What's New in Microsoft Defender for Identity in November 2022

Microsoft Defender for Identity helps Active Directory admins defend against advanced persistent threats (APTs) targeting their Active Directory Domain Services infrastructures. It is a cloud-based service, where agents on Domain Controllers provide signals to Microsoft's Machine Learning (ML) algorithms to detect and report on attacks. Its dashboard allows Active Directory admins to investigate and remediate … Continue reading "What's New in Microsoft Defender for Identity in November 2022"

What's New in Azure Active Directory for November 2022

Azure Active Directory is Microsoft's Identity Management-as-a-Service solution, offering seamless access, easy collaboration, efficiency in IT processes and improved security and compliance. In its Release Notes for Azure Active Directory, Microsoft communicated the following planned, new and changed functionality for Azure Active Directory for November 2022:   What’s Planned IPv6 coming to Azure AD Public … Continue reading "What's New in Azure Active Directory for November 2022"

On-premises Identity-related updates and fixes for November 2022

Even though Microsoft’s Identity focus moves towards the cloud, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server 2022 still receive updates to improve the experiences and security of Microsoft’s on-premises powerhouses. This is the list of Identity-related updates and fixes we saw for November 2022:   Windows Server 2016 We observed the following updates … Continue reading "On-premises Identity-related updates and fixes for November 2022"

Domain Controllers running the latest updates may encounter LSASS memory leaks and unexpected restarts, unless…

After installing the most recent Updates on their Domain Controllers, some readers have reported in the comments that they experienced that the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) process on their Domain Controllers continually increases memory usage making their Domain Controllers become unresponsive and even automatically restart…   The cause Many Active Directory admins experienced issues … Continue reading "Domain Controllers running the latest updates may encounter LSASS memory leaks and unexpected restarts, unless…"

I’m speaking at the European SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure Conference (ESPC22)

I’m happy to announce that I am returning as a speaker for the European SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure Conference (ESPC) 2022 from November 28th to December 1st, 2022.   About ESPC22 The European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference (ESPC) provides Microsoft 365 and Azure professionals with the expert content and connections to help them achieve … Continue reading "I’m speaking at the European SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure Conference (ESPC22)"

HOWTO: Install the most recent Updates on your Domain Controllers

To address a known issue that affects Windows Servers that have the Domain Controller role, Microsoft has released an out-of-band update. After installing the November 2022 cumulative updates on Domain Controllers, you might experience Kerberos authentication issues due to the way Microsoft addressed CVE-2022-37966.   Microsoft Windows 2022 Regardless of having installed the November 8, 2022 update for … Continue reading "HOWTO: Install the most recent Updates on your Domain Controllers"

Domain Controller Monitoring Checklist

Last month, I provided some context for how I feel about Active Directory Monitoring and Domain Controller Monitoring. I wrote that monitoring solutions should not treat Domain Controllers as mere ‘application servers’ or ‘nodes’, as many Active Directory Monitoring solutions, like SolarWinds’ do. However, organizations may have varying requirements towards potential Domain Controller Monitoring solutions. … Continue reading "Domain Controller Monitoring Checklist"

Veeam Backup & Replication v11a supports VMware vSphere 8.0

Hot on the heels of VMware Explore Europe, Veeam announced its support for VMware vSphere 8.0.   About VMware vSphere 8.0 vSphere is VMware’s advanced server virtualization solution, consisting of ESXi (the core virtualization product that is installed on host machines – a type 1 hypervisor) and vCenter Server (the solution to manage multiple ESXi hosts … Continue reading "Veeam Backup & Replication v11a supports VMware vSphere 8.0"

Azure AD Connect v2.1.20.0 offers to synchronize to Azure AD’s employeeLeaveDateTime attribute

With Microsoft introducing the Lifecycle Workflows functionality Public Preview at its Microsoft Ignite event last month, some things are definitely changing… Azure AD is now poised to become the leading identity management plane and Active Directory to become a mere authentication store.However, to make that dream work, Azure AD Connect needs to offer additional functionality … Continue reading "Azure AD Connect v2.1.20.0 offers to synchronize to Azure AD’s employeeLeaveDateTime attribute"

KnowledgeBase: You experience errors with Event ID 14 and source Kerberos-Key-Distribution-Center on Domain Controllers

To continually increase the information security of on-premises Domain Controllers, Microsoft provides new functionality to Windows Server and Active Directory. Sometimes, the new security measures affect the efforts of admins to get their Active Directory environments to a safer state, ahead of the curve. In this knowledgebase article, I’ll discuss such a measure.   The … Continue reading "KnowledgeBase: You experience errors with Event ID 14 and source Kerberos-Key-Distribution-Center on Domain Controllers"