Working for Kloud all our projects involve Cloud services, and all our customers have varying and unique requirements. Recently one of our customers embarked on their migration from On-Premise Exchange to Exchange Online. Nothing really groundbreaking there though, however they had a number of unique requirements including management of Litigation Hold. And that needed to be integrated with their existing Microsoft Identity Manager implementation (that currently provisions new users to their Exchange 2013 environment). They also required that management of the Exchange environment still be possible via the Exchange Management Console against a local Exchange server. This post details how I integrated the environments using MIM.
In order to integrate the Provisioning and Lifecycle management of Exchange Online Mailboxes in a Hybrid Exchange with Microsoft Identity Manager I created a custom PowerShell Management Agent simply because it was going to provide the flexibility I needed.
Provisioning is based on the following process;
MIM Creates new user in Active Directory (no changes to existing MIM provisioning process)
Azure Active Directory Connect synchronises the user to Azure Active Directory
The Exchange Online MIM Management Agent sees the corresponding AAD account for the new user
MIM Declarative Rules trigger the creation of a new Remote Mailbox for the AD/AAD user against the local Exchange 2013 On Premise Server. This allows the EMC to be used to manage mailboxes On Premise even though the mailbox resides in Office365/Exchange Online
AADC/Exchange synchronises the information as part of the Hybrid Exchange topology
MIM sees the EXO Mailbox configuration for the new user and enables Litigation Hold against the EXO Mailbox (if required)
The following diagram graphically depicts this process.
Exchange Online PowerShell MA
As always I’m using my favourite PowerShell Management Agent, the Grandfeldt PS MA now available on Github here.
The Schema script configures the schema required for current and future EXO management requirements. The Schema is based on a single Object Class “MailUser” but pulls the information from a combination of Azure AD User and Exchange Online Mailbox object classes for an associated account. Azure AD User objects are prefixed by ‘AAD’. Non AAD prefixed attributes are EXO Mailbox attributes.
The Import script connects to both Azure AD and Exchange Online to retrieve Azure AD User accounts and if present the associated mailbox for a user.
It retrieves all Member AAD User Accounts and puts them into a Hash Table. Connectivity to AAD is via the AzureADPreview PowerShell module. It retrieves all Mailboxes and puts them into a Hash Table. It then processes all the mailboxes first including the associated AAD User account (utilising a join via userPrincipalName).
Following processing all mailboxes the remainder of the AAD Accounts (without mailboxes) are processed.
The Export script performs the necessary integration against OnPremise Exchange Server 2013 for Provisioning and Exchange Online for the rest of management. Both utilise Remote Powershell. It also leverages the Lithnet MIIS Automation PowerShell Module to query the Metaverse to validate current object statuses.
Wiring it all up
The scripts above will allow you to integrate a FIM/MIM implementation with AAD/EXO for management of users EXO Mailboxes. You’ll need connectivity from the MIM Sync Server to AAD/O365 in order to manage them. Everything else I wired up using a few Sets, Workflows, Sync Rules and MPR’s.
As the title suggests this is Part 3, and the final part in a three-part post on configuring FIM/MIM to synchronise users passwords from AD to the Domino ID Vault via PCNS and FIM/MIM. Part 1 here detailed the creation of a PowerShell Management Agent to join users from Domino to the MIM Sync Metaverse. Part 2 here detailed the creation and configuration of the Domino Agents to receive password changes via the PS MA into the ID Vault.
This post will wrap it all up with the details on calling the Domino Agents on password sync events (from PCNS via MIM)
You will need the IBM Notes client installed and configured on your MIM Sync Server in order to put a document in the database we created in Part 2 and start the agent to process the document(s).
Essentially this is the process;
Password changed for a user (either by an admin, or by the user via their domain joined workstation, password reset or any other password change mechanism)
Password change is captured by the AD PCNS Filter installed and configured on each (writeable) Domain Controller
The DC using the PCNS Config in the domain locates the MIM Sync Server to send the password change too
The MIM Sync Server has the associated AD Domain configured as a Password Sync Source
Our new PowerShell ID Vault Notes MA is configured as a Password Target
MIM Sync passes off the password change event for MIM joined users to the ID Vault Password Change MA which initiates the Password.ps1 script (below)
The password.ps1 script creates a document (that contains the details for the password change) in our ID Vault Password Sync Database we created in Part 2 of this series and then tells the MIMPwdTrigger Agent to start
The MIMPwdTrigger Agent picks up the document, passes it to the MIMPasswordSync Agent which sends the password change to the ID Vault
Put this Password.ps1 script in the same location you put the Schema, Import and Export scripts earlier.
Testing Password Sync End to End (Active Directory to the ID Vault)
The following screen shots show me tracing through the logs for a password change as it makes it way from the AD Domain Controller to MIM Sync to the MA to the MA Password script to the Notes DB as a document triggered to be process by the Notes Agent and the user updated in the ID Vault.
