Connecting local Active Directory Cloud (AD) and Azure

Active Directory Cloud Enablement

Connecting local AD to Azure

Active Directory Cloud Simplifies user Access (Microsoft)With the deployment of more and more Office 365 services, managing separate AD instances can be daunting. Fortunately, Microsoft offers great tools to get your Active Directory Cloud initiative working. Azure’s AD is the backing AD for the Office 365 services. In this article, I am providing a summary of the key points to remember when connecting to Azure’s AD.

Microsoft provides a very powerful set of tools to easily connect a local Active Directory to Azure. There are also some advanced options available if you decide to use Azure as a full-blown AD server for your organization. However, it is important to be very careful. Here is what can happen if the connection isn’t done right: most if not all of the users will be locked out of their account. That means, no email (Outlook), no SharePoint, no OneDrive.

 The key is to configure the ADD connect the tool with a custom setting in order to make sure that the local domain doesn’t take over the Office 365 domain. The following steps assume that you have Office 365 deployed for your main domain. For example, NewPush.com is our main domain. 

Quick summary to connect the Active Directory Cloud 

1)    Check that all your local users have their email address set up properly in the “mail” attribute of your local AD. At this stage, you should also make sure that you have an Office 365 account set up with Global Admin privileges, and on the default Microsoft domain (e.g. [email protected]

2)    Installing the ADD. This is straightforward, however, make sure to not finish the install with the defaults, as we modify the sync rules in the next step. If you already installed, and have the wrong settings, you need to uninstall, reboot and reinstall.

3)     Select custom synchronization setting and select the mail attribute as UPN for sync which results in your main domain remaining the one used on Office 365. 

References for Active Directory to Azure Connection

1)      http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=47594

2)      https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/connect/active-directory-aadconnect-get-started-custom   Custom installation of ADD connect Start to end. 

 Please let me know if you found these instructions helpful, and do not hesitate to send me feedback.


Email Hosting: cPanel (Exim) email loop – Too many “Received” headers – suspected mail loop

Email Hosting Issue: email looping on cPanel (Exim)

When your server’s email flow stops, it is like the lifeblood of a company that stops. As soon as an email issue appears we have to jump on them immediately and get to the core of the problem. Smart trouble-shooting is key. At this point, we have to look under the hood of cPanel. cPanel (WHM) is an email hosting and website hosting automation control panel.

Every now and then, you get a cryptic bounce message that drives you to dig deeper. In this case, we first saw “potential email loop” in the bounce message. However, that was not enough. We had to then look at the email logs on cPanel. The place to look was “Track delivery.” Meanwhile, the customer’s email is bouncing, and the pressure is mounting. In the end, we were able to fix the issue quickly.

Problem: email loop detected on email hosting server

You see the following symptom. You send mail to a user on cPanel, and the following error is displayed in the “Track Delivery” section of the users cPanel account:
Too many "Received" headers - suspected mail loop

Solution: fix MX settings of the email hosting control panel (WHM cPanel)

  • Go to the MX record section of cPanel.
  • Reset the delivery method to local.
  • If the method is already set to local, make sure you change it to “backup”, save, and then back to local.

What else can cause a mail loop? Make sure that you do not have a conflict in domain forwarder or email forwarder.

Background

cPanel uses Exim. On Exim, the destination domain is in /etc/localdomains. If the email is stored on a remote server, list the domain in /etc/remotedomains. The steps to take in the solution section act on the MX record editor of cPanel. These steps force cPanel to properly populate these files.

If you have similar issues and have a hard time figuring out the solution, let us know. We are happy to help with any email system, cPanel, Plesk, Domino, or Exchange. Contact us at support at www.newpush.com, or through the contact us page.


Domino 8.5 SELECT Failure, Cannot Select Mailbox: Entry Not Found in Index

Problem opening IMAP INBOX with Domino 8.5

If you are getting an error

Mail was unable to open this mailbox on the server “domino-server.yourdomain.com”.

The server returned the error: SELECT failure, cannot select mailbox: Entry not found in index

Most likely the IMAP INBOX for that user has been corrupted. The solution is simple and quick even on large mailboxes

  • Disable IMAP NSF support for user’s mailfile by issuing the command: load convert -e- …mail/usermail.nsf
  • Enable IMAP NSF support for user’s mailfile by issuing the command: load convert -e ..mail/usermail.nsf

Upgrading Android on Samsung Galaxy Pro B7510

The official tool to upgrade the Samsung Galaxy Pro B7510 is Kies, but in most cases, the upgrade can’t be done. Instead there is a tool named Odin:
http://enzag.com/technology/android/how-to-upgrade-samsung-galaxy-pro-b7510-to-gingerbread/

It is recommended to register at SamFirmware where you can download the official firmware, then you can install it using:

http://www.sammobile.com/2014/12/23/firmware-for-samsungs-upcoming-tizen-phone-the-z1-now-online/8/?view=2588

 


Cognos 10.1 install on CentOS 6.3 64 bit

  1. yum update (then reboot if kernel has been patched)
  2. yum install glibc.i686
  3. yum install openmotif
  4. yum install libgcc.i686
  5. yum install openmotif22
  6. yum install openmotif22.i686
  7. yum install xauth
  8. yum install libXtst
  9. tar xvzf bisrvr_linuxi8664h_10.1.1_ml.tar.gz
  10. cd linuxi38664h/
  11. ./isetup

