The Office 365 Integration Module for SBS 2011 Essentials does not work as expected



Applies to: Cloud Services (Web roles/Worker roles) Azure Active Directory Microsoft Intune More

PROBLEM The Office 365 Integration Module (OIM) for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (SBS 2011 Essentials) does not work as expected. For example, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • When users' passwords change, the changes do not synchronize to Office 365.

  • Office 365 subscription and user account wizards in the OIM fail.

  • Office 365 subscription data is displayed as "not available" in the OIM, and Office 365 user data is displayed as "unknown" in the OIM.

CAUSE This issue may occur for one or more of the following reasons:

  • The OIM was installed and set up incorrectly.

  • The passwords of the administrator accounts in the OIM and in Office 365 do not match.

  • Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant is not installed or is not running.

  • Wizard actions cannot be completed or reporting data cannot be retrieved because of Office 365 issues.

  • An unexpected failure occurred in the OIM.

SOLUTION To resolve this issue, follow these steps:Step 1: Make sure that the OIM is installed and set up correctly For more information, visit the following Microsoft website:Integrating Office 365 with Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Step 2: Troubleshoot the Office 365 administrator account that is used to set up the OIM

  1. Sign in to the Office 365 portal by using your administrator user ID. Check that you can sign in successfully. This confirms that you are using the correct password and that you can authenticate to Office 365.

  2. Open the SBS console on the computer that is running SBS, click the Office 365 tab, and then run the "Change the Office 365 administrator account" wizard to make sure that the correct administrator password is set up in the OIM for SBS.

Step 3: Check that the Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant is running

  1. On the computer that is running SBS, click Start, click All Programs, click Administrative Tools, and then click Services.

  2. In the list of services, locate Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant, and then make sure that its status is set to Started.

  • If the status is set to Not Started, right-click Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant, and then click Start.

  • If the Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant is not installed, download and then install the most recent version. To do this, go to Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant for IT Professionals RTW.


Step 4: Determine whether the administrative tasks that you want to perform in the OIM can be performed in the Office 365 portal

  1. Sign in to the Office 365 portal by using your administrator user ID.

  2. In the Office 365 portal, try to perform the administrative tasks that you wanted to perform by using the wizards in the OIM.

  3. Take one of the following actions, as appropriate for your situation:

  • If you can successfully complete the tasks by using the Office 365 portal, the issue might be related to SBS. In this case, troubleshoot possible SBS issues.

  • If you cannot successfully complete the tasks by using the Office 365 portal, the issue might be related to Office 365. In this case, troubleshoot possible Office 365 issues.

For more help, contact Nerdcore Computers on 1300637326.


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