How to quickly check installed software versions

There are situations where you need to check whether you or your users have certain software installed, and what is its version. You may want to check if the software is up to date or if your GPO-deployed software has been installed for a certain user. I’ll show you several methods you can use to check that with PowerShell.

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How to add user photos to Office 365 without PowerShell

When users can see each other’s photos, online conversations and collaboration become more personal. In large organizations, the reason for using photos may be even more pragmatic. It may be the only way for people to actually see who they are talking with. This is why companies want to display users’ photographs in Office 365 applications like SharePoint Online, OWA, Outlook, or Skype for Business. In most cases, if you need to upload photos of just a few users to Office 365, it isn’t a big deal. However, adding photos to hundreds or thousands of users in a large organization can be troublesome. This is where CodeTwo’s free tool for Office 365 user photos comes in.

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New-ComplianceSearch: how to use the newer version of Search-Mailbox

[Update]: This blog post was updated on April 3, 2020.

As announced in this Microsoft article, the date for retirement of legacy eDiscovery tools is moved from April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2020. That is when Search-Mailbox cmdlet will no longer be available. This means that all scripts using Search-Mailbox need to be rewritten and one of the most basic administrative tools needs to be relearned from scratch. In this article, I will demonstrate how to use the New-ComplianceSearch commandlet in place of its long-lived predecessor, Search-Mailbox.

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How to back up Exchange Online mailboxes

The question should no longer be whether to back up Exchange Online mailboxes or not, but how to do it. It’s no secret that your Office 365 data isn’t a responsibility of neither Microsoft nor any Office 365 services provider. To make sure your Exchange Online mailbox data is available and recoverable at all times, you should consider the idea of using a third-party Office 365 email backup tool. And here is why.

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How to share an Office 365 calendar?

[Update]: This blog post was updated on March 6, 2020.

Want to improve cooperation in your organization? Calendar sharing might help you with just that. You can share a calendar in Office 365 by following at least three methods. The first one is sharing a calendar in Outlook on the web (OWA), the second one is sharing a calendar in Outlook, and the third method is creating a shared mailbox with access to shared calendar. In this blog post, you’ll find instructions for all these methods.

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How to automatically configure Outlook profiles after mailbox migration

After you perform a server migration from one Exchange Server to another or to Office 365, Outlook clients need some manual configuration to connect with the new environment. Setting up Outlook Profiles is one of the last steps in the final (clean-up) post-migration stage. In this article, I will show how to reconnect Outlook profiles to the new environment in the most user-friendly way.

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How to migrate Exchange 2010 to 2016? A step-by-step guide

On the Internet, you can find many comprehensive resources showing how to migrate Exchange 2010 to 2016 by using native methods. In this blog post, however, I’ll give you quick step-by-step instructions on how to perform the migration process by using CodeTwo Exchange Migration – a third-party tool that makes the process a lot easier, faster and more transparent. In other words, a perfect solution for busy admins.

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Trick or threat – a quick guide to scary emails

The Halloween season is upon us. But, to be honest, it’s not easy to scare someone who works in IT. We’re not scared of zombies – Exchange 2003 in the basement never really bites anyone. We’re not scared of vampires – we just don’t like the sun that much… What really scares us is the true monsters that we meet each day in our mailboxes. That’s right, emails are what really frightens us. Read some of the scariest ones, if you dare…

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Building a serverless architecture using Microsoft cloud technologies – a case study

In this article, you’ll find out how the serverless computing model can be achieved with Microsoft’s cloud technologies, and how it can facilitate application development and deployment processes. To show how the serverless architecture works, let’s have a look at a real-life scenario – implementation of a data sharing service.

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Exchange 2010 – end of life is now… rescheduled. What to do next?

Dear Microsoft Exchange 2010, you’ve brought us, admins, a lot of joy. But your end is drawing near and fast. The end of Extended Support, also known as the end of life was planned on January 14, 2020, together with Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7. However, because of all the love for the good old 2010 version, and the fact that it still remains very popular, Microsoft reschedules Exchange Server 2010’s demise. The current date is October 13, 2020. This might seem like a lot of time. But if you have some experience performing Exchange Server migrations, you probably know that the time for planning and migrating is running out quicker than one might expect…

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