The recording and slides of the Active Directory Best Practices webinar is now available

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 … Continue reading "The recording and slides of the Active Directory Best Practices webinar is now available"

On-premises Identity updates & fixes for February 2020

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 … Continue reading "On-premises Identity updates & fixes for February 2020"

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

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

HOWTO: Deploy Azure AD Connect with SQL Server

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 … Continue reading "HOWTO: Deploy Azure AD Connect with SQL Server"

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

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 … Continue reading "I’m presenting two live Active Directory webinars with Veeam’s Andrey Zhelezko"

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

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 … Continue reading "Ten things you need to know about Azure AD Connect Cloud Provisioning"

Happy 20th Birthday, Active Directory!

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 … Continue reading "Happy 20th Birthday, Active Directory!"

TODO: Test your exposure to Microsoft’s 2020 LDAP Channel Binding and Signing changes

In many Active Directory Domain Services environments, LDAP is a common protocol to provide access to objects and their attributes in the directory. The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is an open protocol for use with various directory services, including Active Directory. Over the years, Microsoft has been made aware about vulnerabilities in the way … Continue reading "TODO: Test your exposure to Microsoft’s 2020 LDAP Channel Binding and Signing changes"

On-premises Identity updates & fixes for January 2020

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 January 2020:   Windows Server 2016 We observed the following updates for Windows Server 2016: KB4534271 January 14, 2020 The … Continue reading "On-premises Identity updates & fixes for January 2020"

Deprecation of older Azure AD Connect versions announced for November 1, 2020

This, week, the Azure AD Connect team made the following announcement on the Azure AD Connect: Version release history page: Starting on November 1st, 2020, we will begin implementing a deprecation process whereby versions of Azure AD Connect that were released more than 18 months ago will be deprecated. At that time we will begin … Continue reading "Deprecation of older Azure AD Connect versions announced for November 1, 2020"