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Author: Brad Wyatt

My name is Bradley Wyatt; I am currently a Technology Specialist at Porcaro Stolarek Mete Partners which is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. At PSM we provide solutions which are custom designed around the specific needs of each client. If you are looking for a career change or would like to learn more about PSM's offerings, please feel free to e-mail me.
PowerShell Function to Connect to All Office 365 Services With Support for MFA

PowerShell Function to Connect to All Office 365 Services With Support for MFA

I usually have to connect to Office 365 via PowerShell at least once per day. I had the following function stored in my PowerShell Profile:

This allowed me to just open PowerShell and type Connect-O365 to connect to Office 365 instead of looking up the Session information and all of the cmdlets needed. One of the issues I faced was the lack of multi-factor authentication support. To connect to Exchange Online or Security and Compliance Center using multi-factor authentication you must use another module that is found in your tenant. Also, … Continue...

Get a Teams Notification the Moment an Active Directory User gets Locked Out with PowerShell Using Webhooks

Get a Teams Notification the Moment an Active Directory User gets Locked Out with PowerShell Using Webhooks

I have been recently using Teams as a central location for my organizations technical notifications instead of email as it provides a way for an entire Help Desk team to openly collaborate on the message and its contents. I recently got a request to get a Teams notification when a user gets locked out of their Active Directory account. By setting up a Webhook connector we can make it happen. The script will be triggered from Task Scheduler on Event ID 4740 which is created when a user gets locked out. By using “Search-ADAccount -LockedOut” we can return an array of locked out accounts, but by ordering it by lockout time we can ensure that we grab the most recent locked out user that corresponds to the security event.

I set the script and scheduled task up on my PDC because as far as I know, the actual lockout event … Continue...

Post Inactive Users as a Microsoft Teams Message with PowerShell

Post Inactive Users as a Microsoft Teams Message with PowerShell

In my previous post I went through setting up a Team’s webhook to send a daily message / notification of all your Active Directory users that have their password expiring in a week or less. This is valuable for an IT team as they can review users and work together on the within the same work space (team). In this post I will be setting up another scheduled task to send a daily message on Active Directory accounts that have not logged on in 90 days or more. I am also returning attributes like LockedOut, LastLogon, Enabled and more. The array of users is sorted, showing the users that have not logged on in the longest to the shortest. You can change the sort order to fit the needs of your environment. By using the cmdlet, “New-Timespan” I can get the amount of days since the user last logged on.… Continue...
Post Users with Expiring Passwords as Microsoft Teams Message with PowerShell

Post Users with Expiring Passwords as Microsoft Teams Message with PowerShell

Microsoft Teams has many connectors available including Incoming Webhook. “This provides an easy solution to post notifications / messages from any scripting language through JSON formatted web service call.”1

In this post I will show you how you can gather all of your users who have passwords expiring within a specified time range, and send a notification including all relevant information to a Teams Channel. In my example I will get all users who have passwords expiring in 7 days and less and have it notify my “Help Desk” Teams Channel.  

The current script will parse only enabled users because we don’t need to report on users, ‘passwordlastset’ attribute if the account isn’t even allowed to log in. It will also sort all of our data, so the users with passwords expiring the earliest will always be at the top of the message. The top description under, “Users … Continue...

Create an Interactive Active Directory HTML Report With PowerShell

Create an Interactive Active Directory HTML Report With PowerShell

I have covered the PowerShell module, “ReportHTML” in a previous article (Create an Interactive HTML Report for Office 365 with PowerShell) where I used it to generate Office 365 tenant reports. The module takes a little bit to learn the syntax and formatting but it’s great if you are not familiar with CSS/HTML as it does most of the heavy lifting for you. I like to generate reports using HTML because the data can be interacted with. You can filter your tables, search for items, change the ordering of the table, and also gather your data in bar and pie graphs.

My end goal was to create an Active Directory overview report using PowerShell. I looked into PSWinDocumentation but ultimately I wanted the report be interactive. I was looking for basic Active Directory items like Groups, Users, Group Types, Group Policy, etc, but I also wanted items like … Continue...

Sync Office 365 / AzureAD down to ADDS

Sync Office 365 / AzureAD down to ADDS

I recently found myself needing to build out an on premise Active Directory environment and populate it from objects found in Office 365 (AzureAD). The local Active Directory would then be configured as the identity source and would sync up to AzureAD using Azure AD Connect. Unfortunately, Azure AD Connect is currently a one way sync from your on premise Active Directory Domain Services environment to AzureAD and wont sync objects down. AADConnect does have the ability to match our AzureAD objects to their corresponding Active Directory objects but, if an attribute like City, Phone Number, Department, Title, etc. is present in your existing AzureAD and not in ADDS, the attribute may remain in AzureAD but not replicate down to ADDS. So we will want to copy over as many attributes from AzureAD to our local Active Directory as possible in preparation for the Azure AD Connect sync. We will … Continue...

Configure and Deploy Intune MDM

Configure and Deploy Intune MDM

Description

In this article I will be configuring and deploying Intune as a stand-alone MDM solution. This article will walk you through deploying applications to devices, configuring your Company Portal, enrolling end user devices, creating policies and more.

Solution

Configure MDM Authority

  1. First we must configure Intune as my MDM authority. Since I am doing a stand alone I want Intune as the only authority and not Configuration Manager. By logging into portal.azure.com I can expand the Itune node and select “Device Enrollment”
  2. Select  “Intune MDM Authority” and then click “Choose”
  3. I will get a notification that my changes were saved successfully

Configure APN Certificate

To manage iOS devices you must have an Apple Push certificate.

  1. In the Intune blade we want to go to Device Enrollment and then Apple Enrollment and select “Apple MDM Push Certificate”
  2. Agree to the terms in step 1 and then download the CSR
  3. It
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Customize your Office 365 Encrypted Messages with your Organizations Brand in Office 365

Customize your Office 365 Encrypted Messages with your Organizations Brand in Office 365

As an Office 365 administrator, you can apply your company branding to customize the look of your organization’s Office 365 Message Encryption email messages as well as the contents of the encryption portal. You can customize the following aspects of the viewing experience for recipients of encrypted email messages:

  • Introductory text of the email that contains the encrypted message
  • Disclaimer text of the email that contains the encrypted message
  • Text that appears in the OME portal
  • Logo that appears in the email message and OME portal
  • Background color in the email message and OME portal

You can also revert back to the default look and feel at any time.

Below is the default message your recipient will see when they receive an encrypted email message.

Customize the Message

To customize the OME message you will first need to connect to Exchange Online using Remote PowerShell. You then want to get … Continue...

[Tool] Create and Configure Active Directory and Office 365 Users at Once.

[Tool] Create and Configure Active Directory and Office 365 Users at Once.

One of the things IT Administrators look to automate first is the new user creation process. I recently was going through the process of creating a new hires Active Directory login, Office 365 mailbox, and their Office 365 user account, and I wondered how I could make the process easier and quicker.

My focus was geared towards Managed Service Providers (MSP’s), Human Resource (HR) departments and general Help Desk Technicians. For MSP’s I wanted to create a tool that they could easily use across all of their clients because they may not spend the time to automate new user creations because they have hundreds, if not thousands of clients to tend to, and each client is unique so you can’t just copy the same automation script from one client to another. This would also be a huge asset for Help Desk technicians because they are more often than not the … Continue...