Using a Separate Domain for Office 365 Groups

Office 365 Groups, sometimes referred to as Unified Groups, have been around for a while now.  Groups are excellent for collaboration, and allowing the end user to be in control of their own collaboration experience.  Groups are bad news for IT workers who need control or are resistant to change.  The latter group of IT workers will need to get on board though as it is evident that much of the Microsoft Office 365 ecosystem will be intertwined with Groups going forward.

For the past year, I have restricted group creation in production.  There are a multitude of reasons for not using Groups upon their initial release but, ultimately, it was lack of enterprise controls.  Most of those limitations have been remediated and the time for Groups is now.

In an effort to keep some form of structure around Groups, using a multi-domain approach is useful.

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Exporting Data from OneDrive or SharePoint Online for eDiscovery Cases

Most, if not all, organizations will encounter a time when electronic data discovery is required for one reason or another.  Typically these reasons include review by Legal or HR personnel.  In these times of need, the eDiscovery functionality in Office 365 can help facilitate the requests.  Data from Exchange and SharePoint Online can be extracted, or placed on “hold” so that even deleted information is retained.  Obtaining the data from Exchange Online is fairly straightforward, but there are some caveats to getting data from OneDrive.  NOTE: The same process outlined below can be used for any SharePoint Online site.  Instead of using a OneDrive URL, the site URL would be used instead.

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SCCM Client Stuck in Provisioning Mode

I was recently called to investigate an issue with failed client installations on newly imaged Windows 10 machines.  The symptoms were as follows:

  • Opening Configuration Manager from the Control Panel of the affected computer is missing tabs.  Typically only the General, Components, Actions, Site, Cache, and Network tabs are displayed.
  • The tabs that are displayed in Configuration Manager on the computer are incomplete as well.

ProvisioningMode

  • The registry key HKLM\Software\Microsoft\CCM\CcmExec\ProvisioningMode is set to True

Regedit Provisioing mode SCCM 2012 client

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