Office 365: Using Incoming Webhooks in Microsoft Teams

Incoming webhooks are a great way to get nicely presented information to your teams. While software and service providers have the ability to create connectors for teams, the current list of connectors not huge, though it does contain most of the big services such as Twitter, GitHub, JIRA, Trello etc. I have no doubt that the list will grow over time, but for now, the ability to integrate other sources of data via webhooks makes it relatively easy to bring timely information into your messaging environment.

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Managing Local Administrator Passwords with LAPS

Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) is Microsoft’s answer to a common management problem inside Windows Server domains, the never-expiring (and often forgotten) local administrator password.

There are innumerable methods out there for handling this problem, from third-party solutions that may come at a cost, to recording them in databases or worse, spreadsheets. Of course, there is also the set and forget option.

LAPS comes free from Microsoft. You can download it here. It utilises a Group Policy CSE and Active Directory and when implemented it can automatically detect and update an expired local administrators password. If you’re concerned about not knowing what the password is, have no fear. LAPS stores the password inside of Active Directory under the computer it belongs to. Continue reading “Managing Local Administrator Passwords with LAPS”

Office 365 – Resolving Identity Sync Problems

If you are are synchronising Active Directory identies with Office 365, there are occasions where an AD account will not match the 365 account. If this occurs, the sync will create a  new unlicenced user in Office 365. This short article details the process that can help to resolve these issues in some instances. Continue reading “Office 365 – Resolving Identity Sync Problems”

Office 365 – Adding Users and Assigning Licences With PowerShell

Creating an Office 365 Tennant is a bit pointless if no one can use the services. In this post, I will detail the process for adding users and licencing users with PowerShell. The best part about this process is that it can be used for a single user, or a list of users. Continue reading “Office 365 – Adding Users and Assigning Licences With PowerShell”

Office 365 – Creating a Tenant

There isn’t a lot to this one really. If you are looking for a free trial of Office 365, head over to Microsoft’s IT Pro Cloud Essentials site and set up a 60 day trial of the E3 package – They don’t even ask for a credit card. Otherwise you can go to and select a business package there based on your needs.

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