Category Archives: Cloud

EU Parliament concludes political agreement on cybersecurity (NIS2)

The EU Parliament has on 13 MAY 2022 entered into a political agreement to approve the EU Directive 2020/0359 (called “NIS2”), containing new rules for cyber- and information security, which will affect a large number of European companies, authorities, and their supply chain. The final legal text is expected to be adopted by the end… Read More »

How to enable a CSP customer to view Azure usage charges

Use the following instructions to enable the policy allowing customers to view Azure usage charges for CSP provided Azure Plans using their own Azure portal. Prerequisites:You must be a member of the Admin agent CSP role to view and update the policy. First, open the Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com/#home) in the partners CSP tenant and sign… Read More »

How to fix “Create Powershell Session is failed using OAuth” EXO v2 PowerShell error

Connecting to the Exchange Online service using the recent Exchange Online PowerShell V2 module presents a series of new features, including the option for using modern authentication and have the sign-in protected by Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). The added support for modern authentication in Exchange Online PowerShell V2 module (EXO V2) include all cmdlets and replaces… Read More »

How to use Public Key Authentication with PuTTY SSH Client

PuTTY is an open source SSH and telnet client, originally developed for Microsoft Windows by a British programmer Simon Tatham. In addition to the SSH client, the development program includes the PuTTY Key Generator, which is a utility for generating RSA and DSA key pairs to enable more secure communication and passwordless authentication when accessing… Read More »

How to get ExtensionAttribute values from Azure AD

Recently I received an interesting question regarding extracting extensionAttribute data from Azure AD. Apparently this seems simple, but the information is not available through standard Azure AD PowerShell not the Azure AD portal. In Azure AD Connect, by standard the extensionAttribute# values gets synchronized from the on-premises Active Directory to Azure AD via the following… Read More »

Azure Reservations with monthly payments

Microsoft just introduced a new way to pay for Azure Reservations that enables customers and partners to lower their upfront payments while enjoying discounts offered by Azure reservation. Previously, Azure reservations required the whole term payment up front, which reduced the attractiveness for many customers. Now you have the choice between paying for reservations upfront… Read More »

How to switch Office 365 licenses using PowerShell

When making changes to licenses in Office 365, I sometimes experience that the old and new licenses include options that conflict, and does not allow the licenses to be pooled or added to accounts at the same time. Changing the license of users in Office 365 need to be performed without impacting the end users… Read More »

How to resolve “An error occurred” in CRM for Office 365 with ADFS

This error can occur in a topology where an ADFS server is used for authenticating to Office 365 and the CRM Online service. When starting the CRM for Office 365 plug-in, the users receive the following error message during the ADFS authentication: An error occurred An error occurred. Contact your administrator for more information. Error… Read More »

How to resolve Mail Users not synced to Azure AD

In a recent support case, the migration of mail boxes from an on-premise Domino platform to Exchange Online was started, but the migration got stuck because the on-premises accounts, enabled as Mail Users, did not appear in “Contacts” in the Exchange Online Admin Center. Also, in the on-premises environment Azure AD Connect was present and… Read More »

How to resolve OFFCAT “must be installed with elevated permissions on Windows Server” error

During a recent Office 365 troubleshooting scenario I needed to install the Microsoft Office Configuration Analyzer Tool (OFFCAT), but noticed that OFFCAT cannot be installed on Windows Server 2012 R2 using the default installation process. In this case OFFCAT throws the following error: The cause of issue is User Account Control that does not grant… Read More »