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HOWTO: Handle Windows Update on non-domain-joined Web Application Proxies

Written on September 17, 2019 at 9:27 PM, by

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 best practices to handle Windows activation on non-domain-joined Web […]

HOWTO: Handle Windows Activation on non-domain-joined Web Application Proxies

Written on September 10, 2019 at 8:53 AM, by

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 best practices to handle Windows activation on non-domain-joined Web […]

HOWTO: Handle Time synchronization on non-domain-joined Web Application Proxies

Written on September 3, 2019 at 4:04 PM, by

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 best practices to handle time synchronization on non-domain-joined Web […]

HOWTO: Disable Unnecessary Services on Web Application Proxies

Written on July 2, 2019 at 10:04 PM, by

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. Let’s harden the Web Application Proxy installations, by disabling unnecessary services running on it. This way, we lower […]

Configuring the Azure AD Connect Health Agent for AD FS on Server Core

Written on February 9, 2018 at 9:40 AM, by

When you get serious about security in Hybrid Identity implementations, you would opt to implement AD FS servers and Web Application Proxies as Server Core installations. However, this poses a slight problem with the Azure AD Connect Health Agent for AD FS, because at first glance, you can’t configure it on Server Core installations of […]

I’m hosting a ‘Minimalism in Windows Server’ event with Jeff Wouters and Ajilon

Written on May 18, 2016 at 2:20 PM, by

When I started my speaking career back in 2006, I didn’t have fancy demo hardware and Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) wasn’t even born, then. To talk about an interesting IT Pro topic and provide appealing demos, I choose to talk about Server Core. On June 22, I’m coming full circle. While I’ve been demoing Azure Active […]

CoreConfigurator brought back to life by Smart-X

Written on December 20, 2008 at 2:22 AM, by

I remember pretty well when Guy Teverovsky shared his CoreConfigurator tool, to help Server Core Systems Administrators perform everyday tasks through a Graphical User Interface (GUI). I still remember the buzz it generated throughout the blogosphere, I still remember the amount of kudos to Guy for building and sharing this tool, I still remember the […]

An early look at new features in Server Core

Written on November 14, 2008 at 9:42 AM, by

At Tech∙Ed last week some information emerged on Windows Server 2008 R2. Specifically some information was handed out on the Server Core installation option in the successor to Windows Server 2008. Let’s take an early look at the differences between Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008 and Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008 […]

Making HVConfig work on a normal Server Core installation

Written on October 3, 2008 at 5:13 AM, by

Microsoft’s Hyper-V Server 2008 product comes with a wizard, that allows easy configuration of the Server Core-based subsystem.

Setting the Record Straight One Post at a Time

Written on September 30, 2008 at 11:53 PM, by

Setting the Record Straight One Post at a Time … That’s the tagline of the Virtual Reality VMWare blog, but I don’t think Eric Horschman did a good job in his blogpost where he compared VMWare’s ESXi 3.5 and a Hyper-V enabled installation of Windows Server 2008 Server Core.