The operation on mailbox failed because it’s out of the current user’s write scope

When you want to change an email address on a Mailbox in Office 365 you get the following error message:

The operation on mailbox “<mailbox>” failed because it’s out of the current user’s write scope. The action ‘Set-Mailbox’, ‘EmailAddresses’, can’t be performed on the object ‘Stacey Brown’ because the object is being synchronized from your on-premises organization. This action should be performed on the object in your on-premises organization.

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This issue is caused by the fact you’re synchronizing user objects from a local Active Directory using DirSync or WAADSync, and you want to change properties in Office 365. This is not possible since the Source of Authority is your local Active Directory, and not Windows Azure Active Directory. This means you have to change all the user’s properties in Active Directory, including his email address.

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Install Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 9

Microsoft has released Exchange 2013 CU9, three months after the release of CU8. Microsoft has made a solid Cumulative Update this time (just like CU8 by the way) and during testing not much issues were found.

There aren’t any new features in this Cumulative Update, and personally I don’t expect any new features anymore in future Cumulative Updates either. All development efforts at Microsoft are currently targeted towards Exchange Server 2016.

The official announcement of CU9 can be found on The Exchange Team Blog, CU9 itself can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center, just as the accompanying CU9 UM Language Packs.

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The Secure Mail Certificate on server HYBRID01 is not bound to the SMTP Service

While configuring an Exchange 2013 organization in a hybrid scenario with Office 365 the Exchange Hybrid wizard stopped and showed the following error message:

Subtask CheckPrereqs execution failed: Configure Mail flow The Secure Mail Certificate on server HYBRID01 is not bound to the SMTP Service at Microsoft.Exchange.Management.Hybrid.MailFlowTask.CheckCertPrereqs()…

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Upgrade to CU8 Fails on Receive Connector misconfiguration

During an upgrade of an Exchange 2013 SP1 multi-role server to Exchange 2013 CU8 the upgrade crashed, apparantly on a strange Receive Connector configuration since the following error message was raised:
The values that you specified for the Bindings and RemoteIPRanges parameters conflict with the settings on Receive connector ” SERVER1\Relay Connector SERVER1″. Receive connectors assigned to different Transport roles on a single server must listen on unique local IP address & port bindings.

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Manage Azure Active Directory in the Azure Portal

Office 365 is just one part of the Microsoft Online Services and you can use the Microsoft Online Portal to manage your Office 365 environment as you’ve seen in my previous blog posts.

Microsoft Azure is another part of the Microsoft Online Services. In Microsoft Azure you can use all kinds of services, servers, virtual machines and… Azure Active Directory.

The portal for Windows Azure can be found on http://manage.windowsazure.com, but when you try to logon using your tenant admin account (the one you’re using for Office 365 as well) you’ll get a warning that no subscriptions are found. This makes sense because there’s only an Office 365 subscription to this account.

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