Setting up FileZilla for connecting to the server (first time only)

 

  1. Start FileZilla. I’m using FileZilla 3.5.0 for this tutorial, but the steps should be the same in any recent version.
  2. We will start by creating a new site in FileZilla so that we won’t have to fill the credentials every time we would like to connect to the server. Open File > Site Manager… and click on the New Site button on the left. Edit the name of the site so it’s easy to recognize.
  3. Fill in the form on the right with the following information:
    • Host: [hostname/IP addess]
    • Port: [FTP port]
    • Protocol: FTP File Transfer Protocol
    • Encryption: Require explicit FTP over TLS
    • Logon type: Account
    • User: [your FTP username]
    • Password: [your FTP password]
    • Account: [the domain name for the user in Windows Server] Click on Connect to test the FTP connection.
  4. An Unknown certificate window will pop up. This means that FileZilla recognized that we are using a secure connection and asks whether the information in the certificate is legit. If it is, then click on *OK-. (You might want to check “Always trust certificate in future sessions” so that FileZila won’t ask this again.)
  5. Wait a little until the server processes the login request – it shouldn’t take more than 10 secs on a decent connection. If everything went right, the folders/files will appear on the right pane of FileZilla.

After this, you can use the FTP software as usual for downloading/uploading files to the server.

Connecting to the server

The next time you would like to access the FTP server just…

  1. Start FileZilla.
  2. Open up the Site Manager from the File menu.
  3. Select the saved site from the left and click on Connect.

FileZilla already knows the details of the connection from the steps above, so it should log in without any problem.


How to uninstall IBM Lotus Notes client from the Macintosh on OS X

You can uninstall IBM® Lotus® Notes® by dragging Notes.app from /Applications to the trash. This preserves user data.

You can also uninstall Notes using the uninstaller application supplied with the Notes install media. This preserves user data as well.

You can also uninstall Notes by dragging the following items to the Apple® Mac OS X® trash bin:

  • Notes.app
  • ~/Library/Application Support/Lotus Notes Data folder (“~” = user’s home directory)
  • ~/Library/Preferences/Notes Preferences
  • /Library/Receipts/Lotus Notes Installer.pkg
  • /Library/Receipts/Lotus Notes Installer_English.pkg
  • /Library/Receipts/xpdcoreinstaller.pkg

via IBM How to uninstall Notes client from the Macintosh – United States.


Enterprise Social Media Analytics with Atlas for Connections

The key benefits from deploying an enterprise social media software are to improve

  • customer satisfaction by building stronger relationships with customers,
  • staff effectiveness by simplifying access to existing internal expertise,
  • staff retention by allowing employees to build a stronger network and stronger relationships within the enterprise.

Atlas for IBM Lotus Connections is a social networking application, available from IBM Software Services for Lotus (ISSL), that allows users to visualize their current network of contacts and see how they can efficiently extend that network to tap into valuable resources and trusted experts across an entire organization.

Atlas enables these capabilities by accessing information from the different components of Lotus Connections. When users log in to their dashboard, Atlas compiles and displays information that will help them better understand the company’s professional networks and who they can tap into these networks to increase their effectiveness day in and day out.

With the help of these different components, Atlas allows users to:

  • visualize and analyze social networks in an organization,
  • identify the shortest path to reach someone,
  • find expertise across extended networks,
  • visualize and manage their personal networks.

Contact us to leverage this social networking and visualization application to help your company build vibrant and balanced professional networks, increase team effectiveness, and improve individual productivity.

Watch this brief demo from IBM demonstrating how to unlock the value of enterprise social media.


Sync Contacts Between Lotus Notes, Traveler and iNotes

Lotus Notes has four main functions: email, calendar, address book, and to-do. Of these functions, the address book is the only piece that is stored locally on whatever computer you added the entries. Thus, if you need to have access to your address book when you are at a different computer, or when you are using a iNotes on the web, or a smart phone with Traveler you can set up the address book sync via the iNotes webmail client.

INotes is the newest version of Lotus Notes webmail. It lets you sync your address book contacts out to your webmail and your smart phone. To set up the sync, you need to be in your Notes client:

  • Open Lotus Notes
  • Select the mail tab
  • Click Actions – iNotes Web Access – Synchronize Notebook

This process will sync your contacts, however, your groups will not be web-accessible. Also, please notice that this process is not dynamic. If you make a change to either the web or client version of your address book you will need to resynchronize the two again in the same way as above. Alternatively you may enable the sync on the replication tab to ensure that it will happen automatically.


NewPush Listed as Top Notes and Domino Hosting Provider

If you are looking for a hosted Lotus Notes or Domino solution with flexible infrastructure at commodity cloud rates, you have found the right place. Yesterday NewPush made it to the top of the IBM list of Hosted Lotus Notes and Domino environment:

http://www-10.lotus.com/ldd/dominowiki.nsf/dx/Lotus_Notes_and_Domino_Hosting_Providers

For more information, check out our collaboration page.