is extremely useful to South African organisations, as it allows you to calculate how much bandwidth is required to run your organisation’s email requirements against Exchange Online (Office…


New free tool to import PSTs into O365 (Exchange Online)

Exchange Online allows you to move mailboxes from your on-premise Exchange implementation into Exchange Online (and visa-versa), but it doesn’t have a feature to import those PST files sitting on your user’s PCs into Exchange Online. Well, not until last week anyway, when Microsoft released a PST import tool which is designed to do just…


Refocusing on Office 365 in South Africa

As you may have noticed, my regular SharePoint articles, have not been regular at all. Over the past few months, I have been refocusing my time on Office 365 for South Africa. Going forward my posts will contain SharePoint content, but mostly for SharePoint Online (a service within Office 365) as well as Exchange Online,…