Archive for 2016

Exchange Server 2016 Cumulative Update 3 Released

Cumulative Update 3 for Exchange Server 2016 resolves issues that were found in Exchange Server 2016 since the software was released. This update roll-up is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2016 customers. You can download Exchange Server 2016 CU3 from here...
Few BIG changes/support/features:

  • Windows Server 2016 Support
  • .Net 4.6.2 Support
  • High Availability Improvements
  • Refreshed People Experience in Outlook on the web
For detailed information on new features and supports refer to below article

-Gulab Prasad

Outlook for Mac and public folder access

Microsoft released a fix for public folder access by Outlook for Mac for Exchange On Premises and Office 365.

Exchange Server 2013 introduced modern public folders and also shift in the way clients access the public folders. Ever since, the Outlook for Mac client had limited or no support for public folders.

This article provides an update on how Outlook 2016 for Mac clients can access public folders in various topologies.

-Gulab Prasad

Office 365 Mailbox Migration Script

This Office 365 Mailbox Migration Script will help you migrate from Exchange 2010, 2013 and 2016 On Premises to Office 365. It has several script and primary script will call the other scripts to complete the process.
Once script is completed running, it will generate the logs too, in case of error you can review the logs to troubleshoot the issue.

You can download it from here...

This software (or sample code) is not supported under any Microsoft standard support program or service. The software is provided AS IS without warranty of any kind. Microsoft further disclaims all implied warranties including, without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose. The entire risk arising out of the use or performance of the software and documentation remains with you. In no event shall Microsoft, its authors, or anyone else involved in the creation, production, or delivery of the software be liable for any damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or other pecuniary loss) arising out of the use of or inability to use the software or documentation, even if Microsoft has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

Gulab Prasad

Conferencing modalities no longer function in Lync Server 2010, Lync Server 2013, or Skype for Business Server 2015 after you install Security Bulletin MS16-065

This problem occurs because an information disclosure vulnerability exists in the Transport Layer Security protocol and the Secure Sockets Layer protocol (TLS/SSL) as they are implemented in the encryption component of the Microsoft .NET Framework. An attacker who successfully exploits this vulnerability can decrypt encrypted TLS/SSL traffic.

Here is the resolutions... 

Gulab Prasad

Office 365 Analytics, Reporting and Operations with 4WARD365

So, you have been doing lot of successful Office 365 migration from On-Premises Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint Servers etc. and I am sure all of them end up in successful migration and you client is happy too.

I have been doing lot of Office 365 migration since few years and its fun (especially when it’s Hybrid). Every time you migrate On-Premises users to Office 365 there will be request from the client for some kind of report on existing usage of Office 365, how many users are moved to Office 365, what time of users are they, delegations, what type of licenses users have been assigned etc. These questions are expected questions as you already know and you would have prepared yourself for these questions along with PowerShell Scripts.

Here are some of the scripts you prepared in advance as these will come as a question from the client.
  1. Report on License Per User.
  2. Report on License as per location.
  3. Report on License as which user is Using just Exchange Online and SharePoint.
  4. Report on Users using Office Online Pro and One Drive and Yammer.
  5. Report on Users Using Intune based on location.
The list can go on and on and on, now your customers wants these report to be emailed to the Admin and their managers too. Well which can be done just adding few lines in PowerShell.


What if there a tool, a web based tool available which can do all of these and more, more as not just reporting but management of your Office 365 environment and takes care of your everyday operations too.

4WARD365 does exactly the same and it has almost all the stack covered which runs in Office 365, Azure and CRM Online.
I have been exploring this tool and I found it way more useful and super easy to use than any other tool available in the market.

Reporting can be done at the granular level as granular as single license and user. 4WARD365 can report on every aspect of Office 365 features your organization is using. Here are some of the reports.
Mail Traffic Reports:

Yammer Reports:


In terms of management I can’t write everything here as what all you can manage. Check out the screenshot.

Audit can be done for Azure AD, Exchange, One Drive and SharePoint. Skype of Business is coming VERY SOON! Operation on Audit can be performed at numerous levels. Some of the examples below.

There are lot of other features are going to be added at the end of 2nd Q, those new features will be free and you don’t have to pay anything extra depending upon the subscription you are using.
4WARD365 can also be used to report and manage On Premises Active Directory and Exchange Servers.

Note: 4WARD365 supports SSO.

Gulab Prasad