First the password change event is initiated to the MIM Sync Service by the Domain Controller that captured the password change.
PCNS provides all the details for the password change.
The MIM Sync Server determines where to send the change which includes our PS Notes MA.
MIMPasswordSync|mimpasswordsync: 08/03/2017 02:56:23 PM: Removed User ID Vault change document from ‘xxxNotes1/xxxxx-Aus’
And finally we see the change reflected in the ID Vault. Looking at the time-stamps along the way we see that it all happened in approximately 2 seconds.
This three-part blog post has shown how to get passwords from Active Directory to the MIM Sync connected source across to IBM Domino and into the ID Vault using the Granfeldt PowerShell Management Agent and some configuration with a Database in Domino with two Domino Agents.
What have you synchronised passwords too using FIM/MIM ?
Earlier this week I posted this blog post that showed a working example of using a custom Pwned Password FIM/MIM Management Agent to flag a boolean attribute in the MIM Service to indicate whether a users password is in the pwned password dataset or not. If you haven’t read that post this won’t make a lot of sense, so read that then come back.
The solution when receiving a new password for a user (via Microsoft Password Change Notification Service) was checking against the Have I Been Pwned API. The disclaimer at the start of the blog post detailed why this is a bad idea for production credentials. The intent was to show a working example of what could be achieved.
This update post shows a working solution that you can implement internal to a network. Essentially taking the Pwned Password Datasets available here and loading them into a local network SQL Server and then querying that from the FIM/MIM Pwned Password Management Agent rather than calling the external public API.
Creating an SQL Server Database for the Pwned Passwords
On my SQL Server using SQL Server Management Studio I right-clicked on Databases and chose New Database. I gave it the name PwnedPasswords and told it where I wanted my DB and Logs to go to.
Then in a Query window in SQL Server Management Studio I used the following script to created a table (dbo.pwnedPasswords).
CREATE TABLE dbo.pwnedPasswords
( password_id int NOT IDENTITY(1,1) NULL,
passwords varchar(max) NOT NULL,
CONSTRAINT passwords_pk PRIMARY KEY (password_id)
Again using a query window in SQL Server Management Studio I used the following script to create an index for the passwords.
USE [PwnedPasswords]USE [PwnedPasswords]
SET ANSI_PADDING ON
CREATE UNIQUE NONCLUSTERED INDEX [PasswordIndex] ON [dbo].[pwnedPasswords]( [password_id] ASC)INCLUDE ( [passwords]) WITH (PAD_INDEX = OFF, STATISTICS_NORECOMPUTE = OFF, SORT_IN_TEMPDB = OFF, IGNORE_DUP_KEY = OFF, DROP_EXISTING = OFF, ONLINE = OFF, ALLOW_ROW_LOCKS = ON, ALLOW_PAGE_LOCKS = ON)
The last thing I did on the DB was to take the MIM Sync Server Active Directory Service Account (that was already in the SQL Server Logins) and give that account Reader Access to my new PwnedPasswords Database. I gave this account access as I’m using Integrated Authentication for login to SQL and as the MA is initiated by the MIM Sync Service Account, that is the account that needs the access.
Getting the Pwned Password Datasets into the new Database
I’m far from a DBA. I’m an identity guy. So using tools I was most familiar with (PowerShell) I created a simple script to open the password dump files as a stream (as Get-Content wasn’t going to handle the file sizes), read in the lines, convert the format and insert the rows into SQL. I performed the inserts in batches of 1000 and I performed it locally on the SQL Server.
The script could probably be improved as I only spend about 20-30 minutes on it. It is opening and closing a connection to the SQL DB each time it inserts 1000 rows. That could be moved outside the Insert2DB Function and maybe the batch size increased. Either way it is a starting point and I used it to write millions of rows into the DB successfully.
This then is the only other change to the solution. The Password.ps1 script rather than querying the PwnedPasswords API queries the SQL DB and sets the pwned boolean flag accordingly.
This enhancement shows a working concept that will be more appealing to Security Officers within corporate organisations if you have an appetite to know what your potential exposure is based on your Active Directory Users Passwords.
What you may or may not be aware of is that IBM introduced a new feature with Domino 8.5 called the ID Vault. The ID Vault is a Domino based application that holds protected copies of Notes user IDs. Now here’s the twist. The Microsoft Domino MA only supports password synchronisation to the HTTP password, not to the ID Vault.
My customer is using the ID Vault and naturally we need to synchronise password changes to both the HTTP Password and the ID Vault (for users Notes IDs). This post is the first in a series that details how I recently accomplished synchronising passwords to the Domino ID Vault.
