Five things I wish I knew before ‘Next-Next-Finish’ing my Veeam Backup for Office 365 v4 installation

Veeam Backup for Office 365 is an awesome product with a lot of possibilities and features. Just like Active Directory, it is a product that you can typically ‘next, next, finish’-install in about 10 minutes. However, is that the best approach to implementing Veeam Backup for Office 365? Here’s my list of five things I … Continue reading "Five things I wish I knew before ‘Next-Next-Finish’ing my Veeam Backup for Office 365 v4 installation"

HOWTO: Use Azure AD Connect’s v2 Endpoint

Azure AD Connect is Microsoft’s free tool to synchronize objects and their attributes from Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) implementations to Azure Active Directory tenants. Many millions of organizations depend on Azure Active Directory and the APIs that the tool connects to. Now, there is a new endpoint Public Preview, so it’s time to … Continue reading "HOWTO: Use Azure AD Connect’s v2 Endpoint"

A Recap of Identity-related Announcements from Microsoft Build 2020

Microsoft organized Microsoft Build 2020 as a free digital event between Tuesday May 19th 8AM Pacific Time and Thursday May 21st 8 AM Pacific Time. Microsoft Build is Microsoft’s annual conference event, aimed at software engineers and web developers using Windows, Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft technologies. First held in 2011, it serves as a … Continue reading "A Recap of Identity-related Announcements from Microsoft Build 2020"

HOWTO: Secure VMware Horizon with Azure MFA through its NPS Extension

This week, one of my customers is switching to Azure multi-factor authentication as their only multi-factor authentication solution for their employees. As the organization leverages VMware Horizon, this implementation needs to be switched to Azure MFA as well. Here’s how we secured their VMware Horizon implementation with Azure MFA through the Azure MFA NPS Extension: … Continue reading "HOWTO: Secure VMware Horizon with Azure MFA through its NPS Extension"

Identity-related sessions at Microsoft Build 2020

Microsoft organizes Microsoft Build 2020 as a free digital event between Tuesday May 19th 8AM Pacific Time and Thursday May 21st 8 AM Pacific Time. Microsoft Build is Microsoft’s annual conference event, aimed at software engineers and web developers using Windows, Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft technologies. First held in 2011, it serves as a … Continue reading "Identity-related sessions at Microsoft Build 2020"

TODO: Optimize the Azure Multi-factor Authentication methods used throughout your organization

Multi-factor Authentication will be organizations’ means of authentication verification for a while. After clearing the first hurdles in your organization when implementing multi-factor authentication, consisting of communication, registration and adoption, the next hurdle is optimization.   Why optimize Multi-factor Authentication? Multi-factor Authentication offers verification of people authenticating to access organizational data, applications, services and/or systems; … Continue reading "TODO: Optimize the Azure Multi-factor Authentication methods used throughout your organization"

Azure AD Connect 1.5.30.0 fixes two issues

After every fresh major release of Azure AD Connect by Microsoft, several smaller hotfix releases update the functionality to prevent issues where administrators are not able to perform certain configurations or gain access to functionality. Last week, Azure AD Connect version 1.5.30.0 was released, fixing two issues that were introduced in the first release of … Continue reading "Azure AD Connect 1.5.30.0 fixes two issues"

TODO: Move from per-user MFA to Conditional Access

One of the remnants of the PhoneFactor infrastructure is an old page that is linked in the Azure Portal. It allows for enforcing multi-factor authentication on a per-user basis. It should not be used for several reasons. Here’s why.   Ways to require multi-factor authentication in Azure AD In Azure Active Directory, there are three … Continue reading "TODO: Move from per-user MFA to Conditional Access"

Recordings of the webinars with Netwrix are now available

Last month, on April 22nd, 28th and 30th, I hosted three 60-minute webinars with Netwrix on my three favorite chapters in my Active Directory Administration Cookbook. Over 1800 people have registered for these webinars. Now, a mere week after the last webinar, the Netwrix team has done everyone a huge favor by already placing the … Continue reading "Recordings of the webinars with Netwrix are now available"