Like many people, I work on multiple monitors. Take now for example; I’m writing this blog post on my main monitor and Jeremy Kyle is playing in Internet Explorer on the second monitor (is he the father and the brother? Who really cares?).
My monitors are set to different resolutions and when I drag an Internet Explorer window from my main monitor to the second monitor, it automatically scales to 150% which makes it unusable. This ‘helpful’ behaviour is actually extremely annoying to me but there is an easy way to prevent this from happening.
Right click your desktop and select Screen Resolution. Click Make text and other items larger or smallerand then check the box for Let me choose one scaling level for all my displays.
You may need to sign out of Windows and back in again for some bizarre reason but that should solve the issue.
Now, back to Jeremy Kyle, “My teenage son picks his nose too much”.
A play on the film title from “Dude, where’s my car?” in which, well actually, we can’t remember the plot but we do remember the title and something about a scene with tattoos.
Putting movies to one side, customers often want to know where their mailboxes reside in Office 365 and Exchange Online. If my billing address is in Europe I can assume my data centres are located in Dublin and Amsterdam but can I verify that? Also, the mailboxes for individual users and resources might be in either of those locations. Here’s where a little PowerShell comes in handy.
Windows 8.1 includes PowerShell by default so on the Start screen, type PowerShell, right-click Windows PowerShell in the search results and select Run as Administrator. I’ll explain why you need to run it as admin in a moment.
1 – Set the PowerShell execution policy. The default setting for execution policy is restricted which would not allow PowerShell to run scripts at all; secure but not very useful. RemoteSigned tells PowerShell it can run scripts on the local machine but any scripts downloaded from the Internet must be signed by a trusted publisher. This is also why you need to run PowerShell as administrator; in order to change this setting.
2 – Set your Office 365 admin credentials. A popup window will appear where you type in your Office 365 admin user and password. This will also tell the PowerShell cmdlets which Office 365 tenant you want to connect to.
$cred = Get-Credential
3 – In order to perform administrative tasks on Office 365 you can connect to the online service using the credentials you supplied.
Connect-MsolService -cred $cred
4 – You can list all the Office 365 admin commands. Note that Exchange, SharePoint and the other cloud services have their own set of commands.
Get-Command –Module msonline
5 – To connect to Exchange Online, type the following commands. You don’t need to change anything here; again, the tenant to connect to is specified by the login ID in the credentials.
There are a number of possible Lync clients including the Lync Windows Store App (Modern UI), Lync Web App and mobile Lync clients for Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The most likely alternative for users will be Lync Basic which is a no-cost application to connect to Lync Online or Lync Server. For users already on Office 365 Small Business Premium or Midsize Business plans who are upgrading to the new Business plans, the update process will uninstall the Access & Lync applications and users will be able to download Lync Basic from their software portal in Office 365.
Although the functionality of Lync Basic was recently updated to more closely match that of the full Office Lync client, there are some quite significant differences including the lack of spellchecker for instant messages (after a long time of asking Microsoft to add a spell checker to Lync, losing it now is disappointing), using OneNote for Lync meeting notes and the ability to record meetings. Some features are not so relevant for SMB customers and there are also features which require on-premises Lync Server or SharePoint Server such as Skill Search and Persistent Chat; those features would not be available to Office 365 users even with the full Lync client.