This post provides the introduction and the creation of a PowerShell Management Agent into Domino to join identities into the MIM Metaverse
Post two details Creating Domino Agents that will handle taking requests from the MIM PS MA to change users ID Vault password
Post three will detail calling the Domino Agents on password sync events (from PCNS via MIM)
The following diagram shows a high-level overview of password synchronisation using FIM/MIM from AD to Domino. Password changes/resets can be initiated using a number of methods. The FIM/MIM Self Service Password Reset functionality, users changing their password via their domain joined workstations as defined by AD Group Password Polic(y)ies, using the AD FS Password Change function, or even on behalf of users by a Service Desk/Administrator. In each scenario implementing Microsoft’s Password Change Notification Service will get the password change to FIM/MIM. I’m not going to cover PCNS as it is out of the box and straight forward to install and configure. This MS PFE PCNS implementation document covers it quite well.
Likewise I’m not going to go into any detail about password sync to the HTTP Password. That’s out of the box functionality, that is pretty much the same as any other MA configured as a Password Sync Target. That said in my environment I did have to configure the MS Domino MA like this to get password events out to Domino.
ID Vault FIM/MIM PowerShell Management Agent
First up, we are going to need a Management Agent to join Notes users to our users from Active Directory in the Metaverse. I’ve gone to my favourite PowerShell Management Agent (Granfeldt) for this.
The Granfeldt PS MA will be configured to;
Import and join Domino Users to the Metaverse. The MA will be slimline in the number of attributes it brings in. Enough to perform the join and have enough information about the users context in Domino to be able to perform the password sync event
be a target for Password Synchronisation
send the password change event to the Domino Agent we will build to perform the password change. A Domino Agent is required as the ID Vault will only accept password changes from a process run on the Domino Server(s). More on this in parts 2 and 3
The integration of the MIM Sync Engine with Domino with the PowerShell Management Agent is done using LDAP. The Name and Address Book is easily accessed via LDAP.
To get started I looked up the Server Document for the Domino Server I wanted to connect to that had the Name and Address Book. Selecting the Directory tab I could see that LDAP(S) 389/636 was enabled.
I then went to the Name and Address Book and looked up my Admin Notes ID to get its context so I could translate it to LDAP format. Darren Kloud Robinson/OrgU/Org-AUS translates to CN=Darren Kloud Robinson,OU=Org,O=Org-AUS“.
Knowing my Notes ID Password I used LDP from Windows Server to bind to the Domino Directory. You could use any LDAP Browser/Tool.
Once I validated I could connect and browse the tree, I knew I had my connection details sorted, I translated that to PowerShell.
That looked something like this;
I then wrapped this into a FIM/MIM PowerShell Management Agent. The Granfeldt PS MA Scripts are below.
Domino PowerShell Management Agent Schema Script
As described above the Schema Script is very light on the number of attributes specified. Basically the minimum required to get a join and give us the context of the user to process password sync events.
Domino PowerShell Management Agent Import Script
As detailed above the Import brings through enough metadata to perform the join and give us the attributes needed for the user context to be able to sync passwords through.
Domino PowerShell Management Agent Export Script
File just needs to exist. Not used in this scenario.
See Part 3 in this series for the Password.ps1 script. But if you are following sequentially, copy the empty Export.ps1 script for now and name it Password.ps1 and have it located in the same directory as the other PS MA scripts.
Wiring it all together
As for creating the PS MA, I’ve detailed this in-depth many times. Check out this post (or the many other similar I’ve posted) and the Getting Started section if you are new to the Granfeldt PowerShell Management Agent. Copy the above scripts to the directory you create, and when creating the MA provide the paths to the scripts (in 8.3 format).
A key item though is to configure the PS MA as a Password Sync Target as per the screenshot below. You will also need to configure where passwords are coming from to send to this new MA. If it is Active Directory, open the Properties of your AD MA select Configure Directory Partitions then under Password Synchronization enable the checkbox Enable this partition as a password synchronization source. Select Targets and select your newly created Notes ID Vault Password MA. Select Ok then Ok again.
After creating a Run Profile and doing a Stage and Import, based on your Join rule (probably email address) you should have a heap of connectors. In my environment displayName contains the context of the user. Eg. Full Name/OrgU/Org We’ll need this to send the password change event to the ID Vault.
Through the PowerShell MA as detailed above we have been able to enumerate users from Domino and join them to existing users in the MIM Sync Metaverse. We can now set about creating Domino Agents to take password sync events from this MA and change users passwords in the Domino ID Vault.
Part 2 in this series here details creating the Domino Agents and configuring Domino to accept the changes.
Update:An element of this solution details checking passwords online (using the Have I Been Pwned API). Troy explains succinctly in his blog-post announcing the pwned passwords list why this is a bad idea. If you are looking to implement the concept I detail in this post then WE STRONGLY recommend using a local copy of the pwned password list. THIS POST HERE details using a local SQL Database to hold the Pwned Passwords Datasets and the change to the Management Agent to query the SQL DB instead of the HIBP API.
