Getting Started with the Self-service Web Portal for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft recommends organizations using Office 365 services to create backups of their data in these services outside of the scope of the functionality of replicas and previous versions. Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 offers a great solution to meet this challenge. However, today’s world requires functionality beyond the default functionality; Admins need remote access … Continue reading "Getting Started with the Self-service Web Portal for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365"

Group Policy Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability (CVE-2020-16939, Important)

On Tuesday October 13th 2020, Microsoft released updates for all supported versions of Windows and Windows Server to address an elevation of privilege vulnerability in Group Policy, marked as important. Its official common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) id is CVE-2020-16939. Yesterday, the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) shared more details and a Proof of Concept (PoC). … Continue reading "Group Policy Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability (CVE-2020-16939, Important)"

From the Field: The case of the randomly rebooting Domain Controllers

Troubleshooting stories from the field are the best. That’s why I like writing them down. Although, sometimes they might appear as straight cases of schadenfreude, I feel there are lessons to be learned for anyone, if you’re willing to look closely and listen carefully. Last month, I experienced an issue with all four Domain Controllers … Continue reading "From the Field: The case of the randomly rebooting Domain Controllers"

Five things to know about the Office 365 app in Azure AD Conditional Access

After being in Public Preview since February 2020, Microsoft made the Office 365 app in Azure AD Conditional Access Generally Available. The below image sums up what is in the Office 365 app: The Office 365 app helps with common challenges Microsoft 365 admins have: All the individual services in the Office 365 Suite are … Continue reading "Five things to know about the Office 365 app in Azure AD Conditional Access"

vSphere 7’s vCenter Server Identity Provider Federation feature allows for MFA

In this series on virtualizing Active Directory on VMware vSphere, we’ve discussed earlier how to set up a straight-forward vCenter delegation model for running virtual Domain Controllers safely. Today, I want to discuss a new feature in VMware vSphere 7 that improves the lives of Identity and Access Management (IAM) professionals working with both technologies: … Continue reading "vSphere 7’s vCenter Server Identity Provider Federation feature allows for MFA"

Knowledgebase: Important Issues for Windows 10, version 20H2 build 19042

On October 20th, 2020, Microsoft released Windows 10, version 20H2 build 19042 to Visual Studio Subscribers and organizations with access to the Software Download Center and the Volume Licensing Service Center. This version is also known as Windows 10 ‘October 2020 Update’. On this page you can view the critical issues, that have currently been … Continue reading "Knowledgebase: Important Issues for Windows 10, version 20H2 build 19042"

Identity-related new features in Windows 10, version 20H2 build 19042

Yesterday, Microsoft released Windows 10, version 20H2 build 19042 to Visual Studio Subscribers and organizations with access to the Software Download Center and the Volume Licensing Service Center. This version is also known as Windows 10 ‘October 2020 Update’. It’s time to look at the new Identity-related features in this version of Windows 10:   … Continue reading "Identity-related new features in Windows 10, version 20H2 build 19042"

The video of our Active Directory session at VMware VMworld 2020 is now available

VMworld is a global conference for virtualization and cloud computing, hosted by VMware. It is the largest virtualization-specific event. No wonder, I was pleased to announce my return to this awesome event. And now, you can enjoy Deji Akomolafe’s, Matt Liebowitz’s and my efforts in creating a demo-packed, full-featured version of the ‘Virtualize Active Directory … Continue reading "The video of our Active Directory session at VMware VMworld 2020 is now available"

Mainstream support for Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) ends in three months

We’ve helped organizations embrace Microsoft’s Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) solution to protect their Active Directory environments from attacks. On January 12th, 2021, mainstream support for this product ends. ATA version 1.9.3, released on September 14th, 2020 is the final update as part of mainstream support. It’s time to move on to Microsoft Defender for Identity. … Continue reading "Mainstream support for Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) ends in three months"

The videos of Microsoft Ignite Untold are now available for you to view

During Microsoft Ignite 2020, Raymond Comvalius, Barbara Forbes and I presented ‘Ignite Untold’, the Dutch Community live stream supporting Microsoft Ignite 2020 in Dutch.   About Microsoft Ignite Ignite is Microsoft’s yearly event for IT Professionals and developers. At Microsoft Ignite they connect with IT leaders from around the world. They hear from industry thought-leaders … Continue reading "The videos of Microsoft Ignite Untold are now available for you to view"