Cleaning up Office365 Groups Mess

Office 365 Groups are a shared workspace for email, conversations, files, and events where group members can collectively get stuff done. It compliments the introduction of Microsoft Teams. The main thing to keep in mind is that this feature is still evolving. Why is it important to control Office 365 Group creation? This feature is … Read more

Remove duplicates, blank lines, spaces, to get unique values and sort data in one operation

From time to time I come across this need; where I need to scrub a file where there are duplicates, there are blank lines, the sort order is all wack, and it just needs to be formatted to where it can be more readable and/or usable. This method just doesn’t apply to text, but also … Read more

Remove disabled users from Distribution Lists & Security Groups in Active Directory

One of my clients had several disabled users showing up in distribution lists and security groups and this was creating unnecessary noise in email, alerts, etc. I highly encourage all administrators to keep their AD neat and tidy. The following PowerShell script searches for disabled users in Groups and Distribution Groups and removes them:

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Windows: Hide Internet Explorer 11 address bar & navigation bar

Applies to: Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2012R2, Windows 10 There are two ways this can be accomplished depending on your needs for the controlled environment. GPO: I would like to first clarify that there is not a single GPO to just hide TABS in IE11. There is however a way you can enforce IE in Full … Read more

Remove licensing from ESXi host

WARNING: This is for education/informational testing/development purposes only, and should not be used on a production server. WARNING: This trick will only work with an ESX(i) stand alone server.  It will not work if the ESX(i) server is connected to a vCenter Server, as the vCenter Server knows better than to let you do this.  … Read more

Remove group membership of disabled accounts

Majority of the system administrators I’ve met forget this very important rule. When an account is not needed remove its membership from the security/ distribution groups, otherwise you get disabled account showing up in groups, and that looks ugly. You will need Quest ActiveRoles for Powershell installed to get this working. Depending on the size … Read more

Get a list of shared mailboxes that are accidentally licensed

We know that in a hybrid scenario or during migration all shared mailboxes are migrated as a user account and then converted in a shared mailbox. Sometimes admin forget to remove the license for the shared box after conversion and there is no GUI alternative to see if the shared mailbox is licensed. Shared mailbox … Read more

Outlook: Removing Copy from all the Calendar entries after importing from PST

This article applies to Outlook 2007 and 2010. If you are experiencing this issue with other mail clients, please contact Support. The “Copy” prefix is usually added to calendar items when items are imported from a PST file or copied from another calendar. To avoid this happening move items to the calendar instead of importing: … Read more

Remove Password Expiration

Many customers ask me the question how they can remove password expiration on their Office 365 environment. With the PowerShell command below this can be achieved: First make sure you have the remote signed execution policy set to true. You can do this by running PowerShell in admin mode and running: Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned Next, run the … Read more