Troy also extended his HaveIBeenPwned API to include the ability to query as to whether a password has been pwned and is likely to be used in a brute force attack.
Microsoft provide a premium license feature in Azure Active Directory (Azure Active Directory Identity Protection) whereby leaked credential sets are checked and Admins alerted via reports. But what if you aren’t licensed for the Azure AD Premium Features, or you want something a little more customised and you have Microsoft/Forefront Identity Manager? That is what this post covers.
The following diagram looks a little more complicated than what it really is. The essence though is that password changes can come from a multitude of different scenarios. Using Microsoft’s Password Change Notification Service (PCNS) we can capture password changes and send them to Microsoft Identity Manager so that we can synchronise the password to other systems, or for this use case we can lookup to see if the users new password is on the pwned password list.
This post will cover creating the Pwned Password FIM/MIM Management Agent and flagging a boolean attribute in the MIM Service to indicate whether a users password is on the pwned password or not.
There are a few components to this solution depicted above. You will need;
FIM/MIM Synchronisation Server
with an Active Directory Management Agent configured (most likely you will have a Projection Rule on this MA to get your users into the Metaverse)
not shown in the diagram above you will also need the MIM MA configured to sync users from the Metaverse to the MIM Service
FIM/MIM Service and Portal Server (can be on the same server as above)
Getting Started with the Granfeldt PowerShell Management Agent
If you don’t already have it go get it from here. Søren’s documentation is pretty good but does assume you have a working knowledge of FIM/MIM and this blog post is no different.
Four items of note for this solution;
You must have an Export.ps1 file. Even though we’re not doing exports on this MA, the PS MA configuration requires a file for this field. The .ps1 doesn’t need to have any logic/script inside it. It just needs to be present
The credentials you give the MA to run this MA are the credentials for the account that has permissions to the On Premise Active Directory where we will be importing users from to join to our Metaverse so we can pass password changes to this Management Agent
The same account as above will also need to have permissions in the MIM Service as we will be using the account to update the new attribute we are going to create
The path to the scripts in the PS MA Config must not contain spaces and be in old-skool 8.3 format. I’ve chosen to store my scripts in an appropriately named subdirectory under the MIM Extensions directory. Tip: from a command shell use dir /x to get the 8.3 directory format name. Mine looks like C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~4\2010\SYNCHR~1\EXTENS~2\PwnedPWD
With the Granfeldt PowerShell Management Agent downloaded from Codeplex and installed on your FIM/MIM Server we can create our Pwned Password Management Agent.
Creating the Pwned PowerShell Management Agent
On your FIM/MIM Sync Server create a new sub-directory under your Extensions Directory. eg. PwnedPWD in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager\2010\Synchronization Service\Extensions then create a sub-directory under PwnedPWD named Debug. C:\Program Files\Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager\2010\Synchronization Service\Extensions\PwnedPWD\Debug
Copy the following scripts (schema.ps1, import.ps1, export.ps1, password.ps1) and put them into the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager\2010\Synchronization Service\Extensions\PwnedPWD directory
The following schema.ps1 script sets up the object class (user) and a handful of attributes from Active Diretory that will be useful for logic that we may implement in the future based on users password status.
The import.ps1 script connects to Active Directory to import our AD users into the Pwned Password Management Agent so we can join to the Metaverse object already present for users on the Active Directory Management Agent. The user needs to be joined to the Metaverse on our new MA so they are addressable as a target for PCNS.
As detailed earlier, we aren’t using an Export script in this solution.
The Password script receives password changes as they occur from Active Directory and looks up the Have I Been Pwned API to see if the new password is present on the list or not and sets a boolean attribute for the pwned password status in the MIM Service.
On your FIM/MIM Sync Server from the Synchronisation Manager select Create Management Agent from the right hand side pane. Select PowerShell from the list of Management Agents. Select Next.
Give your MA a Name and a Description. Select Next.
Provide the 8.1 style path to your Schema.ps1 script copied from the steps earlier. Provide an AD sAMAccountName and Password that also has permissions to the MIM Service as detailed in the Prerequisites. Select Next.
Provide the paths to the Import.ps1, Export.ps1 and Password.ps1 scripts copied in earlier. Select Next.
Select the user checkbox. Select Next.
Select all the attributes in the list. Select Next.
Create a Join Rule for your environment. eg. sAMAccountName => person:Accountname Select Next.
Create an import flow rule for user:pwdLastSet => person:pwdLastSet. Select Next.
Ensure that Enabled password management is selected, then select Finish.
With the Pwned Password MA created and configured we need to create at least a Stage (Full Import) and Full SyncRun Profiles and execute them to bring in the users from AD and join them to the Metaverse.
This should be something you’re already familiar with.
When running the Synchronisation we get the joins we expect. In my environment PwdLastSet was configured to sync to the MIM Service and hence the Outbound Sync to on the MIM Service MA.
