Reconnect Office 365 Account with Dirsync’ed AD account

If the Directory  Sync connection between an Office 365 and AD account breaks for some reason (AD user is deleted, server corruption etc) it can be tricky to get them reconnected. These steps may help:

1) Use Office 365 Control panel to restore deleted user.  It will now be marked as “In Cloud” instead of “Synced with Active Directory”.

2) Use the local AD tools to re-create user if it is missing. Local Exchange tools should be used to create a new mail user with an SMTP address that matches the SMTP address of the Office 365 User.

3) Fire up Powershell and connect to the Office 365 Azure Cloud using the following commands:

Import-Module MSOnline 
$O365Cred = Get-Credential 
$O365Session = New-PSSession –ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri -Credential $O365Cred -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection 
Import-PSSession $O365Session -AllowClobber 
Connect-MsolService –Credential $O365Cred

4) Use the following command to delete the ImmutableID from the Office 365 Account where ‘User Principal Name’ is either the name or the email address of the user being reset:

Set-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName 'User Principal Name' -ImmutableId '$null'

5) Wait for, or force, the AD Sync and it should reconnect the accounts.

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Using Windows 8.1 without needing a Microsoft Account

I’ve recently had to get a couple of Windows 8.1 Pro tablets working with my works Office 365 setup. At first it was forcing me to use a Microsoft Account which I don’t want to use. After some web searching I was able to locate this article:

In it there is instructions for using the Group Policy Editor to make MS accounts optional (yay!). here’s what needs to be done:

To apply the Group Policy setting:

  1. Launch GPEdit by opening the “run” prompt (Windows key + r), and entering GPEdit.msc
  2. Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App runtime
  3. Select Allow Microsoft accounts to be optional to configure the policy

If the Group Policy is applied and a Microsoft account is not used, the Communications apps will:

  • Prompt the user for a work account (i.e. an Exchange ActiveSync account) password
  • If account credentials are provided, use Exchange ActiveSync to synchronize email, Contacts and Calendar from the work account
  • A user can add additional accounts if desired. You can use corporate firewalls or other mechanisms to block access to any consumer email services as needed.

The following functionality will be unavailable to a user without a Microsoft Account:

  • Windows Store Application Installs

  • Account Settings roaming to additional devices

  • Connectivity to additional 3rd party services (e.g. Social sites)

  • Email communication from Microsoft regarding any updates to Microsoft Services Agreement.

There are a few caveats, but my first trials show it as being successful. As I explore more into Windows 8.1 I’ll trying to update this article.

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Building a Company – Part 1

Since I got back into Warhammer 40K I’ve been working on a Dark Angels army. At first I was only going to build a Deathwing and a small Greenwing, but after picking up two copies of Dark Vengeance I’ve realised that I’m pretty close to completing my Third Company of Dark Angels. Here’s what I have so far:

That’s one Company Master with a five man Command Squad, one Veteran Marine squad, three Tactical squads, two Devastator squads and half an Assault squad. That photo shows that I’m short one Devastator Marine, fifteen Assault Marines (which are in the mail as I write this) and two Tactical Squads.

After a little rearranging, and without taking another photo (doh!), I managed to get this down to fifteen  Tactical marines and four Veterans (I moved the Missile Launcher from the Vet squad over to the Devastator spot and the three normal marines from the vet squad to one of the Tactical squads) not including the Assault Marines.  This means I only need to pick up one Tactical Marine box, one five man squad box and one Dark Angels “Chapter Upgrade Sprue”. I’m thinking I may grab the Devastator squad box for the five marines so I can get a selection of Heavy Weapons into the Veteran squad.

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2012-09-28 09.17.08

The Daily Tray

After a weekend of far too much Civilization V and not enough time painting, the only thing I managed to accomplish was basing coating the Hellbrute with Death World Forest. I also finished the base for my yet still unnamed Daemon Prince. I’ll talk about him more in another post. Hopefully the next few days will be more productive.

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The Daily Tray

So I wasn’t able to finish off the Chaos Marines last night, I got distracted by new TV (Tosh.0 and JJ Abrams’ new show Revolution), but I did clear off all the Dark Angels. All twenty four are now based and only need guns added, but I’m going to wait for the new Dark Angels Codex that is rumored to come out later this fall before I do all that. I don’t want to have to rip things apart.

Now, onto the BIG thing… the Hellbrute. This is the first of my two Hellbrutes and I’m planning on using Purge colours on it so it fits with the rest of the warband. The large armour chunks will be green or black, to follow the rest of the marines. The skin, however, will be that rotted colour I used on my Plaguebearers, but I intend to blend it with some black to make it appear like the marines power armour was merged with his flesh.

This guy is going to take a while, and he’ll probably be joined by some other models once I get the Marines off the tray. Working on multiple models at the same time helps stop me from getting bored too quickly. As the ultimate procrastinator, it’s very easy to get distracted.

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The Daily Tray

On today’s tray are some of my Chaos Marine Warband’s Chosen, from the Dark Vengeance box set. There’s also twelve of the twenty four Dark Angel Marines I’ve been working on. They just need their bases finished and they’ll be done. I also started basing my Deathwing Terminator banner carrier. I was going to do something fancy, but it wasn’t going to happen anytime soon, so I just did something simple. Hopefully I can get it all done by tomorrow and move onto something a bit bigger.

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