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Do you know where is your Office 365 mailboxes located ?

I started to get a lot of questions regarding the location of the mailboxes hosted on Office 365 , and where is my tenant is hosted ?

Now we are going to look on how we can know the location of the Tenant and the mailboxes

So to check your tenant location (and mailbox location), open up PowerShell and connect to the Exchange Online Shell

$UserCredential = Get-Credential

$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection

Import-PSSession $Session

Now if you need to know the Location of one mailbox, run the below command

Get-Mailbox -Identity “Mailbox ID” | fl PrimarySmtpAddress,OriginatingServer,OrganizationId

You will get the below result

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The Organization ID represents Tenant within EM EA (Starts with EURP)

The Originating server shows that the mailbox is hosted in AM (Amsterdam)

No if you need to get the location of all your mailboxes hosted in Office 365

Get-Mailbox |fl PrimarySmtpAddress,OriginatingServer

The result as below is showing that all mailboxes are hosted in Amsterdam

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Storage improvements for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business

Upload larger files, up to 10 GB each

Microsoft has increased the per file size limit to 10 GB. This applies to files uploaded to Team Sites, Office 365 Groups and OneDrive for Business, as well as for videos uploaded into the Office 365 Video portal. Office 365 customers no longer need to leave big files stranded on file shares and local hard drives.

Before it was only 2 GB

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1 TB additional space for overall pooled SharePoint Online storage allocation

The amount of content in Office 365 is growing 300 percent year over year. To meet your needs for more storage, we’re increasing default storage to 1 TB plus 0.5 GB per user to use across SharePoint Online, Office 365 Groups and Office 365 Video up from the previous allocation of 10 GB. This is in addition to the unique default per-user OneDrive for Business storage space and individual storage provided for user email inboxes. Office 365 customers on our premium Enterprise, Government and Education plans will receive OneDrive for Business unlimited storage, and we’re pleased to announce that the first stage of providing 5 TB for each user is now complete.

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Source : Office Blogs

Lync Online is becoming Skype for Business

Changes are coming to Lync Online in Office 365. Lync is joining the Skype family, so in the coming months, Lync will be changing to Skype for Business.

Release date – Skype for Business is generally available since April 14, 2015.

Benefits – After your organization is transitioned to Skype for Business, you and your users will benefit from:

  • Skype-inspired design With the same look and feel of the Skype client, your users will benefit from the same familiar user interface and ease of use with the new Skype for Business clients.
  • Global reach Voice and video connectivity to the entire Skype network.
  • Full Lync feature set Because Skype for Business builds on existing Lync features, no features or functionality will be lost.

What to expect – Everything Lync is becoming Skype for Business.

  • Lync 2013 clients are changing to Skype for Business clients.
  • Lync Web app is changing to Skype for Business web app.
  • Lync admin center is changing to Skype for Business admin center.
  • Lync Online is changing to Skype for Business Online.

How to get it – Just update your office 2013 pro plus to the latest version and you will find that Lync has been changed to Skype for Business online

The interface will be changed as below

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What’s new in the client , Watch the below video 

 

Sources: Office 365 Technet

 

This mailbox exceeded the maximum number of corrupted items that were specified for this request

While trying to migrate mailboxes to Office 365 within a Hybrid configuration, we have run across this error:

This mailbox exceeded the maximum number of corrupted items that were specified for this request”

 

The default number of ‘corrupted items’ or ‘large items’ is 10 per mailbox. Once this is reached,  the migration will fail.

You can overcome this problem by 2 ways:

1- Run the migration from the Office 365 portal:

  1. Open the Office 365 portal and browse to the Exchange Admin Center
  2. choose Recipients
  3. Then choose Migration
  4. Then press press on the + sign
  5. Choose migrate to Exchange Online then press next as below1
  6. Choose Remote move migration then next
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  7. Then select the users you want to migrate , press the  + sign
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  8. Search for the user ,choose it then press ADD
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  9. In the next page , just press next
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  10. Choose the name of this migration
  11. Choose the domain , by default it will be domainame.mail.onmicrosoft.com
  12. You can move the mailbox and its archive or only move the archive
  13. Then you can decide the number of the Bad Item and the large item limits
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  14. Choose the recipient to receive the alerts and reports related to this migration batch
  15. You can start to start this migration patch manually or automatic
  16. You can also decide to finalize this script manually or automatic
  17. Then press new
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  18. You can now watch the migration batch Syncing or Completed
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2- The other way to do that is using the Power shell commands

  1. Find Power Shell ,right click to ‘Run as Administrator
  2. $cred = Get-Credential ( Enter your Office 365 credentials)
  3. $s = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://ps.outlook.com/powershell -Credential $cred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
  4. $importresults = Import-PSSession $s -AllowClobber
  5. $RemoteCredential= Get-Credential (Enter your on premise Exchange credentials)
    1. New-MoveRequest -Identity <username or mailbox identity here> -Remote -RemoteHostName <hybrid Exchange FQDN> -TargetDeliveryDomain <your target domain e.g. domainname.mail.onmicrosoft.com> -RemoteCredential $RemoteCredential -BadItemLimit 999 -LargeItemLimit 999

 

 

 

 

Litigation Hold vs In Place Hold

In the previous versions of Exchange (Exchange 2010) and Exchange online (Office 365) previous service version , the term litigation hold is introduced

Litigation Hold , is to allow you to immutably preserve mailbox content to meet long term preservation and eDiscovery requirements. When a mailbox is placed on Litigation Hold, mailbox content is preserved indefinitely.

In the new version of Exchange (Exchange 2013) and Exchange online (Office 365) existing service version , a new term has been released which is In Place Hold

In Place Hold, is called query-based and time-based In-Place Hold for the mailbox

After the release of Exchange 2013 and the new Exchange Online, there were some documentation that mentioned that Litigation Hold was being deprecated , this is not true and both terms are available 

Both types are available for use and you should use the hold feature that best meets your needs.  Here are some scenarios to help you choose between the two holds.

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Source : TechNet Blogs

 

How to force Directory Synchronization for Office 365

To force synchronization, log into your server that has the Directory Synchronization tool installed.

Open up Power Shell and navigate to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Online Directory Sync. as below

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Start the Directory Sync Configuration Shell by typing .\DirSyncConfigShell.psc1 

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This will launch the Directory Synchronization Configuration Shell.  Once this is open you can type the following command to force synchronization: Start-OnlineCoexistenceSync 

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Now to confirm that the Synchronization has run , you can check from the office 365 portal

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