On-premises Microsoft Identity-related updates and fixes for May 2019

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 May 2019:                   Windows Server 2016 We observed the following updates for Windows Server 2016: KB4499177 May 23, 2019 The … Continue reading "On-premises Microsoft Identity-related updates and fixes for May 2019"

On-premises Microsoft Identity-related updates and fixes for April 2019

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 April 2019:                      Windows Server 2016 We observed the following updates for Windows Server 2016: KB4493473 April 25, 2019 The … Continue reading "On-premises Microsoft Identity-related updates and fixes for April 2019"

I’m presenting my Active Directory 101 course with Netwrix again

Whether you are an Active Directory novice or an experienced IT professional, enroll in my upcoming free online course for step-by-step instructions and industry best practices for Active Directory management. These sessions are also a great way to get ready for Exam 70-742. Note: These webinars cover only 3 out of 5 topics for Microsoft … Continue reading "I’m presenting my Active Directory 101 course with Netwrix again"

Windows Server 2016’s February 2019 Quality Update fixes two Hybrid Identity issues

Windows Server 2016’s February 2019 Cumulative Quality Update, bringing the OS version to 14393.2828 , offers a fix for two authentication issues.        About Windows Server 2016 Updates Microsoft issues two major updates each month for Windows Server 2016, as outlined in the Patching with Windows Server 2016 blogpost. On the second Tuesday of each … Continue reading "Windows Server 2016’s February 2019 Quality Update fixes two Hybrid Identity issues"

The story behind our found, reported and fixed issue with Domain Controller Promotions for new domains

Now, this is a story all about how our lives got flipped-turned upside downAnd I'd like to take a minute… Just sit right there… I'll tell you how our project planning got screwed by a bug.     It’s all fun and games… Being on the front lines of identity and access management technology is fun. … Continue reading "The story behind our found, reported and fixed issue with Domain Controller Promotions for new domains"

Passing Microsoft Exam 70-742: Identity with Windows Server 2016

There is a good and free way to prepare for Microsoft exam 70-742: Identity with Windows Server 2016. In the past years, I conducted webinars that can serve as a primer on Active Directory in terms of forests, domains, trusts, security and on Group Policy. They are not and were never intended as the sole … Continue reading "Passing Microsoft Exam 70-742: Identity with Windows Server 2016"

I’m presenting an Active Directory 101 course with Netwrix

I know from my own experience – the importance of Active Directory and its security can never be overestimated. So, I’ve teamed up with Netwrix to bring you an easy yet extensive update for your knowledge of Active Directory management and security principles. Therefore, this September, I’m hosting three consecutive webinars on Active Directory Domain … Continue reading "I’m presenting an Active Directory 101 course with Netwrix"

Windows Server 2016’s February 2018 Quality Update fixes empty Attribute value in EventID 5136 for Directory Services Changes

Windows Server 2016’s February 2018’s Cumulative Quality Update, bringing the OS version to 14393.2097, offers a fix you might be experiencing with empty values for Attribute in EventID 5136 for Directory Services Changes on Windows Server 2016-based Active Directory Domain Controllers.   About Windows Server 2016 Updates Microsoft issues two major updates each month for … Continue reading "Windows Server 2016’s February 2018 Quality Update fixes empty Attribute value in EventID 5136 for Directory Services Changes"

Hybrid Identity features per Active Directory Domain Services Domain Controller Operating System, Domain Functional Level, Forest Functional Level and Schema version

Most Microsoft-based Hybrid Identity implementations use Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) Servers, Web Application Proxies and Azure AD Connect installations. These components have requirements of Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in terms of the schema, the Windows Server versions on the Domain Controllers an organization runs, the Domain Functional Level (DFL) and the … Continue reading "Hybrid Identity features per Active Directory Domain Services Domain Controller Operating System, Domain Functional Level, Forest Functional Level and Schema version"

Configuring Geo-Redundancy for AD FS on-premises with Azure Traffic Manager

Last week, I showed you how to perform a simple Hybrid Identity implementation with AD FS on-premises. While this scenario is easy and fast to deploy, it also has a couple of downsides. One of them is the risk of ‘AD FS Unavailability’ and the inability to authenticate to cloud resources when the on-premises environment … Continue reading "Configuring Geo-Redundancy for AD FS on-premises with Azure Traffic Manager"