Set a Room Mailbox to Show Details of a Meeting in its Calendar – Office 365

You may notice that meetings with a ‘Room’ mailbox will by default only show a “Busy” status.
Many, including the organisation I work for, wish to have (at the very minimum) the following displayed in the Room’s calendar:

  • Organiser of the meeting, and
  • The subject of the meeting

Below I will demonstrate how to set the permissions so that all meetings (except those explicitly marked as ‘Private’) publicise the above details to all who view its calendar.

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Close Your PowerShell Sessions! – Office 365

If you have ever received the error message below or a similar one then you are not closing your PowerShell sessions properly (or at all!).

[serverName] Connecting to remote server failed with the following error message : The WS-Management service cannot process the request. This user is allowed a maximum number of 3 concurrent shells, which has been exceeded. Close existing shells or raise the quota for this user. For more information, see the about_Remote_Troubleshooting Help topic.
+ CategoryInfo          : OpenError: (System.Manageme….RemoteRunspace:RemoteRunspace) [], PSRemotingTransportException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : PSSessionOpenFailed

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Make Your Self Owner of All Distribution Groups – Office 365

There are a number of reasons why you may want to make your self an owner of all distribution groups in Office 365. One is that you are an IT Administrator of the organisation in question and wish to moderate the distribution groups in the Exchange Online GUI/PowerShell without running in to permission problems.

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Setting up Lync SRV Records with Claranet – Office 365

Office 365 is (in a nutshell) a bunch of Microsoft services and software that are (mainly) cloud based.
Some of the important features to trial in Office 365 before we conclude whether it is something we want to go ahead and adopt are the Exchange Online, Sharepoint, Lync and Office Web Apps.

Whilst attempting to trial Microsoft Lync, I came across a few problems trying to add the SRV records to our domain host, Claranet.
A SRV record has many parts to it which I thought were not adequately labelled in Claranet’s control panel. Even after following online examples (Wikipedia has a good one), I was still not able to get it working.

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