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Azure AD Connect v1.5.18.0 brings mS-DS-ConsistencyGUID as source anchor for Groups

Written on April 3, 2020 at 11:48 AM, by

Yesterday, a new version of Azure AD Connect was released: version 1.5.18.0. This is the first release in the 1.5.x branch of Azure AD Connect. Azure AD Connect is Microsoft’s 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

KnowledgeBase: You receive “The ADSync service failed to start with an unexpected error for AutoGeneratedAccount:” when installing Azure AD Connect

Written on March 5, 2020 at 9:28 AM, by

Troubleshooting issues with Azure AD Connect can be a lot of fun, until you realize that new functionality throws an error that is incredibly vague. This blogpost provides the instructions to get Azure AD Connect working for your Hybrid Identity implementation when you receive “The ADSync service failed to start with an unexpected error for […]

HOWTO: Deploy Azure AD Connect with SQL Server

Written on February 27, 2020 at 8:23 AM, by

Most Microsoft-based Hybrid Identity implementations use Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) Servers, Web Application Proxies and Azure AD Connect installations. In this series, labeled Hardening Hybrid Identity, we’re looking at hardening these implementations, using recommended practices. In this part of the series, we’ll look at the benefits of implementing Azure AD Connect with a […]

I’m presenting two live Active Directory webinars with Veeam’s Andrey Zhelezko

Written on February 24, 2020 at 11:28 AM, by

On March 5th 2020, I’m presenting two webinars with Andrey Zhelezko, technical product analyst at Veeam Software, on Active Directory Best Practices in terms of administration and disaster recovery. Active Directory has been around for two decades. This decade, a secure and resilient Active Directory is needed more than ever. AD has been a part […]

Ten things you need to know about Azure AD Connect Cloud Provisioning

Written on February 19, 2020 at 1:05 PM, by

Azure AD Connect is Microsoft’s 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. On December 5th 2019, Microsoft introduced Azure AD Connect Cloud Provisioning. After playing around with it,’I’m sharing ten things you’ll want to […]

Happy 20th Birthday, Active Directory!

Written on February 17, 2020 at 7:43 AM, by

Today, The DirTeam.com / ActiveDir.org Weblogs are celebrating the 20-year anniversary of Active Directory Domain Services as a released product.   Windows 2000 Server The introduction of Active Directory to the world was part of the release of Windows 2000 Server on February 17, 2000. At the launch event, Bill Gates ushered in the Next […]