MIM Service Configuration
In the MIM Service we will create a custom boolean attribute that will hold the pwned status of the users password.
Connect to your MIM Portal Server with Administrator privileges and select Schema Management from the right hand side menu.
Select All Attributes then select New
Provide an attribute name (System name) and a Display Name with a Data Type of Boolean. Provide a Description and select Finish
Search for User in Resource Types then select the User checkbox from the search results and select Binding then select New.
In the Resource Type box type User then click the validate field button (the one with the green tick). In the Attribute Type box type Pwned Password then click the validate field button (the one with the green tick). Select Finish
Configure the Active Directory MA to send passwords to the Pwned Passwords MA
On your existing Active Directory Management Agent select Properties. Select Configure Directory Partitions then under Password Synchronization enable the checkbox Enable this partition as a password synchronization source. Select Targets and select your newly created Pwned Password MA. Select Ok then Ok again.
Testing the End to End Pwned Password Check
Now you should have configured;
PCNS including installation of the Active Directory filters
The existing Active Directory Management Agent as a Password Source
The existing Active Directory Management Agent to send password change events to the Pwned Password MA
Select a user in Active Directory Users and Computers, right click the user and select Reset Password.
I first provided a password I know is on the pwned list, Password1
With PCNS Logging enabled on the MIM Sync Server I can see the password event come through.
Checking in the Pwned Password MA debug log we can see in the debug logging for the user we changed the password for and that when it was checked against Have I Been Pwned the password is flagged as pwned.
Note:If you implement the solution in a production environment obviously remove the password from being logged.
In the MIM Portal search for and locate the user the password we just changed the password for.
Select the user. Scroll to the bottom and select Advanced View. Select the Extended Attributes tab. Scroll down and we can see the Pwned Password shows as checked.
Now repeating the process with a password that isn’t in the Pwned Password list. After changing the password in Active Directory Users and Computers the password went through its sync path. The log shows the password isn’t in the list.
And the MIM Portal shows the Boolean value for Pwned Password is now not selected.
Using PCNS and FIM/MIM we can check whether our Active Directory users are using passwords that aren’t in the Pwned Password list.
What we can then do if their password is in the Pwned Password list is a number of things based on what the security policy is and even what type of user it is. You’ll notice that I’ve included additional attributes in the MA that we can flow through the Metaverse and into the MIM Service that may help with some of those decisions (such as adminCount which indicates if the user is an Administrator).
Potentially for Admin users we could create a workflow in the MIM Service that forces their account to change password on next logon. For other users we could create a workflow that sends them a notification letting them know that they should change their password.
Either way, we now have visibility of the state of users passwords. Big thanks to Troy for adding Pwned Passwords to his Have I Been Pwned API.
Reiterating:An element of this solution details checking passwords online (using the Have I Been Pwned API). Troy explains succinctly in his blog-post announcing the pwned passwords list why this is a bad idea. If you are looking to implement the concept I detail in this post then WE STRONGLY recommend using a local copy of the pwned password list.
This is Part Two in the two-part blog post on managing users profile photos with Microsoft FIM/MIM. Part one here detailed managing users Azure AD/Active Directory profile photo. This post delves deeper into photos, specifically around Office 365 and the reason why you may want to manage these via FIM/MIM.
User profile photos should be simple to manage. But in a rapidly moving hybrid cloud world it can be a lot more complex than it needs to be. The best summary I’ve found of this evolving moving target is from Paul Ryan here.
Using Paul’s sound advice we too are advising our customers to let users manage their profile photo (within corporate guidelines) via Exchange Online. However as described in this article photos managed in OnPremise Active Directory are synchronized to Azure AD and on to other Office365 services only once. And of course we want them to be consistent across AD DS, Azure AD, Exchange Online and all other Office365 Services.
This post details synchronizing user profile photos from Exchange Online to MIM for further synchronization to other systems. The approach uses a combination of Azure GraphAPI and Exchange Remote PowerShell to manage Exchange Online User Profile Photos.
Users historically had a photo in Active Directory. DirSync/ADSync/AzureADConnect then synchronized that to Azure AD (and once only into Office 365).
Users update their photo in Office365 (via Exchange Online and Outlook Web Access)
the photo is synchronized across Office365 Services
An extension of the Current State is the requirement to be able to take the image uploaded by users in Exchange Online, and synchronize it back to the OnPremise AD, and any other relevant services that leverage a profile photo
Have AzureADConnect keep AzureAD consistent with the new photo obtained from Office365 that is synchronized to the OnPrem Active Directory
Sync the current photo to the MIM Portal
Synchronizing Office365 Profile Photos
Whilst Part-one dealt with the AzureAD side of profile photos as an extension to an existing AzureAD PowerShell Management Agent for FIM/MIM, I’ve separated out the Office365 side to streamline it and make it as efficient as possible. More on that later. As such I’ve created a new PowerShell Management Agent specifically for Office365 User Profile Photos.
