Office 365 password expiry notifications in Outlook

Microsoft has internally announced an upcoming update for Outlook that will notify Office 365 users if their password is going to expire in the next 14 days.

See below for the official customer-friendly messaging from Microsoft;

Problem:
Office 365 Customers using managed (OrgID Based) accounts will not know when passwords will expire (if enabled for expiration). Further, Outlook’s behavior when the password expires is to go into a disconnected state, without notifying the user of what the problem is or what is required to resolve it. Opening Outlook and providing an expired password will continually prompt the user just as if they had mistyped the password.

Solution Overview:
Once customers deploy an upcoming Outlook update, they will receive a notification 14 days before their password will expire for managed accounts. The notification will include a link to a password change page hosted by OrgID. If they try to logon after the password has already expired (when returning from vacation for example), they will also receive notification that their password has expired and will be provided a link to use to change it.

Forecasted Resolution Date: With the Outlook August 2012 Cumulative Update.

FYI “OrgID” is your organisation identifier

BPOS BES Reporting – Import/Create BlackBerry Business Cloud Service Users

The following instructions will create a spreadsheet listing the users on BES, which can easily be imported into the BlackBerry Cloud Service (BBCS) interface.

Before beginning, create a new .csv file, to be used laster to import/create users within your RIM BBCS Portal, using the following columns and save using the .csv file extension:

Note: The Group Names column does not require an entry

“Email Address”,”Group Names”

  1. Download and install the latest Microsoft Transition Tool
    1. X64 – http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=7013
    2. X86 – http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=5015
  2. Run the Migration Command Shell
  3. Copy the following script into notepad and save it as a .ps1 file:
    $cred = Get-Credential

    $besid = (Get-MSOnlineSubscription -Credential $cred | where {$_.SubscriptionServiceTypes -eq “BlackBerry”}).SubscriptionId

    $besusers =@()

    $mosusers = Get-MSOnlineUser -Enabled -credential $cred

    foreach ($mosuser in $mosusers) {

        if ($user.SubscriptionIds.contains($bbsid)) {$besusers += $mosuser}}

    $besusers | select Identity | Export-Csv “BPOSBESUsers.csv” -NoTypeInformation

    NOTE: You may need to run PowerShell -> Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted [Y] to allow this remote script to run!

  4. Browse to where you saved the *.ps1 file and run the script
    1. When prompted use a BPOS Admin account
    2. Once run, look to the directory where the .ps1 file was run and you will have the list named BPOSBESUsers.csv
    3. Copy the results of the output and add them to the previously created .csv file, under the Email Address column (NOTE: The “Group Names” column does not require an entry!)

    Example Final .csv File

    “Email Address”,”Group Names”

    UserA@contoso.com

    UserB@contoso.com

    UserC@contoso.com

  5. Once completed, you now have a .csv file that can be used to import/create BBCS enabled users