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No Import Contacts to Office 365 OWA Shared-Mailbox — Use Powershell

I was wanting to import a CSV file of contacts into the contacts folder of a Shared Mailbox and using OWA (Outlook Web App) to do so. Normally one goes to wheel->Import-Contacts, supply the file name, and success…

OWA Import-Contacts menu     OWA Import-Contact window

In OWA it’s possible to open a Shared Mailbox if you have the rights to do so (use the menu with your name and select “Open another mailbox…”). However if you try this it fails with a 403 error. Shame.

OWA Import-Contact fails if opened Shared Mailbox
(Failing URL is https://outlook.office365.com/ecp/tmp-contact-import1@example.com/PersonalSettings/ImportContactList.aspx)

Of course PowerShell comes to the rescue. Office 365 has a cmdlet Import-ContactList (help). Connect PowerShell to Office 365 in the normal way and call that cmdlet specifying the user to import to and the CSV and it does the job.

PS C:\temp> Import-ContactList -Identity tmp-contact-import1@example.com -CSV -CSVData ([System.IO.File]::ReadAllBytes(‘Antony_no_groups.csv’)) -Verbose
VERBOSE: Importing contacts to mailbox “tmp-contact-import1@luma-it.com”.RunspaceId       : bdf8902b-e858-44ba-a8ee-368fc809f6c2
ContactsImported : 136
Identity         : tmp-contact-import1
IsValid          : True
ObjectState      : New

PS C:\temp>

The Contact folder for the Shared Mailbox is now full:

OWA contacts

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Office 365

 

Add RSS feeds in Office 365

Outlook and Outlook Web App can display RSS/Atom feeds.

Outlook RSS feeds

RSS Feeds in Outlook (2010)

Outlook OWA RSS feeds

RSS Feeds in Office 365 OWA

There’s apparently no way to add feeds from within OWA. So you’ll have to have Outlook set-up for your account for this to work. But once they’re added in Outlook they then appear in OWA.

I had another complication however: I have multiple Exchange accounts. It seems that one can only add Feeds to the primary exchange account but I wanted it in one of the other accounts.

Outlook Add New RSS Feed on menu

Add Feed on the primary Exchange account

Outlook no Add feed on secondary account menu

No Add Feed on the secondary account

So I added it to the primary and then tried to drag it into the RSS folder in the other account. However no go! (Two error messages.) Then I waited and tried again just in case it was still synchronising. But again it failed.

The solution? Copy the feed of course. Moving it didn’t work but creating a copy in the second account did work. Yay!

Ohh and for double fun, to get a Facebook Page’s timeline as a feed use a URL like the following: http://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?format=rss20&id=147477388635837  See e.g. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13020897/official-facebook-rss-feed-for-a-page

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2014 in Office 365