Azure AD Connect 1.1.105.0 is here

Four issues have been identified with the below version of Azure AD Connect. Please upgrade to Azure AD Connect 1.1.110.0 instead of version 1.1.105.0. More information   This week, Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Connect. While the previously reported releases for Azure AD Connect were minor versions in the 1.0.9x branch, this … Continue reading "Azure AD Connect 1.1.105.0 is here"

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"

Azure AD Connect 1.0.9131 is here

Changes in Microsofts cloud portfolio can be fast. Six months ago, Azure AD Connect was still in preview, but today, Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Account for a new month. Note: Known as the December 2015 update, this is a QFE release, a release based on Quick Fix Engineering, as opposed to … Continue reading "Azure AD Connect 1.0.9131 is here"

Installing Azure AD Connect on Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2 and 2012

In most projects, we set up a brand new Windows Server 2012 R2-installation, purely for Azure AD Connect and its underlying Azure AD Connect. For some reasons, however, you might install Azure AD Connect on Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012. Note: Installing Azure AD Connect is not supported on … Continue reading "Installing Azure AD Connect on Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2 and 2012"

A new version of Azure AD Connect was released today

Today, Microsoft released a new version of Azure AD Connect and Azure AD Sync. This release brings new features to the table. I can only assume these features are welcome to many Azure AD Connect customers, since Azure AD Connect and Azure AD Sync pose some serious challenges for organizations using these solutions. Note: Known … Continue reading "A new version of Azure AD Connect was released today"

How the IDs for Azure AD Sync’s service accounts are created

Azure AD Connect is Microsoft’s latest tool to support your latest hybrid identity scenarios and synchronize object information from an on-premises Windows Server Active Directory environment to Azure Active Directory. One of its components is Azure AD Sync, responsible for the synchronization itself. Azure AD Connect became generally available on June 24, 2015. Azure AD … Continue reading "How the IDs for Azure AD Sync’s service accounts are created"

Ten things you should know about Azure AD Connect and Azure AD Sync

Azure Active Directory powers Microsoft Online Services, ranging from Office 365 to Intune, in terms of identity. While this compels to organizations in a strong way, Microsoft even offers hybrid identity options to organizations running on-premises Windows Server Active Directory  to stretch their identity layer to the cloud. The tool from Microsoft to support its … Continue reading "Ten things you should know about Azure AD Connect and Azure AD Sync"

From the Field: the Case of the non-replicating Domain Controllers on Cisco UCS Blades

This morning I was asked to troubleshoot a situation where, in an environment with ten Active Directory Domain Controllers, two Domain Controllers would no longer replicate with each other. They would replicate with other Domain Controllers just fine, just not between themselves. I troubleshot the problem, and I am sharing my experience in case you … Continue reading "From the Field: the Case of the non-replicating Domain Controllers on Cisco UCS Blades"

Checking replication of raising the Domain Functional Level to Windows Server 2008 in a pragmatic and programmatic way

I’ve referred to the Windows Server 2003 Domain Functional Level (DFL) as the ‘golden’ functional level a couple of times. Dave has a blogpost where he concludes the same from an Exchange Server point of view. However, from an Active Directory point of view, the Windows Server 2008 Domain Functional Level (DFL) gains much traction … Continue reading "Checking replication of raising the Domain Functional Level to Windows Server 2008 in a pragmatic and programmatic way"

Updating Windows XP with all its updates

You may have read my blogpost on the actions admins need to take to continue working with Windows XP in their networking environments. It’s a long list. While many blogs and websites have shared similar information, one action is on everybody’s list: Update Windows XP with the latest updates. So, how easy is it to … Continue reading "Updating Windows XP with all its updates"