Exchange Online Multi-Geo for data at-rest

Multinational companies with offices around the world often have a need to store their employee data at-rest in specific regions, in order to meet their data residency requirements. Multi-Geo enables a single Office 365 tenant to span across multiple Office 365 datacenter geographies (geos), which gives you the ability to store Exchange data, at-rest, on a per-user basis, in your chosen geos. The two main consideration are the following:

  1. Multi-Geo is currently available to customers with a minimum of 2,500 Office 365 services subscriptions and will have to be directly requested to Microsoft.
  2. The only available Geos are: Australia, Asia Pacific, Canada, European Union, France, India, Japan, Korea, United Kingdom, and United States.

New Windows Server 2019 challenges – Change Adapter Options

After installing my new Windows 2019 server for an Azure Backup Server, I noticed that I now longer have access to neither the Network Card settings nor the MMC console. I was getting a message”

Win2019 Error
Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.

After little research I found that the solution was a simple one.

  1. Elevated the command prompt (CMD) and run gpedit.msc
  2. Navigate to Computer Configuration
  3. Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options
  4. Enable “User Account Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator account”
  5. Reboot the server and try again.

Manage Office365 Via PowerShell (Step 1. Connect to Office365)

The Microsoft’s Software as a Services (SaaS) offering is a set of different components, that I like to call building block, that sits on top of what is called Office365.
The basic components are:

  1. Office365 (Main Component to manage Domains, Users, Licenses, etc)
    1. Exchange Online
    2. SharePoint Online
    3. Skype for Business
    4. Office ProPlus
    5. Yammer

In this particular guide, we will be connecting to Office365 (the main building block) via PowerShell where we will be able to automate the licenses assignment, manage our domain or change the login name of our users.

To connect to Office we just need to follow three basic steps:

  1. Install the required software:
  2. Open the Windows Azure Active Directory Module: Search for the Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell
  3. Connect to your Office365 Tenant
$UserCredential = Get-Credential
Connect-MsolService -Credential $UserCredential 

After running the last command you will see no response. Therefore, I suggest you to request any information to the Office365 servers to confirm the connection. For instance, you can do Get-MsolAccountSku to return your current Office365 subscriptions.