A story of a project: 3600 users to G Suite in 60 days! – Day 7: Completing the coexistence setup

Day summary

After getting the migration going, we moved to the next objective which is to complete the setup of the coexistence scenario between G Suite and Office 365. All what’s left was to setup the MX records and activate the forwarding from G Suite to Office 365.

I started with preparing a table for all the customer’s domains and then put all the required MX records in that table for each domain. And to be honest.. That was the most annoying thing I ever did! Once I completed the table, we agreed to do a change for one domain to test the delivery.

Prior to changing the MX records as we agreed, I had to enable the domain wide forwarding rule which was created earlier on the Admin Console. Then we were able to change the MX records.

I made sure we get all the old MX records documented … Read the rest “A story of a project: 3600 users to G Suite in 60 days! – Day 7: Completing the coexistence setup”

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Book review: Roadside Picnic

The book

Book title: Roadside Picnic

Author: Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Book genre: Sci-fi

Finish date: 10 July 2017

Link to book: Wikipedia (spoilers), Amazon

My review

Before going into the review, I want to tell you how I cam across this story… I came across a PC game called S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl (Steam, GOG, Wikipedia)… I owned the game DVD since 2008 but only was able to play in in 2014…

When I finished this game I felt some sort of a bond to it… Everything about this game was awesome (not talking about bugs…). So I started reading more about it and how it was made. I came to know that this was loosely based on the novel Roadside Picnic. And that was the point where I put this novel on my list, to finally read it and complete it on 10th … Read the rest “Book review: Roadside Picnic”

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My Problem Management in a Project

Problem management is really an important aspect in each service and project management practices… Without proper problem management you will create more problems instead of solving them… And without problem management you can even lose your whole project!

Little intro

I always come across many problems in every project I do. Some of them are caused by my bad judgement of things, others are caused by the customer’s inability to take the right decision at a certain stage of the project. The amount of problem management I am doing is giving me a lot of priceless experience that I’ll never be able to get by money!

The only common thing between all of these problems, is they will all come on me to fix! I have been doing a project recently and the start up was great… However during the middle stages the customer made a mistake that was very … Read the rest “My Problem Management in a Project”

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PS: A small script to list Office 365 groups and members

in Office 365 you get three types of groups: distribution groups, dynamic distribution groups, and Office 365 groups (unified groups)…

The first two of those are based on Exchange Server and are very straight and easy to use for anyone who is familiar with Exchange Server… However the third type might look something new to them despite being at the same level of ease and straight forward!

When using Exchange Online PowerShell to list the groups, there are three commands to use for this:

Similar to the first two commands, Get-UnifiedGroup works the same way… You will get the group, then check its members attribute or property to get the other member users…

Below is a small script that I made will do the required job for you. Once the process is completed, you will get a file named O365GroupMembers.csv … Read the rest “PS: A small script to list Office 365 groups and members”

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An important item to check before starting data migration to Gmail

Intro

I was working recently on a project who required data migration from Office 365 to Gmail. Everything went well and we had no issues at all except for a single problem that occurred because of a sort of strange cause…

One of the users has a very large mailbox size, about 70 GB. He uses sub-folders heavily in his Outlook client. And he is not using any sort of rules! He sorts his email manually. When I saw the data migration completed, the IT contact who is working with me from the customer side reported a strange problem in this particular mailbox. He said the user complained about having some of his folders split into two…

Funny problem!

After some funny troubleshooting process, I found out the more funnier reason for this problem. The user because he create a folder for everything, has some folders include the character ‘/’. … Read the rest “An important item to check before starting data migration to Gmail”

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When the Sales Team Acts as Pre-Sales

The balance between pre-sales and sales

It is well known the importance of a pre-sales team in a technology and IT services business… Through the pre-sales the solution is generally shaped and the main high-level requirements are set and identified. But at the same time, it is through sales team the projects are opened! The sales cannot do the job of a pre-sales, while the pre-sales has to be with the sales team to be able to do his job. It is an important state of balance in a team… If this balance is disrupted, problems will happen.

