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I’m a 2020 Veeam Vanguard

Written on March 27, 2020 at 5:56 PM, by

Today, I received an e-mail from Nikola Pejková from Veeam congratulating me with being selected for the 2020 Veeam Vanguard Program by the Veeam Vanguard team. For me, it means I successfully renewed my previous four Veeam Vanguard Awards, dating back to 2016 and can celebrate my first lustrum as a Veeam Vanguard. I feel […]

Explained: User Hard Matching and Soft Matching in Azure AD Connect

Written on March 27, 2020 at 5:01 PM, by

In Hybrid Identity implementations, where objects and their attributes are synchronized between on-premises Active Directory environments and Azure AD tenants, integrity is key; When user objects on both sides have different attributes, or exist multiple times at one side, information security drops to critical levels fast. To avoid this situation, Azure AD Connect matches user […]

Announced: Azure AD to offer more 3rd Party MFA features

Written on March 25, 2020 at 11:27 AM, by

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 announced a plan for change regarding Azure MFA.   What’s announced Microsoft is planning to replace the current Custom controls (preview) in Conditional Access […]

A closer look at Azure AD Connect’s Service Connection Point

Written on March 23, 2020 at 9:23 AM, by

Recent versions of Azure AD Connect deploy a Service Connection Point (SCP) into your Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) environment(s). Let’s look a bit closer to what this SCP looks like, what it does by default and how you can use and tweak it to your advantage.   About Service Connection Points Active Directory […]

TODO: Enable Modern Authentication

Written on March 19, 2020 at 2:45 PM, by

Microsoft is in the process of deprecating basic authentication to its cloud services. While their announcements feel far away, I feel this is the best time to act, if you were one of the earlier adopters of Office 365 and Azure Active Directory.   What Microsoft is saying Microsoft is communicating clearly on the upcoming […]

KnowledgeBase: You receive error ‘AADSTS5000812: The SAML 1.1 credential must contain exactly one or zero claims of type ImmutableID’ when signing into Azure AD-integrated resources

Written on March 13, 2020 at 10:58 AM, by

In Hybrid Identity implementations, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and Azure AD work together to authenticate people in your organization, so that they can work with Azure AD-integrated resources like Office 365. Sometimes, the constellation fails and you get an error page, instead of reaching the desired application, […]

Mentoring, the step I needed in my career

Written on March 13, 2020 at 9:51 AM, by

As a consultant, trainer, blogger and author, I feel it’s my responsibility to help people who are ambitious like I am. It’s mutually beneficial to help people to achieve more, as it helps me identify the steps I didn’t take, the shortcuts I took, the views I lacked and any privileges I enjoyed. At a […]

The recording and slides of the Active Directory Best Practices webinar is now available

Written on March 12, 2020 at 9:34 AM, by

Last week, I presented two webinars with Veeam’s Andrey Zhelezko, technical product analyst at Veeam Software, on Active Directory Best Practices in terms of administration and disaster recovery. With 1849 and 2217 registered attendees for the European and North American webinar, respectively, these GoToWebinar sessions were solid Active Directory knowledge transfer successes. The recording and […]

On-premises Identity updates & fixes for February 2020

Written on March 11, 2020 at 11:29 AM, by

Even though Microsoft’s Identity focus moves towards the cloud, they are not forgetting their on-premises roots. Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 still receive updates. These are the updates and fixes we saw for February 2020: Windows Server 2016 We observed the following updates for Windows Server 2016: KB4537764 February 11, 2020 The February […]

Pictures of Azure Saturday Belgrade

Written on March 9, 2020 at 8:53 PM, by

On this year’s leap day, I was invited to present a session on Azure Saturday in Belgrade, Serbia. My good friends Vladimir Stefanovic, Aleksandar Nikolic and Mustafa Toroman invited me over as one of the foreign speakers to complement the local speakers and their workshops on February 28th. On Friday, I did some work for […]