Quick Fix: Office 365 DirSync Hide a user from Global Address List

This week i have been working on some process automation, around a user leaving an organisation using Office 365.

DirSync (and it’s newer iterations) has been a very useful for Password Sync and User creation, however it can be a bit of a drag when it comes to editing mailbox settings. In this case, Hiding a user from the Global Address List.

Set-Mailbox Error On Prem

So to hide the Mailbox from our Office 365 Address List we need to use ADSIEdit and change the msExchHideFromAddressLists attribute to True, then wait for DirSync to do it’s thing. Read more of this post

Quick Fix: Cancel Email Forwarding Exchange 2007/10

powershell2xa4Had a call from a client who needed to cancel all automatic forwarding of email to one recipient.

Easy you might think. Read more of this post

Outlook is losing my email?!? Event ID 9646 (Application Log)

iconRecently at a client of mine, we had an issue where one users Outlook would continually stop displaying new email. The inbox would show ‘last updated at..’ and would not move on from that time but, Outlook would correctly display ‘Connected’ in the bottom right corner. Read more of this post

On Premises Exchange Integration Windows Server 2012 Essentials

LogoYes, you heard me right. Hopefully by now the news of the end of development, shall we say, of SBS 2011 Standard has settled in, and you are ready for how to tackle the void left in the market. I know many partners and folks are talking about alternatives, Kerio, Hosted Exchange2Exchange or any number of other solutions, but i wanted to demonstrate how easy it is to setup the OnPrem (OP) integration with an Exchange server, and how it is possible to access both, using 1 single public IP address.

I have no idea how much it would actually cost to do in production though!

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Windows Server 2012 Essentials Public Beta

LogoIf you are interested there is now a public beta of ‘SBS8’ or Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

I am certainly not the best person to ask for a reasoned business argument about why the loss of SBS Standard is good or bad thing. Read more of this post

SBS 2011 Standard : Exchange 2010 Single Message Restore

sbsstdDuring a recent SMB MVP Community Roadshow event in Edinburgh, a member of the audience asked us about Email restore in SBS 2011.

Although i knew this could be done, i had never actually done it. So i decided to work out how it was done with SBS 2011.

I found a lot of great resources online that helped me with the process and i have linked to them at the end of this post.

I’m focusing on a situation where we are restoring from a backup, rather than what is available through the Exchange dumpster (aka Recover Deleted Items) although i do cover that briefly below.

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SBS 2011 Standard & iPhone

sbsstdI’ve noticed a lot of people are hitting my blog with search terms like SBS2011 iPhone or words to that effect. I got to thinking that maybe some people are not interested in the technical detail in my previous posts about iPhones or iPads, and maybe they just wanted to know how to add their Exchange email to their device.

If you want to know how to configure your iPhone with Office 365 look here.

If you are looking for information on the iPhone Configuration Utility, look here.

If you are looking for information on the iPhone and AutoDiscover, look here.

If you just want me to shut up and tell you what settings you need to make your iDevice work with your new Exchange Server, read on!

Add your email to your iPhone

First from the Home screen, go to Settings.

iPhone home screen and settings

Then go to Mail, Contacts, Calendars

iPhone settings mail contacts calendars

Choose Add an Account.

iPhone add an account

Choose Microsoft Exchange

Add Microsoft Exchange

You are then asked for 5 pieces of information.

    • Email
    • Domain
    • Username
    • Password
    • Description

 iPhone exchange account details


This is your email address


Your servers internal domain name. For example, ‘sbs.local’ could be your internal domain name. You can just enter ‘sbs’


This is the username you use when you logon to your computer in the office.


The password you use when you logon to your computer in the office.


This is just a memorable name so you can distinguish between multiple email accounts on your device.

Once you have filled out this information, click on Next. Notice the device now says ‘Verifying’

iPhone Exchange email verifying account

You may be presented with a warning message regarding ‘verification of the server identity’ Click on continue.

for more info on why this happens follow my link above regarding autodiscover.

iPhone Exchange Email Autodiscover

In most cases you will now see a new box appear, called Server.



This is the public name for your SBS Server.

iPhone Exchange Email Server Address

The default for SBS 2008 and SBS 2011 is ‘remote.company.com’

(where company.com is your email domain)

Type this in and click next. Again the phone will show as Verifying.

iPhone Exchange Email Server Address

The next page will ask if you which items you want to sync to your phone.

Click on Save when you are happy with your selection.

iPhone Exchange Email choose items to sync

Your items will now start to sync to your phone.

iPhone Exchange Email Syncd

Default Behaviour

By default the iPhone will only sync the last 3 days of content, so don’t get freaked out if all of your email is ‘missing’.

You can change the behaviour in the settings of the account.

Under, Settings, Mail, Contact, Calendars, find your account by its description. Inside here you can change the sync behaviour.

iPhone Exchange Email Account Settings

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