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Systems Administration

Assessing the impact that the new Baseline Policy for Admins in Azure AD might have

Written on September 10, 2018 at 1:17 PM, by

Microsoft is working hard to further harden Azure Active Directory tenants, so the roughly 13 million organization depending on it, don’t get disappointed by Azure AD-based security breaches and don’t have to worry about attacks on their infrastructure. One of the newest technologies Microsoft is developing is Baseline Policies. Using baseline policies, fields of attention […]

Your Exchange Online Contingency Plan is here with Veeam Backup for Office 365

Written on May 30, 2017 at 10:59 PM, by

As an organization delivering the full stack of the Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE) to large international customers in highly-regulated verticals, we often get the question on an ‘exit strategy’ or ‘contingency plan’ for cloud services, like Office 365. Being a Microsoft partner and Veeam partner with a Microsoft cloud focus makes us unique and allows […]

Join me for an Active Directory Backup and Recovery webinar, in cooperation with Veeam

Written on March 16, 2017 at 9:27 PM, by

This year, as a Veeam Vanguard, I’m hosting a series of three Active Directory Domain Services webinars, together with Timothy Dewin and hosted by Veeam. With the basics and most of the virtualization gotcha;s covered, on March 21, it’s time for the topic everyone has been waiting for: Backup and Recovery. It’s the last webinar […]

KnowledgeBase: Logging in to the Intune Company Portal App results in an error “Could not sign in” on Android phones with Chrome 56, and up

Written on February 23, 2017 at 8:14 AM, by

This morning I read a blogpost by John Arnold on the Intune Support TechNet Blog on a strange Intune-related error on Android Phones when accessing the Company Portal app. As it turned out, this is an Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)-related certificate issue, so I thought I’d share it here as well.   The […]

Only Three Months of Support remain for DirSync and Azure AD Sync

Written on January 12, 2017 at 7:45 AM, by

As I wrote earlier, Microsoft ends support for implementations using the stand-alone Azure AD Sync tool and implementations of DirSync per April 13, 2017. As I write this, there is a mere three months left to take care of your migration to a recent version of Azure AD Connect and the implementation of lifecycle management […]

Would you like to manage AD FS on Windows Server 2016, too? No problem!

Written on December 24, 2016 at 10:05 AM, by

Yesterday, I blogged on the entirely new Management Pack for Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2016. What I didn’t notice, until now, is that a management pack for Active Directory Federation Services is also available,   About the AD FS MP The Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) Management Pack provides both proactive […]

An entirely new Management Pack for Active Directory on Windows Server 2016 is now available

Written on December 23, 2016 at 12:29 PM, by

When organizations embrace new versions of software in a structured way, they end up with checklists, much like the ones I wrote for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Migrating end-user device Operating Systems (OSs), however, is different to embracing a new version of the Windows Server Operating System (OS). From an information security point of […]

Why the Azure Active Directory Windows PowerShell Module is good news

Written on August 22, 2016 at 4:31 PM, by

Last week, Microsoft announced a new preview version of the Azure Active Directory Windows PowerShell Module. This is good news! Let me tell you why.   About the Azure AD PowerShell Module Using the Azure Active Directory Windows PowerShell Module, Azure AD Admins can manage several aspects of Azure Active Directory for their organizations and/or […]

From the Field: The Case of the Unreanimatable Tombstone Objects

Written on June 20, 2016 at 6:42 PM, by

Troubleshooting stories from the field are the best. That’s why I like writing them down. Although, sometimes they might appear as straight cases of schadenfreude, I feel there are lessons to be learned for anyone, if you’re willing to look closely and listen carefully. Today, I saw someone stress over an ‘Oops!’ situation that occurred […]

Active Directory Replication Status Tool without Operations Management Suite

Written on March 1, 2016 at 11:17 AM, by

After the version of the Active Directory Replication Status Tool, linked to in this blogpost, had also expired. (April 4), Microsoft has decided to re-release the original version of the Active Directory Replication Status Tool at the original link. (April 20) You can use the official Microsoft download for your on-premises Active Directory replication status […]