Relevant Products: Signature Manager Outlook Edition
In Signature Manager Outlook Edition, the following warning/error is displayed:
For Signature Manager Outlook Edition to deploy signatures and settings to a user’s OWA account (for either Exchange or Office 365), the user’s profile must have been created in OWA. This is known as ‘hydrating’ a user’s account.
A user’s profile is hydrated the first time they log on to OWA and select their regional options. It is not hydrated when a user accesses their mailbox using an email client such as Outlook - they must log on to the OWA website itself for the mailbox to be hydrated .
To avoid the need for all users to log on to the OWA website so their signatures are deployed, you can use PowerShell commands to hydrate a user’s profile. To do this, follow the steps below:
1. Ensure that you are logged in as a user who is a direct member of the Organization Management and Domain Admin groups (Global Administrator in the case of Exchange Online).
2. Connect to your Exchange Server:
- For Exchange on-premises, simply run the Exchange Management Shell.
- For Exchange Online (Office 365) or a remotely managed Exchange, make a connection using steps detailed here, then return to this section.
3. Once connected, run the following command to hydrate a user’s mailboxes:
Replace <user> with the user’s account, <Time Zone> with the user’s timezone name, <Language> with the Language Culture Name, and <Date Format> with the required date format (retain quotes where shown).
For example, for a user in the UK:
For example, for a user in the US Central time zone:
Commands detailed in step 2 above show how to a hydrate mailboxes for specified users. However, if required you can hydrate mailboxes for all users, using the command below:
For example, if all of your users are in the UK, you can use the command below to hydrate mailboxes for all users:
If you have users in multiple different time zones, or that require different language options, you can use other input parameters available for the Get-Mailbox cmdlet to apply settings to a group or subset of users.
How to set up remote session to Exchange Server using PowerShell
If you use Exchange Online (Office 365) or a remotely managed exchange (Exchange Server 2010 or 2013), you need to set up a remote session to access the Exchange server. To do this, follow the steps below:
1. Check system requirements for your operating system:
2. Run Windows Powershell.
3. Use the command below to check your execution policy settings:
4. If the execution policy is set to Restricted, change it to RemoteSigned or Unrestricted using the command below:
5. Provide target server administrator credentials using the command below:
6. Configure the connection using the relevant command below:
- To connect to Exchange Server 2010 or 2013:
- To connect to Exchange Online (Office 365):
7. Start the connection using the command below:
8. When you have finished working and are ready to disconnect, use the command below: