Microsoft Office 365 – Configure a User Password to Never Expire

This article will show you how to configure a user password to never expire on the Office 365 platform.

Install the PowerShell cmdlets for Office 365

First you will need the PowerShell cmdlets installed onto your computer. To install them, please follow the instructions here:
http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/office365-enterprises/2b09b6a8-ad7e-446f-b7f0-273856beed70#BKMK_install

Set Windows Powershell Credentials

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To connect Windows Powershell to Office 365, run the following cmdlet from the Powershell window (which you installed in the above step).

$cred=Get-Credential
After running that command, you will get a login window. Type in an “admin” level user for Office 365 (in the format of username@domain.com) and select “Ok”.

Connect Windows Powershell to Office 365

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Next, run the following cmdlet:
connect-MSOLService -credential $cred
If it connects successfully, no messages will be should be shown, just a new line as shown in the above screenshot.

If You Get an Error . . .

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If the credentials you’ve provided are incorrect, you will get a screen like the one above. If this happens, check your credentials and re-run the cmdlets above.

Find Out Whether a Password is Set to Never Expire

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To see whether a single user’s password is set to never expire, run the following cmdlet by using the user ID (in the format of username@domain.com) of the user you want to check:
Get-MSOLUser -UserPrincipalName <user ID> | Select PasswordNeverExpires

The result of the cmdlet will show if this flag has been set or not for this user. An example of this can be seen in the above screenshot. For this particular user, it has not been set.

Optional — To see the “Password never expires” setting for all users, run the following cmdlet:
Get-MSOLUser | Select UserPrincipalName, PasswordNeverExpires

Set a Password to Never Expire

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To set the password of one user to never expire, run the following cmdlet by using the user ID of the user (in the format of username@domain.com):
Set-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName <user ID> -PasswordNeverExpires $true

Optional — To set the passwords of all the users in an organization to never expire, run the following cmdlet:
Get-MSOLUser | Set-MsolUser -PasswordNeverExpires $true

Set a Password to Expire (To Undo Above)

To set the password of one user so that the password does expire, run the following cmdlet by using the user ID of the user:
Set-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName <user ID> -PasswordNeverExpires $false

To set the passwords of all users in the organization so that they do expire, use the following cmdlet:
Get-MSOLUser | Set-MsolUser -PasswordNeverExpires $false

Microsoft Word 2010 – Make Only 1 Page in Landscape Layout While Keeping Rest in Portrait Layout

I don’t know why this was “new” for me, but it did take a google search to figure it out. Here’s a great link that explains how to make only 1 page within Microsoft Word 2010 in a landscape layout, while keeping the rest in the portrait layout.

http://superuser.com/questions/241799/how-can-i-make-just-one-page-of-a-word-document-horizontal

Copied below for reference:

Go to the last page you want to keep vertical (Portrait) then select Page Layout | Breaks | Next Page.

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Now click anywhere in the page where you want to have the horizontal page (Landscape) and go toPage Layout | Orientation and select Landscape

Do the same steps for the following page, the one after the landscaped one, but this time choosePortrait. Only do this if you want to restore the Portrait orientation back to normal.

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How-To: Print to a Shared Vista (or XP) Printer from Mac

I found an awesome How-To for printing to a Vista (or XP) machine from my Mac (running Leopard). I’ve always wondered why I couldn’t get my printer on my XP machine at home to print from my Mac. After following these directions, it worked perfectly!

Screenshot Program for Mac, Awesome Manual Creation Program

Here’s a great freeware program for taking screenshots on your Mac (and from the few that I’ve done so far, it works better than the built in screen capture included in Leopard):

http://projects.digitalwaters.net/index.php?q=instantshot

Now, here’s a really awesome program, available for Mac and Windows. It’s called ScreenSteps, website located here:
It helps you to create manuals and how-to’s with screenshots, in a single program. I would suggest watching both of the short videos on the main page to get a “feel” of what the program can do. It looks very useful and super easy to use. I’ll be downloading the trial shortly as I have a couple of docs to make as we speak! 😉

Outlook 2007 versus Entourage 2008

I do like Entourage 2008. It has a “Mac Feel” to it which fits in nice with other programs. It’s very easy to use. I also like that you don’t have to VPN into work in order to use mail, as it can use your OWA (Outlook Web Access) connection and credentials. Just use “mail.yourcompany.com” as the server you connect to (or whatever your OWA site is).

What I don’t like about it, is viewing calendars! At work, we have shared calendars (through Exchange) for our group. If I need to view another persons calendar or a group calendar, unfortunately Entourage lacks in that area. It does work, just looks horrible. Especially when compared to Outlook 2007. Outlook 2007 allows you to even “overlay” other calendars onto your own so you can easily see available times between both or even several calendars.

So unfortunately I’ve started using Outlook 2007 inside a Windows XP Virtual Machine (powered by VMware Fusion) on my Mac (which I must say is just awesome). Windows XP runs great inside the Virtual Machine and is quite “snappy”. Definitely the best of both worlds!

Replacing Dependency on WinXP with Mac Software!

The more and more I use my new Mac, the more software I seem to find that replaces the software that I was using on WinXP that I thought I could never live without.

Here’s a few of them:
1Password = I was an avid user of Roboform to help autofill my web passwords and web forms. They hint on their forum that they are making Roboform for the Mac, however currently they do not. So that’s how I found out about 1Password. So far, it works almost identical to Roboform, autofills very well and get this- it even imports from Roboform! That’s been a smooth transition I must say.
Office 2008 for Mac = I must say that I do like Outlook. When I moved to Outlook 2007 for windows awhile ago, it was different than the older versions but I loved it. Since my work has Exchange, Outlook is a necessary tool (especially for email and calendars). So at first glance after I installed Office 2008 on my mac, which includes Entourage 2008 (Mac’s version of Outlook), I must say I had a love/hate feeling with it. It’s quite a bit different when you first look at it however most if not all features are there (at least the ones that I commonly use). Even more surprising is that you don’t need to VPN into work since Entourage 2008 uses OWA for most of the communication. Now to browse the Global Address Book at work, you’ll need to have VPN or be inside their network, but everything else, Email, Calendars, Shared Calendars, etc seem to work fine, all without VPN hassles.
Adium = On my Windows PC, I’ve been using Trillian for a long time. Adium has totally stepped in and replaced Trillian for me and it works just as great, if not better.
VMware Fusion = For the occasional program that I don’t have a mac version “replacement” yet, Fusion allows you to run Windows inside a Virtual Machine. The most impressive feature that I’ve been using a lot is called “unity”. This allows you to start Windows programs (that have been installed in the Windows virtual machine) right on your Mac desktop (including minimizing that application/window to the Mac icon bar at the bottom of the screen, just like a Mac program).
iTunes = I love iTunes ability to manage my music efficiently with a nice clean interface. I’ve even recommended iTunes to family and non-tech friends, and they have no problems organizing their music.