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How to test SMTP using Opportunistic TLS with Powershell and grab the public certificate a SMTP server is using

Most email services these day employ Opportunistic TLS when trying to send Messages which means that wherever possible the Messages will be encrypted rather then the plain text legacy of SMTP.  This method was defined in RFC 3207 "SMTP Service Extension for Secure SMTP over Transport Layer Security" and  there's a quite a good explanation of Opportunistic TLS on Wikipedia .  This is used for both Server to Server (eg MTA to MTA) and Client to server (Eg a Message client like Outlook which acts as a MSA) the later being generally Authenticated. Basically it allows you to have a normal plain text SMTP conversation that is then upgraded to TLS using the STARTTLS verb. Not all servers will support this verb so if its not supported then a message is just sent as Plain text. TLS relies on PKI certificates and the administrative issue s that come around certificate management like expired certificates which is why I wrote th

Doing Mailbox Change discovery with an EWS PowerShell Script

Mailbox Change discovery is the process of looking at any folders or items that are new or have been modified recently in a Mailbox. Its useful in a number of different ways including (but not limited to) Looking at what objects a third party Addin is creating or modifying in your mailbox Help to work out which FAI (Folder Associated Item) is being modified when changes are made to the configuration in Outlook or Outlook on the Web (this can be useful if you then want to automate those changes in your own scripts) Fixing client issues caused by corrupt or bad items (eg if you've ever used MFCMapi to delete and Item that's causing a particular client function not to work correctly) Getting an understanding of how the backend scaffolding of new features work in Outlook on the Web (eg looking at what the substrate Is doing in Office365)  If you have ever looked recently at the Non_IPM Root folder of any Office365 Mailbox you can see by the large number of folders that are

Using the MSAL (Microsoft Authentication Library) in EWS with Office365

Last July Microsoft announced here they would be disabling basic authentication in EWS on October 13 2020 which is now a little over a year away. Given the amount of time that has passed since the announcement any line of business applications or third party applications that you use that had been using Basic authentication should have been modified or upgraded to support using oAuth. If this isn't the case the time to take action is now. When you need to migrate a .NET app or script you have using EWS and basic Authentication you have two Authentication libraries you can choose from ADAL - Azure AD Authentication Library (uses the v1 Azure AD Endpoint) MSAL - Microsoft Authentication Library (uses the v2 Microsoft Identity Platform Endpoint) the most common library you will come across in use is the ADAL libraries because its been around the longest, has good support across a number of languages and allows complex authentications scenarios with support for SAML etc. The
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