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Office 365 – Azure Active Directory Sync Tool (password changes)

Posted by on 10 Feb, 2015 in Azure Active Directory Sync, Office 365, Tools/Utilities | 0 comments

If you are using office 365 you may be using the Azure Active Directory Sync Tool to sync up your active directory to office 365.

You are probably aware that by default DirSync runs by default every three hours. I have seen various websites showing how to change the default setting in the Config. file (Microsoft.Online.DirSync.Scheduler) to make the sync happen faster. The main reason is to sync up the changes faster. I have found that this is not necessary to sync password changes up faster as the DirSync tool will sync up the passwords within about 3 minutes in the background. It won’t sync the AD changes such as a change in name but will sync the password in the background.

The details of the sync can be found in the event viewing searching for event ID 656 which is the password sync request ID. You will see the time stamp a couple of minutes after the password is reset.





There are various IDs that you can search for regarding the sync. The list below is taken from the Microsoft site (



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Office 365 – Azure Active Directory Sync Tool (Synchronisation Service Manager)

Posted by on 10 Feb, 2015 in Azure Active Directory Sync, Office 365, Tools/Utilities | 0 comments

You can monitor and see the status of previous syncs to see what information has been synced up by the Azure Active Directory Sync using the Synchronisation Service Manager. By default you can find this application in the following folder:


C:\Program Files\Windows Azure Active Directory Sync\SYNCBUS\Synchronization Service\UIShell\miisclient.exe


When running the application you will see the screen looking like this:



You can see the previous syncs and the details of what information has been synced by double clicking the relevant name and selecting the relevant export statistics in the bottom left hand corner.


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Office 365 – Migrating Mailboxes from on premise to office 365

Posted by on 10 Feb, 2015 in Microsoft, Office 365 | 0 comments


Hybrid Setup Exchange 2010 and Office 365


When migrating mailboxes in batches to office 365 using the Office 365 admin portal I had a couple of mailboxes fail when the mailbox status was completing. After about 20 minutes with mailboxes being stuck on completing. The following error appeared in the logs:

Error: SyncTimeoutException: Email migration failed for this user because no email could be downloaded


To resolve the issue with the mailboxes I deleted them from the batch and created a separate batch with the failed mailbox(s) and ran the migration again. This resolved the issue. When migrating mailboxes I found that migration them in batched of about 20-25 worked fine. When I had larger numbers or total emails for the batch exceeding 400-450k it seemed to cause issues. It could have just been coincidence but the smaller batches worked fine.

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Office 365 – Lync has stopped working

Posted by on 24 Jan, 2015 in Microsoft, Office 365 | 0 comments

When trying to run the Lync 2013 client on Windows 7/8/8.1 you receive the error:


Lync has stopped working.


A couple of roaming staff received this error after rolling out Lync 2013 basic client onto their laptops.



The only thing in common was they were both roaming staff with laptops. After about 20 minutes or so working on one of the laptops I noticed that there was a laptop dock software installed so the laptop could connect to two monitors. I read on Google that the error may be down to the Graphics drivers so I uninstalled the dock software and it worked fine. The dock software installed its own graphics drivers for the dual monitor which were in compatible with Lync. Downloading the latest software from the manufactures website allowed the dock to work again with Lync as well. I checked the other laptop and they also had similar software installed removing and updating the software fixed the issue there also.

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SCCM 2012 – Manually install the SCCM client

Posted by on 24 Jan, 2015 in Microsoft, SCCM 2012 | 0 comments

We have been using SCCM 2012 (System Center Configuration Manager 2012) for a while and every time we add a workstation to the domain the SCCM client and endpoint protection is installed automatically. Recently there was an issue where the client would not automatically install. The only difference from all other workstations was that this was a MacBook Pro with a virtual instance of Windows 8.1 Pro (using VMware Fusions v7). The VM was on the domain and I could not find the reason why the client would not install. I ended up having to install the client manually.


To manually install the client open up the Windows run window (Windows button + r) then type the following command:


\\SCCMServerName\sms_XXX\client\ccmsetup.exe /mp:SCCMServerName SMSSITECODE=XXX

SCCMServerName – Replace this value with the hostname of you SCCM Server.

XXX – Replace this value with the three letter site code of the server




SCCMServerName = SCCM2012


\\SCCM2012\sms_abc\client\ccmsetup.exe /mp:SCCM2012 SMSSITECODE=ABC

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