Any messaging administrator will tell you that it’s hard to fight against spam. As we read about most cybersecurity incidents starting with (spear)phishing attacks, it also becomes increasingly clear messaging administrators in small and medium-sized business need to work harder or smarter to protect their colleagues. Messaging in the modern age Many organizations started their … Continue reading "Hornetsecurity’s 365 Threat Monitor: Get rid of unwanted and potentially dangerous messages"
Last week, Microsoft issued a statement on the support of Azure AD Connect version 1.x. It reaches end of support on August 31st, 2022. That is exactly one year from now. What 'unsupported' means In-place upgrade of Windows Server on an Azure AD Connect server is not supported. While you might pull it off, … Continue reading "Azure AD Connect v1.x reaches end of support in 1 year"
Recently, I advised to disable the Print Spooler service on Domain Controllers. Concluding that blogpost, I mentioned that admins need to perform manual tasks at the end of the lifecycles of published printers if they have printers published. Today, let’s take a look at these manual tasks in the two scenarios you need to pay … Continue reading "HOWTO: Manually delete unavailable print queues from Active Directory"
With the release of Azure AD Connect v2, many Hybrid Identity admins find themselves with Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 installations with Azure AD Connect v1 installations. As Azure AD Connect v2 does not support installation on these Operating Systems, Microsoft urges these admins to perform an Azure AD Connect swing migration. … Continue reading "KnowledgeBase: In-placing upgrading Windows Server for an Azure AD Connect installation is not supported"
Last week, Microsoft released the first version in the 2,0 branch of Azure AD Connect: v220.127.116.11. There are a couple of things that you should be aware of with this version. I’m sharing them with you in this blogpost. Azure AD Connect is Microsoft’s free Hybrid Identity bridge product to synchronize objects and their attributes … Continue reading "Five Things You should know about Azure AD Connect version 2"
Microsoft released a new version of Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) this week. This version, released as part of the SysInternals suite, solves a critical vulnerability and allows admins in Microsoft-oriented networks to enjoy remote desktop connections again (relatively) safely. About Remote Desktop Connection Manager RDCMan used to be a popular tool to collect, categorize … Continue reading "Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) is back"
Microsoft has released a new version of Windows 10, dubbed version 21H1. This version brings new functionality that many organizations are eager to utilize. In many organizations, Windows-based devices are joined to Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), so devices can be managed centrally and end-users can sign-in on any domain-joined device of their liking. … Continue reading "Preparing Active Directory for Windows 10 version 21H1"
The Group Policy Central Store in Active Directory’s System Volume (SYSVOL) share optimizes Group Policy authoring and replication. The group policy central store is a central location to store all the Group Policy template (*.admx) and Group Policy Language (*.adml) files. The Central Store eliminates the loading and opening of Group Policy template files on systems … Continue reading "HOWTO: Create a Group Policy Central Store"
One of the questions I ask every new colleague is how they are keeping up with the new and changed features in Azure and Microsoft 365. For individuals, it’s hard to keep up, but in many organizations, the IT department is having an even harder time doing so. This might have multiple reasons: They’re overwhelmed … Continue reading "Keeping up to date as an organization: Track Microsoft 365 Message Center messages in Planner"
One of the hard nuts to crack in Active Directory is meeting the requirements for the infrastructure features your organization’s business needs to operate reliably, securely and smooth. About Active Directory requirements Throughout Microsoft’s recent history, features have been introduced in all sorts of products that have certain Active Directory requirements. The perfect example is … Continue reading "HOWTO: Find out the capabilities Domain Controllers may offer your device"