Fixing a Corrupted Nickname Entry in Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook maintains a list of formerly used email addresses which is used for the automatic completion feature. If one of these “nicknames” becomes corrupted it can cause any emails to that address to bounce. If this happens, the proper way to fix itis is to delete the corrupted entry and retype the email address in the To… field.

How to remove a corrupted nickname cache entry

  1. Open a new email message.
  2. Type the first few characters of the nickname cache entry that you want to remove from the cache.
  3. When the entry appears in the list of suggested names, use the Up and Down arrow keys on your keyboard to move the highlight to the entry you want to remove.
  4. Hit the Delete key on your keyboard to remove it from the list.

Microsoft Office 365 – Configure a User Password to Never Expire

This article will show you how to configure a user password to never expire on the Office 365 platform.

Install the PowerShell cmdlets for Office 365

First you will need the PowerShell cmdlets installed onto your computer. To install them, please follow the instructions here:
http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/office365-enterprises/2b09b6a8-ad7e-446f-b7f0-273856beed70#BKMK_install

Set Windows Powershell Credentials

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To connect Windows Powershell to Office 365, run the following cmdlet from the Powershell window (which you installed in the above step).

$cred=Get-Credential
After running that command, you will get a login window. Type in an “admin” level user for Office 365 (in the format of username@domain.com) and select “Ok”.

Connect Windows Powershell to Office 365

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Next, run the following cmdlet:
connect-MSOLService -credential $cred
If it connects successfully, no messages will be should be shown, just a new line as shown in the above screenshot.

If You Get an Error . . .

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If the credentials you’ve provided are incorrect, you will get a screen like the one above. If this happens, check your credentials and re-run the cmdlets above.

Find Out Whether a Password is Set to Never Expire

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To see whether a single user’s password is set to never expire, run the following cmdlet by using the user ID (in the format of username@domain.com) of the user you want to check:
Get-MSOLUser -UserPrincipalName <user ID> | Select PasswordNeverExpires

The result of the cmdlet will show if this flag has been set or not for this user. An example of this can be seen in the above screenshot. For this particular user, it has not been set.

Optional — To see the “Password never expires” setting for all users, run the following cmdlet:
Get-MSOLUser | Select UserPrincipalName, PasswordNeverExpires

Set a Password to Never Expire

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To set the password of one user to never expire, run the following cmdlet by using the user ID of the user (in the format of username@domain.com):
Set-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName <user ID> -PasswordNeverExpires $true

Optional — To set the passwords of all the users in an organization to never expire, run the following cmdlet:
Get-MSOLUser | Set-MsolUser -PasswordNeverExpires $true

Set a Password to Expire (To Undo Above)

To set the password of one user so that the password does expire, run the following cmdlet by using the user ID of the user:
Set-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName <user ID> -PasswordNeverExpires $false

To set the passwords of all users in the organization so that they do expire, use the following cmdlet:
Get-MSOLUser | Set-MsolUser -PasswordNeverExpires $false

Microsoft Slashes Prices for Office 365

According to The Register, Microsoft is slashing their prices for Office 365, which in my opinion was already very competitively priced. For full details, check out the article here:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/15/microsoft_office_365_price_cut/ 

Here’s the table in the article outlining the old and new prices for each Office 365 package.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Lewan is a Microsoft Gold Partner and offers Office 365 to our clients at the same prices listed above. Feel free to talk with your account representative for additional details or for a demonstration.

Microsoft – Official PST to Exchange Import Tool

Microsoft has just announced they have released a tool that allow admins to automatically crawl users computers and import PST files into Exchange Online or Exchange 2010.

Download http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=28767

Thanks to the following blog for the info:
http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2012/01/out-now-official-pst-to-exchange-import-tool/

 

Microsoft Office 365 – How-to Reset All User Passwords

Obviously this isn’t something that you would do a lot, but in case you need to know how, here’s how you can reset all user passwords in a Microsoft Office 365 environment:

Help on accessing Office 365 powershell:
http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/Office365-enterprises/hh124998.aspx

Once your connected run the following commands:
Import-Module msonline

Connect-MsolService -cred $cred

Get-Command -Module msonline

Get-msoluser |set-msoluserpassword -newpassword “password” -forcechangepassword $false

That’s it! 🙂