When the pre-sales design the solution and the technical team then takes the initiative, they have to be aware of what to do. In some organizations, the team is small to a point where a technical engineer can do pre-sales job. With this situation, it becomes even harder to maintain the state … Read the rest “When the Sales Team Acts as Pre-Sales”

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Star Carrier (Lost Colonies Trilogy Book 3)

The book

Book title: Star Carrier (Lost Colonies Trilogy Book 3)

Author: B. V. Larson

Book genre: Sci-fi, action, thriller, adventure

Finish date: Sometime back in 2016!

Link to book: Star Carrier (Lost Colonies Trilogy Book 3)

My review

Environment

We are still in our solar system and our ships. The story takes off after a while from the last one, but with relevant events. During the events of this part, we re-visit old places from the previous story and see how those places changed.

Characters

I don’t see a lot of changes to characters. Few characters disappeared from the majority of the story but they reappear at the end. New group of people is revealed in the end with a major role and twist in everything was happening in the past two books.

Ship mechanics

As usual, ships in the story have limited resources and capabilities. Even with the … Read the rest “Star Carrier (Lost Colonies Trilogy Book 3)”

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Book review: Dreadnought (Lost Colonies Trilogy Book 2)

The book

Book title: Dreadnought (Lost Colonies Trilogy Book 2)

Author: B. V. Larson

Book genre: Sci-fi, action, thriller, adventure

Finish date: Sometime back in 2016!

Link to book: Dreadnought (Lost Colonies Trilogy Book 2)

My review

Environment

After I finished Battle Cruiser (Lost Colonies Trilogy Book 1) I found myself drawn into the story more, so I immediately started the second book! I immediately got in the mood. The environment was the same.. You could feel some time passed from the previous events, that there are some changes happened to the characters and the ship. The general atmosphere indicated some sort of trust issues between some characters… This led to a general feeling of mystery and distrust… You don’t know who is the bad guy from a bunch of suspicious people, and you keep going forward in the story to get to know the good guys from the bad … Read the rest “Book review: Dreadnought (Lost Colonies Trilogy Book 2)”

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Book review: Battle Cruiser (Lost Colonies Trilogy Book 1)

The book

Book title: Battle Cruiser (Lost Colonies Trilogy Book 1)

Author: B. V. Larson

Book genre: Sci-fi, action, thriller, adventure

Finish date: Sometime back in 2016!

Link to book: Battle Cruiser (Lost Colonies Trilogy Book 1)

My review

I am slowly finding myself drowning in the sci-fi stories world! I started to realize this with this book. This book is a great read if you want to have some reality in the middle of sci-fi!

The first moments of the story put me right into the time and place with the characters. I began to imagine their looks, their ships, their buildings, and how the Earth looked like in that age. I enjoyed how each character has his own history and story. And I enjoyed the main character’s disagreements with his family, that added some excitement to each encounter with his parents.

The way the author describes the objects, … Read the rest “Book review: Battle Cruiser (Lost Colonies Trilogy Book 1)”

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How a G Suite coexistence scenario can become a project killer

A little introduction

I have been working on a G Suite migration project for one organization for a while now. In the beginning of the project few months ago I sensed a problem would arise later on. That problem is about a long time co-existence setup.

You would ask why that is a problem? Well, I’ll start with their current communication and collaboration system… They are using Office 365, having integrated it with multiple third-party solutions and applications.  Among these third-party solutions are meeting room manager, and an SSO application.

When building the project plan and during the initial discussions, I made sure to stress that the long time co-existence scenario is a really bad idea. The customer initially wanted to have that long time setup because they have a semi-slow change process, which seemed little problematic at that time… In order to finalize the project plan and start with … Read the rest “How a G Suite coexistence scenario can become a project killer”

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