I’m storing the Exchange Online photo in the MIM Metaverse as a binary object just as I did for the AzureAD photo (but in a different attribute ). I’m also storing a checksum of the photos (as I did for the AzureAD Photo, but also in a different attribute) to make it easier for comparing what is in Azure AD and Exchange Online, to then be used to determine if changes have been made (eg. user updated their profile photo).
For generating the hash of the profile photos I’m using Get-Hash from the Powershell Community Extensions. Whilst PowerShell has Get-FileHash I don’t want to write the profile photos out to disk and read them back in just to get the checksum. That slows the process up by 25%. You can get the checksum using a number of different methods and algorithms. Just be consistent and use the same method across both profile photos and you’ll be comparing apples with apples and the comparison logic will work.
Some notes on Photos and Exchange Online (and MFA)
This is where things went off on a number of tangents. Initially I tried accessing the photos using Exchange Online Remote PowerShell.
CAVEAT 1: If your Office365 Tenant is enabled for Multi-Factor Authentication (which it should be) you will need to get the Exchange Online Remote PowerShell Module as detailed here. Chances are you won’t have full Office365 Admin access though, so as long as the account you will be using is in the Recipient Management Role you should be able to go to the Exchange Control Panel using a URL like https://outlook.office365.com/ecp/?realm=<tenantname>&wa=wsignin1.0 where tenantname is something like customer.com.au From the Hybrid menu on in the right handside pane you will then be able to download the Microsoft.Online.CSE.PSModule.Client.application I had to use Internet Explorer to download the file and get it installed successfully. Once installed I used a few lines from this script here to load the Function and start my RPS session from within PowerShell ISE during solution development.
CAVEAT 2: The EXO RPS MFA PS Function doesn’t allow you to pass it your account password. You can pass it the identity you want to use, but not the password. That makes scheduled process automation with it impossible.
CAVEAT 3: The RPS session exposes the Get-UserPhoto cmdlet which is great. But the RPS session leverages the GraphAPI. The RPS PS Module doesn’t refresh it’s tokens, so if the import takes longer than 60 minutes then using this method you’re a bit stuffed.
CAVEAT 4: Using the Get-UserPhoto cmdlet detailed above, the syncing of photos is slow. As in I was only getting ~4 profile photos per minute slow. This also goes back to the token refresh issue as for pretty much any environment of the size I deal with, this is too slow and will timeout.
CAVEAT 5: You can whitelist the IP Address (or subnet) of your host so MFA is not required using Contextual IP Addressing Whitelisting. At that point there isn’t really a need to use the MFA Enabled PREVIEW EXO RPS function anyway. That said I still needed to whitelist my MIM Sync Server(s) from MFA to allow integration into the Graph API. I configured just the single host. The whitelist takes CIDR format so that looks like /32 (eg. 188.8.131.52/32)
As I mentioned above,
using the Get-UserPhoto cmdlet was slow. ~4 per minute slow
using the GraphAPI into Exchange Online and looking at each user and determining if they had a photo then downloading it, was also slow. Slow because at this customer only ~50% of their users have a photo on their mailbox. As such I was only able to retrieve ~145 photos in 25 minutes. *Note: all timings listed above were during development and actually outputting the images to disk to verify functionality.
After all my trial and error on this, here is myfinal approach and working solution;
Use the Exchange Online Remote PowerShell (non-MFA version) to query and return a collection of all mailboxes with an image *Note, add an exception for your MIM Sync host to the white-listed hosts for MFA (if your Office365 Tenant is enabled for MFA) so the process can be automated
Use the Graph API to obtain those photos
with this I was able to retrieve ~1100 profile photos in ~17* minutes (after ~2 minutes to query and get the list of mailboxes with a profile photo)
There’s a lot of info above, so let me summarize the pre-requisties;
The Granfeldt PowerShell MA
Whitelist your FIM/MIM Sync Server from MFA (if your Office 365 environment is enabled for MFA)
Add the account you will run the MA as, that will in turn connect to EXO via RPS to the Recipient Management Role
Create a WebApp for the PS MA to use to access users Profile Photos via the Graph API (fastest method)
Powershell Community Extensions to generate the image checksum
Creating the WebApp to access Office365 User Profile Photos
Go to your Azure Portal and select the Azure Active Directory Blade from the Resource Menu bar on the left. Then select App Registrations and from the Manage Section of the Azure Active Directory menu, and finally from the top of the main pane select “New Application Registration“.
Give it a name and select Web app/API as the type of app. Make the sign-in URL https://localhost and then select Create.
Record the ApplicationID that you see in the Registered App Essentials window. You’ll need this soon.
Now select All Settings => Required Permissions. Select Read all users basic profiles in addition to Sign in and read user profile. Select Save.
