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Free community event in Maarssen (NL) this Thursday evening

Written on February 19, 2018 at 12:43 PM, by

What? A free community event in a first collaboration between Dutch and Belgian Exchange, Skype and Office 365 experts. There will be two sessions, but before and after sessions you are free to talk with any of them about Exchange, Skype for Business/Teams and Office 365. When? This Thursday evening starting at 18:00. Where? Maarssen […]

In-place upgrading an Active Directory Domain Controller to Windows Server build 17093 might fail

Written on February 16, 2018 at 10:34 PM, by

Last week, Microsoft announced the latest Windows Server Insider Preview build, nicknamed Build 17093, referencing its 10.0.17093.1000 version number. This Windows Server version was released to Windows Server Insiders on February 13, 2018.   About Windows Server Preview Build 17093 This build is a preview build of the next Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) release of Windows […]

Hybrid Identity features per Active Directory Domain Services Domain Controller Operating System, Domain Functional Level, Forest Functional Level and Schema version

Written on February 12, 2018 at 1:54 PM, by

Most Microsoft-based Hybrid Identity implementations use Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) Servers, Web Application Proxies and Azure AD Connect installations. These components have requirements of Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in terms of the schema, the Windows Server versions on the Domain Controllers an organization runs, the Domain Functional Level (DFL) and the […]

Configuring the Azure AD Connect Health Agent for AD FS on Server Core

Written on February 9, 2018 at 9:40 AM, by

When you get serious about security in Hybrid Identity implementations, you would opt to implement AD FS servers and Web Application Proxies as Server Core installations. However, this poses a slight problem with the Azure AD Connect Health Agent for AD FS, because at first glance, you can’t configure it on Server Core installations of […]

Pictures of NIC Future Edition

Written on February 7, 2018 at 9:42 AM, by

Last week, Crayon organized the 7th Nordic Infrastructure Conference (NIC), labeled the Future Edition. Raymond Comvalius and I presented two sessions. In this blogpost I share our pictures and most memorable moments. On Thursday February 2, Raymond and I were scheduled for the early flight from Amsterdam Schiphol airport to Oslo Gardermoen airport. It meant […]

What’s New in Azure Active Directory for January 2018

Written on January 29, 2018 at 3:46 PM, 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 communicated the following new functionality for Azure Active Directory for January 2018:   What’s New New Federated Apps available in Azure AD App gallery […]

Configuring Geo-Redundancy for AD FS on-premises with Azure Traffic Manager

Written on January 25, 2018 at 11:43 AM, by

Last week, I showed you how to perform a simple Hybrid Identity implementation with AD FS on-premises. While this scenario is easy and fast to deploy, it also has a couple of downsides. One of them is the risk of ‘AD FS Unavailability’ and the inability to authenticate to cloud resources when the on-premises environment […]

Performing a simple Hybrid Identity implementation with AD FS on-premises

Written on January 18, 2018 at 6:02 PM, by

In this blogpost, I’ll explain how to install and configure Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and Azure AD Connect to achieve Hybrid Identity with Azure Active Directory, based on Windows Server 2016. The implementation outlined in this blogpost is relevant for one on-premises datacenter and an Active Directory Domain Services environment, consisting of one […]

I’m speaking at NIC Future Edition

Written on January 12, 2018 at 10:43 AM, by

For its seventh edition, the theme for the annual Nordic Infrastructure Conference (NICConf) is Future Edition. Raymond Comvalius and I are delivering sessions again. It’s our fourth edition of this fantastic event and we’re looking forward to it!   About the Nordic Infrastructure Conference The Nordic Infrastructure Conference (NICConf) provides IT and business professionals with […]

Starting with Terraform, Windows and Azure Part 2

Written on January 11, 2018 at 4:23 PM, by

Installation In the previous post I explained how to setup the Windows environmental variable PATH so you can run the terraform executable from any path. In this post I will explain how I set up my favorite text file editor. In the last year or so I came to fall in love with Microsoft Visual […]