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Ten things you need to know about Pass-through Authentication

Written on February 28, 2019 at 4:27 PM, by

For Azure AD, Microsoft offers and recommends to use Pass-through Authentication (PTA) as the authentication method. This method is then used to authenticate to applications, services and systems connected to Azure AD, like Office 365, Intune and Power BI. However, there are a couple of things you should know:   Only outbound connections When using […]

Windows Server 2019’s February 2019 Quality Update fixes two authentication issues

Written on February 22, 2019 at 3:55 PM, by

Windows Server 2019’s February 2019 Cumulative Quality Update, bringing the OS version to 17763316 , offers a fix for two authentication issues.        About Windows Server 2019 Updates Microsoft issues two major updates each month for Windows Server 2019, as outlined in the Patching with Windows Server 2016 blogpost. On the second Tuesday of each […]

KnowledgeBase: The Windows Server 2019 Active Directory DFL and FFL do not exist

Written on January 4, 2019 at 1:54 PM, by

There is no Windows Server 2019 Forest Functional Level (FFL) or Windows Server 2019 Domain Functional Level (DFL) in Microsoft Windows Server’s Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).   Impact The unavailability of the Windows Server 2019 Forest Functional Level (FFL) and Windows Server 2019 Domain Functional Level (DFL) has the following impact: There are, […]

Azure AD Connect version 1.2.70.0 updates the non-standard connectors

Written on December 20, 2018 at 12:27 PM, by

Yesterday, Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Connect, its free Hybrid Identity bridge product to synchronize objects and their attributes from on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) environments and LDAP v3-compatible directories to Azure Active Directory. What’s Fixed There is only one fix in version 1.2.70.0. This build updates the non-standard connectors […]

Critical DNS Server Heap Overflow Vulnerability could allow Remote Code Execution (Critical, CVE-2018-8626)

Written on December 13, 2018 at 4:00 PM, by

This week, for its December 11th 2018 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released a security update for supported versions of Windows Server acting as DNS Servers. As many Domain Controllers are installed and configured as such, this is a serious vulnerability. The update addresses the vulnerability by modifying how Windows DNS servers handle requests.          About the […]

Azure AD Connect v1.2.69.0 fixes an issue with Device Write-Back

Written on December 12, 2018 at 1:46 PM, by

Late last week, Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Connect, its free Hybrid Identity bridge product to synchronize objects and their attributes from on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) environments and LDAP v3-compatible directories to Azure Active Directory.      What’s Fixed There is only one fix in version 1.2.69.0. This hotfix build […]

Windows Server 2016’s November 2018 Quality Update brings several Active Directory fixes

Written on December 6, 2018 at 11:33 AM, by

Windows Server 2016’s November 2018’s Cumulative Quality Update, bringing the OS version to 14393.2639, offers a fix for an issue with Group Policy and a fix for an issue you might be experiencing on your Windows Server 2016-based Domain Controllers.        About Windows Server 2016 Updates Microsoft issues two major updates each month for Windows […]

Azure AD Connect moves to TLS 1.2-only with version 1.2.65.0

Written on November 1, 2018 at 8:59 AM, by

Last week, Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Connect, its free Hybrid Identity bridge product to synchronize objects and their attributes from on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) environments and LDAP v3-compatible directories to Azure Active Directory.           What’s New Write-back of msExchUcVoicemailSettings The Azure AD Connect team changed the functionality of […]

KnowledgeBase: KB4462917 breaks Domain Controller Promotions for new Active Directory domains in existing forests

Written on October 26, 2018 at 4:14 PM, by

Microsoft’s October 9th, 2018 Security update KB4462917, raising Windows Server 2016 to build 14393.2551, feature a security update for the JET Database engine. However, this update seems to cause an issue with Windows Server installations intended to become Active Directory Domain Controllers. One of my team members at SCCT experienced this issue at a customer […]

Windows Server 2016’s October 2018 Quality Update brings several Active Directory fixes

Written on October 23, 2018 at 6:28 AM, by

Windows Server 2016’s October 2018’s Cumulative Quality Update, bringing the OS version to 14393.2580, offers a total of three fixes for issues you might be experiencing on your Windows Server 2016-based Domain Controllers and Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) Servers.      About Windows Server 2016 Updates Microsoft issues two major updates each month for […]