RBAC in Exchange Online Part 2 - Scoping admin roles

In the first article in this series, I coved the basic GUI based ways that you can use RBAC in Exchange Online to allow users to control their own contact information in Exchange Online and to allow you to designate administrators with limited sets of rights.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to really use RBAC. We’re going to dive into PowerShell and see how to do things like give an administrator rights to manage a specific sub-set of your users.

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RBAC in Exchange Online - Part 1

A common request I get while doing migrations into Exchange Online is to assist customers in setting up permissions so that they can limit administrator's rights and scope to control Exchange Online. The solution for this problem is Role Based Access Control (RBAC), and it can be a little confusing to setup.

In this article I am going to start into the easier, GUI based options for setting up RBAC in Exchange Online. If you're looking for the more advanced RBAC controls, skip ahead to Part 2.

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New Exchange hybrid troubleshooting tool

Anyone who has ever done an Exchange Online hybrid deployment can tell you that process can be frustrating. Before the Hybrid Configuration Wizard the process was long and complicated with too many steps and too many places to make a small mistake. With the advent of the HCW the process became much more of a “black box” where the guy doing the deployment really didn’t know what configuration changes were being made, so misconfigurations became very hard to troubleshoot. Add on top of all that the fact that you, and the person doing the deployment really have no control or visibility into the Microsoft side of thing, and a hybrid deployment quickly turns into a difficult task.

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Changes to off boarding from Exchange Online

When I migrate customers to Exchange Online I always recommend they maintain an Exchange hybrid server. There are several reasons for this recommendation; it’s much easier to manage SMTP addresses with an Exchange server on-premises, and it’s much easier to get your mailboxes back out of Office 365 if you maintain a hybrid server. To me, one of the great advantages of Office 365 is that I have never felt Microsoft was trying to “trap” customers in the service. They have always made it fairly easy to move mailboxes in and out of Office 365.

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