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SharePoint Online UserProfiles and the story about synchronizing with Azure Active Directory–Part 1

Of course, Office 365 uses Azure Active Directory for storing user information. Since SharePoint and SharePoint Online both have it´s own User Profile Service and User Store it was clear for Microsoft that some of the user properties have to be shared between these to storages. Here´s the story how to work with.

How to convert a user mailbox into a shared mailbox and save license costs in Office 365

Today’s tip is a quick one: If you have licensed mailboxes you only need as additional E-Mail addresses with a separate E-Mail address you can think about converting them to shared mailboxes. Shared Mailboxes have 10GB free storage and there are no additional license costs. Setting the appropriate rights to the shared mailbox they will also automatically show up in Outlook. If you want to convert one of your licensed mailboxes to a shared mailbox you can do that with PowerShell. First, connect to Exchange Online: $UserCredential = Get-Credential $Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic –AllowRedirection Import-PSSession $Session Now, check, if the Mailbox is not too large for being converted (more than 10 GB). Get-MailboxStatistics <Alias> | FL Total* Now, convert the Mailbox: Set-Mailbox –Identity [alias] -Type Shared” -ProhibitSendReceiveQuota 10GB -ProhibitSendQuota 9.75GB -IssueWarningQuota 9.5GB Shortly after you’ve set that the mailbox shows up under the sahred Mailboxes. You are now save to remove the license from it and use it for a real User account.