Raymond and I are teaching High School students on Enterprise Mobility and Azure

It’s becoming a habit for Raymond and me to travel to Doetinchem in April to teach students of the Graafschap College on all the new stuff in the world of Microsoft and inspire them to rebuild and enhance our solutions for their studies. Last year, and the year before, Ronald Wassink and Arnold Maatman reached … Continue reading "Raymond and I are teaching High School students on Enterprise Mobility and Azure"

Channeling your inner Active Directory Replication Status to Operations Management Suite

My blogpost on the Active Directory Replication Status Tool making the move to Microsofts Operation Management Suite (OMS) solution, sparked some conversation. Especially, Jimmy’s 2 cents, hit a nerve: There are many companies that have a policy not allowing DCs connecting to the “outside”. And changing the policies is not easy sometimes. While Jimmy wisely … Continue reading "Channeling your inner Active Directory Replication Status to Operations Management Suite"

The Active Directory Replication Status Tool is making the move to the Operations Management Suite

I’m a big fan of the free Active Directory Replication Status Tool. So much so that I install it in every Active Directory environment I scan and troubleshoot. Together with the Active Directory PowerShell module, the built-in tools, and the Active Directory Topology Diagrammer, it completes my toolbox. It’s a nice gift to leave behind … Continue reading "The Active Directory Replication Status Tool is making the move to the Operations Management Suite"

Choosing the right Azure MFA authentication methods

A couple of weeks ago, I took interest in Azure Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) and wrote a series on 4Sysops, detailing the Azure MFA Service and the on-premises Multi-Factor Authentication Server: Azure Multi-Factor Authentication – Part 1: Introduction Azure Multi-Factor Authentication – Part 2: Components Azure Multi-Factor Authentication – Part 3: Configuring Azure Multi-Factor Authentication – … Continue reading "Choosing the right Azure MFA authentication methods"

Knowledgebase: You receive a "Web Service Requests must be protected by authentication" error when activating a Multi-Factor Auth app

I have identified an issue with Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) in a hybrid deployment. When you access the User Portal to activate the mobile app, you receive an error. All other Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) functionality works.   The situation After you’ve deployed a Multi-Factor Authentication Server installation as part of your Azure MFA hybrid implementation, … Continue reading "Knowledgebase: You receive a "Web Service Requests must be protected by authentication" error when activating a Multi-Factor Auth app"

KnowledgeBase: Azure MFA Portal shows error “Error communicating with the local Multi-Factor Authentication service. Please contact your administrator.”

When you’re setting up Microsoft Azure Multi-factor Authentication (Azure MFA) in a setup involving the on-premises MFA Server, and want to use the User portal for registration, you might encounter an error that makes the portal unusable. Luckily, there’s a solution.   The situation On an on-premises Windows Server installation with the Azure Multi-factor Authentication … Continue reading "KnowledgeBase: Azure MFA Portal shows error “Error communicating with the local Multi-Factor Authentication service. Please contact your administrator.”"

Video: Running highly-sensitive Domain Controllers on Hyper-V and Azure

Active Directory Domain Controllers hold the keys to your kingdom. So how do you virtualize these castles of identity, without compromising on the requirements of your organization? In this session, Raymond Comvalius (Windows Expert – IT Pro MVP) and Sander Berkouwer (Directory Services MVP) give best practices for hardening, backing up, restoring and managing virtualized … Continue reading "Video: Running highly-sensitive Domain Controllers on Hyper-V and Azure"