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Pro Tip! Use the claim rules from ADFSHelp for your ‘Office 365 Identity Platform’ Relying Party Trust

Written on March 21, 2018 at 3:39 PM, by

Whenever I talk about the claim rules in Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) for the ‘Office 365 Identity Platform’ Relying Party Trust (RPT), between the on-premises AD FS implementation and Azure AD, I get the following question: How do we manually set up the advanced claim rules that Azure AD Connect configures automatically? Let’s […]

Azure AD Connect v1.1.749.0 adds Privacy and Security Controls

Written on March 1, 2018 at 10:28 AM, by

Last week, Microsoft released version 1.1.749.0 of Azure AD Connect, its free Hybrid Identity bridge product to synchronize objects and their attributes from on-premises Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) environments to Azure Active Directory. This version adds privacy controls, additional security controls, a wizard page for device write-back and other miscellaneous fixes.   What’s […]

Configuring the ClaimsApp Demo for Azure Active Directory Authentication

Written on March 9, 2017 at 3:26 PM, by

Most people who have attended one of my sessions, know I love to show off the power of claims using the ClaimsApp. This web app is not very fancy, but it does a heck of a job, just by displaying all the claimtypes possible, or configured for the Relying Party Trust (RPT) in Active Directory […]

Microsoft Authenticator – One easy-to-use app for all your multi-factor authentication needs

Written on August 15, 2016 at 11:35 PM, by

As announced on July 25, today, Microsoft’s new Microsoft Authenticator app replaces both its Azure Authenticator and Microsoft Account app as the one easy-to-use app for all your multi-factor authentication needs. Now, I’m not sure whether Microsoft will use the above slogan for the app, but to me it sums up what this new app […]

Azure AD Connect version 1.1.189.0 is here

Written on June 8, 2016 at 8:50 AM, by

Earlier this week, Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Connect for all your on-premises Active Directory Domain Services and LDAP v3 to Azure Active Directory, and thus Office 365, synchronization needs. Version 1.1.189.0 of Azure AD Connect, dated June 3, 2016, adds two fixes.   Fixed issues This version introduces two fixes: Password […]

Azure AD Connect version 1.1.180.0 is here

Written on May 14, 2016 at 8:37 AM, by

The Azure Active Directory team keeps churning out monthly builds of our favorite tool to connect our on-premises Windows Server Active Directory Domain Services environment(s) to Azure Active Directory. Version 1.1.180.0 of Azure AD Connect, dated May 12, 2016, adds support for two of the newer legal boundaries of Azure Active Directory, as well as […]

Tip! Use the Azure AD Connect Configuration Documenter

Written on May 4, 2016 at 8:44 PM, by

As an identity consultant, these last few years I have been tasked with several hybrid identity projects involving Azure Active Directory. Azure AD Connect is the tool of choice for many of these projects. Its many features in the latest versions alleviate many of the headaches of these implementations, but some headaches remain. One of […]

DirSync and Azure AD Sync will reach End of Support on April 13, 2017

Written on April 25, 2016 at 4:38 PM, by

In an e-mail message from the Azure Team, many of us got a notice that the 64-bit Windows Azure Active Directory Sync (DirSync) tool and the stand-alone Azure AD Sync tool are both deprecated and will reach end of support on April 13, 2017. As the Azure team described it: These older tools have been […]

Azure AD Connect version 1.1.119.0

Written on March 16, 2016 at 9:33 AM, by

After last February’s big 1.1 release of Azure AD Connect, the team at Microsoft is churning away again at monthly builds, bringing a flow of steady bug fixes and magical functionality flowing in and out of preview. like they used to. On Monday March 14, Microsoft introduced Azure AD Connect version 1.1.119.0. This release contains […]

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 […]