Under Required Permissions select Add and then select 1 Select an API, and select Office 365 Exchange Online then click Select.
Choose 2 Select Permissions and then select Read user profiles and Read all users’ basic profiles. Click Select.
Select Grant Permissions
From Settings select Keys, give your key a Description, choose a key lifetime and select Save.RECORD the key value. You’ll need this along with the WebApp ApplicationID/ClientID for the Import.ps1 script.
Using the information from your newly registered WebApp, we need to perform the first authentication (and authorization of the WebApp) to the Graph API. Taking your ApplicationID, Key (Client Secret) and the account you will use on on the Management Agent (and that you have assigned the Recipient Management Role in Exchange Online) and run the script detailed in this post here. It will authenticate you to your new WebApp via the GraphAPI after asking you to provide the account you will use on the MA and Authorizing the permissions you selected when registering the app. It will also create a refresh.token file which we will give to the MA to automate our connection. The Authorization dialog looks like this.
As detailed above the PSMA will leverage the WebApp to read users Exchange Profile Photos via the Graph API. The Import script also leverages Remote Powershell into Exchange Online (for reasons also detailed above). The account you run the Management Agent as will need to be added to the Recipient Management Role Group in order to use Remote PowerShell into Exchange Online and get the information required.
Take the Import.ps1 script below and update;
Update lines 11, 24 and 42 for the path to where you have put your PSMA. Mine is under the Extensions directory in a directory named EXOPhotos.
copy the refresh.token generated when authenticating and authorizing the WebApp earlier into the directory you specified in line 42 above.
Create a Debug directory under the directory you specified in lines 11,24 and 42 above so you can see what the MA is doing as you implement and debug it the first few times.
I’ve written the Import to use Paged Imports, so make sure you tick the Paged Imports checkbox on the configuration of the MA
Update Lines 79 and 80 with your ApplicationID and Client Secret that you recorded when creating your WebApp
Running the Exchange User Profile Photos MA
Now that you have created the MA, you should have select the EXOUser ObjectClass and the attributes defined in the schema. You should also create the EXOPhoto (as Binary) and EXOPhotoChecksum (as String) attributes in the Metaverse on the person ObjectType (assuming you are using the built-in person ObjectType).
Configure your flow rules to flow the EXOPhoto and EXOPhotoChecksum on the MA to their respective attributes in the MV.
Create a Stage Only run profile and run it. If you have done everything correctly you will see photos come into the Connector Space.
Looking at the Connector Space, I can see EXOPhoto and EXOPhotoChecksum have been imported.
After performing a Synchronization to get the data from the Connector Space into the Metaverse it is time to test the image that lands in the Metaverse. That is quick and easy via PowerShell and the Lithnet MIIS Automation PowerShell Module.
The file is output to the directory with the filename specified.
Opening the file reveals correctly my Profile Photo.
In Part one we got the AzureAD/Active Directory photo. In this post we got the Office365 photo.
Now that we have the images from Office365 we need to synchronize any update to photos to Active Directory (and in-turn via AADConnect to Azure AD). Keep in mind the image size limits for Active Directory and that we retrieved the largest photo available from Office365 when synchronizing the photo on. There are a number of PowerShell modules for photo manipulation that will allow you to resize accordingly.
Forefront / Microsoft Identity Manager provides Exchange Mailbox provisioning out of the box on the Active Directory Management Agent. I’ve used it in many many implementations over the years. However, in my first MIM 2016 implementation in late 2015 I ran into issues with something I’d done successfully many times before.
I was getting “no-start-ma” on the AD MA on export to AD. The point at which the MA sets up its connection to the Exchange environment. After some searching I found Thomas’s blog detailing the problem and a solution. In short update the MIM Sync Server to .NET 4.6. For me this was no-joy. However when MS released the first rollup update for MIM in December everything fired up and worked as normal.
Step forward a month as I was finalising development for the MIM solution I was building for my customer and my “no-start-ma” error was back when I re-enabled mailbox provisioning. Deselect the Exchange Provisioning option on the AD MA and all is good. Re-enable it and it fails. One week left of dev and I need mailbox provisioning so time for a work around whilst I lodge a Premier Support ticket.
So how can I get mailbox provisioning working reliably and quickly? I was already using Søren Granfeldt’s PowerShell MA for managing users Terminal Services configuration, Home Directories and Lync/Skype for Business. What’s one more. Look out for blog posts on using the PS MA to perform those other functions that I’ll be posting in the coming weeks.
In this blog post I’ll document how you can enable Mailbox Provisioning in Exchange utilising Søren Granfeldt’s extremely versatile PowerShell Management Agent. I’ll show you how to do the minimum of enabling a user with a mailbox. Understanding how this is done you can then easily then extend the functionality for lifecycle management (e.g. change account settings for POP/IMAP/ActiveSync and de-provisioning).
