October 2014

Azure AD now supports managing shared company accounts for Twitter, Facebook and more!

Howdy folks, Starting off for the week with a bang, we've just turned on a new set of features in Azure AD that give companies a simple way to manage access to their social media accounts on services like Twitter …

ConvertFrom-String: Example-based text parsing



I’m sure most of you are familiar with the powerful tools for text parsing available in PowerShell. A presentation at the PowerShell Summit a couple of weeks ago provides a good overview of these and mentions a

Azure AD ADAL .NET v3 libraries with Xamarin support now in preview!

Howdy folks, The TechEd Europe 2014 news just keeps on coming! Less than 2 months ago we announced the GA of version 2 of ADAL .NET , the development library that makes it easy to use Active Directory (both Azure …

Customize Your App SSO Experience with Azure AD

Howdy folks, Next up in our news for TechEd Europe are two cool new capabilities in our app access panel. One of the things many of our larger customers care about is providing a customized employee experience when accessing and …

OAB Improvements in Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 7

Note: Cumulative Update 7 (CU7) for Exchange Server 2013 will be released soonTM.

Back in May, I discussed the changes we introduced in Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 5. Specifically with CU5 and later, an OAB can …

Planning Considerations for BYOD and Consumerization of IT (Part 6)

In this, Part 6, we’re going to talk about how you can use robust auditing and reporting capabilities for your BYOD environment to make your network more secure and to demonstrate compliance.…

Three Big Enhancements to the Azure AD Application Proxy preview

Howdy folks, Next in the lineup of the cool news we're sharing this week is a set of enhancements we've added to the preview of the Azure AD Application Proxy. Azure AD Proxy is lightweight and fast way to give …

Powershell DSC ResKit Wave 8: Now with 100+ Resources!

The DSC Resource Kit Wave 8 has landed! You can find it right here.

This wave contains an astounding 48 resources, our largest release ever! We just went from 90 resources released via the Resource Kit to 138

Manage the PowerShell DSC Extension in the Azure Preview Portal

UPDATE 11/21/2014: For information on OS support, and other features, please refer to our release history.

If you haven’t yet started using the Azure Preview Portal and are a fan of PowerShell DSC and the Azure PowerShell DSC Extension …

Lync Phone Edition and Public Certificates

This article aims to serve two purposes.  Firstly, as a reminder to always keep Lync Phone Edition (LPE) devices updated and not to grow lackadaisical regarding the routine administrative tasks of frequently downloading these periodic cumulative updates and applying them …

Understanding ATQ performance counters, yet another twist in the world of TLAs

Hello again, this is guest author Herbert from Germany.

If you worked an Active Directory performance issue, you might have noticed a number of AD Performance counters for NTDS and “Directory Services” objects including some ATQ related counters.

In this …

Come get your Calculator Updates!

Today, we released updated versions of both the Exchange 2010 Server Role Requirements Calculator and the Exchange 2013 Server Role Requirements Calculator.

The Exchange 2010 version is an incremental update and only includes minor bug fixes. You can view …

Planning Considerations for BYOD and Consumerization of IT (Part 5)

In this, Part 5, we’ll move on to the discussion of BYOD compliance with government and industry security and privacy standards.…

PowerShell DSC Does Exchange!

One of the more complex products to deploy and configure has just been made easier with the release of the xExchange PowerShell DSC Resource Module.  

Mike Hendrickson, the creator of these resources, has begun documenting how to use PowerShell …

Heads Up: Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog Series

Microsoft Scripting Guy Ed Wilson here. This week, the week of Oct. 19, I begin a special series of Hey Scripting Guy blog posts where we will be talking about why upgrade to Windows PowerShell 4.0. This series will be …

Introducing Microsoft Ignite – meet us in Chicago

This morning on The Official Microsoft Blog, we revealed more details about our unified technology event for event for enterprises in May. The event will be known as Microsoft Ignite. If you are one of the many MEC conference …

Third-Party Software is a Security Threat (Part 2)

In this article we will look at the arguments of why it’s important to be aware of more of the threats of using third-party software.…

MSTurnPing Bug

The MsTurnPing.exe application included in the Lync Server 2013 Resource Kit Tools package contains a bug that may have inadvertently triggered some incorrect practices related to the configuration of Edge server certificates.

Remember that the officially supported, best practice covered …

Be aware: October 26 2014 Russian time zone changes and Exchange

We wanted to give you a heads up that depending on the version of Exchange you are running, there might be some impact to either names of time zones that are changing on October 26, or the way that actual …

Shellshock the bashbug vulnerability

In this article we will look at what the shellshock bashbug is all about. We also cover mitigation strategies to help you thwart against such a vulnerability, so that when the next one occurs you are ready. …

October 2014 Lync Users Group

The next round of quarterly Lync Users Group meetings has been scheduled and announced for this month.


Event Details

This meeting will be conducted in our familiar two-session format:

The first session presented by Aruba Networks will cover Software Defined

Configuring QoS for Lync IP Phones

This article covers various aspects of configuring a complete Quality of Service (QoS) design in a Lync environment which utilizes various models of IP handsets for Lync.  Prioritization of both signaling and media communications will be covered by addressing the …

VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast 298 – Hyper Scaled HP Platforms & #VMworld Europe


Eric Nielsen, VMware @ericni25

James Warmkessel, VMware @warmkessel


Open Discussion


HP launches ‘first enterprise-class’ ARM-based server

HP, Applied Micro Release First 64-Bit ARM Server

VMworld 2014 Europe – Hope to see you there!

Around the Community


VMware Communities Roundtable Podcast 297 – vCloud Automation Center with @vitman75 @JillLiles1


Eric Nielsen, VMware @ericni25

Corey Romero, VMware, @vCommunityGuy


Shiv Diddee, VMware @vitman75

Jill Liles, VMware @JillLiles1


VMware Announces vCloud Air ISV Partner Program

VMware Announces General Availability of New Solutions for Building, Managing and Protecting Software-Defined Data

vExpert 2014 Q3 Announcement

First we would like to say thank you to everyone who applied for the 2014 Q3 vExpert program.

I’m pleased to announce the list 2014 Q3 vExperts. Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a …

Back to Basics: Groups vs. Organizational Units in Active Directory

This article takes a look at the differences between an Active Directory group and organizationl unit.…