My Exchange PS MA is used in conjunction with an Active Directory MA and Declarative Provisioning Rules in the MIM Portal. Essentially all the AD MA does, when you enable Exchange Provisioning (when it works) is call the ‘update-recipient’ cmdlet to finish of the mailbox provisioning. My Exchange PSMA does the same thing.
There are three attributes you need to supply values for in order to then provision them a mailbox (on top of having an Active Directory account, or course);
The later two I’m flowing the appropriate values for using my Active Directory MA. I’m setting those attributes on the AD MA as I’m provisioning the AD account on that MA which then lets me set those two attributes as initial flow only. I’m doing that as over time it is highly likely that those attribute values may change with normal business as usual messaging admin tasks. I don’t want my Exchange MA stomping all over them.
Getting Started with the Granfeldt PowerShell Management Agent
First up, you can get it from here. Søren’s documentation is pretty good but does assume you have a working knowledge of FIM/MIM and this blog post is no different. Configuration tasks like adding additional attributes the User Object Class in the MIM Portal, updating MPR’s, flow rules, Workflows, Sets etc are assumed knowledge and if not is easily Bing’able for you to work it out.
Three items I had to work out that I’ll save you the pain of are;
You must have a Password.ps1 file. Even though we’re not doing password management on this MA, the PS MA configuration requires a file for this field. The .ps1 doesn’t need to have any logic/script inside it. It just needs to be present
The credentials you give the MA to run the scripts as, needs to be in the format of just ‘accountname’ NOT ‘domain\accountname’. I’m using the service account that I’ve used for the Active Directory MA. The target system is the same directory service and the account has the permissions required (you’ll need to add the management agent account to the appropriate Exchange role group for user management)
The path to the scripts in the PS MA Config must not contain spaces and be in old-skool 8.3 format. I’ve chosen to store my scripts in an appropriately named subdirectory under the MIM Extensions directory. Tip: from a command shell use dir /x to get the 8.3 directory format name. Mine looks like C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~4\2010\SYNCHR~1\EXTENS~2\Exchange
Schema Script (schema.ps1)
As I’m using the OOTB (out of the box) Active Directory MA to provision the AD account and only showing mailbox provisioning, the schema only consists of the attributes needed to know the state of the user with respect to enablement and the attributes associated with enabling and confirming a user for a mailbox.
Import values for attributes defined in the schema.
Export Script (Export.ps1)
The business part of the MA. Take the mailnickName attribute value flowed from FIM, (the other required attributes are populated via the AD MA) and call update-recipient to provision the mailbox.
Wiring it all together
In order to wire the functionality all together there are the usual number of configuration steps to be completed. Below I’ve shown a number of the key points associated with making it all work.
Basically create the PS MA, import attributes from the PS MA, add any additional attributes to the Portal Schema, update the Portal Filter to allow Administrators to use the attribute, update the Synchronisation MPR to allow the Sync Engine to flow in the new attribute, create the Set used for the transition, create your Synchronisation Rule, create your Mailbox Workflow, create your Mailbox MPR, create your MA Run Profiles and let it loose.
Management Agent Configuration
As per the tips above, the format for the script paths must be without spaces etc. I’m using 8.3 format and I’m using the same service account as my AD MA.
Password script must be specified but as we’re not doing password management its empty as detailed above.
If your schema.ps1 file is formatted correctly you can select your attributes.
My join rule is simple. AccountName (which as you’ll see in the Import.ps1 is aligned with sAMAccountName) to AccountName in the MetaVerse.
My import flows are a combination of logic used for other parts of my solution, a Boolean flag & Mailbox GUID to determine if the user has a mailbox or not (used for my Transition Set and my Export script).
Below is my rules extension that sets a boolean value in the MV and then flowed to the MIM Portal that I use in my Transition Set to trigger my Synchronisation Rule.
My Exchange Outbound Sync rule doesn’t and isn’t complex. All it is doing is sync’ing out the mailnickName attribute and applying the rule based on an MPR, Set and Workflow.
For this implementation my outbound attribute flow for mailnickName is a simple firstname.lastname format.
I have a Set that I use as a ‘transition set’ to trigger provisioning to Lync. My Set looks to see if the user account exists in AD (I flow in the AD DN to an attribute in the Portal) and the mailbox status (set by the Advanced Flow Rule shown above). I also have (not shown in the screenshot) a Boolean attribute in the MIM Portal that is set based on an advanced flow rule on the AD MA that has some logic to determine if employment date as sourced from my HR Management Agent is current and the user should be active or not).
An action based workflow that will use the trigger the Synchronisation rule for Exchange Mailbox creation.
Finally my MPR for provisioning mailboxes is based on the transition set,
and my Mailbox Workflow.
Using the Granfeldt PowerShell MA I was able to quickly abstract Mailbox Provisioning from the AD Management Agent and perform the functionality on its own MA.